At NorthStar Counseling & Wellness, we strive to serve you with guidance, encouragement and direction, so that you may achieve your goals, discover your authentic self, cultivate self-compassion, develop an increased self-awareness and grow creatively by providing mental health services, counseling and psychotherapy, and integrative care.
Get to know our staff!
Nicole is a Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and parents. Nicole has worked with a diverse population of clients from children to adults, experiencing large variety of issues, as well as working with individuals who have experienced trauma. She enjoys working with all ages whether it's through an individual, family or group therapy setting.
Nicole has provided mental health therapy and counseling services in smaller Practices and large Hospital Networks. She has worked in various settings to provide care through outpatient mental health clinics, school-based and community programs, crisis intervention services, psychiatric rehabilitation programs and intensive outpatient programs.
Nicole uses trauma informed practices and integrative trauma modalities to address the unresolved symptoms of trauma, like anxiety, feelings of guilt and shame, dissociation, nightmares, flashbacks, relationship conflicts, chronic fatigue, depression, addiction, eating disorders and self-harm or self-injury. Nicole believes in the importance of practicing therapy, using self-compassion, while creating a safe space of non-judgment for authentic healing.
Nicole enjoys working with children and adolescents who are experiencing intense emotions, difficulties controlling their feelings, problems related to their learning and social-emotional development or having ongoing conflict at home or in school. Nicole believes it is important to strengthen relationships and increase secure attachments with children and their caregivers.
Nicole practices using a strength-based and trauma-informed approach with an attachment-oriented perspective. Nicole may also use an integrative-approach to create a therapeutic space specific to address the needs of her clients. Nicole has training and experience in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Theraplay techniques, play therapy, sand tray, expressive modalities, mind-body modalities and mindfulness. Nicole will incorporate creative and expressive methods into her therapy practice including art therapy techniques, sand tray, movement and yoga.
Nicole holds an advanced postgraduate Certificate in Trauma (Level I & Level II) from the Ferentz Institute, Certificate in Level One Theraplay & Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) from The Theraplay Institute, Certificate in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Certificate in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Certificate in Trauma Narrative Art Therapy (Level 1).
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BSW) and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. Nicole has experience in providing mental health consultation related to community-based programs and school-based programs regarding impact of trauma on learning, children’s learning and social-emotional development, strengthening parent-child relationships and family engagement, secondary and vicarious trauma and with programs providing services to children and adults who have experienced sexual emotion, emotional trauma, physical abuse and neglect, as well as presenting professional development presentations for educators and mental health workers.
Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Board-Approved Clinical Supervisor in the state of Maryland. With 10+ years of experience in various fields of mental wellness, she is dedicated to promoting social, mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.
Jessica began her career in Residential Treatment Facilities working with adults and geriatric persons promoting community integration and rehabilitation. She was promoted to a Director position and managed a Residential Rehabilitation Program. Jessica then expanded professionally to providing clinical treatment for children and families in Baltimore City. Most recently, Jessica Directed a school-based therapy program, which provided mental health services for schools throughout Maryland.
Jessica has provided therapy in homes, schools, office setting, and other community locations to enhance access of care for those in need. Experience has enhanced her skill set in areas of mediation, leadership, offsite counseling, and positive psychology. Diverse experience in community mental health has allowed Jessica to provide treatment to individuals ranging from 5 - 85yo with diverse backgrounds.
Therapeutically, Jessica has worked with those seeking assistance with symptoms related to trauma, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Conduct, and conflict related to interpersonal relationships. Jessica has completed certificate-level postgraduate course work in the following areas: Mindfulness, Trauma and Attachment, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Jessica values a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach to therapy; and believes in providing a safe, nonjudgmental, compassionate space for treatment.
Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County while also minoring in Sociology. She then achieved her Master of Science (MS) degree in Applied Psychology from University of Baltimore. Jessica has experience advocating for mental health needs in school environments throughout the state of Maryland; particularly through involvement in Mental Health Task Force with Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Jessica has experience as a Mental Health First Aid Trainer and personally certified community members in MHFA promoting knowledge and interventions for those in need. Jessica has also contributed consultation services to local CSAs regarding residential mental healthcare for persons affected by chronic mental illness.
Jessica believes in a person-centered approach to therapy with profound respect for the individual's journey to health and awareness. Through practices rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, trauma-informed care, and support, Jessica customizes treatment based on the needs of the individual.
Amy Rich is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Board-Approved Clinical Supervisor in the state of Maryland. Amy has almost 20 years’ experience as a LCPC. After earning her Master’s Degree from Loyola University, Amy has enjoyed working with adults and couples.
Amy uses a holistic and client-centered approach in working to address all aspects of the individual, including emotional health, physical health, and personal experiences. Amy believes in the importance of using strength-based practices and a positive psychology model to allow clients to identify their strengths and in-turn use their strengths as a catalyst for change. Additionally, Amy has experience incorporating an individual’s spiritual practices and religious preferences within the therapeutic environment to appropriately address interpersonal conflicts.
While working toward clinical licensure, Amy completed a fellowship in loss and bereavement at the Spiritual and Bereavement Care Center with Hospice of the Chesapeake. Amy helps clients find meaning and learn how to build a life they want when a loss or major transition occurs. Amy provides empathy and compassion when clients expresses their fears, conflicts in spirituality and crisis for meaning and purpose after the passing of a loved one.
In being an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, Amy has learned specific strategies to effectively help the unique challenges clients may encounter; such as self-acceptance and internalized homophobia, the difficult process of coming out, treating LGBTQ+ couples the same as their heterosexual counterpart and trauma and abuse from growing up LGBTQ+. Amy also has experience in working with parents and families who may have difficulties with children or family members who have shared their gender identity, recently expressed a new sexual identity or communicated their transitioning.
As a trained pastoral counselor, Amy recognizes that spirituality and faith can be positive aspects of one’s life, but she is also aware that people may have been wounded in this area. Amy welcomes the opportunity to work with people of varied (or no) spiritual practices and faith traditions and seeks to bring compassion and care to all. When a client wishes to integrate their spirituality or faith traditions into their mental health treatment, Amy will integrate spiritual principles into psychotherapy using spiritually-oriented treatment approaches mindfulness skills techniques into traditional forms of therapy because spirituality can be identified as a resource to complement psychological interventions which enhance coping during times of losses, conflicts, disappointments, and health issues.