About Us

Therapists

Benjamin Schwinke LCPC, BCN, Founder
 

Ben has over ten years of mental health experience in a variety of clinical settings. Ben is one of the few BCIA Board Certified Neurofeedback specialists in Maryland. His areas of specialty include the integration of Neurofeedback Training in the psychotherapeutic treatment of anxiety, depression and mood disorders, attention disorders such as ADD and ADHD, and sleep problems. 

 

Ben graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. He received his Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland.

 

Provider Information: Benjamin L Schwinke

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, State of Maryland, License #: LC4553

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor #: 00112182

NPI Number: 1811265267

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​Stacy Bratburd, LCSW-C

 

Stacy has over 10 years of clinical experience treating adolescents, young adults, adults, families, and couples.  Stacy specializes in helping clients work through anxiety, depression, stress management, self-esteem, life transitions, personal growth, parenting issues and relationships. Her goal is to help clients live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. Stacy tends to use CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and SFT (Solution Focused Therapy) to help clients identify any negative thought patterns or obstacles. Meditation/relaxation techniques, as well as more creative approaches such as art, writing, and health/wellness are also incorporated into sessions.

 

Stacy graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and from University of Maryland- Baltimore with a Master's Degree in Social Work. She is Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical in Maryland.

Provider Information: Stacy Bratburd, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical, State Of Maryland, License #15187

NPI: 1699144055

 

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​Michelle Chao LCSW-C

 

Michelle brings over seventeen years of experience specializing in the mental health treatment of children, adolescents and young adults. Areas of expertise include ADHD, depression, mood disorders, school and/or behavioral difficulties, life transitions and self-esteem issues. Several treatment modalities she uses in her practice include, but are not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) and person-centered therapy. 

 

Michelle graduated from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland with a dual degree in Social Work and Sociology and a minor in Social Science Research. She went on to earn her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Social Work. She is a licensed certified social worker - clinical (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland.

Provider Information: Michelle Chao, LCSW-C
Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical, State Of Maryland, License #12263

NPI: 1659739647

 

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​Marti Cullen, LCPC

 

Marti has more then 15 years of experience specializing in the mental health treatment of adults and adolescents. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, attention disorders such as ADD and ADHD, mood disorders, life transitions, marital and premarital issues, infertility, pregnancy loss, women's issues, self-esteem, parenting, anger management, relationship, and school issues. Marti has extensive experience working with distressed youth, adolescents, young adults, and their families. She also has many years of experience working with adolescents and adults suffering from substance abuse disorders. She has worked in numerous settings including outpatient clinics, schools and private practice.

 

Marti's goals are to help clients find their inner strength and a well-balanced life.  She helps clients develop the skills to manage life's daily stressors, and provides appropriate support as they pave the way towards deep and lasting change.  Marti practices cognitive behavior therapy with her clients.  She plays a very active role in the sessions, building a rapport with her clients that leads them to feel safe and comfortable. She helps clients explore their feelings and thoughts with the intention of learning the skills and tools to create behavioral changes in dealing with difficult and stressful situations.  
 

Marti earned her Masters Degree in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.

She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Maryland.


Provider Information: Marti Cullen, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - State Of Maryland, License # LC1216
NPI: 1669951067

 

​Michael Donovan, LCPC, BCN

 

Michael has seven years experience providing mental health services to diverse clientele in several settings, including: short-term inpatient psychiatric hospitals, nonprofit outpatient residential programs, and outpatient community mental health centers. Michael works with adults and adolescents on a variety of mental health concerns, including: anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficulties related to life's everyday challenges. He has earned a BCIA Certification in Neurofeedback, and uses this treatment technique in conjunction with psychotherapy sessions to help clients conceptualize and address their challenges from emotional, behavioral, and neurological perspectives. His clinical focus is on employing an integrative treatment approach to help clients develop multiple paths to wellness.
 

Michael earned his Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University, MD. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Maryland.

Provider Information: Michael Donovan, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - State Of Maryland, License #LC6746
NPI: 1811360886

 

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​Alison Dorsky, LCSW-C

 

Alison has 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in community mental health and school- based settings. As an Autism specialist, Alison works to increase understanding of challenges unique to Autism and ability of individuals and families to cope in positive and productive ways. Her work with children and adolescents often includes advocacy and collaboration with schools and other relevant treatment and service providers. Alison works to build mutual support and understanding across home, academic, and/or vocational environments.


Alison also has extensive experience helping people manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, grief and trauma. She often combines visual, video, and interactive social communication strategies in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy when working with Autism and similar diagnoses. Mindfulness and trauma informed therapies are some of the additional strategies Alison uses to address anxiety, PTSD, and depression. She feels strongly, however, that establishing and maintaining a trusting and supportive relationship with her clients is essential for the success of any therapeutic process.


Alison received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and her Master’s in Social Work from Boston University. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland.

