Meet Our Mental Health Team

Our Management Team

Thomas C. Cook, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer 

Hayley I. Porter. Psy.D.

Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer
Licensed Psychologist (MD)

Aruna Rao, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Board Certified Psychiatrist

Brandi Tanasescu, LGPC

Chief Financial and Strategic Officer

​Julia Kurisch, LCPC

Board Approved Supervisor

Chief Clinical Officer

Ian J. Bolland, LCPC

Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer

Jason Quarantillo, LCPC

Board Approved Supervisor 

Sr. Vice President of Training

Megan Spencer MHRM, SPHR

Chief People Officer

Molly Martin

mmartin@bpointwellness.com

(410) 800-2169 (ext5829)

Vice President of Operations

Kathryn DeRaffele, LCPAT, ATR-BC

kderaffele@bpointwellness.com

Board Approved Supervisor

Director of Clinical Services

Kimberly Maher, LCPC

kmaher@bpointwellness.com

Board Approved Supervisor

Associate Director- Telehealth

Jessica Hurst, LCPC

jhurst@bpointwellness.com

Board Approved Supervisor

Associate Director- Hunt Valley Office

Bethany Benson, LCPC

bbenson@bpointwellness.com

Board Approved Supervisor

Associate Director- School Program

Johanna Howe, LCPC​

 

Associate Director – Baltimore

Karen Layton, LCPC

 

Associate Director – Salisbury Office

Jayyidah Clarke, LCSW-C

jclarke@bpointwellness.com

Board Approved Supervisor

Associate Director- Telehealth

Kyle Jernigan, LCSW-CS

 

Associate Director – Harford & Overlea

Jennifer Haller, RN

Program Director of Wellness and Psychiatry Services

Lisa Foley

 

Director of Finance

Nate Christian

Director of Operations

Sarah Krieger

 

Director of HR and Business Operations

Linda Mayo

Director of Client Services

Billing Department

(410) 800-2169 ext 5639

Our Mental Health Treatment Providers

Providers are currently accepting new clients. Contact us at 410-800-2169, option 1, to schedule an appointment/referral

** Please note: All providers are currently providing Telehealth Services **

Kamau Collins, M.D.

Position: Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist University of Maryland School of Medicine
Categories: Harford County

Dr. Collins received his Medical Degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in 2003. He pursued his General Psychiatry training at Howard University, which he completed in 2007. Dr. Collins returned to the University of Maryland, Baltimore, for his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training, which he completed in 2009. Dr. Collins specializes in medication management of psychiatric conditions.

He has particular interest in childhood related conditions, including ADHD, Anxiety disorders, and Autistic Disorders. He works with children, adolescents, and adults.

Note: Dr. Collins works in the Overlea Office, located in the Beltway Plaza and the Harford County Office.

Kamau Collins, M.D.

Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist University of Maryland School of Medicine

LaToya White, MS, PA-C

Position: Psychiatric Physician Assistant Board Certified from Towson University
Categories: York- Belvedere

LaToya received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Towson University. She started her healthcare career 18 years ago as a combat medic in the United States Army, treating soldiers and their families. LaToya has worked in Geriatric psychiatry in a local nursing facility. She also has worked on multiple inpatient psychiatric units.

She has experience working with a diverse group of patients. Most recently, LaToya worked on research studies with children and adolescents battling chronic health problems and the natural process of aging. She believes that fostering our mental health is an important part of treating our overall wellness.

Note: Ms. White works at the York- Belvedere Medical Center office, and the Harford County office

LaToya White, MS, PA-C

Psychiatric Physician Assistant Board Certified from Towson University

Wendy Strong, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

Position: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified From Walden University
Categories: Harford County

Wendy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Wendy has training and experience treating clients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and practice settings, including emergency department and outpatient clinics. Wendy has been a nurse for 14 years, with most of her experience in the emergency department taking care of severe mental health disorders.

She realized that she wanted to provide extended advanced care to this population, which prompted her to return to school for a higher degree.  Wendy treats clients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and schizophrenia. She provides clients with a safe environment and offers culturally diversified care with a holistic approach for mind and body well-being. Each treatment plan is individually comprised of input, not only from Wendy but from the client and therapist as well, truly showing her commitment to individualized, personalized, and comprehensive care for her patients.

Note: Ms. Strong works in the Harford County Office, as well as provides Telehealth Counseling Services.

Wendy Strong, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified From Walden University

Donna Martin, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

Position: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified From Frostburg State University
Categories: Salisbury

Donna is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who treats clients of all ages. She received her graduate degree from Frostburg State University and is board certified as a PMHNP by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. After over 30 years of experience as a registered nurse, she decided to become a nurse practitioner.

Donna is also a certified nurse case manager with expertise in assisting clients in navigating the healthcare system’s complexities and obtaining the care they need. Donna believes in a client-centered approach where the client is the most important part of the treatment team. She believes in the importance of therapy and medication and works closely with the client’s therapist to assist the client in attaining their treatment goals. The NP program Donna attended at Frostburg was designed to provide health care services in rural and underserved areas. As a life-long resident of the Eastern Shore of Md, she understands the challenges faced by those living in rural communities and is excited to be a part of the team at the Salisbury office.

Note: Ms. Martin works in the Salisbury Office.

Donna Martin, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified From Frostburg State University

Olalekan Ajayi, PMHNP-BC

Position: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified From Walden University
Categories: Hunt Valley

Olalekan Ajayi is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who graduated from Walden University. He is a highly skilled professional with thirteen years’ overall nursing experience, five years in psychiatry before he went back to school and became licensed as a PMHNP. Olalekan’s experience encompasses a commitment to delivering exceptional, qualitative, and compassionate patient care to diverse and multicultural client mixtures.

He has a holistic understanding of psychiatric and medical techniques, processes, and the unique protocols of the Psychiatric-Mental healthcare delivery in outpatient settings, community, correctional health care systems, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. The years of experience bring to fore proficiency in obtaining a history, carrying out a physical assessment, diagnosing, implementing treatment, and evaluating care outcomes while maintaining safety and promoting client dignity, respect, and in accordance with each facility’s policies and procedure.

Note: Mr. Ajayi works in the Hunt Valley Office, as well as provides Telehealth Services.

Olalekan Ajayi, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified From Walden University

Anissa Salerno, PMHNP-BC

Position: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified From Walden University
Categories: York- Belvedere

Anissa Salerno, PMHNP, is a Child and Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Anissa manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns, including Autism, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and Eating Disorders. Her approach to care recognizes that every patient is unique and should be treated as such.

Anissa provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with special attention to individual needs, personal history, stressful or traumatic life experiences, and concerns about medications. Anissa approaches patient care with patience, warmth, understanding, and helpful explanations that facilitate treatment and the patient’s sense of comfort and trust. She approaches treatment from a nonjudgmental space allowing the professional relationship to develop. This approach is successful in meeting the needs and desired outcomes of each client. Anissa’s primary focus is providing honest communication with her patients and quality resources for all those involved.

Note: Ms. Salerno works in the York-Belvedere Medical Center. 

Anissa Salerno, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified From Walden University

Nkechi Jiabana, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Position: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified From Walden University
Categories: Belair Beltway Plaza, Telehealth

Nkechi is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who graduated from Walden University. She is a seasoned professional with 22 years of experience in Nursing, ten years in psychiatric, ten years as a nurse case manager assisting clients in receiving appropriate care they needed in their various communities, training staff under her supervision, and with added experience as an Assessor Reviewer before going back to become a nurse practitioner.
As an experienced Nurse Practitioner who has worked with a diverse population, she renders professional quality services within the scope of practice to adults struggling with anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar, post-traumatic stress disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. Her approach to providing care entails openness, warmness, and empowering clients through various therapeutic ways that are suitable for that individual client. In addition, she provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management focusing on individual needs and traumatic life experiences, bearing in mind that every patient is unique and different from another patient. Nkechi has always had a passion for helping the less privileged and others in need and is poised to render quality care with unconditional positive regard towards the patients while maintaining safety in accordance with the facility’s policies and procedures.

