Terry McGeehan, MA ,LCPC
Jennifer Baumgartner, LCSW-C
Mimi Walsh-Wehberg, LCPC
Counseling, sometimes referred to as psychotherapy or therapy, is a process that empowers individuals, families and groups to optimize individual well being, improve the quality of one to one relationships and the overall functioning of interpersonal systems, ie. families and organizations. Counseling provides a secure, confidential, non-judgmental environment where personal challenges related to behavior, thought, mood and relationships are explored. During counseling sessions the client and therapist work together to understand how present symptoms, past experiences and current behaviors interfere with the client’s well-being and success.
Counselors can have specific or eclectic theoretical and practical orientations- from Gestalt therapy to the Expressive Arts-which influence and guide their approach to treatment. Regardless of approach, professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems by strengthening self-esteem, developing more adaptive life skills and coping behaviors. These new skills, insights and behaviors create a sense of wholeness and are developed with the fundamental goal of optimizing the meaning, satisfaction and joy experienced in meeting life’s challenges, both personally and professionally.
Individual counseling creates an opportunity to receive support and experience personal growth during challenging times in life. Individual counseling can help one deal with many personal topics in life such as anger, depression, anxiety, loss, mental illness, behavioral addictions, substance abuse, marriage and relationship challenges, parenting problems, school difficulties, career changes etc.
Every couple experiences ups and downs in their levels of harmony and dischord over time. This can range from basic concerns of stagnation to serious expressions of aggressive behavior. Marriage counseling or couples counseling can help resolve conflicts and heal wounds. It can help couples slow their downward spiral, by developing a broader shared perspective on their relationship where mutual respect, understanding, and support enhance the shared journey in life. The couple can learn to identify triggers of conflict and pain and can develop a shared system of care and support rather than division and alienation. From this shared base, the couple can redefine their committment, roles, expectations and goals toward reciprocal care and satisfaction allowing love to grow.
Family counseling is often sought when life changes or stress negatively affect one or all areas of family functioning; family closeness, family structure (rules and roles), family resources (tolerance, love and care) or communication style. Common issues addressed in family counseling are concerns around parenting, sibling conflict, loss of family members, new members entering the family, addictions, mental illness, a major move, a change in a pattern of interacting that does not serve the family system.
Group counseling allows one to experience “universality”, the experience that they are not alone in their type of life challenge. Membership in a group of peers who are in a similar place not only increases one’s understanding of their conflict, but also the variety of possible solutions available. Typically groups revolve around a common topic like: anger management, self-esteem, divorce, domestic violence, recovery from abuse and trauma, and substance abuse and recovery.
Terry McGeehan, MA, LCPC Clinical Counseling & EMDR
Terry, principal and founder of Sage River Wellness, is a licensed clinical counselor and family mediator with over 30 years professional experience. She works with clients to develop healthier ways of coping with life and creating more satisfying relationships. A non-judgmental, trusting relationship is essential. Terry uses a holistic approach to join the wisdom of the body, insight, clients’ resources and live interaction to transform dysfunction, dis-ease and conflict into conscious compassionate living.
Clients learn to recognize and live from their ‘true center” or “authentic self” where they can respond rather than react to life stressors while sustaining inner peace and compassionate presence. Experiential learning and educational materials provide the basis for lasting change.
The services Terry provides include EMDR therapy and consultation, counseling for adults, families, couples and family mediation. Areas of treatment include trauma recovery, emotional regulation, grieving & letting go, managing anxiety, depression, dissociative disorders and addictions recovery; both behavioral (eating disorders, gambling, porn) & substance use (smoking, alcohol, drugs). Relationship therapy involves developing mutual respect, creating a shared space for understanding differences, prioritizing concerns, improving communication, learning conflict resolution skills, keeping love alive and refining commitment. Methods include EMDR, Ego State Integration, Body centered or Somatic Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Humor. The work of therapy becomes the joy and satisfaction of living.
Jennnifer Baumgartner, LCSW-C Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Jen is a licensed clinical social worker who supports clients to increase their awareness and personal insight regarding negative patterns of behavior, self-definition, core beliefs, significant life experiences and interpersonal relationships. She specializes in addictions work with a focus specifically on techniques of relapse prevention, as well as, treatment of mood disorders, codependency, trauma, and family of origin issues.
Jen utilizes an integrative talk therapy approach with its foundation largely in Symbolic Interactionism (SI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). She believes in a holistic approach designed to enhance self-care, emotional wellness, and healthy interactions with others. She holds a certificate in Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and finds this to be an essential component of her practice.
Issues Jen can help with:
- 12-Step support
- ACOA issues
- Alcohol abuse
- Behavioral addictions
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counseling
- Chronic relapse
- Coping skills
- Drug abuse
- Dual diagnosis
- Eating disorders
- Enabling behaviors
- Family of origin
- Internet addiction
- Life transitions
- Mood disorders
- Parenting challenges
- Relationship challenges
- Sexual addiction
- Substance abuse
- Trauma & PTSD
Your work with Jen will be designed to:
- Encourage healthy interactions with yourself and others
- Enhance effective coping strategies and initiate new ones
- Challenge and correct mistaken beliefs
- Confront issues of addiction (chemical or behavioral) and improve relapse prevention skills
- Address issues of anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders
- Increase your level of self-confidence and overall life satisfaction.
Jen believes that we are shaped by every experience and interaction that we have with our selves, significant others, and our community at large. Within the environment of psychotherapy we can challenge our problematic beliefs and behavior patterns, while experimenting with alternatives, and integrating more productive forms of self-expression.
Mimi Walsh-Wehberg, LCPC
I am a licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Maryland, and I began working in the mental health and substance abuse treatment fields in 1992. I have worked as both a clinician and manager in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient mental health care and substance abuse treatment settings, as well as primary care offices and hospitals. Additional experience includes forensic work in a state psychiatric hospital and maximum security prison.
My approach to therapy is strengths-based and in an environment that is free of judgment. I believe that individuals who are struggling with stressful circumstances have the capacity to develop a healthy and productive strategy for managing life. Individual therapy provides the opportunity to explore a person’s experiences and resources and to help create a customized approach to living a healthier, more productive, life. I utilize techniques from Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems Theory, and Psychodynamic therapy. Along with treating substance use disorders, I work with adults experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, and stress related to work/home/school. I received extensive training in trauma-informed treatment, completing both certificate levels of the Advanced Institute for Psychotherapy Training and Education. Because of my extensive experience working in the medical field, I value the coordination of care with medical providers and would be happy to collaborate with other providers such as psychiatrists and primary care providers.
As part of my experience in substance abuse treatment I have worked with loved ones of persons with addiction. In addition to providing therapy I also offer consultation and education to people who are in a relationship with someone in active addiction and need support. Witnessing a loved one become more and more sick over time can be painful, frightening, and confusing. It is important for loved ones and caregivers to protect themselves from the direct and indirect effects of active addiction and untreated mental health issues.