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.
MAMCFC volunteered with Food & Friends, Washington, DC., to assist with food packaging to help provide food and nutrition to those in the community living with serious illnesses. Three boxes of canned goods and other food items were also donated.
MAMCFC would like to know how we can service your needs and enhance your experience with this Division. Please click on the following link to complete a short survey.
If you are interested in participating with planning or have suggestions for MAMCFC events, including webinars with CEs and other ways we can assist you as a Clinicians, please send us an email to MarylandACFC@gmail.com.
Miranda Mixon is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) offering mental health services to adults, couples and families in individual and group sessions. She currently owns a private practice where 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 Master’s in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Master’s in Education from Concordia University, St. Paul, and Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Miranda is a member of the American Counseling Association, Maryland Counseling Association, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors and she is currently the President of the Maryland Association of Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling.
Past 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 - Deborah Allen LCPC
Deborah Allen is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Board Approved Supervisor. Deborah has a Master of Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University located in St. Charles, Missouri. Deborah’s background includes a 16-year career base with the University of Missouri, St. Louis where she had the pleasure of working with a diverse group of people from all over the world. While working for UMSL, Deborah was afforded experience in supervising, facilitating financial and academic counseling and training workshops. Deborah has worked with Family Court and Hogan Street Regional Youth Center with at-risk youth ages 12-18 years old.
Deborah has two private practices in Southern Maryland where she provides high quality, affordable and effective services. She offers clinical supervision, and enjoys facilitating group sessions, workshops, martial retreats, pre-marital and couples counseling focusing on behavior, anger, depression, substance abuse and relationship issues.
Deborah’s therapeutic niche includes focusing on the main issues of Grief and Loss, Family and Couples Counseling. Deborah provides psychotherapy to clients dealing with Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse. She uses Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Person Centered, DBT and Religious Cognitive Emotional Therapy.
Secretary-Treasurer - Rachel Stivers
Rachel Stivers is currently a student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, as well as a professional at a non-profit voluntary health organization. She has interests in addictions counseling, as well as working with adolescents and their families who experience trauma. Rachel was most currently a Public Relations Co-Chair for the Maryland Counseling Association as well as an Emerging Leader for the Maryland Counseling Association. She was also awarded the Maryland Counseling Association’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2019. Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law and Society with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from George Mason University.
Social Media Liaison - Jordan Madison
Jordan Madison is a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist (LGMFT), originally from Brooklyn, New York. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from Spelman College, and her Masters in Couple and Family Therapy from The University of Maryland, College Park. Since then, she has been working at Friends in Transition Counseling Services, a private practice located in Bethesda, MD.
As a couple and family therapist, she is specially trained to work with individuals, couples, and families. She believes in the importance of systemic relationships and using those to understand her client’s lived experiences and relationships, as well as how they connect to the person sitting in the room.She also values the various intersections of race, gender, and sexual ethnicity that combine to create lived experiences specific to her clients. She has clinical experience with individual teens, individual adults, premarital couples, couples, and families. While she enjoys working with individuals, and families, her main focus is working with couples and the array of challenges that they may face. She is also a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator, allowing her to assist premarital couples in preparing for life together. She is most passionate about reducing the stigma around mental health in the Black community and creating space that encourages healing and growth to create strong and healthy relationships.
With her position in MAMCFC, she plans to use social media to increase involvement amongst members, raise awareness in the community surrounding the events and opportunities that MAMCFC can offer, and provide an online resource to those in the DMV area that are needing support in their relationships.