Now hiring rockstar licensed therapists!
Our Leonardtown 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? We’d love to connect with you!
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EMPOWERED CONNECTIONS – LEONARDTOWN COUNSELORS
Seeing adult women & girls starting at age 8 & LGBTQ+ members in person and virtually in the state of Maryland
Community Outreach Coordinator
Kelly was born and raised in Delaware and attended the University of Delaware, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. While an undergraduate student, she realized the healing power of art-making, which led her to earn her Master’s in Art Therapy at George Washington University. While at GWU, she worked with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, adolescents in a partial hospitalization day program, underserved children at a therapeutic day school, and women and men struggling with addiction and domestic violence in Chennai, India. Shortly after marrying her husband and moving to Southern Maryland, Kelly began working as a therapist and sexual assault advocate at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Kelly has experience supporting individuals with depression, anxiety, and PTSD; and she is passionate about helping individuals through their loss, grief, and trauma. She has taken numerous LGBTQ+ trainings and workshops and has worked with dozens of LGBTQ+ individuals. Kelly has more than five years of experience supporting survivors of sexual assault in their journey to process and move forward from their trauma. She also has helped survivors of sexual trauma understand and navigate the legal system. She’d helped guide them to identify and take their best next steps, for example, reporting incidents to local authorities and acquiring a peace/protective order.
Kelly knows that every person has the potential to be their best selves, to discover the strengths they didn’t realize they had, and to understand themselves on a deeper level. Sometimes we just need someone to help guide us there! She also knows that some experiences, emotions, and thoughts cannot be communicated, understood, or processed verbally, which is why she loves using her expertise in Art Therapy as an alternative and complementary approach to talk therapy.
Kelly loves spending her time outside with her husband Scott and their two dogs, Phyllis and Leslie. She loves art making, fossil hunting, dancing, and going on walks with her family. She loves learning new art techniques, new hula hoop tricks, and new zumba moves!
If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces. – Shane Koyczan
Seeing adult women & LGBTQ+ members in-person or virtually through the state of Maryland
Also now seeing adult women & LGBTQ+ members virtually through the state of South Carolina
Emily is a Southern Maryland native who earned a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Psychology and English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Emily worked as a therapist in the Wellness Center at SMCM for seven years, providing individual therapy to students as they pursued their college education.
Emily’s experience includes supporting women with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and other traumas, as well as women seeking emotional support while adjusting to life changes and other stressors that can impact daily living. She has extensive experience working with members of the LGBTQ+ community and providing safe, inclusive, affirmative care in a non-judgemental environment.
Emily believes in the collaborative nature of therapy, the healing power of connection, and that everyone has within them the ability to heal and grow.
When Emily is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons. Emily has a passion for travel, spreadsheets, and ice cream. She can often be found exploring new hiking trails, collecting old books, and hanging out on or near the water.
Love yourself first and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. – Lucille Ball
Seeing girls starting at age 8 – 18, adult women & LGBTQ+ members in person and virtually in the state of Maryland
Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Arie was raised in Front Royal, Virginia. She is a citizen of both the United States and Canada. Arie earned a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Psychology at Virginia Tech. She enjoyed being a Hokie so much, she also earned her Master’s in Counseling from VT. Arie has experience working with young girls & teens in the realms of research and public school counseling, as well as working with adult women in different capacities. Additionally, she was a part of the student counseling team at Radford University.
Arie has experience working with a wide variety of diagnoses and mental health concerns. She is passionate about working with those who have experienced trauma. Arie uses her unique background to facilitate an understanding of the intersection of psychology and neuroscience in mental health.
Arie takes an eclectic approach to therapy while maintaining a person-centered philosophy. She believes no one size fits all and therapy should reflect that! She achieves individualized treatment through collaboration with her clients. She emphasizes empathy, authenticity, and unconditional positive regard in her practices. Arie knows that research supports the client-counselor relationship as the number one predictor of positive client outcomes in therapy. Arie consistently pours into her relationships with clients to create a safe and supportive environment for therapy.
Arie enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her boyfriend. Wherever she is, you can almost guarantee you’ll find her with her two dogs, Harper and Murphy. Throughout the pandemic, Arie adopted mushroom hunting as a major hobby. She is also enthusiastic about all plant life and prides herself on her green thumb. When she’s not outside exploring, you’ll find her reading or thrifting. And – of course – she is an avid lover of coffee!
Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it and make it the life you want to live. – Mae Jemison, first African American woman astronaut in space
Seeing girls, women & LGBTQ+ members in person & virtually in the state of Maryland
Jeanette was born and raised in St. Mary’s County, though she has a passion for traveling and is always planning her next trip. Jeanette earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland which afforded opportunities for travel, including a semester in Australia. She later earned her Master’s in Social Work from Salisbury University which included practical experience with addiction treatment, work with homeless and at-risk populations. She’s passionate about working closely with teen girls, our LGBTQ+ community members and also adult women up to age 40. Her infectious personality lends to her ability to build connections with her clients which is so vital to their ability to learn and grow!
