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

Chief Clinical Officer

Board Approved Supervisor

Ian J. Bolland, LCPC

Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer

Jason Quarantillo, LCPC

Sr. Vice President of Training

 
Board Approved Supervisor 

Megan Spencer, MHRM, SPHR

Chief People Officer

Kathryn DeRaffele, LCPAT, ATR-BC

Director of Clinical Services

Board Approved Supervisor

Kimberly Maher, LCPC

Associate Director- Telehealth & Harford Office

Board Approved Supervisor

Janine Leki, LCMFT

Associate Director- Hunt Valley Office

Board Approved Supervisor

Bethany Benson, LCPC

Associate Director- School Program

 
Board Approved Supervisor

Kelsey Foley


Human Resource Business Partner

Johanna Howe, LCPC​

 

Associate Director – Baltimore

Karen Layton, LCPC

 

Associate Director – Salisbury Office

Sarah Krieger

 

Director of Project Implementation

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 **

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Kamau Collins, M.D.

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

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.

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LaToya White, MS, PA-C

Physician Assistant- Certified
Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from
Towson University

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. 

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Erika Stewart,
ANCC PMHNP-BC

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

Erika Stewart is a Board Certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who received her Master’s Degree from Walden University. She is qualified to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for adults, children, and adolescents. Erika has experience working with children and adults who have depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Erika brings a holistic approach to her practice and is committed to caring for the mind, body, and soul. She also believes in providing individualized and evidence-based treatment for her clients. Erika has been a nurse since 2009, working in a variety of health care settings such as long-term care, intensive care unit, mother/baby unit, and psychiatry. While working as a registered nurse, she encountered many patients battling mental health disorders, and she realized this was her passion. Erika has always enjoyed helping others and finds her career very rewarding. 

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

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Wendy Strong,
MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

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

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.

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Donna Martin,
MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

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

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.

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Olalekan Ajayi, PMHNP-BC

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

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.

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Anissa Salerno, PMHNP-BC

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

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. 

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Julia Kurisch, LCPC

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

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.

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Brandi Tanasescu, LGPC

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.

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Ian Bolland, LCPC

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.

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Jason Quarantillo, LCPC

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.

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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

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.

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Jean-Marie Roddy, LCPC

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

Jean-Marie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 25 years of experience with children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, developmental disorders, and oppositional disorders.

Jean-Marie uses an integrative approach that incorporates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Behavior Analysis, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to help clients achieve positive change. Jean-Marie has previously worked with clients with intellectual disabilities at both the Kennedy-Krieger Institute and Sheppard Pratt Hospital. She was also a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst from 2002-2009.

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

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Germaine Banner-Wills, LCPC

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

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.

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Ian Bailey, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Touro University, Worldwide

Ian has experience with children, individuals, couples, and families and has worked in various locations, including office-based, school, in-home, and community settings. He believes that the best therapy matches the client’s personality and presents challenges, but he emphasizes improving relationships, engaging in self-care, and actualizing one’s personality, strengths-based approaches, and…humor.

He believes in creating an open, collaborative environment, and exploring challenges from different angles (holistic). Ian often utilizes structural family therapy, play & art therapy; psychodynamic therapy; existential therapy; supportive client-centered therapy; and does trauma work (TF-CBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT+) and couples counseling.


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

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Kimberly Maher, LCPC

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

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.

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Kim Hall, PsyD

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


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.

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Andrea Pappas, LCPC

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

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.

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Shenna Warner, LCPC

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

​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.

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Nancy Smith, LCPC, CAC-AD

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Masters in Counseling from Loyola University of Maryland

Nancy has been working in the Mental Health Field for over twenty-five years and believes that anyone committed to therapy can have a successful outcome. She enjoys working with an adult population using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, focusing on how clients’ thoughts and feelings affect their negative behavior.

Clients will be able to deal constructively, in a nonjudgmental atmosphere, with current difficulties that are keeping them from moving forward in their lives. Areas of expertise include Depression, Anxiety, Low self-esteem, poor self-image, Life transitions, and anyone with problems adjusting to their environment or not able to reach their desired goals.


Note: Ms. Smith works in the York-Belvedere Medical Center office as well as provides Telehealth services.

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Bethany Benson, LCPC

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

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.

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Johanna Howe, LCPC

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.

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Jennifer Cleanthous LMSW

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

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.

