GET TO KNOW US
A team of women dedicated to helping you and your family live the life you deserve.
Kristi Thrailkill, LCSW-C
Hi, I'm Kristi!
Licensed & Lead Psychotherapist
& Owner of Baltimore Family Therapy, LLC.
The boring educational stuff:
I earned my Bachelor's Degree from the accredited Social Work Program at Salisbury University, later completing my Master's Degree (MSW) through the Advanced Standing Program at the University of Maryland - Baltimore. I graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a specialization in Child and Family Welfare, and as a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society. I interned with the Division of Family Services, Child Protection Unit in Delaware for my undergraduate degree, and at a school for children with speech and hearing disabilities (diagnoses ranging from Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Selectively Mute, Deaf, etc) for my Masters. I spent 7 years post-graduate working with a therapeutic foster care agency in Baltimore, MD. I am currently a licensed clinical therapist with over 12 years of experience in the social work field. I have worked as a private practice clinician for over 7 years, and I am now the owner for Baltimore Family Therapy, LLC in Parkville, MD.
I love working in the scope of human relationships, doing some of my best work with couples and families, or with individuals balancing relationship struggles. I have found a niche with teen-girls and their mothers, working on maintaining the peace at home while nurturing a loving foundation that is often left forgotten in the shadows of puberty and hormones. When I see children, I work closely with the family unit as a whole...teaching parenting, communication, and behavioral management skills, always with a strong emphasis on positive behavior reinforcement. Much of my sessions with adults are spent exploring past and current relationships, often inviting others (mothers, spouses, siblings, etc) to our sessions to work on issues that may be weighing everyone down. Relationship lost it's fire? Let's relight the flame with innovative date ideas, fun homework (it's a thing!), and lessons on forgiveness.
I specialize in anxiety and other mood disorders (depression, school anxiety, self-harm, OCD, separation anxiety, tics, and poor-behavior as it relates). I work closely with teachers, guidance counselors, physicians, and other interdisciplinary team members that might be of benefit for you or your child. I see children ages 5+, and I work with parents on behaviors as early as infancy (let's talk sleep training!).
I don't take clients who are working with Hospice, have children in Hospice, the geriatric community, or any type of addictions. These issues all hit me in a place that won't make me helpful to you. But I am more than happy to send you a great referral to someone who CAN help with these issues. Don't hesitate to reach out.
Who am I when I'm not in the chair?
I'm the wife to an amazing husband, the mother to 2 wonderful children, a traveler to anywhere the plane flies, and a binge-watcher of all the Netflix.
I love what I do...It's truly a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.
Hopefully we can work together soon.
Angel McCord, LCSW-C
Hi, I'm Angel!
Serving clients located in Maryland or Virginia
Why I do this work
I believe mental health is essential to our well-being, and I have a true passion for helping others feel validated, accepted, and supported in their journey. I am humbled to be able to walk alongside individuals during some of the most challenging moments of their lives.
My Education & Experience
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, later pursuing my Master’s degree (MSW) through the Advanced Standing Program of Temple University – Harrisburg.
While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I interned with a private adoption agency and was offered employment prior to graduation. I developed expertise within the field of adoption and was able to complete my Masters’ internship at the same agency, providing psychoeducation and counseling to birth and adoptive parents.
I have over 11 years of post-graduate experience providing individual and family therapy in home, school, and community settings. I was also the supervisor of a Multi-Systemic Therapy program, overseeing two teams of therapists treating high risk youth, ages 13-17. My other experience and areas of interest include: medical social work, early intervention (birth-5 years old), early childhood mental health, evidence-based parenting programs, and health/chronic disease management.
I really enjoy working with children as they develop their social-emotional intelligence! I help children identify and express emotions, learn coping strategies, develop social skills, and improve self-regulation. I utilize a variety of techniques centered around Social-Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (SEFEL) to create a safe space with the freedom to explore. I work best with children ages 4+.
I believe that a parent is the expert of his or her child; working together always provides the best outcome! As a parent, you may be feeling overwhelmed and isolated, or feeling unsure of how to provide behavior guidance in an effective, yet loving way. I thrive on partnering with parents to better understand their child, increase effective parenting skills, and enhance communication. I work well with parents (individually and in groups) on behaviors as early as infancy.
My other passion is working individually with female teens and adults who are seeking peace from depression, anxiety, stress, grief & loss, infertility, difficulties with life transitions, relationship challenges, difficulties dealing with a diagnosis (self or family member), postpartum depression, adoption/attachment-related issues, low self-esteem, poor body image, and negative relationships with food. My approach is rooted in resiliency and focused on helping individuals develop deeper insight. We will work together to explore thought patterns and challenge behaviors that are not serving you, using a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and self-compassion. My intention is to create a safe and inclusive environment where you can receive validation, empathy, and guidance while learning new ways of thinking.
