Meet Sherry McClurkin, MS, LCPC .. Owner, Supervisor, Therapist
Sherry is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland
Master of Science from Loyola University Maryland’s clinically demanding Pastoral Counseling program
Work background in addictions treatment center, outpatient mental health clinics, and private practice
Member of professional organizations, and keeps current in the mental health field through conferences and continuing education
Our approach is Non-judging, Your Comfort is Priority
I have and guide my carefully selected Staff in a person-centered, strengths-based, trauma-informed clinical approach. This approach integrates cognitive and behavioral interventions with reality-testing, psycho-education, relationship skills, and empowerment to accomplish the overall goal of developing a clearer sense of self and healthy emotional boundaries. Specific methods are tailored to your needs, preferences, and personality.
All are Welcome
I lead by example. My maturity, passion for people who are hurting, and approach of compassion, empathy, and intuitive understanding blend together to create a safe, warm, therapeutic atmosphere and relationship.
Ultimately, I believe in inspiring healing; so we model healthy, restorative relationship with clients and focus on creating a therapeutic relationship that is authentic, consistent, and increases trust. This fits with our Christian foundation, which includes our openness to discuss faith and spirituality if you wish to and as led by you.
I am specially trained in BrainSpotting, an exciting and highly effective brain-based therapeutic tool that taps into our built-in resources and resilience.
Contact me. I’m happy to answer your questions and talk about your concerns.
P. S. In my personal life, I am involved in my community and live with a spoiled house cat and Reesie, our unofficial therapy dog (see below). I take Reesie with me pretty much everywhere I go and enjoy dog-focused activities.
My philosophy is all should have access to
quality mental health professionals.
And that is why we offer a variety of services
Meet Reesie .. unofficial Therapy Dog
Reesie is very friendly, loves people, and is a hypoallergenic Labradoodle. Reesie is Sherry's personal dog and comes to the office with Sherry. If you are in the building when Reesie is there, she's happy to interact with you if you wish to do so and is trained to give you space if you'd prefer her to stay away.
Reesie is Certified by the AKC as a Canine Good Citizen,
and she is Certified as a Novice Trick Dog
From the Alliance of Therapy Dogs .. "For many years, humans have been using dogs to assist in therapeutic settings because of their inherent ability to cheer up humans. Scientifically speaking, dogs have been proven to show empathy and sympathy for their human counterparts. These characteristics reveal themselves especially when someone is in emotional distress" .. and that's why she's there.
Meet Stephanie Kurtyka, LCPAT, LCPC, ATR-BC .. Art Therapist
Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist (LCPAT), a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC). Stephanie graduated with a Master's degree in Art Therapy from The George Washington University and works primarily with children, adolescents and young adults, ages 8-22. She incorporates a variety of modalities, such as Art Therapy (no prior art experience needed), Play Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy, while honoring each client's individual strengths and needs.
Creativity provides a direct, non-judgmental and safe path for tapping into your own unique and innate powers
for growth and healing
Stephanie works with clients to develop a sense of empowerment while utilizing mind-body awareness, self-regulation and relaxation techniques, coping skills, and social-skills training to reduce anxiety, process trauma, increase self-esteem, develop social skills, and provide an opportunity for creative expression.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys creating artwork, photography, reading, spending time with family, and walking her dogs (two cocker spaniels, Hamish and Piper).
Meet Tasha Branch, MA, LCPC .. Therapist
Tasha focuses on therapy as a relationship built on trust and acceptance. She creates and fosters a non-judgmental atmosphere and works with her clients to examine how addiction, trauma, broken relationships, difficult life transitions, and grief are impacting you.
Tasha's passion is to support you
through building a strong foundation to heal
Tasha views each concern holistically, examining how it's affecting job, home life, and relationships. She grows your awareness of how each impacts the other and guides you closer to wholeness as you define it.
Meet Angie Miller, MS, LGPC .. Associate Therapist
Angie's previous employment at the University of Baltimore working with students gave her opportunities to provide empathy and guidance on personal issues as students struggled to balance those with their studies. As an Associate Therapist, Angie expands on those skills and her focus to assist with work-life balance, sense of purpose, breaking through fears, and improving self-esteem.
Angie especially enjoys working with those who struggle
with anxiety and related challenges
In her free time, Angie is all about her young son, playing outside, and baking, knitting, and drawing. She is also a Marvel's Avengers enthusiast.
Meet Jasmine Rivera, MS, LGPC .. Associate Therapist
Jasmine is interested in the link between the creative arts and therapy to promote positivity, increase self awareness, and foster change in how an individual views themselves. Jasmine graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from McDaniel College which included a full internship with Salt and Light Counseling LLC. As an Associate Therapist, she's focusing on empowering others to improve relationships, navigate challenging life transitions, set and achieve life goals, and better understand their motivations and passions.
Jasmine's caring and unconditional acceptance is obvious
from the moment you meet her
In her free time, Jasmine is an accomplished dancer and dance instructor, and enjoys spending time with family, doodling, and a good cup of black coffee.
Meet Sandy Berry, LGPC .. Associate Therapist
Sandy's Clinical Mental Health Counseling internship in an addictions setting grounded her in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) which is highly effective with clients who never addressed a history of trauma. And Sandy has over 6 years of using CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and SFT (Solution Focused Therapy).
Sandy's calm presence supports her focus on assisting client's develop healthy coping skills
In her free time, Sandy is active in her church and community encouraging those in difficult situations.
Meet Lonna Soward, LGPC .. Associate Therapist
Lonna brings a wide variety of treatment approaches for individuals, couples, families, as well as group therapy including art therapy, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), person-centered, dance/movement therapy, expressive arts, interpersonal, mindfulness-based (MBCT), music therapy, and play therapy.
Lonna has a deep passion for helping others
attain their goals and live a more fulfilling life.
Lonna also enjoys her family and her dog.