Note: Ms. Nkechi works in the Overlea office as well as provides Telehealth Services.

Nkechi Jiabana, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified From Walden University

Julia Kurisch, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Chief Clinical Officer Masters in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Categories: York- Belvedere

Julia Kurisch, LCPC, has been working in the mental health field for over 10 years. She received her Master’s Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and her counseling certification from Loyola University.

Julia is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Sexual Offender Treatment. Working from a primarily CBT standpoint, she incorporates different modalities, such as sand tray therapy and Internal Family Systems, to bring awareness to clients’ ability to heal themselves. Julia has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults with trauma, depression, anxiety, and behavioral issues.

Note: Ms. Kurisch works in the York-Belvedere Medical Center office as well as provides Telehealth Counseling Services.

Julia Kurisch, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Chief Clinical Officer Masters in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Brandi Tanasescu, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Chief Financial and Strategic Officer Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University

Brandi is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Brandi enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, and is passionate about working in the field of early childhood. She has experience providing support to parents with challenging children. Brandi works with a wide range of diagnoses, including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and ADHD.

Her treatment approach incorporates a range of modalities depending on what is most appropriate for each client. Brandi believes in creating a judgment-free space that allows the client to be comfortable and helps them on their journey to self-discovery.

Note: Ms. Tanasescu works remotely providing Telehealth services.

Brandi Tanasescu, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Chief Financial and Strategic Officer Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University

Ian Bolland, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer Masters in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University

Ian is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Ian serves as the Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer at Balance Point. For questions, please contact him at (443) 932-4396

He has a decade of experience and started working as a mental health counselor at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in their Child and Adolescent Day Hospital. He also has experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with a variety of mental health disorders. To speak with Ian about general questions, concerns, or referrals, please call/text him at (443) 932-4396.

Note: Mr. Bolland works remotely providing Telehealth services.

Ian Bolland, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer Masters in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University

Jason Quarantillo, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Sr. Vice President of Training Masters in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland.

Jason has been working in the mental health field for over eighteen years providing services to both adolescent and adult clients in various settings. His primary approach utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy principles to help clients build social and emotional skills.

Jason has a firm belief in the importance of understanding the connection between emotions, attitudes, behaviors, and relationships. He uses these concepts to help clients find balance and direction in their lives.

Note: Mr. Quarantillo works in the Harford County Office, as well as provides Telehealth Counseling Services.

Jason Quarantillo, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Sr. Vice President of Training Masters in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland.

Kathryn DeRaffele, LCPAT, ATR-BC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist/ Associate Director- Baltimore Office Masters in Professional Studies in Art Therapy from School of Visual Arts
Categories: York- Belvedere

Kathryn is a licensed and board-certified art therapist. Over the past 10-years, she has worked with children and adults in a variety of settings. Kathryn has been a counselor and art therapist at Balance Point Wellness since 2017, specializing in interpersonal dynamics, attachment, trauma, and recovery. Her therapeutic approach focuses on healing, resiliency, adaptive coping, and personal insight from a humanistic perspective.

She also uses evidence-based models such as TF-CBT, CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness strategies in her practice. In addition to traditional counseling techniques, Kathryn values art-making as a vehicle for cathartic release, identity development, and healing. She believes that as human beings, we all have a creative side no matter our age, experience level, or background. Kathryn’s approach to art therapy invites participants to explore different materials and find insight into their creative process. ​More information about art therapy can be found here: https://arttherapy.org/about-art-therapy/

Note: Ms. DeRaffele works in the York-Belvedere Medical Center office.

Kathryn DeRaffele, LCPAT, ATR-BC

Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist/ Associate Director- Baltimore Office Masters in Professional Studies in Art Therapy from School of Visual Arts

Germaine Banner-Wills, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Bowie State University.
Categories: York- Belvedere

Germaine has experience working with adults, couples, and families in outpatient therapy and Residential Crisis settings. One of her core beliefs is perspective is everything! She values the individual perspectives of each of the clients she serves. Germaine has experience treating clients with ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. She is also passionate about working with clients with severe and persistent mental illnesses.

She believes in an eclectic approach to working with clients, opting to use various treatment strategies to address their needs and goals. Germaine utilizes guided meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and deep breathing to help her clients center and get in touch with their authentic self. She believes that an inner voice can help clients gain insight, resolve feelings associated with trauma, and regulate emotions. She uses mindfulness-based strategies alone or in conjunction with other treatment modalities such as CBT, Acceptance, and Commitment therapy (ACT), and DBT. Germaine has a holistic approach to treatment; assisting clients in exploring various aspects of their environment, such as nutrition work and exercise, impacts their functioning. She encourages them to explore making changes that can positively impact their emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Note: Ms. Banner-Wills works in the York-Belvedere Medical Center office.

Germaine Banner-Wills, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Bowie State University.

Kimberly Maher, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Associate Director- Harford County Office Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University
Categories: Telehealth

Kimberly has worked in the counseling field for several years in various settings, including outpatient and school-based. Her approach to therapy involves working with you as a team to assist you in returning to your previous level of happiness.

Therapy is about empowering you, providing you with the tools to be able to cope with day to day stressors that, at times, can seem to be overwhelming. She enjoys working with clients 5 years old and older. She utilizes a variety of approaches as each individual is unique, and each session with the same individual can also be unique.

Note: Ms. Maher works in the Harford County Office, located at 2015 Emmorton Rd.

Kimberly Maher, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Associate Director- Harford County Office Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University

Kim Hall, PsyD

Position: Licensed Clinical Psychologist Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University
Categories: Telehealth

Dr. Hall earned a Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington DC (ASPP, Washington DC). He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in childhood obesity at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.

Dr. Hall serves children, adolescents, adults, and families. His clinical interests include psychological adjustment and lifestyle issues, disruptive mood and behavior disorders, and multicultural/diversity issues in health and wellness. His intervention approach integrates elements of cognitive-behavioral and person-centered therapy.

Note: Dr. Hall works in the York-Belvedere Medical Center office.

Kim Hall, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University

Andrea Pappas, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Maryland.
Categories: Belair Beltway Plaza

Andrea’s primary specialty is providing treatment for those clients struggling with substance abuse difficulties and ​co-occurring mental health issues. She uses a cognitive behavioral therapy approach tailored to her clients’ needs and strengths to help them develop skills and techniques to treat their substance abuse issues, learn to cope with daily stressors effectively, and employ life skills.

She is available to work with adults in either individual or couples sessions.

Note: Ms. Pappas works in the Overlea Office, located in the Belair Beltway Plaza.

Andrea Pappas, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Maryland.

Shenna Warner, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Applied Psychology from University of Baltimore
Categories: Belair Beltway Plaza

Shenna believes in the power of a positive therapeutic relationship and the clients’ ability to utilize their strengths in their treatment. She has experience as a school-based mental health therapist, working with children in Baltimore City who present with a variety of diagnoses.

She has also worked with adults in several outpatient mental health settings who have struggled with depression, anxiety, bipolar, substance abuse, and various other diagnoses. Her treatment approach incorporates many different treatment modalities, and she will utilize whatever feels right with each client. Shenna enjoys using humor in sessions to help clients develop the skills and resources necessary for positive change and personal growth.

Note: Ms. Mays works in our School-Based Program and the Overlea Office, located in the Belair Beltway Plaza.

Shenna Warner, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Applied Psychology from University of Baltimore

Bethany Benson, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Clinical Coordinator- School Program Masters in Education for Community Mental Health from Univ. Of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Categories: Belair Beltway Plaza

Bethany Benson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Board-Certified Supervisor for the State of Maryland. She has experience working with adults, children, and families in both the school and out-patient settings. Before joining Balance Point Wellness, she worked with children ranging from ages four to fifteen in a school setting and adults experiencing chronic homelessness in Baltimore City.

