Providers

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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. 

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

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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 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.  

Qualifications:  

·       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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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.

Qualifications:

·       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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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. 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.

Qualifications:

·      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