Tori Shequine, LCPC, received her MA in clinical psychology from Towson University and has been seeing clients for the past fourteen years. A licensed professional counselor, specializing in relationship issues, abuse and trauma, Tori has been able to positively impact her clients by tailoring her approach to the clientís unique personal needs. Utilizing a holistic approach, Tori draws from cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, transpersonal, and existential traditions, together with alternative therapies backed up by the latest research, to alleviate suffering and gain a sense of empowerment in oneís life. Tori has trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn in Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals and Bellaruth Naperstak in Guided Imagery and Visualization.

Locations: Towson, Crofton

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan, Magellan, Medical Assistance, United.

Robin Brown, LCSW-C, received her BS in psychology from Townson University and her Master's in Social Work from University of MD, Baltimore in 1995. Robin specializes in using a mindfulness framework to assist clients in finding their strength to flourish while dealing with anxiety, trauma, PTSD, domestic abuse or neurodevelopmental-related issues. Drawing from various modalities ranging from cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior therapy, to guided imagery and art therapy, Robin works with children and adults to help them find their path to healing in a safe space.

Location: Ellicott City

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan, Magellan, Medicare, Medical Assistance.

Peri Cohen, LCSW-C, received her MSW from University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2011. She has worked in a variety of treatment settings including schools, domestic violence center, treatment foster care, adult day care and in-home therapy and has participated in a trauma training collaborative. She has experience working with individuals with mood disorders, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder and ADHD. She has led therapy groups for teenagers and victims of trauma. Peri works with clients to help them to create the change they want to make in their lives. She uses a diverse approach based in, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness therapy, play therapy and solution-focused therapy. Peri believes that helping clients identify their strengths motivates them to feel empowered, realize their potential and reach their goals. She provides a positive, supportive environment for clients so that they may develop insight and make positive changes in their lives. Peri works with children, adolescents and adults.

Locations: Bel Air, Cross Keys

Insurances Accepted: Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan, Medical Assistance.

Candace C. Crew, LCSW-C, attended the University of MD, Baltimore, where she received her Masters in Social Work in 2004. Candace has worked in the school setting with children and families, as well as in an outpatient setting with adults. Candace specializes in using a mindfulness framework in order to assist the client in gaining insight and understanding into the difficult areas of their life where they may be feeling stuck. She uses this approach to work with individuals with a variety of issues and collaborates with the client to guide them in clarifying and taking action in those areas they recognize as barriers to living a full life. In addition to the mindfulness framework Candace uses strategies from complementary approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy when working with clients to assist them in making meaningful strides toward their goals for treatment.

Location: Bel Air

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan, Magellan, Medical Assistance, Medicare.

Jodi Dively, LCSW-C, received her Master of Social Work degree from Temple University in 1996. She enjoys working with individuals and couples who have a desire to improve their quality of life through personal growth and behavior change. She utilizes evidenced-based and best practices to address the underlying factors of emotional disorders, regardless of what emotions are most distressing to you - anxiety, anger, depression, shame, loss, distrust, guilt. I am here to assist you in your journey for improved health and well-being. She is trained and experienced in applying cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, psychodynamic and supportive models of treatment. She has a broad understanding from which to offer her services, having worked in all levels of care. In addition, she believes in providing integrated services for both mental health and substance abuse for best possible outcomes. She seeks to formulate with clients an approach to treatment that is strength-based, recovery oriented and suitable to meeting your presenting needs. Regardless of treatment approach, she believes that much depends on establishing positive rapport and an empowering therapeutic relationship.

Locations: Crofton

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan, Medical Assistance.

Jen Dugan, LCMFT, received her MS in Marital and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University in 2004.  Jen finds that focusing on the unique challenges that today's children, adolescents, and families face is of utmost importance, while balancing individual needs and the needs of the system is vital.  Specializing in promoting healthy attachment and positive parenting, Jen uses creative therapies and filial therapy in order to help children and parents develop strong bonds with one another, increase self-esteem, give children a unique mode of communication and strengthen family systems.

Locations: Ellicott City, Crofton

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan, Magellan, Medical Assistance, Tricare.

Hilary S. Fink, LCSW-C received her MSW from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work in 2004. Hilary's expertise consists of working with clients who have a trauma-related history as she has completed a Certificate in Trauma Treatment at The University of Maryland, School of Social Work in December 2007 and a Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment Level II in December 2010 through The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, Inc. Hilary has a background in treating domestic violence survivors, behavioral and anxiety disorders and PTSD. She utilizes a strengths-based perspective as well as an individual approach to treating her clients in a safe and trusting environment.

Location: Towson

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan, Magellan, Medical Assistance, Medicare.

Jessica Fisher, LCSW-C, obtained her BA in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Maryland, College Park and has worked as a therapist since obtaining her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Jessica has worked as a youth leader, a therapist in an alternative high school, and serving individuals, groups, families, and couples in the mental health, substance use, and trauma fields. Jessica utilizes an eclectic approach to every individual, couple, family, and group since every person and situation is unique. She uses a strength-based approach, encompassing therapies including Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), humanistic therapy, and psychoanalytical therapy. Her aspiration is to help people heal.

Location: Ellicott City

Insurances: Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health, Medical Assistance.

