Who We Are
Welcome to Anchored Hope Therapy, LLC. We look forward to working with you towards your goals and supporting you in creating a customized therapy plan.
All of the clinicians at Anchored Hope Therapy, LLC have received extensive training in the use of evidence-based and evidence supported treatment models in the reduction of symptoms related to Anxiety, Depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In addition, Chelsea, Christine, and Louis have received training through Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Chelsea M. Haverly, LCSW-C, Co-Founder/Full-Time Clinician
Chelsea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) and co-founder of Anchored Hope Therapy, LLC. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland. Since then, her career has focused on supporting individuals and families, with complex trauma exposures and ongoing experiences of stress, in making the changes they identify as important for them. Chelsea believes that a strong therapeutic alliance can be supportive and helpful in the healing process. She believes everyone is able to make changes in life.
Chelsea treats a variety of symptom presentations stemming from single and complex trauma exposures including ongoing depression and anxiety. Trauma can include a single stressful event that one endures or ongoing troubles within the family system or the individual that happen over time. She also supports individuals and families to cope with every day stress that may be ongoing and persistent. She has specialized training background in treating adult and child survivors of sexual abuse, assault and sex trafficking. She also has specialized training in treating and managing high risk behaviors such as substance use and non-suicidal self-injury utilizing DBT informed therapy. In addition to supporting individuals struggling to manage chronic pain and other health related issues. As a TF-CBT certified therapist, Chelsea believes in utilizing evidence supported treatments in therapy and tailoring treatment to fit the needs of each individual, child and family. She also works with adults and families who are in conflict and struggling to communicate their needs and desires within personal, marital and professional relationships. Chelsea supports military families who have experienced stress, difficulty in adjusting to civilian life, and family conflict during this adjustment. Chelsea is a member of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, Victims Service Subcommittee, and a certified trainer through this committee.
Christine N. Coyle (DeBerardinis), LCSW-C, Co-Founder/Full-Time Clinician
Christine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) and a Board Certified Supervisor in the state of Maryland. She is the co-founder of Anchored Hope Therapy, LLC. She obtained her undergraduate degree from West Chester University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Widener University. Prior to starting the practice in 2016 with her partner Chelsea Haverly, Christine worked for almost ten years at the Center for Child and Family Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute providing individual, family, and group therapy. Christine’s work has focused on implementing evidence-based and trauma-informed treatment to help her clients cope with traumatic stress. In addition to her work with individuals and families who experienced trauma, Christine also supports clients to learn how to manage symptoms of every day stress.
Christine received a certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and is trained to treat single and complex trauma exposures. She also has training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to help clients evaluate and change the upsetting thoughts that they experience after a trauma. Christine believes that helping client change their thoughts, they can also change how they feel. Christine also has experience with treating individuals presenting with high risk behaviors such as tension-reduction behaviors and non-suicidal self-injury. She utilizes DBT informed therapy and has received training to implement Exposure Response Prevention Therapy, a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,
Christine has experience utilizing non-directive therapy approaches in her work including play therapy and sand tray. She also utilizes mindfulness in her work with clients. Christine received a Budding Yogis certification from Circle Yoga in Washington, D.C. and collaborated with other trauma therapists in developing a Yoga-Based Psychotherapy Group protocol designed to increase self-awareness promote emotional and behavioral regulation and pro-social behaviors in children. She has adapted this protocol in her work with individuals and families.
Caitlin Heffernan, LCSW-C, Full-Time Clinician
Caitlin has received certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Plus (CBT+, through the National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare). Outside of trauma-based work, Caitlin also has experience in helping individuals cope with symptoms of Anxiety and Depression and managing the stresses of life or conflict within families more effectively. Caitlin strives to create a comfortable, safe space for therapy in order to build a strong, trusting therapeutic relationship, which she believes to be the foundation of the work that is done within therapy. She works to utilize evidence-based practices balanced with warmth, empathy, and a strengths-based perspective to individualize therapy for each person, couple, and family.
Ruth Milsten, LCSW-C, Full-Time Clinician
Ruth Milsten is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, MSW, LCSW-C, and received her Master’s in Social Work from The University of MD in 1995. Ruth has been a certified yoga teacher since 2000 and a Holistic Health Educator since 2007. Ruth has 24 years of experience working with women, adolescent girls, ages 12 and up, and their families.
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”-Maya Angelou.
