Brittany Mills, LCSW-C
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 my 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 13+) 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 outside of my expertise and I would not be a strong fit. I am happy to assist you in finding a therapist that is 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