I see individuals and couples who because of fighting, miscommunication, failures of trust, or shyness and fear, miss out on the intimacy and support of healthy relationships.
Relationship and family distress, depression and sadness, stressors related to cultural background, sexual orientation
I help you better understand and communicate your needs.
Using insight-oriented therapy we can discover why it has been difficult for you to get these needs met. What have the obstacles been? Where did they come from? How can these needs be met in your current relationship? Ultimately, it is my goal to help you answer these questions and help you engage in more enriching relationships.
Insight, which can be thought of as an “Ah-ha” moment, can occur in many ways including working to find patterns or themes in your story. I also use the relationship that forms between us to mine for insight. Clients each relate to me in their own way, I provide you feedback about what is unique and effective about your ways of relating and what might be holding you back.
I listen intently. The more I listen, the better I can help you appreciate and leverage your unique strengths. I also work to form a trusting relationship with you - we’ll need it because we’ll be working hard together.
You’ll always feel support but sometimes the truths that we confront together will be difficult. Often, this is part of the growth process and it helps to have the support of your therapist. In order to move beyond difficult emotions or events, it is sometimes necessary to experience them in a deeper way.
The last time another psychologist referred a client to me (one of her friends) she said “I thought of you for my friend because you’re gentle but you’ll tell her the truth.” From our first session that’s what I’ll aim to do - support you while uncovering the truth.
B.A., Northeastern University (Psychology and Women’s Studies)
M.S., Ph.D., University of Maryland (Counseling Psychology)
Georgia State University (APA-Approved Doctoral Internship)
M.S., LCPC, LICENSED COUNSELOR
Zak enjoys working with individuals and couples coming to him with relationship conflict, depression, anxiety, sexuality concerns, substance misuse, lack of motivation, and stalled creativity. His clients have described him as an attuned counselor who can’t be shocked – and he knows when to use humor to help get a point across.
Cassie Ekstrom, M.S.W.
LCsw-c, LICENSED social worker
Cassie works with Baltimore Therapy Group clients in individual therapy, couples and marriage counseling as well as group therapy to help clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression (including post-partum depression), life and career changes, addictions of various types, and relationship challenges. She enjoys working with clients of various genders, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds. Her clients have noted that she is smart, direct, and skilled at creating an environment where they can be vulnerable and grow.