Maya M. Deskins, Ph.D.
Dr. Maya Deskins is a Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Colombia. In a career spanning over 20 years she has focused on practicing an empathetic, yet direct approach where her clients feel hears and understood. Dr. Deskins works to allow client to allow clients to stay in the moment, process the […]
Major Pierre Larkin (ret)
Major Larkin held various positions during his military career field as both an enlisted and commissioned officer. His last assignment was the Deputy Chief of Contracts for the HOA (Horn of Africa) in the Combined Joint Task Force. Major Larkin oversaw the daily operations of a contracting office with multiple employees and millions of dollars […]
Ms. Ayanna Gray has been an integral part of Aurora Psychological Services since inception. Ms. Gray is masterfully proficient with insurance, credentialing, billing and office management. She has twenty (20) years of overseeing and managing a billing and compliance department ensuring requirements are attained for multiple insurance carriers. Ms. Gray keeps all providers compliant with CAQH, state continuing education credits and malpractice insurance. She is an invaluable member of our team and one who brightens everyone’s day.
SSG Miguel Sierra (ret)
SSG Miguel Sierra (ret) is an Army veteran who spent 10 years on Active Duty serving as a Behavioral Health Clinic (NCOIC), Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Resiliency Program Manager, Drug and Alcohol Counselor and Sexual Assault Victim Advocate. While in the Army, Mr. Sierra developed a passion for helping and motivating Soldiers to excel by empowering them to make sound decisions, advocate for themselves and their Battle Buddies, and face adversity directly and with minimal fear. The result was more cohesive units that accomplished their missions effectively, efficiently, and with a sense of pride in their work. While active duty, SSGT Sierra conducted over 900 empowered, impassioned and interactive trainings aimed to reduce the high numbers of fallen service members by suicide spanning from the National Capital Region (Fort Belvoir, Quantico, The Pentagon, Fort Myer) across the country to Hawaii (Schofield Barracks, Tripler Army Medical Center) frequesntly stating he feels tasked with the most important mission of overseeing the training of personnel in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention techniques, and creating a culture of understanding and connectedness throughout the workplace community. SSG Sierra (ret) has brought that same passion to the civilian sector, helping organizations and schools bring the best out of their employees, members, students and faculty. He has continued to conduct Suicide Prevention and team building trainings for several military units, youth leadership and community organizations such as The Marion Barry Leadership Academy in DC, and a few local businesses in the Washington Metro Area. In 2020, Miguel founded My Brother’s Keeper (MBK Tribe), a support group and healing space for men whose mission is to create the greatest generation of men ever by deconstructing historically toxic societal expectations and behaviors. He will continue to present to organizations his dynamic and interactive presentations on suicide prevention, suicide awareness, and postvention techniques if requested.
Ilese Ominsky, M.S., Ed.S., Certified Autism Specialist
Dr. Ilese Ominsky is a licensed School Psychologist and resident in Clinical Psychology in the state of Virginia and Maryland. She has over 15 years of experience assessing the needs of children and adults. Dr. Ominsky excels in the use of professional interventions to assess the current cognitive and emotional processing abilities of children, teens and adults through the most recent advances in psychological assessment tools. In addition, she also conducts individual therapy, couples and groups. She has immediate availability for daytime and evening appointments.
Mr. Demetrius Hollingsworth is a Social Worker with over twenty (20) years’ experience and an honored United States veteran who served in the Army. During his time in service, Mr. Hollingsworth was chosen for advanced Mental Heath training which contributed to his degree in Social Work. Mr. Hollingsworth has recently joined Aurora Psychological Services and will bring that specialty experience of being a psychometrician focusing on children with cognitive deficits and/or difficulties to our practice. While at Aurora Psychological Services, Mr. Hollingsworth with primarily facilitate the neurocognitive laboratory which focuses on improving cognition, focus, memory, and executive function.
Dwayne Wright, MSW
Mr. Dwayne Wright a LCSW supervisee in the state of Virginia. He has worked with mental health for over 19 years as a Case Worker, DSP, QMHP in Washington DC and Northern Virginia supporting clients with severe mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities and mood disturbances. Mr. Wright has experience working with CBT, Mindfulness, coping […]
Mr. Demetries North, M.A.
Mr. Demetries North is well experienced Professional Mental Health Counselor performing crisis intervention work in a clinical behavioral health setting; conducting risk assessments with clients experiencing an emotional crisis and as a result, may result in self harming behaviors. He has experience coordinating with team members to initiate emergency services or create facility transportation plans, as clinically appropriate; and engaging multiple entities, including law enforcement, first responders, as well as other medical and mental health providers. Mr. North provides evidenced based crisis intervention through a variety of integrative modalities such as Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Humanistic Therapy. Mr. North is competent to carry out crisis management steps while effectively prioritizing complex problems quickly and responds appropriately in crisis situations. Able to provide clinical psychosocial assessments, care management, consult management, individual therapy, couples and family therapy, group therapy, and provide substance use disorder specific services. Ability to provide mental health services within the knowledge, theory, and training foundations of professional counseling. My life’s mission is to help you achieve your best life, even in your not so best times.
Jill Omali, PharmD.
Dr. Jill Omari is a registered Pharmacist who will be offering medication consultations or client, medication reconciliations and facilitating groups on the effects of psychotropic medications on mood and severe mental illness.
Keith Poche, LCSW
Mr. Keith Poche is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 28 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and adults. His populations include those with various mental health and substance abuse/addiction issues. Mr. Poche received his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University and a Masters of Social Work from California State University. In addition to his graduate training, he has been trained with Triple P Level 3, Together Facing the Challenge provider and trainer (A skills based training for foster parents) REBT, and Motivational Interviewing. Mr. Keith Poche is a therapist who genuinely loves to help others. He demonstrates through word and deed that his role as a clinician is to assist clients on their journey to recovery from behavioral health issues or other concerns. As a member of our team Mr. Poche embodies the therapeutic stance of reaching clients individually as well as through their immediate environment and as a part of their entire community as a method of reaching their goals.