Dr. Michelle Perry

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.

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Christina Allen, LCPC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Clinical Director

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 is an EMDR-trained trauma therapist. She utilizes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) treatment as the primary mode of psychotherapy. Her focus for treatment resonates with the notion that present life difficulties are informed by past experiences that are inadequately processed and maladaptively stored in the brain. EMDR therapy procedures work to facilitate reprocessing of past disturbing experiences, reduce symptoms, and accelerate capacity to respond more adaptively to present and future life demands. For more information on EMDR, click here.

Christina has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She is well-versed in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma-based symptoms, emotional dysregulation, life transitions, and substance use disorders. Christina’s approach encompasses the mind, body, and spirit connection. Through her work, she utilizes an integrative healing lens to foster resilience, empowerment, and optimal wellness to those she works with.

While off the clock, Christina enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and enjoying delicious food. For self-care, Christina is an avid yogi and enjoys spending time outside.

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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.

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Jennifer Stachowiak, LCPC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Associate Director

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.

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Tiffany Smith, LCSW-C, RYT-200

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

If you had asked Tiffany when she was younger what she wanted to be when she grew up, it was an interior designer. It wasn’t until she completed a year-long service experience with AmeriCorps that she knew she wanted to become a social worker and therapist.  Tiffany had the opportunity of working with adolescents for 3 years prior to and during the time she obtained her Master’s Degree. What she learned during that time was that the age old question of “nature vs nurture” was flawed; rather it can be both at the same time and that that doesn’t have to define a person’s entire experience. Tiffany earned her Master’s of Social Work in 2016 from the University of Maryland School of Social Work as well as a certificate in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) plus in 2017. Since that time she has worked with diverse populations and ages to examine, break and redefine their own definition of themselves and their world.

Tiffany specializes in working with adults that frequently find themselves feeling lost, empty, misunderstood, disconnected or just can’t seem to turn off that nagging, negative voice that criticizes their every choice. Through her own personal relationship with yoga and mindfulness practices, Tiffany believes it is important to connect the mind and body within therapy. What you don’t address with words will manifest itself in other ways including headaches, stomachaches, avoiding, or snapping on those you are most close with.  Tiffany’s approach to therapy incorporates mind and body by using principles from CBT, mindfulness-based approaches and at times a dose of humor. It’s amazing what our bodies can tell us if we take the time to sit and listen.

When Tiffany is not in the office, she enjoys listening to her favorite podcast, The Read, working up a sweat at BodyJam, traveling abroad with her husband, cuddling with her puppies, decorating, and re-centering during the week with yoga and the Calm app.

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Bridgette Jester

Vibrational Sound Healer

Bridgette Jester is a certified 200 HR YTT Kundalini yoga instructor, Vibrational Sound Practitioner, USUI Reiki Level II Practitioner and Level 1 Trauma Sensitive yoga instructor. After first discovering the power of meditation and sound healing, Bridgette decided to train with the Vibrational Sound Association. Here she learned both on and off body treatment using Himalayan singing bowls to take clients into a relaxed meditative state.  As time progressed Bridgette’s journey called her to Sedona, Arizona to study Kundalini Yoga. Here she took her spiritual practice deeper with breath work, mantra, yantra, asana and Ayurvedic studies. As her path continued, Bridgette realized that her passion lay in the exploration of healing arts and Eastern wellness practices.  At this time Bridgette decided to continue pursuing new healing modality techniques where she signed up to learn the ancient art of Reiki healing, only later to continue her yogic training.

Outside of her passion for wellness, Bridgette spends her time writing music, cooking, gardening, reading, hiking and focusing on her own inner healing and spiritual journey. She looks forward to all paths that she crosses on her journey and cannot wait to get to know each of you!

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Tina Crandell, RYT-500

Yoga Instructor

Tina earned her B.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is currently studying at the Amrit Institute towards a certification in Yoga Therapy. For nearly a decade, Tina has been cultivating her teaching skills through study and practice, and by working with students of diverse ages and backgrounds. In addition to her professional RYT 500 designation, she has received certifications in the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra Professional Training and Yoga Nidra Advanced Training.

Tina is grateful for the opportunity to connect to all types of people through the beautiful tradition of yoga. She has built her career on providing an authentic yoga experience for students within – and outside – of a traditional yoga setting. Her experience includes offering group instruction at studios around the Baltimore metro area and maintaining a portfolio of private and corporate clients.  She is the staff Yoga Instructor for the Skipjacks Hockey Academy, an independent program based in York, PA, that fields U16 Futures, U16, U18, and a Premier Junior A Team competing in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). Tina has worked within local public schools where she has taught hundreds of Pre-K through 8th graders compassion, focus, self-esteem, and how the breath improves brain function. She regularly offers Yoga Nidra workshops around the region and has frequently facilitated Yoga Nidra sessions at an addiction treatment center.

