Meet Our Team

Courtney K. Cusack, Psy.D.
Founder of Clear View Counseling Center
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Supervisor
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Dr. Cusack is a Maryland Licensed psychologist.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, a Master of Arts Degree in Professional Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology from William James College.  She received formal training at McLean Hospital Women’s Treatment Program and Klarman Eating Disorders Center, both Harvard teaching facilities.  She was affiliated with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children providing services for children, adolescents, and their families. In addition, she has clinical experience in a variety of settings including residential treatment programs hospital emergency departments, and inpatient units.  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Sheppard Pratt Health System in the Trauma Disorders Program offering individual and group therapy, psychological assessment, and consultation services for inpatient and outpatient settings, with specialty training in adults with complex trauma.  In addition, Dr. Cusack has advanced training in the provision of mental health services for patients struggling with grief and loss and earned certification as a Grief Counseling Specialist (CGCS) in 2020.

At the Clear View Counseling Center, Dr. Cusack provides psychotherapy to a small caseload of adolescents and adults presenting with symptoms related to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Eating Disorders, gender and sexuality issues, anxiety disorders, and depression.  Dr. Cusack no longer accepts referrals for new patients.  Instead she focuses her professional interests in growing the practice, mentorship, supervision of early career clinicians, professional consultation, and community engagement.

Heather Knox, LCSW-C
Certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Supervisor
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Heather Knox is a Maryland licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-C). In 1992, Ms. Knox earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.  Immediately thereafter, she enrolled in Florida State University where she earned a Masters in Clinical Social Work in 1994.  While in graduate school, Ms. Knox trained at Brehon Family Services in Tallahassee, Florida, where she worked with pregnant teenagers, providing psychoeducation to help her patients gain the skills necessary to parent their babies effectively.

Ms. Knox has amassed over 20 years of clinical experience and training working with individuals and families.  She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings.  She is skilled in the treatment of a variety of diagnoses and presenting issues including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, relationship issues, grief, and parenting issues.  Moreover, Ms. Knox worked at the America World Adoption Association, where she gained extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of international adoption.  In her professional capacity there, Ms. Knox worked with families to help prepare them for their adoption.  She also assisted in working through difficulties that sometimes arose post-adoption, an occurrence that was particularly common among children who had been institutionalized prior to adoption.

When working with patients, Ms. Knox likes to start where they are, and where they feel they need the most help. She combines her empathic listening skills with her ability to help her patients create solutions to the issues that may be blocking their ability to enjoy life to their fullest potential.

At the Clear View Counseling Center, Heather provides individual psychotherapy to adults presenting with an array of issues including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, women’s issues, adjustment disorders, grief and loss, family conflict and relationship issues.  She is passionate about working with trauma and specializes in the treatment of PTSD and domestic violence.  Ms. Knox lives in Annapolis, Maryland.  In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, watching movies, and playing with her dogs and cats.

Ashley Sargent, LCSW-C
Certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Ashley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland.  She earned her Masters in Social Work degree from State University of New York at Binghamton in 2012.  Prior to this, Ashley earned her Bachelors in Social Work degree from Mansfield University in North Central Pennsylvania.  As a proud northern native, she has found a home within the state of Maryland, where she has resided for the last seven years.

Ashley has over ten years of experience working in the social work profession.  Most of the last decade has been spent working with perinatal women struggling with postpartum depression, substance abuse, domestic violence, and grief/loss in the hospital setting.  She offered years of crisis counseling to women in need of supportive services to help decrease the stress felt as a new (or expecting) parent.  Ashley has also worked with the older adult population in a variety of settings, including long-term care facilities and hospitals, to support the patients, as well as families, with the various challenges that arise during end-of-life transitions.  Most recently, Ashley has worked with young adults at the intensive outpatient level of care, who are struggling with substance use as well as mental health concerns.  Her role consisted of offering a stable therapeutic environment to help clients stabilize and move towards living a healthier lifestyle.

Ashley offers support to her clients in a warm, empathetic environment.  She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, and person-centered techniques to help meet the client where they are at in their challenges.  Ashley believes in a strengths-based approach to help clients identify their ability to solve and overcome challenges in life.  She promotes positive psychology strategies into her practice in a collaborative approach.  Ashley is passionate about working with adults (18+) struggling with life transitions, depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, PTSD, grief and loss.

Crystal Stewart, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

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Crystal Stewart is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with over 4 years of clinical mental health experience. A proud DC native, Ms. Stewart appreciates the unique challenges and advantages to inner city life and has over 15 years of experience working with high risk youth, adults, and communities.

