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Meet the Therapists

Dr. Kendra O'Hora

Hello, Dr. Kendra O’Hora here!

I am a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT), Maryland State Board approved supervisor, professor, writer, and community partner.

Meet Kendra

I work with couples to create and enhance a deep, authentic connection by healing their underlying emotional wounds. Through opening and operating HarCo MFT + Wellnesss Center I offer my experienced therapeutic services, community workshops, and clinical supervision. I am an adjunct professor for Abilene Christian University’s marriage and family therapy program, where I teach and train up-and-coming therapists couples therapy.

Relationships are tough and take a lot of work. You have already taken one of the hardest steps - acknowledging you want help and researching the best resource for your relationship needs. Join me in making this season one of growth.

Are you ready to stop living in the pain and start thriving in new growth? Call today! 

Call 443-371-3233 for your FREE consultation.

Meredith Mertens, LCPC

Hi, I'm Meredith Mertens Hegedus!

I'm a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Maryland State Board approved supervisor, trauma and anxiety specialist, and community partner.

Meet Meredith

I completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology and Justice Studies at James Madison University, and earned my Master of Science degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. I later completed the Level I Trauma Certificate Program through The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education under the guidance of Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA. Throughout my career, I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults with a range of diagnoses in a variety of different settings including: inpatient psychiatric care, community and home-based mental health, outpatient community mental health / dual diagnosis, and group practice. Currently, I work most often with clients who have a history of trauma and anxiety.

I first became interested in treating trauma at my first job as a therapist in a Community Health Center. I was a brand new therapist just starting my career, and I found that a common thread among most of my patients was trauma. Whether it was growing up in an alcoholic home, being abused in childhood, or experiencing significant loss in adulthood; It seemed that most of my clients had endured some type of trauma. Being so new to my career and without a specialty, I felt unprepared and unsure of how to help these survivors. Graduate school hadn't given me the tools that I felt I needed to be effective so I started attended continuing education seminars on trauma treatment, and reading as many books as I could get my hands on. As I began this intense self-propelled study and started implementing the skills I was learning, I realized I had found my calling.

I earned my Level I Trauma Certificate shortly thereafter, and have been invested in incorporating evidenced-based, cutting-edge trauma focused interventions ever since. I use a variety of different theories and interventions in my trauma-based work. Integrating a mind/body approach into my practice has been effective in alleviating common symptoms in trauma survivors including: anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive thought patterns, negative self-talk, feelings of guilt, and difficulty staying present. I tend to also gravitate towards Internal Family Systems Theory/Parts Work, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I believe strongly in utilizing the body as a resource for healing.

Are you interested in understanding more about how your trauma impacts your identity, life, and relationships? Are you stuck in your pain and looking for answers? Are you ready to own your story and begin living the life you've always wanted? Don't let the shame of your past hold you back - I'm here for you, I can help. Call Today!

Call 443-356-6828 for your FREE consultation.

Meet the Therapists

Erin Newton, LCPC from HarCo MFT

Welcome, I’m Erin!

Hi there, I’m Erin - a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) specializing in depression, anxiety, OCD, and family therapy!

Meet Erin

“"Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family."”

-Anthony Brand

The environment you are raised in and the people who raise you influence so much of who you become, both as you’re growing up and as you grow old. I realized just how important involving family in a child’s therapy process was when I worked with emotionally disturbed children and teenagers at a residential treatment facility. I noticed that many kids would return, despite being discharged several months earlier, and figured out that the therapists at the facility weren’t focusing on family therapy as a contributing factor in the child’s recovery process. As a result, kids returned into the same home environment where they developed much of their dysfunction and difficulty, which meant that they soon returned back into treatment as well. When I decided to go back to school to become a therapist several years later, I knew that I would tailor my therapy philosophy to include families in treatment and focus on building effective family relationships in order to improve the lives of children and their families.

On a personal level, I graduated from Salisbury University with two degrees, one in English and one in Psychology. My initial career aspirations started as a writer, but after one amazing Psychology class, I was intrigued with the relationship between mental health and human behavior. After I graduated in 2004, I worked at a residential treatment facility in Baltimore, specifically with emotionally disturbed children and teenagers. In 2008 I started my graduate education in Counseling at Loyola University. Throughout my six year journey to finish my Master’s degree and license, I maintained a full time work schedule and became a mother to three beautiful girls. For the past five years I have been providing therapy in school environments and community mental health centers in Harford, Baltimore, and Cecil counties. I have been trained in CBT and TF-CBT, which I use for treating anxiety, depression, and trauma disorders. I also have experience treating OCD, ODD, and ADHD. For children and families I heavily rely on family systems theory and strongly believe that in order for the children and adolescents to do well, the family must be involved in the treatment process.

My clinical work here at HarCo MFT + Wellness Center focuses on family-centered therapy. I work with adults, children, teenagers, and families. I strive to create a calm, welcoming, and hopeful environment that makes my clients feel at ease. When people feel safe and accepted, they tend to open up and share their feelings and experiences. My favorite part as a clinician is knowing that I have been able to help others feel better about themselves and make positive changes in their lives. It takes courage to ask for help, but I am here for you.

I want to learn about you and walk beside you on your path to healing! Call today! 

Call 570-689-8130 for your FREE consultation.