CTSA is fortunate to partner with Tina to offer sessions in yoga and meditation. In all her endeavors, Tina’s approach to teaching yoga remains mindful and inspirational. She understands that absolutely anybody can practice yoga and her intention is to support her students through their journey to finding inner peace.

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April Newton, RYT-200

ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor

April Newton is an ACE certified group fitness instructor, RYT200 through YogaFit, and self-described atypical yogi. April has been in the group fitness industry for over 20 years. Along the way, she was introduced to yoga and completed her 200-hour training with YogaFit in 2016. It was here that she fell in love with the 100-hour YogaFit for Warriors program, which explores the practice of yoga in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, and depression. While she continues to love the physical challenge of practicing, April is continually amazed by the tremendous healing power and what yoga can do for the mind and soul.

April learned about the TRE® method through YogaFit for Warriors and in 2020 had a chance to pursue and complete training as a Certified TRE® provider. Since then, April has witnessed the benefits of a regular TRE® practice for body and mind, both personally and with those to whom she has introduced the method. “I feel like this training is the thing that has brought all my other education together,” she says. “I can use my experience in fitness, trauma informed yoga, and my desire to help people heal. It feels like I’ve come full circle.” One of the things she likes most about the TRE® method is that it is accessible to anyone, and while simple, can provide a complex experience.

April lives in Havre de Grace, MD with her husband, three children, and a large mutt. In her free time, you may find her catching up on reading, walking downtown near the water, or visiting the beach, both happy places!

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Lindsay Bigham, RYT-200

Yoga Instructor

Lindsay Bigham is a registered 200-hour yoga teacher, Usui Reiki Master, and certified in Yoga for Mental Health. She originally began practicing yoga to help with her own stress management and ended up falling in love with the practice and its accompanying philosophy. Lindsay says that her personal yoga practice has led her down a path of empowerment, liberation, and enlightenment. Yoga transformed her life so much that she felt called to pursue teacher training to connect with others who are also on a journey of healing and personal growth. She teaches with the intention to bring the mind, body, and soul into alignment with one another to find balance and harmony.

Lindsay completed her 200-hour training through the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she also received her training to become a Reiki master. She is extremely grateful for all the connections she has made on her journey and is excited for where the practice continues to take her!

One of Lindsay’s top priorities is creating a space where everyone feels comfortable, welcome, and part of the community. She encourages everyone to come to her classes, including those who are brand new to yoga. You will be welcomed with open arms!

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Patricia (Patti) Stringfellow, LCPC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Patricia (aka Patti) Stringfellow is a licensed counselor with a master’s degree from Loyola University Maryland and her undergraduate degree from York College of Pennsylvania in psychology. Patti has strong experience working with adults with substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and those experiencing a recent crisis.

Patti enjoys working with adults looking to enhance their motivation, self-esteem, and to tackle the daily struggles that come up in life. Self-care is something Patti is passionate about, and she enjoys supporting her clients in finding ways to make themselves a priority. Patti meets you where you are at with open arms and a non-judgmental attitude. She has experience in mindfulness and person-centered techniques to help you feel comfortable and open to the process of improving your mental health.

When not working with clients, Patti enjoys time with family and friends, prioritizing her relationships with those she loves. Patti enjoys the outdoors and maintaining a positive attitude toward living life.

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Amanda Baker, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Integrative Health Specialist

Amanda Baker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Integrative Health Specialist at our Baltimore County office. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University in Psychology and went on to receive her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She majored in mental health, minored in substance abuse treatment, and has certifications in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and trauma-informed CBT. Amanda has over eight years’ experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in multiple mental health settings. She has worked in a residential treatment center, schools, and community-based mental health clinics. Amanda also is a 200hr certified yoga instructor.

Amanda believes in the integration of mental health and yoga as a form of therapy practice both in individual and group sessions. When we are upset, whether from internal or external factors, our stress response is activated on a physical level, thus to be able to incorporate body-based movement and strategies as a way to regulate our emotions is a beneficial practice. Amanda is highly compassionate and believes the therapeutic relationship is the underlying agent of change. Amanda will meet you where you are through unconditional acceptance, non-judgment, and empathy. Amanda takes an integrative approach to therapy providing support, mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and trauma-informed care through awareness, somatic practices, and yoga. Amanda works with children, adolescents, and adults.

