Now hiring rockstar licensed therapists!
Our Dunkirk location is looking for sparkly, awesome clinicians! Flexible schedules, excellent pay, admin support, and free mentoring are just some of the perks of being part of the EC team.
Interested in becoming one of our Dunkirk Counselors? We’d love to connect with you!
Send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch!
EMPOWERED CONNECTIONS – DUNKIRK COUNSELORS
Seeing adult women & teen girls starting at age 14 & LGBTQ+ members in person and virtually in the state of Maryland
Tiffany is a Maryland girl who has resided in Calvert County the last 10 years. She has 2 children; a spunky son and a fierce daughter. She recently adopted a cat, Nala, to add to the family. As an animal lover, she is lookingto add some more to the family soon.
Tiffany graduated with a Master of Arts in Psychology from American Public University. She then did her clinical hours at a local hospital as well as traveled to Texas for intensive Master courses in Counseling. Throughout her working experience she has worked with people of all ages and populations. She has experience in child welfare and public and private mental health. She has found a passion working with young girls, teenage girls, and adult women as she likes to help them feel empowered through strengths based practice and cognitive behavioral therapy. She is ready to help you conquer your treatment goals and is particularly passionate about working with women & teen girls who are struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma and domestic violence.
In her downtime, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, and has found a new passion of gardening (although she admits she doesn’t know much about it). She is known to be a little bit of a risk taker; listing off things anywhere from not following recipes (who doesn’t love more garlic?) to skydiving. However, she does have a calmer side too which involves enjoying a good book or movie on the couch.
We’re here for a reason. I believe that reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. – Whoopi Goldberg
Seeing adult women & girls 15-18 in Maryland both in person & virtually
Clinical Supervisor for our Bethesda Office
Dawn is a Maryland girl and has spent the last 22 years residing in Calvert County with her husband of 20 years, 2 children ages 18 and 16 along with 2 terribly naughty but lovable dogs. She is both humbled and proud to be serving the community she loves.
Dawn received her MSW from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1996 and brings more than twenty-five years of experience to the practice. Her professional experiences range from child welfare, public and private mental health, and school social work. She has a wealth of experience providing individual and family therapy in various practice settings. Her practice philosophy is one that focuses on empowering client’s to be brave and make positive life choices. She sees the therapeutic process as a partnership and opportunity to help her clients take better care of themselves.
Dawn works with women and high school aged girls (15 and up) as well as the LGBTQ+ community who face challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, grief and loss, and relationship difficulties. She is passionate about working from a strength’s-based perspective and walking along side each client in their personal therapeutic journey. She believes that emotional wellness is a commitment that women should make to themselves and see as a priority.
When Dawn is not working she enjoys spending time with her family. Her happy place is found in the sunshine and the salty air. She loves taking trips to National Parks and exploring new places with her family and friends. She and her husband can often be found enjoying time on their newest boating adventure. Her most favorite thing is a good cup of coffee!
Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up. – Brene Brown
Seeing girls and teen girls 8 to 18
Now seeing clients in person and/or video sessions, within the state of Maryland
NaQuita was born and raised in Calvert County, Maryland. She is a new mom, a seasoned fur mom and soon to be wife. She completed her bachelor’s degree at UMBC as a psychology major with a minor in gender and women’s studies. NaQuita has always valued youth and empowering them to be their best selves. This passion has led NaQuita to create a nonprofit to support the growth and development of youth within the county.
NaQuita is passionate about working with girls, teen girls, and the LGBTQ+ community. She offers genuine service and down to earth treatment interventions. She looks forward to collaborating with clients to develop the treatment that will best serve their needs. Using cognitive behavioral therapy, empowerment therapy, and a strengths-based approach, NaQuita hopes to see all of her clients reach their treatment goals and beyond.
She has years of experience working with girls and teen girls who have experienced trauma, wrestled with depression, felt the grip of anxiety and wandered the path of self discovery. She is seeing her clients in person and/or virtually, with any girl or teen girl in the state.
