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  • Our Philosophy

    The counselors at Clarity Centers strive to help you obtain self knowledge, practice self control, and gain clarity of mind. We do this so that you may learn to live more fully, laugh more openly, and love more unconditionally. Our goal is to offer fully engaged and guided conversations with someone wise and merciful.

    Regardless of the treatment style or modality used in counseling, the rapport between patient and therapist is the most essential ingredient of growth. The “who” almost always outweighs the “how.” Ask us to explain this further.

    We bring backgrounds in addictions/substance abuse, psychiatry, nursing, guidance and education, couples counseling, mindfulness, chronic pain management, forensic counseling, sports coaching, community mental health, pastoral counseling, biofeedback, hypnotherapy, traumatology, sex therapy, grief counseling, and psychological testing.

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    Meet our team

    DINA JOSIF BLOCK, PH.D., M.S.

    DINA JOSIF BLOCK, PH.D., M.S.

    Years in Practice: 5 Years School: Johns Hopkins Year Graduated: 2014 INTRODUCTION I think the first thing in building a relationship is establishing trust. I want my clients to feel that when they come to see me they can say whatever is on their mind without any fear. I am open-minded, compassionate, and I helped […]
    TERRY BOUMA, LCPC

    TERRY BOUMA, LCPC

    Years in Practice: 15+ Years School: Loyola University Year Graduated: 2004 License No. and State: LC2547 Maryland INTRODUCTION As a skilled diagnostician and licensed mental health clinician, I have assisted clients in finding relief and healing from various mental health and situational challenges by offering strong theory-based psychotherapy, developed during 15 years of practice in […]
    KATY CASTRO, PSY.D.

    KATY CASTRO, PSY.D.

    Years in Practice: 6 Years School: Biola University Year Graduated: 2014 License No. and State: 06272 Maryland INTRODUCTION I work with both individuals and couples in therapy, from an attachment model. I value faith, and I’m happy to integrate Christian perspectives into therapy if that is desired. Additionally, I provide psychological assessment and I believe […]
    JAMAAL CLARK, SR., LMSW

    JAMAAL CLARK, SR., LMSW

    I believe that everyone has a password deep down inside of themselves. I work with my clients to find the key to unlocking that password so that they can fulfill their goals. I am enthusiastic about helping clients that experience a range of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, family/relationship issues, grief, and other concerns […]
    SHAWN HALES, PSY.D., LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

    SHAWN HALES, PSY.D., LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

    Years in Practice: 26+ Years School: Biola University Year Graduated: 1995 License No. and State: 03352 Maryland You may be a young person or a man looking for personal consulting or mentoring. Maybe your life is a mess and you’ve decided a deep assessment of how you are “wired” could significantly add value and impact […]
    ALITA HALL, ED.D.

    ALITA HALL, ED.D.

    I bring over 25 years of Mental Health experience to the field, with overlapping 20 years in the field of Education. I’ve earned degrees in Human Services, as well as a Masters in School Counseling and Special Education from C.W. Post/Long Island University. I graduated as a member of Chi Sigma Iota from Dowling College […]
    KRISTEN RICHARDSON, M.A.

    KRISTEN RICHARDSON, M.A.

    I am a free-spirited, open-minded mental health advocate who enjoys assisting people with improving the way they see & feel about themselves, and their lives. I believe that we are all continuously growing and healing and it is our job to work through it every single day. I am here to help clients work through […]
    MARIEL OTTER, DNP, PMHNP-BC

    MARIEL OTTER, DNP, PMHNP-BC

    Mariel Otter, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from Johns Hopkins University. Prior experience includes inpatient, outpatient, and mobile child psychiatry, inpatient and outpatient adult psychiatry, and the Retreat at Sheppard Pratt, a private-pay […]
    PETER KEITH, M.S., LGPC

    PETER KEITH, M.S., LGPC

    I tend to find value in the utilization of mindfulness-based therapy with aspects of psychodynamic and humanistic approaches, but there is value in other modalities as well, such as more behavioral-styled approaches. We are all different, and different people often need different interventions. Together we will determine what works best for you. In fact, I […]
    RITCHIE MCCALL, M.S., LCPC

    RITCHIE MCCALL, M.S., LCPC

    As a licensed professional counselor, I bring many life experiences to the therapeutic process since I have also worked at a high school teacher and realtor. Working with clients with a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, relationship issues and trauma or emotional abuse is very fulfilling and challenging. I think it is important […]
    LYLA WADIA, M.S., PA

    LYLA WADIA, M.S., PA

    Years in Practice: 1 Year School: Loyola University Year Graduated: 2018 I am a registered psychological associate, who is currently working towards her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Loyola University Maryland. I have a diverse range of training, working with adults in outpatient, in-patient and hospital-based settings. My professional interests include working within both […]
    RYAN KARZAR, M.S., PA

    RYAN KARZAR, M.S., PA

    Years in Practice: 2 Years School: Loyola University Year Graduated: 2021 I am a registered psychological associate, who is currently working towards his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Loyola University Maryland. SPECIALTIES/ISSUES: ADHD Anger Management Autism Spectrum Depression Grief Life Transitions Sexuality and Gender  Trauma  AGE: Children / Young Adolescents (5 to 14) Teenagers […]
    NOOR ABD-ALLAH, M.S.

    NOOR ABD-ALLAH, M.S.

    Years in Practice: 2 Years  School: Loyola University  Year Graduated: 2021 I am a current clinical psychology doctoral student, having earned my M.S. in 2021 from Loyola University Maryland. My professional interests include conducting psychological assessments and providing therapy services to a wide range of individuals, ranging from adolescents to older adults. My previous and […]
    LAURA LOYOLA, M.S., PA

    LAURA LOYOLA, M.S., PA

    Years in Practice: 5 Years  School: Loyola University  Year Graduated: 2021 I am a registered psychological associate and currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. I graduated with a Master’s in Couples and Family Therapy from Chestnut Hill University in 2015. I have had a diverse range of training and […]
    KEVIN KITTRELL, M.Ed., LGPC

    KEVIN KITTRELL, M.Ed., LGPC

    As the great Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” It is important that the individuals I serve leave every session feeling hopeful for the journey ahead, because life is a journey. I ensure […]

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