Last year 43.4 million Americans struggled with their mental health, yet according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),despite effective treatments, only 44.7% of them sought help.
One half of all mental health issues begin by the age of 14; three quarters by age 24. Yet there are typically very long delays between the first appearance of symptoms and when people actually seek help, often greatly complicating the issues. It is estimated the approximately 60% of adults, and almost 50% of youth ages 8 to 15 with mental health issues received no services in the previous year.
Services Available: The Center specializes in children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, but serves all ages and many diagnosis.
Counseling – Guidance offered to those seeking help before problems become heightened to a pathological level. Focus is typically on immediate or near future concerns.
Individual counseling, Couples, Parent-child conflict, Family Counseling, Grief Counseling, Group sessions
Groups form around issues common to the members participating such as: surviving divorce, adopting a child, losing a child, etc. Groups are time limited. The Center will offer groups as four or more participants become available.
Through the therapeutic process we will seek to assist you in resolving issues in your life that are hindering you from thriving. We will help you to identify those goals you seek to accomplish and the hinderances to you reaching those goals and living a fulfilling life.
Bruce T. Anderson, LCSW CEO San Mar
Ira Lourie, MD Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Ellen Savoy, LCSW-C Center Director
All Center therapists hold master’s degrees and current licensing within the State of Maryland.
Dr. Lourie has provided diagnostic and medication services, to children and adolescents in therapeutic group homes and foster care programs at San Mar since 2002 and in other Western Maryland community programs since 1995. He began his career over 40 years ago at the National Institute of Mental Health, where he worked for 20 years helping states and communities in developing programs for the most troubled children and youth. The book he wrote with Karl Dennis, Everything is Normal Until Proven Otherwise, about Wraparound Services has been a best seller in the child mental health field.
Ellen has over 30 years of experience working with San Mar and specifically with children and families. She worked with the Treatment Foster Care program for 25 years. Other experience includes being an adopting mother and a foster mother.
The past three years Ellen has been a part-time therapist with Safe Harbor Christian Counseling. She is prepared to use a scriptural approach to life challenges with anyone
showing a desire to do so.
Jerica joined San Mar in the fall of 2015. She exudes excitement, tenacity, and determination to develop programs that change lives. Jerica has over 6 years’ experience working with adults and families, specializing in working with pregnant and postpartum adolescent girls and women. She grew up always wanting to work with San Mar. We are glad that she is here. She is excited to work with people of all ages.
Courtney is a “WOW” no nonsense great fun personality. Experienced with sex offender treatment, and addictions, Courtney has over 30 years experience both in and out of lock down facilities. Courtney’s specialty is working with adolescent boys.
Bridget has been described to us as hard working, ethical and professional. “She displays proficient clinical skills in recognizing the client’s needs and meeting them where they are.”
Bridget is eager to work with children as well as adults and welcomes the opportunity to provide marriage counseling.
Erica is completing her master’s degree in Social Work through Salisbury University. From now until May San Mar is thrilled to have her assist us to get the Center off and running. Her past experience includes substance abuse, mental health, elderly services, and trauma. Along with a sincere desire to impact lives, Erica reflects enthusiasm and determination.
David has worked in the criminal justice field for over 16 years as a counselor/therapist and has facilitated Rewriting Inner Script (RISE) weekend retreats. David was instru-mental in establishing the TAMAR Project (Trauma, Addictions, Mental Health, And, Recovery) in Washington County and around the country. He has been in the field of substance use disorder treatment since 1989 and trauma since 2000. David has worked for The Johns Hopkins Hospital Program for Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies and as a trauma Specialist, through the Office of Special Needs Populations, in Mary-land. Mr. Washington has worked to advance the field of trauma services in the criminal justice system, raise awareness of trauma-informed care and is a presenter with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. David has presented on trauma-informed care and services at numerous conferences and training's across America. He has a post-graduate trauma certificate program and was fortunate to study with Bessel van der Kolk and Francine Shapiro.