James Roembke, PsyD – Executive Director
I’d like to suggest that the work of psychotherapy isn’t as mysterious as so many make it out to be. At the end of the day, psychotherapy is a relationship. Fundamentally, it’s no more baffling than why a guy wants to throw a ball with a buddy, why a woman wants to have coffee with a trusted confidant and why young ones want to have a “friend over.” The mystery isn’t the endeavor; the mystery is what happens as a result. And yes, that indeed is a mystery. After more than 20 years of being with folks in this work, it is surprising that it continues to amaze me, but it does. The relationship which is psychotherapy, if we attend to it, nurture it, make sense of it does in fact do something mysterious, dare I say miraculous in us.
Jim is a licensed psychologist registered in the state of Maryland where he resides and practices. He is a graduate of Biola University in Southern California where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. In addition to his psychological training, he also has an undergraduate degree in Theology and has done extensive graduate coursework in applied theological studies. Throughout his tenure he has worked as a psychologist in hospitals, clinics and private practices. He is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology affirming both his education and experience as one who can be trusted professionally.
Jim practices psychodynamic therapy which means that he seeks to understand people through the lens of human development, the individual’s unique history and with particular focus on their relational style observed through the therapeutic encounter. Together these form a unique and personal “fingerprint” which guide Jim and the patient to grow in self-understanding and ultimately to live more freely. Jim has particular interest in working with people involved in ministry and religious work and has worked with pastors, priests, seminarians and Christian workers of all stripes to develop a healthier way of living out their vocations. He loves training new professionals and has given leadership to the Internship program at Vital Sources since its inception. (Read more about Jim)
Margie Brubaker, MA, LCPC – Director Emeritus
“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming” –Helen Keller
I believe Love is the greatest power, overcomes evil, hardships, and flaws. However, there exists the cold, hard fact of human suffering. The idea of overcoming sounds good, but when suffering persists and we feel alone in it, we find it difficult to overcome anything by ourselves. Helen Keller met Anne Sullivan who demonstrated unconditional love, patient presence, and empathic understanding of her human suffering. Hard work and mutual devotion to the process grew a beautiful person who allowed herself to emerge from a silent, sightless, voiceless world. The longing to hear, see and have a voice runs deeply within us all, especially when emotional suffering or mental anguish renders us powerless. That is often how therapy begins.
Margie Brubaker is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who brings experience, compassion and clarity to the lives of her clients. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Rider University and holds undergraduate degrees in Social Work and Biblical Studies from Cairn University. Continuing Education courses in trauma treatment, grief and loss, along with gerontology and aging provide additional preparation for clients over the lifespan. Margie has been a therapist at Vital Sources for fifteen years and brings wisdom and hope to folks facing depression, past abuse, trauma, adjustment to new life situations, relationship difficulties, self-understanding, emotional regulation and management of declining health. Margie engages clients through Interpersonal Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and other experiential modalities. Along with integrating a personal faith component as clients may desire, Margie’s style includes attention to both the environment and the relationship she forms with each client. Warmth and an intentional desire to create a feeling of emotional safety provide the essentials for disclosure to occur. (Read more about Margie)
Mary-Eileen Hahn, MS, LCPC – Director of Community Connections
You have a story, uniquely your own. Inviting someone to know, share and explore your story in order to illuminate truths both wonderful and difficult is the courageous work of therapy. My goal is encouragement and freedom for you, attending to the light within. In the words of Brene Brown, “Owning our story can be hard, but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” As God is the creator of light and chose not to eliminate darkness but promised to be with us in it, my presence with you in the therapy room is inspired by this truth.