Clients experiencing addictions of any type or major personality disorders are not the best fit for my professional background. However, I am part of a wonderful network of therapists and can provide referral options to assist you.
“Wherever you are right now, let it teach you something. Be kind to yourself on the journey and in the process of who you are becoming.” -Morgan Harper Nichols
I hope we can connect soon!
Hi, I'm Jessica!
Jessica Jones, LCSW-C
Why I do this work
I am a firm believer in living life to it's fullest potential and doing so with the highest level of peace. I think this can only happen when we take care of our mental health, just as much as we do our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. I believe the most important aspect of therapy is connecting and building relationships. Once trust is established, the results are limitless. My hope is that together we can increase your self-awareness, develop healthier coping skills, and help you live the life you've always dreamt of.
My Education & Experience
I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Towson University with a minor in family studies. I then graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore earning my Masters degree in Social Work with a specialization in Aging.
At my first internship I provided care to both elderly patients and their adult children at a skilled nursing facility. During my second internship I worked with children aging out of the foster care system and helped them prepare to live independently.
Post-graduation I have provided family and individual therapy to people of all ages. I began my journey in a hospital and provided care to patients who were discharging home. I was an integral part of the discharge team and made sure patients had all of the necessary support/resources upon returning home. I then spent several years working in a Continuing Care Retirement Center where I worked with both elderly patients and their adult children/caregivers. Much of my work was done with the families and providing support as their loved ones began needing more care in order to live independently. I then transitioned to a community based organization where I provided therapy in the school, clinic, and community setting. I worked with children, teens, and adults with a wide range of diagnoses (anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, addiction, grief, trauma, postpartum, medical comorbidities, etc). I have also spent several years providing teletherapy as well as video therapy when life gets too busy.
I specialize in anxiety and depression and helping people develop healthier coping skills to tackle life’s everyday challenges, whether this be individually or as a couple. I have a passion for working with females who may be struggling with low self-esteem, relationship struggles, life transitions, postpartum, infertility, and the everyday stress of motherhood. I also love working with men who may be facing stress at work, relationship problems, difficulty navigating the journey of fatherhood, or every day stressors. Along the same lines, I love working with couples who are struggling to manage these stressors collectively.
I believe in using person-centered therapy and truly meeting you where you are. I will also incorporate cognitive behavior therapy in which we will explore and challenge your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and actions. I believe in making self-care a priority and finding joy even on the most difficult days.
Not so specialties:
Addictions and major personality disorders are areas in which I do not have enough expertise. But as always, I am happy to provide you with a referral!
“What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”- Erin Hanson
Hi, I'm Mandy!
Why I do this work
I have always been passionate about helping others. Fortunately, I am in a role that allows me to make meaningful connections with individuals everyday. My hope is that I am able to empower others to reach their fullest potential with their healthiest mind and skill-set.
My Education and Experience
I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from James Madison University with a minor in Family Studies. Then, I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Maryland, Baltimore. As a graduate student, I completed my first internship in a Baltimore City School by facilitating group and individual sessions for students dealing with emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities.
Mandy Heisler, LCSW-C
I completed my second internship at the Children’s inpatient unit at Sheppard Pratt and provided case management and family therapy services. I am currently a licensed clinical therapist and have worked in the special education setting for the past four years providing therapeutic treatment to children with a wide range of diagnoses (Autism, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD,etc.), along with family case management. As a school social worker, I acted as a liaison for students who attended Villa Maria School and received treatment at St. Vincent’s Villa residential center. In this role, I helped develop individualized treatment plans and provided therapeutic treatment and crisis management services to high risk adolescents.
Specializing in working with children and families, I am passionate about assisting children in identifying and expressing emotions, self regulation, mindfulness, behavior management, coping skills, and social thinking. Utilizing play therapy and art based therapy helps me to accomplish individually determined goals in these areas. Other tools that I use with families include behavior management plans and positive reinforcement systems. I believe that it is important to collaborate with parents to find the best treatment method as they will always be the number one advocate for their child.I am also passionate about working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety and mood disorders. I use a person-centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach in sessions to challenge negative thought patterns and explore the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. As a Registered Yoga Teacher, incorporating mindfulness and yoga techniques to promote a feeling of connection, awareness, and balance between your mind and body has become an integral part of my efforts. In sessions, I will bring empathy and kindness to create a safe and welcoming environment where you can explore and grow.
Personality Disorders and addictions are outside of my expertise. However, I am more than happy to refer or help assist you in finding a great therapist!
“ We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.” -Mary Dunbar
Anne Merritt, LCSW-C
Hi, I'm Anne!
My Education and Experience
I earned my B.S. degree in Psychology from Towson University graduating cum laude. After a year working as a 1:1 aide for a student with Autism I decided to pursue my Masters in Social Work (MSW) through the University of Maryland School of Social Work. I have a specialization in Children and Families. I was also nominated to Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the National Dean’s list. While pursuing my graduate degree I had the opportunity to work with different populations ranging from adults in an adult day program to children in a school setting. Through my different experiences I found that I was passionate about families and children. I was especially interested in helping them find the proper support to navigate difficult circumstances.