Ruth’s passion is helping women and girls connect to their “amazingness”, quiet their inner critic and develop more self-compassion, while strengthening their connection to their inner selves and innate wisdom. Ruth helps her clients with a variety of issues, including: postpartum depression, grief and loss, separation and divorce, childhood abuse and trauma, anxiety and depression, PTSD, career, school and relationship struggles, highly sensitive person and caregiver stress, emotional eating, bullying and low self-esteem. Ruth believes in creating a safe, nonjudgmental and supportive environment for women and girls of all colors, sexual and gender identity orientations and provides holistic counseling, drawing on psychodynamic and insight oriented therapy, as well as Eastern philosophy, mindfulness, yoga and breathwork.
Ruth is currently receiving training in Lisa Ferentz’s Level I Trauma Training for Therapists. She is also trained in Imago Relationship Therapy and provides counseling for both traditional and alternative lifestyle couples, who want to improve healthy communication and safety in their relationship.
Louis Straker, LCSW-C, Part-Time Clinician (Offering Saturday Appointments)
Louis Straker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and earned his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Louis has experience working in a variety of treatment settings, including community outpatient mental health centers, home-based treatment program, and private practice. He has also worked in a school for children with special needs and has experience implementing play therapy treatment models.
Louis completed a fellowship program at the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychoanalysis in 2013-2014. He is also a member of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, where he serves on the advisory board as Co-Chair of the Social Media Committee. Louis works with individuals and families with a wide range of needs and is particularly interested in working with individuals who have trauma, anxiety, and relationship issues. Louis uses an eclectic approach to therapy, with an emphasis on providing a safe environment, so that a strong therapeutic relationship can develop, thereby setting the stage for change.
Emily Young, LMSW, Clinician (Offering Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Appointments)
Emily Young is a Licensed Master Social Worker and received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She has over seven years of experience working in the health care and end of life settings as well as experience working in an Assisted Living Home providing therapy services to individuals with Dementia, and their grieving families.
Emily has worked as a Grief Counselor in a hospice setting providing therapy to children, teens, adults, and older adults. She also has experience working with children, teens and adults who are presenting with symptoms connected to anxiety, depression and ongoing stress. Emily has specific training from the Center of Complicated Grief and specializes in working with clients who have experienced traumatic losses of a loved one from suicide, substance abuse, homicide, and perinatal traumas. She believes that grief is not pathological and that everyone experiences the grief process differently, and on their own timelines. Emily strives to create a safe space for clients to share the story of their loss without judgment.
Emily values using a partnership approach to therapy and works to create a therapeutic relationship that is built on trust, support, self-empowerment and the client’s strengths, to achieve goals determined by the client. Emily utilizes evidence-based approaches including Trauma and Complicated Grief Informed Therapy, Mindfulness, Play-Based Therapy approaches, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in order to best serve her clients and their journey toward progressive and positive healing. Emily is certified to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is also a Certified Clinical
Christa Bellanca, LMSW, Part-Time Clinician (Offering Monday and Friday Appointments)
Christa Bellanca is a Licensed Master Social Worker specializing in family-based psychotherapy for children and their families. Christa holds an undergraduate degree in Communications (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Delaware and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Christa has worked as the Family Outreach & Behavior Specialist for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ Infants & Toddlers program since 2013, providing comprehensive in-home behavior support to families with children with developmental disabilities and delays. She helps families access a broad array of critical resources, and conducts trainings on a variety of topics for parents and caregivers across Anne Arundel county. Christa’s passion for delivering both individualized therapeutic interventions and dynamic community collaborations infuses her practice with a warm, holistic and nurturing experience for her clients and their families.
Christa combines her unique background in communications and media – including stints as an award-winning news and video producer –with community engagement expertise to identify and effectively address the complex behavioral needs of children within the context of the overall family system. Christa is trained in specialized family-based intervention techniques – including Eco-Systemic Family Therapy – and the family systems approach to creating positive change for children and families. She has experience working with children with ADHD, sensory-processing and sensory-integration concerns, and complex trauma including prenatal substance exposure.
Christa is also the Founder and Board President of Isabel’s Gift, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families with children in the neo-natal intensive care unit at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She has won numerous community awards recognizing her commitment to NICU families, including the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award and most recently, the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award. Christa believes in the strength of human connection and the indelible healing power of relationships to empower her clients, no matter their age. She is an avid reader, passionate music lover, rookie gourmet cook, and dedicated Redskin fan. She loves hiking, yoga, friendship and of course, her family.