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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. 


I also work with couples dealing with infertility/IVF/IUI/FET, pregnancy and cancer, trauma from miscarriage and difficult or life-threatening pregnancy or birth complications, difficulty with the transition to parenthood, postpartum psychiatric disorders, and transition from maternity/paternity leave to going back to work.

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

  • I have completed Level 3 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy

  • 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

  • Member, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

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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 also work with couples dealing with infertility, adoptions, and parenting issues. 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

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Ari Bonagofski, Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist


As a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, I assist individuals (all ages are welcome), couples, and families through difficult situations such as depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, and relationship challenges. I also work with couples dealing with infertility, the transition to parenthood, and the transition from maternity/paternity leave to going back to work. Using a strengths-based and systemic perspective, I emphasize your courage and bravery in working through a variety of situations. My role as your therapist is to be an empathic collaborator in your journey. I recognize we have all been through our own unique experiences. I do my best to foster an environment that feels safe and supportive while together we create attainable goals and a plan of treatment that you feel will help you reach those goals.


I use a variety of theoretical orientations depending on what is best for each client. These theories include cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy. When working with children, I use play therapy in combination with additional approaches such as child-parent relationship training. I utilize Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my work with couples to help improve their communication, strengthen their friendship, and build deeper connections.


·      BS in Psychology, 2015

·      MA in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling, 2018

·      Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, LGM814, State of Maryland

·      Completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy 

Jordan Wagner, Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist

As a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, I provide individual, family, and couples therapy. I have clinical experience working with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, grief/loss, trauma, body image issues, and self esteem. I aim to create a safe, welcoming environment where we can work as a team to foster self awareness, build insight into current issues, develop tools to navigate life challenges, and create and sustain meaningful change.

I draw from a variety of theoretical orientations in order to match the unique needs of each client, including cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems theory. When working with clients with eating disorders, I utilize enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy to provide evidence-based treatment and work towards recovery goals. When working with couples, I utilize Gottman Method Couples Therapy to help couples address conflict, strengthen their friendship, and build healthy, loving connections. I also work with people who need help with the transition to parenthood, postpartum psychiatric disorders, and the transition from maternity/paternity leave to going back to work.

BS, Family and Human Services, 2017
MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2020
Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, LGM810, State of Maryland
Completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Professional Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)


Camina Hirota, Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist


As a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, I provide individual, couples, child, adolescent, and family therapy services. I have clinical experience working with issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma, and issues affecting the LGBTQ community. My goal is to help you find your strengths and feel empowered to make positive changes. I utilize solution-focused and client-centered techniques with an emphasis in multicultural psychology. I will collaborate with you to heal from past hurt, manage career and relationship stressors, and establish meaningful connections with others.

In therapy, one can make significant changes and develop the skills needed to overcome obstacles to live a more satisfying and successful life. My hope is to provide a warm, non-judgmental, and safe environment where you can address the challenges preventing you from living at your best. If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a difficult situation, or are ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals in your journey of self-discovery and growth.

BA in Psychology, 2017
MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, 2020
Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, LGM868, State of Maryland
Spanish: intermediate proficiency level 

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Evenny (Ev) Milliner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Hello. My name is  Evenny (Ev) Milliner. I’m a Licensed Social Worker in Maryland and I provide services in English and Spanish. Quality client care that is trauma informed is what drives the work that I do. 


I help children, youth, adults, couples, and families navigate life’s challenges and pursue a better quality of life. I like to incorporate mindfulness exercises, meditations, games, art, and activities into my work. 


As a Black Latina I understand the importance of cultural, religious, and spiritual identity. I am intentional about incorporating cultural, religious, and spiritual aspects into therapy that allow you to feel safe and respected. 


While a professional, I still consider myself a student. I am learning about you and continuing to pursue education to provide the best and up to date services. I am a current student of the Sexual Health Alliance, an AACCET certified program, in pursuit of my Sex Therapy Certification.


I look forward to working with you in the discovery of self and the pursuit of that which you desire.



Master of Social Work – Howard University

Bachelor of Social Work – Andrews University

License Master of Social Work in the State of Maryland

Fluent in Spanish and English

Training and Experienced in Trauma-Informed Care

Training and Experience in working with Survivors of Human Trafficking

Training and Experience in Displaced Populations

(Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, Refugees, Survivors of Disaster and War, Undocumented Immigrants, Persons Experiencing/Experienced Homelessness)

Training and Experience in working with Children and Youth

Hola. Me llamo Evenny (Ev) Milliner. Soy una terapeuta con licencia en Maryland y brindo servicios en inglés y español. La atención de calidad que está informada sobre el trauma es lo que impulsa el trabajo que hago.


Ayudo a niños, jóvenes, adultos, parejas y familias a navegar los desafíos de la vida y buscar una mejor calidad de vida. Me gusta incorporar ejercicios de atención plena, meditaciones, juegos, arte y actividades en mis servicios.


Como afrolatina, entiendo la importancia de la identidad cultural, religiosa y espiritual. Tengo la intención de incorporar aspectos culturales, religiosos y espirituales en la terapia que le permitan sentirse seguro y respetado.


Mientras soy un profesional, todavía me considero un estudiante. Estoy aprendiendo sobre usted y continuando mi educación para proporcionar los mejores y actualizados servicios. Soy un estudiante actual de la Alianza de Salud Sexual, un programa certificado por AACCET, en busca de mi Certificación de Terapia Sexual.


