I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at Waypoint as well as a School Psychologist in Anne Arundel County. I am also a Psychology Associate working under Tana Clarke, PhD for all assessment services at Waypoint. I would describe my style as warm, supportive, and hopeful. My work is focused on helping people find and develop their intrinsic resiliency as they move through the many challenges in life. Reaching out for help is not easy and taking that first courageous step is worth celebrating. I have experience working with people who are dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, parenting challenges, self-harming behaviors, and trauma. I have training in positive psychology, mindfulness based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. I believe in the inherent ability of people to find hope and strength, even in dark places. I believe in a systems approach, taking into account all the factors that affect people’s lives. I believe that creating a trusting relationship between the therapist and the client can be powerful and lead to better mental health and healthier relationships. We will work together to utilize and build on the positive resources you already have, develop new skills, and identify meaningful goals.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Justice from American University in Washington, DC in 2000. I attended graduate school to study school psychology at Humboldt State University in Northern California and graduated with my Master’s degree in 2003. I have been a school psychologist for 17 years and I am currently a school psychologist in Anne Arundel County, where I have worked at all levels including elementary, middle, and high school level. I am involved with our professional learning community that supports and advocates for LGBTQ+ youth in the county and I also participate on a district wide trauma response team and supervise school psychology interns. I work within general education to support all students as well as the special education setting, where I provide counseling, consultation, and conduct psychoeducational assessments. In 2012 I received my Post Master’s Certificate from the Clinical Counseling Program at Johns Hopkins Univeristy. In 2014 I completed my clinical internship at a non-profit in Catonsville, Maryland. I received my LGPC in 2017 and my LCPC in 2020. My prior clinical work focused on supporting neurodiverse children, adolescents, and adults both with individual therapy, as well as group therapy. I also have experience doing parent coaching to support families with developing positive and collaborative behavioral strategies to help kids thrive. I have experience doing therapy with children, adolescents, and adults to help alleviate anxiety and depression. My background also includes experience supporting couples and families in developing positive communication skills and finding positive solutions to conflict.
Life Outside the Office
I have been a nomad who has lived in many places, but I have called Maryland home since 2004. I have been married to my wife since 2011 and we are raising three daughters in Anne Arundel County. In my free time, I enjoy trying to keep all my plants alive, gardening, reading, biking, traveling, and visiting the ocean.
Jolene practices part time in the Annapolis office and provides telehealth services. She has evening and weekend hours. Jolene is currently an out of network provider.