Monica Neel, Psy.D
Dr. Neel is a licensed psychologist who has been practicing in the Baltimore area since 2002. She obtained both her master's and doctoral degrees from the Clinical Psychology program at Loyola University in Maryland. Following graduation, she completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship through the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University where her primary appointment was to the Baltimore Regional Burn Center. This position, in addition to her pre-doctoral internship at the Veterans Administration Medical System, were formative to her clinical approach. In addition to providing counseling services, Dr. Neel has been an affiliate faculty member at various colleges in the Baltimore area.
Her philosophy when working with individuals is to empower them and build a foundation for future resilience. Drawing from principles of mindfulness, acceptance, and emotion regulation, she believes that individuals possess a unique capacity to connect with their own internal wisdom and path to wellness. Her therapeutic perspective has been informed by her prior work with individuals exposed to trauma and those experiencing chronic pain or consequences associated with health conditions. She currently works with emerging adults in a college setting where she witnesses, on a daily basis, the wonder of self-discovery that is hallmark to this stage of identity development. Her work has also been enriched by her personal journey as a wife, parent, and breast cancer survivor.
Aimeé O'Grady is a freelance writer who lives with her family in Warrenton, VA. She enjoys the creative process of writing and being outside in nature.
Kim Tapper, Associate Director/Life Coach, ACC, CPCC
With over 20 years as a teacher, director, choreographer, life coach, and mentor, Kim Tapper is credentialed as an ACC through the International Coach Federation, CPCC (Coach Training Institute), as a Life Strategies Coach (Spencer Institute), and holds a BA in Dance Movement Therapy from Goucher College.
As the co-Artistic Director of the Crossroads Dance Project, Kim choreographed over 20 musical theater productions which received multiple nominations from the Metro DC Dance awards.
Today, as Associate Director of "A Place To Be" in Middleburg, VA., Kim coaches individuals to reach their personal goals. She believes in the power of the arts as a strong coaching tool and specializes in working with people with medical challenges, family counseling, and women from ages 13-adult focusing on self esteem issues and building confidence. At INOVA Loudoun Hospital's Oncology Department, Kim leads "Life Beyond Diagnosis" coaching workshops and has been a guest speaker and teacher for Life With Cancer.
In 2013 she published "A Place to Be: Behind the Label", a book of poetry inspired by the clients at APTB and illustrated by one of her teenage clients. Her book can be purchased here.
Linda Hendrickson, Artist, Art Teacher and Wildlife Lover
Linda Hendrickson's degrees, a BFA from the University of Arizona and a ME from Idaho State University, have helped open the doors to many opportunities such as teaching art to Junior High students. She says, "Art has always been a way for me to express the joy I have in my surroundings. Always curious and ever exploring, I remember drawing or crafting in answer to "what to do" during Minnesota winters while growing up". For more than 20 years she was able to design projects in paper, wood, textiles--cross stitch, quilts, toys for craft book publishers. However, since taking a workshop more than a dozen years ago, her passion has been acrylic painting. She describes her style as "whimsical impressionism". Linda loves to paint pet portraits, animals of all sorts and "Topsy Turvy" landscapes. Often experimenting with mixed media, her works are colorful, full of texture and "happy accidents". Sign up for one of her art classes at Creative Arts Source Guide. See Linda's artwork at Studio4Linda, Instagram: @studio4linda FB: LindaHendricksonartist, Pinterest: Studio4Linda
Kristen Swanson, Artist, Pottery Teacher, Mother
Kristen Swanson Is a pottery artist making her home in Lovettsville, VA. She loves to sketch, journal, and make lists. Time with family and friends, making soup and day trips to the city nurture her spirit and recharge her.