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Joseph C. Dagenhart, LCPC, CGT
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
​​​​​​​Certified Gottman Therapist
  1. Gottman Leader of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Couples Program
  2. ​​​​​​​Gottman Leader of 
State of Maryland Approved Supervisor

Mr. Dagenhart is a graduate of Towson University where he received his Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and Counseling.  He has also completed post-graduate education at Shippensburg University, Liberty University and the Gottman Institute in Seattle.  Mr. Dagenhart has a special interest in couples counseling and sex therapy and utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques including the Gottman Method Couples Therapy in his work.  Mr. Dagenhart has been trained by Drs. Julie and John Gottman and is a Certified Gottman Therapist.  As well as a Gottman Leader of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Couples Program.​​​​​​​
Julie A. Dagenhart, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified

Ms. Dagenhart is a graduate of Shenandoah University in Virginia where she received Masters degrees in Nursing for Health Systems Management and Advanced Practice Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).  Ms. Dagenhart has experience working with all age groups and a wide range of mental health issues.  She provides quality patient care through advanced assessment, diagnosis, collaborative planning and education, medication management, and ongoing evaluation of individual goals and treatment effectiveness. 


Molly K. Aitken, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified

Dr. Aitken is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore where she received her Doctor in Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).  She believes that everyone deserves the ability to live their best life, regardless of their history or current situation.  During her first 20 years of nursing she worked with mental health clients in both the emergency room setting and the state correctional institution setting.  She enjoys working with clients of all ages, genders and ethnicities and has a special interest working with adolescents, LGBTQ+ youth and adults, and clients with trauma histories. 

Brigit Beals, LCPC
​​​​​​​Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Ms. Beals received her Master’s degree in counseling from McDaniel College where she made the unique decision to complete both tracks of the graduate program; her specializations include clinical mental health counseling and school counseling.  She provides a safe, comfortable, and nonjudgmental environment and believes that empathy and authenticity are essential to the therapeutic process. She practices from a humanistic approach of person-centered counseling, while utilizing methods of solution-focused brief therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Inspired by play therapy techniques, Ms. Beals also enjoys incorporating therapeutic games and activities into her practice.

Ellie Bentz, LCSW-C
Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical

Ms. Bentz uses a client centered approach to provide a safe and empathetic environment. She views therapy as a process of teamwork between the therapist and the individual, couple, or family. Drawing from cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, family and play therapy techniques, Ms. Bentz works with her clients to find their unique path to stronger emotional health. 

She has experience working with ages 2 to 75 with a variety of concerns including anxiety, mood disorders, grief, and trauma. She is trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and child parent psychotherapy. She tailors therapy to help you identify your goals, build on your strengths to reach them, and challenge what gets in the way.



B. Kristine Burneko, MSN, PMHNP, HN-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified

Ms. Burneko is a graduate of Frontier Nursing University, where she completed her Master's in Nursing in the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialty (PMHNP).  In her many years as a nurse, she has had the privilege of caring for people across the lifespan in inpatient and outpatient settings, most recently with Johns Hopkins Medicine.  Ms. Burneko practices integrative psychiatry, which understands you as a whole person - body, mind, and soul - and is a certified integrative mental health practitioner (CIMHP). She has an avid interest in health promotion, meditation, and other mind-body treatment modalities and strongly believes that wherever there is life, there is hope.  

Rocky Cole, LGPC
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor

Rocky holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Marymount University.  He believes in treating every client as a unique individual and uses a person-centered approach. He has training in psychodynamic, cognitive, and rational therapy. He is board certified in clinical hypnosis.  His experience includes working with adult and adolescent clients suffering from depression, PTSD, and anxiety. Rocky has specialized training to support sexual assault and harassment survivors. He has a practical understanding of the unique experiences of active-duty and prior-service members and their families. He has also worked with individuals on the autism spectrum, and with families and couples dealing with relationship issues and crisis situations. Rocky’s approach is to first understand the history and nature of an individual, and to clearly define the client’s goals and needs. This is the first step in helping a person live a better life or resolve a problem. He believes that through active, non-judgmental support and guidance, long-lasting growth and healing can be achieved.  

