Meet Megan HAMMER, OFFICE MANAGER
Megan runs the entire Turning Leaf Organization. She has done so with grace under pressure for the past six years! She is a jack of all trades and juggles multiple tasks at any given minute seamlessly. She makes juggling calls, emails, website inquiries, patients, and insurance companies simultaneously look easy. How she does it, that's her secret. Meanwhile, here are a few, not so secret, fun facts about Megan:
Auntie Em or Emmie to her nieces and nephews
Has the gift of gab
Can make anyone feel welcome in an instant
While she likes dogs, she secretly love cats (Low maintenance)
Jesus is Needed- Minute to Minute
Fast Food is her frenemy
Root Beer is her fave
She adores the color blue
She's a Phantom of the Opera fanatic
She digs Alternative Rock, Country & Christian Music
Dolphins are Tigers are her favorite animals
Is the epitome of grace under pressure.
Makes ADHD look easy at work!
Megan loves people and enjoys meeting and greeting new ones. This position is perfectly suited for her generous, bubbly, outgoing and friendly spirit. She makes everyone who walks through the doors of Turning Leaf feel welcome and at home. We feel privileged to have her on staff. You will see all of this when you get to meet Megan
Meet Linda TURNER, MS, LCPC, LMHC
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 DAWN CHAMBERLAIN, PSY.D.,LCPC
Dawn Chamberlain, Psy.D., LCPC has a doctorate in Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland. She has over 15 years’ experience as a mental health therapist and has provided services to children, adolescents and adults primarily in outpatient mental health settings. She has provided individual, couples, family and group therapy to diverse groups of clients throughout her career.
She has used a variety of clinical approaches, including Client-centered, existential and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Her main areas of expertise are helping others deal with grief/loss, depression, anxiety, life transitions and trauma. Her approach emphasizes helping clients to identify and utilize their strengths to overcome present difficulties. She approaches the therapeutic process as a collaboration between therapist and client, and she aims to help clients become their highest versions of themselves.
She received her Doctorate (Psy.D.) from The California University for Professional Studies, a Masters in Counseling from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has a special interest in integrating spirituality into the therapeutic process when the client is seeking this approach.
MEET LeaSia Brooks, mA, LGPC, NCC, CAMS-I
Leasia received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management at the University of Maryland University College and Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling. As a professional, She is a certified Prepare-Enrich Marriage Mentor who assists couples in learning and implementing healthy skills to keep the love alive and so that couples can continue to thrive both individually and collectively as they grow in love. Leasia is also a certified national Anger Management Specialist, specializing in providing strategies to deal with stress/anxiety; teaching assertive communication, conflict resolution; and calming techniques for couples and individuals.
Leasia's mission is to teach strategies to help individuals and families learn how to create an environment so that they can live in peace; experience spiritual growth and have healthier relationships through combining biblical principles and evidence-based strategies. Leasia has a heart for married couples and seeing individuals live the fruitful and joy-filled life that they were meant to have. She has worked in ministry with individuals and families for over 20 years and enjoys helping others succeed.
Leasia currently resides in Prince George’s County, Maryland with her husband Jose´ and their children
MEET JANE WHETSTINE, mS, LcPC
Jane has lived on the Eastern Shore since 2017 and now holds a counseling license
in the State of Maryland and Delaware. Prior to that she has held counseling
licenses in the States of Maine and Arkansas. She earned her Master of Science
degree in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Southern Maine.
Jane has a diverse background working with inpatient and intensive outpatient programs
(IOP) as well as having her own private practice before moving to the Eastern Shore.
Jane's specialties are individual counseling and couples counseling as well as
anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. When asked about her affinity for the field of
counseling, Jane says, “It is a privilege to come alongside to help those with temporary
bumps in the road. Focusing on the past may give some insight but it does not have to be where
you stay. Changing the way that you think can change the way you live! ((As a
man thinks, so he is – Proverbs 23:7). Focusing on solutions, not so much the
problem, can bring about the desired outcome more quickly."
Jane has been Christian for over 40 years and brings a faith-based therapy approach in
therapeutic conversations for those of faith who desire that. With her spare time, Jane enjoys Bible Study, reading, crocheting, Swedish weaving, rare time with adult daughters, having coffee with friends and frequenting antique stores with her husband to find little treasures.
MEET MICHELLE REne' HAMMER, MS,LCPC, CPC OUR FOUNDER
Michelle Rene Hammer, MS, LCPC, Pastoral Counselor & Psychotherapist, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Board Certified Clinical Supervisor, Certified Pastoral Counselor, Author, Motivational Speaker and Life Coach. 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 added Crowned Courageous Coaching to her list of programs at Turning Leaf. Her mission is simple: Come alongside Christian women who are struggling in hurtful, even toxic, relationship patterns BREAKTHROUGH to healthier, happier connections FREEING them to live abundant, JOY-FILLED lives.
While Michelle has provided over 50,000 clinical hours 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 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