Bethany has experience working with individuals with various diagnoses, including but not limited to, Adjustment Issues, Grief, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder, Trauma, Anxiety, and Depressive Disorders. She uses an eclectic approach grounded in CBT, Play therapy, and Person-Centered, tailored to each individual’s specific needs. Bethany believes in the power of a positive therapeutic relationship to help each individual find healing and reach their fullest potential.

Note: Ms. Benson works in our School-Based program and the in the Overlea Office, located in the Belair Beltway Plaza.

Bethany Benson, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Clinical Coordinator- School Program Masters in Education for Community Mental Health from Univ. Of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Johanna Howe, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland.

Johanna brings over 15 years’ experience in the mental health field to Balance Point Wellness, LLC. She helps children, adolescents, and adults achieve their personal goals through a delicate balance of acceptance and change.

Johanna specializes in anxiety and mood disorders and utilizes a variety of evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. She also works with trauma victims and is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Note: Ms. Howe works remotely providing Telehealth services.

Johanna Howe, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland.

Jennifer Cleanthous LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker Masters of Social Work from University of Maryland. ​
Categories: Telehealth

Jennifer is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who earned her degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She enjoys taking the time to get to know her clients and then working together to grow into the best versions of themselves.

Jennifer learns a bit about herself along the way. She uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) since she believes we are at our best when our values and not our fears guide us.

Note: Ms. Cleanthous works in the York-Belvedere Medical Center office.

Jennifer Cleanthous LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker Masters of Social Work from University of Maryland. ​

Ronald Howley, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.
Categories: York- Belvedere

Ronald is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Before joining the Balance Point team, Ron worked at a group practice where he provided individual and group therapy. He has experience working with children, teenagers, and adults.

Most of his focus on teenagers with problem behaviors. Ron works with a wide range of diagnoses, including (but not limited to) Anxiety, Depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and physical abuse. Ron uses a CBT approach but believes in allowing the client to drive, which modality works best for them.

Note: Mr. Howley works in the York-Belvedere Medical Center office and in our School-Based Program.

Ronald Howley, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.

Jaime Marcucci, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work
Categories: York- Belvedere

Jaime is a Licensed Master Social Worker who earned her degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Jaime has experience working with children and adolescents in school settings in areas such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and grief support. She also works with adults in the clinic setting.

Jaime’s clinical passions include anxiety, grief/loss, and life transitions. She utilizes a strengths-based approach and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and believes in the power of humor with her clients. Jaime understands that therapy is a collaborative effort where the client and therapist work together to create positive changes and accomplish goals.

Note: Ms. Cohen works in the York- Belvedere Medical Center office.

Jaime Marcucci, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work

Cynthia Morris, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work
Categories: Harford County

Cynthia earned her masters of social work degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, specializing in therapy with families and children. The majority of Cynthia’s career has been spent helping students and families overcome issues of trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, as well as co-occurring disorders.

Cynthia also works with clients in the clinic setting. Cynthia believes therapeutic relationships start with empathy and meeting the client where they are.

Note: Ms. Morris works in our school based program and in the Harford County Office located at 2015 Emmorton Rd.

Cynthia Morris, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work

Jessica Hurst, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Counseling Psychology from Towson University
Categories: Belair Beltway Plaza

Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Board-Certified Supervisor for the State of Maryland. Jessica’s current areas of clinical focus are with adolescents (16 and older), adults, and couples, by helping them through life’s challenges. She specializes in treating individuals who come to counseling for Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, Bi-Polar Disorders, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues, and other emotional and trauma-related disorders.

She utilizes an integrative and client-centered approach and draws from Cognitive-Behavioral, Rational-Emotive, Motivational Enhancement, Dialectical-Behavioral, and Trauma-Informed therapies, as well as mindfulness-based modalities. She assists people who are having a tough time dealing with life stressors to find new ways for healing, optimum functioning, and to help them “thrive vs. survive.”

Note: Ms. Hurst works in the Overlea Office, located in the Belair Beltway Plaza and provides Telehealth Services.

Jessica Hurst, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Counseling Psychology from Towson University

Jayyidah Clarke, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical Masters in Social Work from New York University
Categories: Harford County

Jayyidah Clarke has over 10 years’ experience working as a licensed social worker in the behavioral health field. She believes that each person holds the capacity to utilize their creativity to resolve life’s challenges; working together towards developing new insights that inform change.

Jayyidah believes therapy is most effective when we observe/discuss the challenges, symptoms, or problems that bring you to therapy and also observe/discuss your strengths. Sometimes life brings us opportunities to see ourselves more clearly through that with which we struggle. Jayyidah is a fan of mindfulness-based practices and incorporates this practice when clinically appropriate. She also utilizes CBT and play therapy as needed with children and adolescents. Jayyidah works with all ages and has experience working with individuals with dual-diagnosis or trauma.

Note: Ms. Clarke works in the Harford County Office, located at 2015 Emmorton Rd.

Jayyidah Clarke, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical Masters in Social Work from New York University

Daniel Stewart, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Work. Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Categories: Belair Beltway Plaza

Daniel received his social work license with a concentration in behavioral health from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Daniel has experience working with adolescents and adults of all ages seeking support for challenges such as ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship problems. In addition to his clinical experience, Daniel provided workshops on various topics, including happiness, productivity, relationship skills, and trauma.

His primary approach is CBT and other techniques, such as motivational interviewing, psychodynamic, systems, and existential modalities. Daniel allows the nature of his clients’ personalities and challenges to dictate which particular modality best suits them. He believes that optimal results from therapy originate from the very nature of the client-therapist relationship itself.

Note: Mr. Stewart works in the Overlea Office, located in the Belair Beltway Plaza.

Daniel Stewart, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Work. Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Gerrie Bender, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work
Categories: Harford County

Life is challenging but doesn’t have to be painful, and Gerrie believes everyone has the capacity to be the best version of themselves. Gerrie has a diverse background with advanced education in social work, psychology, anthropology, and American Sign Language. Each discipline has given her extensive knowledge, a solid theoretical foundation, and an open, accepting mindset.

Gerrie and her clients work as a collaborative partnership where they work together to identify what obstacles you are faced with and together identify strategies that can help you move forward towards a meaningful change. Gerrie is especially effective working with adults struggling with anxiety, life transitions (i.e., graduation, divorce, empty nest), grief (death of loved one including beloved pets, job, health, age), infertility, or feel stuck, confused and lost. She uses a variety of tailored techniques to meet each person’s specific needs to gain insight and a new perspective.

Note: Ms. Bender works in the Harford County Office located at 2015 Emmorton Rd.

Gerrie Bender, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work

Mike Andrews, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland​
Categories: Telehealth

Mike is a person-first clinician who believes that everyone deserves mental wellbeing. He empowers individuals to heal themselves and combines his experience as a social worker with evidence-based therapies. Mike practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) with both teens and adults.

His clinical focus includes anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma recovery, identity formation, and life transitions. He is a sex-positive, body-positive, nonmonogamy- and LGBTQIA+-affirming therapist. A typical session with Mike will likely include exercises in clarifying personal values, shifting perspective, applying self-compassion, and skills training. Mike provides a genuine, empathetic, and judgment-free space so that each client can gain insight and grow in their unique way.

Note: Mr. Andrews works in the York- Belvedere Medical Center Office.

Mike Andrews, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland​

Melissa Ouazana, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Professional Counseling from Loyola University
Categories: Baltimore County

Melissa has experience working with children, adults, and families in various settings, including schools and partial hospitalization programs. She has experience treating clients with ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, school-related issues, and various other diagnoses. Melissa’s goal as a therapist is to create a supportive and intentional space for positive change.

She utilizes multiple counseling theories and techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy based on each individual’s unique needs. Melissa strives to help her clients process and recognize the root of their struggles, develop healthy coping skills, and assist them in living a life aligned with their true values.