Provider Information: Alison Dorsky, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, State of Maryland, License #10033

NPI Number: 1255502175

 

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​Carrie Knebel, LCSW-C, ATR-BC

 

Carrie has over 20 years of experience working with young people (children and adolescents) and their families and adults.  Carrie is both a verbal therapist as well as an art therapist. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), client centered therapy and art therapy. Carrie meets the client where they are and helps them set goals to make the changes they desire. Carrie specializes in depression, anxiety, family conflict, and peer relationships.

Carrie earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Catholic University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland. She earned a Master’s degree in Art Therapy and is a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC).

Provider Information: Carrie Knebel LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, State of Maryland, License #07687

NPI Number: 1841759180   

 

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​Meg McDonald, LCSW-C

 

Meg is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, and has been working with individuals, couples, and families for over seven years. She graduated with her MSW in Individual and Family Therapy from Saint Louis University. She specializes in treating Depression, Anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma, survivors of domestic and sexual violence, parenting struggles, and families experiencing difficulties. Her approach to therapy is Person-Centered, believing the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for creating positive change.

 

In order to find the best therapeutic fit for each individual, couple, or family, Meg uses a number of modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness/Meditative techniques, Play Therapy techniques, and Narrative Therapy.

 

She believes all people deserve, and have the capacity, to overcome the challenges and conflicts that life brings, regardless of their culture, race, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation.

 

Provider Information: Megan McDonald, LCSW-C

Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical, License MD: #25787

NPI: 1144805292

 

 

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Sarah Puskavich, LCPC

 

Sarah has been working in the mental health field for nearly five years. She has worked with clients through many phases of life including teenage clients and adults. Sarah is familiar with many levels of care in the mental health system as she has worked in hospital, residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care. Sarah has experience treating substance abuse disorders, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, issues with self-esteem, interpersonal functioning, and stress management. Sarah utilizes therapeutic interventions including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), person-centered therapy, mindfulness, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Sarah’s goal is to help guide and support clients in recognizing their own strengths to address issues while implementing interventions based in awareness of thoughts and behavioral changes.

 

 

Sarah graduated from Washington & Jefferson College with her bachelor’s degree. She double majored in psychology and philosophy. Sarah then completed her Master’s of Science at West Virginia University in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland.

 

Provider Information: Sarah Puskavich, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, License #LC10782
NPI: 1225628274

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Michelle Ramirez, LCSW-C

 

Michelle has over 10 years of experience working as a mental health therapist treating individuals of all ages, families and couples. This experience includes working with clients facing challenges related to mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, trauma, relationship conflict, stress management, and grief and loss. She works with clients using a strengths-based approach to help identify healthy coping strategies and gain insight. Interventions also include Solution-Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.


Michelle graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, and The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC with a Master’s degree in social work.  She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland.

Provider information: Michelle Ramirez, LCSW-C
Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical, State of Maryland License #15983
NPI: 1992101463

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Esther Saggurthi, LCPC

 

The mere thought of therapy can be daunting, while in actuality most of us ask for advice from those around us everyday. What makes therapy different from asking a coworker, friend or relative for their advice, is my approach to therapy. I believe therapy is allowing you the space to work out issues, the space to feel free and learn about yourself in new ways. Therapy is looking at your thoughts and behavioral patterns for maximum effectiveness to your desired goals. 

 

I practice mostly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Positive Psychology. In addition to talk therapy, I also practice Bibliotherapy, Drama Therapy, Poetry Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy,  Mindfulness, Guided Meditation, and Sensorium work, with an overall holistic approach to counseling. The type of therapy modality used, or combination thereof is based on how best to meet YOUR needs. 

 

I see my job as having you look in a mirror at your inner self and decide if there is anything you would want to work on improving. I am here to support you in those endeavors. I will not do the work for you. I can not promise you all sunshine and rainbows. I will not have all the answers. I am human too. I will support you in any way I can, as you travel your journey of life, with all its surprises. 

 

My approach is best summed up in two quotes by Benjamin Franklin, “There are three things extremely hard:  steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Here’s to you, learning about yourself!

Provider Information: Esther Saggurthi

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, License #LC8450

NPI: 1255960027

Abby Shahar, LCPC, LCPAT, ATR-BC

 

Abby brings ten years of experience in mental health treatment with people of all ages, with a focus on depression, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, and crisis intervention. Aside from talk-therapy, she is an art therapist and is happy to incorporate aspects of this technique into your session.  Art therapy may not be for everyone, so do not be deterred!  She believes strongly in the benefits of mindfulness and client-centered practice in her sessions.  She also employs solution-focused techniques that she believes give direction and gratification towards fulfilling your goals.

Abby graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Visual Arts.  She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from The George Washington University.  She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) as well as a Licensed (LCPAT), Registered, and Board Certified (ATR-BC) Art Therapist in the State of Maryland.

