Michelle Perry, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Owner
Dr. Michelle Perry is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who began practicing clinically in 2008. Her clinical training involved conducting forensic assessment at the Washington, DC Superior Courts, Neuropsychology rotations at Children’s National Medical Center and the Columbus VA; and clinical rotations specializing in the treatment of anxiety and trauma-related conditions at the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute, TrueNorth, and the Chillicothe VA. She opened the Center for Trauma, Stress and Anxiety, LLC in 2016.
Dr. Michelle’s clinical expertise is working with adults and adolescents with phobias, social anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and relationship conflict. A large portion of her clients are Active Duty Service Members, Veterans, and First Responders working on healing from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Michelle also provides therapy, case consultation and coaching to other Psychologists, Counselors and Social Workers in the area. When requested, therapy can be provided with a Christian lens.
Dr. Michelle enjoys spending precious down time with her husband and daughter, traveling, and curling up on the couch with a good book and a delicious cup of coffee. For self-care, she enjoys yoga, CrossFit, meditation, long walks and snuggles with her baby.
Christina Allen, LCPC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Christina became the Clinical Director of the Center for Trauma, Stress and Anxiety after partnering with the Center for a few years. As one of the Center’s board-approved supervisors, she spends part of her time training and supervising aspiring therapists and student interns. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Towson University and a Master’s Degree from Long Island University. She has more than 10 years’ experience working as a highly respected therapist in the community.
Christina specializes in working with children and adolescents who struggle from anxiety and depressive disorders. She has extensive knowledge in trauma-based symptoms, emotional dysregulation, and substance use disorders. Along with her clinical outpatient practice, Christina is part of the psychiatric evaluation team through Upper Chesapeake Medical Center providing psychiatric assessments through the Emergency Room and medical units.
Michael Senko, LCSW-C
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Director of Education
Michael Senko earned his master’s degree in Social Work in 2001. His previous clinical experience is in child residential rehabilitation settings and outpatient non-profit organizations. During his tenure with these organizations, Michael served as a supervisor for budding therapists. In 2019, Michael joined CTSA, and is serving as CTSA’s Director of Education to continue the important task of training therapists who want to specialize in the treatment of anxiety, trauma, and stress-related conditions.
Michael specializes in working with individuals and couples to overcome anxiety, depression, addictions, marital difficulty, stress management, anger management, grief/loss, and trauma. His clients appreciate his compassion and acceptance, and the way he empowers his clients to gain control over their lives and learn new ways to cope. Michael work with people throughout the lifespan; from adolescence into later adulthood. With a passion for teaching, you can often find Michael presenting workshops and seminars.
When Michael is not in the office, you can find him being active somewhere out in nature. Whether he is at the beach or running along a trail meandering through a state park, Michael believes nature has a way of healing what ails us. Movies, reading, and spending time with family have also been essential outlets to help Michael remain balanced and grounded.
Jill Connolly, LGPC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Jill Connolly started her career working with children as an elementary school teacher in Harford County. She loved her job, but wanted to work with children, families, and teachers more directly so she went back to school and earned her master’s degree in School Counseling in 2012 from Loyola University Maryland. Jill has been working as a School Counselor for Harford and Baltimore County Public Schools since 2012. In 2018, Jill became licensed as a Graduate Professional Counselor which brought her to CTSA.
Jill is most passionate about helping children become the best version of themselves. This cannot be done without the involvement of families. With a background in the public school system, Jill is exceptionally skilled at working with children and families to overcome obstacles that are impacting their education. She is experienced working with children who are struggling with ADHD, trauma, anxiety, school refusal, depression, relational issues, and grief. In counseling sessions, Jill uses evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play therapy and mindfulness.
In Jill’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children, husband, and two dogs. She can often be found reading a good book, decorating her home, listening to music, doing yoga, and spending time with friends and family.
Rebecca Houck, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
As a Massage Therapist, Rebecca Houck’s main priority is to provide client-centered sessions that are unique to the client and vary according to their needs on a particular day. Rebecca has had training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology and the practical application of massage at The Potomac Massage Training Institute. She joined PMTI as a staff member after graduation and helps co-teach one of the practical classes.
Rebecca is trained in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage. Her sessions are also informed by her training in myofascial release, energy balancing and stretching. She is also a certified prenatal massage therapist. Rebecca’s regular clients have reported a reduction in chronic pain, better sleep, increased flexibility, improved postural awareness and an overall sense of better health.
In her free time, Rebecca enjoys being outdoors hiking and kayaking with her husband and their three kids. She loves having family time at the beach.
Jennifer Stachowiak, LCPC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Jennifer Stachowiak earned her bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University in 2013, majoring in psychology. She went on to complete a master’s degree in counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. She completed externships with a non-profit organization and the public school system. Jennifer then took a position as a Child Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counselor, obtaining hands on experience working with children and their families. Jennifer graduated with her master’s degree in August of 2015, and worked at a non-profit organization for two years prior to joining CTSA in 2017.
Jennifer enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. She recently discovered a knack for working with couples as well. Jennifer believes in the importance of working collaboratively with her clients. Her focus is to support those she works with in identifying aspects of their lives that they want to change and improve to help them take important steps towards achieving their goals.
When Jennifer is not wearing her therapist hat, she enjoys trying new recipes on Pinterest, taking walks with her dog on outdoor trails and spending time with friends and family.
Gina DiCarlo, LGPC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Gina DiCarlo is a licensed counselor who is passionate about working with children and adolescents. She is our resident expert working with the youngest of kiddos, seeing children as young as 3 years old.
