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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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, 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

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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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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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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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 Russell-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. She is certified as a forensic interviewer for children and specializes in working with children who have experienced sexual abuse.

LeeAnn is passionate about working with children and adolescents. She strongly believes collaborating with families is important and critical to a child’s growth in therapy. LeeAnn has a strong clinical background providing services to those struggling with anxiety, ADHD, depression, and trauma. Given therapy can be a struggle at times, her continuous goal is to provide a safe and friendly space for children and adolescents 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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Janelle Carrington, LCSW-C

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Janelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Maryland. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2013 and a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Behavioral Health from University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2017. Janelle has experience working with a variety of populations and settings including residential treatment centers, schools, and private practice.

Janelle believes it is important for individuals to become and embrace their authentic selves. She practices a goal-orientated, strength-based approach that focuses on learning and implementing healthy coping skills including problem-solving, mindfulness, improving awareness, and self-regulation. In therapy, Janelle uses a nonjudgmental and compassionate style to support individuals as they deal with challenging life experiences. With a background in school-based mental health, Janelle is also able to work with parents and caregivers on behavioral management/ modification strategies and has a thorough understanding of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

Janelle is also a Reiki practitioner and can provide reiki with traditional talk therapy, which can help further treatment progress. She believes that spirituality has a place in healing and can aid with enhancing the mind-body connection. Energy work can be a great complementing modality that can help with healing issues on an energetic level and balance chakras to promote general health and well-being.

Outside of the office, Janelle enjoys meditation, reading, walks in nature, and learning about how energy healing and holistic practices can help with the restoration of the mind, body, and spirit.

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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 Clinical Professional Counselor

John Backert is a Licensed Clinical Professional 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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Kristie Lomangino, LMSW

Licensed Masters Social Worker

Kristie Lomangino graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and is dual-licensed in Maryland and New York. She also holds Master’s degrees in Education and Clinical Psychology. She holds a certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment from the highly respected Ferentz Institute and is trained in Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy from MDFT International. She has a strong background in sexual trauma, intimate partner/interpersonal violence, substance use, and at-risk behavior.

Kristie believes life is a journey. Sometimes you can travel alone, but there are times in everyone’s life where they could use someone to walk with them and help them reach their goals. She believes everyone is doing the best they can at all times. Sometimes that means checking off all of the things on the to-do list, and other times, that means stumbling out of bed. She enjoys assisting people in identifying and living their most authentic life.

Kristie’s treatment philosophy is to help her clients break the accepted and expected roles and to foster self-acceptance and self-compassion, in whatever form that takes. She enjoys working with adults, couples, and families. Her clinical work encompasses attachment, psychodynamic, family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, gender-affirming, alternative relationships, trauma-focused, and mindful-based modalities. She has an eclectic knowledge base, a unique combination of skills and life experiences that allow her to connect with people from all walks of life.

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Jordan Goodman, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional 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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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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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

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 but is now putting her organizational skills to work as an Executive Assistant. 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.

Our Counseling Interns

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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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Meghan Hughes

Counseling Intern

Meghan Hughes is a Master’s-level Clinical Intern working under the supervision of Tiffany Smith, LCSW-C. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from High Point University in 2019, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Writing. Currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Clinical Professional Counseling at Loyola University Maryland, Meghan joins the CTSA’s 2021 Intern Cohort ready to refine her skills and grow as a Counselor.

Passionate about working with families, adolescents, and young adults, Meghan aims to create an open and safe space for her clients. She approaches the therapeutic process with optimistic sincerity, hoping to aid individuals gain insight and healthy life practices that foster growth. Specific areas of interest include anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, trauma, and loss.

During her leisure time, Meghan enjoys catching up with her loved ones, and cuddling with her dog, Roscoe. More recently, she has attempted more innovative recipes in the kitchen – although it comes with varying success. There’s also a special place in her heart for musical theater and indulging in films depicting her favorite time periods.

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Elise Mervine

Counseling Intern

Elise Mervine is a Master’s-level clinical intern and is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Applied Psychology at The University of Baltimore. She has previous clinical experience in a private practice setting in Baltimore City and has joined the CTSA internship cohort for 2021.

Elise has a passion for clients who are living with grief, loss, chronic illness, anxiety, stress, and burnout. She is interested in working with educators, people who struggle with invisible illness, and others in helping professions. While under the supervision of Michael Senko, LCSW-C, Elise is working to hone her skills as a counselor as she strives to educate, bring self-awareness, and provide a safe space for all her clients. She believes that honesty, kindness, and authenticity are the building blocks of her approach to cultivate collaborative relationships with her clients.

When she is not working or studying for her classes, Elise loves to spend her time reading anything she can get her hands on, exploring local trails for hiking, binging way too much Netflix, cooking and baking with her husband, and traveling the world with friends and family one city at a time!