About - Mental Health Treatment for citizens of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia

Mental Health Treatment for citizens of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia

Our Mission

BASICS Group Practice, LLC is dedicated to establishing and maintaining a standard of excellence in providing proven community behavioral health and developmental services to citizens of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Our programs and services are connected by the common goal of offering comprehensive, integrated, and evidence-based mental health treatment for those in need. We use a holistic model of care – attending to the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being of each person – that is promoted and fostered through the core values of personal responsibility, family involvement, and community integration.


Co-OWner, CEO/President

Daniel Ferebee, LCSW-C

Mr. Ferebee is a licensed clinical psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. With experiences as a foster care worker, school-based social worker, and mental health clinician, Mr. Ferebee strives to offer services that focus on the client's strengths and competencies as integral components of the rehabilitative process. Mr. Ferebee is dedicated to serving individuals, families and communities through providing a therapeutic venue where all clients can receive an exemplary standard of mental health services.


Co-Owner, COO/Vice-President

Ricardo D. LaGrange, Ph.D.

Dr. LaGrange is a Licensed Clinical and Research Psychologist with over 20 years experience in the fields of public health; psychotherapy and counseling; training and consultation; seminar and workshop presentation; and evidence-based practices. Dr. LaGrange received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia, his Masters’ degree in Public Health from George Washington University and Doctorate degree in Psychology from Howard University.  He has proven expertise in the science of behavioral change and leading healthcare-related initiatives with high-risk populations across multiple sectors. Dr. LaGrange approaches his clinical work with the belief that each client possesses unique strengths that through treatment can be harnessed to navigate even the most challenging problems. Trained as a scientist-practitioner and adjunct professor, Dr. LaGrange is dedicated to providing proven and state-of-the-art psychological services.


Other Key Staff


John Patton, Psy.D.

Dr. Patton is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with experience in the fields of psychological and neuropsychological assessment, psychotherapy, counseling, and seminar and workshop presentation. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, two Master’s degrees from James Madison University and the American School of Professional Psychology respectively, an Educational Specialist degree from James Madison University, and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Patton specializes in psychological assessment for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults presenting with a wide range of disorders. He also has over 15 years of experience providing psycho educational evaluations and consultations that inform school and community based support services (e.g., IEP, 504 plans) for children and adolescents with academic, emotional, or behavioral challenges. Dr, Patton is committed to providing an excellent psychological assessment experience culminating in the presentation of an informative report that (1) thoroughly addresses the referral question(s) and (2) is reviewed with the client until the results are clearly understood, because Dr. Patton believes that it is just as important for patients to understand their assessment results as it is for their doctors.

Donitra Ross, Psy.D.

Dr. Ross is a psychology associate, trained to provide individual therapy, group therapy, and couples/family therapy. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Professional Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Northern Virginia. She has specialized training in providing trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, substance abuse treatment, crisis management/intervention, and supportive therapy for those diagnosed with serious mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder). She also has extensive training and over 10 years of experience in conducting consultation, supervision, and developing/providing continuing education training. Dr. Ross has a specific interest in working with adolescents and adults who have experienced complex trauma, veterans/active duty military, and individuals transitioning into the community after experiencing incarceration. She is passionate about social justice, increasing diversity awareness, conducting clinical research, teaching, and supporting others as they accomplish their goals.

Richard Miller, Psy.D.

Dr. Miller is a Psychology Associate and a life-long academic scholar with four degrees in the area of mental health including: a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Long Island University (C.W. Post), a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University, a second Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology (ASPP), and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology also from the American School of Professional Psychology (ASPP). Dr. Miller has a plethora  of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families and has also shown proficiency working with couples as a Certified (Level 2) Gottman Couples Therapist.

With an assimilative psychodynamic approach, Dr. Miller magnifies the impact of traditional psychodynamic therapy using various active interventions including: behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, family systems, and mindfulness techniques. Dr. Miller has been successful using mindfulness meditation practices in a solution-focused manner for the treatment of anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder in children and adults. As an advanced practitioner-scholar, Dr. Miller endeavors to focus on the practical application of accumulated scholarly knowledge to provide exceptional, holistic treatment designed to meet the specific needs of the client.

Rufus T. Spann, PhD, LCPC, LPC, NCC, MAC, ACS

Dr. Spann has over ten (10) years of cultivating his craft in the mental health field.  He is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University a speaker, trainer, and Past President Maryland Counseling Association (2014-2015). Dr. Spann has taken the time to excel himself to the highest standards as a clinician by obtaining his licensure as an Approved Clinical Supervisor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Nationally Certified School Psychologist and License Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland and Washington, DC.

