Wyneshia R. Hicks, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker. She began her career in the mental health field as a Psychology and Dance major at the State University of New York – College at Brockport. After earning a Masters of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance, Wyneshia continued to believe in the therapeutic benefit inherent in dance, thereby seeking ways to join her clinical services with artistic expression. With this goal in mind, she has worked in a variety of social service and mental health settings. She has worked in the Metro DC area for over 10 years and that work has always centered around youth and often with underserved and diverse populations. In an effort to reach underserved youth, Wyneshia co-founded a non-profit organization (Fihankra Akoma Noaso) to serve DC youth in foster care in 2005. As the co-founder, Wyneshia provided support in the areas of program development, staff training and served on the Board of Directors for several years.
Wyneshia received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and has worked at the Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative, Adventist Behavioral Health, Hearts & Homes for Youth (Mother/Baby Program), The Ridge School of Montgomery County before joining the team at The Bethesda Group. Most recently, Wyneshia worked as an adjunct Professor in the University of Maryland-Baltimore’s (UMB) School of Social Work & sits on the Board of a local dance company.
Wyneshia’s approach to treatment, while based in the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) interventions, is largely centered on mutual respect, compassion, transparency and a good touch of humor. Wyneshia has been serving children, adolescents and their families with dedication and compassion. Specializing in working with adolescents with problems of emotional regulation and oppositional behaviors, Wyneshia co-leads our Adolescent DBT Skills Group, Co-leads our Summer DBT Boot Camp, and offers Parent Coaching/Support and Clinical Supervision.
When Wyneshia is not working, she is spending time planning trips to the beach, laughing with family, hanging out with her dog Flag and catching up on crime & Sci-fi shows.