Licensed Counselors

James A. Stafford, MA, LCPC-Not taking new clients

– Owner

As a recovering drug addict and alcoholic who has been clean for over 35 years, he deals effectively with almost all types of addiction issues, men’s issues, all types of addiction counseling, couples and marriage counseling, adjustment disorders, mood disorders and issues of faith. Jim has successfully treated patients with various personality disorders including NPD, and Borderline Disorders. He is also experienced in treating clients with psychotic issues and symptoms from Schizophrenia, severe major depression and Bi Polar Disorders. He is certified and trained in Schema and EMDR therapy to help treat victims of trauma, rape or sexual assault, and those suffering from PTSD.

He believes that most treatment and counseling is not meant to be long term, he believes in short term, goal oriented, solution focused counseling. He wants to give the client effective tools to return to a normal life as soon as possible. There are some special circumstance that do warrant long term counseling. He received his BA in Business Management form Salisbury State College, his master’s degree in Christian Counseling & Discipleship from Capital Bible Seminary, and received his Professional Counseling license from Liberty University. He worked for a marketing company for over 15 years and later became a congregational care pastor for 9 years at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. He believes the experience he has in various fields allows him to successfully treat a wide spectrum of clients that walk into his office. He is also a Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.


Jessica Landis, M.Ed., LCPC, NCC

Jessica received her B.S. in Psychology in 1991 and her M.Ed. in Counseling in 1998 from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taken additional coursework at Loyola University, Goucher College, and Anne Arundel Community College along the way. She has over 23 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She began her career as a counselor in the area of community mental health and supported adult clients with severe and persistent mental illness in a supportive housing environment where they could learn basic skills of daily living to be able to successfully function individually within their community. She provided case management support by helping her clients navigate benefit acquisition (such as SSI, SSDI, Medical Assistance and housing), establish medical and mental health management, and by providing healthy opportunities to socialize with others. Jessica also had the opportunity to supervise the daily program management of 25 clients who lived within the supportive housing environment.

While Jessica worked in community mental health she returned to school to earn her M.Ed. in Counseling to be able to work with children in the school setting. She had the opportunity to counsel briefly in the Pittsburgh Public School system before she moved to Maryland and began her work as a Professional School Counselor with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools from 2001 – 2013. Jessica is a Maryland Certified K – 12 School Counselor. In 2013 she decided to step away from full-time work in the schools to be able to focus on the work of being a full-time mom. Jessica earned her LCPC in 2013 and after a year of being a full-time mom she began part-time work as a counselor at Anne Arundel Counseling. Additionally, she worked part-time as a counselor at The Center for Counseling Arts when she lived in Pittsburgh.

She is experienced in dealing with anxiety, depression, Postpartum Depression, grief, life transitions, relationship issues, including pre-marital and marital work, stress and school related issues. She believes that the path towards wellness is multifaceted and can include exploration of mental, spiritual and physical health.


Samantha J. Klunk, M.Ed., LCPC – Maternity Leave

Samantha received her Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Psychology from Dominican College of Blauvelt, NY in 2012, and her Masters in Counselor Education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2014. While completing her Masters, Samantha was able to gain experience counseling students in a high school setting. Samantha has received training in trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, and crisis management strategies.

As a clinician, Samantha has experience providing solution focused therapy to patients experiencing acute mental health crises and comorbid disorders. Samantha has successfully assisted patients with addiction disorders, anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorder, Depression, psychotic disorders, PTSD, somatoform disorders, and personality disorders.

Samantha’s true passion is working with individuals to assist with the connection of the mind, body, and spirit. She thoroughly enjoys assisting individuals improve their lives and fully develop to their own potential.


Ashlee (Nikki) Young, MS, LCPC – Video Only beginning 10/28/19

Nikki has worked in a variety of counseling settings, where she has experience working with individuals (children, adolescents, and adults), couples, families, and groups. She especially has training and experience working with child and adult survivors of trauma/abuse. Nikki specializes in, but not limited to, the following: depression, anxiety, panic, domestic violence, sexual assault, trauma, substance abuse, addictions, grief, loss, life transitions/adjustments, self-esteem, relationships, codependency, women’s issues, and goal-setting.

Nikki embraces a holistic therapeutic model, addressing mind, body, and spirit. She strongly takes into consideration and emphasizes the unique qualities of each of her clients and their individual needs. She guarantees a relaxing, non-judgmental, supportive therapeutic environment for her clients. Although generally a more person-centered approach is utilized, Nikki always challenges her clients to reach the goals they desire for themselves and sometimes takes on a more directive approach. Nikki is an eclectic psychotherapist, as she recognizes every client is different, therefore embraces the notion that one approach does not fit all. Nikki has passionately been in the counseling field since 2007 and loves what she does.


Terri Miller, MS, LCPC

Terri is new to the Annapolis area coming from Jacksonville Florida, where she has been practicing as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for several years. She earned her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts. Being part of a Naval family, Terri completed her undergraduate and graduate education while moving to different duty stations and raising her three children.

As the wife of a, now retired, Navy service member, Terri understands the unique challenges faced by our military families and is able to truly connect with them as they achieve their therapeutic goals. While much of her experience and training has been in counseling children and adolescents, Terri also has specialized education in counseling military families, dealing with issues of trauma and crisis stabilization.

Terri understands the importance of faith and spirituality in fostering hope and healing through counseling. She completed graduate clinical training at the Baptist Medical Center in the Pastoral Care Department. There she spent a year in their Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, which was an extensive interfaith educational experience. During her time as a counselor, Terri has helped clients with a wide range of mental illnesses from all age groups. She believes in a multidisciplinary and evidence-based approach to treatment to promote health and wellness for the person as a whole.

