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Photo of Maria AdamosMaria Adamos, LGPC
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
Location: Columbia Office

Maria B. Adamos is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in the State of Maryland. After completing a Bachelors degree in psychology at The College of New Jersey, she earned a Masters degree in psychology from American University (Washington, DC), and completed courses through the Master’s Plus program at Loyola University Maryland. Maria joined the team at CCS and IC in December 2016. She co-facilitates the Adult Intensive Outpatient Program, and Adult Outpatient Program, in addition to working on the teen, young adult, and anger management teams. She conducts intakes and assessments for teens and adults for all levels of education, outpatient treatment, and DUI/DWI programs.

Maria also sees individual clients. She has experience working in both the inpatient and outpatient settings with various psychological disorders including Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Major Depressive Disorder, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (i.e. trichotillomania, skin picking, etc.), among others. Maria aims to work collectively with her clients to treat the whole person--body, mind, and spirit. She attempts to help her client embrace the challenges faced in life and learn how to overcome them from a holistic perspective. She believes that all aspects of one’s life affect each other, and she hopes to be able to help her clients to live a well-balanced, mindful, and a purposeful life. She believes everyone is worthy of living this fulfilling life, and is grateful to have the opportunity to work WITH her clients on their journey. She draws from her interest in yoga and meditation and hopes to inspire her patients to acknowledge their worth and to live fulfilling lives. Maria is a member of the American Counseling Association. Maria works under the supervision of director, Mark Donovan, LCPC, LCADC.

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Sarah Agboli, MS, LCMFT
Clinical Master of Science
Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: Columbia Office

Sarah Agboli is a graduate of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at the University of Maryland-College Park. She holds a clinical Master of Science degree and has been providing therapy to families, couples and individuals for over nine years. She has worked with individuals, couples and families in both an outpatient clinical setting and within the public school system (elementary and middle school).

The clients Sarah has worked with reflect the diversity of the Maryland/DC metro area. Sarah works with clients to attain their goals targeting a broad range of presenting problems such as: depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, ADHD, family relational issues, behavioral problems, anger management, abuse, and grief.

It is Sarah's goal to create a space for clients that is genuine and safe so they can work towards making the changes necessary to meet their goals. She believes therapy is most effective when clients are empowered and the relationship with the therapist is a collaborative one. Sarah helps clients identify what and how they want to change and assists them on the pathway to successfully attain and maintain those changes.

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A. LaToya Bates, MSSA, LCSW-C
Portrait of A LaToya BatesLicensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical
Location: Columbia Office

A. LaToya Bates, MSSA, LCSW-C, has over 20 years of professional experience working with families and children facing traumatic events in their lives. She earned her Master's Degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and her undergraduate Bachelors Degree at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. She spent a significant part of her career as a Social Worker in child protective services, therapeutic foster care, adoptions, and independent living for adolescents. Those experiences began in Cleveland, Ohio, then later in Arlington, Virginia, and then in Baltimore, Maryland, where she worked as a Supervisor for the Intake and Assessment Unit. Moving into the management realm of Social Work, she took a position with the Maryland State Department of Education and later the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments managing grant funded programs that enhanced the lives of special needs children in Baltimore County, Wicomico County and Washington, DC.

From there, Ms. Bates accepted a position with the University of Maryland School of Social Work providing clinical instruction on effective Social Work Practice to new Maryland State Employees as well as ongoing instructional social work training to current State employees. Currently, Ms. Bates is the Director of the Center for Infant & Child Loss within the School of Medicine. The opportunity to managing the program has been fulfilling both professionally and personally. As an educator, Ms. Bates travels the State providing Bereavement/Maternal Interview training to professionals working directly with families experiencing the unexpected death of an infant or child.

Since 2013, Ms. Bates has been working part time with the Congruent Counseling Group as a clinical therapist providing a wide range of mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, and couples. As a Licensed Clinical Therapist Ms. Bates' specialties include:

  • Individual/Play Therapy (children and teens)
  • Family Therapy
  • Marital/Couples Therapy
  • Effective Communication
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Grief & Loss
  • Foster Care & Adoption
  • Parenting Issues
  • Trauma
  • Sex abuse
  • Anger Management
  • ADHD

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Barbara Borsi, LCPC
Portrait of Barbara BorsiLicensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Location: Towson Office

Barbara is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland. After earning a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University she continued her graduate studies at the University of Baltimore where she received a Certificate in Professional Counseling Studies in 2012.

Barbara's experience includes providing mental health services in a variety of settings including mental health and substance abuse outpatient centers. She also has experience providing case coordination services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Barbara is a compassionate and empathetic counselor. She utilizes an integrative approach to counseling that incorporates cognitive behavioral and person centered therapy. She has experience working with clients with various mental health and addiction issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • ADHD

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Aaron Brager, BA, CSC-AD
Portrait of Aaron BragerAdult Coordinator - Millersville
Counselor
Certified Supervised Counselor Alcohol and Drug (CSC-AD)

Location: Columbia Office

Aaron Brager is responsible for coordinating services in our Millersville location as well as facilitating adult education and treatment groups throughout the week in Columbia. Aaron co-facilitates the Young Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). He is also responsible for the Anger Management Program in Columbia. Aaron's experience in the criminal justice system as a counselor has given him insight into what can happen, and how hard it is to reverse, when people refuse to change and take action. His knowledge and straight forward style leaves you certain he is a man you can trust. He cares deeply that his clients learn what they need to do to make their lives better and more fulfilling.