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Linda Adams, MS, LCADC

Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug
Counselor/Psychotherapist Masters of Science in Applied Behavioral Counseling from John Hopkins University.

Linda has over thirty years of counseling experience in the mental health field and specializes in Anxiety, Postpartum Depression, Holistic Wellness, Grief, and Support for Coping with Chronic Pain. She earned a Master of Science degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Applied Behavioral Counseling. After graduate school, she attended a 3 year Post Graduate Program studying Jungian Dream Interpretation, symbolism, and the unconscious at The International Center for Creative Choices.

Linda taught Holistic Wellness courses at the Center, as well as CCBC. Also, Linda is a Certified Master Addictions Counselor (AODA Board) and provides support for spouses and adult children of substance abusers. Linda respects the dignity of each individual and offers empathy and understanding to navigate through life challenges. Her humanistic approach focuses on the whole person by identifying inner potential, validating feelings, and exploring creative options. Cognitive-behavioral strategies may also be used to adjust negative thoughts and behaviors and examine negative childhood experiences and constructs. Linda also provides Telehealth therapy for adults.


​Note: Ms. Adams works remotely providing Telehealth services.

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Ronald Howley, LCPC

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

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.

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Paradise Patterson, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical
Masters in Social Work from Morgan State University

Paradise has been practicing as a Clinical Social Worker/ Therapist for over 10 years. She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families to support their mental health stability and growth. She has worked in various settings such as in schools, mental health facilities, and group homes, most recently working as a School Social Worker.

Her primary therapy modality is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, supported by a variety of techniques to meet each individual and family’s needs.

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

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Janine Leki, LCMFT

Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from Regis University

Janine is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist with experience in providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families coping with a wide variety of challenges. She has a passion for working with individuals who identify within the (ever-growing) LGBTQIA+ spectrum of identities, with a background both in direct clinical care and as a provider of competency training to other clinicians in relation to this community. 

Janine specializes in providing trauma-informed care and interventions, with training and experience in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in addition to therapeutic modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She practices play therapy with children and adolescents as well as their families to promote skill-building, strengthen relational attachments, and empower young clients to process their experiences in tangible and meaningful ways. Janine uses a systemic/relational approach with all clients and relies on humor, vulnerability, and genuine compassion to empower her clients’ growth and healing.


Note: Ms. Leki works in the York- Belvedere Medical Center office and provides Telehealth services.

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Gabriel Horan, LMSW

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

Gabriel brings years of experience working in many different settings to his therapy practice. Having lived in different parts of the world, he brings a holistic client-focused approach to understanding each client’s unique life story. Gabriel’s focus is on trauma-informed therapy utilizing a variety of modalities (TF-CBT, CBT, Logo-Therapy, body therapy, etc.) to help clients heal from their trauma at their own pace. 

He also brings mindfulness and wellness into his practice and encourages clients to explore their spirituality and belief system. Gabriel has experience with children, teenagers, adults, and works with individuals, couples, families, and groups.


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

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Hina Tucker, LCPAT, ATR-BC

Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist
Art Therapist Registered- Board Certified Masters in Professional Studies from the School of Visual Arts

Hina Tucker has been practicing art therapy since 2013, working in hospitals, schools, dual diagnosis programs, and community mental health. Through her wide range of experience, she has become a well-rounded clinician, incorporating various interventions to meet her clients and build a meaningful therapeutic relationship.

Hina practices from a humanistic approach with a focus on addiction and family systems. Hina thoroughly enjoys supporting her clients in exploring their creativity and building the life they want.
*Note: A background in art is not needed. It is also not necessary in session to make art.
More information about art therapy can be found here: https://arttherapy.org/upload/whatisarttherapy.pdf


Note: Ms. Tucker works remotely providing Telehealth services. 

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Jaime Marcucci, LMSW

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


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.

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Cynthia Morris, LCSW-C

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

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.

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Jessica Hurst, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Masters in Counseling Psychology from Towson University

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.

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Jayyidah Clarke, LCSW-C

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

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.

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Daniel Stewart, LMSW

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


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.

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Taylor White,
LCSW-C

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

Taylor is a Licensed Master Social Worker who served in many trauma-specific positions, including, a family advocate at a child advocacy center in North Carolina. Taylor’s most recent experience is as a therapist with a specialization in individuals who have survived human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic and interpersonal violence, and extensive experience in working with individuals who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community barriers they may face.

