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We are passionate about providing professional services to our diverse families, and it starts with us! Our team comes from a wide variety of educational, ethnic, and family backgrounds and is ready to support you in your mental health journey from individual counseling to marriage and family therapy.

Read through our bios to get to know us better. When you schedule a consultation call, we’ll ask if you have a preference for your counselor or help you find one that fits you and your family’s needs. If you decide later that this team member just isn’t a good fit for you, we can help you make a switch.

Counselors Serving Our Residents in District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland

Kim Folden, LCSW

Kim Folden

LCSW
Virtual Therapist

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Kimberly Folden is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 22 years of experience providing mental health treatment for families and individuals. Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Radford University in 1998 and received a Master of Social Work Degree from Radford University in 2001.

Kim has a great passion for helping others and has experience working with individuals and families to address grief, anxiety, depression, and traumas as they transition to the next steps in living a healthier and happier life. Over the years, Kim has developed specialized skills to work with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, co-occurring disorders, grief and loss, family counseling, family conflicts, PTSD, and other forms of trauma.

Kim understands the need to have a healed sense of self to address the ever-changing world.  Kim utilizes a strengths-based client-centered approach, trauma-informed treatment, and cognitive-behavioral techniques with her clients to promote healing and wellness.

Accepting clients living in Virginia; accepting the following insurances: only accepting Optum/United Healthcare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna/Evernorth

Cheryl Torpey, LCSW-C

Cheryl Torpey

LCSW-C
Virtual Therapist

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Cheryl Torpey is licensed in Clinical Social Work in Maryland and has over 25 years of experience in counseling in a wide range of issues. She graduated from Salisbury State University with her Bachelors in Social Work with minors in Psychology and Art. She earned her Master's degree was from the University of Maryland Professional School of Social Work in Baltimore in 1997.

Cheryl has extensive experience working with adults from various backgrounds dealing with many issues. These issues include (but are not limited to) end-of-life care, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and PTSD. She uses cognitive behavior techniques (CBT) and pulls from various other modalities in working with clients.

Cheryl is a kind and compassionate therapist who works collaboratively with her clients on accomplishing their own goals for personal growth. Cheryl works with people holistically, body, mind, and spirit, recognizing that each part plays a role in optimal functioning in life. She desires each person to find their purpose and make their unique mark on their world and relationships.

Accepting clients living in Maryland; accepting the following insurances: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Optum/United Healthcare.

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Ally Jacobi

LMSW supervisee in Social Work
Therapist I
In-Person and Virtual Provider

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Ally Jacobi, MSW, is a Supervisee in Social Work, with over 10 years of experience working with at-risk youth and their families. Ally earned a Bachelor of Social Work, with a minor in Psychology in 2015 and a Master of Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2020.

Ally specializes in working with youth, adolescents, and young adults. She has worked with clients facing a wide array of challenges, including trauma, abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, behavioral challenges, and cognitive and developmental delays. Her focus areas include anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, and substance abuse. Ally's core approach utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Play Therapy strategies.

Ally is a compassionate, understanding, and judgment-free Therapist, who brings authenticity to each session. She wants to assist clients in discovering their inner strengths, providing supportive techniques to overcome challenges, and empowering clients with the tools they need to help them feel their best. Ally offers both in-person and virtual services for those in need.

Ally is accepting clients living in Virginia for those only seeking virtual only. She is accepting clients for in-person care regardless of their home location.

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Holly Hartson, PhD

Clinical Psychologist
Virtual Therapist

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Holly Hartson has been a licensed clinical psychologist for 20 years, with training in interpersonal therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, with a trauma-informed approach. She received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Holly practices a therapeutic approach that is centered on the needs and strengths of each client as an individual. She has experience working with adults, teens, and children who are experiencing a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, anger, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, and family conflict. Holly’s goal is to help clients cope with daily stress and obstacles and find healthy strategies to become the best version of themselves they envision.

Accepting clients living in Virginia; accepting the following insurances: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and Optum/United Healthcare

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Marianne Redmond Lopez

LCSW
Virtual Therapist

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Marianne Redmond Lopez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 30 years of experience. Marianne earned a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from Mary Washington University in 1993 and a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996.

Marianne is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She is working on certifications as a Personality Disorder Specialist, Sex Treatment Professional, and Trauma Therapist. She specializes in working with individuals, couples, and groups, focusing on the treatment of victims of abuse, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, borderline personality struggles, marriage or interpersonal relationship problems, daily life pressure/problems, peer pressure, bullying, mood disorders, first responders, helping professions, low self-esteem among other issues.

Marianne Redmond Lopez describes herself as a down-to-earth therapist with a good sense of humor. She is a solution-focused psychotherapist who aims to help others uncover their true potential and move forward confidently toward all their goals.

Accepting clients living in Virginia; accepting the following insurance companies: accepting Anthem BCBC, Carefirst BCBS, Optum/United Healthcare, Cigna/Evernorth and self-pay clients at this time

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Joseph Melendez

LCSW, LCSW-C, LICSW
Therapist III - Clinical Supervisor

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Joseph Melendez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 8 years of direct practice experience and is licensed in DC, Virginia, and Maryland. He graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s and Master of Social Work in 2016.  Joseph is heavily involved with the LGBTQIA+ community and is a proud affirming provider. 

Joseph is a holistic and integrative therapist, and his core principles are compassion, collaboration, and transparency. He has extensive experience in counseling individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, work/life balance stressors, life transitions, and other areas. He provides counseling to individuals, couples and families to address stress, communication concerns, and conflict.  
 
Joseph utilizes various approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Therapy, Existential Therapy, Gottman Training and Parent Management Training. He is committed to helping clients feel their best and believes clients are the experts in their journey.

Accepting clients living in DC, Maryland, and Virginia; accepting the following insurances: Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna/Evernorth, Optum/United Healthcare, and Self Pay clients

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Michele Gunter

LCSW
Therapist II - Virtual Provider

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Michele Gunter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia, with a career spanning over 25 years. She graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences with minors in English, Biology, and Early Childhood Development. Michele earned her Master of Social Work with honors, from Radford University in 1996. 

Michele has extensive experience and knowledge working with clients struggling from a broad range of issues. These issues include (but are not limited to the full range of my practice) anxiety, depression, grief, life-transitions, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, PTSD, anger management, OCD, relationship issues, chronic illness and aging, stress, ADHD, and Attachment issues are just some of the issues she works with.  Michele has experience working with children, teens, adults, individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds. 

Michele firmly believes in the power of empathy, being non-judgmental, providing a safe space. Using a strengths-based perspective to empower clients in developing healthy thinking patterns, and effective coping skills to manage their life challenges. Michele is trained in many treatment approaches, the include (but are not limited to) Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Based Therapy, Trauma-Focused-Therapy, Reality Therapy, Mindfulness, Strengths Based Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Play Therapy/Filial Play Therapy, etc.  She considers the client/therapist relationship essential, working collaboratively, she and her client together identify needs and goals.

Accepting the following insurances: Anthem, Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna/Evernorth, Optum/United Healthcare, Humana/Tricare Certified out-of-network provider, and Self Pay clients