NaQuita is a member of the Beyhive. She enjoys burritos with all the fixings and dancing the nights away. She is a former rugby player and cheerleader because there is no limit to what a lady can do.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. – Maya Angelou
Seeing teen girls, young women & LGBTQ+ members virtually in both Maryland and Washington DC
Francesca is a Northern Virginia native. She has close ties across the DMV and frequents Maryland and DC often. She received her Masters of Social Work from Columbia University in New York City, NY. Francesca is licensed to practice in both Maryland and Washington, DC. She is trained in a variety of modalities, including TF-CBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness practices, and play therapy.
Francesca has experience working with children, teens, and adults from all walks of life. She has worked in schools, outpatient clinics, hospitals and residential settings. Francesca has treated clients experiencing a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, mood disorders, among others. Francesca is passionate about working with girls and teen girls (ages 8 to 18) to help them build confidence and emotional intelligence and her years of experience working with this age group has positioned her to be a powerhouse of change for them.
She is super passionate about working with high achieving teen girls who are athletes and/or academic rock stars and are struggling with overwhelm and anxiety. She strongly believes in the power of building genuine connections with girls and teen girls, empowering them through respect, compassion and a strengths-based approach. Francesca strives to be a positive change agent and seeks to empower her clients to be positive forces for change in their own lives.
Francesca enjoys taking road trips and spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys taking hikes and getting lost (but not too lost) in the beauty of nature. Whenever possible, Francesca loves to travel around the world and experience new cultures and worldviews. If nothing adventurous is on the table, Francesca is also more than happy to be a couch potato and enjoy a quiet day at home relaxing and recharging.
Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time. – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Rochelle was born in Ohio but grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Prince George’s county until she moved to Charles county in 2004 with her family.
It is her love for people and her passion for customer service that drives her desire to serve others in a way that ensures that each and every client is well taken care of.
As a former Cosmetologist turned business owner and manager of more than 5 Salons and spas over the past 19 years, Rochelle feels compelled to BE the difference in the lives of those she meets and she is committed to elevating the customer experience for every client, every time!
Her daily goal is to leave our clients better than she found them by giving them more than what they expected!
Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain. – Vivian Green
Norrisa was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Prince Georges County’. Norrisa’s love for family and people lead her to open her own daycare that she owned & operated from 2004-2011.
Being a mom of 3 daughters, Empowered Connections’ core values and mission really resonated with her resulting in her seeking out full time employment with Empowered Connections.
Norrisa has a combined 26 years of outstanding customer service, but what sets her apart is her compassion, empathy and desire to be the very best version of herself possible.
Her daily goal is to intreat everyone who she comes in contact with, the ways she would want her own daughters to be treated, with kindness, understanding and imparting knowledge into them, empowering them to utilize these tools to aspire to greatness!
Not having the best situation, but seeing the best in your situation is the key to happiness. – Marie Forleo
Deborah Duley, LCSW-C
No longer accepting clients
Deborah is the founder and creator of Empowered Connections, LLC. She is a survivor of domestic violence both in her family of origin and in a subsequent marriage: because of these traumatic experiences, she has dedicated her life to advocating for women rights and the empowerment of girls. She is working diligently to provide our communities of women and girls with real therapeutic support and empowerment by opening locations of Empowered Connections across the country. Each location has been specially designed to create a warm, safe place for all women and girls & each therapist has been specially chosen because they embody the mission and values of Empowered Connections. She believes that women and girls have been left out and left behind for long enough: it is her mission and life’s purpose to create those connections that they have always needed and craved in order to empower them to live that life they’ve always dreamed of!
A girl should be 2 things: who and what she wants. – CoCo Chanel
Our mascot and therapy dog Bailee is a 7 year old Welsh Pembroke Corgi.
She loves lounging, car rides, pettings and Starburst but she hates brushing, baths and bananas (weird).
Bailee also loves to accompany Deborah to the office providing love and affection if needed by clients.
She is from an Amish family in Pennsylvania but enjoys living in the Atlanta area with her family and 8 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