About Harford Counseling

Jennifer Redding, LCSW-C

Executive Director

Jennifer Redding, LCSW-C has been working in the fields of mental health and addiction for 20+ years. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and her Master of Social Work Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

Ms. Redding has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient, residential, a non-public school setting, non-profit, and private practice. Ms. Redding has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in each of these settings. While Ms. Redding has a broad clinical experience base, she specializes in working with those who are coping with addiction, dual diagnosis and/or trauma issues.

Ms. Redding is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidenced based practice found extremely effective in providing relief and healing for those suffering with addiction and trauma, as well as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). TF-CBT, an evidence-based practice used in treating children impacted by trauma.

Ms. Redding created Harford Counseling in July 2009 as a way to provide quality, evidence-based treatment to those dealing with addiction, mental health issues or a combination of both.

Nancy Piccicuto, LCSW-C

Clinical Director

With more than 10 years of experience in the mental health field, Nancy is a trauma-informed clinician working with clients who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, stress, or family and relationship difficulties.

Nancy has extensive experience working with individuals, families, and caregivers coping with cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. She also offers Couples Communication Rescue: for couples looking to strengthen, repair, and grow in their relationship.

Nancy approaches therapy from the perspective that the relationship between the therapist and client is the key to success. She creates a non-judgmental, collaborative, and comfortable environment in which clients may discover their personal path toward growth and healing.  Though therapy is serious work, she incorporates creativity and humor into each session.

Nancy earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Towson University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Salisbury University. Nancy is a board approved supervisor  for social workers and counselors in need of supervision for licensure, as well as consultation for clinical cases.

Laura Tarte, LCSW-C

Laura is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-C) who strives to use humor, compassion and warmth to provide each individual, couple or family with a safe place to begin their personal journey in therapy.

Laura believes that a strong therapeutic relationship is key to personal change, and is continuously honored when a client allows her to be part of their journey.

With a theoretical background rooted in Cognitive Behavioral and Strengths Based therapy,
Laura is skilled at enhancing therapy with a wide variety of methodologies to best meet clients needs. She excels at providing trauma informed care to those struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD and co-occurring issues.

Laura received her Bachelor of Social Work from Ramapo College of NJ and her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University. With over 18 years experience providing psychotherapy, Laura is also a Certified Supervisor for social workers and an Approved Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Supervisor and is a member of the Harford County Trauma Institute.

Melanie Barnes, LCSW-C

Melanie received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Salisbury University and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.

Melanie has been working in the field of social work for over 10 years providing clinical services to adolescents and families as well as couples and individuals.

It is Melanie’s belief that successful therapy begins with developing a therapeutic alliance with each client through the building of trust and rapport.
Melanie works to meet the client where they are. To understand what they are feeling, where they are coming from,  and what they are going through.
With this, Melanie helps the client to reflect, gain wisdom and insight into themselves, and work through life’s challenges and towards achieving their desired goals.

Melanie utilizes different modalities including aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), strengths based treatment, and mindfulness.


Jill Latteri, LCSW-C

Jill has been working in the field of mental health for over fifteen years. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Siena College in Albany, New York and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in New York, New York. Jill has worked in a variety of settings with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

She has extensive experience in working with children and adolescents who have experience significant trauma.

She also works with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and grief and loss.

She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT.) Jill believes in empowering clients, helping them improve their mental well-being and guiding them toward the changes they wish to make.

Jill has also been providing clinical supervision to new social workers for ten years. She helps to provide guidance and develop their skills to provide the best, most effective and appropriate services for clients. She helps social workers learn from their experiences and apply learning into their practice.

Heather McQuay, LCSW-C

Heather has worked in a variety of settings including treatment foster care, Outpatient Mental Health, Residential Treatment Center for Children and Adolescents, in-home therapeutic supports and as a medical social worker.

Heather’s experience consists of working with children, adolescents, adults and families within in each of her work settings.

She also has experience working with addictions and providing counseling and support to patients with serious or chronic illnesses.

Heather is certified in trauma treatment for children and adolescents from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

She is also trained by Kennedy Krieger Institute in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Heather has experience working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma and anger management. Heather is committed to assisting her clients in achieving their own personal goals and improving their lives.

Mark Samara, LGPC

Mark has been working with children, adolescents and families for over 35 years.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education with a focus in Psychology from Millersville University, PA  and his Master’s  degree in School Counseling from McDaniel College, MD. Mark has vast experience as a classroom teacher, school counselor and Pupil Personnel Worker.

He has conducted training in de-escalation strategies and  has extensive experience with children who have emotional, educational disabilities or learning differences.

Mark has worked with clients who exhibit anxiety and depression.

He believes the foundation of any successful therapeutic experience is the formation of a collegial, positive working relationship with the client.

Mark believes that all people can be successful and he enjoys helping people identify the roadblocks and the pathways in their lives.

Billie Baldwin, LCSW-C

With more than 20 years of experience in the mental health field, Billie works with adult clients through a compassionate, strengths-based, and trauma-informed lens.

Specializing in mood disorders including depression and anxiety, she has a particular interest in addressing the unique needs of individuals diagnosed with chronic illness, and their caregivers.

Creativity, good humor, and mindfulness are cornerstones of the treatment modalities she uses.

She values collaboration and the client therapist alliance while drawing on many therapeutic modalities to meet the needs and goals of the client.

Billie earned a Master of Counseling Psychology Degree from Evangel University and a Master of Social Work from Salisbury University.

She is a board-approved social work supervisor in Maryland.


Alexandra Wykowski, LCPC

Alex has more than 15 years of experience working in the mental health field.

She received her Bachelor’s degree from Western Connecticut State University in Psychology and her Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in Clinical Community Counseling.

Her experience includes working with adolescents, transitional age youth, adults, and families.

She has aided those experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma response, and those working through life’s many periods of transition.

Her work has included Multi-systemic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma focused treatment with a focus on whole person wellbeing.

Her approach to therapy includes that of a partnership between therapist and client. She uses a client’s own personal expertise, knowledge about their history, and established goals as a guide to creating mental wellness.

Ian T. Stump, MS, LCPC, NCC 

With the understanding that therapy involves empathy and sensitivity, Ian focuses on working with clients to regain their sense of self and meaning.

Ian believes in working together to develop a plan of therapeutic strategies that can help manage past and present stressors in his client’s lives.   

Ian acquired his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Towson University and his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Ian has over 11 years of experience working with individuals with chronic mental illness, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Ian has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in various settings including inpatient and outpatient mental health centers, hospital psychiatric emergency rooms, domestic violence crisis services and residential case management and counseling services.

As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Ian specializes in various therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy and Mindfulness Based Therapy.  

Ian welcomes providing therapy in a telehealth and face to face format. As a therapist, Ian looks forward to witnessing a gradual and positive change in his client’s lives.

Ian enjoys the increased utilization of coping skills and therapeutic techniques that his clients can retain and use to obtain positive mental health functioning after engaging in therapy.