Our Staff

Trauma creates change you DON’T choose. Healing is about creating change you DO choose.

-Michelle Rosenthall

A.J. Wagner, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor

A.J. is EMDR trained and specializes in trauma. She has an interest in working with children, adolescents, and adults. She wants to support those who are focused on healing, growing, and overcoming both past and present obstacles. A.J. is completing her first year at Trauma Training Consortium. To reach A.J. directly, please email aj@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or call 301-304-7108 x 822.


Amanda Garner, LMSW, CTP

Amanda is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Certified Trauma Professional (CTP). She has 5 years of experience in medical and mental health agencies working with diverse populations in health care, community-based, and clinical treatment settings. Amanda specializes in working with individuals’ across the lifespan experiencing a wide range of issues including trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, complex medical diagnoses, and grief and end-of-life issues. Amanda’s focus and goal in the therapeutic relationship is to compassionately join individuals’ in their healing journey and understand their unique experience. Amanda is trained in EMDR and utilizes a person-centered approach focusing on creating an empathetic, warm, and collaborative therapeutic environment. Amanda is an LGBTQIA+ affirming practitioner

Contact information:


301-304-7108 x 808

Callie Hildreth, CSW

Callie is a clinical social worker who believes every person has the power to create a life they enjoy. She has extensive training in various trauma-focused and informed treatments. Callie is currently working to become certified in EMDR. Her experience includes working with survivors of child abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. She is an LGBTQIA affirming therapist and trauma-informed yoga teacher.

Contact information:


301-304-7108 x 821

Claudia Hernandez, LGPC, NCC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor

Claudia is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) and National Board Certified Counselor (NCC). She has 9 years of experience working in the mental health field. In addition to her mental health background, Claudia is fluent in both Spanish and English. She is experienced in both individual and group therapy, in various environments such as schools and residential settings, and has worked with non-profit organizations to help teens and adults with severe mental illnesses. Claudia has worked with individuals suffering from many mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, OCD, and body image disorders and often incorporates mindfulness strategies into her sessions. Claudia has an interest in working with youth (ages 12+) and adults. She is trained in EMDR, DBT, and CBT modalities which guide her sessions. Claudia can be contacted at Claudia@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 ext. 817.

Colleen Crisafulli, LCSW-C, CCTP

Colleen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) that has been working in the mental health field for over 5 years. Colleen aims to bolster client strengths in creative and unique ways, while seeking to empower personal growth. Colleen has experience treating diverse populations that have experienced trauma. Other areas of treatment include depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, attachment, helping families navigate the adoption/foster care system, OCD, and body image-related issues

Mission Statement – Cultivating healing through self-compassion, self-love, and personal growth.

Colleen can be contacted at colleen@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 ext. 813.

Dante Brown, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor 

Dante is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and National Board Certified Counselor (NCC) with in-depth experience in crisis management, individual, family and group therapy. He is trained in EMDR, TF-CBT and DBT. Using these interventions as well as mindfulness, he works with mood instability, behavior issues, trauma, anxiety, and managing difficult life transitions. Dante has provided therapeutic services in a variety of settings including private practice, K-12 public schools, and residential treatment programs. Recognizing that everyone must learn to live with life challenges, he aims to empower clients to work through there challenges. Dante can be reached at dante@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 x 807.

Elizabeth Forbes, LGPC

Elizabeth is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in Maryland. She brings many years of experience working with teens, specifically in the school setting. She has a passion working with children and adults affected by trauma. Her area of expertise is teens and adults, but she has a desire to work with younger children. She works with individuals dealing with trauma, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship concerns, and stress management. Elizabeth is working towards becoming EMDR trained.

Contact Information:


301-304-7108 x 819

Heather Smith, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
Heather Smith is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in Maryland. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide array of issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship difficulties, and self-harming behaviors. She has special interest in working with adolescents, young adults, and individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community who struggle with transitional life difficulties. Heather can be reached at heather@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 x 810.

Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Jamie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She has worked in the mental health field for 10 years. She has experience with a wide range of issues including PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief and behavioral issues. She has interest in working with teens (age 15+) and adults. She specializes in Borderline Personality Disorder, attachment and complex PTSD with a passion for helping individuals learn and incorporate healthy skills to create a life worth living. She is trained in DBT and Neurofeedback and EMDR certified. She currently leads a DBT skills group for women (ages 18+). In addition, Jamie is the site supervisor for the Urbana office and also provides EMDR consultation to other clinicians. She can be contacted at jamie@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 ext 806.

Kaitlin Kennedy, LCSW-C

Clinical Social Worker

Kaitlin is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical.  She brings extensive experience to the team treating children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma.  Kaitlin is trained in EMDR Therapy and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy).  She offers treatment for depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, behavioral issues and family therapy. Kaitlin can be reached at kaitlin@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 x 803.

Krista Bajgier LMSW, MEd

Licensed Master Social Worker and a Restorative Justice Practitioner

Krista is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Restorative Justice Practitioner. She has experience with mood disorders, behavioral challenges, sexual and developmental trauma and PTSD. She has counseled clients across the lifespan and primarily supports adolescents and young adults. She has worked in individual and group therapy formats across school, out-patient, and residential treatment settings. She often integrates restorative practice work in parent coaching in order to support youth empowerment and allyship. She is formally trained in EMDR, DBT, IFS, and studies a wide range of other modalities for an eclectic approach to individual counseling. Her co-therapist is a whiteboard named Dolores. Krista can be reached at 301-304-7108 ext 809 or krista@traumaspecialistsofmd.com

Lynn Davis, LGPC, NCC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor

Lynn is a licensed graduate professional counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor. She is formally trained in EMDR, ITR (instinctual trauma response) and neurofeedback, with extensive experience working with individuals experiencing crises. Knowing that healing is not only possible, it is probable, Lynn is passionate about supporting the wellbeing and growth of clients who have experienced trauma. Lynn works with adults of all ages and backgrounds, and provides neurofeedback for children, youth, and adults. Lynn can be reached at lynn@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 ext 804.

Marlee Bardenett, LPC, NCC

Marlee works with children and teens who are facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship concerns. She strives to create a safe, warm environment where children and teens who are having difficulties connecting with family and friends can build healthy connections. Marlee has experience working with teens experiencing significant mental health crises in a partial hospitalization setting. She has experience working with teens experiencing self harming thoughts and behaviors and suicidal thoughts. Marlee uses a psychodynamic and attachment-based approach to meet her clients where they are at. Marlee is EMDR trained and is also working toward her certification in Humanistic Sandtray Therapy. She enjoys using creative approaches to support her clients because sometimes words can be difficult or insufficient. Marlee is LGBTQIA+ affirming.
Marlee can be contacted at marlee@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 ext 815.

Rachel Harrison, LCPC, NCC

Founder & Clinical Director

I talk to people everyday who are facing difficult challenges in life, both past and present. If this is you, I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and work together to create a plan for therapy that will lead to feeling better and to the resolution of your past difficulties. I offer individual and family therapy to address issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and relational issues. I specialize in EMDR Therapy, the integration of spirituality and psychology, and those touched by the circle of adoption. In addition, I am a
Neurofeedback practitioner.
Treating trauma is my specialty both for children and adults. I often use EMDR therapy, which I have found to work very well for many clients and it is a research based therapy. Currently, I am an approved consultant and trainer in EMDR Therapy. I also offer Alpha-Stim treatment.
I specialize in working with those who have been touched by the circle of adoption, including individuals who have been adopted, adoptive families, and birth families. Each of these groups require specific knowledge and treatment to obtain effective results. In addition, I periodically offer groups for adoptive moms.

Ruthann McFadden, LCSW

Ruthann is Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of clinical experience within medical settings to include: hospitals, dialysis clinics, hospice, and long-term care settings, and mental health clinics. Ruthann worked with diverse populations in including children, adults, individuals with disabilities, families, groups, and those within the geriatric population. She is experienced in working with a wide range of issues to include anxiety, depression, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, life transitions, complex medical diagnosis/challenges, grief/loss, and end of life issues. Ruthann has compassion for everyone’s journey towards healing and believes each person’s experience is unique. Ruthann is empathic, intuitive, and creative. Ruthann works from a cognitive-behavioral and a strengths perspective approach and is in the process of becoming trained in EMDR therapy.