Note: Ms. Ouazana works in the Baltimore County School-Based Program.

Melissa Ouazana, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Professional Counseling from Loyola University

Jennifer Kraus, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker Equine Facilitated Therapist Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University
Categories: Harford County

Jennifer is a Licensed Master Social Worker who obtained her graduate degree from Salisbury University and an undergraduate degree from UMBC. She specializes in helping children and adults through a hands-on experiential approach, utilizing horses. This modality is ground-based (no horse experience is necessary) and uses metaphors to help clients create positive life changes.

Jennifer has been certified through the Equine Growth and Assisted Learning Association since 2014, and holds their Military Service Designation. She often incorporates CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused theories into sessions. Jennifer believes Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy can be beneficial to almost anyone. She has worked with individuals who have experienced challenges from ADHD, anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alzheimer’s Disease, depression, Non-Verbal Learning Disorders, and trauma.

​Note: Ms. Kraus works in our Harford County Office and at Bay Meadows Farm where she providers Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.

Jennifer Kraus, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker Equine Facilitated Therapist Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University

Tayler Bowman, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Professional Counseling from Loyola University
Categories: Telehealth

Tayler received her degree in counseling psychology from Loyola University, Maryland. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Tayler has experience treating clients with depression, eating disorders, anxiety, PTSD, and interpersonal/relationship issues.

Previously, she worked with clients who experienced sexual assault to provide them with trauma-informed care. She uses a client-centered approach to foster a supportive therapeutic relationship and also draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness to help clients identify positive coping skills. Tayler is committed to helping clients as they navigate their journey towards healing and recovery.

​Note: Ms. Bowman works in the Overlea Office, located in the Belair Beltway Plaza

Tayler Bowman, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Professional Counseling from Loyola University

Courtney Matthews, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University
Categories: Telehealth

Courtney has spent her career curating a person-centered approach, which allows for the consistent building of strong therapeutic relationships. While earning her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, Courtney completed her internship at Friendship Public Charter Schools Collegiate Academy, Washington, DC.

In doing this, she was given the opportunity to work with adolescents from diverse economic backgrounds, which expanded her views regarding the definitions of meaningful work within the counseling setting. After receiving her masters, she worked at Turning Point Clinic, Baltimore, MD. Utilizing her experience, she helped individuals suffering from substance use disorders realize the effect internal as well as external factors have on their use. During her counseling sessions, using a combination of techniques including but not limited to mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral therapy, Courtney strives to walk with her patients as they travel down the myriad paths their journey takes them on.

Note: Ms. Matthews works remotely providing Telehealth Services and works in the York-Belvedere Medical Center Office.

Courtney Matthews, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University

Eva Marshall, LMSW, CH, RYT200, WMST

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from Western New Mexico University
Categories: Salisbury

Eva has 13 years of experience working in mental health, including providing psychotherapy in a public mental health clinic, a holistic private practice, school-based settings (k -12) & to students in a University Counseling Center. Certified in Hypnotherapy, Kripalu Yoga, & Women’s Studies, Eva is experienced in treating a wide range of issues from a holistic perspective.

Eva’s practice comes from a place of deep compassion, authenticity & respect for each person’s unique journey of personal growth. Eva has specialized training in Deep Nature Connection & is bi-lingual (Spanish/English). Her practice is eclectic, but regularly utilizes the approaches of Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Empowerment Theory, Yoga Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, & Embodied Therapies (Dance/Art/Music). Important areas of focus in her practice are trauma recovery, wellness, self-esteem, diversity issues, social justice & historical trauma.

​Note: Ms. Marshall works in the Salisbury Office.

Eva Marshall, LMSW, CH, RYT200, WMST

Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from Western New Mexico University

Cheryl Price, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Maryland

Cheryl obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Her clinical experience includes helping in areas of depression, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, stress management, self-care, women’s issues, and parenting concerns.

Recognizing that each of her client’s is unique, she utilizes an eclectic approach to treatment, drawing from a variety of theoretical orientations to include cognitive-behavioral, strengths-based, solution-focused, and person-centered. Her goal is to help equip, encourage, and engage clients as they journey through the difficulties they face in their lives. Promoting self-efficacy, Cheryl believes that she is merely the facilitator of the client’s journey toward wellness.

Note: Ms. Price works remotely providing Telehealth Services.

Cheryl Price, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Maryland

Leah Brody, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Categories: Belair Beltway Plaza

Leah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Board Approved Supervisor. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and has been working in the mental health field for nearly 20 years. Leah predominantly works with children, adolescents, and young adults on a wide range of issues.

She has worked in numerous settings, including schools and private practice, but has spent the majority of her career working in child welfare with children, families, and numerous professionals across various disciplines. Leah is passionate about social work and mental health and is a strong advocate for her clients. She uses primarily cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, and solution-focused therapy in her work.

​Note: Ms. Brody works in our School-Based program and the in the Overlea Office, located in the Belair Beltway Plaza.

Leah Brody, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Lauren Stevens, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Applied Clinical Psychology from The University of Baltimore
Categories: Telehealth

Lauren obtained her master’s degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from The University of Baltimore. She has experience working with children and adults in various settings, including outpatient mental health clinics, schools, and substance abuse programs. Lauren believes in creating a safe, empowering, and collaborative environment to help clients achieve their personal goals

She has a passion for working with teens and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. Lauren uses a holistic approach throughout therapy and utilizes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Adlerian Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy in sessions. Her goal is to empower and support clients as they navigate their healing journey.

Note: Ms. Stevens works in the Overlea Office, located in the Belair Beltway Plaza.

Lauren Stevens, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Applied Clinical Psychology from The University of Baltimore

Shraga Freedman, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University
Categories: Telehealth

Shraga obtained his master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University. Shraga brings years of experience with children, teens, and their families as a teacher and assistant principal. He believes in the potential of every client and is passionate about tapping into their diverse strengths.

He has worked with both children and adults on issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, and other emotional dysregulation like oppositional behaviors and anger challenges. He uses various modalities to help clients gain insight, self-awareness, and the empowerment to embrace life’s challenges.

Note: Mr. Freedman works remotely providing Telehealth Services and works in the York-Belvedere Medical Center Office.

Shraga Freedman, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University

Carrie Holleran, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Categories: Telehealth

Carrie is a Licensed Master Social Worker who graduated from the University of Maryland – School of Social Work. She has experience in providing therapy to adults, coping with a wide variety of challenges. Carrie has a passion for working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, Bi-Polar Disorders, Co-occurring Disorders, and trauma.

She believes therapy is most effective when the client’s strengths are at the center of treatment. Most of my interventions include mindfulness-based practices, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and solution-focused therapy. My work has always focused on the importance of the therapeutic relationship and working together to help each client reach their highest potential.

Note: Ms. Holleran works in the Harford County Office, located at 2015 Emmorton Rd.

Carrie Holleran, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Brenda Santosus, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Maryland.
Categories: Telehealth

Brenda is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with eight years of experience working within community mental health. She is a person-centered therapist and works with children, families, couples, and individuals with various presentations.

She primarily focuses on mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, and improving communication and personal life skills. She is also a board-approved clinical supervisor since 2017.

Note: Ms. Santosus works in the Overlea Office, located in the Belair Beltway Plaza.

Brenda Santosus, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Maryland.

Catherine Abrams, LMSW, CAC-AD

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University
Categories: Telehealth

Catherine is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Certified Associate Counselor- Alcohol and Drug (CAC-AD). Catherine has experience working with adults, teenagers, families, couples, and groups. Her primary specialty is working with adults who struggle with co-occurring disorders, criminal justice system involvement, and clients who are reluctant to engage in therapy.

Catherine has experience working with various diagnoses, including but not limited to adjustment, grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, personality disorders, and bipolar disorder. Catherine utilizes a holistic and person-centered approach tailoring treatment goals and interventions based on individual client needs. She understands the importance of a positive and optimistic therapeutic relationship and an individualized approach that focuses on the client’s goals for treatment.