Aaron holds a bachelors degree in Clinical Psychology from Stevenson University. He is a Baltimore native who plans to use his knowledge to advance his education seeking a graduate degree. Aaron is one ethics class away from receiving his CAC-AD.

Aaron works under the supervision of the director, Mark Donovan, LCPC, LCADC.

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Portrait of Marilyn BrooksMarilyn L. Brooks, LCSW-C
Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical
Location: Columbia Office
Location: Towson Office

Marilyn is a compassionate psychotherapist and substance abuse counselor with extensive knowledge and experience in behavioral health integrative services. She has over thirty years experience working with individuals and group therapy.

Marilyn’s professional experience includes the Howard County Health Department Division of Behavioral Health (6/2016-12/2016), and being Senior Clinical Consultant to the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health for the State of Delaware (2013-6/2016).

She spent over thirty years of progressive experience in psychotherapy, supervision and management at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Community Psychiatry Program in Baltimore, MD. This included significant experience with co-occurring diagnoses as well as a considerable knowledge of psychotropic medication. She has experience as psychotherapist, including a full range of treatment modalities for age 18 to senior adults.

Education:

  • Master degree in Social Work - MSW, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA
  • Bachelor of Social Work - BSW, Morgan University, Baltimore, MD

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Portrait of Lauren CashLauren Cash, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Location: Columbia Office

Location: Towson Office

Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland. She earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University, Maryland in 2014. Prior to joining Congruent Counseling she worked in an outpatient mental health setting, providing individual counseling to a diverse population of adults and older adolescents.

Lauren approaches counseling as a collaboration between counselor and client. She works to provide a supportive, nonjudgmental space in which she can assist clients to identify needs, develop goals, and work towards meaningful change.

Specialties include:

  • Adjustment
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem/Identity conflict
  • Social skills
  • Substance abuse/Dual diagnosis

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Portrait of Mary CarrollMary Carroll, LCPC, NCC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Location: Columbia Office

Stress, illness, and unplanned life changes can disrupt anyone's life. As a licensed clinical professional counselor and a national certified counselor, my goal is to help you restore balance in your life and gain a sense of peace. I use an integrative approach relying heavily on cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic techniques to help you achieve your goals. I provide individual, group, family, and couples counseling with persons aged 4 to 60 with primary issues of grief and trauma, bipolar and related mood disorders, and child and adolescent disorders including autistic spectrum disorders.

I have experience working in prisons, schools, inpatient and outpatient mental health programs, group homes, crisis beds, and hospital emergency rooms.

Professional Associations

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland – Member and Former Board Member at Large

Education

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration – UMUC, April 2003
  • Master of Science – Applied Psychology – Counseling, University of Baltimore, December, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts - Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, June, 1989

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Portrait of Christie ChorbajianChristie Chorbajian, LCMFT
Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
Location: Millersville Office

Christie received her BS in Family Science from the University of Maryland in 2009, and her MS in Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts in 2012.

Christie has worked with individuals and families since 2012, both in an office-based setting and in the community. She values the opportunity to meet people where they are and assist them in making positive changes to live their preferred lives. She has worked with both court-mandated clients as well as self-referred clients, and is familiar with the challenges of both. Christie believes clients direct the focus of treatment and set their own goals, and feels privileged to assist clients in reaching these goals.

Christie has had training in Narrative Therapy as well as Functional Family Therapy; she also utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to help clients make the connection between thinking patterns, emotions, and behaviors. Though everyone has an idea of what "therapy" looks like, Christie works to challenge this idea through the use of humor and collaboration with her clients.

Christie is also fluent in Spanish. Afternoon and evening hours available.

Some areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Couples' Counseling
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Self-Harming Behaviors
  • Blended Families
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Parenting Issues
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Adolescent Challenges
  • Emotional Regulation/Anger Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Self-Care Skills
  • Trauma

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Michael Clancy, LCPC, LCADC
Portrait of Michael ClancyLicensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Location: Columbia Office

Mike Clancy has practiced psychotherapy for 25 years in a variety of clinical arenas to include inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings for both adults and adolescents. His career includes a number of senior level positions in program development and administration as well as supervising clinicians and interns in community based clinics for West Virginia University and Ohio University. He holds graduate degrees in both mental health counseling (Northern Arizona University) and clinical psychology (Marshall University). He has also completed post graduate work in Health Psychology and holds an MDiv Military Chaplaincy from Liberty University

Mike offers pastoral counseling and marital counseling in addition to more traditional forms of counseling, addictions treatment and psychotherapy. Issues related to military deployments for both the service member and family are welcomed. He has 19 years of combined experience in parish-based ministry and military ministry. Mike served previously in the US Air Force as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and currently serves as a Military Chaplain in the Maryland Army National Guard.

