Virtual treatment available: DMA outpatient programs can also be accessed via online telehealth services.
Situated just 20 miles south of Baltimore, 10 miles northwest of Annapolis, and close to Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia, this northeastern residential program campus features three beautiful residences for evidence-based treatment in mental health disorders. The three distinct homes that make up the Annapolis residential mental health program each serves a different patient population to help address the unique needs of young adults, adults and those with co-occurring disorder.
Nestled at the end of a serene cul-de-sac, the property is set against a wooded backdrop with meandering trails that are perfect for mindful walks – patients can get a full sensory experience in this environment. From the sound of wind stirring the leaves to the sun peaking through lush greenery, it’s a private and retreat-like place that is ideal to get away from everyday stressors and focus on oneself.
Patients will enter an environment that is intimate enough to receive an array of treatment — both individual and group therapies — in a real-life setting. Our houses are designed in a way that supports a safe, supervised and home-like setting to aid in clarifying the symptoms/crisis that led to needing this intensive level of treatment. We focus on helping our patients gain an understanding of what led to RTC treatment, returning to a pre-crisis state, and developing skills and strategies to prevent the need for future readmissions. Our structured therapeutic environment supports stabilization and preparation for re-engagement back into the community.
Treating no more than 12 patients at a time per house, treatment is personalized to the needs of each person along with their family and/or support system. The low patient-to-staff ratio (6:1 therapist and case worker) allows for more individual attention and engagement at this unique location, which features a pool, nature paths and koi pond. Typically, our patients engage in treatment for 4-6 weeks.
Trauma-Focused Therapy from Staff Who Cares
At Annapolis, we provide trusted and proven treatment modalities, such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT), eye movement desensitization & response (EMDR) therapy and more. Patients also take part in Conscious Recovery, art therapy, equine therapy, fitness component and cellular meditation.
What Patients Can Expect at Annapolis
When patients first arrive, they are greeted at the door by their case manager and assigned a licensed therapist to support their goals. They will receive a full clinical, nursing and nutrition assessment to ensure appropriateness. Patients will receive support with a medication management program supervised by our board-certified psychiatrist, 24-hour nursing and a dietitian-designed nutrition program. Additionally, the patient will receive support from a dedicated UR team to help navigate their insurance. This also allows the therapist to focus on their clinical care and building the therapeutic alliance.
Stages of Change
As patients progress through their treatment, a phase system based on the Stages of Change is utilized, and we track their progress through evidence-based tools such as the PHQ-9, RAS-41 and DASS-21.
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· Pre-Phase: Pre-Contemplation and Contemplation Stages of Change
o During this phase of treatment, people are adjusting to residential treatment and the program structure. This is the Stage of Change where they are deciding about change in their life and what that might look like for them. All patients are on pre-phase for a minimum of 72 hours.
· Phase 1: Contemplation and Preparation Stages of Change
o During this phase of the journey, patients have accepted their need to participate in treatment, recognize their own importance, and identify areas of change that are needed in their life. During this phase of treatment, they begin to take steps towards their goals.
· Phase 2: Preparation and Action Stages of Change
o During this phase of treatment, patients are actively engaged in therapy and incorporating what is discussed in therapy sessions to move toward recovery. They have gained more understanding regarding the patterns or reasons for their struggles and are demonstrating competency in addressing the goals. During this time, patients are better able to manage daily stressors and demonstrate independence in regulating their emotions.
· Phase 3: Action and Maintenance Stages of Change
o During this phase, patients are demonstrating consistent mastery of their emotions and can maintain positive changes that they have made in treatment. Patients are no longer engaging in behaviors that are reminiscent of prior acting out and can independently use alternative behaviors or skills in the moment. Patients can generalize skills in family sessions, passes, outings, etc., and require little staff support in the milieu.
· Phase 4: Maintenance Stage of Change
o Patients can demonstrate resilience to handle challenges and stressors that they’ve previously experienced.
Life-Long Skills – For Life
Our clinicians emphasize life skills training through daily living activities, building relationships, school support, career development and life transition planning. Once a patient finishes treatment, aftercare is essential to the foundation for long-term recovery. Our alumni program allows patients to stay connected, receive support and focus on achieving their recovery goals.
CONDITIONS WE TREAT
We are a mental health program most commonly treating patients with symptoms related to:
Mental Health Residential
Co-occurring substance use disorders
All genders and gender identities
MEET THE TEAM
Kevin Rose, LCPC
For more than 20 years, Kevin has been providing individual and group therapy services to adults seeking help for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, severe and persistent mental health disorders, trauma, substance use, grief and loss. Kevin has trained many licensed clinicians and led several clinical programs. Kevin received his graduate training in clinical psychology at Boston University and graduate training in executive leadership from Georgetown University. His theoretical approach is both cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic. Kevin aims to collaborate with his patients as they learn and utilize skills to manage life’s challenges to improve and maintain an overall better quality of life. He utilizes trauma-informed methods to support patient-centered goals, individualize task development, create change and promote health and healing through empowerment. Encouragement, positive reinforcement and humor are often part of the process. Kevin believes that each step forward is great progress.