Note: Ms. Abrams works remotely providing Telehealth Services.

Catherine Abrams, LMSW, CAC-AD

Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University

Cassidy Dolby, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University
Categories: Salisbury

Cassidy is a Licensed Master Social Worker, graduating from Salisbury University with her Bachelors in Social Work and Masters in Social Work. She has over five years of experience working with children, families, and adults in various settings, including outpatient mental health clinics, schools, and community-based programs.

Working to provide person-centered care for each client, she uses various treatment approaches, including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Meditation, Solution-Focused work, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy. Cassidy believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to continually grow and thrive by nurturing their unique abilities, strengths, and aspirations. Her primary purpose is to provide an empowering and empathetic environment for clients to navigate through their path of healing.

Note: Ms. Dolby works in the Salisbury Office.

Cassidy Dolby, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University

Noah Shipman, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from Temple University
Categories: Baltimore County

Noah Shipman is a licensed master social worker from Temple University. He has recently relocated to the state of Maryland from the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania. Noah has been in clinical practice for 4-5 years. Noah utilizes an eclectic multi-faceted approach in his daily clinical practice.

Noah strongly believes that building a trusting and worthwhile therapeutic relationship is built on meeting the client’s current daily life experience. Noah is grounded in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, some ACT therapy principles, motivational interviewing, the ESFT model (Eco-systemic Structural Family Therapy), and Solution-Focused therapy. Before joining Balance Point Wellness, LLC, Noah worked in the community as a Family-based clinician and a Behavioral Specialist Consultant in a Wraparound program.

Note: Mr. Shipman works in the Baltimore County School-Based Program.

Noah Shipman, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from Temple University

Faith Lahmon-Martin, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University
Categories: Telehealth

Faith holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Social Work from Salisbury University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Mental Health and Human Services.

She is a Marine Corps veteran with over ten years of experience providing social services to Marines, soldiers, veterans, and their family members. She also has experience in providing school-based mental health services to adolescents and their families.

Note: Ms. Lahmon-Martin works remotely providing Telehealth Services.

Faith Lahmon-Martin, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University

Caroline Robertson, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Professional Counseling from Loyola University
Categories: York- Belvedere

Caroline Robertson is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor holding a Master’s degree in Clinical Professional Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. She has experience working with children and families and is specifically skilled in utilizing digital play therapy. She is completing training to be a bilingual English/Spanish provider.

Caroline’s approach emphasizes client-centered techniques and interpersonal interactions to foster self-awareness and meet psychological wellness goals. She believes quality therapy is built on a strong client-therapist relationship and uses a variety of techniques to establish trust and communication skills with clients.

Note: Ms. Robertson works in the York-Belvedere Medical Center Office.

Caroline Robertson, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Professional Counseling from Loyola University

Marianne Kadyszewski, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Categories: Telehealth

Marianne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. She has been working in the mental health field for almost 25 years. The majority of that time has been as a school-based clinician in a local county high school.

Marianne finds the complexity and energy that teenagers bring to treatment exciting. She not only enjoys working with teenagers but adults of all ages who find themselves struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, crises, and other stressors that are maybe impacting their ability to be the best they can be. Marianne employs such treatment as Cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and strengths-based modalities. Marianne’s work with teenagers frequently leads to her working with their caregivers/parents as well. She finds this both challenging and rewarding for everyone involved because as solutions are sought, understanding improves, and relationships are rebuilt.

Note: Ms. Kadyszewski works remotely providing Telehealth Services.

Marianne Kadyszewski, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work.

James Smith, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Applied Psychology from The University of Baltimore
Categories: York- Belvedere

James is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor. He received his master’s degree in Applied Psychology and a certificate in professional counseling studies from the University of Baltimore. James’ clinical experience includes helping clients with anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and more.

James describes his approach to counseling as leaning heavily into person-centered principles, with an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship. James enjoys working with diverse people and firmly believes that they have their own strengths even if they may not immediately recognize them. In working with diverse people, James likes to let clients’ personal values guide the therapeutic process.

Note: Mr. Smith works in the York-Belvedere Medical Center Office.

James Smith, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Applied Psychology from The University of Baltimore

Sara LaMonica, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Community Mental Health from McDaniel College
Categories: Hunt Valley

Sara is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience providing services to children, adolescents, and adults. Sara is passionate about working with teenagers and young adults navigating through life transitions and challenges.

She has experience in working with anxiety, depression, grief & loss, and ADHD. Sara utilizes a strengths-based approach and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in working collaboratively with clients to meet their goals. She hopes to partner with each of her clients on their journey to becoming the best and healthiest versions of themselves that they can be.

Note: Ms. LaMonica works in the Hunt Valley Office.

Sara LaMonica, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Community Mental Health from McDaniel College

Chelise Fox, LGMFT

Position: Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University
Categories: Harford County

Chelise is a licensed graduate marriage and family therapist working with adults, teens, couples, and families. Her clinical experience includes helping clients with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, spirituality, faith crisis, and relationship difficulties.

She describes her approach to therapy as experiential and person-centered. She favors narrative and strengths-based models and incorporates mind-body work, such as guided imagery and mindfulness practices. Her therapeutic practice is informed by background and master’s degree in storytelling, and she has a passion for helping clients meaningfully re-story their lives.

Note: Ms. Fox works in the Harford County Office, located at 2015 Emmorton Rd.

Chelise Fox, LGMFT

Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University

Michelle Jolley, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University
Categories: Hunt Valley

Michelle is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She has been part of Balance Point Wellness, as an intern, for over a year. Michelle started her journey as a Healthcare Leadership Coach, receiving her Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University certification.

She looks forward to integrating her counseling and coaching skills to work with clients on finding balance and self-acceptance while removing barriers.

Note: Ms. Jolley works in the Hunt Valley Office and remotely providing Telehealth Services.

Michelle Jolley, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University

Lauren Spencer-Harris, M.Ed

Position: Master of Education M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University
Categories: Telehealth

Lauren is an MSDE Certified Teacher and an Educational Advocate. She is a twenty-year veteran of the classroom, working in both the private and public school systems. Lauren holds her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. She has taught English and Reading throughout her career and has extensive experience working with students with unique needs within and out of the classroom. Her passion is helping others navigate the school system procedures to ensure each child’s needs are met in the school.

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Note: Ms. Spencer-Harris works throughout Maryland

Lauren Spencer-Harris, M.Ed

Master of Education M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University

Gabby McClelland, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Professional Counseling from Loyola University
Categories: Harford County

Gabby McClelland is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor holding a Master’s degree in Clinical Professional Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Gabby has experience working in private practice and works with children as young as six, adolescents, and adults. Gabby embraces the uniqueness of each client and tailors treatment to meet the individual’s needs.

She believes in helping individuals become the best versions of themselves and empowers them to control and restore balance in their lives. Gabby works with a wide range of diagnoses, including, but not limited to, adjustment issues and life transitions, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and ADHD.

Note: Ms. McClelland works in the Harford County Office and over Telehealth

Gabby McClelland, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Professional Counseling from Loyola University

Skyler Irons, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University
Categories: Salisbury

Skyler is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, graduating from Salisbury University with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Minor in English) and a Master’s degree in Social Work. Skyler’s professional background includes individual therapy, group therapy, school-based therapy, family therapy, art therapy, training of new hires, and administrative assistant tasks. Additionally, during her time at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, Skyler gained experience working with adults in the Inpatient Behavioral Health unit.

Though Skyler has worked with all age groups throughout her time in the field, she found her niche population after working with adults. Skyler has a passion for combining creative modalities such as art, music, and spirituality when implementing therapeutic interventions for her clients. Skyler was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and enjoys the following activities: camping, exploring the outdoors, antiquing, animals, writing, creating art, and attending as many live music events as she can.

Note: Ms. Irons works in the Salisbury Office.

