We are pleased to announce that Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nkechi Achinanya, is available to see patients for medication management in Maryland beginning August 18th.  She will have availability to see clients ages 12+ in person on Fridays at our Ballenger Creek location and via telehealth on Mondays.  Please complete the appointment request form if you have an interest in medication management.  As always, our Intake Specialist can assist with any additional questions you may have 301-304-7108 opt. 1.

If you are unable to get through using our main phone number, you may contact our Maryland Google Voice line ‪(301) 323-8015 or reach out via email.

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Art Therapy

Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.

Through integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience, and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation. (AATA, 2017)

To learn more, please visit: https://arttherapy.org/about-art-therapy/

Art Therapy Clinicians

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Marlee Bardenett, LPC, NCC

Whitney Dahlberg


Elizabeth Forbes, LGPC

Whitney Dahlberg

Whitney is a Licensed Graduate Professional Art Therapist. As an art therapist, she is trained in traditional counseling techniques with a specialization in art modalities.Through art making and dialogue, she pays special attention to the experiences of our mind-body connection utilizing a holistic, process-oriented perspective and works from an individualized, strengths-based, trauma-informed lens. She seeks to provide a visual channel through meaning-making to safely express and navigate obstacles to healing. Engaging in the process of art itself can improve self-esteem, increase emotional self-efficacy, and facilitate an individual sense of identity.

Whitney is an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist who creates an environment of safety, trust, and respect for her clients. She has worked with individuals of all ages experiencing grief, depression, anxiety, medical diagnosis, and trauma. She is passionate about art as a tool for communication and the healing power of the creative process. Whitney is an EMDR trained Licensed Graduate.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please reach out to info@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or complete our online appointment request form.