Trauma Specialists of Maryland has a team of dedicated clinicians to meet the mental health needs of our youngest clients. We have convenient hours after-school or via Telehealth. In our offices, we have safe spaces for children and adolescents to explore and engage with our clinicians. EMDR therapy can be provided to children and adolescents both in-person and via Telehealth. We are affirming and inclusive of all children and adolescents finding their own identity within the LGBTQIA+ community.
Services for Children and Adolescents include:
- Adolescent DBT Group
- Play Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Attachment Therapy
- Adoption Support
Our clinicians provide therapy for children who may be experiencing ADD/ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Eating Disorders, Behavioral Concerns, Grief, Life Transitions, Abuse, Grief and Addiction.
If you have multiple children in your family that would benefit from therapy, we will schedule each family member with their own clinician. If you’d like to learn more about these services and what we can offer, please complete our request for appointment form and someone will be in touch with you soon!
Please note that many of our Child and Adolescent Clinicians will often see rising adults or College-Aged Students. We strive to provide the best fit possible and will work with you at intake to determine the best fit with our available appointments.
Child and Adolescent Clinicians
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Marlee Bardenett, LPC, NCC
Marlee can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-304-7108 ext 815.
Veronica Bonsby, LMSW
Veronica Bonsby, LMSW
Veronica is a 2021 graduate of University of Maryland's School of Social Work with a clinical concentration in families and children. She has five years of experience working with individuals with mental health diagnoses and survivors of trauma, most specifically domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Veronica uses a variety of treatment modalities in therapy, placing a strong emphasis on cultural humility and personal resilience. Veronica is working toward her certification in EMDR.
To reach Veronica, email email@example.com or call (301) 304-7108 ext 820
Dante Brown, LCPC
Dante is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a 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 their challenges.
Dante can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-304-7108 x 807.
Alyssa Castellano, LCSW-C
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
Colleen can be contacted at email@example.com or 301-304-7108 ext. 813.
Mission Statement – Cultivating healing through self-compassion, self-love, and personal growth.
Santana Daugherty, LGPC
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-301-7108 x 814.
Elizabeth Forbes, LCPC
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 EMDR trained.
Claudia Hernandez, LGPC, NCC
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
301-304-7108 ext. 817
Callie Hildreth, LCSW-C
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. Her experience includes working with survivors of child abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. She is an LGBTQIA affirming therapist, a trauma-informed yoga teacher, and is EMDR trained.
To reach Callie, email email@example.com or
call 301-304-7108 ext 821.
Kate Hutchinson, LMSW
Kate Hutchinson, LMSW
Kate has 8 years of experience working in the mental health field through the school system, foster care system, and has understanding of the child welfare system through early intervention. She works with children, adolescents, and families with a wide array of issues. Areas of treatment include depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, parent coaching, attachment, and relational difficulties. Kate’s therapeutic approach is individualized, strengths-based, and trauma informed.
To reach Kate, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-304-7108 x 835.
Kaitlin Kennedy, LCSW-C
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 email@example.com or 301-304-7108 x 803.
Lorena Morales, LMSW
Lorena Morales, LMSW
Lorena is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She has experience working with diverse populations in community based and clinical treatment settings. Lorena uses a strengths based approach to help empower her clients through their healing journey. She works with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship, trauma and life transitions. Lorena is a LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist and strives to make all her clients feel welcomed and accepted.
To reach Lorena, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (301) 304-7108 ext 833
Elisabeth Rzepkowski, LGPC
EIisabeth Rzepkowski, LGPC
Liz is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC). Liz has five years of experience working in the mental health field with multiple populations including young children, teens and adults. Liz likes to meet you where you are at, while incorporating concepts such as CBT, DBT, and strength-based approaches to help identify, and bring out your most authentic self.
She offers treatment for substance use, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Liz currently works with, and will become certified in EMDR therapy. She enjoys incorporating different concepts such as art or music into the treatment process as well. Liz understands that the healing process is not often a direct route, but with much more to be gained in taking a scenic view.
To reach Liz, email email@example.com or call 301-304-7108 x 825.
Susan Vanderhoff, LCSW-C
A.J. Wagner, LCPC
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.