Meet Our Team


Andreanna King, LCSW, LICSW

Welcome! I am grateful you stopped by and are considering services at Brave companion family counseling during a vulnerable time in your life.  I believe that we are shaped by each experience we have, the systems we interact with, and the relationships we engage in.  Every individual is unique in their identities (race, gender, sexual orientation, Roles, culture, religion, etc.).  Those identities are key factors in the individual’s view of the world and interaction within it.  

I practice from a strength-based perspective. I believe you possess all you need to make the improvements you want to see in your life. I am here to facilitate your personal growth through tools, perspective and guidance.  I have a Masters degree in Social Work. During undergraduate school, I studied Sociology and Gender and Sexuality Studies. I am excited to begin this journey with you, and look forward to hearing from you.

Mary Lazarin, LCSW

I’m a therapist licensed in Virginia and Colorado. I have worked with children, teens, and adults to treat a variety of concerns. I will partner with you using a person-centered approach to help create the change you want in your life. I  help you integrate tools that feel authentic to your needs using a multicultural, trauma-informed lens.

I work collaboratively with clients who are struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, ADHD, life transitions including perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, parenting issues, stress management, relationship issues, attachment concerns, and substance use. I believe in bringing out the strength individuals possess and utilizing those strengths to promote change. I offer an authentic presence filled with support, empathy, encouragement, as well as humor, joy, and understanding. I am trained in a variety of modalities and am committed to working with my clients to find the best fit for them.
I look forward to hearing your story.

Petra Duncan LICSW, LCSW-C

I am a licensed Independent clinical social worker with more than 8 years of clinical experience. I graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from The Catholic University of America. My mission is to take an integrative approach to therapy, utilizing various clinical techniques and interventions to support you with accomplishing your goals.

I have worked with individuals with a wide variety of concerns such as, Depression, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Adjustment Disorder and PTSD. I am also passionate about providing services to our Military Members, LGBTQ + , adolescents, and caregivers of children with special needs. I am eager to hear your story, learn about your experiences, and to meet you where you are. I look forward to working with you to create that life you truly want to live.

Shakoya Hicks Lpcs, lcmhcs, lmhc, cmhc

Hey! I’m Shakoya and my pronouns are she/her. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) in Virginia with over 18 years of experience in the mental/behavioral health field working in a variety of settings to include outpatient, residential treatment facilities, schools, hospitals, group homes, community-based programs, and private practice. I also have experience with clinical and administrative supervision, program development and management, and biopsychosocial assessments. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Livingstone College and my master’s degree in Community-Clinical Psychology from Norfolk State University. In my years of experience, I have become a person-centered, culturally competent, ethically sound therapist who uses a realistic approach to empower my clients and help them be intentional with how they are showing up for themselves and in their lives.

I am trained in a variety of evidence based therapeutic approaches which I use in my work with individuals to include, but are not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and I tailor my approach to meet the needs of each of my clients. For couples therapy, I use Prepare/Enrich, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Solution Focused Couples Therapy choosing the approach that best fits the couple’s needs. With individuals, I believe in creating a space of healing and growth so they can learn to prioritize their own mental health and navigate life’s challenges with ease. With couples, I believe in empowering them to show up as their authentic selves so they can learn how to be intentional with how they are choosing to show up for each other in their relationship.

My specialties are stress, anxiety, LGBTQIA+ concerns, relationship challenges, life transitions, women’s issues, and Black, Indigenous, Women of Color (BIWOC). I am a nontraditional, authentic, down-to-earth therapist who isn’t afraid to challenge you. I expect my clients to show up ready to do their work to create a better life for themselves. I’m here to create a safe, nonjudgmental space that allows you to process your thoughts and feelings, so you can identify solutions and make immediate changes to create a life that works for you. I’m looking forward to being a part of your journey.

Nadine Leonard, LCSW

I’m Nadine Leonard, a seasoned Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with more than a decade of dedicated practice, currently licensed in Virginia. My specialty is helping individuals and families overcome life’s challenges. I provide Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR therapy, and Emotion Focused Therapy, among other modalities. 

My focus areas include trauma recovery, fostering healthy relationships and parenting issues. I have a soft spot for working with teenagers and witnessing their remarkable transformations, as well as a genuine enjoyment in working with couples and parents. From  childhood to adulthood, I’m here to support you on your unique journey.