When Amanda is not working she is engaging in her own yoga practice, listening to music, reading, or writing poetry. Amanda has her own self-published poetry book entitled “ASK: A Collection of Poetry, Lyrics, and Words” which can be found on Amazon! Amanda is married and has a three-year-old son, Dylan. As a family they love to travel, go on walks, and just play.

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Brandon Citrano, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Brandon Citrano is a licensed counselor with a Master’s Degree from Loyola University. Brandon pursued his undergraduate degree in psychology at Washington College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and has specialized experience working with adults seeking help for depression, anxiety and substance use. He has a strong background in dual diagnosis treatment settings and utilizing crisis interventions.

Brandon enjoys working with adults who are motivated to establish lasting change in their lives. He strives to help clients set and accomplish their own goals by providing support and affirmation. Brandon’s clients enjoy his use of both humor and validation to support them through the triumphs and difficulties faced in day-to-day life. Brandon utilizes evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help clients create the tools they need to manage the stressors that pop up in daily life.

When not at work, Brandon enjoys being outside, particularly by the water or on a hiking trail. He also enjoys spending time with his friends, family and (very energetic) dog, Bruce.

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Toni Adams

Office Manager

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.

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Essence Johnson

Administrative Assistant

Essence Johnson graduated from Salisbury University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in art. Before joining CTSA, Essence worked at a learning center as an Assistant Teacher for toddlers, and absolutely loved it! She especially enjoyed watching them grow and encouraging them to reach their developmental milestones while building on the things she learned about developmental psychology at SU. Essence has a passion for helping others and loves supporting clients in taking that big step to work through difficulties they may be facing.

In Essence’s free time, she loves spending time with friends and family, expanding her talent for painting and sketching, cooking meals for her family, and snuggling up with her old English bulldog, Zeus.

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LeeAnn Johnson, LCSW-C

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LeeAnn Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree from Champlain College in 2005, majoring in social work. She went on to complete her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2007. LeeAnn has been working clinically in a variety of settings from school-based, to emergency room/hospital, Department of Social Services, and private practice. LeeAnn has a strong clinical background providing services to those struggling with anxiety, ADHD, depression, and trauma.

LeeAnn is passionate about working with children and adolescents. LeeAnn strongly believes that collaborating with families is important and critical to a child’s growth in therapy. Given therapy can be a struggle at times, her continuous goal is to provide all of her clients with a safe and friendly space to explore feelings and overcome obstacles.

Downtime for LeeAnn is spent with family. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, exploring and enjoying outdoor activities. For self-care she enjoys reading, running, and trying out new recipes.

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Katie Chen, LGPC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Katie Chen earned her master’s degree in Clinical Professional Counseling at Loyola University Maryland. Prior to pursuing her path toward licensure, she enjoyed a career in the performing and visual arts, which meandered slowly toward and within the wellness field before finding a home in mental health counseling. Her previous clinical experience is within a residential eating disorder treatment setting. She joined The Center for Trauma, Stress, and Anxiety as a master’s level intern in the spring of 2020 and continued at The Center as a full-time licensed graduate clinician in the spring of 2021.

Katie’s eclectic experience has led her to feel passionate about providing and holding space for adults dealing with transition, upheaval, change, loss, grief, stress, anxiety, and depression, especially as these elements pertain to relationships, family, divorce, roles, career, identity, burnout, performance, injury, or illness. Katie believes that when the therapeutic relationship is built upon trust, openness, and authenticity, all meaningful topics can be collaboratively explored, making change and healing inevitable.

Though her formal career path has moved away from the arts, she has found that nurturing her creative spirit is still very essential to her health and happiness. She enjoys writing poetry, painting, and finding ways to make music in whatever capacity she can. Other passions include yoga and meditation, finding solace and connection amongst the company of trees, and laughing with loved ones.

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John Backert, LCPC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

John Backert is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with our Baltimore County team. John obtained his master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University. For more than a decade, he has been heavily engaged in the field of mental health. John has worked in a variety of settings including both inpatient and outpatient mental health agencies, treating a wide variety of mental health conditions.

John is motivated by his passion to help others create positive changes in their lives. He believes in transparency and a focus on helping clients identify solutions in a collaborative environment. John enjoys working with clients to develop an overall sense of wellbeing, rather than simply focusing on mental dis-ease. John’s work leverages the use of evidence-based practices, with special emphasis on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). John has extensive experience with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and complicated grief.

