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Experienced, Down-to-Earth Therapists Worthy of Your Trust



Lasting Change
and Acceptance

When you work with us you will notice that our approach to therapy emphasizes two components:


Lasting Change

First, we are not interested in gimmicks that only bring temporary relief.

Our approach to therapy brings about lasting change through tested methods including insight into your current problems, a place to comfortably express yourself, and a warm relationship.


Second, our expert Baltimore therapists work to understand and accept all
of you.

You don’t have to pick and choose the parts of yourself to show us.


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Our Team


We work to earn your trust by cultivating a team of Baltimore psychologists, counselors, and social workers who are down-to-earth and interested in regularly honing the craft of therapy to best respond to your needs. We require that all of our therapists have post-graduate training in empirically-supported couples couples and individual therapy approaches. Furthermore, each of our therapists engage in monthly group consultation with an area expert in supervision. End your search for "Baltimore therapists near me" with us. 


Zak Fusciello, M.S.

LCPC, Licensed Counselor Baltimore, MD

(INdividual and Couples Therapist)

Zak enjoys working with individuals and couples coming to him with relationship conflict, depression, anxiety, sexuality concerns, substance misuse, lack of motivation, ADD/ADHD, 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.  

Zak works with individuals and couples.

In therapy, he focuses on:

  • anxiety,

  • depression,

  • sexuality concerns,

  • substance and alcohol misuse,

  • relationship concerns, and

  • stalled creativity and motivation.

Clients describe him as:

  • warm,

  • genuine,

  • funny,

  • and pragmatic.

Heather Z. Lyons, PhD

Licensed Psychologist Baltimore, MD

(INdividual and Couples Therapist)

Heather works with 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. Her clients have said that because of her gentleness she can get away with the direct and sometimes difficult feedback she uses to help clients reach their goals.

Heather works with individuals and couples.

In therapy, she focuses on:

  • relationship concerns,

  • depression, and

  • culture and discrimination.

Clients describe her as:

  • thoughtful,

  • gentle,

  • direct, and

  • nonjudgmental.




Cassie Ekstrom, M.S.W.

LCsw-c, Licensed social worker
Baltimore, MD

(INdividual and Couples therapist)

Cassie works with individuals who are struggling with life transitions, identity concerns, sadness, anxiety, and addiction.  In couples counseling she enjoys working with partners who would like to build a stronger connection, increase trust, improve communication, and disagree more effectively.  

In therapy, she focuses on:

  • fighting or loss of connection in relationships,

  • anxiety,

  • depression, including post-partum depression,

  • addictions,

  • career and life changes, 

  • trauma,

  • trans and gender diverse individuals, and

  • LGB individuals.

Clients describe her as:

  • smart,

  • direct,

  • grounded,

  • and calm.

Erin Spahr, M.S.

LCPC, Licensed Counselor
Baltimore, MD

(Individual therapist)

Erin works with individuals who experience depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, and challenging life transitions. She focuses on cultivating self-awareness and self-compassion in order to resolve internal conflicts and develop more satisfying relationships. She helps clients get to the source of their concerns in order to make lasting changes.

In therapy she specializes in:

  • anxiety,

  • depression,

  • relationship stress,

  • difficult family dynamics,

  • career and life changes, and

  • postpartum depression and anxiety

Clients describe her as:

  • perceptive,

  • approachable,

  • attuned, and

  • experienced


David I. Essien, PsyD

Licensed psychologist
Baltimore, mD

(Individual Therapist)

David works with individuals that are struggling with a variety of issues. Whether depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, or hardships in life, he assists clients in coping with, rising above, and overcoming distressing circumstances. Clients experience an open environment where they can express themselves authentically.

In therapy, he focuses on:

  • anxiety/social anxiety,

  • depression,

  • trauma,

  • identity development,

  • communication,

  • men’s issues, and

  • addictions.

Clients describe him as:

  • easy to talk to,

  • thoughtful,

  • nonjudgmental, and

  • understanding.


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