As a licensed clinical professional counselor working in the field since 2008, Mary-Eileen integrates sound, clinical psychology with Christian-based spiritual compassion to inform her work. M.E. is qualified by her undergraduate degree in Psychology from James Madison University and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University of Maryland. M.E. focuses on the interaction and balance of thinking, feeling, behaving and relating, acknowledging the healing element of the relationship between therapist and client. Collaboration and encouragement for positive change are elements of her work. She welcomes individuals (men and women of all ages) struggling with stages of life issues, anxiety and depression symptoms, emotion regulation difficulties, career and work/life satisfaction challenges as well as interpersonal issues. Couples desiring marriage and pre-marital counseling are most welcome. M.E. is committed to her ongoing clinical development, including integrative therapy approaches to address anxiety, depression and life transition issues across the lifespan. M.E. is a certified facilitator for Prepare/Enrich and continues training with the Couples Institute Program to help couples preparing for marriage and those desiring improvement in their marriages. (Read more about Mary-Eileen)
Pamela Richardson Shepp, MS, LCPC – Director of Internal Communication and Internship
“…real care means the willingness to help each other in making our brokenness into the gateway to joy.” Henri J.M. Nouwen
By the time you make the call for counseling, Life has taken a toll in some serious regard. Brokenness has come upon you in relationship, in spirit, in feeling overwhelmed by challenges. In a serendipitous manner, we come together, as you seek healing and I, as your counselor, strive to be a help and an encourager into a new and brighter day. It is a deep honor and privilege for me to embrace the broken soul and to be trusted to join in the journey from being lost, stuck, or in pain into the possibility of wellness and joy.
Pamela is a licensed clinical professional counselor with a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Her clinical focus expands across the life span: With children – Pam engages with children who struggle with behavioral issues, emotional regulation challenges, anxiety, grief, or divorce of parents. With teens and young adults – Counseling provides value in managing the intensity of this important period of transition and identity formation. Pam has a heart for those in this developmental stage. With adults – Life stressors are numerous, whether in relationship, grief/loss, life transitions, aging, or mental health conditions. “How did I get here? And how can I move forward?” are questions that can lead to rich self-exploration in therapy. Pam comes alongside the individual, tailoring a holistic, integrative approach in counseling. With families – Serving as an observer, mediator, guide, Pam helps families reconnect, find solutions to issues, and work on healthy ways to communicate. With Engaged Couples – Pam is a certified facilitator for Prepare-Enrich and welcomes couples to participate in pre-marital counseling. (Read More about Pam)
Michael Wagner, PsyD – Licensed Psychologist
I recognize that persons who are suffering often feel most alone precisely when companionship is most necessary. It is my intention to be with you throughout these periods of felt isolation. Benedict the XVI beautifully articulated the definition of consolation as, “being with the other in his solitude, so that it ceases to be solitude.” As a psychologist, I desire to be with you in your suffering, so that you are not alone, with the hope that you will experience some consolation in this companionship.
Michael is a psychologist, licensed in the states of Maryland and Virginia. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, where his research and doctoral dissertation focused on facilitating adaptive identity formation. Additionally, he received advanced training in psychological assessment from Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He is uniquely interested in accompanying individuals experiencing difficulties related to significant life transitions including: attending a new school, employment changes, developing or maintaining interpersonal relationships, raising children, and aging. Psychological symptoms he commonly treats within this context are anxiety, anger, depression, trauma reactions, relational problems and addictions.
Moreover, Michael believes that best results arise from accurately matching specific interventions to a person’s unique concerns and goals. Thus, besides providing psychotherapy services, Michael also provides extensive assessment services in order to discover the most accurate picture of a person’s unique strengths and weaknesses. He welcomes requests for assessments related to academic functioning, vocational readiness and age-related concerns. (Read more about Michael)
Margaret Laracy, PsyD – Director of Training and Clinical Services
I view psychotherapy as a process of revelation. As a therapist, I am tasked with seeing and revealing the beauty of each patient before me. This does not mean to avoid traumas, distress, mistakes, and symptoms but to see and face them while affirming the overarching order and luminosity within each person who comes through my door. In turn, I invite those who come to therapy to reveal themselves. This can mean expressing what is difficult to say and might have gone unsaid; looking at uncomfortable aspects of oneself or one’s family; or trying new things that perhaps didn’t seem possible before. I seek to create a relationship in which this collaborative process of growth and healing can occur.