Some of John’s interests include following the football season, working out, learning new things, journeying through state parks, and watching movies.

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Jordan Goodman, LCPC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Jordan Goodman is a licensed psychotherapist and professional musician who joined the CTSA team in 2021. He holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Loyola University and has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings with adolescents and adults.

Jordan has a specialized background in the field of therapeutic drumming and often incorporates music and drumming as a part of his treatment approach with clients who are interested in the benefits of music therapy. Jordan believes the foundation of successful therapy is rooted in a trusting and secure relationship. He offers a nonjudgmental space to openly explore thoughts, feelings, and experiences with support, confidentiality, and kindness at the client’s pace.

Jordan offers an integrative approach to therapy that is goal-directed and focused on developing self-awareness, strengthening relationships, and creating lasting change. Jordan’s approaches to treatment utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Humanistic-Existential approaches, Motivational Interviewing, and Psychodynamic theories.

During downtime, Jordan enjoys performing on the drums with his band Raindeer, hosting podcasts, attending concerts, and playing a good game of frisbee.

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Taylor White, LCSW (Pronouns: They/Them)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Taylor White is a licensed clinical social worker and is originally a native of North Carolina and earned their bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in social work. Taylor then attended graduate school at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and earned their master’s degree in social work, effectively making Maryland their stomping grounds. Taylor has worked closely with survivors of domestic and interpersonal violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and those who have experienced extensive trauma. Taylor has also worked extensively with the LGBTQIA community and those struggling with identity and sexuality in a variety of settings including domestic violence centers and group private practice.

Taylor is passionate about working with older teens and young adults, particularly those who are members of the LGBTQIA community, to manage feelings of anxiety, depression, life transitions, and traumatic experiences they may have been exposed to in their lives. Taylor also specializes in working with clients navigating the kink/BDSM community and those in polyamorous relationships. Taylor utilizes an eclectic therapeutic framework to offer clients a positive and comforting environment to explore their experiences in an open and non-judgmental space. Taylor utilizes elements of ACT, CBT, and mindfulness practices to better aid clients in being “in the moment,” and becoming more familiar and comfortable with their bodies and personhood.

Taylor is also a certified tarot and oracle reader, and utilizes these aids in session to aid in the use of symbolism and metaphor in clients’ lives. Taylor enjoys reading tarot in their personal life, as well as, spending time with loved ones, playing video games, reading, writing and drawing.

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Molly Abramson, LCSW-C

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Molly Abramson earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland in 2016. Her prior clinical experience includes working in the public school setting, residential treatment centers, and outpatient mental health clinics. She has extensive experience working with trauma, particularly intimate partner violence and sexual trauma. Molly works with clients throughout the lifespan and has spent significant time helping children and adolescents process trauma, manage their emotions, and develop healthy coping skills. She also has experience helping clients through life transitions, relationship issues, stress management, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety.

Molly approaches all clients with a trauma-informed lens and utilizes a variety of treatment modalities in her work, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), play therapy, and mindfulness techniques. She provides a safe, judgment-free space and hopes to empower clients to fully explore their feelings and embrace growth and learning.

When not at work, Molly is a voracious reader and enjoys spending time with her new puppy Ruby and hanging out by the water.

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Kelly Jenssen, LGPC

Mental Health Therapist

Kelly Jenssen earned her master’s degree from Loyola University Maryland. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree and licensure, she studied at Ramapo College of New Jersey where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a focus in Substance Abuse and Criminology. She joined The Center for Trauma, Stress, and Anxiety as a Counseling Intern in the Spring of 2020 and continued at The Center as a full-time licensed graduate clinician in the Fall of 2021.

While Kelly has formal training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), she often will integrate additional evidenced-based skills into her work, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). She is passionate about working with adolescents and young adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, low motivation, relationship stress, and navigating through various transitions in life. Kelly believes that creating a space for trust, connection, openness, and authenticity is imperative in creating a strong foundation for the therapeutic process, and takes a client-centered approach in her sessions. She believes in meeting clients where they are, and is also adept at diving deep to find meaning and healing through her clients’ experience. She hopes to foster awareness and facilitate growth throughout each client’s overall health journey.

When Kelly is not working, she is outside hiking and appreciating nature, discovering new music, or cooking/baking something good to eat! She also enjoys spending her free time with friends and family, and snuggling with her cat, Luna.

