The Team | Empowered Connections | Specialized Counseling for Girls and Women

Our EC Team supporting our local Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk, Fall 2017



Jessica Jolly is originally from the greater Philadelphia area in Pennsylvania.   She received her MSW from West Chester University. She is currently a licensed certified clinical social worker in the state of Maryland. After graduating from her master’s program she moved to St. Mary’s County to join her husband in starting a career. Jessica has over five years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health field. She has also served in roles working with children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities and on the autism spectrum. She is passionate about utilizing a strengths based approach in assisting clients to overcome their unique challenges. Jessica embraces diversity in practice. She understands the nature ofsocial diversity with respect to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, and mental or physical disability. She has worked with individuals across the lifespan from aged six and up. Additionally, she is passionate about issues unique to women and strives to provide a compassionate and individualized therapy experience. She loves serving our LGBTQ+ community and considers herself an ally as well as an activist!  She has experience in treating symptoms of depression, anxiety, AD/HD, bipolar disorder, trauma & PTSD, anger, self-esteem and substance abuse issues. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and has past experience in assisting clients in crisis situations. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking the beautiful waters of the area.


Diane Crouse, a newcomer to Southern MD, is originally from Boston MA. She received her MSW from Bridgewater University and M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling with the Deaf from Northeastern University.

She has spent more than 25 years working with families, children and adults. She is fluent in ASL and has expertise working with Deaf children and their families, and parents of children with other special needs. Her practice has included clients with recovery issues, children of hoarders and survivors of dysfunctional families, as well as those experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD and low self-esteem. She has also worked with and advocated for survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing who experienced trauma, hearing loss and head injury.

Diane offers a strength based approach in a warm, supportive and empathic environment. Her approach is collaborative and flexible to assist each individual to achieve her goals and continue on her journey to a healthier and more contented life. She offers spiritually and religiously sensitive counseling and is respectful of each individual’s personal belief system in order to help them use that system to guide them through their current challenges.

Diane enjoys working with individuals who have a desire to address any problem which is causing discomfort or confusion in their lives. If you wish to improve self-esteem, overcome anxiety or depression and make healthier life choices she would love to meet with you.

Diane is licensed in the State of Maryland as an LCSW-C and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an LICSW. She volunteers as the coordinator of a Charles County food pantry and is a member of the Board of Directors of LifeStyles Inc., a social service agency which coordinates housing and services for the homeless in Charles and Saint Mary’s Counties.

Diane has been married for 32 years, and is proud to be the mother of two adult children and “Nah-Nah” to Drew and Caleb. She loves to quilt, travel and hosts a monthly book club.

If you are ready for a change in your life, you can reach Diane at:


Maria Battaglia-Perrygo is our Community Outreach Coordinator! She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and has made her home in St Mary’s County 17 years ago.  She is mom to two fabulous boys ages 27 and 13. Maria has been a fierce ally to the LBGTQ+ community since the age of 12.  Growing up in SF has taught her how important diversity, equality and love really is.  Maria is a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault and is an activist for women’s reproductive rights; she stands strong against all types of bullying. Her dream is to one day open a shelter for women and their children. Maria is community minded and loves Leonardtown, music and her friends.

If you have any community programs  you would like us to participate in, any sponsorships for great causes, etc. please contact Maria at or you can reach her at 301-690-0779, ext 704.


Deborah Duley was born and raised in Charles County, Maryland and has lived all over the country.  She earned her Bachelors in Social Work from Bowie State University and went on to earn her Masters in Social Work from Howard University in Washington DC.  She is licensed in the State of Maryland to practice social work and am currently practicing social work under the supervision of ASWB’s board-certified Supervisor Donna Bennett, LCSW-C. Additionally, she is a certified Stepfamily Foundation counselor and a trained divorce & custody mediator.  She is also am trained in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).

Deborah is the founder and owner of the counseling practice Empowered Connections LLC, located in the heart of beautiful historic Leonardtown, Maryland and the facilitator of the therapy program “10 Sessions to Better Self-Esteem.”  She has over 25 years of experience working with women in many capacities such as activist, domestic violence counselor, and crisis interventionist. She is a regular contributor to the popular website, where she offer solutions to the anxiety most of us experience in our lives, a regular writer in the local women’s magazine, Southern Maryland Woman, Health Magazine and has been featured in other national magazines.

As the “women’s therapist,” she is passionate about working with women, teen girls and our LGBTQ+ community! She integrates her knowledge of mental health issues and her life experiences to assist them in increasing their self-esteem, decrease anxiety & depression symptoms and tackle a whole host of personal issues that women struggle with. Not only has she educated herself on how to help women, she has walked the walk … her life hasn’t been perfect.  Far from it!  She struggled for years with boundaries, choosing the wrong people to love, feeling lost and alone and making terrible choices.  She’s been there!

She is a proud mom of a 16-year-old son and the lucky stepmother to two beautiful young women; Deborah is happily remarried!  She loves to cook, read, travel and hang with her husband whenever they can.   She has worked very hard to get here and understand firsthand how effective therapy can be if you are willing to do the work.  She is on your journey with you to help you reach your full potential!  You can contact Deborah directly at or call 301-690-0779.




As of October 1st, Morgan is no longer accepting clients. Morgan Cohen was born and raised in a small town in Virginia and spent most of her teenage years growing up in Orlando, Florida. After high school, she moved to Jacksonville Florida to attend college at the University of North Florida where she received her Bachelors in Psychology. She then went on to receive her Masters of Social Work from Florida State University. She is currently a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the state of Maryland and has been working with children and families for the last 5 years. She is a certified case manager in the state of Florida where she has received specialized training in assessing the needs and safety of abused and neglected children. She has received training in helping survivors of domestic violence, TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and play therapy.  She is also a certified Functional Family therapist. She is passionate about working with young girls and teen girls from ages 8-18.  She has experience working with girls who are battling symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, trauma, abuse, defiant behaviors, low self-esteem, and self-harming behaviors. She also has experience helping families with delinquent children, communication problems and dysfunctional family dynamics. She loves helping others and listening to your story! She has dedicated her career to helping your daughter reach their full potential! She is currently a military spouse residing in Lexington Park with her hubby, 5 month old daughter and two feisty Labradoodles. You can reach Morgan directly at or 301-690-0779.

Our mascot and therapy dog Bailee is a 2 & 1/2 year old Welsh Pembroke Corgi. She loves lounging, car rides, pettings and Starburst but she hates brushing, baths and bananas (weird). She loves to accompany Deborah to the office providing love and affection if needed by clients. She is from an Amish family in Pennsylvania but loves living in Southern Maryland with her family and 3 year old Corgi brother Toby.

“She was unstoppable. Not because she didn’t have a painful past, doubts or failures, but because she lifted herself up despite them.”

― Leslie Cassidy

Where your story is OUR story!


Contact Us

Deborah Duley, MSW, LGSW & Associates Phone: 301-690-0779  |  Fax: 443-407-4455  |  Email: Address: 41650 Courthouse Drive, Suite 301 / PO Box 2456, Leonardtown MD 20650

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