Taylor utilizes an eclectic approach when working with adults and adolescents struggling with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. Many of Taylor’s interventions include mindfulness-based practices, elements of CBT and ACT, and solution-focused therapy. Taylor’s work has always had a focus on the diversity of individual experiences and collaborating with clients to create meaningful and lasting change in their lives.


Note: Taylor White works in the York- Belvedere Medical Center office.

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Thomas Nemetz, LGPC

​Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor.
Masters in School Counseling from Caldwell University

Thomas (Tom) Nemetz is a licensed graduate professional counselor. Tom earned his bachelor’s in psychology from Kean University in Union, New Jersey, and his Masters in Mental Health with a focus in School Counseling from Caldwell University in Caldwell, New Jersey.

Tom has experience working with children and adolescents in the school setting and has spent 4 years working with crisis patients in the emergency department at GBMC. Tom’s counseling focus is grounded in CBT, but he believes in building rapport with his clients to ensure that he can accommodate each person’s circumstances and therapeutic needs.


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

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Gerrie Bender, LCSW-C

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

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.

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Mike Andrews, LMSW

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

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.

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Melissa Ouazana, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
Masters in Professional Counseling from Loyola University

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.

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Jennifer Kraus, LMSW

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

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.

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Tayler Bowman, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Masters in Professional Counseling from Loyola University

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

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Courtney Matthews, LGPC

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

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.

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Ovadia Golfeiz, LMSW

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

Ovadia Golfeiz is a Licensed Master Social Worker who graduated from the University of Maryland – School of Social Work. Ovadia has experience working with children, adolescents, and families who have encountered crises and trauma(s) and those dealing with depression, anxiety, and various behavioral and mental health issues.

Ovadia uses a client-centered approach throughout the therapeutic process and works alongside the client to develop treatment goals. He understands that making changes can be difficult; however, they are often essential for optimal functioning and well-being. Ovadia believes that incorporating and providing the client with genuineness, unconditional positive regard, and accurate empathic understanding is imperative to create a safe and therapeutic environment. His primary approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and incorporates a variety of interventions, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Experiential Family Therapy, and Structural Family Therapy.


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

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Kylie Hall, LCPC

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

Kylie has over ten years of experience in the mental health field. She obtained her Master’s Degree from McDaniel College with a concentration in Community Mental Health. She has a variety of experience working with both adolescents and adults in the community and residential settings. 

Kylie believes that therapy is most effective when catered to the individual’s personality, strengths, and needs. She utilizes client-centered approaches, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, solution-focused, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Kylie believes in building a supportive, non-judgmental environment to foster growth and confidence in one’s own abilities. Kylie’s core belief is that everyone has the capacity to make changes and have a life worth living.


Note: Ms. Hall works remotely providing Telehealth Services.

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Eva Marshall, LMSW, CH, RYT200, WMST

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

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.

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Cheryl Price, LGPC

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.

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Leah Brody, LCSW-C

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

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.

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Lauren Stevens, LGPC

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

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.

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Shraga Freedman, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor Masters in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University

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.

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Carrie Holleran, LMSW

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

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.

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Brenda Santosus, LCPC

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

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.

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Tyler Presjak, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from DePaul University Chicago, Illinois.

Tyler received his Master’s in Clinical Counseling from DePaul University Chicago, Illinois. As a counselor, Tyler strives to create an environment for the client to grow as a person while working to problem solve and find solutions to whatever the client may be struggling with, including anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationship issues, stress management, trauma, and more. 

Tyler works using cognitive behavioral therapy as their primary counseling approach while implementing strength-based counseling techniques as well. Tyler specializes in working with LGBTQ+ individuals; however, Tyler has experience working with and enjoys working with adults, couples, families, teenagers, and those from varying cultural and demographic backgrounds. 


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

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Catherine Abrams, LMSW, CAC-AD

Licensed Master Social Worker
Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University

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.

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Jonathan Pobst, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker
Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University

Jon is a graduate of Salisbury University, where he received a Bachelors in Social Work with a Psychology minor and a Master in Social Work. Jon brings over a decade’s worth of experience working with individuals in crisis, providing support to individuals and families through some of their most difficult times. 

Jon continues to practice through cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviews, and Choice Theory; however, it is in a constant approach to learning new methods and approaches to assist clients in achieving their goals. To Jon, the primary goal of therapy is to assist a person with the ongoing process of adapting to the changes that life throws at us. He believes that through strengthening one’s core values, one can weather the storms that life sends. Jon has experience working with teens, adults, families, and LGBTQIA+. He has experience assisting clients with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and grief. He is looking forward to helping you discover new ways to navigate life with confidence, understanding, and hope.


