Meet The Team

Vanessa Kellner, LCPC, NCC, RPT-S, CCPT, RYT

Vanessa received both her master's degree and her post-master's certificate from Johns Hopkins University in 2011. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Maryland and a National Board Certified Counselor. She is a credentialed Play Therapist and Play Therapy Supervisor (RPT-S) and member of the Association for Play Therapy (APT), the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland (LCPCM). Vanessa specializes in child centered play therapy and has earned her certification as a Child-Centered Play Therapist, credentialed through the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement. 

In addition to being a licensed therapist, Vanessa is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has developed and run school-based yoga programs in both public and private schools. Vanessa has also worked with other local mental health providers to create yoga and mindfulness group curriculums, offering yoga programs addressing the mental health needs of children and families. Some of these programs include Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids, and Yoga and Mindfulness Workshops for Pre-Teens and Families. In addition to creating and running these yoga programs, Vanessa regularly weaves mindfulness strategies and yoga practices into her therapeutic work.

Vanessa believes deeply in the importance of nature and expressive arts in healing. It is this passion that led to the creation of the Expressive Arts Therapy Group, co-created with Ashley Taylor. You can read more about this program here. Vanessa regularly utilizes nature and other expressive arts in her therapy work, including nature based sessions, movement, sandplay therapy, and a variety of art mediums.

Vanessa uses a person-centered / holistic approach in her practice. Practically speaking, this means she trusts in the inner wisdom of her clients to guide the therapeutic journey. 

 

Areas of Specialty:

Play Therapy

Therapy with Pre-Teens and Teens

Family Consultation and Therapy

Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT)

Supervision Services Offered:

Play Therapy Supervision 

Mental Health Counseling Supervision (in the state of MD)

 

Kathy Waisman-Bush, LGPC

 

Kathy is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor. She is passionate about engaging young people in their social / emotional growth; empowering positive and authentic self-expression, on the pathway to enhanced resilience, self-love, and happiness. 

Kathy is in her 15th year as a school counselor with Anne Arundel County Public Schools and has over 25 years of experience as a counselor with young people and adults. Kathy's background has included substance abuse counseling and prevention, experiential learning, program development, and a focus on creative expressive therapies. Kathy holds a Master's Plus in Education in School Counseling and Counseling Psychology, with certification as a Professional School Counselor; Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Licensed as a Graduate Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland. 

Kathy has two children and has two golden retrievers (sisters). She loves music, art, any creative endeavor, being with friends and family, and enjoying the outdoors. Kathy loves taking her furry children on walks. She also enjoys hiking along the many tributaries that Maryland has to offer with her loved ones.

 

Kathy's ongoing goals include becoming practiced in Mindfulness and Play Therapy, in order to be able to share these approaches with the children and families that she works with. 

Amber Webster, LMSW

Ashley Taylor, Teaching Artist 

Ashley graduated from Towson University in 2011 with a degree in theatre and a concentration in acting and community outreach. As a proud member of the Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic, she worked with Compass Rose, teaching theatre in Annapolis and leading various classes encompassing ages 4-11. In her spare time she has also directed a number of children's plays. Ashley's passion is empowering children to discover their own uniqueness and to realize their potential through the use of imagination and creativity. Ashley's ideas and expertise were the inspiration for the Expressive Arts Therapy Group. She has been an integral part of the creation, execution, and continued success of this wonderful offering. She is currently working towards her dream of obtaining her Master's degree in counseling. We will be honored to have her on staff as a fellow therapist at Wholesome Healing when she completes her studies. 

 

Max, Helping Paws

 

Meet Max! Our resident emotional support dog in training. You may see Max around the office or at events. He is a one year old goldendoodle who we hope will take up a regular place at the office in the near future.