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Pathfinder Therapists

Our staff consists of a team of dedicated mental health professionals who specialize in addressing traumatic life events that often hinder growth and stall success.

Gail Bethea-Jackson, MSW

Gail is the founder and director of The Pathfinder Project, Inc. where she serves as a Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Counselor and Educator. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in victimization and post traumatic stress disorder. Ms. Jackson has served in the field of sexual victimization and trauma for over 30 years and is considered an expert in this field.   

Ms. Jackson has conducted numerous workshops and professional training seminars nationally in the field of victimization. She is trained in the Jeff Mitchell Model of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. She has been a lecturer on the topic of "Coping with Stress" at Howard University. She has also had the honor of serving as a primary debriefer during the September 11th Crisis in Washington, DC. 

Ms. Jackson received her B.A. from Hampton University, her MSW from Case Western Reserve University. She also holds advanced certifications in Children and Adolescent Psychotherapy from the Washington School of Psychiatry as well as a certificate from the University of Maryland in Children and Adolescent Trauma.

Trina Powell, Psy.D., LCPC

Dr. Trina Powell is a clinical psychologist providing a variety of mental health services to children, families, and adults. Dr. Powell has over 20 years of experience providing professional mental health training and counselor education to mental health professionals. Dr. Powell specializes in mood disorders, victimization, post traumatic stress disorder, adjustment, and conflict management. She is experienced in a variety of theoretical approaches but specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapeutic techniques.

Dr. Powell is a graduate of Hampton University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Bowie State University and her Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. 

Luraleen Sweeney, MS, NCC, LCPC

Lurlene D. Sweeney, works with private and public services organizations as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator focusing on behavioral health issues. Her background includes 30 years of Federal Government experience directing a national program for the U.S. Military. As a clinician, Ms. Sweeney practices psychodynamic psychotherapy treating individuals and couples.  

She received a BS in Psychology from University of Maryland, University College and an MS in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. She is credentialed by the National Board of Certified Counselors, and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland where she is a clinician with The Pathfinder Project, Inc., a group practice.

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