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Notes from Paula on finding the right therapist for you

"Choosing a therapist can be a confusing and frustrating process. Many rely on the recommendation of a trusted family member or friend. We pride ourselves on the strength of our personal referrals."

Choosing a therapist who is licensed and qualified to treat you is very important. It is critical that you feel comfortable with your therapist; confident that you have a professional on your team who understands you and your situation. Therapy can help you move forward toward healthier functioning according to the goals and objectives that you and your therapist develop together through a partnership. At PeachTherapy, we are committed to building strong therapeutic alliances with individuals and couples through the competence and devotion of our therapists.

At PeachTherapy, we are committed to building strong therapeutic alliances with individuals and couples through the competence and devotion of our therapists.

License #LC1516

Paula is a licensed, clinical, professional counselor with over 25 years experience in psychotherapeutic treatments. With a Master of Science in Applied Psychology and Quantative Methods, Paula specializes in the treatment of trauma, mood disorders, bereavement and loss, women’s issues and life transition. Paula is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a proven, effective treatment modality for trauma, anxiety and phobias. Paula is a Certified Riso-Hudson Enneagram Teacher and an Accreditated Professional with the International Enneagram Association. Paula uses the Enneagram Personality model in therapy and teaches seminars and workshops.

Paula co-founded Coach for America, an organization created to change the way America sees sports and athletics. She is also co-author of “InsideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives,” a healing approach to coaching that promotes the healthy development of our youth. Paula is deeply committed to personal growth and spirituality. Paula has four children, three grandchildren and lives in Baltimore.

License #LC5683

Tara is a licensed, clinical, professional counselor with a Master of Science degree from Loyola University Maryland. Tara specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults and has worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings for over 12 years.

Tara specializes in treating anxiety, depression, behavioral outbursts, and trauma using a variety of techniques including EMDR and Child-Centered Play Therapy. In addition, Tara offers keynotes and presentations on a variety of mental health topics, including treating childhood anxiety, to parents, students and staff at local schools and community organizations.

Tara believes change is accomplished through learning self-awareness and the development of effective coping skills. Tara provides a safe, non-threatening environment that demonstrates love, compassion, trust, and understanding, so children and adults can build the stepping-stones needed to live a happier and healthier life. For the young person in your life who is experiencing anxiety, depression, the effects of trauma, transitional difficulties, and/or relationship problems, Tara is a gifted and nurturing therapist who can help guide them through tumultuous times.

Tara has lived in Maryland all her life and currently resides in Carroll County with her husband and son.

Cathy empowers clients to successfully walk the path of goal-oriented change. If you feel stuck, unmotivated, see only problems, not solutions, have dreams to actualize and find that you need help navigating your self-discovery map and pursuing the next level in your growth, Cathy will meet with you to determine if coaching is indeed your next step. In addition, Cathy leads Enneagram Workshops. This life-changing personality concept assists individuals in understanding themselves and others enabling true life sustaining change. This tool for personal development enables the client to identify false illusions bringing new information into consciousness. Cathy is also trained in the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Insight Approach and provides education, coaching and instruction including a full diagnostic profile of core type.

Fun Facts About Cathy: She has been a Harford Countain for more than 37 years. She currently resides in her home in the woods with her husband, son, daughter, dog, chickens and foster animals. Cathy loves adventures and most all outdoor activities, her favorite being, boating (all kinds), running, painting and reading in her hammock.

Kristie is a licensed graduate professional counselor specializing in addiction, codependency, depression, grief, equine assisted psychotherapy, life transitions and trauma.  Kristie earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Equine Assisted Mental Health from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona.

Kristie practices creating a safe space offering authenticity, unconditional positive regard and empathy with the intention of empowering and motivating you on your therapeutic journey.  In the tradition of Diane Ackerman, she views psychotherapy as a form of deep play because of its inherent supported risks and its exhilarating rewards. Her approach is informed by Rogerian therapy, psychodynamic theory, family systems theory, gestalt and somatic therapies.  Her mindfulness classes and her meditation practice are influenced by the self-compassion work of Dr. Kristin Neff.  She has also studied mindfulness at The Chopra Center and The Esalen Institute.  Addressing and processing trauma at the root of addictive behavior served as the foundation of her work in residential treatment.

After practicing as a therapist in residential treatment centers in Arizona she returned home to Baltimore.  She lives with her husband, dogs and horses in the Maryland countryside.  She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), The Equine Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship international (PATH) and The United States Association of Body Psychotherapy (USABP).

Beth is your initial point of contact here at Peach Therapy. She provides you with encouragement, compassion and kindness as you begin your journey to healing and growth. She will answer any questions that may arise over the course of your transformation here with us, especially with regards to scheduling, billing and any other general concerns you may have. She has a strong desire to support others as they seek to increase and strengthen their authentic selves. She graduated from Towson University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is currently seeking to learn more about Spiritual Direction and Lay Counseling. Beth has lived in Maryland her entire life and is married with two adult sons and a daughter in law.

"We deceive ourselves when we believe that only weakness needs support. Strength needs it far more."

Anne Sophie Swetchine

"Identifying patterns in my behavior that have trapped me from living life more fully and completely, coupled with my willingness to grow, has transformed my life to one that is more peaceful, resourceful, joyful and meaningful."


"When we came to see Paula, we thought our marriage was over. Some friends who had marital problems recommended Paula because she helped them get their marriage back on track. We were astonished at how insightful and helpful she was after just one visit. Now, our marriage is stronger than ever, thanks to her. She's really taught us how to communicate our needs to one another and build intimacy in our relationship."

Bruce and Linda

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