Skyler Irons, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University

Bushra Queraishi, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland, Baltimore
Categories: Telehealth

Bushra Queraishi is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Maryland, Baltimore. Bushra has experience working with diverse populations, including drug and alcohol treatment, Diabetes care management, and the foster care system. She specializes in clients experiencing depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, anger management, addiction recovery, chronic diseases, and personality disorders.

Bushra empowers clients by providing them with tools to improve self-determination, life skills, and coping skills to manage mental health and life challenges. She utilizes evidence-based modalities such as Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Mindfulness , and Psychoanalysis. Lastly, Bushra builds on my skills by engaging in CEU pertaining, trauma, DBT, EMDR, and other processing treatment modalities.

Note: Ms. Queraishi works remotely providing Telehealth Services.

Bushra Queraishi, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland, Baltimore

Shira Katz, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University
Categories: York- Belvedere

Shira received her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University. Her education is a culmination of years of teaching and mentoring teenagers in the community. She has experience working with individuals and groups of all ages on various mental health concerns. She believes in meeting clients where they are at, helping them find their inner wisdom, and guiding them in a non-judgmental, empathetic space.

She simultaneously focuses on finding practical solutions to currents concerns and improving one’s wellbeing while healing the past that has left its impact. Shira works with teenagers and adults with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, poor self-esteem, and PTSD utilizing an integrative holistic approach according to each client’s needs, including CBT, attachment and inner child work, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, and body-based therapy, and expressive therapies. She strives to make therapy a safe and comfortable place where clients can develop a deeper and more compassionate understanding of themselves and how to live their best life.

Note: Ms. Katz works in the York-Belvedere Medical Center Office.

Shira Katz, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University

Adina Raskin, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiller School of Social Work
Categories: Telehealth

Adina is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who earned her degree from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Adina believes in a strengths-based therapeutic approach to empower her clients to strengthen their belief in themselves and learn to have a more positive outlook on life.

Adina believes that hope is the most important thing to impart to her clients and uses mindfulness as a modality for achieving this. Adina has experience working with various populations, such as children, special needs adults, and geriatrics. Adina understands the importance of being accepting of individuals of all backgrounds and cultures and is passionate about working with them to help each client grow, be empowered, and heal.

Note: Ms. Raskin works in the Overlea Office, located in the Belair Beltway Plaza.

Adina Raskin, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiller School of Social Work

Mary Tupper, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University
Categories: Baltimore County

Mary is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical with a Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University. In addition to her experience as a clinician in outpatient and school-based mental health programs, Mary has a background working in the child welfare system and has a particular passion for working with children who have experienced trauma.

Mary specializes in Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Trauma-related disorders in children and adults in school-based and Equine Facilitated Therapy settings

Note: Ms. Tupper works in the Baltimore County School-Based Program and Equine Facilitated Program.

Mary Tupper, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University

Ariella Bernstein, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Categories: Baltimore County

Ariella is a Licensed Master Social Worker who graduated from the University of Maryland – School of Social Work. Ariella has a passion for working with children and families to support overall psychological flexibility. She has experience working with children, teenagers, and adults who are struggling with grief, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and various medical diagnoses.

Ariella has a background working with children in school and hospital settings. Ariella meets individuals where they are at to create a nurturing therapeutic environment. She utilizes evidence-based practices and the therapeutic relationship to work towards the client’s treatment goals.

Note: Ms. Bernstein works in the Baltimore County School-Based Program.

Ariella Bernstein, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Heather Huber, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from Southeastern University.
Categories: Baltimore County

Heather is a Licensed Master Social Worker who earned her graduate degree from Southeastern University. She specializes in providing therapy to young children experiencing a variety of challenges. Heather is passionate about helping children learn to identify and process emotions using mindfulness and coping skills.

Note: Ms. Huber works in the Baltimore County School-Based Program and in the Overlea Office.

Heather Huber, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker Masters in Social Work from Southeastern University.

Kyle Jernigan, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Categories: Belair Beltway Plaza

Kyle is a Licensed Certified Social Worker who graduated from the University of Maryland – School of Social Work. Kyle believes that therapy can help anyone grow into the most complete and healthy version of themselves and wants to help you benefit as well. In a warm, non-judgmental, and trauma-informed therapeutic environment Kyle will assist you in pursuing personal goals and gaining insight into who you are, why you do what you do, and how you can align your psychology with your higher motivations.

Since 2015 Kyle has provided outpatient psychotherapy in a variety of settings to adolescents, adults, couples, and families utilizing concepts from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and emerging research in mindfulness. Kyle works with clients managing a variety of symptoms relating to such challenges as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and adjusting to life’s ups and downs. Kyle strives to create an environment that validates and celebrates the strengths of all individuals, with particular attention to the unique traits and challenges of LGBTQ+ and neurodivergent people.

Note: Mr. Jernigan works in the Overlea Office, located in the Belair Beltway Plaza.

Kyle Jernigan, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Leah Childers, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Categories: Hunt Valley

Leah is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Leah has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked with a wide range of individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, ADHD, self-esteem concerns, and more.

Leah believes that a strong therapeutic relationship is essential in successful therapy. Therefore, she provides a safe space for her clients to open up and be themselves while meeting them with empathy, compassion, and accountability. Leah works side by side with her clients to help them see their potential and help them gain insight into themselves, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and trust themselves as having the power over their healing. Her approach is eclectic and tailored to each client. However, she tends to use therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness the most. Leah is honored to be a part of your journey toward healing and self-growth.

Note: Ms. Childersworks in the Hunt Valley Office.

Leah Childers, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Hannah Seibert, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University
Categories: Telehealth

Hannah is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. While in graduate school. Hannah completed a one-year internship in San Diego, California, working with veterans of the U.S. armed forces. Her clinical treatment experience includes depression, anxiety, homelessness, and substance use.

Hannah primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy elements in her treatment approaches and enjoys using solution-focused therapy. Overall, Hannah uses an eclectic treatment approach and enjoys working with adolescents and adults facing a wide array of problems.

Note: Ms. Seibert works remotely providing Telehealth services.

Hannah Seibert, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University

Chavon McMillian, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Counseling from the University of Central Oklahoma
Categories: Telehealth

Chavon is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor from the University of Central Oklahoma. Chavon has treated children ages six and up, teens, young adults, and adults battling addiction, depression, anxiety, autism, ADHD, mood disorders, low self-esteem, trauma, LGBTQ+ concerns, and navigating the many life changes that one may experience.

She uses various techniques with all clients, including CBT, DBT, play therapy, motivational interviewing, existentialism, solution-focused, mindfulness, and holistic methods. By providing a safe and warm environment, clients can recognize their strengths, properly define their concerns, utilize new skills and techniques that increase personal well-being while opening the doors to purpose and unseen possibilities.

Note: Ms. McMillian works remotely providing Telehealth services.

Chavon McMillian, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Counseling from the University of Central Oklahoma

Rebekah Lipsky, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University
Categories: Telehealth

Rebekah is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She worked in the Adult Outpatient Community Psychiatry Program at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for the past six years. Rebekah works individually with adults 18 and older on various challenges such as depression, anxiety, stress, anger, grief, trauma, and social skills.

Rebekah has specialties working with adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD, young adults dealing with life transitions, and geriatric adults dealing with aging concerns and terminal illness. Rebekah is a very authentic and compassionate counselor who is creative and flexible with her therapeutic approach and often taps into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Rebekah values the therapeutic relationship as the most important part of treatment and strives to create an unconditionally accepting, safe, and trusting environment.

Note: Ms. Lipsky works in the York-Belvedere Medical Center Office.

Rebekah Lipsky, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University

Gabriella Restuccia, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Medaille College
Categories: Telehealth

Gabriella is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Medaille College. Gabriella has worked in the mental health field for five years and has experience working in many settings, including hospitals, residential, and outpatient programs. As a counselor, Gabriella has experience working with all ages, from children to adults.

Gabriella uses cognitive behavioral therapy and person-centered techniques to help individuals achieve their mental health goals. Gabriella has a strong passion for helping others through their journey of healing and growth.