Margaret is a licensed psychologist with an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. She trained in community-based and hospital settings and she typically works with teenagers and adults. Her therapeutic paradigm is primarily interpersonal and attachment-based, which entails learning from both the therapeutic relationship and from the client’s past and present relationships. Recognizing that each person is unique and unrepeatable, she tailors treatment to the needs of each individual, couple or family. Additionally, she offers psychotherapy groups, which provide a distinctive opportunity for interpersonal learning. Psychological assessment, both personality and cognitive, constitutes another aspect of Margaret’s clinical work, including assessing candidates for the seminary. Her practice of psychology has been further enriched by teaching experience. She has served as assistant and adjunct professor at several institutes of higher learning and she continues to teach graduate courses on a part-time basis. (Read more about Margaret)
Erik Hadden, MA, LCPC
“True being comes only from the free person, from the person who loves freely – that is, who freely affirms his being, his identity, by means of an event of communion with other persons.” John D. Zizioulas, Being As Communion
Who am I? What a difficult question for all of us! In fact, St. Issac the Syrian said that to know oneself is a miracle greater than raising someone from the dead. So, who are we? Who we are, our distinctness, our personhood, is only seen in relationship with other persons. Our struggles, our battles, our tears, our pain all happen in relationship with ourselves and others. So, healing cannot happen outside of relationship. That is psychotherapy. I am constantly amazed at the courage displayed by people that come to me for help; the courage to open up to me and trust me to help them through the most difficult times in their lives. And what happens? A relationship is formed based on trust, honesty, and genuine care. I believe this is where healing starts. I consider it a sacred privilege to journey with you through your pain, brokenness, difficulties and frustrations toward wholeness, healing, and freedom.
Erik is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland. After working in publishing and youth ministry after his bachelor’s degree, he realized that psychology was a passion and a calling. He has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2003) in Massachusetts. Directly after graduate school, he worked for two years doing emergency psychiatric evaluations which honed his diagnostic and crisis intervention skills. At the same time, he worked as a counselor and psychotherapist seeing individuals, couples and families. Upon moving to Maryland, he worked as a behaviorist in a weight management program and continued doing psychotherapy and counseling with individuals, couples and families at Vital Sources. He and his wife then moved to the Middle East where he worked in a cross-cultural setting for 6 years. Having returned to Maryland and to the Vital Sources team, Erik welcomes adult individuals and couples struggling with all types of issues, for example: life transitions, depression and anxiety, addictions, weight issues, bi-polar, marital difficulties, pre- marital counseling and more. He enjoys working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Erik employs a psychodynamic framework with most of his clients; however, he utilizes many cognitive-behavioral techniques and principles as well. Believing who we are is manifested in relationship, he seeks to develop a therapeutic relationship with his clients that helps them change from the inside out–becoming more fully who they really are. (Read more about Erik)
Raina Raj Hadden, MA, LCMFT
There is no escape from pain and suffering. In our own bodies, relationships and lives– it is a reality in our midst. And yet our beings revolt against the injustice of it; willing it to leave us and the notions of existence we hold dear. Our efforts often fail to deaden our angst and unwittingly quell a passion for living. We crave an abundant life. I believe engaging in therapy is a quest to satisfy that yearning – in communion with another, one can pursue meaning, find the courage to withstand, and cultivate a purity of living. Change is wrought not necessarily in circumstance but in strengthening of character and the will to persevere. Suffering does not have to have the last word. Being with you is my reason for being a therapist.
