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.
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.
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.
Cara Ebling is a licensed certified social worker specializing in anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma and relationship concerns. Cara graduated from James Madison University with a major in Psychology and earned her Masters of Social Work with a focus in clinical studies from University of Maryland, Baltimore. Cara is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Through her extensive experience working with people of all different backgrounds and varying levels of emotional struggles, Cara values building a supportive and personal relationship with her clients. Cara recognizes that taking the steps to reach out and get help takes a lot of courage and strives to provide a safe, secure, therapeutic atmosphere, which caters to client’s individual needs. Her therapeutic style utilizes a strength-based approach that allows for improved self-awareness, providing readiness for growth and progress. Cara also has been trained in EMDR which is a highly effective treatment modality used for trauma, phobias and anxiety. She also incorporates the Enneagram as a tool for understanding the various parts of the personality and uses it to set the course for growth, insight, and developing treatment goals. Cara works with individuals as well as couples striving to improve overall wellbeing.
Cara has lived in Maryland her whole life and currently lives in Baltimore County with her husband and two children.
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.
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Matt is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Bachelor’s Degree from Milligan College and Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University, Maryland. Matt is experienced in working with adolescents, adults, and families in outpatient, rehabilitation and school settings.
Matt specializes in working with individuals with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflict and grief. He has extensive training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Problem Gambling and is trained in EMDR trauma therapy. Matt runs groups for men and adolescents and has also served as a consultant in school settings, providing crisis intervention for students and professional training development for staff.
Drawing from Cognitive-Behavioral and Existential treatment models, Matt understands that the most important catalyst in therapy is a relationship based on trust and respect. Matt partners with clients to assist them in increasing their insight and overcoming life’s barriers, allowing them to reach their full potential. Matt has grown up in Baltimore where he currently lives with his wife.
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.
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