His areas of expertise include:

  • Anger Management
  • ADHD
  • Relationship Issues and Effective Communication
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Event Management
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Parenting Issues
  • Psychological Aspects Related to Medical Illness
  • Counseling with Asian Families
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Military Deployment Issues

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Portrait of Lisa CohenLisa Cohen, LGPC, CAC-AD
Director of Adolescent Substance Treatment Services
Certified Associate Counselor Alcohol and Drug

Location: Columbia Office

Lisa Cohen is the Director of Adolescent Substance Treatment Services for our Outpatient Treatment Program. These programs seek to address not only substance-related issues but also mental health, family, legal, and school issues. Lisa has a strong desire to help kids succeed. She tempers her caring and supportive style with stern limit-setting and personal responsibility for her clients. Lisa is responsible for five different levels of adolescent education and treatment from early intervention to intensive outpatient. She also conducts intakes and assessments for adults and adolescents for education, treatment, and DUI/DWI services.

Lisa has been working with both CCS and IC since 2007. In 2015, she obtained her Masters degree from McDaniel College in Community Counseling. Lisa is also a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC), as well as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CAC-AD) and Supervisor.

Lisa works under the supervision of the director, Mark Donovan, LCPC, LCADC.

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Richard ConoverRichard Conover, LCPC, NCC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
National Certified Counselor, NCC
Location: Columbia Office

Rick Conover specializes in stress reduction, grief and loss, chronic pain, and substance abuse. He provides individual, couples, and group therapy.

Rick is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor and has worked in outpatient mental health settings since 2007. He has provided individual and group counseling for depression, anxiety, and other mental health and substance use concerns. He has also worked with chronic pain and dually diagnosed clients. He joined Congruent Counseling in the Spring 2013 and works with adolescents, adults and couples.

Rick earned his Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland.

Specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self Esteem Issues
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief/Loss Counseling
  • Addiction or Substance Abuse
  • Chronic Pain Psycho-educational Counseling

"I believe that every person can benefit from supportive non-judgmental relationships when experiencing life transitions. Change may create feelings about one's competency to cope with uncertainty, grief and loss, or the knowledge needed to changed behavioral patterns. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy with a pastoral counseling bend to help people to more fully live up to their potential for a more contented life."

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Michael DerryMichael Derry LCSW-C
Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical
Location: Columbia Office

Michael earned his MSW in 1995 from the the University of Maryland and his LCSW-C in 1997. He completed a year long Certificate Program in Child and Adolescent Treatment from the University of Maryland in 1996. He also completed a 30 credit Certificate in Chemical Dependency counseling in 1992. He began his career as a child therapist at The Kennedy Krieger Institute then moved to school based mental Health though the University of Maryland, and later Baltimore City and County Public Schools. He spent the past 18 years doing Mood Disorders and Addictions treatment at Sheppard Pratt Hospital. Michael's clinical approach is eclectic, combining client centered and strength based approaches with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques to help clients optimize their functioning and negotiate challenges.

Specialties:

  • Mood Disorders (including Depression and Bi-polar Disorder, and suicidality)
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Child play therapy
  • Parent-Child relationship challengesIEP and School coordination
  • Couples and Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT)
  • Self- esteem and Core belief Therapy
  • Substance Abuse
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Integrative Health and Wellness

Michael has been an avid white water kayaker and sea kayaker for over 30 years and when not working can be found paddling on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Portrait of Mark DonovanMark Donovan, LCPC, LCADC
CEO, Clinical Director
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Location: Columbia Office
Location: Towson Office

While individual counseling is great for addressing many issues, group counseling can produce more profound and rapid change when used effectively; a combination of both methods is most effective. Mark has experience in a broad range of issues including:

  • Addiction and Substance Abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsions
  • Adjustment Problems
  • Parenting Issues
  • Marital/Couples Therapy
  • ADHD
  • Self Esteem Issues
  • Family Issues
  • Parenting Problems/Training
  • Communication Skills
  • Anger Management

Mark specializes in working with depressed, acting out, dually diagnosed teens and their families. His job is never boring! He enjoys the challenge of working with these kids.

Mark's role in the practice

Mark is a husband, proud father, and therapist. Mark is the Director of both Congruent Counseling and Integrative Counseling. Mark's goal when entering the field of counseling was to help people live a more fulfilled and meaningful life. In order to do this well, he knew he could not do it alone – he needed other therapists with a variety of backgrounds to work with the varying difficulties of each different person or family.

In developing the practice, he felt it was essential to offer both mental health and substance abuse services in one location. While not everyone needs both services, those that do need them receive better treatment when they are offered at one location. However, Mark soon learned that managing the regulations, laws, and insurance policies of a split system were difficult to provide in one practice. Hence the existence of two practices under one roof. Ask him and he will be happy to bore you with discussions of a system in need of repair.

