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Therapy in Annapolis, Maryland

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580 Bellerive Rd., Suite A/B, Annapolis, Maryland 21409
(888) 604-6776

Transform Your Life with Evidence-Based Therapy

We are the Counseling Center of Annapolis®. We specialize in providing evidence-based therapy to help improve your quality of life and mental health! Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or grief; our team will provide new insights that enable change at all levels


Annapolis Therapy Specialties and Services:

The Counseling Center Group® is a practice dedicated to providing professional counseling therapy services. Our skilled therapists bring many years of experience from a wide variety of specialty areas.

It is our philosophy that many clients can benefit from specific tools and then use those tools in their everyday life. Therefore, we do our best to empower you to live your life without the need for prolonged therapy.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a safe space for you to explore issues that impact your daily functioning or sense of wellbeing. With the guidance of an experienced therapists, you can develop insight into yourself and learn new strategies for handling difficult situations or emotions.  

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy, also known as marriage counseling or relationship therapy, is a type of Marriage counseling  that helps couples improve their relationships. It is a form of psychotherapy that is designed to address the specific issues and challenges that couples face in their relationships.

Group Therapy

Group therapy provides a supportive environment for individuals who are struggling with similar issues or challenges to share their experiences and support one another. Group sessions provide an opportunity for members to develop insight, learn new skills, and gain perspective from others.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy

The process is shorter than traditional therapy and is very effective in resolving trauma. The therapist guides the client through a series of eye movements that help to release the emotional impact of the trauma. The therapist also helps the client to reframe the event so that it no longer has the same emotional charge.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that was developed by Marsha M. Linehan to help people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is a highly structured, skills-based therapy that focuses on helping people learn new coping mechanisms to manage their emotions and behaviors.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a form of therapy that deals with present-day challenges rather than delving into past history or childhood experiences. It is a structured approach that identifies specific goals and proposes techniques to help clients meet those goals in a short time frame.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Children (DBT-C)

DBT-C is specifically designed for pre-adolescents who have trouble regulating intense emotions and therefore tend to act impulsively, overreact to situations, resist change, think in absolutes, and lash out verbally or physically when they are emotionally overwhelmed.

Eye Movement Desensitize/Reprocess Therapy (EMDR)

EMDR therapy helps individuals recover from distressing life experiences that show up repetitively, as well as trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression and panic disorders. It is a successful, evidence-based treatment that helps to diminish the effects of these experiences.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy-Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE)

In DBT-PE, clients initially work with the therapist to establish safety and gain the skills needed to cope with addressing trauma. While continuing in all modes of standard DBT, DBT-PE then addresses memories and beliefs related to the client’s trauma history.


Parent Child Interaction (PCIT) Therapy

The ultimate goal of PCIT is to enhance the parent-child relationship by helping caregivers learn ways to relate to their children warmly while also having a predictable and consistent output. PCIT also teaches caregivers how to structure and follow through with effective limits.

Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) Therapy

PEERS has been expanded to develop other social skills geared toward  career advancement, dating, friendship, educational classes, and other life experiences. We offer individual and group sessions that are designed to help you gain the skills needed to live a more independent and successful life.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy

The Gottman Method is a form of couples therapy that was developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman based on over 40 years of research on what makes relationships work.  It focuses on emotionally supportive communication and understanding each partner’s needs in order to foster a healthy relationship.


Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) Therapy

IRT, or Imago relationship therapy, is a form of couples therapy that evaluates points of conflict in a relationship and reframes them as opportunities to understand, learn, heal, and grow. It is based on the idea that the conflict between two people can be a source of healing, and that resolving those conflicts can lead to deeper connection.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Therapy

Mindfulness and mindfulness stress reduction is designed to help individuals live their lives to the fullest, and to do so by actually living in this moment. What this means is that instead of getting stuck in the past, worrying about the future, or ruminating over thoughts and emotions, mindfulness encourages individuals to stay grounded in what’s happening now.

Emotional Fitness Program (EFP) Therapy

With a combination of psychotherapy and DBT skills work, the Emotion Fitness Program (EFP) is considered a lower-intensity alternative to DBT without the full commitment of the DBT program. EFP gives clients the space to explore current and past relationships, stresses, coping skills, and life satisfaction.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

ART draws from several existing therapeutic approaches in order to reprogram how our brain stores upsetting memories or images to reduce the severity of distressing reactions. It combines elements of traditional talk therapy with creative activities to help us process difficult experiences and learn healthier coping skills. ART focuses on the connection between our thoughts, feelings, behavior, and body sensations.


Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Therapy

EFT operates on the idea that the human body is like an electrical circuit with a constant flow of energy that can be disrupted by stressors. These disruptions lead to negative emotions and pain. EFT uses finger tapping on specific acupressure points while focusing on the problem to restore the body’s energy balance. The tapping is meant to release negative emotions and provide relief.

We Can Help.

If you or a loved one can benefit from Therapy in the
greater Baltimore or Annapolis area, we are here to help.