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Lisa Wainwright, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lisa holds a master’s degree in social work from Salisbury University, a master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Management, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ashford University, and an associate’s degree in psychology from Ashford University. For over 18 years, she has devoted herself to helping individuals from diverse populations change and transform their lives.

Lisa has extensive experience working in and directing programs that serve populations within the community health field. Her career is highlighted by works such as directing the following: a methadone treatment clinic, a muscular dystrophy regional office, health care clinics at Johns Hopkins, a medical summer camp, a vocational program for individuals with developmental/intellectual and mental health disabilities, an adolescent behavior modification/substance abuse prevention program, as well as a school-based child behavior modification program. She has also directed a community-based program serving Baltimore City residents with eviction prevention, emergency food assistance, and senior citizen substance abuse prevention.

Lisa’s background in mental health is complimented by a variety of alternative healing approaches that encourages holistic wellness and helps create an authentic approach to treating the “whole-self.” She believes that treating the whole person to and integrating the five basic dimensions of life – physical, career, emotional, social, and spiritual – is paramount to achieving optimal health and wellness. Lisa’s work focuses on addressing the whole system to minimize stress, promote well-being, and restore balance.  To do this, she utilizes a combination of traditional talk therapy and alternative healing practices such as mindfulness, meditation, sound therapy, energy balancing, crystal therapy, essential oils, natural herbal healing, and more. Lisa helps individuals explore and journey into the depths of what challenges them to discover their individual source of resiliency, confidence, and capability that lies within!

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Katie Padgett, LGPC

Licensed Mental Health Therapist

Katie received her master’s degree in Clinical Professional Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Prior to studying counseling and psychology, she received a bachelor’s degree in biology and neuroscience at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. While her initial passion was the study of brain structure and function, she found that connecting with and supporting others in a therapeutic setting felt even more meaningful and fulfilling. Katie works with adults navigating stressful life transitions, relationship and family conflict, mood disorders, trauma-related symptoms, and addiction/recovery. She also has experience working with folks within the LGBTQ+ community, allies, and advocates.

Katie typically uses strategies derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Feminist/Multicultural Therapy in her work with clients. She believes in the power of mind-body connection and enjoys incorporating guided meditations and somatic exercises into sessions. Katie views her clients as the experts of their experience and herself as a guide on their journey towards healing and self-discovery. She is passionate about identity development and feels humbled to promote a culture of radical self-acceptance. She considers the therapeutic relationship to be a collaborative and egalitarian one, so she often checks in with clients about what’s working well and what isn’t feeling so helpful.

When out of the office, Katie enjoys cooking new recipes, lifting weights, and playing video games such as Animal Crossing. She also loves snuggling up with her partner and two cats, Honey and Mister, and doing absolutely nothing. When feeling adventurous, Katie and her partner enjoy camping trips and road trips.

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Jennifer Trammell

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Trammell graduated from Liberty University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining CTSA, Jennifer worked as an Administrative Assistant in a busy testing center at a local Community College in Texas for 12 years. Jennifer has a big heart for helping others and is excited to put her skillset to work serving the Mental Health field.

In her free time, Jennifer loves spending time with her husband and two kids, having family movie and game nights, being outside, camping, and going off-roading in their jeep.

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Annette Johnson

Administrative Assistant

Annette is currently attending East Tennessee State University where she is working to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology. She hopes to continue her education by ultimately receiving her Master’s degree. Annette has spent the past several years working in the healthcare field and has developed a sincere passion for helping people!

Outside of the office, Annette loves spending time with her husband and 4 children. She enjoys taking spontaneous road trips and being outdoors. Nearly every weekend you can find her in the Great Smoky Mountains hiking with her family, taking a bike ride at the local park, spending the day at Dollywood, or curled up on the couch reading a good book.

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Erica Marshall, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor

Executive Assistant

Erica earned her bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in 2017, majoring in Psychology as well as receiving a Health Studies Certificate. She then went on to receive her master’s degree in Clinical Professional Counseling at Loyola University Maryland. Erica first came to CTSA as an Intern in 2020, but is now dual hatted as a Clinician and Executive Assistant.

Clinically, Erica works with individuals across the lifespan in the areas of Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression. Erica also enjoys working with individuals who are navigating life transitions and individuals who are struggling to find meaning or passion in their daily life. Erica frequently incorporates mindfulness and art therapy into her sessions. Operating from a client-centered approach, she truly values the healing components of human connection in therapy.