Contact information:

To reach Ruthann, please email ruthann@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or call 301-304-7108 x 824

Santana Daugherty, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor

Santana is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor that has experience working with mood, thought, and anxiety disorders in teens and adults. She is EMDR trained and LGBTQIA+ affirming. Before working with Trauma Specialists of Maryland, Santana was a therapist on an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team in Baltimore City. Santana can be reached at santana@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-301-7108 x 814.


Sarah Martin, LCPC, NCC

Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland and a Board Certified Counselor (through NBCC). Sarah has over 8 years of experience working in the mental health field. Sarah has extensive experience working with diverse individuals of all ages and families who have experienced trauma. She is passionate about helping individuals cope with medical trauma as well as helping families navigate adoption and the foster care system. Sarah is trained in EMDR, Neurofeedback, and offers Alpha-Stim treatment. Sarah can be reached at 301-304-7108 x 805 or sarahm@traumaspecialistsofmd.com.


Sarah Smith, LCSW-C

Clinical Social Worker

Everyone has strength, courage and resilience; trauma often obscures our connection to them. Sarah has been supporting trauma survivors for over 15 years. She has extensive experience working with women’s issues, interpersonal violence, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Sarah is licensed in the State of Maryland as a Licensed Certified Social Worker, Clinical (LCSW-C) and is Certified in EMDR therapy through EMDRIA. Additionally, Sarah is the site supervisor for the Frederick office and provides EMDR consultation to other professionals. She is LGBTQIA+ affirming and welcomes those individuals into therapy. To reach Sarah, email sarah@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or call 301-304-7108 ext 802.

Sheri Tydings, LCSW-C

Sheri is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C). Sheri believes we are all on a journey to become our ideal version of ourselves and offers a therapeutic environment that is safe and supportive to help you navigate that journey successfully. She enjoys working with teens and adults who may be experiencing life transitions, relationship conflicts, or issues with depression, anxiety, trauma, or self-esteem. She uses a client centered approach and is also trained in EMDR. She also enjoys working with people who wish to incorporate their faith/spirituality into the therapy process.

Contact information:

Email sheri@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or call 301-304-7108 x 823.

Lindsey Meekins

Lindsey Meekins has worked with youth and families since 2001. She has had varied experiences with this population including a crisis and suicide hotline, in-home behavioral technician for youth with Autism, coordinating services for children and adults with developmental disabilities, and facilitating teams for youth with mental health diagnoses. The last eight years have seen her in the community, working with families in their homes. Lindsey has formed strong partnerships with agencies, including the Department of Social Services and the Department of Juvenile Services, and individuals across the state of Maryland and continues to advocate for strong transition and community programs for transitional age youth. She also has formed relationships across the educational setting, mentor programs, core service agencies and community based social groups. Her current focus is on the development of a transitional grant project for Sheppard Pratt Health System. V.O.I.C.E.S. (Valuing Opportunity in Individualized Care by Empowering with Strengths) is a federally grant funded transition program aimed at easing the difficulties of transition out of a residential treatment center. The program currently serves youth exiting Mann Residential Treatment Center in Towson, MD and The Jefferson School in Jefferson, MD. Lindsey can be reached at lindsey@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 x816.

Andrea Cordell-Proper, Counseling Intern

Andrea has over a decade of experience working with families during the reproductive years. She specialized in supporting clients navigating pregnancy, birth, and perinatal mood disorders and loss. She takes a non-judgmental, and eclectic therapeutic approach tailored to the individual or family. Andrea aims to provide a collaborative, supportive, and empowering environment for self-growth and healing. In 1996, Andrea graduated from Towson State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and communication disorders. She is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling at Hood College. Andrea can be reached at andrea@traumaspecialistsofmd.com, 301-304-7108 x 818

Whitney Dahlberg, Counseling Intern

Whitney is a graduate level intern in the Art Therapy Program at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Prior to her studies, Whitney was an entrepreneur in the retail art industry for 17 years. Through her business, she co-founded an annual arts based event which raised tens of thousands of dollars for local charities through community outreach. She is passionate about art as a tool for communication and the healing power of the creative process. Whitney can be reached at whitney@traumaspecialistsofmd.com.

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