Dominique Thornton, MS, LGPC (She/Her)
Clinical Degree: Johns Hopkins University, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Prepare/Enrich Certified: Yes
Office Location: Bethesda; virtually to those located in Maryland
Availability: Weekdays; weekday evenings
Fees: $160/50-minute session; $240/90-minute session; $1100 for Prepare-Enrich package
Life transitions, career counseling, relationships, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, stress management, family conflict, young adults, children, adolescents, racial and ethnic minorities/POC
My human service career journey began over 10 years ago. I’ve worked professionally as a mental health clinician for The Children’s Guild, as a Crisis Counselor at SJH, and as an Intellectual Disabilities Professional at Community Residences, Inc. I have also worked at the Asian-American Justice Center and VENG Group, both of which provided services for clients such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
With a passion for social justice and helping others overcome mental health challenges, I obtained my counseling license (LGPC) and specialized in therapy for racial and ethnic minorities. I later expanded my reach beyond my clients by implementing a mental health/social justice platform as Miss Maryland United States 2019. Through pageantry and professional mental health work, I’ve conducted more than 60 mental health presentations and workshops, raised thousands of dollars for mental health non-profits, organized protests against racial injustice, established a minority law fellowship program, advised state representatives on mental health policies, partnered with police chiefs to reform policing, contributed to U.S. Capitol conferences regarding racial injustice, and published 3 self-help books.
I truly enjoy helping people become their best selves. I believe that EVERYONE is capable of doing so if they’re willing to do their part – and that includes me. Therapy is not a one-man (or woman) show. It’s a collaboration of skills, knowledge, perspective, and experience. With a person-centered orientation, I create a warm, judgement free environment for clients to grow. My clients often describe me as caring, friendly, authentic, chill, and a terribly amazing dad joker.
When I’m not working, I enjoy binge watching Netflix, playing football, attending musicals, competing in pageants, creating art, volunteering, spoiling my dog, and eating Krispy Kreme donuts.