Note: Mr. Pobst works in the Salisbury Office.

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Cassidy Dolby, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker
Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University

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.

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Karen Layton, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Masters in Counseling Psychology from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C.

Karen is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) who received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Karen has eight years of experience working in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Forensic Populations. Karen is also fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) with a specialty in working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. 

Karen utilizes an integrated approach of different treatment approaches and techniques to help personalize treatment for each individual who comes into a session. She has experience working with various diagnoses, including but not limited to adjustment, mood, personality, and substance use disorders. As a counselor, Karen works to understand individuals from their perspective to help discover strengths to overcome struggles and achieve goals.


Note: Ms. Layton works in the Salisbury Office.

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Noah Shipman,
LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker
Masters in Social Work from Temple University

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.

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Faith Lahmon-Martin, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker
Masters in Social Work from Salisbury University

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.

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Shamirah Jackson,
LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker
Masters in Social Work from Morgan State University

Shamirah Jackson is a graduate of Morgan State University’s School of Social Work Program studying Urban Children, Youth and Families. She became licensed as a Licensed Master Social Worker in 2017 and began practicing in an array of urban settings.

She has experience working in schools, psychiatric rehabilitation programs, and outpatient mental health agencies. She also has a love of being creative and enjoys practicing this creativeness with youth. 


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

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Caroline Robertson, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
Masters in Professional Counseling from Loyola University

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.

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Lia Paciotti, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
Masters in Counseling Psychology from Frostburg State University

Lia is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, and obtained her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Frostburg State University. As a counselor, she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults.

Her clinical experience includes helping in stress, isolation, mood disorders, trauma, grief and loss, self-esteem, spirituality, substance use, relationship issues, family conflict, caregiving, domestic violence, learning disabilities, and women’s issues. Her approach to therapy is rooted in a compassionate understanding of the needs of her clients. She provides a validating and peaceful environment to walk beside her clients on their journey toward developing compassion, empathy, and acceptance toward themselves and others. 


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

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Marianne Kadyszewski,
LCSW-C

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

 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.

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James Smith, LGPC

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

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.

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Sara LaMonica, LGPC

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

Sara is a Licensed Graduate 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.

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Chelise Fox, LGMFT

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

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.

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Briyana Hubbard, LGPC

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

Briyana is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor and obtained her master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Bowie State University. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. 

She believes in a client-centered approach during the therapeutic process. Briyana believes in creating a safe space to allow each client to reach their goals.


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

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Michelle Jolley, LGPC

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

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.

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Lauren Spencer-Harris, M.Ed

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

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

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Gabby McClelland, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
Masters in Professional Counseling from Loyola University

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. 

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Robyn Cash,
LMSW

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

Robyn is a Licensed Master Social Worker who graduated from the University of Maryland – School of Social Work with a concentration in Families and Children. Robyn has a 15-year history of social work, including Child Welfare, School Therapy, and Substance Abuse Counseling. Her passion surrounds assisting clients with identifying their potential to meet personalized treatment goals through a Strength Perspective and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach.

One of Robyn’s best personal attributes is her non-judgmental attitude that allows room for a healthy therapeutic relationship to be formed, as well as healing. Robyn has worked with individuals from all walks of life throughout her career and understands the dynamics of diversity and the respect and dignity it requires. To ensure professional development and effective service delivery, Robyn stays abreast with professional training and seminars.

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

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Skyler Irons,
LCSW-C

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

Skyler is a Licensed Master 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.

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Taylor Luallen, LMSW

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

Taylor is a Licensed Master Social Worker, graduating from both Stevenson University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Social Work. She has experience working with children and families in various settings, including schools and community-based programs.

Taylor’s work is grounded in the belief that every narrative within our journey is beautifully unique. Those narratives may look and feel challenging at times, but they aid in how we intentionally live our lives. Taylor believes that therapy helps us understand those narratives in a brave space. Her approach is based on mindfulness practices, CBT, and solution-focused therapy. She hopes to work in power with clients to create intentionally empowering and compassionate spaces of healing. 
Note: Ms. Luallen works in the Baltimore County School-Based Program.

