Dr. Lillian Sylvester

When you’re going through challenges in life, you may often feel like no one can understand what you’re going through. During these crucial times, it can help you to meet with a therapist you can trust.  Dr. Sylvester focuses on treating mental illnesses, such as ADHD, anxiety, and depression. At her practice, she is dedicated to providing competent, affirming, trauma-informed care to her patients, especially those who are from marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ+ community.

About the Practice

Our Story

Our founder, Dr. Lillian M. Sylvester, has been in the field of therapy for more than 15 years and has been licensed for more than 9 years. She is board-certified through the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and is a licensed supervisor for graduate level clinicians (LGPCs). Dr. Sylvester has experience working with clients aged 2 to 65.

On April 10, 2018, she founded Teal Fire Counseling. Her goal for establishing the practice is to provide competent care to marginalized communities, including the LGBTQ population.

Our Unique Therapy Approach

Adlerian-trained, Dr. Sylvester’s approach to therapy involves identifying the obstacles faced by the client and helping them create strategies to achieve their goals. Whether in school systems, private homes, or professional offices, she tailors her work to the needs of the individual.

She pays attention to the systems which impact the client, such as their family, relationships, school, community, or religious affiliation, and she helps them view their situation from a different perspective. Her background in art also plays a role in her clinical practice. She understands the importance of artistic self-expression and its effect on an individual’s well-being.

Color & Symbolism, The Meaning Behind Our Name:

Green--the color of life, renewal, nature and energy, associated with harmony and growth.

Blue--symbolizes truth, wisdom, loyalty and openness.

Fire--represents motivation; the symbol of the divine which dwells within us all.

Her Approach to Therapy

Trained in Adlerian therapy, Dr. Sylvester is committed to providing affirming, client-centered treatments. She genuinely cares about her patients and puts their needs first. To ensure that her work is tailored to the needs of the particular individual she is treating, she makes sure to examine the systems that impact the person.

Learning about her patients’ relationships with members of their family, their school environment, or the peers from their religious community helps her better understand their situation. This, in turn, allows her to develop the appropriate treatment strategy.



As an expressive arts therapist, Dr. Sylvester utilizes arts-based therapies alongside traditional methods.

Through artistic expression, she believes that patients can more freely speak their truth. Arts-based therapies can help them own their successes, celebrate their efforts, and find joy in their therapeutic journey.


Individual and Family Therapy

At Teal Fire Counseling we understand that life comes with many obstacles, and we want to assure you that you don’t have to face these problems alone. 

As you wrestle with depression or anxiety, battle confusion, survive rejection, or persevere through loss, we will be with you every step of the way. Let us be your guide as you navigate the various challenges in your life.