Alex Jacobi, LCPC received her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland, where she held a graduate assistantship at the campus Womenís Center. She has experience working in a variety of settings, including research facilities, schools, hospitals, and outpatient mental health clinics; but has ultimately found her home in private practice where she can creatively and freely tailor treatment to each individualís needs. She specializes in working with mood, anxiety, and adjustment disorders; and identifies self-esteem building, recovering from setbacks, problem-solving skills, healing through trauma, and creating balance as points of professional strength. She also works well with clients who feel they want to make improvements in their lives but arenít quite sure where to start. She views mental health treatment as an integral part of health care, and believes that optimal wellness cannot be achieved without it. With a background as a certified barre instructor, she emphasizes the role of the mind-body connection and the importance of holistic wellness in therapy. Alex believes in building strong therapeutic relationships, where she will help clients assess levels of functioning in each area of their lives. Once her and her clients have collaboratively identified some core concerns (which may continue to reveal themselves throughout the course of treatment), she works with clients to address healing from an approach that incorporates tenets from positive psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness therapy. She uses interventions that are designed to help clients develop insight and self-awareness as a function of helping clients to improve interpersonal relationships, as well as the intrapersonal relationship.

Location: Towson

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health, Magellan, Medical Assistance.

Erin Jones, LCSW-C, is a graduate of Washington College and The University of Maryland School of Social Work with a BA in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Social Work. She has 7 years of practice experience and over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. Erin works with clients to develop insight, treat anxiety and depression, navigate traumatic experiences, and address relationship problems and communication difficulties. She works with couples, adolescents & adults on a wide range of issues using supportive, holistic & directive methods and is experienced working with LGBTQIA individuals & couples. She also specializes in polyamorous and non-traditional relationships. Her practice incorporates mindfulness, yoga and pranic breathing techniques and strongly emphasizes a mind/body/spirit connection. Erin also uses Jungian Sandtray, narrative and art therapy interventions as adjuncts to talk therapy and CBT.

Location: Ellicott City

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health, Magellan.

Melanie Levine, LCSW-C, graduated from University of Maryland, School of Social Work in 1998. She is a dynamic psychotherapist in practice 10 years with a special interest in healthy relationships.  She is trained in Yoga For Depression by Amy Weintraub, author of the book by the same name.  Melanie has a background in domestic violence, anger management and gay and lesbian relationships.  She also runs psycho-educational groups utilizing The Healthy Step Model. 

Location: Towson

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan, Magellan, Medical Assistance, Medicare, Tricare.

Michael Librie, LCSW-C, received his Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, Graduate School of Social Work and Master of Theological Studies degree from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Mr. Librie has over 25 years experience in Human Services, to include over seven yearís clinical supervisory experience. He provides integrative psychotherapy, supervision, and education. His approach combines traditional dynamic psychotherapy with awareness and internal inquiry processes. He partners with you to help guide you to focus inward so that you may experience your core self, listen to your soul and find your personal truth. While a generalist, he specializes in substance abuse, co-occurring disorders and PTSD treatment. In addition, Mr. Librie has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, Graduate School of Social Work and Baltimore City Community College.

Location: Towson

Insurances Accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan, Magellan, Medical Assistance.

Nikolay Sergeevykh, LCPC earned his Masters in Agency and Community Counseling in 2000 giving him over 10 years experience in the field. He has worked at a variety of settings including community mental health, residential treatment, in-home therapy and therapeutic foster care. Nikolay has also supervised and trained psychotherapists and mental health workers. Nikolay sees children, adolescents, couples, families and therapeutic groups.

Locations: Towson, Cross Keys

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, Evergreen, Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan, Magellan, Medical Assistance.

Tanorah St. John, LCSW-C is a Certified Life Coach and a Licensed Therapist. She obtained a Masterís degree in Social Work from Fordham University in 1998 and a Coaching Certification from Behavioral Health & Leadership Dynamics in 2014. Her mission is to nurture, restore and empower people to fulfill their dreams. Her warm spirit and unconditional regard creates a trusting environment to disclose with ease. Through her use of Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches and Coaching Strategies, she equips clients with tools to breakthrough personal barriers; enabling them to achieve goals for their Health, Wealth, Relationships and Career. She delivers these tools through individual, group and coupleís counseling. Her techniques are practical and useful beyond the session. Upon completion, her clients are empowered to generate breakthroughs on their own. Her approach is highly effective with clients who are open, willing to do the work and ready to take responsibility for their lives.

Location: Towson

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan, Medical Assistance, Medicare.

Julie Zaniewski, LCPC, received her MS in counseling and post master's certificate in clinical community counseling from Johns Hopkins University.  With over ten years of experience, Julie is certified in substance abuse counseling, specializing in providing rehabilitative therapy to clients suffering from addiction, anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar and other mood disorder. She has a diverse background working with children, LGBT population, as well as individuals facing multiple challenges.  Utilizing cognitive, behavioral, client centered, solution focused and existential theories, Julie's eclectic approach  is tailored to fit each client's needs.  Her sense of humor combined with an empathetic style provides a comfortable, supportive and therapeutic environment enabling personal growth.

Location: Towson

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, Johns Hopkins EHP, Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan, Magellan, Medical Assistance.

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Ellicott City, MD 21042

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Churchville, MD 21028

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Crofton, MD 21114

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Baltimore, MD 21210