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 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.

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Michael Senko

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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Jill Connolly

Jill Connolly, LCPC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Jill Connolly earned her master’s degree in School Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. She previously worked as a School Counselor for Harford and Baltimore County Public Schools. Jill soon realized she wanted to expand her career to begin working with families and adults in addition to children struggling with anxiety, stress and trauma-related disorders. So in 2018, she joined CTSA and pursued her Clinical Professional Counselor license while gaining specialized experience working with adults and children.

Jill is most passionate about helping individuals realize their self-worth and helping her clients create a life that is fulfilling and meaningful. She provides a safe, trusting space for clients to share their thoughts and feelings while they navigate through life’s challenges. Jill has a large spectrum of experience. Her early career experience makes her a strong clinician for children who struggle with ADHD, trauma, anxiety, school refusal, depression, relationship issues, and grief. Her background has also led Jill to develop expertise in working with adults and families who struggle with parenting, grief, and challenging family dynamics. Jill has developed specialized experience working with trauma, depression and anxiety for adults since she joined CTSA in 2018.

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.

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Jennifer Stachowiak

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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Gina DiCarlo, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional 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.

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Tiffany Smith, LCSW-C

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 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.

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Tina Crandell

Yoga Instructor

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.

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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.

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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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Ashley Steimer, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker

Ashley Steimer earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Azusa Pacific University in 2018. After moving to Maryland from California, she went on to complete a Master of Social Work degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore. While in her BSW program, she completed a 40-hour domestic violence certification and interned at YWCA domestic violence program and emergency shelter. During graduate school, she interned at John’s Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in the Burn ICU as a crisis therapist. Along with Ashley’s work at CTSA, she currently works at Klein Family Harford Crisis Center providing counseling for children, adolescents, and adults who have a wide range of mental health conditions and substance use disorders. She is also part of the psychiatric evaluation team through Upper Chesapeake Medical Center providing psychiatric assessments through the Emergency Room and medical units.

Ashley is passionate about working with individuals who have experienced trauma and assault, as well as those with anxiety disorders. Her focus is creating a space to allow her clients to share their stories and process their emotions in order to improve their lives and wellbeing. She integrates CBT, solution-focused, and mindfulness approaches in her therapy practice among other modalities.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys practicing yoga, buying new plants, traveling, and eating good food.

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Baily Kerr

Health and Wellness Coach

Baily Kerr graduated with her BS in Psychology and Health Science from Towson University. As a Division I athlete (in 3 sports!) she learned the importance of striking a balance in maintaining physical, mental, and spiritual health. Like most of us, her journey was a bit convoluted. Baily went on to work at Sheppard Pratt’s Trauma Disorders Unit and Center for Eating Disorders. She also gained critical experience working at Klein Family Harford Crisis Center as a Mental Health Counseling Associate.

But what Baily realized is people were often cycling back and forth between health and crisis. So she became passionate about breaking the “cycle of relapse,” and wanted to coach individuals towards sustainable recovery and stabilization. Baily went on to become an Integrative Health and Wellness Coach with a strong passion for nutrition and wellness. She uses her own experience combatting physical and mental challenges of her own to develop an approach to wellness that she is passionate about sharing with our clients!

In Baily’s down time, she loves creating delicious meals and connecting with loved ones.

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Amanda Baker, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Amanda Baker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker 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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Rachel Bodt

Administrative Assistant

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and has spent most of her career in the healthcare field.  She recently joined the team in March of 2020 and is excited to have made the transition into mental health.

In Rachel’s free time she enjoys being home with her husband and their beagle mix, trying new cooking recipes, and hiking.

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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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Our Counseling Interns

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Kelly Jenssen

Counseling Intern

Kelly Jenssen earned her bachelor’s degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2013, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Substance Abuse and Criminology. She is in the process of completing a master’s degree in counseling from Loyola University Maryland. During her educational career, Kelly has worked in two high schools for students with mental illness. Here, she was able to work closely with the students. While she is not a Maryland native, Kelly has embraced what it means to be a part of this close-knit community.

Kelly is passionate about adolescents and young adults who struggle from anxiety and depressive disorders. Other areas of interest for Kelly include substance use disorders, trauma, and the LGBTQ+ community.

Outside of the therapy room, you can find Kelly hiking the local trails, spending time with her family and close friends, and studying for school. Some of her other hobbies include listening to her favorite bands, dancing, and exploring new parts of town!

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Kaitlin Chen

Counseling Intern

Katie Chen is a Master’s-level clinical intern working under the supervision of Michael Senko, and is currently obtaining 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 counseling. Her previous clinical experience is within a residential eating disorder treatment setting. She joined CTSA’s internship cohort in the spring of 2020.

Katie’s eclectic experience has led her to feel passionately about providing and holding space for adults dealing with transition, upheaval, change, loss, grief, stress, anxiety, and depression, and especially as these elements pertain to relationships, family, divorce, roles, career, identity, burnout, performance, injury, or illness.

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 reading and writing poetry, sketching, painting, and finds 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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Erica Marshall

Counseling Intern

Erica earned her bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in 2017, majoring in Psychology as well as receiving a Health Studies Certificate. She is in currently in the process of completing a master’s degree in counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. Erica comes to CTSA with an openness to both learn and grow as a future clinician. She truly values the healing components of human connection in therapy and is looking forward to finding her specialty areas in the field.

In Erica’s free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, doing puzzles, 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.