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.

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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.


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.