Owners Lourdine Jean-Francois, Licensed Certified Professional Counselor (LCPC), and Sara Brown, Licensed Certified Social Worker -Clinical (LCSW-C), have over 20 years of combined experience in providing quality counseling services to individuals, families, couples and groups.
Ms. Brown and Ms. Jean-Francois started Better Days Counseling LLC in 2013 due to their love for counseling and their desire to empower, support, and uplift others toward their goals. Their philosophy is that better days are possible for everyone, and they are eager to support you on your journey!
Lourdine and Sara both began their careers working with youth and adolescents in the foster care and child welfare systems. Both saw positive effects of having caring, supportive, consistent clinicians to build therapeutic relationships that would help change the lives of those they serve.
Lourdine Jean-Francois is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and an approved clinical supervisor in the state of Maryland. Ms. Jean-Francois is a first generation, Haitian-American and is originally from Jersey City, New Jersey. Ms. Jean-Francois has called Maryland home for the past 24 years.
Ms. Jean-Francois received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Morgan State University in 2005 and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Frostburg State University in 2008. Ms. Jean-Francois has 13+ years experience providing quality services to individuals, families, couples and groups.
Ms Jean-Francois specializes primarily in treating anxiety and depression, but has supported clients with addressing several other concerns including ADHD, PTSD, Bi-polar disorder and addiction.Ms. Jean-Francois views counseling as both a personal and spiritual growth experience. Although Ms. Jean-Francois is formally trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), her overall therapeutic approach is eclectic and flexible. In addition to CBT, Ms. Jean-Francois infuses several treatment modalities rooted in both behavioral and spiritual principles as part of her person-centered practice.
Ms. Jean-Francois’s therapeutic framework is founded upon the principles that experiencing pain in life is unavoidable and that effectively learning how to experience unpleasant, uncomfortable emotions is essential to healing and growth. Ms. Jean-Francois’s F.L.O.W. counseling method has helped many reclaim their power, renew their minds, and rediscover their true identities so they can live life with greater ease.
Ms. Jean-Francois’s private pay rates are as follows:
Individual: Intake/$200 Ongoing sessions/$175
Couples: Intake/$225 Ongoing sessions/$200
Upon confirming your appointment, you will be prompted to make a $50 deposit to secure your session. You will receive a refund if you cancel your session within 48 hours.
Sara Brown is a Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (LCSW-C) and an approved clinical supervisor in the state of Maryland.
Ms. Brown has promised us an updated bio very soon! (Wink! Wink!)
For the past 10 years, Leah Campbell has supported people of various ages, those with developmental disabilities and youth with behavioral issues. She has also worked with deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals with mental health challenges.
Leah obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Gallaudet University with a focus in school social work.
Regarding therapy approaches, Leah utilizes cognitive behavior therapy and solutions focused therapy, while always maintaining a person-centered perspective.
Leah’s interests include painting, listening to music, bike riding and other outdoor activities.
Yvette Cuenco is a licensed social worker with 15 years experience providing therapy and counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults. Yvette is a first-generation Filipino American, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University in 2006 and has committed to a lifetime of service as a social worker and school counselor. Yvette started off her therapy/counseling career in Brooklyn, NY at one of New York City's major mental health non-profit agencies. There, she worked for 5 years in children’s day treatment programs where she received on-the-ground experience providing school-based therapeutic services to students with mental health and learning needs. In 2011, she decided to take her experience worldwide to an international school in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. This sparked a 10 year global journey from Uzbekistan to Thailand, China, and the UAE. The experience of working in different countries coupled with her work in Brooklyn fueled Yvette's passion for working with clients from diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
Yvette is well-versed in supporting clients to address a variety of issues including but not limited to: autistic-spectrum disorder, acculturation stress, poor social skills, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma. Yvette's clinical practice incorporates a variety of trauma-informed, evidenced based approaches such as: psychodynamic therapy, solutions-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She believes in a person-centered, strengths-based approach to working with her clients. Ultimately, Yvette believes in meeting her clients where they're at in order to support them in being their best selves.
