MEET OUR CEO
MYRJA L. PAUL, LCPC, NCC, ACS
Myrja Paul is the owner and Clinical Director of Sol Counseling & Consulting. Myrja received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Myrja is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and is an approved Clinical Supervisor by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.
Myrja has almost 15 years of therapeutic experience and she has provided individual and family counseling in clinics, public schools, college counseling centers and in the community. Myrja has also served as a Clinical Director at mental health clinics, where she provided clinical oversight and supervision to several therapists and graduate interns.
"I always knew that I wanted to help people. I've always had a love for people, a genuine interest in their stories and empathy about their experiences. After working in several community mental health agencies, as well as public schools and colleges, I had a lot of insight about how I could change policies and procedures to benefit people and make sure that client services was the top priority. I thought the best way to ensure that I was meeting my professional, personal and moral needs, was to open my own practice.
In April 2020, I opened Sol Counseling & Consulting, a group mental health practice that provides individual and family therapy and wellness services to adults and children. I wanted to fulfill a need in the community for additional women and minority-owned therapy practices that serve others who look like me and my community. I created a counseling practice of therapists that are culturally competent and have a passion for serving others. We strive to make sure our clients feel seen, understood and safe in our therapeutic environment.
I chose the name Sol as a shortened, easier version of the French/Creole word "Soleil"-meaning the sun or sunlight. It signifies hope, healing, empowerment, joy and redemption. The sun is a daily reminder that we too can rise again from the darkness, that we too can shine our own light (S. Anja).
Born of Haitian parents, I am rooted with a love for family, food, music and art. I love to laugh and find joy in making others smile. My hope is that when people connect with Sol, they leave feeling like they want to enjoy life-not merely exist".