Matthew Donahue, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Mr. Donahue is a graduate of Hood College where he received his Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialty in Thanatology, death and dying, and trauma therapy. Mr. Donahue utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while working from a Reality Therapy perspective that our past decisions do not dictate our future. Mr. Donahue has experience working with individuals between 4-71 and sees all ages. His areas of expertise include, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Substance Use/Addiction, Depression, and Trauma.

Katelyn Erbacher, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor​​​​​​​

Ms. Erbacher received her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. She uses a holistic approach to get to know client’s individual needs from a person-centered perspective, and incorporates techniques from cognitive behavior therapy, family therapy, and play therapy. Ms. Erbacher is a Certified Trauma Practitioner – Clinical through STARR. She has experience working with clients across the lifespan with a variety of presenting problems. Everyone’s mental health journey is different, and it is Ms. Erbacher’s goal to provide a safe and supportive environment to assist clients with this journey.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Danielle Hawthorne, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker

Danielle has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Maryland (LMSW). Danielle has over 10 years of clinical experience working with all ages, dynamics, and in lots of different settings such as hospitals, child welfare, with military families, domestic violence victims, in the Judicial System, and more. Danielle works with individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, body image issues, relationship issues such as the treatment of family conflict/issues, as well as those struggling with phase of life and grief issues. She provides culturally sensitive and trauma informed treatment programs for teenagers and adult clients.

Priya Hellstrom, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker

Ms. Hellstrom received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University in New York. She has worked with teenagers and adults, using a strength-based approach that incorporates psychoeducation, motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness. Ms. Hellstrom has extensive experience with trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, health anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. She also has a vast knowledge of substance use disorders and working with individuals with dual diagnoses. Ms. Hellstrom is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others and believes that working to improve mental health is one of the best paths to accomplish this. 

Alayne Holland, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker

Ms. Holland received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gettysburg College and her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a clinical track from The Catholic University of America. She believes in providing a safe, empathic, and authentic space so that each individual feels open to the process and can develop a strong therapeutic alliance. She strongly prescribes to meeting the client where they are and understanding that each individual requires an individual approach tailored to fit their needs. Ms. Holland utilizes a Humanistic approach and applies methods of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Behavioral Therapy. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and families in the clinical setting and adults in the social work setting.

Samuel Lee, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

We often become lost and confused when life smacks us in the face without any warning. Life can be challenging, but we can make decisions on our terms. Often, it is not the experience that dictates our actions, but it is our responses. Sometimes, it’s not easy to manage our emotions due to the visceral experiences that impact our lives.  Mr. Lee will work with you to not only understand your emotional experiences, but to assist you in harnessing your emotional state so you can interact more effectively with your environment. Using warmth, understanding, sympathy, empathy, reflections, understanding your “language” to help model appropriate and effective means of being, with a good laugh.  Openness, flexibility, and curiosity will be your new guiding principles when you are face-to- face with the unknown.

“You can either be a bystander in your circumstances or a warrior in your choices”.  -Samuel Lee, LCPC 

Populations Mr. Lee works with: 
  • Adolescents (14-18) 
  • Young Adults 
  • Adults 
Areas of Work: 
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Mood Disorders 
  • ADHD 
  • Life Transitions 
  • Existential Crisis 
  • Communication Difficulties 
  • Emotional Recognition and Understanding 
  • Coping Skills 
  • Spirituality/ Spiritual Issues ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Nicole Logan, LGPC
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor

Ms. Logan received her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Hood College, with a certification in Thanatology/Death & Dying. Ms. Logan utilizes a psychodynamic approach and believes that working through our past experiences and attachments is essential to the healing process. Using a wide range of techniques and skills, Ms. Logan provides a safe and empathic space for you to use as you need.

