Kemah M Gbolokai is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in the state of Maryland and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Mental Health has always been a taboo topic in the African and Black American community. Why would I want to talk to someone about my problems or what I have
experienced growing up? Breaking the silence and creating a voice has been a passion and a mission for Kemah.
The healing journey begins with a conversation. As a Clinical Counselor, Kemah obtained her Master’s in Community Counseling from Argosy University, where she interned at The Monroe School in D.C. and at
the Abused Person Program in Montgomery County. She has 10 years working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. She has 6 years working with women and children fleeing domestic violence. Kemah has worked in the field of corrections and rehabilitation with clients who have co-occurring disorders. She was able to develop an ability to utilize Trauma Focused –CBT by applying psycho education and parenting skills, Solution Focused, Trauma Informed Care and Reality Therapy with an emphasis in problem solving and meeting unmet psychological needs, while empowering her clients.
She has provided individual and group counseling for youth and adults in residential settings and provided group counseling for female offenders. Kemah continues to empower others with mental health and educational information through workshops to undergraduate students, community
organizations such as PNG Events, Generation Hope and local media outlets (“It Needs to Be Heard”). She has created a girl’s youth group called VIP DIVAS, a trauma focused and coping skills group to provide social and emotional support and education to adolescent youth.
Kemah enjoys inspiring, providing a sense of hope, healing and planting seeds of knowledge to all. One of Kemah’s favorite quotes is “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance
in the rain.”