Our Therapists

Our practice prides itself in seeking a diverse group of therapists to provide clients the best possible experience. Our goal is to evaluate each client’s unique needs and match the individual with a therapist whose background and expertise can compliment these.

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Melissa Houck, MS, LGPC

From an early age Melissa knew that she wanted to be a part of helping families grow together. She began as a bachelor level family-based therapist and progressed into outpatient therapy once receiving her master’s degree. Melissa has over ten years’ experience with working with children, adolescence, young adults and families from all ethnicities, races, religions, sexual orientations, and genders.


Her unique approach to care helps empower individuals and families to heal by overcoming hardships and trauma and recognizing their own potential and self-worth. Outside of the clinical world, Melissa is a proud mama of three rambunctious boys and is deeply rooted her faith. She believes in the power of family unit and understands the difficulties families and individuals face in these challenging times. 


Melissa specializes in helping those with anxiety, depression, school related issues, family conflict, low self-esteem, adjustment disorders and parenting.  She modalities center around faith-based counseling, CBT (Cognitive behavioral therapy), TF-CBT (Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy), ESFT (Ecosystemic Structural Family therapy), and play therapy.

Amber Johnson, LMSW

Amber is a licensed master level social worker with a desire to help those struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, family conflict, parenting, postpartum, school issues and self-esteem. Amber specializes in helping children, adolescents, new moms, and those who are looking to increase confidence levels and find their assertive selves.


As a young person, Amber found herself to be the one friends and family choose to confide in and seek assurance from. Ambers experiences range from working on the Pediatric Psychiatric unit of Johns Hopkins Hospital to being a stay at home mom for five years. So whether you are a new or seasoned parent, Amber can relate.


Amber’s approach to clinical work is gentle, humorous when appropriate, and she isn’t afraid to ask difficult questions when necessary. She uses play therapy, narrative therapy, solution focused, and interpersonal therapy. One of her main goals is to help her clients tune in to themselves and empower them to do important self work. If you’re looking to make strides in life, Amber can help. 

Amber is available for both in-person and virtual tele-health appointments.


Warren Herman, LGPC

Making sense of the mind has been a central interest for Warren over many years. His journey of growth and healing has led him through different phases, yielding his Master’s degree, and his work in a community mental health center. He has worked with adults and children in different capacities across the lifespan, providing support to families as an activities professional in a nursing home, completing training in school counseling and doing volunteer work with children.


Warrens warm sense of humor and empathy allow clients to feel at ease and quickly build trust. His multifaceted approach to counseling helps clients build a full range of coping skills while exploring the different motives that drive their actions. He favors an approach that balances deep listening with practical learning, allowing time to practice skills in and out of session. Furthermore, he can help interested clients to integrate their faith into treatment, and can use creative and artistic interventions to support healing.


Outside of a clinical role, Warren’s interests include faith-based activities, playing flutes from around the world, taking photographs, enjoying nature, writing, speaking, and creating art.

Warren is available for both in-person and virtual tele-health appointments.

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Laura A. Smith, MS, LGPC

Laura comes to our practice from a variety of settings. She received her bachelor’s degree from York College. Her career then began in education as a teacher where she discovered her passion for helping people.  She worked with all ages while employed in the school system, and was involved in a number of community programs. Laura then went on to receive her master’s degree in School Counseling from McDaniel College, and later completed all requirements to be a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor. Outside of the clinical world Laura can be found with her family, traveling, hiking, reading, or doing yoga. 


Laura employs a number of therapeutic styles to assist her clients in learning strategies and skills that can help them in their daily lives. Her focus is specific to each client and includes cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, mindfulness techniques, and play therapy. 


Laura is available for both in-person and virtual tele-health appointments.