About Us

It's Time for A Breakthrough

Who We Are

Established in May 2010, Breakthroughs Psychological Services, LLC (BPS) is a minority and woman-owned business seeking to provide competent, compassionate and quality mental health services throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Named after Dr. Gabriel’s personal and professional testimony that people often experience “breakthroughs” with the help of intervention, the BPS mission is to “Inspire hope- foster change- and empower YOU to make a breakthrough.” Dr. Gabriel believes that the interventions that can facilitate breakthroughs that BPS provides include individual therapy, couples and family counseling, psychoeducation/community outreach and psychological assessment.

Our Team


Renita Gabriel


Renita Gabriel (Psy.D.) is a licensed psychologist in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia and is the founder/CEO of BPS. She is also a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Dr. Gabriel has had significant experience providing psychological services (psychotherapy and psychological assessment) in both inpatient and outpatient settings with populations varying across the lifespan and from culturally diverse backgrounds. She has also taught courses at the graduate level at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She earned her undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and her doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology Chicago Campus.

Her areas of practice include the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, PTSD, Stress Management, Grief/Loss, Relational Issues, Adjustment Disorders, forensic and psychological assessment. 


Dr. Gabriel’s areas of interest include mentorship, spiritual development, writing, teaching and providing education and support to faith-based communities around mental health. Her professional memberships include the Maryland Psychological Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors. She is a devoted wife and mother of two and author of The Point of It All: A Faith-Based Guide to Successful Living.

The Point of It All: A Faith-Based Guide to Successful Living

By Dr. Renita Gabriel, Psy. D.

Shayla Bullock

 Shayla Bullock is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) who has provided education, crisis intervention/management, individual and group therapy in the field of domestic violence, abuse and trauma for the past 13 years in both the residential and outpatient settings. Her main therapeutic practices include trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, compassion-focused therapy, and mindfulness-based practices to motivate clients during their individual healing journeys.


She’s been trained on the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping) which is an experiential method that clears out unwanted feelings and releases limiting beliefs.


Shayla is committed to creating a compassionate environment for each individual client that focuses on their personal strengths and resiliency that will lead to independent coping skills that provide healthy management of emotional regulation throughout their lifespan.

Kevin Carter is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He has over twenty-five years experience providing psychotherapeutic services to adults, adolescents, and their families in a variety of settings. Notably, Mr. Carter has rendered psychotherapeutic services to adolescents in juvenile detention while also providing psychotherapy to their families in preparation for their release from detention and reunification with family. He has also provided in-home family therapy to foster youth and their host families. Additionally, he has provided outpatient psychotherapeutic services to adults managing chronic mental illness to lessen their prospects for psychiatric readmission. He is currently a part of a multi-disciplinary team providing brief, solution-focused therapy to adults requiring inpatient psychiatric treatment.


“My ideal client is motivated to examine personal life challenges through formation of a therapeutic alliance marked by honest dialogue, self-assessment, and commitment to doing the work required to begin the process of healing. I employ an eclectic approach to therapeutic intervention which allows me to pull from a variety of therapeutic modalities in addressing the needs of persons I work with. I particularly enjoy cognitive-behavioral approaches to therapy, family systems therapy and personcentered therapy.”

Kevin Carter


Edva Jean

Office Manager & Medical Biller

Edva joined the BPS team in Fall of 2018. Since that time her role has expanded from Medical Biller to Office Manager. Edva’s commitment to excellence and attention to detail make her an
asset to both staff and clients at BPS. She holds an undergraduate degree in Biology and enjoys learning new things and spending time with family and friends.