Offices Located in Columbia, MD & Washington DC
A Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

Our Mission

“Our Mission is to provide an array of assessments and treatment services that will improve the quality of life for children, adolescents, adults and families, and meet the needs of the community.”

Our Goal

“Our goal is to offer high quality clinical, diagnostic, and forensic assessments and treatment services using empirically validated, state of the art techniques. We will accomplish our goals by collaboratively working with our clients and using a multimodal approach.”

Our Philosophy

“Providing high quality professional care in a warm, sensitive, supportive, and collaborative manner; and understanding our client's unique background and challenges, optimizing their personal strengths and reducing psychological pain and suffering.”

Pius Ojevwe, PsyD

Dr. Ojevwe is a clinical-forensic psychologist who is licensed to practice in Maryland, Washington DC, and New York. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree of psychology from St. John’s University, New York and completed his doctorate in clinical psychology with a sub-specialty in forensic psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University in Arlington Virginia. Dr. Ojevwe has extensive experience in assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults with a wide range of psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, trauma, personality dysfunction, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders, and behavioral/conduct difficulties and learning disabilities. Dr. Ojevwe also has expertise in forensic risk assessment and treatment of sexual and violent offenders. He is presently employed full-time at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, DC where he serves as a clinical psychologist/team leader providing forensic assessment and treatment to individuals who have been found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity and those awaiting competency to stand trial. He also serves as a faculty in the psychology training department of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital providing training to doctoral and post-doctoral trainees, and is an adjunct faculty at Walter Reed Army Medical Center forensic psychology fellowship program and an adjunct faculty member at St. Elizabeth’s Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program. Dr. Ojevwe also serves as a clinical/forensic consultant to various local mental health organizations and has been a consultant/contractor with the Department of Juvenile Services in Maryland and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for the past several years. Dr. Ojevwe is currently an Associate Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In the past, Dr. Ojevwe has served as an adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Campus (Clinical Psychology Doctorate Program/Department) and as a guest lecturer at various local colleges and universities including Georgetown University, Argosy University, and Prince George's County Community College, among others. Dr.Ojevwe is an experienced trainer in the topics of forensic assessment, legal involvement, ethics and the treatment of youth with sexual behavior problems. 


Shennell January, PhD

Dr. Shennell January serves as a member of the training team and psychological consultant at COMPASS. Dr. January received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Jackson State University.  She completed a pre-doctoral forensic internship at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington D.C. and post-doctoral training in assessment and treatment of adolescents with both psycho-educational and psycho-legal needs at COMPASS Mental Health Consultants. Her extensive experience in conducting psychological evaluations and providing empirically-based therapeutic interventions, in both individual and group therapy contexts, has afforded her the opportunity to work with adolescents and adults with a wide range of psychological, emotional, behavioral, social, and legal challenges. Dr. January is also proficient in forensic risk assessment and treatment of sexual and violent offenders. She is currently an independent consultant with COMPASS and an Adjunct Professor in the Clinical PsyD Program of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC, as well as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Virginia Bible College.  Her interests are in the areas of juvenile delinquency, psycho-legal issues, sexual dysfunction (i.e., addiction, offending), trauma, sexual abuse recovery, parent-child relational issues, and spirituality.


Denisha L. Carter, PsyD

Dr. Carter serves at the Director of Training and Marketing at COMPASS. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology, Physics and Chemistry from East Carolina University. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Virginia State University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy Washington DC. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Children’s Institute in Los Angeles, California and a postdoctoral fellowship with the Consortium of Emory School of Medicine/Grady Health Systems/ Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She served as the Program Director for 2 years for a program focusing on the treatment of youth with sexual behavior problems at a mental health center in Atlanta, GA prior to accepting her current position and returning to the DC metropolitan area. She is a certified Juvenile Sexual Offending Counselor and has a vast array of experience working with youth ages 12 to 17 years old with histories of trauma and inappropriate sexual behaviors. Dr. Carter is an experienced trainer in the areas of the treatment and the assessment of youth with sexual behavior problems and trauma. 


Perryn Gutkowski, LCSW-C

Ms. Perryn Gutkowski, LCSW serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Clinical Operations of COMPASS. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in social sciences with a focus in psychology and a minor in Humanities from Hofstra University in Long Island, New York and subsequently received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York. Ms. Gutkowski has been a practicing clinician for ten years providing individual, family, and group psychotherapies.  She has extensive experience in working with adults, adolescents, and children with a wide range of psychological and behavioral difficulties as well as substance abuse issues. Ms. Gutkowski prides herself on offering services, which match the needs of her clients. As a clinician, she continuously strives to build on her clients’ strengths, foster their sense of autonomy and independence, and improve the quality of their lives. Her professional interests include writing, cultural awareness and sensitivity and professional development for mental health graduates trainees. Mrs. Gutkowski is an experienced trainer in areas such as of trauma and the treatment of individuals with mental illness.