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Terry Bates–
MS, LCPC


Terry Bates is a professional affiliate with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a licensed clinical professional counselor with the State of Maryland. Terry earned a Master of Science from Loyola College. He is experienced in individual, marital, and family counseling. He has a specialty as a family therapist.

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Kevin Bergstrom–
MS, LCPC


Kevin is a graduate from Virginia State University with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a member of the American Counseling Association. He enjoys working with late adolescents and adults on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, and anger.

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Carolyn Buresh–
MS, LCPC


Carolyn enjoys serving a multicultural, multiethnic clientele presenting a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, cultural adjustment, stage of life issues, premarital topics, and relational/marital health. She currently works primarily with adult clients—both individuals and couples—to help them resolve short-term difficulties and gain insight into underlying dynamics. Carolyn’s literature, science, and pastoral social science backgrounds provide a rich basis from which to understand client perspectives.

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Cynthia M. Canner–
MS, LGPC, NCC


Cynthia earned her Master of Science from the Pastoral Counseling Department at Loyola University Maryland. She has experience with individuals, couples, and children, including abuse and trauma. She has worked with members of the military, police, and firefighters, along with their spouses. In conjunction with her studies, Cynthia has done research with clergy and their families.

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Cheryl Fischer–
MSW, LCSW-C


With more than 11 years of clinical counseling experience, Cheryl extensive experience work with a wide variety of issues including anxiety disorders, trauma, depression, mood disorders, sexual abuse, grief, loss, life transitions, past hurts, and codependency.

Working with adults of all ages and adolescent teenagers (ages 16 to 19), Cheryl provides a caring, gentle, friendly environment for clients to work on healing the heart, mind, and spirit. In addition to her counseling experience, Cheryl is also a public speaker and on topics such as suicide, depression, and grief.

Cheryl is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which resolves the development of trauma-related disorders caused by exposure to distressing, traumatizing, or negative life events.

With a firm belief in a cooperative and collaborative therapeutic process, Cheryl believes in meeting each client’s individual needs by working together throughout the counseling process.

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Israel Garcia–
MSSW, LCSW-C, BCD


Israel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from the City College of New York and a Master’s of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University School of Social Work in the City of New York. His training includes Clinical Trauma, Mindful Anger, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, ADHD, and Parenting.

Israel masters the art of guiding individuals, families, couples, and groups to transform a difficult emotion or experience into a powerful therapeutic tool to find healing and growth.  Israel is a Commissioned Corps Officer with the U.S. Public Health Service Commission Corps, and he is a guest provider at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he provides individual and family counseling for soldiers, sailors, retirees, and their family members. 

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Daniel Holler–
MS, LCSW-C


Dan Holler is enjoying his second career as a counselor specializing in healing wounds of adult trauma and breaking the chains of childhood trauma. Dan is also experienced in resolving phobias, anger issues, anxiety, and family conflict. He works with children from age 8, adolescents, and adults. He specialized in sexual abuse cases during his two and a half years as a child abuse investigator for the Carroll County Department of Social Services. Dan has provided workshops for social workers at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and for the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. He is also an adjunct instructor at Carroll County Community College.

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Natasha Miller–
MA, LCPC


Natasha Miller has been working in the inner-city Washington, D.C., area providing counseling and case management services for the past 10 years. Natasha has experience working with individuals, groups, families, and adolescents, as well as college-age adults. Her areas of specialty include crisis counseling, navigating past trauma, life transitions, self-esteem, chronic mental illness, and spiritual growth. Natasha utilizes cognitive behavioral interventions and strength-based approaches to getting clients to reach their goals. Natasha is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a graduate of Capital Bible Seminary.

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Cass Mitchell–
MA, LCPC


Cass is a graduate from Bowie State University with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Valley Forge Christian College. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and has training in child-centered play therapy. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, relationship issues, and spiritual growth.

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Sarah Pickeral–
MA, MSW, LCSW-C


Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who enjoys working with adults (individuals and couples) focusing on issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, relationship struggles, codependency, grief and loss, and life transitions.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and the University of Maryland School of Social Work, she has 12 years of experience in hospice care and counseling.  Her office is in Arbutus, MD.