Ms. Stewart graduated from Loyola University of Maryland’s Pastoral Counseling program and is passionate about helping clients explore the relationship between faith and health.  Her therapeutic approach is eclectic and most often incorporates Person-Centered, Adlerian, Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral concepts. Ms. Stewart is also trained in Multisystemic Therapy, an intensive family and community based approach that addresses the environmental influences on high risk youth.  Although Ms. Stewart has extensive experience working with adolescents, she works with individuals across the lifespan with a wide range of concerns including, but not limited to  trauma, substance use, anxiety,  depression, bipolar disorder, stress and anger management.

No matter the age or concern, A client can expect an authentic, empathic, and effective psychotherapist. Her primary goals are to:

  • To help clients understand and address the specific barriers that prevent them from accomplishing goals.
  • To encourage the discovery and acceptance of innate gifts to help clients confidently show up in the world.
  • To remind clients that they are worth the effort it takes to achieve healing.
DeLicia Boyd, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor

DeLicia Boyd is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Maryland and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). DeLicia received her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to this, Ms. Boyd earned her Bachelors of Science in psychology, sociology and anthropology from Towson University.

Ms. Boyd assists patients in creating a more productive, stress-free life by means of counseling. She helps clients to identify cognitive distortions and restructure them in effective ways. She also helps develop boundaries and coping mechanisms. Ms. Boyd has worked with a variety of populations who presented with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety and relationship concerns.

When working with patients, Ms. Boyd utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and person- centered therapy in order to empower clients to confront their challenges. She provides an authentic experience that challenges her patients to push past the feeling of being “stuck”. By building genuine relationships, Ms. Boyd is able to create a safe place for clients to create and effectively implement counseling goals.

Arin Jayes, LCPC, NCC, CBIS, CTP
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
National Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Certified Trauma Professional
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Arin Jayes is a Maryland Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP). He obtained his Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education and he is also a graduate of the LGBT Health Policy and Practice program at The George Washington University.

Arin built his counseling career upon nearly a decade of public service at community mental health organizations, providing vocational rehabilitation and case management services to individuals living with severe mental illness, substance use disorders, and brain injury. These experiences instilled in him an ethic of client self-determination, advocacy, and harm reduction. Arin meets clients where they are by serving as an ally in the therapy process. With kindness as his north star, Arin helps clients prioritize goals in alignment with their values and belief systems.

Arin’s theoretical orientation is grounded in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with a focus on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Arin also incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), tailoring techniques to his clients unique needs.

A typical session with Arin is collaborative, psychoeducational, and constructive with a healthy dose of humor. Arin helps clients gain awareness of old patterns that may have helped them in the past but are no longer serving them in the present.  Arin supports clients as they accept what is, identify alternative pathways, and commit to change. Informed by the trauma response, Arin teaches clients skills to regulate their nervous system and catalyze their brain’s natural neuroplasticity.

Arin currently works with adults facing complex challenges such as mood disorders, substance use disorders, grief and loss, aging, disabilities and chronic health conditions, social isolation, unemployment, and gender transitions. Arin is a Body Positive, LGBTQIA+ Affirming, Trauma-Informed, BIPOC allied therapist. The foundation of his practice is based on creating a safe, welcoming environment for clients to heal and grow into their authentic selves.

Odin Hanks, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
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Robert “Odin” Hanks is a Maryland Licensed Master Social Worker. In 2018, Odin earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. After earning his bachelor’s, Odin worked with the developmentally disabled population while also working towards his Master’s in Social Work from Salisbury University. While working through the graduate program, Odin was able to work through the clinical pieces of his client’s service plans, including therapy services, behavior plans, and learning the skill of “seeing the person behind the diagnosis”.

Upon receiving his social work licensure, Odin worked as a medical social worker at Franklin Square Medical Center juggling intake assessments, equipment deliveries, hospice conversations, work with patients going through substance use and recovery, and connect patients with home health services. After almost a year in this setting, Odin became a travel social worker where he worked in both the Denver and Boston areas. 

While working as a travel social worker, Odin continued in both medical and school social work. As Odin worked in the school system, he worked in middle schools with youth who were diagnosed with Severe Emotional Disability. In this work, Odin worked with these youth in one-on-one counseling sessions to help them learn coping skills, explore situations, and understand the meaning behind their emotions. 

Odin believes in using a variety of techniques in therapy, with the focus on being around using techniques that can best benefit the client. Odin is an openly gay cisgender male, and strives to create a warm and inviting environment, so clients can feel safe and secure while discussing the easy and not so easy topics.