Espero con interés trabajar con ustedes en el descubrimiento de sí mismos y la búsqueda de lo que desean.


Maestría en Trabajo Social – Howard University, USA

Licenciatura en Trabajo Social – Andrews University, USA

Maestría en Trabajo Social en el Estado de Maryland

Con fluidez en español e inglés

Capacitación y Experiencia en Atención de Trauma Informado

Capacitación y Experiencia en el trabajo con Sobrevivientes de Trata de Personas

Capacitación y Experiencia en Poblaciones Desplazadas

(Menores Refugiados no Acompañados, Refugiados, Sobrevivientes de Desastres y Guerra, Inmigrantes Indocumentados, Personas con Experiencia/Sin Hogar)

Capacitación y Experiencia en el trabajo con Niños y Jóvenes

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Daniel J. Puchala, LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor)

Mr. Puchala is an eclectic counselor, who uses an integrative counseling approach that blends a number of theories and techniques. At the core of his practice, is the principle that each client is unique, and deserves a highly customized treatment plan. 

Other significant areas of his expertise are in stress management, relationship management, neuroscience, mindfulness-based approaches, psychopharmacology, developmental psychology, spirituality, and health psychology. 

Mr. Puchala focuses on providing instruction for specific techniques that empower the client. Once an individual is empowered with some techniques to reduce their overall stress level, and to gain insight into the nature of their challenges, they often experience a reduction in overall suffering. In essence, technique and skill set development, preventative self-care, targeted lifestyle modification, and psycho-educational themes are all essential to his work with clients. 

Mr. Puchala places emphasis on the client-therapist alliance. He believes that it is imperative to collaborate with the client to establish goals for the work to be done together, and for the client to see the Counselor as a part of a team effort to achieve results, because a counseling relationship requires openness to change and the cultivation of new perspectives in a safe, but exploratory way. 

Mr. Puchala is committed to practicing unconditional positive regard for every client he works with, ultimately leading them towards a growth mindset. However, he meets clients where they are, and recognizes that each person is moving towards their goals at their own pace and in their own creative way. He seeks to help clients to accomplish their goals effectively, to be genuine, to manifest their true potential, and to find adaptive ways to thrive. 

Mr. Puchala has experience working with adults of all ages and with children, adolescents, and teens. 

Membership: Professional Member of the American Counseling Association 

Specialty: CBT & DBT Informed Eclectic Psychotherapy
Degrees: M.A. Counseling Psychology, B.S. Cultural Anthropology

Training: Behavioral Tech Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training


Dr. Sonya Boggs, DMFT, DHA, LSW


As a Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy, Behavioral Specialist, and Licensed Masters Social Worker, I provide individual, couples, family, polyamorous, and group therapy. My approach is guided by evidence-based treatment modalities, trauma informed training, and years of experience. I am skilled at working with children/adults with challenges related to anxiety, depression, relationships, addictions, abuse, infidelity, parenting/family building, PTSD, and those who have trauma related to culture, religion, or spirituality.  I have an extensive background in understanding the trauma spectrum and the impact of stigma and discrimination on mental health from a cross-cultural perspective. Creating a safe non-judgmental space coupled with providing therapy that is tailored to your needs is my passion. I am trained to assist individuals with mood and personality disorders and those who are coping with the effects of living with a narcissistic or borderline spouse, child, or parents. In addition, I am well versed in working with former foster youth, adult adoptees, and individuals/couples with infertility challenges and/or who are interested in creating their family through adoption or foster care.   


Utilizing a blend of CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT-C), Imago Relationship Therapy, Gottman Method, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Reality Therapy, my mission is to help you develop a better understanding of your situation, who you are as a person, the role you play in your relationship with others, emotional triggers, and keys to happiness. As you embark on your healing journey, I am here to see you through it. Let me help support you in achieving healthier interactions by assisting you with improving emotional awareness, building solutions, increasing positive communication patterns, and rebuilding intimacy and closeness.


 Formal Education and Training


  • B.S.W., Children & Family Services, Temple University, Philadelphia., PA, 2009

  • M.S.W, Mental Health Management & Planning, Temple University, Philadelphia., PA, 2010

  • Foster Care, Adoption, and Child Welfare Training, Temple University, 2010

  • Teaching in Higher Education Certificate, Temple University, Philadelphia., PA, 2011

  • Licensed Social Worker, SW132316, State of Pennsylvania

  • Behavioral Specialist Certificate, Progressions Behavioral Health, Philadelphia., PA, 2015

  • Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy, Eastern University, St. David., PA, 2016

  • Trauma Focused CBT Childhood Traumatic Grief Training, Medical University of South Carolina, 2017

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy Training, Medical University of South Carolina, 2019

  • Helping People with Trauma Training, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2019

  • Impact of Trauma, Adversity & Toxic Stress Training, Bryn Mawr College, 2019

  • Domestic Partner Violence Addressing Abusive Behaviors Training, Bryn Mawr College, 2019

  • Cultural Competent Clinical Parenting Practices Training, University Maryland School of Medicine, 2022

  • Addressing Childhood Trauma Training, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2022

  • Doctor of Health Administration, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, Mesa, AZ, 2022

  • Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society Member, 2022

  • Licensed Masters Social Worker, Q3-0011189, State of Delaware

  • Licensed Masters Social Worker, 29299, State of Maryland

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