Behavioral Health Providers

Chase Brexton Health Services offers a variety of health care services. Our providers are experts in their field and will provide you with the highest quality care.

Columbia Center

Glen Burnie County Center

Mount Vernon Center

Randallstown Center

 

Columbia Center
 

Nicole Albrecht
PsyD, Psychology Associate

Areas of Interest: Emotional and Behavioral Disorders of Adolescents and Children, Families, Disabilities, Mood Disorders across the lifespan, Stress and Coping, Brief Interventions.
Modality: Individual, Couples, Group
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT; primary), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), DBT skills, Process Focused Therapy, Positive Behavior Support.

Education: PsyD - University of Western Australia, Perth WA.
Licensure: Psychology Associate, Maryland - 2014
Location: Columbia Center

 

Leah Blain
PhD, Director of Behavioral Health, Columbia

Areas of Interest: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma Recovery (emphasis in physical and sexual abuse and assault, and combat experiences), Panic Disorder, Depression, Anger Management, Co-occurring Substance Use, Chronic Pain, Sex Therapy
Modality: Individual, Couples, Group
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT; primary), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills

Education: PhD - University of Missouri, St. Louis
Licensure: Psychologist, Maryland - 2014
Location: Columbia Center

 

Robin Mullican
PsyD, Staff Psychologist

Areas of Interest: Health Psychology (especially changing health behaviors and adjusting to living with HIV, diabetes, pain, and other medical conditions), Psychology in Primary Care, LGBT and Diversity Issues, Brief Interventions
Modality: Groups, Individual Consultation

Education: PsyD - Wright State University, School of Professional Psychology
Licensure: Psychologist, Maryland - 2004
Location: Columbia Center




Lillian M. Sylvester
PhD, LCPC, RDT

Areas of Interest:  African American Women and depression/anxiety, adolescent mental health
Modality: Individual, Family/Group, expressive arts and drama therapy
Theoretical Orientation: Adlerian trained, Eclectic in practice

Education: Lesley University, Cambridge, MA (PhD in Expressive Therapies); Bowie State University, MD (MA)
Licensure: LCPC State of Maryland - 2009
Location: Columbia Campus


Alyssa Toran
LCSW-C

Areas of Interest: Eating disorders, depression, anxiety, life transitions, adolescent mental health
Modality: Individual, Group
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Education: MSW – University of Maryland
Licensure: Clinical Social Worker - 2014
Location: Columbia Center
 

Lauren Vaszil
LCPC, LCADC, Staff Therapist

Areas of Interest: Co-Occuring Disorders, Addiction, Trauma, Domestic Violence Treatment
Modality: Individuals

Education: MS - University of Baltimore
Licensure: Clinical Professional Counselor, Maryland - 2013; Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Maryland - 2013
Location: Columbia Center

Ariel Vitali
MD, Staff Psychiatrist

Areas of Interest: LGBTQ, Spanish-speaking, Children and adolescents, Trans-safe space
Modality: Individuals, Families
Theoretical Orientation: Medical, Eclectic in Practice

Education: MD - Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; BA - University of California at Riverside
Licensure: Physician, Maryland - 2015; Pennsylvania - 2008
Location: Columbia Center, Randallstown Center

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Glen Burnie Center
 

Heather M. Chase
LCSW-C, Staff Therapist and Lead Clinician

Areas of Interest: Co-Occurring Disorders, GLBT issues, Trauma, Brief Intervention
Modality: Individuals, Groups

Education: MSW – University of North Carolina
Licensure: Clinical Social Worker, Maryland - 2005
Location: Glen Burnie Center

 

Julie Eastin
PhD, Director of Behavioral Health, Glen Burnie

Areas of Interest: LGBTQ issues, Grief and Loss, Trauma
Modality: Individuals, Couples, Families

Education: PhD - University of Michigan
Licensure: Psychologist, Maryland - 2008
Location: Glen Burnie Center

 

 

 

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Mount Vernon Center


Claire Abernathy
LCSW-C, Staff Therapist-Addictions

Areas of Interest: Mental Health, Co-occurring Disorders, Addiction, Underserved Populations
Modality: Individuals, Groups
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychoeducational

