Tori Shequine, LCPC, received her MA in clinical psychology from Towson University. 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 client�s 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 one�s life. Tori has trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn in Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals and Bellaruth Naperstak in Guided Imagery and Visualization.

Locations: Towson, Silver Spring

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

Marissa Block, LGPC, received her Masters of Education in Clinical Counseling in 2017 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has worked in a variety of treatment settings including college campus, group therapy, week-long retreats, non-profit organization, and private practice, and has participated in an EMDR trauma training. She has experience working with individuals with, but not limited to, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, addictions, ADHD, anger management, chronic illness, OCD, marital/premarital issues, career, and trauma. Clients can expect an accepting and warm environment, collaboration of treatment goals and interventions to achieve those goals, and encouragement of personal responsibility and positive change. Marissa uses, but is not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, as well as solution focused, strengths-based, EMDR, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She believes in a multi-faceted and holistic approach to treatment. Marissa values the importance of addressing personal identity, maladaptive thoughts and behaviors, social skills, utilization of resources, and self-care. She is passionate about tailoring therapy to the individual needs of each client, family, or couple. Marissa works with children 10+, adolescents, adults, and couples.

Location: Towson, Cross Keys

Insurances Accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First.


Robin Brown, LCSW-C, received her BS in psychology from Towson 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, Tricare.


Erica Cohen, MA, LCPC, received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Towson University. Erica has almost 20 years of experience working with substance abuse issues, dual diagnosis, and clients referred for legal reasons by the court system, probation officers, and lawyers. She has a specialty in working with anxiety disorders and depression as well as mood disorders. She has worked in a Medication Assisted Treatment, to include a Suboxone clinic and a Vivitrol program. She also has run several groups including the Social Drinkers Group, the Intensive Outpatient Program, substance treatment groups, and recovery groups.
Erica also has experience working with adolescents (ages 13 and up) through adulthood with mental health issues and/or substance abuse issues. Issues addressed in therapy include: substance abuse, dual diagnosis, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, social and communication issues, relationship issues, family issues, stress management, and trauma. She also has a special interest in working with parents of kids with special needs to help provide mindfulness and stress management skills, in order to lead a more productive lifestyle. In therapy, Erica utilizes a cognitive behavioral therapy approach along with mindfulness and meditation, motivational interviewing and interpersonal skills, together with alternative therapies to help clients take control of becoming the best self they can be.
Erica has also received specialized training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy working with adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma. She helps work through the trauma, while at the same time, combatting maladaptive thinking to a more rational and positive perspective where the client can flourish to achieve their goals in a healthy way. Self-empowerment comes from within. We can work together to build on your strengths, strengthen your weaknesses and reach your highest potential, while also building on your self-confidence and self-esteem.

Erica works with: Ages 13 and up, adolescents and adults, families, those referred by legal system Mental health issues to include individual and family counseling, parent-child sessions

Locations: Towson

Blue Cross Blue Shield, Megellan


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: Silver Spring

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

Edyta Chrzanowska, LCPC, received her MA in counseling psychology from Towson University. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a heavy focus on family systems and relationships. She is especially interested in working with the young adults of the 21st century in navigating their independence and identity development in circumstances that are very different to those of previous generations. She uses an eclectic and individualized counseling approach focusing on empowerment, self-awareness, and self-compassion to promote a sense of wholeness, self-acceptance, optimism, and accountability. She believes people make positive changes when they build a reservoir of resources using their natural strengths and learned coping tools to deal with life stressors. She is a big advocate for mindfulness, yoga, and other alternative practices.

Locations: Bel Air

Insurances Accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield.


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.


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.

Location: Ellicott City

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.

Beth Holley, LCSW-C received her MSW from University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning and RN from Johns Hopkins University. She has completed extensive post graduate studies with the Psychology Master�s Plus Program at Loyola University Baltimore and with the Beck institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She has been practicing for many years. Beth perceives the human mind as having an unparalleled capacity for growth and change. She brings a calm, excitement to her work, an awareness of what therapist and client can synergistically accomplish, to meet goals for growth, well-being, healing, and empowerment. She utilizes a variety of modalities, including CBT and DBT informed interventions, Emotion Focused therapy, Interpersonal and psychodynamic theories and interventions to address anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, and, problem solving in all realms. Beth has experience in a variety of settings. She continues to update her base of knowledge to ensure evidence based and effective practice with adults of all ages.

