Stacey Hellman, LCSW-C

In-person and online sessions

for adults and adolescents

*Free 30 minute consultation*

Find freedom from addictive substances or behaviors through an innovative approach to therapy. Whether you’ve had treatment before or are brand new to therapy, you’ve come to the right place!

Stacey Hellman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Are you struggling to stop doing something that you know is causing problems for you or those around you? Do you find yourself hiding, lying, or making excuses related to your addictive behavior? Do you feel like you are leading a double life sometimes? It can be very frustrating and cause you to feel shame about yourself when you tell yourself “this is the last time” but then it never is. It’s like you promised yourself you wouldn’t do it again but then you find yourself breaking that promise. Repeated broken promises compromise your integrity and then cause rifts in relationships with loved ones. Feeling out of control despite your very best efforts is disempowering and that is why you are here; you want to regain control, build integrity within yourself and feel good about your life.

I’ve had 20 years of experience working with adults and adolescents who struggle with addictive substances and behaviors. Many clients don’t understand the root causes of their addictive behavior or don’t recognize how their past experiences may be linked to their present challenges. It’s a big mistake to treat addictions as stand-alone diagnoses; if we don’t address what’s underneath the addictive behavior, lasting healing isn’t possible and there will be chronic relapses.  The roots of addiction are a combination of factors such as genetic predisposition, negative or traumatic experiences especially in childhood, and untreated anxiety or depression. There is always more to explore and uncover so click here to read more if you are curious. I’m here as a knowledgable detective and guide to help you figure out what’s going on and where to go from here. I look forward to crossing paths with you when you are ready.

My training and experience:

*Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of MD in 2002

*20yrs of clinical experience with teens and adults doing individual and group therapy

*Worked at Kolmac Integrated Behavioral Health (formerly Kolmac clinic)

*Trauma certified through The Ferentz Institute in 2010

*Certified yoga teacher through the Yoga Center of Columbia in 2017

*Trained in EMDR in 2021 through PESI

What you can expect:

The first step is to schedule your 30 minute free consultation and together we will determine what your needs are and if it feels like a good fit. I will also address any questions you might have. If you decide to proceed with therapy, the first few sessions include a thorough evaluation and treatment plan. Typically I see clients weekly for 3-6 months and then biweekly for another 6 months. You will get out of it what you put into it, so be prepared to do some work in between sessions as well!

What are the benefits?

*Decreased anxiety and improved overall mood

*Feeling more comfortable in your body

*Finally able to let go of self-destructive and addictive behaviors

*Feeling at peace with yourself and your past

*Deeper, more meaningful relationships

*Sense of integrity and self-worth

*Lots of unexpected “A-Ha!” moments when things finally make sense.

My style:

I’m down to earth and most people feel very comfortable opening up to me. I won’t just smile and nod and agree with everything you say. I will listen with kindness and compassion and will gently point out your “blind spots” if I see them. We all need to be seen, heard, and understood. I will provide a safe space for you to be yourself.

My office is located at 3525-H Ellicott Mills Dr. in Ellicott City, Maryland. I primarily do in-person sessions but can provide telehealth sessions if needed. Clients need to be located in Maryland at the time of the appointment due to current Telementalhealth laws.