Tony Minetola, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
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Tony Minetola is a graduate of the Masters of Social Work program at Salisbury University. Mr. Minetola has 4 years of experience as a mental health nurse in inpatient settings in Maryland. He spent two years working in a dual diagnosis unit in the Sheppard Pratt Health System, where he assisted a treatment team serving individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Following that, he has spent the last two years as part of the team at J. Kent McNew Family Medical Center under Luminis Health AAMC, where he has worked as a psychiatric nurse helping clients with a broad range of mental health issues. In addition to working one on one with patients in these settings, he has guided group meditations and talks related to exploring self-awareness and understanding difficult feelings and thought patterns.

Born and raised in Annapolis, Mr. Minetola earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, which allowed him to study Buddhism and other eastern approaches to understanding the mind, applying practical wisdom, and cultivating compassion. He obtained his bachelor’s of nursing degree from the University of Maryland. Mr. Minetola’s long-standing interest in the nature of the mind and in the cultivation of self-awareness and compassion eventually developed into an intention to practice psychotherapy. Although he is familiar with the psychiatric approach to treating mental disorders, he feels it is more supportive to take a holistic approach which is flexible and can include different treatment modalities. In addition to being familiar with widely used therapy practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, Mr. Minetola views mental health through a transpersonal lens, or a “psychology of being,” to borrow a phrase from Maslow. In short, the essential self is connected to an unlimited source of being and creativity, and healing trauma reconnects us to this source. Internal Family Systems therapy fits especially well with this integral approach, and Mr. Minetola often encourages others to show themselves the same kind of compassion endorsed by IFS, while tapping into the courage to deeply explore one’s inner landscape. Having much personal experience with the mind-body connection, Mr. Minetola also incorporates somatic practices which provide grounding and support the individual’s awareness of their bodily energy.

Mr. Minetola recently married, and helped his wife open an acupuncture practice in Annapolis. He is a co-parent to two wonderful, unique teenagers. He enjoys being out in nature, healthy living, and exploring insightful ideas about how people can thrive, individually and in connection with others.

Katharine Crook, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
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Katharine Crook earned her Master of Social Work degree from Salisbury University
School of Social Work and her undergraduate degree from Washington College. She
uses a wide range of treatment modalities while engaging in a person-centered
approach.  Katharine listens reflectively to and connects with you in a therapeutic
partnership to more effectively engage in solutions that best meet your particular
During her graduate school training, Katharine interned at Clear View Counseling
Center where she provided counseling for mood disorders, depression disorders,
anxiety disorders and behavioral disorders. Katharine also interned in a hospital
addiction services program which engaged in individualized attention as well as
groups settings to help participants set goals that focus on recovery through
sobriety, personal growth, and community connections. In her practice, Katharine
feels it is important to respect the perspective of each client and establish a working
relationship based on understanding and trust to help develop authentic solutions.
Katharine embraces the integrative approach to mental health and wellness taken by
Clear View Counseling Center in her service to others.

Juliana Swartout, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
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Juliana Swartout is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) in the state of Maryland. Ms. Swartout began her education at Towson University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Health Sciences. She continued her education at Salisbury University where she graduated with her Master of Social Work degree (MSW).

Her experience in behavioral health began working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and their families. Through her experience she was able to develop necessary skills to support neurodivergent children and assist families with creating an accessible and supportive environment. Ms. Swartout continued to gain experience working with disabilities while interning with the Disability Resource Center at Salisbury University. Ms. Swartout acquired experience with how to increase accessibility while promoting social justice, equity, and inclusion. While working on her master’s degree, Ms. Swartout began her journey in psychotherapy working with an array of population and diagnoses.

Through her work she seeks to create a inclusive environment that seeks to uplift and empower the clients she works with. Ms. Swartout enjoys working with children, teens, and adults employing a trauma-informed approach to her work. She believes using person-centered humanistic style of therapy to approach each client by meeting them where they are and seeking to understand the whole scope of their world to provide the best level of care.

Kate Graham, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
Certified Grief Informed Professional
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Kate Graham is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Maryland.
She is also a Certified Grief Informed Professional (CGIP) in order to better assist clients struggling with grief and loss. She has experience working with children and adults in the behavioral health care setting and in both individual and group
counseling. Her experience in behavioral health started when she was employed as a
direct practice mental health worker at a residential facility for adults with serious
mental illness and co-occurring mental health and substance use issues. While being
employed in community mental health, Ms. Graham attained a bachelor’s in social
work from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). For her
undergraduate field placement, she interned at an elementary school, where she
provided social work services to children through short-term individual and group
counseling. At this internship, Ms. Graham gained experience working with family
systems, children’s mental health, and youth with different abilities.

In 2021, Ms. Graham relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, to attend Case Western Reserve
University for graduate school, where she took a range of social work courses in areas
including mental health, family systems, trauma-informed care with children and
families, group therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing.
While working toward her master’s degree, Ms. Graham interned at a hospital system,
where she worked collaboratively with adults with substance use disorders and mental
health diagnoses. She gained additional experience providing individual and group
psychotherapy to adults with co-occurring disorders and histories of complex trauma.

