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.

Request an Appointment
separator
Christina

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.

Request an Appointment
separator
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.

Request an Appointment
separator
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.

Request an Appointment
separator
Rebecca

Rebecca Houck, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

As a Massage Therapist, Rebecca Houck’s main priority is to provide client-centered sessions that are unique to the client and vary according to their needs on a particular day. Rebecca has had training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology and the practical application of massage at The Potomac Massage Training Institute. She joined PMTI as a staff member after graduation and helps co-teach one of the practical classes.

Rebecca is trained in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage. Her sessions are also informed by her training in myofascial release, energy balancing and stretching.  She is also a certified prenatal massage therapist.  Rebecca’s regular clients have reported a reduction in chronic pain, better sleep, increased flexibility, improved postural awareness and an overall sense of better health.

In her free time, Rebecca enjoys being outdoors hiking and kayaking with her husband and their three kids.  She loves having family time at the beach.

Request an Appointment
separator
Jennifer Stachowiak

Jennifer Stachowiak, LCPC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Jennifer Stachowiak earned her bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University in 2013, majoring in psychology. She went on to complete a master’s degree in counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. She completed externships with a non-profit organization and the public school system. Jennifer then took a position as a Child Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counselor, obtaining hands on experience working with children and their families. Jennifer graduated with her master’s degree in August of 2015, and worked at a non-profit organization for two years prior to joining CTSA in 2017.

Jennifer enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. She recently discovered a knack for working with couples as well. Jennifer believes in the importance of working collaboratively with her clients. Her focus is to support those she works with in identifying aspects of their lives that they want to change and improve to help them take important steps towards achieving their goals.

When Jennifer is not wearing her therapist hat, she enjoys trying new recipes on Pinterest, taking walks with her dog on outdoor trails and spending time with friends and family.

Request an Appointment
separator
Gina

Gina DiCarlo, LGPC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Gina DiCarlo is a licensed counselor who is passionate about working with children and adolescents. She is our resident expert working with the youngest of kiddos, seeing children as young as 3 years old.

Gina uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Play Therapy techniques to help children and adolescents who struggle with anxiety, depression, and trauma-related symptoms. She has extensive experience in crisis response and working with acute symptoms. Her goals as a therapist include providing a safe place for exploring symptoms, helping her clients learn coping skills, and helping children and adolescents achieve their optimal potential at home, school, and in social environments.

Request an Appointment
separator
Black female couselor in yellow shirt

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.

Request an Appointment
separator
Counselor

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.

Request an Appointment
separator
Tina

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.

Request an Appointment
separator
Kristina

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.

Request an Appointment
separator
Toni

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.

Request an Appointment
separator
Registered Diatician

Karen Smith, RD, CDE

Registered Diatician

Karen is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she also completed her dietetic internship. She has over 14 years of experience as a registered dietitian in various settings including public health, community nutrition programming, and clinical practice. Prior to moving to Harford County in 2018, Karen worked for the Physicians Committee and Barnard Medical Center in Washington D.C.

Karen has been a certified diabetes educator since 2017, and helped create and co-facilitate a lifestyle medicine diabetes reversal program. She is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and is a certified Food for Life instructor. Karen is passionate about providing evidence-based nutrition education and resources to help people prevent and reverse chronic disease so they can live their healthiest and happiest life.

Karen will meet you wherever you are on your journey to improving your health to help empower and support you in achieving your goals.

Request an Appointment
separator
Rachel

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.

Request an Appointment

Our Counseling Interns

separator

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!

separator

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.

separator
Eric

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.