Inspirit Counseling Services Inc.  is a not-for-profit, community-based organization dedicated to strengthening emotional and spiritual health by providing counseling and psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents, as well as specialized services of Addictions Counseling, Marriage Preparation and other Educational programs.

Meredith Barger

Full-time Pastoral Counselor Providing Individual and Couple Therapy

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LOCATION:

First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
9325 Presbyterian Cir, Columbia

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861 or 1-800-453-9801, ext 104

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MEREDITH BARGER’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

I’m a firm believer in the therapeutic process and that true healing occurs when all facets (mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional) of my client’s life are addressed.  My goal is to provide a safe environment that fosters trust, courageous conversation, and compassionate listening. This process is a journey that I feel blessed to share.”

EDUCATION:

Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Science
Loyola University of Maryland, Master of Science

CERTIFICATIONS:

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

AREAS OF INTEREST: 

Mood, anxiety, depression, personality, and adjustment disorders, sexual and drug/alcohol addictions, working with couples and individuals

Juliet Cain

Part-time Psychotherapist Working with Adults, Couples, Families, Children and Adolescents

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LOCATION:

Grace United Methodist Church 5407 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21210 (Baltimore City)

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861 or 1-800-453-9801, ext 218

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JULIE CAIN’S  PERSONAL STATEMENT:

“As a clinical social worker, it is my privilege to support and empower others as they explore life’s challenges within a compassionate and thoughtful environment.  I have faith in the strength and resiliency of the human spirit to acquire the coping and communication skills necessary to overcome these challenges.  In my practice, I am honored to work with individuals, couples and families, using a variety of treatment techniques and am committed to a therapeutic relationship rooted in faith and the grace of God.”

EDUCATION:

Master of Social Work (MSW), Columbia University School of Social Work
Bachelors of Social Work (BSW), Syracuse University School of Social Work

CERTIFICATION:

Licensed clinical social worker- Certified (LCSW-C)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Support group facilitator for Neighbor to Neighbor program
Support group facilitator for Kaufman Cancer Center, UMUCHS

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS :

Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW)
National Association of Social Workers (Maryland Chapter-NASW)
Field Supervisor for UMSSW MSW candidates

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

      Adjustment to illness and the role of care giving
      Loss, grief and bereavement
      Women in transition (adjusting to college, motherhood and menopause)
      Anxiety
      Depression
      Premarital counselingRelationship issues
      Spiritual issues

Karen Conner

Part-time Therapist with Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families.

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LOCATIONS:

Faith Lutheran Church
8 Sherwood Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030 (Baltimore County)

Towson United Methodist Church
501 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD 21286 (Baltimore County)

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861, ext. 119 or beeper at 410-613-7177

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KAREN CONNER’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

“Working with people who are experiencing severe emotional pain and helping them to achieve healthier levels of functioning is very gratifying work. Assisting individuals, couples and families in establishing solid communication patterns and in learning assertiveness skills frequently form the foundation for building healthier, more satisfying lives.”

EDUCATION:

Master of Social Work (MSW), Family Therapy Training

SPECIALIZATION:

Family Therapy

CERTIFICATION:

Licensed Certified Social Work – Clinical level (LCSW-C) Qualified for “self-regulated social work practice” by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

adjustment disorders, affective mood disorders, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, and thought disorders. Assisting couples enhance the quality of their communication and assisting adolescents and their families resolve relationship issues are of particular interest. Working with women in transition is an emerging interest.

Margaret (Peggy) Hardin

Psychotherapist for Individual Adults and Couples

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LOCATIONS:

Church of the Good Shepherd (Baltimore County)
1401 Carrollton Avenue, Ruxton, MD 21204
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Harford County)
1 St. Mary’s Church Road, Abingdon, MD 21009

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861, ext. 113

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MARGARET HARDIN’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

“I believe that counseling is a valuable tool which individuals can use to increase self-knowledge and growth. Combined with God’s guidance, it can ease and enrich our journey along this road we call ‘Life.’”

EDUCATION: 

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

SPECIALIZATION:

Adult individuals and couples

CERTIFICATIONS: 

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

MEMBERSHIPS:

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Depression, anxiety, women’s issues, life transitions, relationship issues, parenting, grief and loss (particularly in the areas of stillbirth and infant death)

Rod Gatzke

Clinician & Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Counseling Individuals, Couples and Families.

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LOCATION:

Church of the Holy Comforter
130 W. Seminary Avenue, Lutherville (Baltimore County)

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861, ext. 108

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Over 29 Years of Experience

ROD GATZKE’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

“Life is a gift filled with the unexpected. To celebrate our victories and to cope with life’s difficulties is the essence of a life well lived. I am privileged to share in the pilgrimages of my clients as we walk together seeking to learn ‘why we are who we are,’ and to continue with them as they begin using this self knowledge to enhance the quality of their lives.”

