Meet Our Staff

Downtown Frederick Counseling Office Location

See our team. Click on the names below, to learn more about each therapist.

Sarah C. Smith-Trawick

LCSW-C

Site Supervisor

Sarah Smith-Trawick

LCSW-C

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.

Contact Information:

To reach Sarah, email sarah@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or call (301) 304-7108 ext 802.

Amanda Garner

LMSW, CTP

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:

amanda@traumaspecialistsofmd.com

(301) 304-7108 x 808

Claudia Hernandez, LGPC, NCC

Claudia Hernandez

LGPC, NCC

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

Claudia@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or
301-304-7108 ext. 817

Lynn-Davis, LGPC, NCC

Lynn-Davis

LGPC, NCC

Lynn-Davis, LGPC, NCC

Lynn-Davis, LGPC, NCC

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. 

Contact Information:

Lynn can be reached at lynn@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 ext 804.

A.J. Wagner, LGPC

A.J. Wagner

LGPC

A.J. Wagner, LGPC

A.J. Wagner, LGPC

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.

Contact Information:

To reach A.J. directly, please email aj@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or call 301-304-7108 x 822.

Dante Brown, LCPC

Dante Brown

LCPC

Dante Brown, LCPC

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. 

Contact Information:

Dante can be reached at dante@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 x 807.

Kaitlin Kennedy, LCSW-C

Kaitlin Kennedy

LCSW-C

Kaitlin Kennedy, LCSW-C

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. 

Contact Information:

 

Kaitlin can be reached at kaitlin@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 x 803. 

Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC

Lorena Morales, LMSW

Elizabeth Forbes, LGPC

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. 

Contact Information:

To reach Lorena, email lorena@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or call (301) 304-7108 ext 833

Urbana Counseling Office Location

See our team. Click on the names below, to learn more about each therapist.

Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC

Jamie Sedgwick

LCPC, NCC

Site Supervisor

Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC

Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC

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. 

Contact Information:

She can be contacted at jamie@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 ext 806.

Krista Bajgier, LMSW, MEd

Krista Bajgier

LMSW, MEd

Krista Bajgier, LMSW, MEd

Krista Bajgier, LMSW, MEd

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.

Contact Information:

Krista can be reached at 301-304-7108 ext 809 or krista@traumaspecialistsofmd.com

Marlee Bardenett, LPC, NCC

Marlee Bardenett

LPC, NCC

Marlee Bardenett, LPC, NCC

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.

Contact Information:

Marlee can be contacted at marlee@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 ext 815.

Sheri Tydings, LCSW-C

Sheri Tydings

LCSW-C

Sheri Tydings, LCSW-C

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:

To reach Sheri, email sheri@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or call 301-304-7108 x 823. 

 

Mission Statement

I believe we are all on a journey to discover and become the very best version of ourselves. I will be a safe, supportive resource to assist and encourage you on your journey!

Ballenger Counseling Office Location

See our team. Click on the names below, to learn more about each therapist.

Sarah Martin, LCPC, NCC

Sarah Martin

LCPC, NCC

Site Supervisor

Sarah Martin, LCPC, NCC

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. 

Contact Information:

Sarah can be reached at 301-304-7108 x 805 or sarahm@traumaspecialistsofmd.com.

Krista Bajgier, LMSW, MEd

Callie Hildreth

LCSW-C

Callie Hildreth, CSW

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.

Contact Information:
To reach Callie, email callie@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or
call 301-304-7108 ext 821.

Ruthann McFadden, LCSW

Ruthann McFadden

LCSW-C, LICSW

Ruthann McFadden, LCSW

Ruthann McFadden, LCSW-C, LICSW

Ruthann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of clinical experience within medical settings that include: hospitals, dialysis clinics, hospice, long-term care settings, and mental health clinics. Ruthann has worked with diverse populations to include 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, 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. Ruthann is EMDR trained.

Contact Information:

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

Colleen Crisafulli, LCSW-C, CCTP

Colleen Crisafulli

 LCSW-C, CCTP

Colleen Crisafulli, LCSW-C, CCTP

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

Contact Information:

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

 

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

Elizabeth Forbes, LGPC

Heather Smith

LGPC

Heather Smith, LCPC

Heather Smith is a Licensed Clinical 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 

Contact information:

heather@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or

301-304-7108 x 810

Elizabeth Forbes, LGPC

Beth Johnson

LCSW-C

Elizabeth Forbes, LGPC

Elizabeth Forbes

LGPC

Elizabeth Forbes, LGPC

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 EMDR trained.

