Emily Brien, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Individual Psychotherapy Specialist 

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​​Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Social Work degree from New York University. She has training in a variety of techniques including cognitive behavioral, mindfulness and psychodynamic approaches. She believes that successful therapy is a partnership between therapist and clients in which clients feel safe, supported and heard. Emily has experience working with individuals, couples and families, with a specialty in treating individuals living with chronic and serious illness and their spouses and families.

Lauren Ares, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Couples and Family Therapy Expert

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Lauren holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University and graduated from the training program for Ecosystemic Family Therapy (ESFT) at the Philadelphia Child & Family Therapy Training Center. Her past clinical experience includes working with inividuals, couples and families in a wide range of settings and demographics. Lauren likes to focus on the strenghts of the individual, couple or family and help bring out the tools that are already present in each one of us. Focusing on the techniques developed at the training center, she uses a blend of structural and strategic theraputic approches as well as attachment theory. She operates in a manner with her clients that she creates a collaborative effort and helps the client see the pattern and how they can address this in the most effective manner. She has experience with premarital, married, blended and divorced couples. Lauren also has experience working with Austism Spectrum Disorders in the family context and how a parent/couple can manage the obstacles that can come along. 

Meredith Shirey, MS, LMFT

Founder, Practice Director

Clinical Supervisor, Couples Therapy Expert

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Meredith is the Founder and Practice Director. She is licensed in New York and Tennessee as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and is a Clinical Fellow member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. As a Topic Expert for GoodTherapy.org, Meredith is recognized as an expert on coupe and relational issues. She has been interviewed by many online media sources including Elite Daily, Bustle, Romper, and Thought Catalog. She specializes in couples therapy and insight-oriented individual treatment. Her approach includes a combination of attachment-based theories including Emotionally-Focused Therapy, and has extensive training from The Gottman Institute. 

"My approach to treating clients is to convey warmth and acceptance, while also being direct. I believe in balancing insight and behavioral change- meaning that I find the best outcomes in therapy come from a combination of helping clients learn about the origins of their issues, while also giving them tools to enact change in their present lives. Though I offer therapy in a variety of forms including individual, couple, and family; all of my work has a common theme of improving interpersonal relationships. I believe that as social beings, we are always confronted with interpersonal interactions, which can sometimes become distressing. Whether it be a spouse, intimate partner, family member, friend, child, or co-worker, we all encounter relationships that can be a source of enjoyment as well as stress. For this reason, I typically use a variety of therapeutic techniques that pull from relationally-based theories of psychotherapy." ​​

Melissa Pennica, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Couples Therapy and Relationship Expert

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Melissa holds a Master's degree from the University of Connecticut. Melissa’s past clinical work includes working with adolescents, young adults, couples, and families throughout various life stages and transitions. She has experience in evidence-based models including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as play therapy.  Melissa works from an attachment-based lens of therapy, based on the belief that relationships individuals have with themselves and others in their lives can greatly shape who they are. Melissa employs several therapeutic techniques with clients to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. Her approach to therapy is to create an atmosphere for her clients to feel at ease when exploring these new revelations and emotions, while helping clients to build the skills that are needed to make the changes in their lives. In addition to working with individuals, couples, and families, Melissa also holds interests in working with LGBTQ individuals and couples, and adoptive and foster youth. 

Jamey Baumbusch, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Gottman Trained Couples Therapy Expert

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​Jamey Baumbusch is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University Northwest. He works with individuals and families, and specializes in couples therapy as a Level 3 trained Gottman Method Therapist. In his practice, he combines the use of evidence-based models, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or family-based interventions for adolescents, with a focus on enacting and strengthening solutions. He is skilled at helping clients evaluate what is sustaining their problems and what are the pathways to healing and solution attainment. When working with couples, Jamey teaches skills for improving communication through Gottman Method techniques, and helps couples explore how their individual perspectives, emotions, and histories are impacting the couple’s functioning. He has experience working with premarital couples, blended and second-marriage families, and queer couples.