Mark has worked in the mental health and substance issues counseling field since 1993. He received his BA in Psychology in 1993 from the University of Maryland College Park and his MA in Counseling Psychology in 1998 from Bowie State University. Mark is proud to have served as a staffer, group leader, and eventually as an associate director of the Adult Health and Development Program (AHDP) under the tutelage of Dr. Daniel Leviton at the University of Maryland. He developed his beliefs about human nature and how to help at the AHDP and while working at Montgomery General Hospital. These two programs provided rich experience in the needs and wants of people. Mark strives to use this experience to help people live a more fulfilling life.

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Katie Downes, LCPC
Portrait of Katie DownesVP and Director of Adult Services
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Location: Columbia Office

Katie is the Vice President of CCS as well as the Director of Adult Substance Treatment Services for our Outpatient Treatment Program as well as an individual and family therapist. She is also a DBT Trained therapist as part of our DBT Program. The Substance Treatment Programs seek to address not only substance related issues but also mental health, family, legal, and work/school issues. Katie is responsible for four different levels of adult education, DUI/DWI education, and treatment from early intervention through Intensive Outpatient. She also conducts intakes and assessments for adults and adolescents. Katie uses a variety of approaches and therapeutic models when working with clients to develop the best possible approach toward therapy.

Katie has been working with CCS and IC since September 2010. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and holds a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology. She is also working toward her licensure/certification in addictions.

Katie also works as an individual therapist with a wide variety of mental health and substance related concerns. She has had prior experience in an inpatient setting and crisis residential care providing treatment of various mental health and substance abuse issues such as:

  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Psychosis and other Psychotic Disorders
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Personality Disorders
  • Addiction and Substance Abuse

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Portrait of Erin FitzgeraldErin Fitzgerald, LCPC
Therapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Location: Eldersburg Office

Erin Fitzgerald is a Maryland Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has worked in the mental health setting for the last 6 years. Her therapeutic orientation involves the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and includes a strength-based approach to working with clients. She is an empathic individual who utilizes cognitive techniques along with behavioral and mindfulness techniques to help clients make important changes in their lives.

Erin earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland where she also completed additional coursework. She has completed training in an outpatient mental health setting as well as a crisis facility and has experience working with a diverse population. She has experience providing services to children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, she is experienced in the following areas: depression, anger management, behavioral/attentional issues, anxiety, self-esteem issues, adjustment disorders, and more. Erin tailors her approach with each client to best meet his or her own unique needs.

Erin works under the supervision of the director, Mark Donovan, LCPC, LCADC.

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Portrait of Ashley HarigAshley Harig, MEd, LCPC, NCC
Ashley Harig, MEd, LCPC, NCC
National Certified Counselor, NCC

Location: Millersville Office

Ashley is an Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor working in the field for over 15 years with children, adolescents, and adults. She feels that handling all of the ins and outs of life can be tough.It is important to work within the time that that you have, taking an integrative approach to working on yourself, and making time to better yourself supports a person in all areas of life.

Ashley completed her coursework at Loyola College, where she completed additional course work. Ashley also has gone on to get certifications in Autism Studies (Birth to Adult) and Mindfulness training.

"It is important to find the time to connect with others, finding your niche and doing what you love. It is difficult to do this when you are not "happy". I love working with clients to figure it all out with you and help guide you through the process! I have to be conscience of the "work-all-the-time" mentality and take time for myself and with my family."

Ashley's specialties include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic concerns
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Behavioral concerns in children (including Autism, ADHD, Executive Functioning skills, etc)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy with children, adolescents and adults
  • Family counseling
  • Peer relationships
  • Social Skills
  • Social-Emotional concerns

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Portrait of Meghan HesterbergMeghan Hesterberg, CAC-AD
Adult Counselor
Location: Millersville Office

Meghan Hesterberg is responsible for coordinating services in our Millersville location. She co-facilitates the Adult Intensive Outpatient Program ( IOP ). She is also responsible for the Anger Management Program in Millersville. Meghan conducts all levels of education, outpatient treatment and DUI/DWI programs in Millersville. She works under the supervision of the director, Mark Donovan, LCPC, LCADC.

Meghan obtained her B.S. degree in Sociology from Dominican College, Orangeburg, New York, in May, 2008. She obtained her M.S. in Substance Abuse Counseling from Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland, in May, 2014. She also obtained her Alcohol and Drug Trainee and is eligible for her CAC-AD in May 2016.

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Elaine Johnson, PhD
Psychologist
Location: Columbia Office

Elaine is a psychologist with more than 30 years of experience in working with individuals, couples and groups. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University and have worked in university counseling centers, a dual-diagnosis inpatient center, and in private practice. She hasalso been a faculty member in counseling psychology at Penn State University and the University of Baltimore. She works with young adults through advanced age. Elaine believes, fundamentally, that clients have the resources, sometimes awaiting discovery and development, to make their own best decisions and, with support, find their own solutions. Thus, she work with my clients in a shared journey of discovery and action. She does both short-term, goal-oriented work with clients and longer-term therapy to change entrenched patterns. She isavailable for weekend appointments. In a first session, you can expect you and Elaine to get to know each other and make a decision about whether her approach fits what you are looking for. She is certified in Gestalt Therapy, and has extensive experience in group work using Gestalt and Psychodrama to discover and change relationship patterns learned in childhood. She has special interests in working with women’s concerns, codependency, and relationship difficulties.