Location: Towson

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


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, Psy.D., LCSW-C, received his Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire, 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. Dr. Librie has over 33 years experience in Human Services, to include over seven years 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 trauma treatment. In addition, Dr. 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, United

Ellen Line, LMSW She has worked with folks ages 5 to 85, helping them to live their best lives. She has provided support in times of transition, encouraged emotional literacy, and supported clients' healing. She earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. She specializes in working with clients who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction. During her time in Texas, she spent several years working with adolescents helping middle and high schoolers navigate their life challenges. She's also worked with adults at various stages of life, treating a variety of concerns. With all of her clients, Ellen cultivates a caring, nonjudgemental relationship to help clients observe and make changes to the patterns that are no longer serving them. She helps folks to reconnect to their own wisdom and strength to address stressors and concerns. She has trained in and regularly uses EMDR, mindfulness, neuroscience education, and behavioral interventions to support her clients' growth.

Location: Towson

Insurances Accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First,


Micki Magers, MS-Psychology, LCMFT, has encouraged client's health for more than 25 years. After graduating from University of California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, she was director of Social Services in a county hospital before living in Hawaii for eleven years. Micki became certified as a trauma specialist in the '90's and has worked with trauma intervention since. As a clinical Marriage, Family, Therapist, she works with children, parents and adults across the socioeconomic spectrum. She has taught and supervised graduate students, homeless youth, adults and parents, and facilitated high school teen groups. She has traveled nationally and internationally serving military children and families. Micki trained with Albert Ellis, Fritz Perls, William Steele, and in alternative therapies such as Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique and Eden Energy Medicine. Micki combines theories and interventions to meet client needs. She is grounded in theory and embraces effective options. Her presence, sense of humor and keen listening serve to meet clients where they are and encourage them to go where they want to be. Her passion is helping others and pursuing health alternatives.

Location: Towson

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, Magellan, Medical Assistance.


Rekha Mehrota, LGPC If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma or just feeling stuck with where you are in life, Rekha would like to help. She uses an interpersonal, integrative multicultural approach providing a space for you to process what you're going through and figure out how to move forward. Rekha work with both individuals and couples/family members. She assists clients who are having problems in relationships - marital, premarital. She also focuses on women’s care during pregnancy and post giving birth and any post-partum symptoms. Taking a step back and looking together at patterns in your relationships, personal and career path can help you learn more about yourself, understand what is going on now, and make changes in your life. Come recognize your strengths and develop new ways of using them successfully.

Location: Ellicott City

Insurances Accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First also accepting clients self-pay


Catherine Sawyer, LCSW-C, received her MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has been a social worker for 9 years with experience working in various areas including juvenile justice, child welfare and seniors. She has also worked for several years as a therapist in outpatient community mental health providers in Baltimore City and Glen Burnie. Catherine utilizes techniques from narrative and cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, solution-focused interventions to assist individuals with presenting issues. She sees children, adolescents, adults, and family groups with presenting challenges related to depression, anxiety, bereavement, and trauma. She is interested in assisting people identify goals to ultimately walk in their life purpose.

Location: Ellicott City

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Cigna, 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.


Jasmine Simmons, MS, LGPC Are you struggling with life stressors and it is hard for you to deal with your emotions? Jasmine is here to help guide you in working through every challenge in your life in order to reach your full potential. she has a MS in Professional Counseling and Post Master of Science in Addiction Counseling Certificate from Grand Canyon University. Also, She has experience with Addictions by working in an Addiction Clinic with clients who struggle with substance abuse or were court ordered to attend outpatient, recovery groups or Intensive Outpatient Program. Jasmine work with a variety of individual and adolescent clients facing a host of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, personality concerns, low-self esteem, life adjustments, infertility challenges, grief/loss, relationship struggles, health complications and addiction. She encourages self-awareness through a variety of techniques such as CBT, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Strengths-based and a Holistic approach. These clinical approaches will help in building on the client’s strengths to help motivate change and move them along toward achieving set goals.

