Meet Our Staff!
Kristen Brooks is the founder and lead clinician of Building Beyond Therapy Inc. With almost a decade of experience as a social worker, Kristen has provided social work services in many capacities, including child welfare, inpatient psychiatric services and schools. Kristen received her MSW from the University of Maryland Baltimore and is clinically licensed in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
While Kristen has provided therapeutic services for many years to individuals and families, her true passion lies in helping young women and mothers realize their true importance and potential. Kristen holds a Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International (PSI) and has completed specialized trainings in Postpartum Mood Disorders with an emphasis on trauma and pregnancy and infant loss. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.
Kristen is a Board Certified Supervisor with the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland, is a member of Postpartum Support International and the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for People of Color. Kristen currently resides in Prince George's County with her husband and children.
Kristen is in network with Carefirst/BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna/Evernorth, Aetna, UnitedHealthcare and Maryland Medicaid.
Lenia Queen is a licensed graduate professional counselor with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Capital Seminary & Graduate School. She completed her clinical internships at multiple sites focusing on perinatal mental health, faith-based mental health, and building marriages. Lenia also has two undergraduate degrees, one in Bible and one in Human Resource Management. Lenia is a Mental Health First Aid Facilitator, a Prepare-Enrich Facilitator for couples and has completed specialized training in Perinatal Mental Health.
Lenia believes it’s important to have fulfilling relationships and encourages that through therapeutic work. She promotes a holistic approach to health, including faith-based practices, exercise, proper sleep, nutrition, and personal passions.
Lenia works from a multi-modal approach. She collaborates with individuals to identify and enlist their internal strengths and resources to approach life’s stressors by integrating influences rooted in faith, behavior, and cognitive perspectives.
Lenia is married to her best friend and they have six adult children and 8 grandchildren.
Lenia is in network with Carefirst/BlueCross BlueShield & Cigna/Evernorth and accepting clients in MD & DC.
Jasmine Lang is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been providing clinical social work services to adolescents and adults since 2017. She received her MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and her undergraduate degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.
Jasmine’s philosophy for therapy is very practical and grounded in a collaborative, strengths-based approach. She has practiced in a variety of settings and utilizes cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, and faith-based practices to support clients in their journeys of healing and wellness.
Personally, Jasmine understands that trusting a stranger with your private life is not easy and it is a responsibility that she does not take lightly. She feels very blessed to work as a therapist and aims to foster a safe and supportive space where healing and growth can take place.
Jasmine currently resides in Southern Maryland with her family. She’s a bit of a bookworm who also enjoys spending quality time with her loved ones.
Jasmine is in network with Carefirst/BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna/Evernorth, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare and accepting clients in MD.
Brittany Simms is a licensed graduate professional counselor with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Walden University. Her experience ranges from anxiety, depression, perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety, trauma-related diagnoses, relationship challenges and other life experiences. She is on track to become certified in perinatal mental health, in the meantime, she will continue to engage in perinatal workshops and specialized trainings. Brittany’s personal philosophy is to create and engage in a safe and healing place to address life's difficulties. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a wide range of ages.
Brittany incorporates a multi-modal therapeutic approach of person-centered and humanistic, focusing on aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, strengths-based and solution-focused methods to help each individual walk away with tools and resources from the supportive and understanding environment she creates. Witnessing the growth and resilience of those serves is what motivates her to remain in the field.
To practice her own self-care, Brittany enjoys spending time with her family and dog, traveling, exercising and practicing yoga.
Brittany is in network with Carefirst/BlueCross BlueShield & Cigna/Evernorth and accepting clients in MD & DC.
Traequanda Brock is a Licensed Master Social Worker who has worked in the social work arena with children and adults throughout the lifespan since 2011. She received her MSW from Howard University and her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University at Albany. Traequanda is licensed in Maryland, District of Columbia, and New Jersey.
Traequanda is passionate about the perinatal population and enjoys educating and empowering the perinatal population to be advocates of their own health and life. Traequanda is trained in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and is also a birth and postpartum doula.
Traequanda believes in getting to the root cause and uses a multi-model therapeutic approach of cognitive behavioral therapy, strengths-based, attachment, and psychodynamic. Traequanda aims to create a comfortable environment for clients, where they can seek solace to gather tools to address their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs in order to heal.
Traequanda currently resides in Washington, DC where she enjoys adventurous activities, learning new things, and traveling the world.
Traequanda is currently accepting self-pay clients in MD & DC.