As we heal the collective heals.

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Treatment Philosophy

Our team is dedicated to providing effective, attuned mental health services to enable individuals, families and communities to flourish.

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Meet Courtney Glickman

Owner, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist
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Courtney has experience and specialized training in the assessment and treatment of youth with sexual behavior problems, trauma-focused integrated play therapy, extended play-based developmental assessments, and art, sand, nature, and play therapy interventions for children, adolescents, and adults.  

Courtney has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, community agencies and outpatient mental health clinics, providing her with exposure to a broad range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, mental health issues, and age groups. She has experience providing evidenced-informed individual, family-focused, and group therapy treatment to children, adolescents and adults presenting with symptoms of depression, anxiety, adjustment and attachment issues, trauma, grief, and emotional dysregulation. In addition, Courtney works with adoption and foster care and integrates attachment-based strategies to strengthen bonds between family members.

 

Courtney has expertise in sexuality and gender identity development for clients and their partners and families. She believes in providing a safe, affirming and respectful space for individuals to explore their own identities and address personal and societal struggles with discrimination, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues.

 

Courtney completed undergraduate work at the University of Central Florida with a double major in Psychology and Communications, and earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the George Washington University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Counseling and adjunct professor at the George Washington University.

Courtney has published articles and presents at conferences on issues relating to play therapy, attachment, perinatal and postpartum depression, discrimination, intimate partner violence, LGBT and gender identity, and HIV risk. 

Meet Breon Gaines

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
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Breon Gaines is passionate about making sure her clients feel understood and empowered by her empathic, warm, and individualized approach. She uses a trauma informed integrative framework rooted in person-centered and psychodynamic philosophies and blended with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), play therapy and expressive interventions. She enjoys using movement and mindfulness techniques to practice centering, sensory awareness, and self-compassion. 

 

Breon has significant experience supporting neurodiverse children and adolescents with social and emotional challenges; supporting children and families in adjusting to life events such as divorce; being better able to attend, learn, and work in school; and managing anger and aggression. Breon has worked in various clinical and school settings with all ages and a range of presenting issues. Her areas of interest include working with children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, acculturation concerns, life transitions, body image concerns, disordered eating, low self-esteem, relationship issues, family conflict, and grief and loss.


Breon leads with the belief that we are all uniquely shaped by cultural, environmental, racial, and social factors. Her approach allows for exploration of meaningful client experiences, examining how these could be shaping perception, interpersonal relationships, and beliefs about the self and others. 


Breon is a resident in counseling and received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University. She is currently working towards her LCPC in Maryland and DC and is currently under the supervision of Courtney Glickman.

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Meet Tatyana Suares

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Tatyana Suares has experience and specialized training in the assessment and treatment of individuals struggling with substance use, depression, anxiety, trauma, relational issues, grief and loss. Additionally, Tatyana has worked with neurodivergent children, including those diagnosed with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, in addressing socio-emotional challenges. 

 

She has worked in a variety of settings including juvenile detention centers, rehabilitation centers, community agencies and outpatient mental health clinics, providing her with exposure to a broad range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, mental health issues, and age groups.


Tatyana is empathetic in her person-centered and strengths-based approach and anchors her therapeutic work with all individuals, couples, and families in evidence-based approaches that are rooted in multi-theoretical frameworks. Her integrative clinical lens and practice is informed by evidence-based approaches including: cognitive behavior therapy, trauma-focused Therapy, solution focused brief therapy as well as expressive therapies including art, sand, and play therapy interventions.  She believes in taking a prescriptive approach to counseling as she has worked with a wide variety of individuals and believes that treatment should be tailored to specific needs.


Tatyana's areas of specialization include perinatal and postpartum mental health, as well as working with children, adolescents, and adults on an individual, group and family level focusing on trauma, anxiety, depression, family conflict, and grief and loss.

 

Tatyana has a passion for serving the community and views therapy as an agent for change. She believes that healing happens through meaningful relationships, including the one between therapist and client. Through a strong therapeutic alliance, individuals gain a sense of empowerment and understanding of self; ultimately leading to an improved quality of life with enhanced relationships, self-worth and acceptance.
 