Ms. Logan has experience working with older adolescents and adults with a variety of presenting problems such as grief and loss, mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, psychosis, substance use, and trauma.     Ms. Logan believes that mental health is a lifelong journey and she is looking forward to being a part of yours. Ms. Logan has a special interest in couples and relationship therapy and has completed Levels 1 & 2 of the Gottman Method Therapy Training.

Taylor Masotta, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

As an undergraduate, Mr. Masotta received a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from Andrew’s University. During his studies, he became particularly interested in the strong connection between exercise and mental health. After his time at Andrew’s, Taylor received two Master’s Degrees from Washington Adventist University in both Counseling Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Mr. Masotta's approach to counseling is to treat each individual with the utmost respect while providing a safe-space for each client to realize and fulfill their potential to thrive. Each individual has their own unique story; therefore, treatment is uniquely molded to fit the needs of each client.

Jennifer Peterson, LGPC
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor

Ms. Peterson received her Masters degree from McDaniel College and is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor. Jennifer specializes in helping clients with anxiety, depression, emotional eating disorders, ADHD, and life transitions by using a client centered, compassionate, and holistic approach. Ms. Peterson utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills, including Mindfulness. She is passionate about helping her clients incorporate healthy living skills as they pertain to the mind/body connection and emotional healing. She is dedicated to helping others realize that healing is possible no matter how long they’ve struggled and invites you to reach out and take that first step towards fulfillment.

Ashly Pruitt, LGPC
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor

Ashly Pruitt, LGPC is a licensed therapist who provides counseling services to adolescents and adults. Ms. Pruitt earned her Master of Science (M.S.) degree from the University of West Alabama and her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree at Mississippi University for Women.
Ms. Pruitt has experience working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including juvenile detention center, outpatient clinics, and private practices. She has worked with a variety of presenting problems such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, psychosis, gender dysphoria, and ADHD.
Ms. Pruitt is a compassionate, person-centered therapist who encourages her clients to flourish in the environment in which they live. She applies methods of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
"You are the pilot of your life, and I, as a therapist, am merely a passenger to assist you through life turbulences." -Ashly Pruitt, LGPC

Gabrielle Shirdon, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Gabrielle is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional specializing in complex and attachment trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, anxiety, addiction and relationship issues in adults. She also works with adolescents and couples. She is a graduate of McDaniel College with a Masters in Counselor Education and Community Mental Health. She has her basic training certificate in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She uses a combination of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills and techniques and EMDR to promote change and mental wellness. Gabrielle meets clients where they are in their mental health journey. She provides a nonjudgmental, calm, supportive atmosphere. 

Marie Sheila Tate, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified

Ms. Tate is a graduate of Chamberlain University in Virginia where she received Masters degree in Nursing; and Regis College in Massachusettes where she received her Masters degree in Advanced Practice Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).  
Ms. Tate has experience working with all age groups and a wide range of mental health issues.



Taylor Wright
Intern - Master's of Social Work Candidate

Ms. Wright is a Master’s of Social Work Candidate at University of Maryland and working as an intern under two of our fully licensed therapists. She is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and has extensive experience working with neurodiverse individuals and veterans. She previously provided Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to children and adolescents. As a provider, Ms. Wright uses a client-centered approach to help you make a path forward. She also provides psychoeducation and uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques as adjunct therapies. Ms. Wright has experience working with individuals with a history of trauma, depression, anxiety, and ADHD. 

Pam Stinnett
Intern - Master's of Social Work Candidate

Ms. Stinnett is a Master’s of Social Work Candidate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and working as an intern under two of our fully licensed therapists. Ms. Stinnett uses a strengths-based approach to work together with clients in developing coping strategies that best fit their needs.  She also uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help clients identify negative thinking, challenge situations more clearly, and respond to them more effectively.  Ms. Stinnett believes working together with clients is the best way to promote mental wellness.


If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of our providers please call the office at 240-575-9688 and someone will return your call within 1 business day. 

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