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Meet the Therapists

Dr. Kendra O'Hora-couples therapy-infidelity-individual therapy-harford county therapist

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. In the last few years I’ve taught adjunct at York College of Pennsylvania and Abilene Christian University. Now, I use my teaching and writing to curate resources for people in need - check them out!

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-individual therapy-trauma-anxiety-sexual trauma- harford county therapist

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-individual therapy-couples therapy-birth trauma-depression-ocd-harford county therapist

Welcome, I’m Erin!

Hi there, I’m Erin - a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) specializing in birth trauma, first responder trauma, and anxiety!

Meet Erin

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

-Anthony Brand

In my last five years as a therapist, I have cultivated my interests and passions into transformative work with others who have experienced trauma. Among these passions are birth trauma and first responder trauma. I believe that overall many mothers feel that they are not being treated with the respect and care that they deserve during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum. This lack of respect often leads to trauma that remains unresolved, largely due to our societal expectations that convey that our children matter more than their mothers do. I truly believe that this is a huge reason for the increase in postpartum depression and anxiety as well as child abuse and marital difficulties. I run a yearly birth trauma therapy group with the goal of helping women process and better understand their experiences and feelings; I have seen this group create great change. I believe that our first responders are suffering as well, crippled by an environment of toxic masculinity that tells them to “suck it up” when something terrible has happened, rather than reach out for help. I believe that good men and women are leaving these professions due to the weight of these expectations and that is so unfortunate when the need is so great. In both of these areas, I seek to help my clients process through their grief and pain to find hope and healing on the other side.  

On a personal level, I graduated from Salisbury University in 2004 with two degrees, one in English and one in Psychology. After I graduated, I started my mental health career at a residential treatment facility in Baltimore, specifically with emotionally disturbed children and teenagers. In 2007, I began my graduate education in Counseling at Loyola University; I graduated in 2012. Since obtaining my license, I have worked in school settings and outpatient mental health centers and have spent my last year in private practice. 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.

My clinical work here at HarCo MFT + Wellness Center focuses mainly on trauma, anxiety, and helping couples to rebuild their relationships. I work with adults, couples, 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.