Nicole Swann, LCSWC
Nicole Swann is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland and Texas. She graduated from Texas State University where she received her master’s in social work with a focus on administrative leadership. She has worked in various settings including child welfare, homelessness, crisis situations and hospital programs (PHP & IOP). Her experience is geared toward teens and adults in mitigating immediate crises, developing coping skills, adjusting to life’s challenges, increasing distress tolerance and improving emotion regulation. She takes an eclectic approach to therapy by utilizing a combination of short-term, goal-oriented, strengths-based and solution-focused therapeutic strategies in order to adapt her therapeutic style to best support the individual needs of those she is working with. She comes from a trauma-informed perspective and most often utilizes the approaches of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing (MI). Outside of work, Nicole is extremely competitive, enjoys sports and can be found spending time with her family.
Lindsey is the facility manager at the Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in Crownsville, Maryland. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with patients in order to inspire lasting change in their lives. Lindsey earned her master’s in health science with a concentration in community health and health administration from Towson University in 2019. She specializes in health education, prevention and behavior change techniques. Lindsey was born and raised in Maryland and loves both crab cakes and football. Lindsey and her husband, Daniel, can usually be found eating their way around a new town or cheering on their favorite sports teams.
Benjamin is the assistant milieu manager at Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in Crownsville, Maryland. Quick with a smile, his healthy sense of humor and encouraging demeanor are the cornerstones of his personality. Benjamin has been working with children, adolescents and families in the state of Maryland for the past 11 years, gaining multitudes of experience and knowledge, including applying trauma-informed approaches, working on multidisciplinary teams and utilizing non-violent crisis intervention techniques. He is committed to providing the best behavioral and mental health services to those he serves. Benjamin lives in Harford County Maryland with his wife, Alicia, their three daughters Sydnei, Makayla and Madison and son Jeramiah.
Kaitlyn St. Peter, LCPC
Kaity prides herself on being a personable and comforting first point of contact for the program as the clinical intake coordinator. She grew up in the Adirondacks and Vermont and eventually made her way through Pennsylvania where she earned her bachelor’s in psychology at Albright College and then her master’s in clinical psychology at Loyola University Maryland. Previously working as a licensed clinician in an outpatient setting, Kaity brings a level of understanding and support to the intake process and helps put patients at ease in their new environment. Kaity values spending time with her family, including her husband and daughter, going sailing, off-roading or just enjoying a relaxing BBQ at home.
Meghan Boyd, LMSW
As a therapist at the Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in Crownsville, Maryland, Meghan engages clients through dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), attachment theory, trauma-informed care and motivational interviewing. Meghan is a certified grief counseling specialist and utilizes techniques to help patients cope with grief and loss, including death and other impactful losses such as friendships, relationships and jobs. At Discovery, Meghan plans to expand her experience and passion as a therapist to the residential setting. Meghan grew up in Maryland where she attended both undergraduate and graduate school. At the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Meghan focused on a clinical curriculum with the intent of providing clinical therapy services post-graduation. Since then, she has worked as an individual outpatient therapist. Meghan has also worked in residential treatment at a therapeutic group home and has interned in psychiatric hospital long-term care units. Meghan firmly believes in individualized, holistic treatment and encourages clients to improve both their mental and physical wellbeing through mindfulness, movement and intuitive eating in addition to clinical modalities. Meghan aims to help clients explore relational patterns within themselves and with others to change the way they relate to the world and people around them while building appropriate coping skills. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, reading, playing video games and spending time with her pets.
Nicole Crawford, LCPC
Nicole has been working with Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program since May 2021. She works directly with patients and their families to ensure a positive transition out of treatment. Nicole earned her master’s in mental health counseling from Johns Hopkins University and has worked with patients having a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, borderline personality and bipolar disorder since 2015. Her clients have included children, teens and adults. Nicole has tremendous talent to motivate and encourage all to be their true and authentic selves. Nicole is passionate about others achieving their goals and accomplishing their dreams. Outside of work, Nicole spends her time loving life, spending time with her family, cat and two dogs and visiting the beach as much as possible.
