awareness and compassion for people grew as she constantly
came in contact with individuals who were hurting. It
became her desire to help them and not do anything to
cause them further harm. This became the motivation
for Anita pursuing a degree in counseling. Anita is
a graduate of Washington Bible College with a BA degree
in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Christian
Counseling. Anita received her Master of Arts degree
in Counseling Psychology at Bowie State University in
May 2003. Anita recently received her doctorate degree
in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. She
is a licensed certified professional counselor in the
state of Maryland, a member of the American Association
of Christian Counselors (AACC) and the American Counseling
Anita and her husband
have been married for 36 years. God blessed them with
one beautiful daughter, Katrice Marie Leach-Ashton and
two adorable grandsons. She is an ordained minister
and is currently the co-pastor of a growing local church
in Forestville, MD. She has served faithfully by her
husband's side for over 30 years in many capacities.
She currently covers the Women’s Ministry, School
of Ministry, teaches and preaches, and provides counseling.
Her counseling experiences have been with individuals
(adults and adolescents), couples and families. Over
the years she has done a great deal of premarital work
with couples. Her group work has been with parenting
groups and grief counseling. She has also done individual
grief work with adults. Anita received her certification
as a grief recovery specialist from the Grief Recovery
Institute. She also had the opportunity to do some work
part-time for a local hospice agency. Having been healed
of her childhood wound of abuse, Anita has also been
effective in working with other sexually abused women.
Anita has had the
opportunity to teach workshops and seminars on many
occasions in various settings. She has taught several
classes at her church dealing with mental illness and
trained ministers in her church to become lay counselors.
Several of her future goals are to become an adjunct
professor at one of the local Universities or Colleges
and to educate churches about mental illness.
Anita enjoys counseling,
teaching, and ministering to women. Her greatest desire
is to fulfill the purpose and call of God upon her life.
Her greatest joy in ministry is to see women emotionally
healed, delivered and set free from yokes of bondage.
In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, sewing,
cooking, traveling, and making floral arrangements.
More than anything else Anita enjoys spending time with