Tatyana is a resident in counseling under the supervision of Courtney Glickman. She received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University. Prior to obtaining her Master's degree, Tatyana attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she obtained a Bachelor's in Psychology.

 
 
 

Services

White Branch

Individual 
Psychotherapy

We will collaborate with you to create an individualized plan using a blend of therapeutical approaches, such as play therapy, expressive arts, nature-informed therapy and more.. Effective psychotherapy is grounded in a strong and empathic therapeutic relationship and involves the ongoing integration of clinical expertise and knowledge with your unique needs and experiences. 

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Family Therapy

One of the most effective ways to work with individuals is in the context of their families. Involving children in family therapy provides a more accurate assessment of dynamics, interactional patterns, roles, and rules. Challenges are viewed within a strengths-based, systemic model. Family play therapy is also offered as a means to blend talk and expressive therapies. Play techniques engage caregivers and children in enhanced communication, understanding, and emotional relatedness. 

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Teletherapy

We provide teletherapy services in an effort to reduce barriers to access for our new and existing clients, especially in the light of the developments related to the coronavirus pandemic. Teletherapy is provided via a secure and private video platform. Our therapists are committed to delivering the same high quality care as they would in-person.

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Walk & Talk

We have found that bringing some movement enriches the counseling session and exposure to nature is widely known to correlate with improvements in mood and wellbeing. It is a mindfulness-based therapy that can make it easier for some clients to relax, mitigate ruminating, release physical tension and breathe deeply while processing experiences. For clients who have trouble opening up in a traditional office setting, walk-and-talk therapy can be an extremely useful treatment tool. Walking in parallel with visual distractions rather than sitting face to face may allow for easier engagement.

 
 

Assessments

 
 
 
 
 

The Collective Healing Center offers a range of specialized assessment services covering the following areas: developmental functioning; current psychological, social, and emotional status; presence of sexual behavior problems; attachment and relational health. In addition, children may have alleged physical or sexual abuse, or child maltreatment by caretakers, family members, or others. Referring parties include school personnel, parents, caretakers, social service agencies, courts, or attorneys. The Collective Healing Center provides the following assessments:

 

Extended Play-Based Developmental Assessment (EPBDA, Gil)

Assessment of Sexual Behavior Problems in Children (ASBPC, Gil)

The Marschak Interaction Method (MIM, Jernberg)

 

The Boundary Project

The Boundary Project created by Dr. Eliana Gil is rooted in current research treatment components that are effective in the short-term (reducing high-risk behaviors and attending to safety/supervision) as well as long-term recovery from the trauma, event, or familial circumstance that led to the behavior. The treatment model is an evidence-informed and family-focused for children ages 4 to 12 years who present with sexual behavior problems. This is an attachment-focused, integrative approach that includes attention to safety issues, supervision concerns, individual risk factors, trauma histories, and familial factors that may underlie the atypical or problematic sexual behaviors.

 

Clinician's utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy, expressive therapies, mindfulness meditation, and psychoeducation. Affect regulation and impulse control strategies are presented and practiced with children and at least one caregiver. Attachment-focused activities are built into each joint parent-child session to repair or strengthen parent-child relationships that may be strained prior to treatment. Boundary Project clinicians apply equal therapeutic attention to the caregiver(s) in order to maintain positive therapy outcomes following treatment.

 

For more information about the current research that supports the Boundary Project approach, please visit the Task Force on Children with Sexual Behavior Problems Report.

Treatment Approaches

Play Therapy

                     Play therapy is a                                   treatment administered                           by a specially trained professional. This approach is centralizes the importance of creating a unique relationship in the playroom to establish a safe, accepting, and permissive environment where the child could experience freedom of expression without judgment. Play is seen as the language of the child client and the metaphors are seen as expressions of certain issues such as trauma. The safety of the play therapy setting allows for children’s representational worlds to be outwardly enacted. The externalization offers a safe distance to process and resolve traumatic memories, beliefs, and feelings. Abundant research supports its effectiveness to treat a whole host of child emotional and behavioral issues. 

