Deborah Irvin, MSW, LCSW-C
Founder, and licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Maryland, Deborah has over 15 years of experience in the field serving children, teens, adults, parents, and families.
Deborah has practiced across the Baltimore- Washington metropolitan area in multiple settings including private practice, school-based wellness centers, alternative education programs, independent schools, hospitals, and residential treatment facilities. Her passion for supporting children, teens, adults, couples, and families to thrive is evident in her long history of service. While Deborah's core philosophy is psychodynamic, she utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches to best fit the individual and their current need or presentation. “My goal is to explore with the client the dynamics of the situation, and the tools needed to create lasting change in perception, confidence, feelings, and behavior.” Deborah provides psychotherapy, therapeutic counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, crisis intervention, school-based psychoeducation, and clinical supervision to address diverse clinical challenges including depression and anxiety; grief and loss; school-related issues; substance abuse and recovery; trauma recovery; gender questioning; nonsuicidal self-injury; aging parent/ elder care support; and complex family issues including couples with a history of domestic violence, high conflict relationships, those considering marital separation, and those in the process of divorce. Deborah has experience in executive non-profit management, Trauma-Focused CBT, and is a certified Clinical Supervisor. She is an experienced workshop facilitator, advisor, and guest speaker for schools, parents, and the wider community as well as serving as a community consultant for focused professional development; and offers support to local school communities during a crisis, emergency, or death in their community.
Deborah J. Gordis, MPH, MSW, LGSW
Deborah Gordis is a psychotherapist working with adolescents, adults and families. She has worked in a number of settings including hospital, school, outpatient clinic and private practice. Her approach combines psychodynamic, cognitive and mindfulness-based practices, depending on the goals and needs of the client. Deborah has been trained in trauma-informed care, with attention to developmental trauma from childhood as well as the symptoms of traumatic stress from catastrophic life events. Deborah believes that the solutions to our challenges lie within each of us, and she works in collaboration with clients to clarify underlying issues and barriers and work towards healing, change and renewal. Deborah has a background in global public health, having worked in both the United States and internationally for nonprofit health and development organizations. She enjoys working cross-culturally with individuals and families from around the world and is also knowledgeable about the unique stresses facing individuals and families who live and work globally. She earned her masters in social work from the University of Maryland, and has been trained in the use of mindfulness practices, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy and art therapy interventions.
Kris Holland, LGPC, NCC
Kris Holland received her Master’s in School Counseling from The George Washington University, and has additional counseling training from Johns Hopkins University. Kris has experience working with diverse populations, including children and adolescents at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has experience providing individual and group therapy to adults, teens, and children. Most recently, she provided social work services for the alternative school program of Montgomery County Public Schools. She is skilled at crisis intervention, counseling, and case management; creating a safe place to help her clients meet and explore life’s challenges. “I believe counseling provides necessary support in dealing with expected and unexpected life changes and challenges – chronic or acute illness, school or employment concerns, becoming a parent, parenting concerns across the lifespan, failure to launch in adolescence, family conflict, divorce, or adjustment and resiliency needs”. Kris’ counseling orientation is primarily psychodynamic, however, she takes an eclectic approach to ensure the unique needs of the individual is met with the right level of support, guidance, and care. She often uses cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to help clients manage their symptoms and build productive skills for future success. “Each client’s needs are different and I am committed to helping each individual walk a peaceful path on their own unique journey”.
Joan Prince, NCC, LPCP, LPC
Joan has worked with diverse populations in many different settings and feels that we all share a common difficulty living as fully as we can during stressful moments in our lives. Whether it's a mood disorder, or debilitating anxiety or addiction, we suffer and need help. Our innate resilience and joy become buried under layers of defenses, but they're still there. Joan's approach is psychodynamic in nature, which means she uses insight-oriented therapy that looks a bit closer at your self-awareness and understanding of how the past affects your present situation/behavior. She will help you process your suffering so that you can feel relief. Joan has a Masters degree from Marymount University in Counseling, and is currently completing the final year of a three-year program with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute to help clients learn how stress and trauma have physical ramifications. She has a special interest in working with individuals recovering from trauma and also with addictions. In fact, she is aware and talented at understanding that these issues often overlap. Her style is warm and your comfort is the priority. She looks forward to meeting you.