Education: MSW- Mental Health Concentration- University of Maryland School of Social Work- 1994; B.S. Psychology- Towson University-1989
Licensure: Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical, Registered as Clinical Supervisor with Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners
Location: Mt. Vernon Center
 

Beth Brolund
LGSW, Staff Therapist

Areas of Interest: LGBTQ issues, HIV, Mindfulness
Modality: Individuals, Groups
Theoretical Orientation: Client-centered therapy incorporating techniques from DBT, CBT and Motivational Interviewing. 

Education: MSW - University of Maryland, Baltimore
Licensure: Licensed Graduate Social Worker, Maryland, 2012
Location: Mt. Vernon Center
 

Avi Burstein
LCPC, Addictions Therapist

Areas of Interest: Addiction, Co-Occuring Disorders, Trauma, Personality Disorders
Modality: Individual, Group, Family
Theoretical Orientation: Behavioral Therapies, Psychodynamic

Education: MA - Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology
Licensure: Clinical Professional Counselor, Maryland - 2011
Location: Mt. Vernon Center
 

Rachel L. Freed
Psy.D., Behavioral Health Consultant/Staff Psychologist

Areas of Interest: Primary Care Mental Health Integration/Behavioral Medicine, Health psychology (coping with chronic illness and disability), Eating Disorders, Depression, Underserved populations
Modality: Consultation, Individual therapy, Group therapy
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative- CBT, existential-humanistic, strengths-based approaches (positive psychology)

Education: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) - Nova Southeastern University
Licensure: Clinical Psychologist, Maryland - 2014
Location: Mt. Vernon Center


 

David Goode-Cross
PhD, Behavioral Health Training Manager

Areas of Interest: Black/African American Mental Health, LGBT People of Color, Training and Supervision
Modality: Individuals, Couples, Groups

Education: PhD - University of Missouri-Columbia
Licensure: Psychologist, Maryland - 2012; Clinical Psychologist, Virginia - 2011
Location: Mt. Vernon Center

 


 

Jon Gorman
PsyD, Staff Psychologist and Compliance Lead

Areas of Interest: Relationship Issues, Mood Disorders, Emerging Adulthood, Multicultural Issues/Social Justice
Modality: Individual, Group, Couples

Education: PsyD - Loyola University Maryland
Licensure: Psychologist, Maryland - 2014
Location: Mt. Vernon Center
 

Rebecca E. Gras,
PsyD, Staff Psychologist

Areas of Interest: Self exploration/Personal Growth, Relational Issues, Grief & Loss, Reproductive Challenges, and Trauma.
Modality: Individual, Group- short and long term treatments.
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, relational approach utilizing tools and techniques from CBT, DBT and ACT and Psychodynamic theories/ approaches.

Education: PsyD - Wright Institute, Berkeley, Calif, 2011)
Licensure: Clinical Psychologist- Maryland, 2015, Clinical Psychologist - Pennsylvania, 2013
Location: Mt. Vernon Center
 

Karen M. Hillman
LCSW-C, Behavioral Health Access Manager

Areas of Interest: HIV, LGBT, Underserved Adults
Modality: Individual, Group
Theoretical Orientation: Client-centered Therapy, Use of Techniques from Motivational Interviewing, CBT, DBT, and ACT Modalities

Education: MSW - University of California, Berkeley
Licensure: Clinical Social Worker, California - 2005; Clinical Social Worker, Maryland - 2010
Location: Mt. Vernon Center
 

Stacey Jackson-Roberts
LCSW-C, Staff Therapist

Areas of Interest: Gender and Sexuality (i.e. Transgender, LGB, and Women's Mental Health), HIV, Veterans, Disabilities, and Underserved Populations
Modality: Individual, Group, Couples

Education: MSW - Smith College School for Social Work; Graduate Certificate, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies - American University; BS, Law and Constitutional Studies - Utah State University
Licensure: Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical, Maryland - 2016
Location: Mt. Vernon Center
 