In Erica’s free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, doing puzzles, going to Farmer’s Markets, working out, making a good meal, and going on long walks in nature with her dog Quincy. Erica finds that these activities help her feel both grounded and rejuvenated.

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Donica Harper, LCPC

Doctoral Intern

Donica is a fully Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at our Bel Air location. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology with a minor in African American History from Winston-Salem State University in 2013, a Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Military Psychology from Adler University in 2015, and a post-graduate certification in Professional Counseling from the University of Baltimore in 2018. Donica is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University and is supervised by Dr. Michelle Perry, Clinical Psychologist.

Donica has experience working with various populations and settings, including outpatient mental health clinics and private practice. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She believes it is important for individuals to be the authors of their own stories and feel empowered to embrace their destinies. She practices a feminist, strength-based, and culturally sensitive approach, focusing on narrative therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused techniques. Donica specializes in trauma/grief counseling, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), racial disparities and conflict, sexual identity, couples counseling, attachment issues, and training upcoming clinicians. She specifically enjoys working with first responders, military personnel, members of the LBGTQIA+ community, and college-aged individuals. In therapy, Donica uses a nonjudgmental and empathetic style to support and empower her clients as they deal with some of the most challenging moments of their lives.

Outside of the office, Donica enjoys manifesting, spending time with her family, especially her nephew, watching English comedies and mystery tv-shows, and learning about how energy healing and holistic practices can facilitate impactful and empowering change within the mind-body connection.

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Veronica Lynn Becerra

Clinical Intern

Veronica Lynn Becerra is a graduate-level Clinical Intern working under the supervision of Michael Senko, LCSW-C.  She is currently obtaining her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Pennsylvania Western University. Prior to pursuing a career in the mental health profession, Veronica obtained her bachelor’s degree in both graphic design and fine arts from the nation’s first HBCU, Cheyney University.  For the past few years, she has worked at Cheyney University as an Academic Success Coach where she assists young adults in navigating through new life transitions, overcoming the fear of failure, developing time management skills, developing coping skills for social anxiety, and addressing topics of perfectionism and lack of motivation.

Veronica enjoys utilizing a holistic, non-judgmental, person-centered, strength-based approach to therapy and is also open to utilizing aspects of CBT as well. Veronica incorporates art activities throughout her sessions to help clients safely explore their emotional state and convey feelings that they may be struggling to verbally express. Through the therapeutic process of creating art, Veronica strives to help clients gain a deeper understanding of their emotional state, while also providing a safe and non-judgmental space to address their fears, vulnerabilities, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, and trauma. She has a passion for working with adults, couples, and groups. She is also open to working with clients through a Christian lens, upon request.

Specific areas of interest include relationship or marital difficulties, stress management, trauma, sexual addictions, grief/loss, anger management, career counseling, spirituality, finding purpose, increasing self-awareness, and understanding identity. She believes that through the act of creation, an individual can not only begin to heal from their past, but also rediscover themselves so that they can grow and live authentically.

In her free time, Veronica can be found taking long walks in nature, creating art, or reading about ancient mythology. She is also a competitive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and coach. She enjoys competing in tournaments and supporting her teammates.

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Mykela Frazier

Clinical Intern

Mykela Frazier is a master’s level clinical intern working under the supervision of Michael Senko, LC SW-C. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bowie State University in 2019, where she majored in psychology. She is currently obtaining her master’s degree in applied psychology at the University of Baltimore. Since this is her first clinical experience, Mykela joins the CTSA 2022 internship cohort with excitement, openness, and gratitude. She is ready to refine her skills, grow as a counselor, and help as many people as she can.

Mykela is passionate about bringing awareness to the importance of mental and emotional health, as well as making counseling services more accessible and acceptable to the African American community. As someone who has overcome and transmuted many traumas, she is committed to helping others cope with stress, anxiety, trauma, and other life difficulties. Mykela is interested in working with all populations, including couples, families, and adolescents. She intends to use an integrative approach to counseling, with an emphasis on person-centered and mindfulness-based techniques. As she strengthens her skills, she hopes to eventually integrate holistic healing with her counseling practice. Mykela believes that creating a safe space for clients to feel comfortable is paramount and she hopes to support individuals along their journey with empathy, kindness, and authenticity.

During her free time, Mykela enjoys reading a good book (and purchasing new books), practicing yoga, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. She also has a deep passion for literary arts and loves to write poetry as well as prose. Although some of her writing stays tucked away in her journal, she has also co-founded a free online publication called Amani Sol Magazine where she releases her artistic expressions.