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Couples & Family Institute (CFI)

We believe the family unit represents the foundation and core of society. Our mission is to partner with families in an effort to help, support, guide, and heal as they journey through life’s challenging circumstances and events.

We created the Couples and Family Institute of MPB Group, Inc. to provide comprehensive programs that address issues germane to couples and families.

Specialized CFI Programs

  • Family Therapy Program
    • Adoption, Foster care and Guardianship Program
    • Blended Family Program
    • Parent-Child Reunification Program
    • LGBTQ+ Family Psychoeducation & Support Program
    • Integrative Services Family Support Program
    • Traumatized Child – A Family Systems Approach – late 2022
  • Couples Program
    • Pre-Marital Workshops
    • Discernment Counseling (Mixed Agenda Couples)
    • Sex Therapy – late 2022
    • Retreats
      • Let’s Recommit – Let’s Reconnect (Couples Retreat) October 21-24, 2022

Team Bios

Mary Blackwood

LCMFT, Program Director

Mary Blackwood, LCMFT serves as the Program Director for the Couples & Family Institute. Mary envisioned and created the Couples & Family Institute in 2018, a program that focuses on providing comprehensive and systemic care for families and couples.

She received her MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Capella University. She completed the 18-month process to become an AAMFT Board Approved Supervisor. Mary’s love and respect for the family positioned her to share this passion with MPB Group, Inc. for the last nine + years. From an intern to Program Director, the focus has always been on providing stellar systemic services by training future dedicated family therapists that help and guide couples and families to discover or rediscover their own family harmony. She has worked extensively with families of adoption, foster care, and guardianship. This vulnerable population and the lack of resources for the families is the first program under CFI where extensive training was developed and introduced to every clinician. MPB Group is now an Adoption Competent Agency.

Ralnah Brown


Ralnah Brown is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Registered Nurse who loves working with couples. She interned at MPB Group as a Couples & Family Therapist intern while earning her masters degree. She is a certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator, which directly connects with her goal to help couples make sense of their life stories and experiences. As an empathetic and compassionate listener, she helps pre-marital couples prepare for their marital journey. Through the lens of Attachment Theory, application of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy, Ralnah helps individuals and couples establish and/or deepen their emotional connection. Ralnah translates this approach when seeing individuals, for understanding one’s individual story is key to an enriched life. Ralnah sees couples and individuals via teletherapy only.

Jasmine Jenkins

LGMFT, CFI Team Lead Coordinator

Jasmine Jenkins is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She joined MPB Group as an intern when she made an indelible impact. After completing her MA degree at Capella University, she returned to MPB Group. Jasmine combines her early child development professional experience with training in family therapy using Structural Family Therapy to realign families that need adjustment. Addressing challenges such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, parenting skills and communication, she works with children, adolescents, and teens within the family system to help parents and children better communicate and find their family harmony. She is an Adoption Competent Therapist. She will begin certification for Discernment Counseling in 2022, which will be a great addition to our Couples Program.

Trish Perry


Trish is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who earned her MA degree in 2021 at Northcentral University. Her graduate program specialization was Military Families. Trish returned to MPB Group after interning with CFI in 2020. She is working towards her Doctorate of Education in Community Care- Marriage and Family Therapy at Liberty University. She uses Experiential Therapy as her model to create memorable moments in session for families and couples to see family patterns that are getting in the way of synchronicity. She then guides couples and families to take the steps towards positive change. Trish sees couples and families via teletherapy only.

CFI Think Tank

Much like the cafes in Paris circa 1870 or Vienna early 1900s, CFI Think Tank is a gathering of Marriage & Family Therapists and other Systemic Thinkers who share experiences, collaborate on cases, connect with others and advance knowledge in a passionate and lively way. While our spirited sharings unfold, we enjoy food, spirits and beverages that round out our monthly meetings.

There are two ways of joining our get togethers – virtually every 1st Thursday of the month at 10:00 am and/or in person every 1st Thursday of the month at 7:30 in our Laurel office – 14205 Park Center Drive, Laurel MD.


We offered free membership through the end of 2022, however, if you are joining us for the first time, your first visit is free. We know you will enjoy and grow from the experience, that you will gladly join our membership. Please click the link below to join.

Annual membership is $155.  Online payment is available with this link:

For more information contact us at: 410-730-2385 or email
Cash, Maryland Medicaid & CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance accepted