Note: Ms. Restuccia works remotely providing Telehealth services.

Gabriella Restuccia, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Medaille College

Charlotte St. Pierre, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board-Approved Supervisor Masters in Social Welfare from SUNY Albany NY
Categories: Hunt Valley

Charlotte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board-approved supervisor. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in various settings. Charlotte is an experienced clinician treating clients with ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, and TBI. She believes that therapy must match the client’s needs, utilizing a strengths-based approach grounded in CBT and ACT. Charlotte views herself as an ally, helping the client leverage their thoughts, feelings, strengths, and resources to assist their growth and facilitate positive change in their lives.

Ms. St. Pierre works in the Hunt Valley Office.

Charlotte St. Pierre, LCSW-C

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board-Approved Supervisor Masters in Social Welfare from SUNY Albany NY

Lauren Robinson, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker From Salisbury University School of Social Work
Categories: Salisbury

Lauren Robinson is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work at Salisbury University. Lauren has experience providing individual and group therapy to children, teens, and young adult women with various mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Lauren has a passion for incorporating creative art therapies, alongside Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI), to help clients develop and foster mental, emotional, and social skills.

Ms. Robinson works in the Salisbury Office.

Lauren Robinson, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker From Salisbury University School of Social Work

Kenna Hinton, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker From New York University School of Social Work
Categories: Telehealth

Kenna is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who graduated from New York University – Silver School of Social Work. She has worked with a wide variety of age groups, from children to adults, seeking individual therapy for adolescent issues, interpersonal/family conflict, parenting skills, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, PTSD, and other co-occurring disorders.

Kenna believes that a strengths-based approach can help her clients develop strategies to grow from life’s challenges. Most of Kenna’s practice as a therapist utilizes CBT, DBT, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness practice to help clients accomplish their goals. At the forefront, she is here to listen to her clients, support them, and help them reach their full potential.

Ms. Hinton works remotely providing Telehealth services.

Kenna Hinton, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker From New York University School of Social Work

Eleeshabah B. Yahudah-Yisrael, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Categories: Hunt Valley

Eleeshabah is a Licensed Master Social Worker, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with her degree in Social Work. Eleeshabah is aware of the negative impact of some societal variables and is passionately focused on facilitating client success through meaningful and highly effective therapeutic interventions. She has been a social worker for the past nine years. Her specialty is Children and Family Health, and she has worked with children and families impacted by various morbidities and social disparities. Her work is grounded in the belief that every person can achieve success, given adequate support and tailored tools and resources.

Ms. Yahudah-Yisrael works in the Hunt Valley office.

Eleeshabah B. Yahudah-Yisrael, LCSW-C

Licensed Master Social Worker, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Susan Shallcross, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor From Northwestern University
Categories: Telehealth

Susan is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, From Northwestern University. Susan embraces a comprehensive, holistic approach to wellness that includes not only work but also a sense of self-worth, spirituality, emotional awareness, coping skills, problem-solving, and an emphasis on relationships and other elements essential to living a balanced life. In addition, she brings decades of experience in the business world to her therapy practice and an understanding of the unique pressures working professionals face. Susan focuses on substance use disorders counseling, trauma, and anxiety.

Ms. Shallcross works remotely providing Telehealth services.

Susan Shallcross, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor From Northwestern University

Elizabeth “Liz” Ruffo, LCPC

Position: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor From The University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Categories: Salisbury

Elizabeth “Liz” Ruffo, LGPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and received her degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Liz has experience working with children and adults, in individual and group settings on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Liz’s passion is helping her clients learn their strengths and paths in life and being a facilitator along their process.

 

Ms. Ruffo works in the Salisbury office.

Elizabeth “Liz” Ruffo, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor From The University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Leslie Allen, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Categories: Harford County

Leslie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 25 years of experience working with children and youth. She is a person-centered therapist and certified in CBT, specializing in youth who have experienced trauma. She is a board-approved supervisor. Leslie focuses on anxiety, depression, and behavioral challenges and seeks to improve the activities of daily living, social skills, and life skills of children and youth.

 

Ms. Allen works in our Harford County office

Leslie Allen, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Elizabeth Norris, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker From Salisbury University School of Social Work
Categories: Equine, School-Based

Elizabeth is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) from Salisbury University – School of Social Work. She has experience working with children and adults in both individual and group settings. In addition, she has experience working with individuals seeking treatment for anxiety, depression, PTSD, family/relationship conflict, parenting skills, anger management, trauma, ADHD, bipolar disorder, grief and bereavement, and other co-occurring disorders.
Elizabeth uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with a strengths-based approach to help her clients grow from personal experiences and conflicts. Elizabeth sees the importance of the therapeutic relationship, so she offers a safe space and nurturing environment for all her clients. Elizabeth has a strong passion for helping her clients reach their full potential and supporting them during their time of growth.

Ms. Norris works in our school-based program and in our equine-facilitated program.

Elizabeth Norris, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker From Salisbury University School of Social Work

Andrew Harris, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical, Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.
Categories: Hunt Valley

Andrew Harris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2013. His schooling focused on the difficulties we encounter as we grow old. Since that time, however, he has worked in numerous settings and has experience with a wide range of clinical presentations.
Andrew enjoys helping Clients recognize that life can be tragic, messy, and overbearing but also beautiful, rich, and rewarding. He has received training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy and was a fellow at the Baltimore- Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. In addition, Andrew enjoys helping each client develop their own unique “type” of therapy to realize their full potential.

 

Mr. Harris works in our Hunt Valley office.

Andrew Harris, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical, Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.

Rhoda Phillips, LCSW

Position: Licensed Clinical Social Worker From Widener University
Categories: Delaware

Rhoda believes that everyone has a gift; it just takes some people longer to unwrap it. She has fourteen years of experience in The Behavioral Health Field, which includes Inpatient, Residential, and Community Mental Health settings. Some of the tools that she uses are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Her specialties include Depression, Anxiety, Grief, and Chronic Medical Issues. Rhoda also specializes in working with Individuals Diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease. Lastly, Rhoda is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor who works with Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders.

Note: Ms. Phillips works in the Delaware office.

Rhoda Phillips, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker From Widener University

Taylor Myers-Morgan, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker From Salisbury University School of Social Work
Categories: School-Based

Taylor is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker who earned her graduate degree in social work from Salisbury University. She has experience providing therapy and psychoeducation to individuals and groups in an inpatient setting for co-occurring disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety, trauma, and more. Taylor utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and a strengths-based approach to enhance collaborative efforts with clients. She also focuses on stress and anger management, emotional recognition and regulation, mindfulness techniques, and developing coping skills.

Note: Ms. Myers-Morgan works in the School-Based program.

Taylor Myers-Morgan, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker From Salisbury University School of Social Work

Zoe DeGrazia, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker From University of Maryland, School of Social Work
Categories: Equine, School-Based

Zoe is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker who earned her graduate degree in social work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Zoe has spent most of her budding career working in schools as a school-based social worker and has many years of experience working with children. At Balance Point Wellness, she is both a school-based social worker as well as an Equine-Assisted Therapist, in which she provides therapy on a farm while engaging clients with horses. In addition, Zoe is passionate about holistic psychology and uses a trauma-informed lens in her therapeutic interventions.

 

Note: Ms. DeGrazia works in the School-Based program and our Equine Facilitated program. 

Zoe DeGrazia, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker From University of Maryland, School of Social Work

Sydney Stone, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker From from Marywood University
Categories: School-Based

Sydney is a Licensed Master Social Worker and earned her Master’s in Social Work from Marywood University. She is passionate about providing children, adolescents, and young adults with the skills and support necessary for them to thrive in their environment. She has experience working with a variety of individuals, including trauma survivors, adults with mental health diagnoses, and youth with autism, ADHD, and other behavioral concerns. Her approach incorporates client-centered and person-in-environment perspectives, placing much value on the diversity of clients’ experiences and self-determination.