EDUCATION:

Master of Science (MS) in Pastoral Counseling
Master of Historical Ethics

CERTIFICATION:

The Institute of Pastoral Counseling of Greater Washington
American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Certified Member

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Mood disorders, crisis intervention, long term character development counseling, couples therapy and conflict resolution.

Pastor Bob Kretzschmar

Pastoral Counselor and Psychotherapist Counseling Individuals, Couples, and Families

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LOCATION:

St. Michael Lutheran Church
9534 Belair Rd., Nottingham (Baltimore County)

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861 or 1-800-453-9801, ext 170

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35 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

PASTOR BOB KRETZSCHMAR’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

“I work to provide a safe and supportive environment for people seeking help in managing the expected and unexpected changes and losses in life that often bring feelings of anxiety and depression and at times interpersonal conflict. My goal is to provide a therapeutic relationship than enables them to grow in self-knowledge and strength to cope successfully with life’s transitions.”

EDUCATION:

Master of Divinity, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Loyola University of Maryland

CERTIFICATION:

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member and Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors
Ordained Pastor of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Adjustment and mood disorders, anxiety, depression, couple communication, conflict resolution, a systems approach to family counseling, and complicated bereavement concerns in a time of significant personal loss.

Diane MacKenzie

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LOCATIONS:

The Second Presbyterian Church of Baltimore
4200 St. Paul St. Baltimore, MD 21218 (Baltimore City)

Grace United Methodist Church (Baltimore City)
5407 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861, ext. 205

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DIANE MACKENZIE’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

EDUCATION:

Ph.D., Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations,
School of Education, Notre Dame of Maryland University
M.S., School Counseling, Johns Hopkins University
M.S., Administrative Science, Johns Hopkins University
B.S., Business Administration, Towson University

SPECIALIZATION:

issues related to transition and growth in adults and adolescents

CERTIFICATION:

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Issues involving relationships, adoption, specifically single family adoption, grief and loss, stress, separation and divorce, anxiety, and PTSD. Common areas of work involve parent-child issues, blended family issues, women’s issues, school and social anxiety, depression and career-related, work/life balance issues.

John J. Michalczyk

Full-time Pastoral Counselor Providing Individual, Couple, Family and Group Therapy

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LOCATIONS:

Westminster United Methodist Church
165 East Main Street, Westminster (Carroll County)

Grace United Methodist Church 5407 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21210 (Baltimore City)

St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church
3755 St. Paul Street, Ellicott City (Howard County)

First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia (Howard County)

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861, ext. 115

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JOHN MICHALCZYK’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

“It is my goal as a therapist to provide a safe and supportive environment for others so they may achieve personal well-being and productive relationships on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels. I believe that through the healing of psychological and emotional wounds, each person has the potential and freedom to maintain positive self-acceptance and self-definition. I rejoice in helping individuals, couples and families bring greater meaning and satisfaction to their lives.”

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Arts, St. Basil College, Stamford, CT
Master of Arts (MA) in Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University, Chicago
Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Theology, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

SPECIALIZATION:

Pastoral Counseling

CERTIFICATIONS:

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) MD
American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) – Fellow

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Marriage Preparation

MEMBERSHIPS:

American Association of Pastoral Counselors

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Identity issues, anxiety, depression, couple communications, family dynamics, parent/child issues, spirituality, loss and complicated bereavement

Liora Nordenberg

Part-time Therapist Working with Individuals and Groups (Adults)

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LOCATION:

Grace United Methodist Church
5407 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21210 (Baltimore City)

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861 or 1-800-453-9801, ext 175

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LIORA NORDENBERG’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

“’Relaxing the restless mind’ is a phrase I once heard that nicely describes my hope for clients. I’m aware that this goal can seem far-fetched in times of struggle and I have the utmost admiration for clients and their work toward achieving change. I completed both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology, attending The University of Pennsylvania and American University respectively. More recently, after years of doing cognitive testing for research, I did post-graduate work and training, and am now a licensed counselor. I’ve worked with individuals and groups on mental health issues and find a variety of modalities useful, including mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and strengths-based approaches. Helping goes far beyond technique, though, and I strive to make the client feel comfortable, respected, and truly cared about. Watching clients gain new perspective and skills is gratifying and I look forward to continuing to help people find more contentment and meaning in life.”

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Art, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Master of Arts, Psychology, American University, Washington, D.C.

