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Our Founder Michelle Rene Hammer, MS, LCPC, Pastoral Counselor & Psychotherapist, is a #1 International Best-Selling Author,  Global Motivational Speaker, WinWinWomen Network Host of BREAKTHROUGH Today w/ Michelle Rene' and  NOW Gatherings Founder. During her time in college, Michelle was nominated and joined several honor societies including Psy-Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology students and Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society while completing a 2 year internship at Lighthouse Youth and Family Services graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Michelle then founded a mental health outreach program in Baltimore City for adults with chronic mental health concerns including an Intensive Outpatient After Care Drop In Center. Subsequently, she established a number of community based mental health case management/psychiatric rehabilitation programs from the ground floor up for children, adolescents, transitional age youth, and adults in Anne Arundel County serving the Baltimore Metropolitan Area while simultaneously ensuring continued expansion of her clinical skills in a variety of outpatient counseling settings.

Forever having the goal of her own private practice,  Michelle then created Turning Leaf Counseling & Consultation, Inc. Turning Leaf's mission is to help every person who walks through the door unlock and realize their fullest potential by "nurturing the balance of mind, body and spirit". Services include Pastoral & Substance Abuse Counseling, Psychotherapy for Children, Adults, Couples, Families & Groups, Life Coaching, Clinical Supervision, Peer & Business Consultation, Critical Incident Debriefings, Crisis Intervention Services, Motivational & Educational Speaking Engagements, Workshops, Seminars, & Trainings.


Michelle recently designed and implemented a BREAKTHROUGH Clini-Coaching  programs here @ Turning Leaf to help Codependent Christian women stuck in hurtful, even toxic patterns BREAKTHROUGH to healthier, happier connections freeing them for JOY-FILLED relationships and ABUNDANT lives


While Michelle has provided countless clinical hours spanning several decades serving just about every problem imaginable, she finds individuals with trauma, anxiety and relationship issues, couples and families struggling from many different concerns, and persons seeking spiritual support especially drawn to her.  


Michelle credits her former personal and professional experiences in a variety of management levels and health settings to her current commitment to mental health in all forms and she credits her husband & children's support for her current success. Above all else, Michelle realizes all she is, has and will ever be is because of God who is her everything

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Are you suffering with grief, anxiety or depression? For 15 years, Linda has helped adults and children struggling with grief,loss, anxiety, depression, relationship issues and personal growth. Losses from death, break-ups, trauma, illness, unemployment, and even moving can create feelings of grief, stress, depression and anxiety.

While these feelings are normal, they are painful and disruptive. "Counseling will teach you that healing is possible!" says Linda. You and your children, can feel better, find joy and peace, find meaning in your loss and possibly create something positive from it.

As a pastoral counselor, Linda's philosophy is healing the whole self; mind, body and soul. Healing from a loss is not just emotional, it's a spiritual healing as well.  She became a grief counselor because of her experience losing her husband  tragically at a very young age.  She has dedicated her career to helping others get through their darkest days and be a guiding presence so that they can survive this too. She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents as well struggling with grief, anxiety and depression.


MEET Sara thomas, MS, LCPC 





















Sara Thomas, LCPC has a Masters in Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland. She has provided outpatient mental health services to adults for the past 5 years. She has provided primarily individual services to diverse clients in the community psychiatry setting with a wide range of diagnoses and experiences. Sara approaches the therapeutic process as a collaboration between therapist and client, with a focus on trust and openness to create change.

She received her Masters in Counseling from Westminster Seminary in Pennsylvania, a Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Presbyterian College in South Carolina. Sara desires to help people incorporate practical therapeutic interventions into their life to reach their goals as well as integrating spirituality into this process to consider the role this plays in our mental and emotional health.

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Wendy Dorsey is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland
who offers mental health counseling for a variety of issues including
depression, anxiety, trauma-based symptoms, dual diagnoses (addictions),
and other mental disorders. She serves children, families, and adults and
incorporates a trauma-focused approach, group counseling, expressive arts,
and ACT and DBT techniques.


Wendy has been working with underserved populations for several
decades, most recently as Mental Health Therapist at Bon Secours/Grace
Medical Center in west Baltimore for the last 14 years. There she developed
an Expressive Arts Group process, including poetry, art, journaling, music
and movement. Prior to this, she directed an early childhood center for
homeless children and families and founded an arts program for inner city
children in D.C.

She has a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University.
She believes that counseling must include the physical, environmental and
spiritual aspects of a person as well as the mental and emotional realms. Wendyis currently studying psychodrama and expanding her knowledge ofthe expressive arts.


Wendy believe's spirituality is an important part of wellness and has a trauma-informed perspective that uses theexpressive arts with an empowerment focus. She affirms patients on their own active, creative journey towards healing and wholeness. Wendy aims to walk beside patients offering a listening ear and tips, as well as challenging questions and reflections. She looks forward to traveling on this creative journey with you!





MEET kacie grubb, MS, LCPC, 





















Kacie graduated from FSU with honors earning a Masters in Counseling Psych while fulfilling her role as a graudate assistant for three years time. Kacie has worked for several years in both licensed clinical & Christian counseling settings with children as well as adults and couples. Kacie uses an eclectic approach to counseling and meets each individual patient where they are while helping them get where they need to go

Whether working with couples or individuals, Kacie  says in her own words, "I feel honored to do this work and thankful beyond comprehension for the power of human (and Divine) connection as a catalyst for change. I am on a personal journey of learning to love myself & others; becoming primarily internally (Divinely) referenced."

Kacies best gift to her patients is herself as she shows up authentically and wholeheartedly for every person she serves. She will do the same for you too!

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Tiffany Wright has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois at
Chicago and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical. With over 20 years of
experience, Tiffany has specialized in providing school-based social work and mental
health services tailored to the unique needs of children and adolescents. She has
provided individual and group counseling, employing evidence-based therapeutic
techniques to address a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges that
students face.

In addition to her work with youth, Tiffany has extended her expertise to support adults
on their journey towards mental wellness by assisting individuals in identifying goals to
help them navigate lifes challenges and developing strategies to achieve them.

Tiffany strives to establish positive therapeutic alliances with her clients and employs a
strengths-based perspective. By fostering a supportive and empowering environment,
she helps her clients work towards their desired outcomes and meaningful growth.

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In my 8 years of experience working in psychiatric hospital settings, group homes,  treatment foster care and as a therapist I have met people from all walks of life and all different diagnoses. I’m patient-centered, trauma focused, and ready to help you reach the goals you’re striving for at the pace you feel comfortable with. Whether you’re wanting to better manage your emotions, control your anxiety, find your identity again or find the energy you once had I am here to help you along your journey forward. I use a collaborative approach and take into account all of your thoughts and feelings along the way. I’m hoping to be the flashlight that guides you along the path towards your full potential.

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