Meet Our Team

Until further notice, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all sessions are being conducted via teletherapy. We are using a secure HIPAA compliant site called, where you would need to use a computer with a camera and a video session would be done. Your therapist would email you the link to your sessions. Or you can do Facetime. There is no cancellation fee for anything coronavirus related. We have been doing telehealth since March 2020, and things are running smoothly. We are accepting new clients. Covid 19 has altered practically every aspect of our lives, but it is still possible to work on your mental health and relationships in quarantine.






Alicia Dacey, Licensed Clinical Marriage Family & Therapist. 

As a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, I offer individual, marital/couple, and family therapy. I am committed to providing you with a safe, caring and trusting environment to address your unique situation. The process of therapy can support and encourage self-discovery, personal growth, self-reflection, insight, personal fulfillment, and relationship enhancement. I invite you to call me for a free phone consultation to see if my services may be a good fit for what you are looking for. I am accepting new clients into my practice at this time. I have daytime and evening weekday hours available.

I assist individuals, couples, and families with: relationship problems, infidelity, loss of desire/connection, parenting, blended-family issues, separation/divorce, grief/loss, PTSD/trauma, work-related stress, depression, bipolar, anxiety, families affected by drug/alcohol addiction, LGBTQ are welcome, and alternative/polyamorous couples are welcome. 

Marriage and family therapists are uniquely prepared to work with the complex dynamics and patterns found in all relationships and families. I am a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as an AAMFT-Approved Clinical Supervisor.

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Formal Education and Training

  • Public Leadership Citation, University of Maryland College Park, 1999

  • B.A., Psychology, University of Maryland College Park, 2001

  • M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Maryland College Park, 2004

  • Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, LCM211, State of Maryland

  • Completed Level 1 AND Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my work

  • Appeared on 90-Day Fiance on TLC on May 25, 2020

  • Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Licensed Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Clinical Member, MetroMFT

  • Member, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

Diane Ochalek, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. 

If you are struggling with the recent work, and school cancellations put in place to mitigate our risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, I can offer some help.  We have implemented teletherapy for our clients in need of counseling during these stressful times.  We can offer services to couples, and individuals, but in addition I can assist with families that are struggling with managing school aged children in the home on a regular basis that may have behavioral or mental health issues, or that present challenges with learning differences.  Some of you may also need to telework while taking on full time child-care and home schooling.  I have over thirty years of experience working with children and families and would be happy to assist you with these or any other family issues you may be dealing with in these difficult days.  


As a Licensed Clinical social worker I provide individual, couples, child, adolescent, and family counseling. I have worked with individuals with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, marital and blended family problems, substance abuse, and sexual identity. I also have a great deal of experience working with children with behavioral issues and learning disabilities, and issues around adoption and attachment.  I utilize a strengths based approach informed by psychodynamic theory.  My aim is to help utilize your strengths while gaining an understanding of life experiences that may influence your current functioning in both positive and negative ways.  Working together we can help you gain a better understanding of what may be holding you back from reaching your goals and full potential.  


  • Years in Practice:  28+

  • School: University of Maryland at Baltimore

  • Year Graduated: 1991

  • License and State:  Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1993

Shannon Holmes, Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist

As a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families to include children and adults. With a multicultural awareness, I will provide you with a person-centered and collaborative experience during the therapeutic process. I utilize play therapy while working with children in addition to other therapy modalities such as behavioral therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. I utilize emotionally focused therapy with couples to create a secure, trusting, and long-lasting relationship. I assist individuals and families who are experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, autism, relational, school, or occupational concerns to build upon self-empowerment and strong family connections.


  • BS in Applied Behavior Analysis, 2015

  • MS in Marriage and Family Counseling Therapy, 2019

  • Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, LGM774, State of Maryland

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Approach to Therapy

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As Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapists, we approach therapy from a systemic perspective, which means that we look to the dynamics between people rather than solely focusing on the internal workings of one person.  Even in individual work, this approach can be helpful and empowering.


Our approach is eclectic.  We have various tools that we can use within therapy to customize to the uniqueness of the people we aim to help.  Some of these tools include cognitive-behavioral techniques, experiential exercises, homework assignments, and family-of-origin work.


We are committed to providing you with a safe, caring environment in which we can address your unique situation.  Successful therapeutic outcomes have been shown to be related to the quality of the therapeutic relationship between a therapist and client(s).  It is a priority to us that you feel understood, connected, and engaged in the therapy process and involved in making therapy an effective, productive experience.   


Frequently Asked Questions

How long does therapy last?

The length of therapy can vary due to the uniqueness of treatment needs and preferences.  Marriage and family therapists regularly practice short-term therapy: 12 sessions on average.  Nearly 65.6% of the cases are completed within 20 sessions, 87.9% within 50 sessions.  Marital/couples therapy (11.5 sessions) and family therapy (9 sessions) both require less time than the average individuated treatment (13 sessions). 


How long will I see you?

The answer to this question largely depends on you and your goals for therapy.  We commend people who have the courage to seek assistance when they feel that their lives are not where they would like for them to be.  To us, seeking help is a sign of health, not pathology.  We believe that everyone deserves to have positive relationships with themselves and those around them.  To achieve this goal, we will work together to determine what goals of therapy will be.  Depending on the nature of the goals, we will decide realistically how short-term or long-term the therapy will be.  For some, this may be a few sessions.  For others, it may be several months or even years.  However long it is, you will be part of this decision-making process. 




American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 


Families and Mental Health (Information on problems facing today’s families)


FAQs on MFTs (Frequently asked questions about marriage and family therapists)


Mental Health Association for Frederick County


Frederick County Mental Health Hotlines


Frederick County Health Department – Mental Health Services


Maryland Psychological Association 

Frequently Asked Questions



All of our providers are in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield. We also accept self-paying clients.


Self-pay rates are: 

  • $120 per 45 minute session

  • $150 per 60 minute session

  • $180 per 75 minute session

  • $210 per 90 minute session

If you have out-of-network benefits, we will provide you with a reimbursement statement at the end of each session which you can then submit to your insurance company and they will reimburse you directly.

We accept cash, check, Visa, or Mastercard.

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We offer free phone consultations to potential clients. We are happy to answer any questions you have about the help we could offer you. 


All sessions are being held via telehealth at this time.

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