Karen Allen, LCPC

Ms. Allen is a Licensed Clinical Professional counselor (LCPC) that provides evidence-based therapeutic counseling for a wide variety of mental health and psycho-social challenges. My approach is holistic - Mind , body and spirit. My approaches are eclectic in nature , borrowing from many different counseling theories , primarily cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Person -centered and positive psychology. Karen Allen is Christian -based; however I embrace individuals with all beliefs. I am sensitive to and respectful of a client's desire to incorporate or to not incorporate spirituality in their counseling sessions. Possessing a graduate degree in Pastoral Counseling for Loyola University, Baltimore MD, Ms. Allen has worked in the mental Health field since 2002. Her early years included working with the renowned Wendt Center for Loss and healing providing counseling to family members of homicide victims, including group sessions with those who experiences loss from the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Ms. Allen has also received extensive training and obtained certification as a Life coach, and as an Executive/ Leadership Coach.

Jenita Griffin, PsyD, LCPC, HSP

Dr. Griffin has been a licensed mental health provider in Maryland for over 15 years and is a member of the National Register for Health Service Psychologists.  Dr. Griffin is a Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor at BASICS where she lends her clinical and program expertise in treatment for children, adolescents and adults who suffer from trauma, anxiety and depressive disorders. In other roles, Dr. Griffin’s practice includes: making court appearances or expert witness testimony on the behalf of clients; providing consultations in the educational system; providing compensation and pension evaluations of veterans for the Nurse Practitioners Group; implementing services in outpatient mental health clinics, and hospitals; and mentoring inspired psychology majors.

Marlon Davis, EdM

Mr. Davis is a Senior Educational Consultant with BASICS.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from Providence College and his Master’s degree in School Administration, Planning, and Social Policy (PreK-12) from Harvard University.  As a seasoned educator and school administrator, Mr. Davis supports a range of company initiatives aimed at training principals and school leadership teams to develop the capacity to increase student achievement via the structured engagement of parents and extended families.  Mr. Davis served as an Assistant Principal and Principal in traditional K-12 settings and as the Executive Director of a charter school where he was successful in turning a struggling elementary school around to becoming one of the highest performing schools in Cambridge, MA. It was this experience that solidified his belief in collaborative leadership and targeted parental involvement as major components to improving student academic performance.  As Director of Charter Schools, Innovation, and Redesign for the state of Massachusetts, he was responsible for accountability of over 80 charter schools and provided technical assistance through coaching and training to support their educational improvement efforts.

Charla Lewis, Ph.D.

Dr. Lewis is a licensed psychologist, a nationally certified school psychologist, and creative arts- infused play therapist in Maryland and Washington DC. She earned her undergraduate degree at University of Texas at Austin and her doctorate from Texas A&M University- College Station. Her post-doctoral fellowship was completed at the University of Maryland Medical System, where she focused on evidence-based therapeutic applications in urban school and home settings. Dr. Lewis has worked in a variety of child/ family oriented settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, juvenile facilities, foster care agencies, and schools, in both direct care and supervisor/ trainer capacities. In addition to her experience in clinical practice, Dr. Lewis has authored/ co-authored a number of published articles and presented numerous workshops and seminars on issues of general mental health, treatment of numerous kinds of trauma exposure, parenting and family dynamics, substance abuse, culturally responsive assessment, risk and resilience in children, and caregiver self-care. Her current areas of research focus on gifted identification of minority children, mindfulness in the treatment of adolescent emotional/ behavioral conditions, and data-driven decision making in service-delivery systems. Dr. Lewis currently works as the sole psychologist and Director of Counseling for Capital City Public Charter Schools as well as a consultant for local community-based clinics and mental health awareness initiatives.


Loud Voices Together is proud to be a community partner with BASICS Group Practice to serve the residents of Prince George’s County and neighboring jurisdictions. BASICS is a full-service evaluation and counseling practice that is able to provide psychological and emotional testing from local experts and provide mental health counseling services to meet the needs of our most vulnerable citizens. BASICS provides outstanding customer service, timely appointments, and expertise that is unmatched.
— Ronnetta Stanley, Executive Director, Loud Voices Together Educational Advocacy Group, Inc.
I am writing to thank BASICS Group Practice LLC for their professional and knowledgeable consultation support. Most of all, I want to let you know how much I appreciate you matching our agency with a consultant that is very knowledgeable about our agency circumstances. They were able to provide us real experience as examples and vital information how to address numerous problems we have been experiencing. BASICS has provided such a critical and significant impact on our agency’s staff, several of my employees have thanked me for bringing in Dr. Ross to speak with us and say that, ‘She gets it!’. Keep up the great work you all do!
— Rhonda Graham, Executive Director, EBED Community Improvement Inc.
As a practicing, primary care physician, I frequently am in need of a responsive, professional, competent mental health team to refer patients with a variety of psychological and social/family/relationship problems. I have found BASICS Group Practice to genuinely fill this need, and feedback from my patient referrals has always been excellent. I will continue to prefer to indeed send my patients with such mental health needs to this superb group.
— Rodney L. Ellis, MD, Internal Medicine