Contact Information:
To reach Elizabeth, please email elizabeth@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or call
301-304-7108 ext. 819.

Santana Daugherty, LGPC

Santana Daugherty

LGPC

Santana Daugherty, LGPC

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. 

Contact Information:

Santana can be reached at santana@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-301-7108 x 814.

Meet Our
Clinical Interns

Ballenger Office Location

Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC

Hannah Burhans

Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC

Stefani Bon

Downtown Frederick Office Location

Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC

Kristine Sweeney

Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC

Amanda Mason

Elizabeth Forbes, LGPC

Amanda Mason

 

Amanda’s approach is interactive, warm, and accepting. She aims to provide a space in which you feel safe, seen, heard, and respected.

Amanda is currently completing a masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through the College of William and Mary. Her therapeutic approach is person-centered, trauma informed, and strengths-based. She believes that you are the expert in your own life and therefore strives for a collaborative yet supportive therapeutic relationship. She hopes to be a steady and trusted traveling companion on your healing journey.

Amanda has additional training in Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy for Trauma and in Perinatal Mental Health. She has a special interest in working with individuals that have experienced trauma, new and expectant parents, those navigating a major life transition, and those touched by adoption.

Contact Information:

To reach Amanda, email amandam@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or call (301) 304-7108 ext 826

Meet Our
Administrative Team

Santana Daugherty, LGPC

Carlei O'Neal

Billing Specialist

Elizabeth Forbes, LGPC

Carlei O'Neal

 

Carlei has been with Trauma Specialists of Maryland since 2017 and, during that time, she has watched it grow by leaps and bounds. Carlei has over seven years of mental health billing experience. She takes great pride in working for an organization that is constantly striving to better the mental health of the community where she grew up. 

Contact Information:

To reach Carlei for any billing or insurance questions, email carlei@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or call  (301)-304-7108 x801

Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC

Maria Tryfiates-Dalton

Administrative Coordinator

Elizabeth Forbes, LGPC

Maria Tryfiates-Dalton

 

Maria is the administrative coordinator to TSMD. In this position, she works closely with the practice owner, manager and site supervisors providing administrative assistance. Maria serves as the primary contact for Trauma Specialists Training Institute. She holds bachelors degrees from West Virginia University in Business Administration and Fashion Merchandising.

Maria actively volunteers at her church, school, and is a Girl Scout Troop Leader.

Contact Information:

To reach Maria, email maria@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or call (301) 304-7108 ext 832

Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC

Monica Robyns

Client Care Specialist

Elizabeth Forbes, LGPC

Monica Robyns

 

For the past 11 years, Monica has been working as a community volunteer through the church, PTA and BSA Troops. Her educational background is in Urban Planning, but working with people is her passion. She currently serves as the Scoutmaster for a BSA Troop for girls, and enjoys spending time with her family, watching her two children play soccer, and backpacking. She believes everyone deserves respect and access to care, and works diligently to connect incoming Clients with the best provider for their needs.

Contact Information:

To reach Monica, email monica@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or call (301) 304-7108 ext 828

Leadership Team

View our practice owner and operators. Click on the names below, to learn more.

Rachel Harrison, LCPC, NCC

Rachel Harrison

LCPC, NCC

Owner & Clinical Director

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.

Elizabeth Forbes, LGPC

Lindsey Meekins

Practice Manager

Sarah C. Smith-Trawick

LCSW-C

Site Supervisor – Frederick

Sarah Smith-Trawick

LCSW-C

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.

Contact Information:

To reach Sarah, email sarah@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or call (301) 304-7108 ext 802.

Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC

Jamie Sedgwick

LCPC, NCC

Site Supervisor – Urbana

Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC

Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC

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. 

Contact Information:

She can be contacted at jamie@traumaspecialistsofmd.com or 301-304-7108 ext 806.

Sarah Martin, LCPC, NCC

Sarah Martin

LCPC, NCC

Site Supervisor – Ballenger

Sarah Martin, LCPC, NCC

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. 

Contact Information:

Sarah can be reached at 301-304-7108 x 805 or sarahm@traumaspecialistsofmd.com.

Address

124 N. Court St. Frederick MD 21701

3534 Urbana Pike, Suite C
Frederick, MD 21704

5216 Chairmans Court Unit 104 Frederick, MD 21703