CERTIFICATION:

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling Psychology

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Depression, Anxiety/Stress, Relationships

Maureen O’Brien

Pastoral Counselor Working with Individuals and Couples (part-time)

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LOCATIONS:

Church of the Holy Comforter
130 W. Seminary Avenue, Lutherville (Baltimore County)

First Presbyterian Church
224 N. Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861, ext. 120 or 1-800-453-9801, ext 120

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MAUREEN O’BRIEN’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

“As a therapist I approach others with a quiet presence where they are with their strength and vulnerability. Using cognitive and solution-focused approaches, I assist others to healthy choice-making that enables healing and new hope to emerge out of emotional pain and impasse. Discovering new possibilities within self and relationships, I companion my clients to more healthy, whole living and relating while quietly aware of the nearness of God whose energy for healing is ever available.”

EDUCATION:

Masters of Science (MS) in Pastoral Counseling
Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Counseling
Masters in Theology (MA)

CERTIFICATION:

American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) Fellow
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), MD
National Catholic Chaplains Association, Member
Licensed Clinical Supervisor, available for Loyola University Pastoral Counseling Supervision

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Catholic Chaplain at St. Joseph Medical Center ministering to cardiac patients in The Heart Institute.

Certified Catholic Chaplain at University of Maryland at Saint Joseph Medical Center ministering to patients in the Cancer Institute with specialty of Palliative/Hospice Care

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Depression, anxiety, adjustment to life changes: illness, aging, grief, and loss, for individuals and couples. Relationship enhancement and growth beyond difficulties; spiritual integration within the self, spiritual direction is also available. Clinical supervision of Licensed Professional Counselors.

Becky Riley Olin

Psychotherapist and Music Therapist

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LOCATION:

The Second Presbyterian Church of Baltimore
4200 St. Paul St. Baltimore, MD 21218 (Baltimore City)

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861, ext. 220

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BECKY RILEY OLIN’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

All people possess the ability to eliminate suffering from their lives. We all hold the ability to become ever wiser, stronger, happier, and more compassionate through overcoming life’s challenges. I utilize a variety of modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, expressive therapy, mind-body work, family systems therapy, play therapy, and psychodynamic therapy to achieve therapeutic growth and healing. All people deserve to experience joy, to be at peace in the present moment, to feel grateful, kind, and compassionate, and to be responsible for themselves. When we trust in our spirit and in life itself, we find peace.

EDUCATION:

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (Loyola University Maryland)
Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy (Elizabethtown College)

SPECIALIZATION:

People with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and their Families
Children, Adolescents, and their Families
New Mothers
Adult Individuals
Grief and Loss
Group Therapy
Music Therapy

CERTIFICATION:

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC)

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Trauma; intellectual and developmental disabilities; depression and anxiety; postpartum depression and anxiety; women’s issues; mindfulness; yoga; mantra meditation; life transitions, respectful parenting; grief and loss; childhood development; music therapy.

Sarah L. Pickeral

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LOCATION:

Arbutus United Methodist Church
1201 Maple Avenue, Arbutus (Baltimore County)

CONTACT:

Call 410- 493-4631

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SARAH PICKERAL’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

“Serving Christ by serving others during difficult times.”

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Master of Arts, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Master of Social Work, University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore

CERTIFICATION:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker-C

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Grief and loss, depression, anxiety, adult ADHD, relationship issues, and healthy lifestyle changes. Member of In Spirit’s Senior Services Program, accepting Medicare.

Barbara Schlicht

Counselor Working with Adult Individuals and Couples

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LOCATIONS:

Northminster Presbyterian Church
705 Main Street, Reisterstown (Baltimore County)

Westminster United Methodist Church
165 East Main Street, Westminster (Carroll County)

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861 X 122

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BARBARA SCHLICHT’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

“Counseling can help take scattered pieces of a life and turn them into a beautiful mosaic.”

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Science, Towson University
Master of Science, Loyola University

CERTIFICATION:

LCPC, CAC-AD, MS

MEMBERSHIPS:

American Counseling Association
NAADAC
American Academy of Bereavement

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Addictions, grief and loss, trauma, life adjustments, depression, spiritual direction

Peter Smith

Staff Therapist Providing Traditional Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples and Families.

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LOCATION:

Grace United Methodist Church
5407 North Charles Street (Baltimore City)

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861, ext. 125

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PETER SMITH’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

“Psychotherapy is a proven and effective tool for the development of the human person. The relationship between therapist and client has great potential for empowering persons to have more satisfying relationships, and to lead happier and more meaningful lives.”

EDUCATION:

Doctorate (PhD) in Social Work
Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Master of Social Work (MSW)

SPECIALIZATION:

Traditional psychotherapy for individuals and couples

CERTIFICATION:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C)

MEMBERSHIPS:

National Association of Social Workers
Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work
American Association of Pastoral Counselors

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Adjunct Faculty, Dundalk Community College
Consultation and staff development for various mental health and social service agencies, adult religious education and ministry formation

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Traditional psychodynamic, psychotherapy, systems approach for couples and families; substance abuse and related issues; experienced with clergy, religious, and persons in ministry from various denominations, pastoral ministry supervision, clinical social work supervision.

