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LaNail Plummer Portrait

LaNail Plummer, EdD


LaNail R. Plummer is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Maryland and Washington, DC and earned her doctorate from Marymount University in 2018. She holds national credentials as a Counselor (NCC), Supervisor (ACS) and Board-Certified TeleMental Health Counselor (BC-TMH). Her research agenda includes exploring the cultural intersections for minorities in work settings and personal relationships resulting in the development of her model: The Culturally Intersected Clinical Supervision Model. Additionally, LaNail has presented at national and international conferences on topics that include the cultural Black community, LGBTQ community, spirituality, clinical frameworks and clinical supervision, and private practice start-ups. She has presented insightful mental health tips and commentary on local and national media outlets to include ABC7, NBC4, and CNN. LaNail has 15+ years of clinical experience that allows her to incorporate her experiences as Veteran, school/community leadership, university faculty research, & parenting to create customized experiences for organizations & agencies while also providing direct services, consultation, and entrepreneurship development. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Onyx Therapy Group  and the recipient of 40 Under 40 award presented by the Center for Leadership and Excellence.


May 2018 Doctorate of Education, Counseling & Supervision
Marymount University, Arlington, VA
Dissertation: The Impact of Race and Gender in Clinical Supervision For Black Women: A Grounded Theory GPA:3.95

May 2006 Master of Education, Counseling
Howard University, Washington, DC
Courses: Counseling in Schools, Career Counseling Family
Group Counseling, Multicultural Counseling
Human Development, Administration of School Counseling GPA:3.82

May 2002 Bachelor of Arts, Administration of Justice
Howard University, Washington, DC
Dean’s List: 7 semesters GPA:3.59



Association of Black Psychologists December 2015-present

Maryland Counseling Association September 2015 -present

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision August 2015-present

American Counseling Association August 2010- present

Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society March 2005-present

American School Counselors Association August 2004-present


September 2018 Board Certified- TeleMental Health Counselor (BC-TMH)

February 2017 Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Maryland- LC7803

June 2014 Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)
Center for Credentialing and Education

January 2013 Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Washington DC- License # PRC14345

April 2012 CNationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
National Board of Certified Counselors #296460


Text Contributions

Voices from the Field 1.1: LaNail Plummer (Chapter 9- Supervision: A Journey of Personal and Professional Growth) In Jackson-Cherry, L. & Sterner, W. (2020) Practicum and Internship: A Handbook for Competent Counseling Practices, (1) London, Eng: Pearson


Howard University, School of Education

  • Practicum Site, Fihankra Place, Washington, DC July-October 2005
  • Assist teen residents with academic, social, & career development issues through individual counseling

Howard University, School of Education October-January 2006

  • Practicum Site, Akebulan Academy, Washington, DC
  • Counsel elementary-aged students on topics related to adjustments, adolescent development, behavioral interventions, and staff/student
  • Facilitate group counseling sessions with pre-adolescent

January 2019 to present Visiting Professor
Johns Hopkins University

August 2018 to present Adjunct Professor
Marymount University

August 2013 to August 2015 Adjunct Professor
Trinity Washington University


June 2018 to present Director of Interventions & Comprehensive Services

August 2016 to June 2018 Director of Counseling Services

January 2013 to present Co-Owner & Clinical Supervisor
EMC2 Mental Health Counseling & Educational Consulting, LLC

January 2012 to February 2013 Child Facilitator
Program for Agreement and Cooperation (PAC) Program- DC Family Courts

August 2009 to August 2016 Lead School Counselor
DC Bilingual Public Charter School

January 2006 to August 2009 School Counselor
DC Bilingual Public Charter School

● Good Housekeeping magazine March 2016
“Many Moms Are Taking Their Young Daughters to Get Waxed

● Akebulan Academy, Washington D.C November 2005
Topic: Signs, Symptoms, and Laws of Child Abuse

May 2002 to May 2010 Transportation Officer
United States Army

  • Maryland Counseling Association, Treasurer June 2016-June 2018
  • Maryland Counseling Association, Treasurer Aug 2015 -June 2016
  • Mommy Matters, Inc, Founding Board Member June 2013- present
  • Zion Church, Frontline Ministry Member & Schedule Manager August 2011- April 2014
  • Ladies with a Purpose book club, Founder January 2008- Aug 2015
    • Organize book selections and outline book club questions
    • Lead book club discussions
  • Galilee Baptist Church Annual Anniversary Committee, Youth Leader June 2006-Jan 2008
    • Collaborate with church youth leaders to represent the ideas of the youth within the church
    • Research and market ideas within the church targeted towards the youth
  • American Cancer Society-Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Oct 2005- Oct 2008
    • Team leader of “Ladies w/a Purpose”
    • Raised over $6000.00 for breast cancer research
  • Galilee Baptist Church Young Women’s Ministry, 2nd President Jan 2005-Jan 2007
    • Community Outreach
    • Young Women’s Summit
    • Bridging the Gap between the Generations


  • Distinguished Military Veteran Award- Doctoral Student May 2018
  • LEAD award- Teacher Support March 2009
  • LEAD award- Parent education and collaboration January 2009
  • DC Coordinator of the Year- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society June 2008
  • United States Army Meritorious Medal September 2004
  • USAA Service Award May 2002