Raina is a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist. After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of West Florida, Raina began her professional career in the field of marketing publications. Eight years later, she made a purposeful career change to become a psychotherapist by returning to graduate school in Massachusetts for a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2005). Raina’s work is grounded in the fact that people exist in the complexity of their relationships, at home and in their local and international communities. To this end, she often chooses to treat clients by deepening their understanding and interaction with significant others. She is particularly drawn to those who feel trapped and helpless by the chronic nature of their physical, emotional, or relational pain with a voice that seems to make no difference. Having lived outside the U.S. as an expatriate for most of her life, with extensive world travel and a cross-cultural marriage, Raina is equipped to tackle issues of acculturation and conflict that arises from cultural differences. She invites individuals, couples and families with teenage or adult children to therapy. (Read more about Raina)
David Cruzan, MS, LGPC
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”- Kahlil Gibran
Isaiah 53:3 says that Jesus was despised and forsaken, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. For humanity, there is comfort in knowing someone is familiar with the painful process of refinement. Sometimes during that process, we hide behind ‘masks of inauthenticity.’ Being acquainted with grief myself and through the process of sharing my story, I found my authentic self. As holistic, integrated beings, we seek to balance the psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual components of ourselves. As your counselor, I desire to come alongside you sharing in the pain of suffering with the expectation of finding meaning through relationship. Inspired by the 12-step model of recovery and the therapeutic experience of exploring your story, I hope to impart grace and healing as we see life together through your eyes, discovering the essence of who you are as the Creator designed you to be.
David is a licensed graduate professional counselor with a master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. His bachelor’s degree is in geography from the University of Washington. Following his childhood dream of working as an Intelligence Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), it became apparent that direct, open, honest and meaningful relationships were truly desired. After divine intervention, the counseling profession emerged as a better fit for a serenity filled life. As an intern at Vital Sources, David saw immense benefit in working in a community of professionals who share common passion, purpose and care for the people they serve. As iron sharpens iron, being part of a team growing personally and professionally, he embraces the partnership that exists here.
David is bilingual in English and American Sign Language (ASL), expanding access to counseling services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. Working with Hearing, Deaf, and Hard of Hearing clients, David counsels individuals, couples, families and groups collaborating with clients to determine the best modality of therapy. He utilizes a narrative therapeutic style that focuses on healing the five life tasks: Spirituality, Self-Direction, Friendships, Love, and Work. Furthermore, David works well with individuals and couples struggling with life stressors including pornography, sexual addiction and intimacy disorder. He is passionate about empowering partners of sex addicts to develop better boundaries and expand their spheres of support. David welcomes men, women, as well as families from all walks of life desiring to find their purpose. (Read more about David)
Charlanne Wolff, MA, LCPC – Director of Operations and Personnel
Life involves a myriad of seasons and changes, and sometimes we long for something resembling “typical” life. I love that therapy can be a place for me to provide consistency and normalization in any season. When someone experiences what feels like death or the addition of an unsettling new element in their world, I love to come alongside and normalize life seasons and factors beyond our control that impact significantly. Whether you’re going through a winter of the soul or stressful summer, that place that feels wounded may be a “death” that gives birth to new life. Songwriter Jon Foreman penned that “the wound is where the light shines through,” and I love chasing where the light shines through together.
Charlanne is a licensed counselor, who is also certified as a board approved supervisor for training therapists. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counseling from Grace College and has been practicing since 2004. She enjoys working with adults of all ages. She seeks redemptive potential in all clinical interactions and works to provide restorative relational interaction with everyone she encounters in therapy, while acknowledging that everyone has their own unique life experience. Her work involves addressing people as a whole, collaborating toward desired outcomes through an individually tailored process, increasing client self-awareness, encouraging new ways of processing, and providing helpful education. Charlanne recognizes that her theological framework drives her to treat all individuals with respect, kindness, and dignity and loves to include spiritual components as desired by clients. Specialty areas include anxiety, young adults, life transitions, identity formation, spiritual questions, any area of sexual brokenness, self-harm, trauma, eating disorders and groups. She is certified in Prepare Enrich for premarital counseling, enjoys speaking and training with churches and community groups, and loves supervising counselors-in-training. (Read more about Charlanne)
Kathy Musslewhite, PsyD – Registered Psychology Associate
Imagine being excited about the future, confident in your ability to navigate the present day’s struggles and at peace with your past. Trauma, issues of identity, questions about our purpose and the meaning of our lives can often leave us feeling weighed down. Working with a compassionate and caring therapist can help clarify thoughts and emotions, and reduce feelings of anxiety, depression and loss.
