About Us

Therapists

Benjamin Schwinke LCPC, BCN, Clinical Director
 

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. He also utilizes EMDR and other exposure therapies for trauma disorders. As Clinical Director for MICA, Ben oversees the treatment of all MICA clients and maintains his own caseload.

 

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

​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

 

​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

 

​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

 

​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.

 

​Jen Greenberg, 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 Greenberg, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - State Of Maryland, License # LC2566
NPI: 1649467408

 

​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   

 

Laura Keene Lamir, LCPC

 

Laura brings more than 7 years of clinical experience working with all ages of adults as well as adolescents (14+), couples and families in a variety of settings. Her specialty is helping clients work through anxiety, stress, depression and relationship issues. Her goal is helping clients get to the bottom of their challenges so they can better understand themselves and provide them with the tools to cope with things on their own, outside of therapy. Laura typically utilizes cognitive behavioral and mind-body therapies in session with clients.

Laura received her Masters of Science with a dual specialization in mental health and marriage and family counseling from Barry University. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland.

 

“The curious paradox is that once I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” –Carl Rogers

 

Provider Information: Laura Keene

Licensed Clinicial Professional Counselor, State of Maryland License #:LC5214

NPI:  1356744973

Cecelia van Rooyen, LCSW-C

 

​Cecelia has over seven years of experience in a variety of behavioral health settings, with a focus on mood disorders and crisis intervention.  Her areas of specialty include the treatment of depression and anxiety, as well as relationship issues, self-esteem issues, and life transitions. Cecelia is also trained in Neurofeedback therapy and uses it in conjunction with traditional talk therapy. Additionally, Cecelia has had success in treatment of misophonia, or 4S (Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome), using Neurofeedback.
 
Cecelia graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida with a Bachelor of Social Work degree.  She graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Master of Social Work degree.  She first received her Graduate Social Worker license from the District of Columbia's Health Professional Licensing Administration and then her Independent Clinical Social Worker license. Cecelia is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) in Maryland.
 
Provider Information:  Cecelia van Rooyen
Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C), State of Maryland, License #14765

NPI Number:  1801104013

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

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

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

Joseph Zappala, LCSW-C

 

Joseph has had over ten years of experience in a variety of mental health settings.  He has worked with high risk children and adolescents as well as adults.  His areas of expertise include mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and client-centered therapy in the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, self esteem issues, and school difficulties.

 

Joseph believes in the importance of empowering clients to reach their full potential.  He helps facilitate this by guiding them in a non-judgemental, compassionate manner. He strongly believes in the collaborative relationship between client and therapist. Joseph encourages clients to engage in the healing process of self-actualization through greater insight into oneself.

 

Joseph achieved a Bachelors of Science degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville.  He earned his Master's degree in Social Work from Salisbury University.  He is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland.

 

Provider Information:  Joseph Zappala

Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical, State of Maryland, License 15561

NPI Number: 1013312834

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 12 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.

 

In making her move to MICA, 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.

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