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Zakira English, LGPC

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

Zakira is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor and obtained her Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from The University of Baltimore. Zakira has experience with providing school-based therapy to children and adolescents. Zakira is passionate about the mental health challenges that children and adolescents face and believes that all youth should have access to mental health services to help improve their quality of life. 

 Zakira’s approach is client-centered, and she relies heavily on the relationship between herself and her clients to empower a readiness for change. Zakira makes therapy fun and collaborates with clients to help them identify their inner strengths and uses a cognitive-behavioral approach to reach therapeutic goals. Zakira is a strong advocate for her clients and believes that all youth can be successful and thrive in their community with the proper support and early interventions.

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

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Sam Hopkins,
LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker
Masters in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago

Sam is a Licensed Master Social Worker from Loyola University of Chicago. Sam has a background in the study of mindfulness traditions and brings his interest in mindfulness to his therapeutic work.

Sam has worked primarily with severe mental illness and individuals on the autism spectrum and brings his skill in working through crisis, depression, and anxiety to the Balance Point team.

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

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Aarika Lee, LMSW

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

Aarika Lee is a Licensed Master Social Worker holding a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Her background consists of working with children and families from various backgrounds in various settings such as hospitals, schools, and community-based programs. Aarika has worked with children who have ADHD, Autism spectrum disorder, adjustment disorder, and depression.

Aarika uses a client-centered perspective when treating clients. She believes a healthy therapeutic relationship and creating a safe environment is the foundation of treatment. Aarika uses solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, CBT, and mindfulness practices. 


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

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Louisa Clarke, LMSW

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

Louisa is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Maryland, Baltimore. Louisa is passionate about equipping youth with the skills they need to assuage future mental, emotional, and relational challenges as they navigate through their formative years. She utilizes evidence-based practices she determines will fit, such as CBT, psychodynamic therapy, DBT, and trauma-focused interventions. 

In addition, Louisa is passionate about incorporating art therapy and body-based therapies into sessions. Louisa believes therapy is a collaborative experience between the client and clinician, which is best implemented with honest feedback, creativity, goal development, and concrete tasks that allow for client follow-through. She is LGBTQA+ affirming, inclusive, and ever-learning as a clinician. She invites value exploration, self-compassion, and humor into her practice.

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

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Dereka Ross, LCPC

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

Dereka is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 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. Additionally, Dereka innately believes that the answer the client seeks within themselves already exists, and her job is to bring that out of her clients as she journeys with them. 

Dereka’s desire is to focus on cura personalis (care for the entire person), and she specializes in person-centered, strength-based, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions. Dereka is clinically trained to work with clients who battle with anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorders, ADHD, spiritual concerns, and everyday life stressors.

 

Note: Ms. Ross works remotely providing Telehealth Services.

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Tyrese Carter, LGPC

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

Tyrese Carter is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor holding a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has experience working with children, adolescences, adults, and families. Tyrese is especially enthusiastic about working with the adolescent population. Tyrese has a wide range of mental health work experience.

She has worked in outpatient and inpatient settings, in the psychiatric rehabilitation field for children/adolescents and adults, and in the private school sector for children with autism and other developmental disorders. Tyrese has gained a niche and passion for linking clients with as many resources as possible to help them reach their greatest potential. Tyrese’s therapeutic approach is grounded in person-centered techniques ensuring a safe, welcoming, collaborative environment while utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy techniques.

 

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

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Bushra Queraishi, LMSW

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

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.

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Shira Katz,
LGPC

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

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.

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NaShey Ingram,
LCSW-C, RPT

Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical
Masters in Social Work from Morgan State University

NaShey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Morgan State University. She is also a Registered Play Therapist specializing in expressive therapy for children and youth. With 15 years of child welfare experience, Ms. Ingram has committed to healing children through their lifespan.

Using techniques such as Play Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Ms. Ingram provides a space where individuals can process their emotions, even when they don’t have the words. Although Ms. Ingram specializes in children, she has also assisted adults experiencing depression, anxiety, or just difficulties managing day-to-day life.

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

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Adina Raskin,
LMSW

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

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.

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Mary Tupper,
LCSW-C

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

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.

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Ariella Bernstein, LMSW

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

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.

Our Support Staff

Morgan Orndorff

Wellness Coordinator

Shenna Warner, LCPC

 

Clinical Recruiter

Ron Howley, LCPC

 

Clinical Recruiter

​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 Megan Spencer, Chief People Officer, at mspencer@bpointwellness.com.

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