Post graduation I worked in an Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic setting. Through individual and family therapy I was able to work with children of varying ages and loved working with their families/foster families to help build bonds. This work was especially rewarding as I found that I really enjoyed being a part of the school setting and IEP (Individual Education Plan) process. From the Behavioral Health Clinic, I moved to a therapeutic non-public day school for children with Autism and other emotional concerns. I worked in this setting for six years and enjoyed both the challenges and triumphs of helping children and their families find support and success while building therapeutic relationships.
I love working with children of all ages and I'm a firm believer that children have so much to offer this world. Their view is open and honest and I enjoy watching them learn to express themselves (even the big feelings) in ways that benefit not only themselves but those around them. When working with children, I also find it incredibly important to include the family as a unit--happy families are a team effort! There are many pieces to the puzzle that make up our day to day lives--it brings me joy to know that the work we do with our clients makes their experience with the world better.
Not so specialties:
Couples, addiction and personality disorders are areas that are outside of my areas of experience. However, I am more than happy to help you with a referral to assist in finding someone to get you what you need!
“Beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning just give hope a change to float up. And it will!”
Hi, I'm Brittany!
Why I do this work
I believe everyone is capable of change. Life is a process of learning and growing. Sometimes we need support and guidance from others to help us along in our journey. I know from personal experience how hard it can be to find a therapist that you create a connection with. I strive to create a warm and approachable environment for clients to explore issues that are meaningful to them.
My Education & Experience
I graduated from Salisbury University, earning two Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Social Work. I earned by Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in the Advanced Standing Program with a specialization in Families and Children.
For my undergraduate internship, I investigated reports of child abuse and neglect and worked with families to create healthier family dynamics. During my graduate internship, I worked with children and adolescents in the foster care system. I supported children and families who were working towards reunification or adoption.
I have 15 years of post-graduation experience. I spent 4 years working as a foster care social worker. I really enjoyed helping children find a stable living environment whether it be in a foster care placement, with their nuclear family or through adoption. I transitioned to a hospital setting, where I have been working for the past 10 years. I initially worked in the emergency department providing emergency psychiatric services and other crisis interventions to patients and families. I completed psychosocial assessments to determine the most appropriate level of care for patients struggling with mental health and addiction issues. I provided supportive services to patients and families during medical emergencies and during times of grief and loss. I was a field instructor for both graduate and undergraduate level social work students. After several years of providing emergency psychiatric services, I transitioned to outpatient behavioral health services within the same hospital system. I have been providing individual and group therapy for the past 6 years. This past year helped me discover my love of providing telehealth services!
I enjoy working with teenagers (age 15+) transitioning into adulthood and adults throughout the lifespan. I specialize in anxiety and depressive disorders in addition to helping my clients adjust to life changes and cope with everyday stressors. I enjoy helping clients navigate relationships and foster effective communication skills. My passion is helping women find a balance with life’s demands which includes helping women with issues such as parenting issues, career stressors, self-esteem struggles, and postpartum issues.
My counseling style combines strength-based, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused approaches to help individuals achieve their therapeutic goals. I believe in meeting the individual where they are and creating a comfortable environment where clients can feel heard and understood. I strive to create a warm and approachable environment and treat clients with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I enjoy helping individuals identify their strengths and support them as they apply coping skills in their everyday lives.
Not so specialties:
Addictions and end of life issues (terminally ill) are areas in which I believe I would do a disservice to those I’m working with. I am happy to assist you in finding therapist better suited to your needs.
It takes courage to begin counseling and I look forward to beginning this rewarding process with you!
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
Hi, I'm Sarah!
Educational Consultant &
Tutor for Baltimore Family Therapy, LLC
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. After receiving my Bachelor of Science degree from Bridgewater College, I was a kindergarten teacher at a private school where I found my passion for teaching. I continued my education at McDaniel College, where I received my Master’s degree in Elementary Education and became a Maryland State Certified teacher for Pre-K through sixth grade. I taught kindergarten for three years and third grade for one. While teaching, I became Team Leader of both grades, I was nominated for Teacher of the Year in my county, and I was selected for a state-wide curriculum development team. My teaching style is diverse, and my lesson plans are created to help all academic levels of students, from those with Individual Education Plans to those in Gifted and Talented Programs.
I have since left teaching full time to raise my three beautiful babies, but I love to keep myself in the education field by being a Home and Hospital Teacher for Harford County and for tutoring through Baltimore Family Therapy. Tutoring allows me to create lessons that focus on helping students reach their full potential, build confidence, meet goals, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!
Remember, “Today is a great day to learn something new!”
I am excited to work with your future star student!