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Our Therapists

Who We Are

Each of us is passionate about providing an exceptional therapeutic experience for our clients. We believe that deep healing and transformation is possible when courage, compassion, and collaboration are present in the room. Our therapists are enthusiastic learners. We seek training on current developments in the field and bring exciting interventions back to the couch. We are honored to work with each client and humbled to share a stretch of your road with you.

Karen J. Helfrich, LCSW-C

(She/Her)

Who Do I Help?

I help women, from young adulthood through retirement age who are struggling, but also hearing a call to return to themselves.

Many women I see are experiencing changes in their lives and things are not how they thought it would be.

Maybe life after high school or college isn’t what you expected and you are having a hard time “adulting.”

Maybe your relationship isn’t going well.

Maybe a relationship ended and you are struggling to heal and move on.

Maybe you really want to get this motherhood thing right and it’s even harder than you imagined.

Maybe trying to balance career, parenthood, and partnership is pulling you under.

Through it all, maybe food is your best friend and worst foe.

It seems like everything you know to do isn’t working.

How Do I Help?

Our work empowers you from the inside out.

We will not simply talk about your feelings.

We will work with your feelings using practices that transform your experience of yourself.

You will know that you are not crazy and you are not alone.

You will recognize your own strengths and wholeness.

You will acquire effective deep self-care skills and healthy perspectives.

We work together learning, gaining skills, and using deep healing experiences that bring you back to yourself.

Areas of Specialization

  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Parenting
  • New Graduate
  • Academic Anxiety in Adulthood
  • Trauma
  • Overeating/Body Image
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Women
  • Wellness
  • Self-Esteem/Personal Boundaries

Credentials

  • Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I
  • Embodied Recovery Level I
  • Certificate in Treating Trauma in Adolescents
  • Certified Financial Social Worker
To schedule with Karen, give her a call at 410-487-2977 or click on the Request Appointment button to go to the online calendar.

Karen has contributed her expertise in publications including:

Amy Kirby, LMSW

(She/Her)

You are not alone.

As a queer-identified person, I understand the fear, self-doubt, and lack of belonging that so many of us experience.

As an individual and a therapist, I believe wholeheartedly that we can do so much more than survive. We can thrive as students, professionals, friends, partners, parents, and families.

If you are here, maybe you are overwhelmed sometimes with feelings of shame, worry, and hopelessness.

Maybe you feel angry and heartbroken because your family does not understand and is unwilling to accept you as you are.

Maybe you’ve been bullied and discriminated against at school, at work, or in your community.

Maybe you have recently come out, but things don’t feel as great as you thought they would.

You may have had negative experiences with therapy in the past, and even said, “I hate therapists.”

While there are many people who share these experiences, the isolation and fear can make it feel like there is no one who understands.

I am here to help.

We will work together to help you feel better and improve your relationship with yourself and with others.

A solid sense of self-worth is critical to weathering the storms of relationships. Our work will help you become grounded in who you are.

My style is caring, direct, and highly empathetic.

My focus is on creating a space where you feel free to speak openly, exploring ways to navigate feelings, experiences, and relationships without sacrificing your true self.

We will build skills and practices to help you feel empowered, get “un-stuck,” and get moving forward again.

I am also a sex-positive clinician and aware and affirming of sexual diversity, including poly/kink/altsex communities, and other identities.

I am especially passionate about supporting people who may have disappointing or painful experiences with therapy in the past.

If this is you, let’s chat!

Areas of Specialization

  • LGBTQ+
  • Highly Sensitive People
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • History of Substance Abuse
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Self-Esteem/Personal Boundaries
  • Prior Negative Therapy Experience

Credentials

  • Licensed Masters Social Worker
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy +
To schedule with Amy, give her a call at 410-707-9987 or click on the Request Appointment button.

Alyson Mullie, LMSW

(She/Her)

Hello! I’m Alyson…

I know it can be hard to find someone who understands.

I know life can be hard and complicated.

I know that navigating life off-map is scary, confusing, and exciting all at once.

I’m here to help you find your way…

I am a sex-positive psychotherapist who is affirming to clients who may identify as LGBTQIA, polyamorous, kink/BDSM, and non-binary genders.

I also support clients who may be experiencing loss and grief, especially related to medical diagnoses. 

I know that there are many forms of grief and that each person has their own way of experiencing and expressing grief.

I tailor therapy to support the unique grieving process for each individual to be gentle and spacious with their process.

Areas of Specialization

  • Grief & Loss
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Self-Esteem/Interpersonal Boundaries
  • Relationship Challenges
  • LGBTQIA
  • Polyamory/Kink/BDSM

Credentials

  • Licensed Masters Social Worker

To connect with Alyson, call at 410-395-4213, or click the Request Appointment button.

Stephanie Schuster, LMSW

(She/Her)

Your feelings and experiences are valid and welcome here 

I help individuals and couples 

I understand life stressors can get in the way of relationships. 

I understand life can be difficult and you may feel that it is hard to see the good in life. 

I understand you may feel alone or unable to talk to those close to you. 

I understand you may feel you are not “normal”. 

I understand you may wonder if life will get better. 

I understand that you may feel it is difficult to seek help. 

I am here to help guide you towards the life you truly want. 

I use a non-judgmental approach in helping individuals and couples work through challenges. 

My style is empathetic, sex-positive, and understanding of various needs. 

Together our work will examine the presenting needs, the impact our lived experiences has on our lives, and ways of navigating through the difficulties. 

Together we will navigate unhelpful thought processes that get in the way of more positive experiences. 

Together we will process the various emotions and challenges to help provide clarity and peace of mind.

Areas of Specialization

  • Couples Counseling
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Women
  • Men
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Trauma
  • Body Image
  • LGBTQ+
  • Polyamory/Kink/BDSM

Credentials

  • Licensed Masters Social Worker
  • Masters in Human Sexuality Education
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

To connect with Stephanie, call at 410-395-4583, or click the Request Appointment button.