I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 20 years, with experience working with adults and elementary age children dealing with challenges related to trauma, grief, ADHD, anxiety, depression, low-self-esteem and interpersonal violence.

I have worked in a variety of settings, such as school, hospital, home and in the community providing crisis intervention, individual and group therapy.  Each provided unique experiences that have help me grow as a clinician.

It is my goal to work in collaboration with my clients/parents to help them reach the goals we develop together. To do that effectively I feel it is important to use client’s strengths, within a trusting and supportive relationship between client and therapist.

I use an integrative approach and pull from a variety of treatment modalities and techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, Psychodynamic, and Psychoeducation.

Professional Experience

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Catholic University, in Washington D.C. and my Master’s in Social Work from Marywood University, in Scranton, PA. 

Much of my career has centered around interpersonal violence and trauma.  I worked for YWCA as a cofacilitator for the Abuse Intervention Program Groups, working with men court ordered to attend the program, with the goal of teaching healthy relationship skills. I also provided therapy in the shelter and office.  Additionally, I worked part time at AAMC for 17 years in the Abuse/Domestic Violence program. The first 8 years I worked on call, to respond to the hospital  to meet with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse, where I provided immediate crisis response, emotional support and safety planning. The last 9 years I co-facilitated a weekly trauma group for the community. 

I also worked as the Children and Adolescent Bereavement Coordinator for Calvert Hospice, where I provided anticipatory grief and grief counseling to children/teens of hospice patient’s families and members of the community.  Just prior to coming to Waypoint I was with the Children’s Guild, where I provided individual therapy, in the school, for Elementary School age children struggling with emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges. 

Life Outside the Office

I was raised in a Navy family, so we moved frequently, a pattern I continued until after I finished my Master’s Degree.  The two places I enjoyed, most prior to settling down in Maryland 20 years ago, were Iceland and New Mexico. 

I am a solo parent. I adopted my 12-year-old daughter as an infant. We live in an intergenerational house with my father and enjoy the benefits of his being retired.  As a family we enjoy Disney and Disney Cruises, and our annual summer trip to Rehoboth. Thanks to my daughter’s love of animals, we have a labradoodle, a calico cat, tree frog, hamster, and fish!   

Charlene practices in the Severna Park location and provides in person services.  She is an out of network provider.