ABOUT BALANCED LIFE COUNSELING SERVICES
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 the 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.
Our Founder, Laura Harrison, LCSW-C
With over twenty years’ 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 clinical concentration in families and children from University of Maryland at Baltimore. She is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and is also a Certified First Responder Counselor.
Rebecca Repsher, Practice Manager
Rebecca Repsher is the Practice Manager for Balanced Life Counseling Services. Rebecca's touch is found in nearly all aspects of Balanced Life Counseling's operations. She brings over 10 years of administrative experience in Office Management, Marketing, Human Resources, and Accounting. She is also a United States Army Veteran. Rebecca assists in the development and implementation of our policies and procedures; manages and oversees the scheduling, programs and practices within our practice; she also maintains accounts payable, receivables and monthly billing.
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 a 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, LCPC
Morgan Wixon is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
Morgan 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.
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.
Tina Oakley, LCSW-C
Tina comes to us with over 20 years of experience providing therapy to Adults, Adolescents and Children. Some of her areas of professional interest include women's issues, blended families, grief, adjustment issues, dealing with chronic illness, ADHD, improving academic success, and faith-based counseling. Tina received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Salisbury University and her Masters 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.
Amy Nicholson, LCSW-C
Amy Nicholson, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker and has over 14 years of Behavioral Health experience. Amy has worked in a psychiatric inpatient setting on a Co-Occurring Disorders Unit where she developed over five years of expertise in case management and crisis intervention. In addition, Amy has over 9 years of experience providing mental health therapy for adults. Amy primarily uses an Eclectic Therapy approach but mostly draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and Mindfulness Techniques to assist her patients. Amy has a wealth of experience and knowledge treating various conditions, most specifically depression, anxiety, mood disorders, substance abuse, stress management and relationship issues. Amy seeks to provide compassion, support, guidance and her own authenticity to enable people to draw on their own strengths and reach their full potential.
About 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.
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 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 a LCSWC in 2017 and earned her Supervision Approval as a 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 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.
Jessica Drejka is our Full-Time Administrative Assistant. She handles all administrative tasks, including scheduling and client correspondence. Jessica is very experienced in the customer service and administrative field and with her organizational skills and efficiency she has been able to tailor her skills to meet the various needs of our practice.
Courtney works part-time as a Front Desk Receptionist who has been with us since April 2019. She received her BS degree in Psychology from Frostburg State University and is employed full-time with the State of Maryland.