Meet the Team

Talia Bryan, LCSW
Psychotherapist, Clinical Director

tbryan@pearlvitality.com

Talia Bryan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Her educational experience includes an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelors Degree in Psychology& Family & Social Relations from the University of Windsor in Canada and A Masters Degree In Social Work from Norfolk State University. Work experience includes inpatient therapy within an Acute Hospital Setting, Emergency Mental Health Treatment with The City of Alexandria and Outpatient Counseling with the Department of Defense.

Her academic and work experience has granted her an understanding of human development and behavior . Talia has extensive experience working with individuals across the life span, families and groups from various backgrounds, cultures and age groups treating a wide range of psychosocial stressors including but not limited to marital conflict , relationship acute stress, divorce, depression, anxiety , PTSD, ADHD , adult ADD , eating disorders, sexual addiction, substance abuse, domestic violence, maturational stress, military lifestyle, interpersonal/intrapersonal conflicts, suicidal ideations , grief and loss, child/adult abuse and parent child -relational issues.

Her clinical focus is empowering individuals, couples and families with the strengths and abilities they have within to overcome life’s stressors. Therapeutic approaches are eclectic in which she utilizes therapeutic modalities (not limited to) such as Gottman Couples Counseling, CBT, Trauma Focused CBT, Person Centered Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to foster and institute change.

Specialities: Individual, Adolescent, Couples and Family Counseling. CISM certified for Crisis Intervention/Response, Substance Abuse Professional Certified for Department of Transportation. Couples Counseling using the Gottman method.



Brittany Adams, LPC
ATR, Psychotherapist

badams@pearlvitality.com

Brittany Adams received her master’s in Art Therapy/Counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Formerly she worked for a behavioral health center in Hampton Roads, Va. as a Primary Clinical/Art Therapist providing therapeutic services through integrative counseling approaches to an adolescent population. Brittany is currently pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology.

She received her bachelor’s from Hampton University in Fine Arts; she is a highly celebrated artist whose works have been featured in the International African American Journal reviews. Some of her art also has been included in the private collections of national celebrities, including radio talk show host Tom Joyner. Ms. Adams also has served as the Artistic Director of Young Audiences, providing art experiences for children, including those in underserved communities. The organization also nurtures the careers of emerging artists. Further, she is a highly sought illustrator of children and young adult books.

Specialities: Individual and Adolescent Counseling. Art Therapy.



Michelle Pearson, LPC
Psychotherapist

mpearson@pearlvitality.com

Michelle has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Marymount University and a Master of
Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Educational Psychology
from George Mason University. Michelle currently provides clinical services to
individuals with eclectic backgrounds. Michelle received her Bachelor’s Degree in
Psychology from George Mason University. Michelle has experience with individuals
living with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, mild intellectual disabilities
and autism spectrum disorders. Michelle has experience in intensive outpatient settings,
psychiatric rehabilitation and correctional settings. Her primary approach to therapy
integrates solution-focused and cognitive–behavioral techniques. Michelle is passionate
about helping people overcome their challenges and reach their full potential. In order
for resolutions to be found, Michelle believes that individuals need to identify and
reframe problem-immersed thought patterns and be guided toward problem-solving
actions.

Specialities: Individual and Group Counseling. Substance Abuse.



Kristin Harkins, LMFT
Psychotherapist

kharkins@pearlvitality.com

Kristin Harkins is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California. She has been practicing for eighteen years, working with all types of clients in a variety of settings. She has seen clients in outpatient clinics, community-based programs, inpatient hospitals, and residential facilities. She received her Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. This has influenced her work in terms of considering the many social and environmental aspects of a person’s life and how they affect feelings and stressors.

Kristin takes a strength-based approach to therapy, building on the innate strengths a person possesses to help them achieve their goals. She tailors her treatment to the needs of the client, using evidence-based models combining Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Family Systems, and Solution-Focused theories. She believes that a strong therapist-client relationship is essential to treatment and focuses on building trust and an emotionally safe environment. She has extensive experience working with a wide spectrum of symptoms and concerns, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, disruptive behaviors, and parenting work.

Most recently, Kristin has been a Professor at Loyola Marymount University, teaching graduate students who are pursuing careers in therapy, and she has provided training and support to clinicians who are newer to the field. Her approach is supportive, empathic, and active, helping clients feel understood while learning new tools to become empowered in their lives.

Specialities: Individual, Child and Adolescent, Family Therapy, Parenting and Stress Management.



Tasha Smith, LPC
Psychotherapist

tsmith@pearlvitality.com

Tasha Smith is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over four years of comprehensive clinical experience. She is passionate about helping individuals, families, and couples overcome the stressors and adversities that hide, for a time, one’s path to peace and fulfillment.

She believes healing is about letting go of everything that is not you – releasing expectations, redrafting false beliefs – and becoming who you are. She draws from a variety of treatment modalities to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation. A key component to Tasha’s practice is developing a collaborative, compassionate, authentic, and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship with clients. She is a warm, open, encouraging, realistic, and direct therapist who combines experience, creativity, and a sense of humor to the therapeutic process.

Her educational experience includes an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She previously served as a Clinical Director for a private organization that provided services to low-income individuals and families. She currently holds an LCPC in Maryland and an LPC in the District of Columbia and Virginia.

Specialities: Individual, Adolescent, and Couples Therapy.



Trinetta Bryan
Business & Operations Director

contact@pearlvitality.com