Experience providing service in the following areas:

  • Adults
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Marital
  • LGBTQ Sensitive
  • Substance Abuse

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Portrait of Laura DiCamilloLaura Kogelschatz, LCSW-C
Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical
Location: Columbia Office
Location: Towson Office

Laura Kogelschatz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 2007. Since then, she has worked with at-risk students in middle and high schools on a variety of social, emotional, academic and behavioral issues. Laura's interest in becoming a Social Worker was the result of growing up in a family that fostered children through Baltimore City for eighteen years. As a therapist, Laura's objective is to provide individual, group and family interventions to help meet the social, emotional and behavioral goals of the client.

Laura has experience providing individual and group services in the following areas:

  • Behavioral concerns such as ADHD, ODD, Aspergers
  • Academic concerns
  • Self-injurious behavior
  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Anger Management
  • Self-esteem
  • Peer Relationships
  • Social Skills

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Portrate of Ryan LogueRyan Logue, LCPC, NCC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
National Certified Counselor, NCC
Location: Columbia Office
Location: Eldersburg Office

Ryan Logue specializes in stress reduction, trauma, LGBTQ issues, depression, anxiety, and substance use. Ryan also had experience working with rural and homeless populations. He provides individual and group therapy.

Ryan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor and has worked in residential and outpatient mental health settings since 2009. He has worked in support groups for LGBTQ adolescents, in the community teaching Mental Health First Aid, working on suicide prevention measures through Montgomery County’s Mental Health Association, and constructed training for employers regarding sensitivity training on transgender issues. He joined Congruent Counseling in the spring of 2016 and works with adults and adolescents.

Ryan earned his Masters in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University.

Specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Issues Regarding Sexual Orientation/Identity
  • Transgender Issues
  • Self-Compassion/ Self-Esteem
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief/Loss Counseling
  • Addiction or Substance Abuse

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”- Vincent Van Gogh

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Kathi McGaha, LCSW-C
Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical
Location: Columbia Office

Counseling Approach/Philosophy:

My philosophy of life defines my approach to counseling; that all of us are more alike than different. We all want love, meaning and purpose to our lives. Some­times we get lost on our way to these ideals and that's where therapy comes in. Therapy can help us get back on our own individual paths to wholeness.

I use a variety of approaches as we all see, hear and process information differently so part of the "art" of therapy is deciphering what approach(s) works with each individual. Therapy only works well when there is a good rapport between client and therapist so my first concern is establishing a trusting, open relationship so all involved are working collaboratively towards the client's goal(s)

Education/Work Experience:

Graduated in 1992 from University of Maryland-Baltimore with an MSW. I worked in Baltimore City for various non-profit organizations. My work focused on adult HIV/AIDS clients, substance abusers, homeless adults and people re-entering society after incarceration. I now provide individual counseling/therapy to adults in Columbia, MD.

Specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self Esteem Issues
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief/Loss Counseling
  • PTSD & Trauma
  • Addiction or Substance Abuse
  • Infertility Issues

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Portrait of Amy MillerAmy L. Miller, MSW, LCSW-C, ADT
Family Services Coordinator
Masters in Social Work
Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical

Location: Columbia Office

Amy is a Maryland Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the Mental Health field for over 10 years. She is a caring, compassionate, empathetic person who takes a strengths-based, holistic approach when working with clients. She not only helps the client assess their strengths and build upon them, but also believes that there is a mind/body connection that must be nurtured in order to promote balanced, well-rounded mental health. She is familiar with, and incorporates various techniques into her practice such as: art, play, movement, music, reading, homework and other activities.

She received her Bachelor's Degree from Towson University in Psychology, in the fall of 1998. She went on to obtain her Master's in Social Work with a CLINICAL concentration and a specialization in FAMILIES & CHILDREN from the University of Maryland, in 2001. During both her undergraduate and graduate level training she held numerous internships. They includedVilla Maria, a residential treatment center for children with psychological/emotional needs; Sheppard & Enoch Pratt Hospital, on the Trauma Disorders Unit; BARC (Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens), in the residential section; and the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, in Family Preservation.

Her work experience includes Sheppard & Enoch Pratt Hospital, on the Trauma Disorders Unit; Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, in Foster Care; Integrative Counseling, LLC, a substance abuse facility; Congruent Counseling, LLC, an outpatient mental health facility, and is a member of the Howard County Mobile Crisis Team (MCT).

She has attended over 175 hours of continuing education classes about ethics, substance abuse, adoption, self-injury, trauma, personality disorders, suicide, social work roles in the court room, adolescent issues, couples issues, clinical assessment and group dynamics. She has most recently participated in a 54-hour Trauma Certification Program and received her certification in June 2009.

Her areas of expertise/interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Behavior Modification Techniques
  • Depression
  • Personality Disorders
  • Sexual Abuse Survivor Self-Injury
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Anxiety
  • Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating Disorders
  • Parenting Issues
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Couple Issues
  • ADD/ADHD

Her clients range in age from 5-55+. Daytime and evening appointments are available.

