Who We are
Holistic Therapy Modalities
Emotionally Focused Therapy
PHD · LPC · LMHC · NCC · ACS
If you are reading this what you really want to know is:
Can I really help you?
Do I know what I’m doing?
It was ironic because it’s not at all how I work with my clients or how I am in the world. I’m warm and probably too friendly. I want you to read this and get an idea of who I am and if we’ll work well together, not just list the things I’ve done (though you can click here for that information).
I AM NOT THE SMILE AND NOD THERAPIST.
I roll up my sleeves and jump in the deep end with you. I know you are the expert on you, but I have a great BS detector. I’ll call you on your stuff.
We’ll laugh (a lot).
After twenty five years in this field I’m unshockable. I’m not afraid to talk about anything you need to talk about. Sex? Money? Let’s get it all out; there’s nothing to be ashamed of.
And to answer the very first question: Yes, I do know what I’m doing. I love what I do and I’m am good at it.
If you would like to read the resume stuff, you can do that here.
MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST, Specializing in Chronic Illness
My name is Angel and I know the emotional exhaustion, the isolation, the highs and lows of being a mother, a partner, a caregiver, a friend and watch your loved one suffer. I am passionate about letting people know they are not alone in this process and that there is hope for tomorrow. There is support for you and your loved one. Feel empowered just enough to reach for help and know that you’ll be in capable hands. Here you’ll find resources and tools to feel competent for the path ahead.
With over 15 years’ experience in behavioral health and long-term care services, I get it. I am currently a Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy and have worked in numerous community and hospital-based setting which include diverse populations. Although, I have found my most treasured experiences to be with families and individuals grappling with chronic medical, mental health and developmental disabilities. If you or someone you know is mired in the daily tasks of caring for a loved one with a chronic condition or are you facing the sobering consequences of a recent or lifelong diagnosis, then let’s get started today. Together we can tackle the unexpected detours ahead and with confidence.
Rebecca specializes in providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to adolescents and adults. In addition, she integrates Compassion-Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to treat those with mood and personality disorders. She strives to educate her clients to be informed-consumers of the treatment they receive. She provides medication management and will collaborate with your physician when appropriate to ensure you are receiving the best care possible.
Rebecca’s unique approach to therapy allows her to integrate her favorite pastimes into her work as a counselor. In her down time, Rebecca enjoys horse-back riding and spending time on the beach. With our office being located just two short blocks from the Chesapeake Bay, Rebecca gives clients the option to have their session on the beach when appropriate. In addition, Rebecca is currently studying to become an Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner through the University of Denver. She hopes to provide Equine-Assisted Counseling to her clients in the future.
Rebecca is currently accepting adolescents and adults for individual sessions, as well as couples in relationship distress. She offers flexible scheduling and discounts to college students. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Rebecca, please call.
SENIOR CLINICAL ASSOCIATE
I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.
Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us. Many of us have been affected by addiction, either personally, through our children, in close family or intimate relationships. Addiction is a family disease and the tentacles of its destruction can often leave us perplexed, exhausted or in despair. I have over 10 years of experience in the conceptual and practical application of the disease and recovery model of addiction. With mindfulness, self-discovery and the experience, strength and hope only gained through personal experience you do not have to go it alone, I can help!
If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I can provide a non-judgmental safe place to take that next step.
I am passionate about my work with individuals and families to create warm, genuine and supportive relationships to build or rebuild existing views of reality and become that wholly full and fully whole person you have been or wish to be. I want to help you to feel empowered and relevant where you feel trapped or voiceless. As a Qualified Mental Health Professional I have worked extensively to help people learn mindful and practical skills to manage moods anxiety, depression, loss and interpersonal development.
I am skilled in prevention, intervention and treatment of mood management, improving communication and relationship skills, substance abuse, self-esteem and confidence creation utilizing evidenced based approaches, supports and road mapping. I am driven through my work with individuals and families as they learn to manage distressing thoughts, emotions and behaviors leading to feelings of loss of control of their path. Together, we can define or sometimes redefine the journey to freedom through creative rejuvenation and choice!
You can expect me to be non-judgmental, strengths based, and empathetic to whatever you are experiencing. I will help you to make sense of your world in a meaningful and lasting way.
RESIDENT THERAPIST (R-LPC) AND RELATIONSHIP SPECIALIST
Through my extensive EFT training I am committed to building a collaborative therapeutic relationship where I support and guide you in obtaining the life you wish to have. I do this by providing empathic and accepting support which creates a comfortable, emotionally safe and honest space.
I am passionate about relationships. All of my work and education have provided me with the knowledge and skills to support individuals and couples through this journey of connection in relationships. All of my work here at The Relationship Center is around helping people have a better connection with their emotions to better connect to their loved ones. Let me help you enhance your connections today.
Master of Arts in Counseling, Couple, and Family Therapy, University of Colorado, Denver
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Wayne State University
Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
Graduate and post graduate training in cultural responsiveness, attachment, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and affairs
- Online Distance Counseling (Telecounseling)
- Cross-Cultural Couples
- Military Couples
Lynne Rifkin Shine
CLINICIAN (LMHC, CRC)
Lynne has been practicing personal counseling since 1984. A graduate of Boston University where she earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling, Lynne founded Audubon Counseling in Western New York in 1994 to provide expert counseling services to adults and families. Her private practice has continued to grow thanks to direct referrals from physicians, attorneys, businesses, schools and peer counselors. For the past two decades has been a featured speaker at seminars as well as in the local media for her expertise on numerous counseling topics.
Lynne has extensive experience counseling couples of all ages and stages from engaged couples to revitalizing long-term relationships. She works with same-sex couples, mood and anxiety disorders, and sexual dysfunction or dissatisfaction. She regularly works with two-career couples, affairs, betrayals, and trust problems. She supports couples through structuring a separation, planned reconciliation, co-parenting, and collaborative divorce. Her clients report that Lynne’s direct and practical approach along wither great sense of humor has helped them greatly improve their relationships with themselves and others.
CERTIFIED THERAPY DOG
Waldo is a 10-year-old Goldendoodle (part Golden Retriever, part poodle and part baked potato), who is an AKC Canine Good Citizen and a certified Therapy Dog though Therapy Dogs International. He takes his job very seriously and when he is not in the office you can find him chasing squirrels.
Why is there a dog in the office? Find out here.