 

Provider Information :  Abby Shahar

Licensed Certified Professional Counselor, State of Maryland, License #  LC4984

License Certified Professional Art Therapist, State of Maryland, License #  ATC077

NPI Number: 1073033049

​Jen Sherwin, LCPC

 

Jennifer has over seventeen years of experience specializing in the mental health treatment of adults and adolescents. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse, life transitions, infertility, pregnancy loss, postpartum depression and self-esteem issues. She has worked in numerous settings including outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools and rehab programs. Jen's goals are to help clients achieve balance to live a more complete, fulfilled life. She helps clients develop the skills to cope more effectively with life's stressors. Jen is also trained in Neurofeedback therapy and uses it in conjunction with traditional talk therapy. Additionally, Jen is now conducting group therapy sessions for substance abuse.

Jen earned her Masters Degree in Counseling from Columbia University in New York. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Maryland.

Provider Information: Jen Sherwin, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - State Of Maryland, License # LC2566
NPI: 1649467408

 

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David Sherwin, LCPC

 

Dave Sherwin is a Maryland Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).  For the past seven years, he has worked with a diverse population of children and adults in a variety of settings that include outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools, and a juvenile detention center.  He uses a variety of counseling modalities to work with clients.  Some of these approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and family systems therapy.  His eclectic style supports the unique needs of every client and family.

Dave earned a Master’s of Science in Community Mental Health Counseling from McDaniel College.  He also earned a Master’s of Science in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University.  Dave earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida.

Provider Information: David C. Sherwin, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, State of Maryland, License #: LC6239

NPI Number: 1679059562

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Stephanie Sicard, LCSW-C

 

Stephanie has 20 years of experience working with adults and children to address a range of issues including anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, grief and loss issues, body image issues, trauma issues and attachment issues.  She works with clients in a supportive and collaborative capacity to help them develop tools and coping strategies that they can sustain over time.   She believes that establishing a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship is essential for clients to be able to enhance their own self -awareness and to be able to successfully confront their issues.

 

Stephanie takes an individualized and strengths-based approach to working with clients.  She understands that each individual’s personal experiences and responses to them are unique.  She employs various therapeutic approaches including talk therapy, solution focused therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients to gain insight into their emotional and behavioral issues and to develop effective coping strategies to better manage them.

 

Stephanie is passionate about helping others to become the most empowered, confident and fulfilled versions of themselves by helping them to recognize their own strengths and build upon them.  She understands that everyone has their own personal issues and struggles and she strives to empower clients to better manage these issues. 

 

Provider Information: Stephanie Sicard

Licensed Certified Social Worker, State of Maryland

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Noah Stevens, LCPC

 

​Noah has seven years of experience working with a wide variety of clients including children, teens, and adults, as well as couples and families. His areas of focus are behavioral problems, anxiety, and mood disorders. He also has a great deal of experience in serious persistent mental health issues and substance abuse. He uses primarily Cognitive Behavioral and Client-Focused (Rogerian) methods, and is trained in Motivational Interviewing. Noah is also trained in Neurofeedback therapy and uses it in conjunction with traditional talk therapy.

Noah earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from The University of West Florida. His graduate training was in Counseling Psychology at the University of West Florida, where he earned a Master's degree. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

Provider Information: Noah Stevens, LCPC
Licensed Certified Professional Counselor, State Of Maryland, License #LC5110
NPI: 1013209154

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Megan Wainwright, LCPC

 

Megan brings over five years of clinical experience specializing in mental health treatment of adolescents, young adults, and adults. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings such as outpatient clinics to acute psychiatric hospitals, and inpatient residential programs.  Megan’s areas of expertise are primarily in helping individuals work through their anxiety, depression, substance abuse, life transitions, infertility, and self-esteem issues. Megan utilizes a number of treatment modalities in her practice which include but not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), choice theory, dialectal behavioral therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing. 

Megan graduated from the University of Utah with a dual bachelor’s in psychology and Health Promotion & Education. She then went on to complete her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland.

 

Provider Information: Megan Wainwright, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, License #LC9474
NPI: 1225696594

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Laura Zukowski, LCPC

 

Laura has over twelve years of experience specializing in the mental health treatment of adolescents, adults, and families. Laura has worked in a variety of clinical settings including residential, inpatient, outpatient, and school based services. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and stress management. Laura believes that the relationship between client and therapist is crucial to the success of treatment, and works to provide a safe and trusting dynamic with her clients. She tailors her therapeutic approach to meet the specific needs of the individual, emphasizing a strength based and person centered approach. Some interventions include talk therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
 

Laura completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology at Virginia Tech and her Masters Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling at McDaniel College.

 

Provider Information: Laura Zukowski, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, State of Maryland, License #: LC4337
NPI # 1508234873

 

Administrative Staff

Rachell Shapiro, Director of Development

 

Rachell comes from a communications and marketing background having produced and managed high-end marketing, instructional, and educational videos for a large variety of corporate, non-profit and government clients for over 15 years.  She served as the senior producer and director of development for a video communications company prior to coming to MICA. Rachell   managed and implemented all social media marketing tools as well as developed and implemented business development and marketing efforts.

 

Rachell heads the social media, marketing and business development for the practice as well as assists in running the day-to-day operations.

 

Rachell graduated cum laude from Towson University with a BA in Mass Communications and a minor in Marketing.