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Jennifer Molinari, MS, LCPC, NCC
Jennifer MolinariLicensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Nationally Certified Counselor

Location: Columbia Office

**Evening appointments available**

Ms. Molinari approaches counseling from a holistic perspective which means that she believes that there is a strong connection between the mind, body, and spirit. She utilizes both traditional and holistic/alternative techniques in her practice. She provides a safe, warm, and non-judgmental atmosphere where there is confidentiality, support, and trust. She approaches each client as an individual and tailors treatment techniques to the unique needs of each client to help promote healing, change, and growth.

Educational/Work Experience:

Ms. Molinari has an extensive educational background in psychology and counseling. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 1997 and received her Master's Degree in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in 2002.

For the past ten+ years, Jennifer has worked in various community counseling agencies. She worked for many years with "at-risk" youth and their families in Baltimore City and eventually established her own private practice in Columbia, Maryland. She now provides individual, family and couples counseling services for children, adolescents and adults at Congruent Counseling Services and provides services for adults at her private practice in Columbia.

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Marital/Couples Counseling
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Family issues
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Women's issues
  • Post-partum issues
  • Parenting issues/training
  • Communication skills
  • Issues related to the connection of Mind, Body and Spirit

Ms. Molinari draws from a variety of therapeutic models allowing her to integrate therapies such as cognitive/behavioral, pschodynamic, family systems and humanistic psychology.

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Allison Tate Pastine, M.S., ME.d, LCPC, NCC
Allison Tate PastineLicensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Nationally Certified Counselor

Location: Millersville Office

Allison is a licensed clinical counselor with over 20 years’ experience working with adolescents and their parents. Through empathy and dedication to individualized care, she provides an environment that puts her clients at ease. Allison believes that progress in counseling happens best when her clients learn to achieve mindfulness which helps individuals focus on their thoughts and feelings without becoming overwhelmed by them. The ability to be mindful and in the present can be often lead to the development of the skills needed to forgive and heal. In her practice she combines various counseling modalities, with a focus on cognitive-behavior therapy along with mindfulness-based therapies and components of play therapy.

Allison earned her Master of Education in School Counseling from Loyola University Maryland and completed post-graduate coursework at Johns Hopkins University towards an advanced certificate in Play Therapy. Allison also has a Master of Science in Health Administration. As a school counselor in Maryland public schools since 2003, she has successfully worked with children and adolescents in grades 6-12 to address learning/academic issues, crisis intervention, death and dying, suicide survivorship, ADHD and other learning differences, transition challenges, and depression. Allison also enjoys working with adults and families.

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Parenting
  • Social Skills
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-Esteem
  • Relationship Issues
  • Adjustment to Life Changes
  • School Problems
  • Trauma/Crisis
  • Family Counseling/Education
  • Academic challenges
  • Family Issues
  • Women’s Issues

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Photo of Rachel RentchRachel Rentch, LCSW-C
Certified Social Worker - Clinical
National Certified Counselor

Location: Columbia Office
Location: Eldersburg Office

Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) and has been working in the field of outpatient mental health for more than 10 years. Her career focuses on working with children, adolescents, families and adults by using a variety of treatment modalities. Rachel believes that a strong therapeutic alliance is the basis to successful treatment and this starts during our first session. She meets the client where they are and tailors treatment to help the client meet their individual/family needs. Rachel has a treatment style that implements evidenced-based and trauma-informed treatment models to help individuals and families cope with traumatic stress. She also has experience working with individuals and families who are dealing with everyday stress, life transitions, and mental health diagnoses such as anxiety and depression. She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is trained to treat single and complex trauma exposures. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She has experience using non-directive approaches such as play therapy and sand tray therapy. She also has over 10 years experiences providing mental health treatment to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. She has awareness and training in Deaf culture, American Sign Language (ASL) and working with certified ASL interpreters and certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI).

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Photo of Yvonne RogersYvonne Rogers, MS, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Location: Columbia Office

Yvonne Rogers is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Her expertise is establishing a positive client-therapist relationship using solution-focused, person-centered and behavioral therapies to assist clients to understand themselves, gain inner strength, move toward positive growth and achieve their personal goals.

Yvonne earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. She also completed post-graduate work at Loyola University Maryland toward earning certification in Clinical Counseling.

Working for over twenty years as a school counselor for Maryland Public Schools and counseling community college students and incarcerated individuals, Yvonne provides therapy for clients who struggle with a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment, and relational challenges. She believes that by providing an empathetic and supportive environment and using an individualized therapeutic process, the client’s move toward maximizing his or her potential will be positively enhanced.

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Christian Sanders, MS, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Location: Columbia Office

Counseling Philosophy/Approach:

Christian has over 14 years of experience in providing counseling for learning and academic issues, adjustment, mood and anxiety disorders, opposition, defiance, conduct disorder, executive functioning, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis.

He believes in providing a safe, culturally competent, and comfortable environment to allow for the building of a counseling relationship, goal identification, and ultimately the hope to create change.