With this philosophy in mind, Terri understands the importance of treatment for mind, body, and spirit as it relates to each individual client’s life experiences as well as their cultural and spiritual beliefs. Terri is passionate about creating an open and judgment-free therapeutic atmosphere where clients can feel safe to work through their most difficult experiences so that they are able to move forward in their lives in a healthy way.


Dr. John Wirth, LCPC, LMHC, ICADC, MS, PhD
Video Only in Maryland

After growing up locally here in Edgewater, John completed his undergraduate and graduate education in South Florida. While working towards his MS degree, at Palm Beach Atlantic University, John was an Intern 12 – Step Counselor at the Hanley Center in addition to volunteering as a counselor at Christ Fellowship Church. John completed his PhD, with the American Academy of Clinical Sexology, and continued to work with the Hanley Center in their Psychology department where he was able to help those in recovery address their emotional triggers and underlying issues initiating their journey through the 12 Steps.

During his experience with rehab centers, church counseling centers and in private practice, John has had the pleasure of working with men and women of all ages from 18 years old up through retirement age. As a Christian Counselor, John believes that faith is an important part of the counseling process.

In healing mind, body and spirit all components must work together and be addressed for us to grow, thrive, learn and heal as we go through life’s experiences. As an LCPC and LMHC in both Maryland and Florida, John utilizes Rational Emotive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy in addition to teaching a variety of healthy coping skills to enable clients to break free from old negative patterns and implement healthier coping mechanisms as they move forward toward their goals.


Carol K. Stewart, MSW, NCC, LGPC

Carol is a licensed pastoral counselor and social worker. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Catholic University in 2000. She completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Pastoral Counseling in 2011 and is currently working to complete her doctorate in Pastoral Counseling, Counselor Education and Training from Loyola University Maryland, with a dissertation focus on moral injury and spirituality.

Practicing since: 2000
Issues: trauma, moral injury, PTSD, grief and loss, depression, anxiety
Special populations served: military, adults, adolescents, individuals, couples, families
Disorders served: trauma, moral injury, PTSD, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss

Carol’s experience includes counseling individual adults and adolescents, couples and families.
She has worked with clients in numerous venues including the Army Chaplaincy Family Life Centers and the Alexandria, Virginia Department of Social Services. She has over 10 years of experience in child welfare having worked for the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect, the Federal Office of Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN), and serving as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), advocating for children in the foster care system. She served as the Chaplain Fellow for the Henry Jackson Foundation on the Suicide Care, Prevention, and Research (CPR) Initiative at Uniformed Services University.

Carol believes that attention to one’s spirituality (in whatever manner the client defines it) is an important component of physical and mental health. Using a combination of clinical and/or spiritual approaches, she seeks to journey with her clients as they work toward deeper self- understanding. Her goal is the creation of a safe space, open to grace, in which clients can explore obstacles to healing as well as tap into available physical, mental, and spiritual resources to strengthen health and resilience. She is also a military wife and military mom who is sensitive to the unique challenges faced by those dedicated to the service of our country.


Morgan Mahaffey, MA, LGPC

Morgan was born and raised in Maryland, but moved to St. Louis, Missouri to earn her M.A. in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary. While in Missouri, she worked in both a private practice setting and a non-profit agency. Morgan has experience working with individuals (children, adolescents, teens, and adults), couples, families, and groups. She has helped clients with depression, anxiety, life transitions/adjustments, codependency, self-esteem, grief/loss, divorce, and other areas.
Morgan is an EMDR therapist. She completed her EMDR training through the EMDR Training Center LLC, an EMDRIA approved training provider. In EMDR therapy, those dealing with PTSD, abuse, and other forms of trauma reprocess traumatic memories and decrease the distress caused by them. This type of therapy can be instrumental in helping clients find healing from some of the most painful moments in their lives.

Morgan believes each client is unique and thus treatment is not one-size-fits-all. She operates from an eclectic therapeutic model, with an emphasis on a person-centered approach. She prioritizes safety and trust in the counseling relationship and helps clients recognize their own strengths and autonomy. Morgan seeks to help clients work through their current issues and grow in their abilities to handle challenges that arise in the future.


Intern
George Forsythe, BS, CAC-AD

George is a life-long Maryland resident. He earned his Associates of Arts in Human Services from Anne Arundel County Community College and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Addictions and Recovery from Liberty University. Currently, George is a graduate student seeking a Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Counseling from Divine Mercy University with an anticipated graduation date in August 2020. George has completed an intensive addictions course with Catholic Charities in DC and additional specialized addictions related courses in his five years as a substance abuse counselor. George is certified as a Field Traumatologist through the Green Cross Academy. George is a Certified Associate Counselor-Alcohol and Drug (AC-AD) in the State of Maryland and has worked with people suffering substance abuse disorders in a residential and outpatient setting. He is currently employed as a substance abuse counselor in a residential facility when not working at Bay Area Christian Counseling as a clinical intern.
George was a Maryland State Trooper from 1985 until he retired in 2009. George worked as a detective, predominately undercover, for 23 of his 25 years of service. He has served in various narcotics task forces, the gang unit, special investigation units, the Baltimore City Warrant Unit, and a DEA Task Force (Violent Traffickers Initiative) in Baltimore City, in addition to his 3 years in patrol. George was also a team leader on the Maryland State Police Hostage Negotiation Team for 15 years during his career. George has a heart for police officers and other first responders. He has worked with first responders struggling with substance abuse and understands their unique relationship with issues such as suicidality, trauma, and stress.
George treats every client as a unique individual non-judgmentally. He takes a client centered approach focusing on a client’s strength using a diverse approach in therapy. George realizes many clients feel stuck in their particular problem and seeks to help them move beyond the issues faced and back to a productive life. He prides himself on his ability to work with any client seeking help no matter the race, religion, or sexual orientation.