Mary Studham

Therapist for Individuals, Couples, Families

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LOCATION:

Severna Park United Methodist Church
731 Benfield Road, Severna Park (Anne Arundel County)

CONTACT:

Call 401-433-8861 X 127 or 1-800-453-9801 X 127

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MARY STUDHAM’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

“As our lives unfold, I believe we’re all grieving something whether it’s a beginning or an ending with people, places and things. My mission and purpose is to provide supportive, solution-oriented counseling which emphasizes compassion, empathy, and structure to develop self-awareness, deepen insight; to empower and nurture our inner strengths and wisdom.”

EDUCATION:

Masters of Social Work (MSW)

SPECIALIZATION:

Bereavement and Geriatrics

CERTIFICATION:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Family and Couples (Levels I and II)
Adolescent Treatment

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Facilitator – Hospice of the Chesapeake: Widow/Widowers Group, Suicide Support Group

MEMBERSHIPS:

The Society for Spirituality and Social Work
The National Association of Social Work (NASW)
Maryland Chapter of NASW

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Life transitions, loss/dying/death/bereavement, family/marriage, parenting, relationships, incest survivors, anxiety, adjustment, depression, mood disorders.

Sarah Totushek

Full-time Therapist Working with Individual Adults, Couples, and Families


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LOCATIONS:

Severna Park United Methodist Church (Anne Arundel County)
731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD 21146

St. John Lutheran Church (Anne Arundel County)
300 West Maple Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861 X 146

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SARAH TOTUSHEK’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

““I am a firm believer in the strength and tenacity of the human mind and spirit. Given the distresses and problems that are an inevitable part of life, individuals have amazing potential to find within themselves the resources necessary to move through difficult issues and to establish healthier ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. The therapeutic process can be a significant healing influence on this journey.”

EDUCATION:

Master of Science (MS) in Pastoral Counseling

SPECIALIZATION:

Forty years’ experience working with issues of death, dying, grief, and bereavement

CERTIFICATION:

Licensed Certified Professional Counselor (LCPC), Maryland
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Approved Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Supervision of Loyola College of Maryland interns in Pastoral Counseling

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Mood, anxiety, personality and adjustment disorders, relationship issues.

Art Wagner

Staff Therapist Providing Inovative Psychotherapy to Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Families

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LOCATION:

Harundale Presbyterian Church
1020 Eastway, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 (Anne Arundel County)

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861 ext 219 or 1-800-453-9801 ext. 219

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ART WAGNER’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

It is completely natural that we humans – the most social of all species – reach out to others for support and healing when we’re stumped or overwhelmed by life’s inevitable difficulties. I believe that the key to effective therapy is a safe, empathic, and genuine relationship between client and therapist. In our work together, we’ll explore your needs, goals, and strengths. Along the way, we’ll celebrate each step of your movement toward a more meaningful, satisfying life.”

EDUCATION:

Master of Social Work, University of Maryland-Baltimore, MD
Master of Divinity, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
Master of Fine Art-Visual (MFAV), Vermont College, Montpelier, VT

SPECIALIZATION:

Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Families
Infra-Low Neurofeedback, an advanced, non-invasive, and safe form of biofeedback that frees your brain’s core control networks to self-regulate and maximize performance

CERTIFICATION:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C)

MEMBERSHIPS:

National Association of Social Workers

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Attachment-focused and family systems approaches for individuals and families
Trauma-informed therapy for children, teens, and adults with ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
Sand tray therapy, play therapy
Neurofeedback for mental, emotional, and physical self-control; focus and calm; relief from ADHD, PTSD, migraine, pain, depression, anxiety and other common issues.

 

 

 

 

Kim Witkowski

Full Time Counselor Providing Services for Individuals, Couples and Families

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LOCATION:

Grace United Methodist Church
5407 N. Charles Street, Baltimore (Baltimore City)

CONTACT:

Call 410-433-8861 x 161 or 1-800-453-9801 x161

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KIM WITKOWSKI’S PERSONAL STATEMENT:

“Counseling is an opportunity to share your life journey, to offer you insights and ideas to facilitate your personal goals. Every individual has a right to be happy and to feel real joy. Counseling offers a safe, trusting environment to help you achieve that experience in life.”

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. Human Services, Walden University
Master of Arts, Counseling, Webster University
Master of Education, Special Education, University of South Carolina

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, career/employment concerns, stress management, post-traumatic stress disorder, adult attention deficit disorder, parenting children and teens with ADHD, adult children of alcoholics, college students, caregivers, adoptive families, HIV population, support for professionals, women in transition (divorce and career changes), marriage enrichment, grief, parenting skills development