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Beverly Sargent, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, ACS

Executive Director, Child  and Family Therapist

Beverly R. Sargent is Executive Director of the District Heights Family and Youth Services Bureau, District Heights, Md.  She is a nationally certified and state-licensed clinical professional counselor and pastoral therapist. Dr. Sargent is a National Board of Certified Counselors fellow and graduate of the Morehouse School of Medicine course in healthcare disparities. She graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. Before entering the counseling field professionally, she was a sexual assault crisis counselor and volunteer advocate for Prince Georges County Hospital and also a volunteer domestic violence advocate in Minot, North Dakota. She later served on the Board of Directors for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Minot.  Dr. Sargent retired from U.S. Air Force in 2003. Dr. Sargent’s research interests emphasize using mindfulness to build resilience in marginalized children. She is the author of two children’s activity books, “When My Daddy Died,” and “When My Mommy Died.” Both are available on under the pen name, B.R. Sargent.

Katrina Emerson, LCPC

Child and Family Therapist

Katrina Emerson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with the District Heights Family & Youth Services Bureau. Katrina began her career with the YSB in 2012 as an intern.  After obtaining her M.A. in Counseling from Trinity Washington University, Katrina began employment with the YSB as a SMHART therapist, providing counseling services for students in Prince George’s County Schools. After the ending of the SMHART program, Katrina continues to provide individual, group, and family counseling services at the YSB. Currently, Katrina is in the process of working towards her certification in Biofeedback training; assisting with grant writing for the YSB and Youth Development Foundation, and serving as race director for the District Heights Youth Development Foundation’s 1st My Sole Knows 5K Run/ Walk and Virtual 5K Run/Walk.

Manuela Mbouma, LCPC

Child and Family Therapist

Manuela Mbouma is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. As a graduate of Trinity Washington University, Manuela began her career at District Heights Family and Youth Services Bureau in 2016 as an intern. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Elon University. Manuela provides individual, group, and family counseling services at the YSB. She also serves as race director for the District Heights Youth Development Foundation’s 4th My Sole Knows 5K Run/ Walk and Virtual 5K Run/Walk.

Melissa Smith

Office Manager

Melissa Smith joined the District Heights Youth Services Bureau in 2018. She has an extensive background in working with children. She brings years of experience and was a licensed early childhood director serving District Heights and surrounding areas. Prior to working at the YSB,  she enjoyed being an entrepreneur of Passion Of Love Children’s Place. With her organizational skills and attention to detail, Melissa is responsible for making sure the YSB runs smoothly as well as being a friendly face to all those she comes in contact with.





The District Heights Family & Youth Services Bureau hires 2-3 masters and doctoral-level interns per year. We have a diversity of training specialties including counseling, psychology, and social work. We also provide a diversity of treatment approaches such as child-centered play therapy, including sand work, family therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy, including mindfulness and trauma-focused. We are well-known by some of the most sought-after colleges and universities in the Metropolitan-DC area, as a prized training site for interns. These positions are competitive. The first round of interviews are resume only. Prospective interns should contact us no later than February of each year for placements for the following school year. Send your cover letter and resume with references to No phone calls, please.


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