About Us

Paul Bashea Williams, LCSW-C, LICSW

Mr. Williams is founder and owner of Hearts In Mind Counseling. He is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Approved Clinical Supervisor. He has worked as a Licensed Social Worker for over 15 years providing therapy, coaching and mentoring. He provides psychotherapy and psychoeducation and coaching for individuals, couples, families, groups and corporations. He also offers and provides clinical supervision and peer consultation. Mr. Williams is certified in couple and family systems.

Mr. Williams utilizes Brainspotting, Person Centered Solution-Focused Therapy, Insight Oriented Psychotherapy, Emotional Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a catalyst for change with his clients. His typical clients struggle with depression, anxiety, love addiction, anger management, attachment issues, divorce/separation, and blended family dynamics. Mr. Williams a provides corporate cashing and training on Psychological Safety, Corporate Culture, Relationship Building Psychoeducation and Workplace Dynamics. He also specializes in working with the adolescent to adult male population. Helping them navigate and understand their purpose in life while providing relatable life experiences to their circumstances.


Meet Our Clinicians

Hearts In Mind Counseling Clinicians are diverse and have a multitude of trainings in specialty areas to meet your mental health needs.


Mrs. Lawrence is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Psychotherapist with extensive knowledge and experience working with children and adults. Since 2006, she has worked closely with individuals experiencing ADHD, behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, family conflict, divorce/separation, suicidal ideation, grief/loss and trauma. Mrs. Lawrence also has additional experience in domestic violence counseling and crisis response. 

Mrs. Lawrence is a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist, Trauma specialist, and Certified Prepare Enrich Couple’s therapist.  She utilizes Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy and Solution Focused therapeutic techniques to facilitate positive change and growth in her clients.


Mrs. Lawrence’s main goal is to assist clients in identifying presenting issues, ensure that they fully understand their diagnosis and empower them to overcome and succeed.  

Nikeita Lawrence, LMSW  |  Clinician

Grief Counseling  |  Women and Teen Girls
 Group Counseling and More


Mr. King is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Speaker, Author. He works to help men win against anger & anxiety. Through therapy he strategizes with you to create winning recovery action plan. 

Mr. King is former teacher who worked with students with mental illness and developmental delays.  Mr. King has over 20 years of mental health practice where his focus is men and boys helping them with anger management, healthy masculinity, and a variety of challenges they face.

Mr. King is a licensed therapist that provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness based stress reduction for Anxiety, Depression and PTSD.


Michael King, LCSW-C  |  Clinician 

Anger Management  |  Anxiety Reduction   

Break Up Recovery  Healthy Masculinity


Monroe Howard-Shackelford is a Licensed Therapist, motivational speaker and educator best known for his work as a life coach and advocate for mental health awareness.  Monroe has translated his passion for education into a career spanning more than 15 years that has increased learning opportunities for students in both New York City and California, empowering youth, men of color and members of the LGBTQIA community in those regions. Inspired by his own diagnosis of major depressive disorder, he is driven to destigmatize mental health and promote the upliftment of black men and youth.  

Monroe holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Sacramento, and a dual Masters in Social Work and Public Administration from New York University. He hosts a weekly live show/podcast “The Naked Truth Experience” which celebrates marginalized individuals and the communities they represent.  

Monroe Howard-Shackelford, LMSW  |  Clinician

LGBTQIA  |  Gender & Sexuality  |  Depression

Erica Seivright-Potts, LMSW   |  Clinician

Women  |  Teens  |  Individual

Erica is a Licensed Master Social Worker with over 12 years of experience in medical social work, adoption counseling, and the Medicaid insurance sector. Erica has experience with geriatric, adult, adolescent and pediatric populations. She has worked primarily in the Washington DC metropolitan area. 


Erica holds a Bachelors Degree on Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. 

Laurel Blanco, LCSW-C, LICSW, LCSW  |  Clinician

Relationship Co-dependency |  Domestic Violence 
|  Group Counseling.

Ms. Laurel Blanco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Approved Clinical Supervisor.  She is fluent in conversational Spanish.  She has over 16 years of working with a diverse population in mental health counseling, substance abuse and medical/ hospital care.  With training in addictions, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapy, she has a worked with wide range of clients. 

Feelings of loneliness, despair, anger, anxiety and even depressive symptoms can develop at any time with life events.  Through self-compassion, laughing, crying, venting and overall exploration of emotions together, new paths towards change can occur.  Ms. Blanco believes that in exploring the past and not remaining the past, anyone can be on the road to meet their fullest potential.