Meet Our Team

Until further notice, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all sessions are being conducted via teletherapy. We have two options. 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. Carefirst and Cigna cover teletherapy. In some cases Carefirst has been covering the co-pays for teletherapy. If you have United Healthcare, it depends which plan you have if teletherapy is covered, so please call them and check. If United Healthcare does not cover teletherapy, we are offering a significant discount rate of $75 per session. There is no cancellation fee for anything coronavirus related. We have been doing teletherapy for about a month, and things are running very smoothly and 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.

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 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my work

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

Christina Tseng, Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist. 

I am a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, passionate about providing an inclusive and multifaceted therapy. I value and acknowledge that we are all comprised of diverse values and experiences. Thus, I am willing to explore and incorporate race, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, as well as sexual/gender orientation if you find it beneficial and contributing to therapy. I possess experience working with individuals, couples, and families and am able to assist with a variety of issues, including: relationship/marital issues, family conflict, family transition, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, life transitions, cultural issues, racial/ethnic identity, self esteem. I have also worked with individuals impacted by incarceration and probation, and can assist with the transition back to society. I offer services in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Formal Education


B.S Family Science with Minor in Chinese Language, University of Maryland College Park, 2016

M.S Marriage and Family Therapy, Iona College, 2019

Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, LGM747, State of Maryland

Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.

David Richo


Approach to Therapy

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 


Alicia Dacey is in-network with Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and BlueChoice, Cigna, Health Advocate EAP, FEI EAP, and United Healthcare. Diane Ochalek currently accepts Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna.

Diane Ochalek now accepts United Healthcare.

Christina Tseng is in-network with Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and BlueChoice. She also accepts self-pay. 


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.


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


Our office is located in Downtown Frederick at 129 E. Patrick Street Suite 25. 





129 E. Patrick Street Suite 25
Frederick, MD 21701

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