As a social worker, Ms. Graham’s therapeutic style involves working collaboratively
with clients to attain their self-defined treatment goals, emphasizing clients’ internal
and external strengths when problem solving, respecting the autonomy and self-
determination of clients, and creating a strong therapeutic alliance based on mutual
respect and trust. Ms. Graham utilizes tenets from a handful of theoretical
frameworks, including trauma-informed cognitive behavior therapy (TI-CBT),
cognitive processing therapy (CPT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and narrative
exposure therapy (NET). Alongside these evidence-based frameworks, Ms. Graham
communicates with clients using motivational interviewing, which respects clients’
personal motivations to change and involves partnership, acceptance, compassion, and
evocation. She also uses a strengths perspective, which focuses on a client’s strengths
rather than problems and harnesses these strengths to help a client achieve their goals.

Ms. Graham provides individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults
experiencing mental health concerns such as anxiety or depression, serious mental
illness, addiction, a history of trauma, stressful life transitions, relationship issues,
grief and loss, illness, problems at school or work, and issues related to confidence
and self-esteem. She also provides couples and family therapy.

Haley Ewing, MSW Student Intern
Salisbury University School of Social Work
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Haley Ewing is a graduate student at Salisbury University working toward her Master of Social Work degree. Haley has earned an undergraduate Social Work and Psychology degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

In her undergraduate training, Haley gained experience in two vastly different realms. Haley interned at the Family Advocacy Center on the Fort Meade Military Base, where she worked to connect families with on-base resources through support groups and one-on-one visits. Haley also interned at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, where she worked with the Medical/Surgical staff to connect patients with hospital and community resources and assisted with discharge planning and facility placement.

When working with clients, Haley treats each individual as an expert on their own life through prioritizing active listening. At the Clear View Counseling Center, Haley is furthering her knowledge-base by working with individuals and families throughout the lifespan.

Karla Rieneke-Sargent, MSW Student Intern
Louisiana State University School of Social Work

Karla PhotoKarla Rienecke-Sargent is a graduate student at Louisiana State University working toward her Master of Social Work degree. She is currently in her second year of the MSW program and will graduate in May 2024.  She began her education at Towson University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology. 

Karla’s experience in behavioral health began while working on various inpatient units at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Towson before settling on the Neuropsychiatric unit for children and adolescents, working with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Through her experience she was able to develop necessary skills to support children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients to deal with various disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, DID, anxiety, depression, OCD, ODD, ASD, and dual diagnosis. Most recently, she spent the last three years as part of the team at J.Kent McNew Family Medical Center under Luminis Health AAMC, where she has worked as a patient care technician helping clients with a broad range of mental health issues. Karla also interned at MSA The Child and Adolescent Center working with both children and adolescents conducting group and individual therapy sessions. 

Through her work she seeks to maintain an environment tailored to each unique individual and create a safe space for clients to share and process things that are difficult. Karla enjoys working with clients across the lifespan employing a trauma-informed approach. She believes in meeting all clients where they are, with empathy, respect and freedom from judgement. 

Mattie Conner, MSW Student Intern
Louisiana State University School of Social Work

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Mattie Conner attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire, where she earned her bachelors degree (BSW) in the field of social work in 2022.  She is currently matriculating at the Louisiana State University Master of Social Work (MSW) program and anticipates graduating later this year.  In addition to her undergraduate and graduate education, Mattie has earned several advanced certifications and attended many post-graduate level clinical trainings in the areas of trauma, neurobiology of attachment, and child psychology.  Mattie earned her certification as a clinical trauma specialist at the Arizona Trauma Institute.

During her undergraduate studies, Mattie gained experience working at the Waypoint agency as a Rapid Rehousing intern in Rochester, NH.  There, she provided emotional and physical support to homeless and at-risk youth, assisted individuals in finding affordable housing, and provided a healthy support system to those in need. 

In 2022, Mattie worked as a peer advocate at the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) in Durham, NH. There, she worked directly with survivors of interpersonal violence providing support after their experiences of violence and provided emotional support, information and resources while staffing the 24/7 helpline.

After earning her BSW, Mattie worked as a teacher at Abintra Breakthrough Services, an applied behavioral analysis (ABA) agency and a developmentally driven daycare. At Bright Beginnings, the primary population was children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other behavioral disorders.

At the Clear View Counseling Center, Mattie works with individuals and families throughout the lifespan who are struggling with a myriad of stressors and diagnoses.  She has a particular interest in furthering her education and experience in trauma-informed care.