Christian's counseling style is drawn from cognitive, behavioral, strengths-based solution-focused and family systems approaches.

Education/Work Experience:

Christian graduated in 1999 from Syracuse University with a Master of Science degree. He attended Loyola College in Baltimore for additional graduate coursework. He has past experience working with juvenile delinquents and juvenile offenders in New York. Additionally, he worked for many years with "at-risk" youth and their families in Prince George's county. Christian has been a school counselor in the Maryland public schools for the last 14 years.

Specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self Esteem Issues
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief/Loss Counseling
  • ADHD
  • School Problems
  • Parenting Issues/Training

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Photo of Brooke SchetgenBrooke Schetgen, LCPC, NCC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor

Location: Columbia Office

Brooke Schetgen is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland as well as a National Certified Counselor. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and after obtaining her degree she moved to Germany with her husband, who was active duty in the Air Force. Upon returning to the States she began her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Capella University where she graduated with distinction. Brooke specializes in working with depression, anxiety, disordered eating, geriatrics, post-traumatic stress disorder, and military veterans and their families. As a former Air Force spouse with experience living overseas, she has an understanding of the military lifestyle and the unique needs of military families. She has experience in the field of counseling working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and groups.

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Judy Sheppard, Ed.D, LCADC
Licensed Therapist
Location: Columbia Office

Judy Sheppard is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is currently licensed by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapist (MBPCT) to practice mental health counseling and counseling for clients struggling with substance use disorders. She is also approved by the MBPCT to conduct counselor supervision. Judy's clinical experience includes outpatient settings, residential settings in a therapeutic community, substance abuse treatment programs, private faith-based counseling and practicing within the state/county department of behavioral health. Specialties include substance use disorder treatment, couples therapy, group therapy, faith-based therapy, individual therapy, assessments, grief counseling and resolving past hurts. Many of her clients present with depression, anxiety, historical family problems and other life issues. She partners with each client to develop a person centered plan, thus creating a unique treatment experience, tailored for each recipient of care. Judy will make the appropriate referral if needed. Her clients range from ages 16 and above. Educational Background Judy Sheppard has a Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology form Argosy University, a Masters of Art degree in Counseling from Capital Bible Seminary and an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Potomac College in Washington, DC."

Experience providing service in the following areas:

  • Children
  • Adolescent
  • Adults
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family
  • Marital
  • Substance Abuse
  • LGBT Sensitive

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Portrait of Lori SimmonsLori Simmons, LCMFT
Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
Location: Columbia Office

Counseling Approach/Philosophy:

Lori practices therapy focusing on mindful awareness and living in the present; fully and peacefully experiencing life. As a result, clients enjoy symptom reduction and improvement in functioning. This therapy emphasizes values, forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, living in the present moment and accessing a transcendent sense of self. This practice can often help people who have been unsuccessful with therapy in the past, have had a return of symptoms after repeated therapy or may feel reluctant to engage in the therapeutic process.

Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-based therapy, can be effective with a wide range of clinical conditions. ACT assumes that the psychological processes of a 'normal' human mind are often destructive and create suffering. A non-judgmental atmosphere is provided, where treatment is focused on the unique needs of each client to help promote healing, change and growth.

Educational/Work Experience:

Lori graduated from San Jose State University in 2007 with an MS in Clinical Psychology. Ms. Simmons has worked in various mental health settings, including intensive inpatient and outpatient settings, and has provided services to clients with a wide variety of needs. She provides individual, family and couples counseling services for children, adolescents and adults.

Specialties:

  • ADHD/ADD
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Depression
  • Family Issues
  • School Problems
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Parenting Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Grief/Loss
  • Anger management
  • Marital/Couples Counseling
  • Communication skills

Ms. Simmons has evening appointments available.

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Jennifer Steier, LCSW-C
Portrait of Jennifer SteierLicensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical
Location: Columbia Office

Hello, I am Jennifer Steier. I graduated from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2001 and have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) since 2003. My career includes six years working at the University of Maryland Medical Center as an integral part of the interdisciplinary team on the geriatric then the pediatric psychiatric units. Since leaving hospital work, I have working with individuals, couples and families as an outpatient therapist. I have been trained in Child-Directed Play Therapy and I find particular satisfaction helping children discover who they are and who they can become. I also hold a post-graduate certificate in Psychotherapy from University of Maryland School of Social Work. I work with a large variety of concerns from stress management to anxiety, depression and eating disorders to coping with chronic illnesses and to child behavioral and parenting issues.

I became a social worker because I enjoy helping people. I believe there are times in everyone's life where it can help to talk to someone who is accepting, non-judgmental, and who's only goal is to assist them to live your best life no matter what the circumstances are. I view and treat every client as a unique individual and personalize my work to meet your specific situation. We will spend the first session figuring out how we can best work together to facilitate the change you are interested in making. Besides daytime hours during the week, I offer both evening and Saturday hours in order to better meet my clients' needs and schedules.