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Julie Pratt–
MS, LCPC


Julie counsels children, adolescents (ages 7 and up), and families on a variety of issues including trauma, separation/divorce, emotional/behavioral difficulties, relationships, and family conflict. She also works with adults of all ages, as well as couples and groups. Her specialties include healing from trauma, past hurts, codependency, depression, and anxiety through treating both the mind and spirit.

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Yaoying Qu–
M.A, LGPC


Yaoying has a M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. She is a resident in counseling with the State of Virginia and a licensed graduate professional counselor with Maryland.  She has experience working with couples with relationship issues, school-age children/adolescents and their families, and adults with depression/anxiety/anger management/relationship/adjustment issues. During the past 3 years, she has led workshops/groups in churches around great DC area focusing on parenting, communication, and emotion regulation. Prior to entering into the counseling field, Yaoying had worked as a financial analyst, project controller, and Engineer. With her diverse educational background and working experience in different cultures, Yaoying is more able to understand clients from their perspectives. Her interests include cross-cultural marriage issues, parenting, relationship issues, adjustment issues, career change, depression, anxiety. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. She loves traveling, lived in four different countries and visited more than ten before.

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Matthew Raeder–
MSW, LCSW-C


Matt has over 24 years of experience in individual and couples counseling focusing on a variety of therapeutic issues, including childhood sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, relational conflict, and sexual addictions. He also leads workshops and training classes focusing on developing healthy relationships.

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Karen Richardson–
MSW, LCSW-C


Karen is a licensed clinical social worker who works with individuals and families with a variety of issues, including parenting concerns, ADHD, anxiety, depression, foster care/adoption, and past trauma. She has training in play therapy and particularly enjoys working with preschool and elementary school-aged children. Her background also includes experience with adult survivors of abuse.

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Thomas Rodgerson–
PhD, LCPC


Dr. Rodgerson is experienced in individual and couples’ counseling, utilizing an approach that integrates the behavioral sciences with the wisdom of faith traditions as appropriate for each client and for a broad spectrum of presenting problems. For over twenty years before recently retiring, he trained M.S. and Ph.D. students in an integrated approach to Counselor Education and Supervision and Clinical Mental Health Counseling, while also serving as Director of the M.A. program in Spiritual and Pastoral Care. He works primarily with clergy.

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Daniel Stinchcomb–
MRE, MS, LCPC


After serving on the staff of several churches as an associate pastor in the areas of discipleship, youth ministry, and outreach, Dan began a second career in counseling. He has worked in pastoral counseling centers and publicly funded programs including hospitals, family service agencies, and county health departments. He has gained experience and specialized in couples therapy, family therapy, and therapy for co-occurring disorders (clients with both a substance abuse and a mental health disorder).

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Erin Stine–
MS, LCPC


Erin earned her Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. She enjoys working with individuals, young adults, couples, and groups by coming alongside people to assist them in finding deep healing. Her previous career as a campus minister has given her insight into helping individuals through a variety of life issues. For the past three years, Erin has facilitated groups with people in early recovery from substance abuse. Erin has experience with addictions, identity issues, life transitions, relational conflict, anxiety, depression, and spiritual issues.

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Christine C. Thron–
MS, LGPC


Christine graduated from Louisiana State University and received a master’s degree in Clinical Community Counseling and a post-master’s Certificate in Counseling At-Risk Youth from Johns Hopkins University. She has had training in family, marriage, individual, group, and play therapies. Christine has experience working with issues of addiction, sexual abuse, separation/divorce, adjustment, anxiety, and depression and has developed and taught classes on marriage and parenting. Additionally, she has been active in education and the homeschooling community for over 20 years. She enjoys working with clients in every stage of life. Christine is a National Certified Counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association. Her office is in Clarksburg/Germantown.

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Kathy Wu–
MA, LGPC


Kathy is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Counseling. She is a licensed graduate professional counselor with the State of Maryland. Kathy’s experience mainly includes anxiety/worry, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, grief, relationships, anger, suicide/self-harm, spirituality, and stress. She is also well-versed in Asian culture and can help those who encounter challenges related to cultural and language barriers.

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