Our Therapists in Annapolis




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Couples Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

Heather is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical and a Board Certified Music Therapist. She provides services through individual therapy, group therapy, and parent support/coaching. She primarily utilizes strengths-based interventions, attachment and empowerment theories, cognitive behavioral therapy, and music therapy. She has also completed training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). 

Heather’s passion and strengths are in working with neurological and developmental disabilities, anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, and relational and social difficulties. She particularly enjoys working with young people struggling in their environments due to social and emotional challenges.

As a music therapist, Heather believes it is important to utilize alternative modalities in creating a safe, supportive, and productive space to work. Above all, it is necessary to be heard and to create new experiences in your journey to healing. Heather collaborates with teens and families to build skills in self-regulation and safety, self-esteem, communication and self-advocacy, problem-solving, and positive decision-making in order to achieve healthy well-being with the self, family, friends, and the community.

Heather has worked with adolescents, young adults, and families in crisis and in prevention work. She has experience in the school setting, serving as a member of the IEP team, and in the partial hospital setting, serving as a the primary clinician in the medical and academic support setting. Additionally, Heather has provided community music therapy groups to adults with disabilities. Heather supports children and adults in creating healthy and fulfilling experiences in school, at home, and in their social lives and leisure time.

Shelby Willoughby counseling center Group of New York



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Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy

Shelby is a Licensed Master of Social worker in both Maryland and New York. She provides her services predominately through individual therapy but believes in bringing in chosen family systems to promote healing in the form of couples and family therapy. She primarily uses strength based/solution focused interventions, attachment and relational theories, and experiential therapy.

Shelby’s passion and strengths are working with the LGBTQIA+ community, eating disorders, self-discovery, anxiety, depression, grief, and relational and social difficulties. She enjoys working with individuals who identify in struggling with life adjustments and social connectedness.

Shelby’s experience is working with LQBTQIA+, eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, and grief. She firmly believes that understanding the body’s response to life experiences and being informed on how your body functions in times of stress is the basis of reforming and creating an authentic self.  Shelby has over 5 years of experience working with adults and teens who have struggled with binge eating, purging, anorexia, orthorexia, excessive exercise, OSFED, ARFID and body image in settings like partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient. Shelby also completes evaluations to determine if you or your loved one is in need of more intensive/supportive eating disorder services. Her passion is to ensure that patients are supported, connected, and in the right level of treatment for recovery.

Shelby also offers bariatric evaluations that are required for the surgical process. She offers this service to help determine readiness, address any concerns for underlying eating disorder behavior, pre/post therapeutic support, and explore options outside of surgery.  She also works with your current team to help support this journey.

As a social worker and trauma-educated therapist, Shelby believes it is imperative to utilize different modalities to create a safe, supportive, and trauma-aware space to begin healing. Shelby collaborates with teens, adults, and families to help build supportive communication, establish reconnection, problem solve, and make positive decisions. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy to continue to assist patients’ needs.

She received her Bachelor of Science in psychology, human services, and political science from Elmira College and her MSW from Keuka College. During her years of work, she has gained significant experience in outpatient, partial hospitalization, and substance abuse clinic settings.

TAYLOR ALLIE.counselor.the counseling center Group



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Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy

Navigating the ebbs and flows of life can be hard, and Taylor works to offer her clients a soft space to learn to ride the waves and remember the truth of their inherent strength, goodness, and equanimity. Taylor is a licensed therapist (LGPC) who provides culturally competent in-person and telehealth services for individuals, groups, couples, and families in the state of Maryland. She is familiar with providing therapeutic services for individuals who experience anxiety, depression, intergenerational trauma, low self-esteem, and BIPOC-specific issues such as difficulty maneuvering through systematic oppression.

Taylor views therapy as a collaborative, creative, and mindful opportunity to model ideal well-being and interpersonal practices so that clients feel confident in who they are and how they take up space in the world. She has a very eclectic clinical style and enjoys individualizing it based on the different needs of her clients, as she deeply values the person-centered approach toward therapy where a compassionate therapeutic relationship is most important.

Taylor has completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and pulls from other modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Buddhist Psychology in her sessions. In addition to earning her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, she also earned her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ahuva Chefitz.therapist.the counseling center of Maryland



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Individual Therapy

Ahuva is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) providing individual therapy. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University’s School of Social Work on the advanced clinical track. Ahuva’s practice is built upon trust and creating a non-judgmental and welcoming environment for her clients, where they truly feel heard and supported.

Ahuva is passionate about working with clients with generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, specific phobias, intimate partner violence, school and work related stress, and all types of relationship issues. Ahuva is enthusiastic about employing all aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), specifically exposure therapy when necessary. Ahuva has completed the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Foundational Training through the Linehan Institute and is eager to utilize DBT with her clients.

Ahuva has most recently worked with adolescents at a high school in Rockville, Maryland where she specifically addressed adjustment issues with students new to high school as well as students experiencing anxiety and depression. Ahuva also completed a clinical internship working with survivors of domestic violence at Shalom Task Force, a non-profit organization in New York City.

Ahuva’s goal is to introduce her clients to the skills and tools that they need in order to be most successful on their own, as well as using the best evidence-based treatment plan for each client’s individual needs.

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