All clinical services are provided by graduate student therapists and supervised by senior clinical faculty of the Department of Family Science. Supervisors are experienced Couple & Family Therapists who bring a variety of theoretical approaches and a broad experiential base to the students.
Clinical Faculty Supervisors
Patricia Barros, Ph.D., is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor in AAMFT, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in DC, and a Graduate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Maryland. Her special interests include gender and ethnicity issues, intimate partner violence, as well as on individual and family resiliency.
Patricia Barros, Ph.D
Director of Center for Healthy Families
Reduced Fees for Veterans
A special fund has been established to provide couple and family therapy services to veterans and military families- 6 sessions at no cost, followed by $20 per session. Please contact the CHF directly to inquire about utilizing this service.
Mariana K. Falconier, Ph.D. is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor in AAMFT and Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in the states of Maryland and Virginia. She is a clinical fellow in AAMFT. Her special interests include diversity issues, stress and couples, immigration and financial stressors, emotion regulation, psycho-education programs. She is the developer of TOGETHER, a couples' program that integrates relationship and financial education
Mariana K. Falconier Ph.D
Couple and Family Therapy Faculty
Reena Bernards, M.S., LCMFT graduated from the University of Maryland CFT program in 2008, and joined a private group practice providing therapy for children, adolescents, families, and individual adults. Reena approaches therapy from the perspective of building on the strengths of the individuals and creating a supportive environment for change within the family. She is certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy, an attachment based clinical treatment for couples and families. Her other preferred models include Narrative Therapy and Child-Centered Play Therapy. She has a special interest in multicultural and adoptive families. She received a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. Reena is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, certified as a mediator, and has experience working as an organizational development consultant and a diversity trainer.
Merlene Blair-Brown, M.S., LCMFT is a licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes with individuals ages two through a hundred-and-two. She is the founder of a holistic practice located in Baltimore County, Maryland called The Thusong-A Place of Help. Merlene is a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is also a Registered Nurse. Merlene is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and has experience dealing with marital issues, anger problems, depression, and stress. Through the use of varied therapeutic techniques, Merlene encourages clients to build bridges; tear down communication barriers and begin on the road to wholeness with deeper levels of self-realization. She is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Nursing & Masters of Family Therapy.
Wendy Wilcox, M.S., LCMFT is a graduate of the department’s Couple and Family Therapy Program, and has been a supervisor with the Center of Healthy Families since 2007. She is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland as well as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow. Wendy is the Director of Bowie Youth & Family Services, where she has been on staff for twenty years. Her areas of professional interest include parenting issues, as well as the family treatment of addiction and traumatic experiences. Wendy also owns a private practice, where she specializes in EMDR and other treatments for trauma.
Jodi Cobb, Ph.D., LCMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland, an AAMFT clinical fellow and supervisor candidate, and a graduate of the University of Maryland CFT Program. She sees clients at her private practice, Peer Bridges, LLC in Ellicott City and at Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education in Virginia. Jodi also holds graduate degrees in school psychology and was a School Psychologist with the Howard County Public School System before her MFT licensure. She has received training in Theraplay®, play therapy, interventions for children with problem sexual behaviors, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®), trauma-focused play-based interventions, and the Extended Play Based Developmental Assessment (EPBDA). She is also a Registered Circle of Security Parent Educator. Jodi has experience and interest in working with families impacted by autism spectrum disorders, attachment issues, adoption, foster care, sexual abuse, trauma, and LGBTQ issues.
Ellie Cunanan-Petty is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Ellie graduated from Virginia Tech’s Marriage and Family Therapy Masters program and has advanced clinical training in Internal Family Systems and EMDR. Ellie served as a clinician for seven years in community mental health and private non-profit settings, working mostly with adolescents and their families. Her supervisory experience includes working in a therapeutic foster care agency and as a former faculty member of the Virginia Tech MFT program, where she served as Clinical Director and Interim Program Director. She has a private practice in Falls Church, Virginia.
Laura Golojuch is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who practices near Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Laura graduated from the University of Maryland's Couple and Family Therapy program and is currently completing her Ph.D. in the Department of Family Science. Her clinical interests include working with young adults through family of origin issues and life transitions, premarital therapy, and trauma. Laura's preferred models are Narrative and Solution Focused, and DBT. Laura likes to incorporate mindfulness into her clinical practice and her supervising.
Brian Livelsberger, M.S., LCMFT is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor. He worked for two years in public mental health and nine years at a military treatment facility, and is now in private practice. Brian has specialized in working with couples for the past eleven years, regarding intimate relationships as a crucible for both individual and relationship growth. An enduring clinical interest is in exploring ways that different models overlap and augment one another, and on the in-session interplay between theoretical models and the therapist's own lived experience. As a supervisor, Brian's primary focus is on cultivating the use of the self of the therapist as a valuable tool in clinical work.
Andrew Price, M.S., LGMFT is a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, an AAMFT Pre-Clinical Fellow, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate. He is a graduate of Maryland's CFT master's program and Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Andrew owns a private practice in Silver Spring and works with Medicaid clients in an outpatient mental health clinic in Prince George's County. He works with couples, families, and individuals. Andrew specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, and grief. In his work with couples and families, areas of focus include family conflict, estrangement, co-parenting, caregiving, and attachment issues. Andrew is Prepare-Enrich certified and is currently working toward certification in Discernment Counseling.