Jennifer Jeffries
LCPC, Addictions Therapist

Areas of Interest: Addictions,Co-Occurring Disorders, Eating Disorders, Trauma, and Sexual Health
Modality: Individual Therapy, Group Therapy
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Client-centered Therapy

Education: MS in Counseling Psychology - Loyola University Maryland
Licensure: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Maryland - 2015
Location: Mt. Vernon Center
 

Suzanne Linkroum
PhD, Behavioral Medicine Manager

Areas of Interest: Adolescent mental health, anxiety, depression, stress and coping, girls' and women's issues
Modality: Individual, Group
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal

Education: PhD - Virginia Commonwealth University
Licensure: Psychologist, Maryland - 2010
Location: Mt. Vernon Center
 

Justin Linksz
MSW, Addictions Therapist

Areas of Interest: Addictions, Trauma, Co-Occuring Disorders
Modality: Group, Individual

Education: MSW - Virginia Commonwealth University
Licensure: Certified-Clinical Social Worker, Maryland - 2014
Location: Mt. Vernon Center
 

Jennifer Loken
LGSW, Addictions Therapist

Areas of Interest: Mental Health, Co-Occurring Disorders, Addictions, Trauma-Informed Care, Sexual Health In Recovery, HIV, and LGBT
Modality: Individual, Group
Theoretical Orientation: Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness, Use of Techniques from Motivational Interviewing, CBT, and DBT Modalities, and Psychoeducational

Education: MSW - University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore
Licensure: Graduate Social Worker, Maryland - 2013
Location: Mt. Vernon Center
 

 

Matthew A. Malouf
PhD, Staff Psychologist

Areas of Interest: Gender and Sexuality Concerns (Trans, Intersex/DSD, and LGBQA-affirming), Trauma, Generalized and Social Anxiety, Training and Supervision
Modality: Individual, Couples, Group
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative style employing Reality Therapy (Humanistic), Cognitive Behavioral  and Family Systems Approaches

Education: PhD - Lehigh University
Licensure: Licensed Psychologist, Maryland - 2014
Location: Mt. Vernon Center
 

David Neale-Lorello
PhD, Staff Psychologist

Areas of Interest: Mindfulness, LGBTQ Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Issues unique to creative individuals
Modality: Individual, Group
Theoretical Orientation: Integration of psychodynamic formulation and psychodynamic, acceptance-based and cognitive-based treatments

Education: PhD - American University
Licensure: Psychologist, Maryland - 2014
Location: Mt. Vernon Center


Liza Palmes
LCPC, Addictions Therapist

Areas of Interest: Family therapy, children and adolescents, women’s issues
Modality: Client centered, Mindfulness/ACT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach/eclectic

Education: MA - Psychology, Towson University, 2007
Licensure: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Maryland - 2009
Location: Mt. Vernon Center
 

Daniel K. Phillip, PsyD, Staff Psychologist

Areas of Interest: Gender and sexuality (Trans and gender diverse adults, LGBQ, poly/kink relationships), Multicultural Psychotherapy/Social Justice, Emerging adulthood, Mood disorders, Relational issues, Serious Mental Illness
Modality: Individual, group, couples
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, using schema, cognitive-behavioral, and relational approaches

Education: PsyD - Loyola University Maryland
Licensure: Psychologist – Maryland, 2015
Location: Mount Vernon Center
 

Katie Richard
LCPC, Staff Therapist

Areas of Interest: LGBTQ-affirming, anxiety, mood disorders, addictions and co-occuring disorders
Modality: Group, Individual
Theoretical Orientation: Client-centered therapy; cognitive behavioral therapy; integrative approach

Education: MS - Loyola University Maryland
Licensure: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Maryland - 2011
Location: Mt. Vernon Center

 


Jessica Rothstein
PsyD, Staff Psychologist

Areas of Interest: Trauma, Family Discord, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders of Adolescents and Children, Multicultural Psychotherapy
Modality: Individual, Families, Groups