Gina uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Play Therapy techniques to help children and adolescents who struggle with anxiety, depression, and trauma-related symptoms. She has extensive experience in crisis response and working with acute symptoms. Her goals as a therapist include providing a safe place for exploring symptoms, helping her clients learn coping skills, and helping children and adolescents achieve their optimal potential at home, school, and in social environments.
Tiffany Smith, LCSW-C
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Tiffany Smith received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work in 2016. That same year she earned a certificate in the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment approach. Since then she has gained treatment experience working with a diverse group of clients. She is passionate about working with elementary school-aged children, transition-aged youth and adults.
Tiffany specializes in addressing symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, life transitions, trauma and racial identity issues. Her approach to therapy incorporates mindfulness and body-based interventions, art, writing and verbal directives.
Vibrational Sound Healer
Bridgette Jester is a Vibrational Sound Therapy Certified Practitioner who joined CTSA in 2019. Through creating a bed of sound waves upon which her clients may float, she aims to help others find themselves in a place of presence and deep relaxation.
Bridgette has seen that when the mind is relaxed, the body has a natural ability to heal itself. Bridgette’s intent in offering both sound baths and on-body sessions is to help others get out of the day-to-day mind frame and into a space of meditative silence so her clients can heal and make space for wellness.
Outside of her modality Bridgette loves to play music, sing, write, read and spread unconditional love throughout the world. She looks forward to meeting each of you and welcomes you to partake on this journey through sound.
Tina Crandell has been a registered yoga teacher since 2014. In a twist of fate, she left her corporate job in 2013 and followed a path that led her to study under Lynn Matthews in Annapolis, Maryland. Since that time Tina has continued to cultivate her teaching skills through study and practice, and by working with students of diverse ages and backgrounds.
In 2017, after having reached the milestone of 1,000 teaching hours, Tina was able to upgrade her designation with Yoga Alliance to “Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher” (E-RYT 200). Additionally, Tina has received certifications in the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra Professional Training (60-hours) and Yoga Nidra Advanced Training (35-hours) and is highly qualified to facilitate classes in the Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra.
Kristina Worton, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
Kristina Worton earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Towson University in 2015, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Salisbury University in June of 2019. After graduating she became a Licensed Master Social Worker. She has five years of experience working in the mental health field in a variety of settings including: special education schools, community mental health programs, the public school system, and outpatient mental health where she gained valuable experience working with children, adults, and families who are facing grief and loss, depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders, addiction, and trauma. Kristina is passionate about gaining more knowledge on trauma-informed care and in is enrolling in a program through the Ferentz Institute to earn a Certificate in Advanced Trauma Training.
Kristina learned firsthand the value and importance of having positive relationships with caring adults to persevere through difficult circumstances in her childhood. These relationships and experiences instilled a desire to help others. While life is often filled with positive and exciting experiences there are also many challenges and hurdles. Kristina believes every individual, couple and family has the capacity to persevere through these difficult times, and she strives to provide an environment where her clients feel safe, supported, and heard. Kristina utilizes various treatment approaches including Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.
In Kristina’s free time she likes to spend time with family and friends, travel, and participate in a variety of water activities.
Toni Adams is the Center’s “jack of all trades.” She handles the Center’s billing and scheduling, as well as a number of administrative and office-related tasks. Toni earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and worked for a dental practice for 8 years before joining the Center in 2019. Without Toni, we wouldn’t be nearly as efficient or responsive!
Toni loves spending her free time exploring the outdoors through activities such as hiking and snowshoeing. She also enjoys crafting and baking.
Carrie Sisk, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist and Level III Reiki Practitioner
Carrie Sisk started providing massage therapy in 2010 and has expanded her healing modalities to include complementary approaches such as Reiki and CranioSacral therapy. She is also certified in Medical Massage. Carrie offers a combination of modalities to include Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, trigger point release, myofascial release, cupping, hot stone, and prenatal massage. Essential oils are always incorporated (at no extra charge!).
Carrie believes in the mind-body connection and our own innate ability to heal. Her personal experiences with life’s challenges and anxiety led to her pursuit of holistic care and massage therapy. She has found that massage therapy and reiki can aid in the production of powerful healing hormones such as dopamine, serotonin and the body’s natural endorphins to aid in the reduction of depression, anxiety and pain.
Carrie’s happy place is the ocean, but she’s recently discovered a love of the woods where she spends time riding her bike and walking trails. She recently enrolled in a 200-hour yoga teacher training program that she’s looking forward to offering. She enjoys discovering new vegetarian recipes (and eating them!), and treasured time spent with her beloved pets, friends, and family.
To schedule with Carrie Sisk, please call her directly at 443-643-7221 or email her at email@example.com.
Karen Smith, RD, CDE
Karen is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she also completed her dietetic internship. She has over 14 years of experience as a registered dietitian in various settings including public health, community nutrition programming, and clinical practice. Prior to moving to Harford County in 2018, Karen worked for the Physicians Committee and Barnard Medical Center in Washington D.C.
Karen has been a certified diabetes educator since 2017, and helped create and co-facilitate a lifestyle medicine diabetes reversal program. She is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and is a certified Food for Life instructor. Karen is passionate about providing evidence-based nutrition education and resources to help people prevent and reverse chronic disease so they can live their healthiest and happiest life.
Karen will meet you wherever you are on your journey to improving your health to help empower and support you in achieving your goals.