Meet Our Staff!


Kristen Brooks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Owner of Building Beyond Therapy LLC. With over 8 years 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.

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Maxine Marshall is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She obtained her social work degree from Howard University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has provided clinical social work services to adults, adolescents, children and families since 2017.


While Maxine has experience in several settings, she highlights the importance of a clinical focus in perinatal mental health. Motherhood is complex and requires support through such a major transition. She also has experience in addressing anxiety, depression, grief, and other life transitions.

Maxine’s counseling style is client centered. As the client, your experiences, values, and opinions lead the way as you and the counselor work together to create an empathic space of trust and equity. The goal of the counselor is to provide you with the necessary skills and resources to empower you to make lasting positive progress.

Maxine enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. She can often be found spending time outside with her family, practicing yoga or meditation, or watching basketball.