Education: PsyD - Loyola University Maryland
Licensure: Psychologist, Maryland - 2011
Location: Mt. Vernon Center
 

Stephanie A. Saunders
PsyD, Staff Psychologist

Areas of Interest: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Grief and Loss
Modality: Individual, Group, Couples

Education: PsyD – Argosy University; MS - The Johns Hopkins University
Licensure: Psychologist, Maryland - 2008; Professional Counselor, Maryland - 2001
Location: Mt. Vernon Center

 

 

Kasey Serdar, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist/ Behavioral Health Consultant

Areas of Interest: Attachment, Trauma, LGBTQ concerns, Behavioral Medicine, Training and Supervision
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic/Relational Psychoanalytic Approaches (Primary), integrating principles and techniques from DBT, ACT, and CBT as clinically indicated.
Modalities: Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Behavioral Medicine Consultation

Education: Ph.D. - Counseling Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University; BS - Psychology, Westminster College
Licensure: Psychologist, Maryland - 2013
Location: Mount Vernon


Emily Silverman
PhD, Staff Psychologist

Areas of Interest: Depression and Anxiety, Gender, Sexuality, Trauma, Eating Disorders, Attachment and Relationship Dynamics, Underserved Populations
Modality: Individual, Couples, Group
Theoretical Orientation: Client-centered integrative therapy, incorporating interpersonal, psychodynamic, DBT, and CBT approaches

Education: PhD - University of Missouri-St. Louis
Licensure: Clinical Psychologist, Maryland - 2014
Location: Mt. Vernon Center


Mandy Smith
MA, Addictions Manager

Areas of Interest: Addictions and Co-Occuring Disorders
Modality: Individual, Group

Education: MA - Bowie State University
Licensure: Clinical Professional Counselor, Maryland - 2004
Location: Mt. Vernon Center

 

Dana M. Stalling
LCSW-C, Staff Therapist

Areas of Interest: Trauma focused work, particularly with issues of domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse, human trafficking, services for immigrant/refugee populations, holistic health.
Modality: Individual, group
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach: Client-Centered therapy, Mindfulness, Art Therapy, Play therapy, Motivational Interviewing

Education: MSW (Clinical) - University of Maryland, School of Social Work
Licensure: Clinical Social Worker, Maryland - 2014
Location: Mount Vernon Center
 

Donna M. Yaffe
PhD, Health & Behavioral Psychologist and Lead Clinician

Areas of Interest: Behavioral Medicine, Health Psychology, HIV-related Issues, LGBT Issues, Depression, Geriatrics, Grief and Loss
Modalities: Individual, Group, Couples

Education: PhD – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Licensure: Psychologist, Maryland - 1998
Location: Mt. Vernon Center

 

 

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Randallstown Center

Ariel Vitali
MD, Staff Psychiatrist

Areas of Interest: LGBTQ, Spanish-speaking, Children and adolescents, Trans-safe space
Modality: Individuals, Families
Theoretical Orientation: Medical, Eclectic in Practice

Education: MD - Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; BA - University of California at Riverside
Licensure: Physician, Maryland - 2015; Pennsylvania - 2008
Location: Columbia Center, Randallstown Center
 

Melissa Weaver
LCSW-C, Staff Therapist

Areas of Interest: Grief and Trauma; Children, Adolescents & Families; Mood Disorders
Modality: Individuals, Couples, & Families
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic Therapy, Transpersonal Therapy, Art-based and Play Therapies, Cognitive Behavioral and Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapies

Education: MSW (Clinical) The National Catholic School of Social Service, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC - 2004
Licensure: Clinical Social Worker – Maryland, 2007
Location: Randallstown Center


Harriette E. Wimms
PhD, Behavioral Health Child and Adolescent Program Manager

Areas of Interest: Pediatric Psychology, Children and Families, Community Outreach, Integrative and Interdisciplinary Health Care, Executive Functioning, Disabilities, Educational Advocacy
Modality: Individuals, Children, Adolescents, Families, Groups

Education: PhD - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Licensure: Psychologist, Maryland - 2010
Location: Randallstown Center

 

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