In addition to her counseling work, Yvette is passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice work in education and the mental health field and has led trainings and professional development on this important topic for fellow counselors/educators. Outside of work Yvette is an avid cook, DJ, dog mom, and photographer.
Nicole Roder is a social worker who loves helping children, adolescents, and their families. She enthusiastically works to help her clients identify their own strengths and use them to overcome mental health challenges.
She strongly believes that every child has the capacity to heal in their family environment, and that their parents deserve a compassionate and competent provider who can help them overcome difficult behaviors.
Nicole also treats adults who suffer from anxiety, depression, and emotional dysregulation. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as some dialectic behavioral therapy techniques.
Dominique Sansbury, LGPC is a mental and holistic health practitioner - seeing her life’s work as essentializing and assisting in her clients’ continuous coming home to themselves, their highest selves. Holding a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, among other degrees and studies listed below, Dominique has a combined 11 years of education and practice in holistic psycho-spiritual therapy.
Her practice is grounded in a multidimensional approach that integrates Existential and Cognitive Behavioral (specifically, DBT) therapies, traditional natural medicine, body movement, energy healing, meditation, ancestral veneration and other African and indigenous healing modalities.
While Dominique’s work is rooted in evidence-based practices, she acknowledges and facilitates her clients’ intuition - believing that each individual is the expert in their own lives. She approaches each therapeutic relationship as a collaborative effort to explore and determine facilitative and non-facilitative thoughts, behaviors and navigation of emotions, and to facilitate and engage aligning thoughts and behaviors to promote wellness, and instill skills, belief systems and practices that support peace and wellness in the midst of change.
Yetty Oriowo, LGSW is a licensed graduate social worker who has a passion for supporting people in their growth and healing process and brings unique experience to therapeutic settings.
She is passionate about providing adolescents and young adults with empathetic care through individual and group therapy.
Yetty recognizes the importance of incorporating others into one’s journey of becoming their best self, as well as the benefit of building a healthy support system. She is greatly passionate about facilitating group therapy and support groups to offer dynamic care.
Some groups Yetty has facilitated include: Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution and Self Love.
She is currently offering a Black Men support group and In Love With Me, a group for adolescents addressing self perception.
Dr. Blanchette is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor who is happy to be called Dr. B -- because it's a mouthful! In 2011, Dr. B obtained her BA in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Maryland, College Park. In an odd turn of events following a significant sports injury, her journey as a clinician began!
By turning a misfortune into an opportunity, she refocused her pursuits into an academic journey born from a love for psychology. In 2015, Dr. B obtained her MA and EdM in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. She served those with severe mental illness, predominantly schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, as well as briefly working with abused and neglected children. Working in New York City afforded her the opportunity to learn from, interact with, and serve those from a breadth of diverse backgrounds, identities, and complex trauma histories. Her academic journey concluded at the University of Western States in Portland, OR, where she obtained her MS and EdD in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Dr. B appreciates other experiences that have enriched and informed her therapeutic approach, including time spent conducting research for studies in forensic psychology, smoking cessation in those with HIV, and perfectionism amongst performing artists. Her dissertation research explored the behaviors of women in combat sports (hint: this specific research should be called “me-search”). Additional experiences include completing an academic study abroad and extensive specialized coursework within the fields of sport and performance psychology.
Through both her personal and professional endeavors, the sentiment above became the representation of her philosophies. Utilizing a humanistic, psychoanalytic, and cognitive behavioral approach, Dr. B encourages clients to safely consider their experience from a trauma informed lens and to approach our lived experiences within the toxic cultures and contexts around us. By creating safety and fostering connection within ourselves, we take responsibility to break cycles and engage with the world around us in a way that promotes health (in all of its many forms) and enhanced functioning.