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 completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work through the University of Maryland, Baltimore and has worked for the Center since its opening in October, 2016. Her past experience includes working in research, behavioral health, as well as in treatment foster care. She currently provides therapeutic services to clients with various histories of trauma. Bridget is a dedicated therapist, enthused to open her caseload to new clients with a wide array of experiences and challenges.
Erica has completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work through Salisbury University and has worked for the Center since its opening in October, 2016. Her past experience includes working in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, elderly services, and trauma. Along with a sincere desire to impact lives, Erica reflects enthusiasm and determination.
Renee has over 15 years experience working with adolescents and families. She has worked with persons from diverse cultures and backgrounds. She incorporates her knowledge and experiences to help others thrive in a rapidly changing world. With her training for Social Work and her natural inclination for teaching, Renee has always found ways to exercise her passion for helping families and communities. She believes that, "teaching persons how to make the right choices should be the precursor to an expectation of change."