I'm Chana, A Licensed Counselor.
My story is extraordinary. Some parts are extra; some parts are ordinary.
I am a mom of four and a wife of one. I earned a degree in Physics from Morgan State University- a degree which has served me well beyond the areas in which I assumed it would be relevant.
My oldest son, Mark, was born in my senior year of undergrad and that experience grew me up faster than anything else. I’ve worked as a physicist, a classroom teacher, a robotics instructor, a professional editor, and an HR director. I also got married- to a police officer, 17 years my senior, raising his oldest granddaughter- making me a grandma on my wedding day! Lol. If that weren’t enough, we then had three more kids- Maisy, Maxwell, and Maia Rose, who we lost to stillbirth when I was 36 weeks pregnant. It was several years later that I decided to go back to school and pursue counseling. I want to help people make it through their hard places, too.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, as they say; I am no stranger to challenge, or struggle, or conflict, or trauma, or loss, or any of it. I’m a first responder wife, and a first responder mom (my son is a firefighter/EMT), and there’s a large age difference in my marriage, and my family is blended- scrambled, really- we’ve faced financial challenges, and we’ve lost a child. I’ve been through the ringer and with the help of my faith and some fantastic counselors, still I rise. And you can too. And I can help.
Certifications and Professional Memberships
20 hour foundational training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment @JRI
Relational Life Therapy for Couples- Levels I and II
Gottman Method Couples Therapy- Level I
Prepare Enrich Facilitator
Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care
Maternal Mental Health Training
Certified Depression and Mood Disorders Treatment Professional
Roberta’s House Grief Care Support Volunteer Training
Mental Health First Aid Training
Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
Chi Sigma Iota National Counseling Honor Society
Golden Key International Honor Society
American Counseling Association