Ms. Stone works in the Baltimore County School-Based Program.

Sydney Stone, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker From from Marywood University

Leslie Taylor, LMFT

Position: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Prolonged Exposure Therapist from Chestnut Hill College
Categories: Delaware

Leslie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Prolonged Exposure Therapist, which is a treatment modality for those with PTSD. Leslie earned her Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in Couple and Family Therapy from Chestnut Hill College. Leslie’s PE certification was completed with the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania.
Leslie enjoys working with adolescents and adults and is experienced working with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds utilizing a client-centered, systems approach. Leslie is passionate about removing the stigma often associated with mental healthcare, most especially for BIPOC. Leslie is empathetic and compassionate and provides culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed care seeks to build strong therapeutic alliances, and believes in working collaboratively with clients to address their presenting concern(s) and to identify their therapeutic goals. Leslie utilizes various treatment modalities to promote resilience, growth, healing, and overall sustainable improved well-being.

Ms. Taylor works in the Delaware office.

Leslie Taylor, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Prolonged Exposure Therapist from Chestnut Hill College

Alysha Menkis, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor From Johns Hopkins University
Categories: School-Based

Alysha Menkis is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor who obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She also obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Small Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western Connecticut State University.
After obtaining her master’s, Alysha worked with children and adolescents as a school counselor. In this capacity, she created and implemented classroom lessons and provided individual and group counseling to help students learn social skills, executive functioning, and conflict resolution. Alysha works with children and adolescents that have a variety of diagnoses, including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, adjustment, ADHD, and mood disorders. She uses a variety of methods, such as play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness.

Note: Ms. Menkis works in the Baltimore County School-Based Program. 

Alysha Menkis, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor From Johns Hopkins University

Tiahna Pantovich, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker From Howard University
Categories: Telehealth

Tiahna Pantovich is a Licensed Master Social Worker who specializes in individual and group therapy, focusing on grief, trauma, separation, substance use, and relationships. She has provided therapy both in Washington, D.C., and Maryland, virtually and in person. Using a mixed-methods, eclectic approach along with her wide-ranging education, she creates a supportive therapeutic space to grow, solve problems, and improve one’s mental health. She has an education in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree in Social Work from Howard University. She has conducted research in mental health and social work, publishing in multiple languages. Therapy can be provided in up to three languages virtually on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.

Note: Ms. Pantovich works remotely providing Telehealth services.

Tiahna Pantovich, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker From Howard University

Nadiyah Williams, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker From Fordham University
Categories: Telehealth

Nadiyah is a Licensed Master Social Worker who earned her graduate degree in social work from Fordham University. She has experience working with youth, young adults, and families in residential, school, and community mental health settings. She uses a strength-based approach to help individuals to discover their potential and improve their wellness.

Note: Ms. Williams works remotely providing Telehealth services.

Nadiyah Williams, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker From Fordham University

Tiffany Blair, LCSW-C

Position: Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical, Masters in Social Work from Concord University
Categories: Telehealth

Tiffany is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Board Approved supervisor. She graduated from Concord University and has worked in the mental health field for the last seven years. She focuses on helping clients cope with family and life stressors, which include marriage, parenting, and perinatal mental health. Using a holistic approach, she helps clients manage thoughts, regulate moods, and take practical steps to start living lives they love. As a clinical supervisor, she utilizes the reflective learning model. This allows her to balance her clinical expertise and the supervisee’s ownership, mastery, and understanding of their clinical process.

Note: Ms. Blair works remotely, providing Telehealth services. 

Tiffany Blair, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical, Masters in Social Work from Concord University

Heather O’Rourke

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker From Salisbury University School of Social Work
Categories: School-Based

Heather received her Master’s of Social Work from Salisbury University and is a licensed social worker in Maryland. Heather has a long history of working within the education system through a nonprofit program that served underserved communities for approximately fifteen years. After learning the needs of those underserved communities, Heather pursued higher education in social work and focused on her professional career goal of becoming a therapist. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages with varying challenges, including mental illness and trauma.

Heather primarily utilizes CBT, motivational interviewing, talk therapy, and mindfulness meditation in her practice with clients. Heather has found CBT to be extremely impactful across multiple levels of need, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma. Heather works with her clients where they are and seeks to impact the positive change they seek through therapy.

Ms. O’Rourke works in the Baltimore County School-Based Program.

Heather O’Rourke

Licensed Master Social Worker From Salisbury University School of Social Work

Jessica Qureshi, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor from George Washington University
Categories: Telehealth, York- Belvedere

Jessica is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University. Jessica has been trained in cognitive behavioral individual and family therapy by the Youth and Family Services Bureau. She has experience working with substance use disorders, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, and psychosis. She has worked for the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center as a substance use and mental health counselor. She is passionate about incorporating cultural identity into therapy and helping clients explore who they are and how their personality helps them make their way in the world.

Jessica is available to work with young adults and adults in individual or family therapy. Sometimes our minds are not safe spaces for us, and Jessica is committed to working with you to make your mind a safe and peaceful place for you to be.

Ms. Qureshi works in our Baltimore office providing Telehealth services. 

Jessica Qureshi, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor from George Washington University

Colleen Sweeney, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker from Virginia Commonwealth University
Categories: Harford County, School-Based

Colleen is a Licensed Master Social Worker from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her approach to care is providing a supportive and therapeutic space for clients to learn ways to improve their satisfaction and quality of life. This is achieved through the use of various clinical tools such as solutions-focused strategies, cognitive behavioral skills (CBT), and mindfulness techniques. The treatment sessions and therapeutic techniques will be tailored to the client’s strengths and needs. Whether the client is working through a traumatic event, grief, or other stressful life situation or experiencing ongoing or periodic anxiety or depression, a safe space to utilize various modalities of treatment will be created. Colleen believes one of the most important aspects of treatment is the therapeutic relationship and strives to deliver a positive experience for all clients to achieve client goals.

Ms. Sweeney works in our Baltimore County School-Based program and in our Harford County Office.

Colleen Sweeney, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker from Virginia Commonwealth University

John Collier, LMSW

Position: Licensed Master Social Worker From Salisbury University School of Social Work
Categories: Salisbury

John Collier is a Licensed Master Social Worker from Salisbury University. John enjoys working with people from all walks of life and takes pride in his ability to help others process their trauma, anxiety, ADHD, depression, and more. John utilizes a combination of CBT, ACT, and various other therapeutic techniques. John is a laid-back and open-minded therapist and can assure you that our sessions will be an environment where you are comfortable opening up.

Mr. Collier works in our Salisbury office. 

John Collier, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker From Salisbury University School of Social Work

Connor Bayley, LGPC

Position: Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor from New York University
Categories: Hunt Valley

Connor is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) who earned her Master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in the clinic and farm setting. Connor’s clinical experience includes helping clients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ASD, trauma, and more.
Connor provides equine-facilitated therapy at our farm location and in-clinic and telehealth services. She describes her approach to counseling as integrative and holistic, utilizing a person-centered approach, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In addition, she believes in building a collaborative and supportive relationship with her clients to help them feel empowered in their own therapeutic journey.

Ms. Bayley works in our Hunt Valley office. 

Connor Bayley, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor from New York University

Our Support Staff

Marita Manna

Intake Coordinator – Baltimore

Laura Holland

Intake Coordinator – School-Based

Taylor Thompson

tthompson@bpointwellness.com

Intake Coordinator – Prescribers

Maggie Ryan

 

Program Manager of Equine

Hannah Frallicciardi

 

Compliance Associate

Matthew Christian

Operations Coordinator

​We look forward to you joining our family!

We are looking to hire dedicated clinicians and support staff for our practice! If you are interested in working for Balance Point Wellness, LLC, email a resume and cover letter to Sarah Krieger, Director of Human Resources, at skrieger@bpointwellness.com.

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