Jeanette’s academic career included research on resilience, and she is excited to help her teen (and women too!) clients build resilience and meet all of life’s challenges with grace. She’s also passionate about working with women and girls who are struggling with grief and loss, anxiety, our LGBTQ+ community, depression and women’s issues.
When she’s not working Jeanette enjoys being active outdoors and can often be found hiking with her dog, Penny, helping out around her family’s farm, spending time with her horses, or beaching it with her boyfriend and 7-year-old stepson.
They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were seeds. – Dinos Christianopoulos
Seeings girls and teen girls ages 5 to 18 years old
Sarah is a Southern Maryland native who has recently returned to St. Mary’s County after several years in St. Louis, Missouri. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Loyola University in Baltimore.
Sarah has worked in inpatient, residential, and community-based settings supporting children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has experience treating girls and teen girls (ages 8 to 18) through art therapy experiencing a variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, and PTSD and is very passionate about helping them heal through creativity!
Sarah utilizes a person-centered approach and art therapy to help facilitate creative expression, growth, and healing. Her style is empathic and supportive, as well as honest and open-minded.
When not working, Sarah enjoys spending time with family, making art while listening to music, exploring with her kids, watching comedy with her husband, and working toward her new goal of becoming a Great British Bake Off–worthy amateur baker.
Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind. – Henry James
Seeing girls and teen girls ages 8 to 18 years old
Mindy was born and raised in Southern Maryland, but lived in both Towson and High Point, North Carolina while completing her bachelor’s degree. She now resides in St. Mary’s County with her husband, newborn daughter, and 8-year-old beagle. Mindy earned her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University in 2019 and her Bachelor’s Degree from Towson University in 2008.
Having worked for the local school system, Mindy is passionate about helping girls and teen girls (ages 8 to 18) with their social and emotional learning and processing. This background in education combined with her internship at a local hospital’s behavioral health unit has given Mindy a unique ability to connect with girls and teen girls from all walks of life dealing with a variety of concerns. Mindy believes in providing her clients with the support, kindness, and respect that they deserve.
Mindy enjoys spending time with her family whether it is at home or on an adventure some place new. She believes that nature is therapeutic and healing, so if she’s not working you’ll probably find her out exploring a local park, combing the beach for sea glass or going for a jog. Mindy also loves to travel, watch college basketball, play softball during the warmer months and hang out with her best girl, her beagle named Harper.
Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz
Seeing adult women & LGBTQ+ members ages 18 and up in person & virtually in the state of Maryland
Amanda has lived in Southern MD for the past 11 years, and recently became a resident of St. Mary’s county. She received her master’s degree from Bowie State University specializing in School Counseling. Amanda is licensed in the state of Maryland as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and has over 7 years of experience working with a diverse population. Amanda has worked with women to help them work through a variety of struggles including addiction, teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Amanda’s genuine and positive therapeutic style helps her clients feel heard during their counseling journey which helps empower them to continue building their strengths and goals. Amanda believes counseling is an individualized process and loves to help others grow and achieve self-awareness. Her specialized training in counseling with women has prepared her to work with adult women struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, postpartum depression and fertility issues. She’s excited to begin helping you live the best life you can, right now!
Amanda has two children, ages 8 and 2, and is married to her high school sweetheart. She enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, being out in nature, and reading. She often participates in local family friendly events and has a sincere passion to help others with their growth. Amanda is excited to work with adult women of all ages and our LGBTQ+ community.
You are always one decision away from a totally different life. – Mark Batterson
Seeing adult women & LGBTQ+ members ages 18 and up in person & virtually in the state of Maryland
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Certified First Responder Counselor
Jen is originally from Charles County, but has lived in St. Mary’s County for the last 16 years with her husband of 20 years and 4 children ranging in ages from 14-19. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1997 and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2000. She has been a social worker for 21years. Her professional experiences range from the mental health arena, medical social work and school social work.
Jen believes in making a positive difference in the lives of others each and every day and empowering women is essential in the therapeutic process. Jen works with women who face challenges such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual assault, domestic violence and other trauma. She is trained in CPT for PTSD and other trauma as well as CBT.
She is a strong advocate for those who have been victimized through dating violence and bullying.
Jen enjoys spending time with her family, looking for shark teeth on the local beaches, reading mystery/thriller books and anything outdoors! She has a very special dog that she will be bringing with her to sessions.
She will be working with women 19 and older as well as the LGBTQ+ community and is excited to walk this road with you: the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.
Promise me you’ll always remember you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – A.A. Milne
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
Our mascot and therapy dog Bailee is a 8 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 9 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