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ABOUT BALANCED LIFE COUNSELING SERVICES

SALISBURY MD

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide quality counseling services to individuals, couples, and families in a safe, respectful, and supportive environment. We are committed to empowering our clients to work toward stronger connections and healthier relationships, thereby, improving their overall wellness and optimal quality of life.

 

When life throws obstacles in our way, we can become stuck in unhealthy patterns and our relationships with ourselves and with others can suffer.  Attending sessions with a non-biased, supportive therapist can help you find positive solutions and gain coping skills that will help restore balance to your life and help you reach your full potential.

 

Balanced Life Counseling Services is a locally owned business, so contact us today and see how we can help you! We are members of the NASW (National Association of Social Workers) and the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce. In addition, we have been recognized by Coastal Style Magazine as the 2020 and 2021 Best Counseling Center in Wicomico County.

2020 Best Counseling Center for Coastal Style
2021 Best Counseling Center for Coastal Style
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Meet Our Team of Therapists, Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, & More!

Laura - Balanced Life Counseling Founder

Our Founder, Laura Harrison, LCSW-C

With over twenty years of experience as a mental health therapist, Laura Harrison has extensive training and experience working with trauma, depression, mood issues, anxiety, and family or couple relationship issues. 

 

She specializes in working with adults and adolescents. Laura utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques to ensure each client receives the most effective, individualized treatment possible. 

 

Laura received her MSW with a clinical concentration in families and children from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.  She is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and is also a Certified First Responder Counselor. 

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Jessica Drejka, Office Manager 

Jessica Drejka is our Full-Time Office Manager. She has been a part of the Balanced Life Team since 2019 and has worked hard to create a welcoming environment for both new and existing patients. Her strong organizational skills keep the office running smoothly while handling a variety of administrative tasks. She has been able to tailor her talents to the various needs of Balanced Life as it has grown and changed over the years. Jessica resides on the Eastern Shore with her family and pets.

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Kelly Hawkins, LCSW-C

Kelly Hawkins is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical. She comes to us with over 15 years of Behavioral Health experience. Kelly has specialty training in early childhood mental health and substance abuse. She also has a wealth of experience working with depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, life transition, families, trauma, and the special care and concerns associated with working with members of the military and public safety and their families. Kelly is now a certified First Responder Counselor.

Morgan Wixon - Balanced Life Counseling LCPC

Morgan Wixon, LCPC

Morgan Wixon is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She has several years of experience providing therapy services to children, adolescents, families, and adults. Prior to becoming a licensed clinical professional counselor, Morgan spent 9 years as a Special Education teacher in the public school system.

 

Morgan primarily utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral approach, also incorporating some biofeedback techniques into her practice. She has experience working with people who have depression and other mood issues, anxiety, ADHD, and those that have experienced traumatic events in their lives. Morgan is also certified in EMDR.

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Reginald Shockley, LCSW-C

Reggie is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical. Reggie has several years of experience as a mental health therapist and counselor. He provides a high-quality continuum of outpatient behavioral resources for the region for individuals and families. Reggie has extensive experience in counseling and working with at-risk youths and families in crisis situations.

 

Reggie graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin, MD; he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and his Master of Social Work degree from Salisbury University.

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Tina Oakley, LCSW-C

Tina comes to us with over 25 years of post-Master’s degree experience providing therapy to children, adolescents and adults. Her areas of professional interest include women's issues, blended families, grief, adjustment issues, dealing with chronic illness, improving academic/occupational success and faith-based counseling. Tina has experience diagnosing and treating a range of mental health conditions including:  Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD),  Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders and Bipolar/Related Disorders.  Building rapport and joining with the patient to collaboratively problem-solve and address symptoms for best outcomes is central to her approach to treatment.

Tina received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Salisbury University and her Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and has been providing therapeutic services to the community on the Lower Eastern Shore since 1997.

Annette - Balanced Life Counseling LCSW-C

P. Annette Brown, LCSW-C

P. Annette Brown is an LCSW-C with over 17 years of experience providing mental health therapy for children, teens, and adults. Annette is a native of the Eastern Shore and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She later received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of MD, Baltimore.  

 

Annette received her clinical specialization in mental health and substance abuse, and primarily uses cognitive behavioral therapies to assist her patients. She has a wealth of experience treating various conditions, most specifically depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, and relationship issues. Annette is also passionate about providing education and training in the community regarding mental health. Annette provides services in a relaxed, caring, and non-judgmental manner.

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SHONDELLE JOHNSON PUGH, LCSW-C

Shondelle joined Balanced Life Counseling Services LLC in the fall of 2019.  Shondelle is currently providing mental health services to children, adults, and families on a part-time basis with the organization.  Shondelle has an extensive history working with youth, adults and families, prenatal and pregnant women, youth involved within the Juvenile Justice System, fostering and adoptive families, transitional-age youth, homeless residents, people with disabilities, and the chronically ill.

 

Shondelle earned her BASW from Salisbury University in 2008 and her LMSW from Salisbury in 2013.  Shondelle has lived in Wicomico County for a number of years with her family and has been an advocate throughout the years for those she works with in her professional role as a social worker and those in the community.

 

Shondelle became an LCSWC in 2017 and earned her Supervision Approval as an LCSWC in 2019. Shondelle’s work history has afforded her the ability to learn about the judicial system and programs to aid those seeking services to improve their quality of life.

 

Shondelle’s main goal is to help clients understand their full potential in life and for her client to recognize and utilize their strengths to become the best person they can be.

Angela - Balanced Life Counseling LCSW-C

Angela Blake, LCSW-C

Angela is a licensed certified social worker – clinical specializing in providing therapy to families and children. In 2003 Angela earned her Master’s degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. After coordinating youth programs for the Salvation Army and directing the Family Center at East Salisbury School, Angela has been a therapist in local mental health agencies, both private and public. 

 

Angela’s specialties include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy, Mindfulness, and other Mind-Body Therapies. Angela works with adults, children, families, and groups addressing a range of needs from depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, relationship concerns, and life adjustments. As well as, organizing students for optimal success in school.

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