Location: Ellicott City

Insurances Accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First


Tanorah St. John, LCSW-C is a Certified Life Coach and a Licensed Therapist. She obtained a Master�s 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 couple�s 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.

Kelly Syphard, LCPC, Welcome! My name is Kelly and I look forward to meeting you! I am here to help you work through the ups and downs of life, providing a supportive and trusting environment, and allowing you to be your most authentic self. My goal as a therapist is to help you better understand your strengths, how to incorporate them in daily life. You can expect to learn and implement additional skills to help empower you to be the best version of yourself. I have experience working with adults. I have worked in various settings, including office, school, outpatient substance abuse, methadone clinics, and jail. I have worked with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship issues, family conflict, mood disorders, self esteem, health concerns, trauma, and grief/ loss, among others. Utilizing a holistic approach, incorporating CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy to help bring out the best version of you!

Location: Towson

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


Tracy L.D. Schulden, LCSW-C Earned her MSW in 1991 from the University of Maryland, School of Social of Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 28 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in a variety of treatment settings including outpatient, inpatient and residential mental health and substance use. Tracy uses a variety of modalities that incorporate best practice from DBT, CPT, Psycho-education, Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, and Short-term Problem Solving and believes in strengths based approach that is holistic, eclectic and guided by the individual needs of the client.

Location: Crofton

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First, Megellan.


Steve Wechsler, LCSW-C, has been a practicing therapist for 17 years. A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, he has extensive experience working with geriatric patients and their families. He has worked at the VA, Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, and Community Mental Health. He has been a volunteer job coach for older workers through AARP. He also has a trauma treatment certificate from Julie Lopez at the Viva Center and has training from the Johns Hopkins Bayview Behavioral Health Clinic. He is active in the senior provider network of Prince George�s County. He considers himself and active, behavioral therapist, giving homework assignments (books, articles, writing) and setting goals from the beginning of treatment. He enjoys working with adults (individual, couple, or families) across a variety of diagnoses and situations. He is also an amateur musician (bassoonist) with community orchestras and likes to incorporate creativity as part of the healing process.

Location: Silver Spring

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

Sylvia F. Wilson, I am a licensed graduate professional counselor who recently earned a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. After spending many years in the corporate world, I found myself looking for a meaningful and rewarding career where I could help others. I believe that I was called to this career and I was happy to accept that calling. My personal strengths include empathy, compassion, reflective listening, a nonjudgmental attitude, a calm demeanor, and a gentle approach. My approach is person-centered; incorporating aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), positive psychology, and mindfulness. I enjoy working with adults, adolescents, teens, and young adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, and grief. My goal is to provide a safe haven for you to lay down your load and find peace and solace as you heal. I look forward to sharing your journey to finding your true calling.

Location: Towson

Insurances Accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Care First.


Ryan Williams, LCPC, received his MS in Counseling from Loyola University Maryland and his BS in Psychology from Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College). In addition to private practice, he is Lead Clinician at an outpatient recovery center that helps those dealing with substance abuse. His experience with clients dealing with substance abuse has given him the opportunity to address many co-occurring disorders including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, and anger. He is passionate about restoring hope through his sessions and believes in collaborating with his clients to identify concerns and to establish their goals for therapy. During his sessions he utilizes motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy. Ryan believes that it�s important for his clients to feel heard and fosters an environment of trust and support for clients.

Location: Towson

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

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: Teletherapy only

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

location contact
The Shell Building
200 E. Joppa Rd, Suite 400
Towson, MD 21286
ph 410-828-0101
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E-mail: info@alternativecounseling.net

5136 Dorsey Hall Drive, 2nd floor
Ellicott City, MD 21042

1212 Churchville Road
Bel Air, MD 21014

Priest Bridge Overlook
2191 Defense Highway, Suite 312
Crofton, MD 21114

The Montgomery Center
8630 Fenton St, Suite 920
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Village of Cross Keys
2 Village Square, Suite 211
Baltimore, MD 21210