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Maryland Association of Marriage, Couples, and Family Counselors

A Division of the Maryland Counseling Association and State Branch for the

International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors


The mission of the MARYLAND ASSOCIATION OF MARRIAGE, COUPLES, AND FAMILY COUNSELORS is to enhance the quality of life in the state of Maryland by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the counseling profession, and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity.



Past President- Shannon Kakkar, PhD, LMHC, NCC

Shannon is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and a certified School Adjustment Counselor in Massachusetts. She also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).  She earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from The Pennsylvania State University. She has ten years of clinical experience in school systems, community counseling services, and working with adults, adolescents, and families with a range of mental health issues. She is currently assistant professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in the Forensic Psychology program. Shannon’s research focuses on the globalization of counseling and the effects of culture, religion, and traditional healing methods on counseling.


President- Vanessa Patton-Scott, Ed.D, LCPC-S

Vanessa Patton-Scott, Ed.D  is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and a TBHI Certified Telebehavioral Health Practitioner in the State of Maryland. She graduated with her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and received a certification in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Central Florida. In addition, she completed her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at Argosy University located in Atlanta, GA. She has over ten years of clinical experiences with providing crisis intervention and counseling services to adolescent, adults, and families with issues related to trauma, life transitions, substance abuse, bereavement, self-identity issues, and mood disorders. Research interest includes counselor wellness, spiritual competence, burnout prevention, clinical supervision, crisis-intervention, and mindfulness-based psychotherapy. Currently, she has a private practice where she offers online clinical supervision, coaching, and brief counseling to mental health professionals.

President Elect- Miranda Mixon, LCPC

Miranda Mixon, LCPC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor, offering mental health services to adolescents, adults, couples and families in individual and group sessions. Her clients present with symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma and relationship conflict. Miranda is known for her patience and compassion and believes ethical standards and objectivity are crucial. She strives to create trusting and supportive relationships with her clients and values the strength and courage they exhibit during their most vulnerable times. Miranda practices a Person-Centered therapeutic approach and incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy and Solution-Focused strategies. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Master’s in Education from Concordia University, St. Paul, and Master’s in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, Maryland Counseling Association, and is currently the President-elect of the Maryland Association of Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling.

Treasurer- Susan F. Branco, PhD, LPC (VA), LCPC-S (MD), NCC, ACS

Dr. Branco is a licensed professional counselor in Virginia and Maryland. She is an approved supervisor in Maryland, Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Dr. Branco earned her BA in Human Services and MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from the George Washington University. She earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Virginia Tech. For fourteen years she maintained an independent clinical practice specializing in working with adults, children, and families connected to adoption and foster care. In addition, she has professional experience working in community mental health, pre natal care clinics, and with immigrant populations. She utilizes attachment theory, family systems, and trauma informed approaches in her clinical practice. Currently, Dr. Branco is an Assistant Professor and Department Chair for Counselor Education Programs at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Branco has presented at local and national counseling and adoption related conferences. Her research interests examine how school and clinical mental health counselors work with persons adopted transracially and clinical supervision practices with counselors of Color. In addition, she has several peer-reviewed publications related to her research. She is a 2014 National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow and recently chaired the Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Council. Dr. Branco is a member of the American Counseling Association and serves as co chair on the by laws committee. She is also a division member of both the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Dr. Branco also belongs to the Maryland and District of Columbia Counseling Associations and serves as treasurer to the Maryland Association of Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling.

Secretary-  Keesha Vines (no bio and photo)

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Maryland Counseling Association

5430 Campbell Blvd., Suite 113

White Marsh, MD 21162
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