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Kathryn Stetler, LCSW-C
Portrait of Kathryn StetlerLicensed Clinical Social Worker - Counseling
Location: Towson Office

Kathryn Stetler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 2007. Kathryn's work experience has included providing therapeutic interventions with at-risk families and youth, family work with foster and adoptive families, and individual work with children with developmental disabilities. She also has experience providing treatment focused on grief and loss in a maternal child health hospital setting. Kathryn believes that creating a safe, supportive, therapeutic environment can allow her clients the opportunity to move toward goal completion and development of sufficient coping strategies. She has a strength based approach and uses a variety of treatment modalities to meet each client's individual treatment needs.

Kathryn has experience providing services to children, adolescents, and adults.

Additionally, she is experienced in the following areas:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Pregnancy loss/Loss of a child
  • Self–esteem
  • Social skills
  • Substance abuse
  • Family issues
  • Parenting
  • ADHD
  • Foster care and adoption

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Lou Trescott, LCPC, NCC
Portrait of Lou TrescottLicensed Clinical Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Location: Towson Office
Location: Eldersburg Office

I believe clients hold the key to unlocking possibilities! I specialize in building resilience, that "bouncing back" quality, to assist clients flourish and experience those possibilities.

I work holistically with individuals or couples who are experiencing challenges associated with transitional issues, marital stressors, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addiction education (alcohol-drug-eating). Our treatment approach may incorporate several modalities such as existential, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness-based therapy. To promote self-awareness, improve relationships and foster inner peace, a personalized treatment plan is developed for each client.

In addition to her work in therapeutic treatment, I have developed and conduct workshops on introductory, guided imagery, walking, and eating meditations to assist individuals, friends, and family to promote personnel well-being through empowerment. My educational background is influenced by education in mind-body medicine and training in advanced mindfulness and positive psychology.

In addition to my work, I volunteer as an alumina to assist students explore career opportunities and assists older populations in her local community.

Thank you and I look forward to meeting you!

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Portrait of Sarah VaydaSara Vayda, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
DBT Informed Treatment Counselor
Location: Columbia Office
Location: Millersville Office

Sarah is a licensed clinical professional counselor who has been working with adults, adolescents, and children with a variety of mental health needs for over 10 years. She understands how each client and situation is different and tailors her treatment to the strengths and individual needs of each client. Sarah focuses on living in the present and finding new perspectives in an effort to live your life with more compassion for yourself and the life you choose.

Sarah completed her Master's of Science in counseling from Loyola University in Maryland as well as her undergraduate from Towson University. Prior to joining Congruent Counseling Services, she provided in home therapy and designed individual wellness programming for Johns Hopkins Bayview's Adult Psychiatric Rehabilitation treatment program. She is also part of our Dialectic Behavioral Therapy Informed treatment program. Sarah has been with Congruent Counseling since July 2017.

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Portrait of Christine WirsingChristine Wirsing, LCPC, NCC, ADT
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Location: Columbia Office
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Millersville Office
Location: Towson Office

Christine has experience working in a range of mental health and substance abuse programs including residential psychiatric rehabilitation and developmental disability case coordination. She has overseen the growth and management of substance abuse and mental health outpatient group education and treatment, intensive outpatient, anger management, family and relapse prevention at the Millersville location, which is handicap accessible over the past two years. She currently practices individual therapy for adolescents, young adults, adults and families ages 13 and up Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Christine emphasizes the positive benefits of building a therapeutic relationship with her clients through a strength-based, person-centered approach with dignity and respect of all persons. She also utilizes evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, multicultural strategies (including working with certified translators) as well as creative approaches to develop successful interventions that will help meet the unique needs of each individual client and their family members.

Christine is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Chapman University in Orange, California and her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. Her professional memberships include Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society, American Mental Health Counselors Association, American Counseling Association and Maryland Counseling Association.

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Portrait of Rod WrightRod Wright, LGPC, NCC
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (under supervision LGP7308)
National Certified Counselor (741744)
Location: Columbia Office

Rod joined Congruent and Integrative Counseling in January 2014 as an Intern. His work with the helpful, diverse staff at Congruent/Integrative added immeasurably to his educational experience. He completed his MS in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland in 2016, and is now a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Rod believes that we are all on our own path in life and that one person’s path is not necessarily the right path for the next person. His goal in counseling is to help his clients remove the roadblocks from their personal path. Rod believes in order for counseling to be successful, the counselor and the client need to have a good connection with each other, and he strives to begin forming that connection from the very first meeting with his clients. Rod prefers to use a person-centered approach to counseling but also naturally incorporates Adlerian techniques. However, regardless of Rod’s preference, he will use the technique he feels is best for the client.

LGBTQ rainbowRod co-facilitates the Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and the Adult Outpatient Program (OP) in addition to working on the teen, young adult, and anger management teams in Columbia. He conducts intakes and assessments in Columbia for teens and adults for all levels of education, outpatient treatment, and DUI/DWI programs. Rod particularly enjoys working with the LGBTQ / GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) population. In addition to the above, Rod also facilitates the Gender Expression Groups.

Professional Associations

  • American Counseling Association
  • National Board of Certified Counselors

Rod works under the supervision of the director, Mark Donovan, LCPC, LCADC.

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