Attachment Based Therapy

Through attachment based treatment modalities the therapist works through negative internalized relational models and trauma symptoms using the therapeutic relationship that is built on a foundation of attunement, coregulation, and empathy. From an attachment perspective, the therapist responds to the underlying needs of the child within the therapeutic environment serving as a secure base and safe haven for the child.  Attachment theory and research is a well-established framework for understanding children's normal and atypical social/emotional development. It is used extensively by clinicians to design interventions, understand interactions, and assess clinical progress.

Expressive Therapy

Expressive arts therapy is the purposeful use of movement, music, play, image-making, performance, writing, and imagination integrated into therapy and wellness. Different cultures have used expressive modalities to regulate themselves throughout times, thousands of years, using these types of artistic rituals, conventions, procedures and ceremonies to respond directly to things like trauma and loss. Through cultural anthropology and ethnology we witness how humans have always used these types of practices as a way to return to psychological, physical, and social equilibrium. Through expressive modalities we can support our clients in reimagining new narratives. Often when we can get beyond those traumatic memories and life’s challenges to restore self-compassion and mastery by using imagination. The experiential component of expression is an important part of the healing process leading to a restoration of self. 

Nature-informed/
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                  Nature-informed Therapy                      utilizes nature’s multi-                            sensory items as                                  intervention tools. Their is an innate human desire to connect with nature, yet urbanization and technology often distance people from the natural world. On average people are spending close to 90 percent of their time indoors. This disconnect between humans and our ecological world comes at a cost because nature plays a role in our mental health. Richard Louv coined the term "Nature-Deficit Disorder" that highlights the direct exposure to nature as essential for a child’s healthy physical and emotional development. Research is supporting the healing power of nature more all the time with the connection between the health of people and the health of the Earth as inseparable. Our clinicians use directive and non-directive techniques including play, movement, therapeutic storytelling, mindfulness, sensory awareness of outer and inner landscapes, and expressive modalities such as sand, natural clay, gems and minerals, stones, feathers, shells, mandalas, nature sounds and other earth-based components within therapy sessions. 

Trauma-informed Therapy

Trauma-informed therapy recognizes and emphasizes understanding how the traumatic experience impacts a a person’s mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Based on the foundational principles of trauma treatment we focus on safety and stabilization in order to ensure an environment conducive to processing trauma material in an intentional and meaningful way. Through the promotion of skills and strategies aimed at assisting  in better understanding, coping with, processing emotions and memories tied to traumatic experiences we work towards the goal of enabling the creation of a healthier and more adaptive meaning of the experience that took place in the client’s life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Dialectial Behavior Therapy (DBT)

CBT and DBT aid the client in learning more about the challenges they experience and offering a pragmatic approach in which new tools and skills are taught and practiced. CBT helps clients gain insight into the interactions between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with a focus on challenging and changing cognitive distortions, improving emotional regulation, and developing personal coping strategies. DBT, originally developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, is based on CBT, with greater focus on emotional and social aspects. The term “dialectical” means a synthesis of opposites; it is an idea that two seemingly paradoxical things can be true at the same time. DBT teaches that there is always more than one way to look at a situation, and aims to help us move away from black and white thinking or other extreme positions to find more balance. 

 

Areas of Specialty

  • Children & Families

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Trauma & PTSD

  • Grief & Loss

  • Perinatal and Postpartum Mental Health

  • Birth Trauma

  • Attachment Disruptions

  • Children in and Transitioning from Foster Care

  • Adoption

  • Problem Sexual Behaviors in Children and Adolescents

  • Relationship Issues & Family Conflict

  • Life Transitions

  • Gender Diversity 

  • Sexual Orientation 

  • Neurodiversity (Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder)

  • Cultural and Acculturation Issues

 
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Contact Info

Phone
Email
Address

(703) 828 - 5147

1344 Tydings Rd

Annapolis, MD 21409