Kathy is a registered psychology associate under the supervision of Dr. James E. Roembke, Jr., PsyD. Having earned her degree (Psy.D.) from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia, Kathy works with adults, children and adolescents, couples and families. She provides both therapy and cognitive and psycho-diagnostic testing for children, adolescents and adults. Her particular interests are trauma and panic disorder and, the process of identity development through various life stages (vocational questions, empty nest, changes in marital status, grief). Kathy believes that all people have a call to love others and to learn how to be loved, and that ultimately our flourishing will be tied to our ability to understand ourselves in light of that calling to love. In her work with individuals, couples and families she uses a variety of modalities, including trauma informed therapies, emotion focused, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and family systems approaches. She continues to try to stay updated on the research regarding trauma and panic. In any therapy used she always has an eye towards patient’s needs and capacities, always moving gently, collaboratively and at the patient’s pace. (Read more about Kathy)
Josh Kalman, PsyD – Registered Psychology Associate
Aren’t we all facing our inner opponents every day? Sometimes we feel strong enough to take them on, but if you’re thinking about therapy, you’ve probably hit your limit. Sports can be a great analogy for life and therapy. All athletes have a common goal: to perform at the highest level possible. This is never accomplished, however, without a group of trainers, coaches, and teammates. I view my work sometimes as trainer, teaching in preparation for the game; sometimes as coach, helping to guide from the sideline; but mostly as teammate, beside you even as you go through these difficult times. If we don’t prepare and know our opponents, then how will we be ready for what they throw our way? Therapy can be seen as part of this preparation, and it is a privilege to be a part of your journey.
Josh is a registered psychology associate under the supervision of Dr. Michael Wagner, Psy.D. He earned his doctorate (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia, integrating the Christian faith with psychology. Josh sees each client as a unique creation whose deepest need is to experience that they are loved unconditionally. Josh has trained in a variety of settings including forensic child guidance clinics, adult partial hospitalization programs, adolescent intensive outpatient programs, and private practice. He has training in Relationship Enhancement for couples. Josh also enjoys working with adolescents and adults in both individual and group therapy. He has a passion for working with men dealing with pornography addiction. Josh works well with individuals struggling with anxiety and depression, OCD, stage of life issues, anger, and trauma. (Read more about Josh)
Holly Thompson – Director of Business and Finance
Holly is our business manager providing oversight to the overall functioning of the inner workings of Vital Sources. You may or may not have the need to talk with Holly. She expertly handles the intricacies of insurance billing and patient account management. She is thorough, detailed and experienced in this area of service. If you have questions regarding your account or insurance, she’s the one who can lead you through the maze of third party reimbursement (insurance!). We often kid her that she teaches the insurance companies about their own policies, which, as you can guess, requires sensitivity, patience and diplomacy. She is a long-time Frederick county resident, and enjoys the season of being a valuable and available grandmother to four beautiful granddaughters.
Autumn Pante – Office Manager, Intake Coordinator
Autumn is the office manager and also serves to coordinate the intake process for new clients. Friendly and approachable, you may be welcomed by her upon your arrival or over the phone as she helps to address any questions you may have. Autumn also works behind the scenes to ensure that the many details of our practice are attended to with excellence, ensuring that Vital Sources is a comfortable and welcoming environment the moment you enter. Her professional experience includes positions in healthcare, restaurant management, and church administration providing her with a rich mix of administrative and customer service understanding. She is currently studying English Language and Literature through Southern New Hampshire University’s online program. Autumn lives in downtown Frederick with her husband, and enjoys hiking in the great outdoors as well as curling up with a good book.
Christina Hahn – Office Administrator
Christina is a part-time office administrator involved in many key facets of Vital Sources both behind the scenes and out in front. You may encounter her welcoming spirit in the reception area upon arrival as part of our administrative team, or moving about our building attending to the needs of our office space, clients and clinicians. Christina can answer questions you may have regarding payments and billing for your session. She is a graduate of James Madison University, B.S. in Psychology with experience in both counseling centers and school settings. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Social Work at the University of Maryland.