Kevin Leary, LGPC, CAC-AD
Kevin is a licensed graduate professional counselor and a certified addictions counselor in the state of Maryland. He earned an Associate of Applied Science in Addictions Counseling, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Prior to joining the Discovery team, Kevin was employed by a short-term inpatient substance use disorder treatment facility where he worked primarily with adults suffering from co-occurring disorders. Kevin’s theoretical orientation relies heavily on the person-centered approach developed by Carl Rogers, which emphasizes the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship as a prerequisite for growth and change. Kevin also utilizes techniques from a wide range of counseling theories including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI) and solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) to help clients develop effective coping skills, increase frustration tolerance and address their immediate problems to promote overall wellbeing. Kevin is passionate about helping clients struggling with addiction and mental illness find recovery and reach their maximum potential.
Sarah is a case manager with Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in Crownsville, Maryland. She received her bachelor’s in psychology,with focuses in sociology, anthropology and public health from Goucher College. Sarah works with patients to identify resources and treatment options once they discharge.
Rayelle is a licensed graduate professional counselor. Originally from New York, Rayelle received her bachelor’s in theatre from SUNY Purchase and master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Long Island University. Rayelle has over 10 years of experience working in various settings from foster care to higher education. Most recently she worked with students of all learning abilities at a college program in New York where she taught courses, provided coaching and designed the social and recreational programming. Rayelle is passionate about helping people develop goals and build on their strengths. When she is not at Discovery, you can find her at the movies, traveling, trying new foods or reading a good book.
Donna is a case manager at Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in Crownsville, Maryland. Donna received her associate’s degree in addiction counseling and mental health from Baltimore Community College and bachelor’s in social work and social science from Coppin University. She obtained her master’s in social work specializing in addiction counseling and administration from University of Maryland School of Social Work. Donna has 30 years of experience in mental health and substance abuse treatment working in places such as Volunteers of America, Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Hospital, the Department of Social Service and the Counseling Center. Donna has made it her life’s goal to support people who are struggling with their mental health, chemical dependence and social adversity to achieve their optimal level of functioning. Donna enjoys dancing, skating, skiing, basketball and meeting people from all backgrounds.
Willie Bediako, RN
Willie Bediako has worked in the psychiatric field since 2013 and has worked with Discovery since July of 2021. He obtained his ADN and BSN degrees from Prince George’s Community College and the University of Maryland. He enjoys his role as a nurse supervisor as it enables him to continue interacting with patients young and old. As a psychiatric nurse, Willie brings empathy, an easygoing communication style and a sweet sense of humor, making it easy for him to talk to patients. A typical day for Willie includes assessing patients on mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression or with substance abuse. Further, he is able to utilize the holistic approach of listening and educating patients because it allows him to hear their wonderful stories and learn from them. His hope is that by reaching out to patients on a regular basis, it makes them feel someone is there for them.
Candace Blase, LCPAT
Candace is a licensed clinical professional art therapist. She uses an eclectic approach combining psychodynamic, internal family systems, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), attachment theory and trauma informed care when treating patients. Candace has 25 years of experience working in intensive outpatient (IOP), partial hospitalization (PHP), residential treatment and inpatient levels of care. Her specialties include anxiety, mood disorders, trauma and substance abuse. Candace grew up in California and has lived in Maryland for 30 years where she enjoys outdoor activities, especially kayaking and hiking.
Celia Geen, LMSW
As a therapist at Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in Annapolis, Celia looks forward to building rapport with patients and engaging them in different therapeutic models. She has experience in expressive therapy, narrative therapy and motivational interviewing. Celia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Goucher College and her Master of Social Work from Simmons University. Celia strongly believes everyone deserves to lead a happy and fulfilling life. She utilizes a strengths-based approach where all patients can feel valued and safe. Celia was born and raised in Washington, DC and currently lives in Odenton, MD with her young cockapoo puppy Ramsay. Outside of work, she enjoys training her dog, spending time with friends, playing video games and watching reality television. Celia feels honored to be a part of the Discovery team and looks forward to working with you!
Tim is a case manager with Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in Annapolis, MD. He is the poster boy for the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover.” His tough outer exterior is no indication of the softness that lies within. His contagious smile, reassuring tone and openness are welcomed by everyone he meets. Tim brings his own unique and personal experience in his approach to recovery and treatment. He is able to empathize and relate to other people’s struggles in a way that only someone who has walked a mile in those shoes can. Tim has spent the last decade working with the most vulnerable section of our society helping connect them to community resources and outreach centers providing mentorship and education and advocating for their needs during and after treatment. He has an unrivaled passion for patient care and advocacy which extends to his personal life with his reason for living, his son who is on the autism spectrum. Tim’s free time is spent with his Canadian fiancé and her sons. His family keeps him on his toes and brings a barrel of laughter and fun into his life. He is a passionate fan of the Washington Commanders football team and a recently converted Toronto Blue Jays baseball fan.
COVID-19 Update: In-person intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization are offered at this location as well as virtual online telehealth programming. Residential treatment continues to be offered at our residential facilities for individuals in need of a higher level of care. Learn about all that we are doing to protect the safety and wellbeing of our patients and staff.