Focused Solutions’ providers and consultants possess experience in clinical practice with a diverse range of clients and are licensed at the highest level in the State of Maryland, Virginia, or Tennessee. For your convenience, we offer both in-person and video visits. Collectively, they represent a wealth of expertise in the treatment of mental health problems, substance abuse, trauma, and abuse, as well as expertise in workplace, parenting, and other daily living challenges.
Janet Hosford-Lamb, MSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, SAP
Owner and Founder of Focused Solutions LLC
For more than 20 years, Janet has been conducting workplace consultations with nationally known organizations, while still assisting individuals and families in therapy sessions to aid in achieving change through a strengths-based treatment perspective, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other evidence-based techniques. Janet specializes in providing Employee Assistance Services, substance abuse assessments/treatment, counseling individuals with mood, depression, and anxiety disorders, phase of life issues, grief, work/life balance, and trauma.
Janet is active in the field of social work in many different areas. Contributing to the education of students pursuing careers in social work is something Janet has done throughout her career with institutions such as Towson University’s Family Studies Program and University of Maryland School of Social Work. While serving as a faculty field liaison for the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work, Janet helps Masters Program students complete clinical hours. In addition to working with institutions to educate aspiring social workers, Janet taught Advanced Clinical Employee Assistance Interventions to experienced behavioral health providers world-wide, through Catholic University. While working with Social Work Today Magazine, Janet co-wrote an article highlighting the importance of behavioral consultations in the work place. Improving the accessibility of mental health services has also been prevalent throughout Janet’s career; Janet offers clinical and operational expertise for Masi Research Consultants’ client organizations requesting highly skilled Auditors to evaluate their EAPs. She has facilitated national and international trainings for large provider networks. Understanding what creates a successful and healthy workplace is vital to workplace consultations. While working with other organizations via behavioral workplace consultations, Janet has built a successful business of her own which received acknowledgement in 2012 by The Who’s Who Award for Entrepreneurs.
Jenny McCormick, MSW, LCSW-C
Jenny has been in the counseling field since 1995. She has worked with clients coping with post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and life adjustment issues. She specializes in providing Employee Assistance Program services, as well as, counseling for grief and loss issues, mediation and conflict resolution. Her interventions stem from a background in cognitive behavioral, as well as supportive and solution-focused therapy.
Marcie A. Lovell, MSW, LCSW-C
Marcie has been in the social worker field since 1996 working with adults, children and families. She has worked in the foster and adoption field for over 18 years and specializes in attachment related issues and early childhood trauma. Marcie specializes in working with people experiencing anxiety, mood disorders and adjustment related issues as well as phase of life issues, grief and work/life balance. In working with her clients, Marcie uses a direct, supportive, and interactive approach. In addition to Marcie’s work as a social worker, she is also a fitness instructor and promotes an overall sense of well-being, both physically and mentally
Sandy Rappeport, MSW, LCSW-C
Sandy has over 25 years of experience working with individuals and couples. In addition to her therapeutic practice, she has also been in “middle management” positions throughout her career. Sandy specializes in working with people who have experienced domestic violence, childhood trauma, substance abuse, work-related management problems, adoption/foster care, and gay/lesbian issues. Sandy also helps people who are dealing with anxiety, depression, and challenging life changes. She uses traditional “talk therapy” as well as mind/body centered approaches in her practice. Sandy finds that it is a privilege to walk with someone on his/her “life path”.
Ericka Lee, MSW, LCSW-C
Ericka Lee is a licensed clinical social worker. Ericka believes in the intrinsic right of individuals and families to live up to their truest potential. Individuals and families are unique and require therapeutic supports tailored to meet their specific experiences with grief, loss, separation, and adjustments to difficult life events. Drawing from principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), theories on grief, loss, and attachment Ericka partners with her clients to build their skills and capacity to change thought patterns and/or behaviors that may be keeping them from meeting their potential as individuals and as families.
Megan Khalil, LCPC
Megan has been a behavioral mental health provider since 2013. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She has worked with clients coping with anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, trauma, life transitions and stress disorders. Megan works with children, adolescents, and adults. Her interventions stem from a background in cognitive behavioral as well as supportive counseling. She has a strong ability to connect with many types of people and focuses on helping her clients build the skills they need to make progress in their lives.
Marissa Josiah, LCPC
Licensed Professional Counselor. I obtained a post-Masters Trauma Certification from the University of West Virginia, and a Critical Incident Stress Management Certification from the University of Baltimore.
The therapeutic approach I utilize is collaborative and explorative. I find it most effective to engage my client as an equal partner in the therapeutic process. My theoretical orientation is psychoanalytic in the way in which I understand my clients. I examine motivations, patterns of behavior and histories in order to offer an educated assessment. However, I provide concrete, solution-focused interventions that can be implemented into one’s daily routine. My specialty areas include: Trauma/Abuse/PTSD, Grief and Loss, Crisis Intervention, Workplace Development & Intervention, and EAP Consultation. I also have experience with: Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Management.
Louis Straker, MSW, LCSW-C
Louis Straker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, providing psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and earned his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Louis has experience working in a variety of settings, including community outpatient mental health centers, a home-based treatment program, a school for children/adolescents with special needs and private practice.
Louis completed a fellowship program at the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in 2013-2014. He is also a member of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, where he serves on the board of directors as treasurer. Louis has a strong interest in psychodynamic therapy approaches and is particularly interested in working with individuals who are dealing with trauma, anxiety, life transitions and relationship issues. Louis places emphasis on developing a strong therapeutic relationship with his clients, which he believes is an essential component for working towards change.
Jeffrey Huber, D.O.M., LA.c.
Jeff received his Doctorate of Oriental Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and is a trained Chinese Herbalist and Acupuncturist. He has spent years working with patients and seeing their lives improve as they experience relief from chronic conditions such as depression, pain, anxiety disorders, and diabetes. Jeff has a particular interest in helping survivors of trauma to gain tools to become empowered in their adult lives.
As a licensed practitioner, Jeff uses his skills to help patients transform their lives. His treatment philosophy is that Chinese medicine not only heals physical symptoms and pain, but also allows individuals to transcend the emotional, spiritual, and psychological frustrations that often accompany contemporary life. Jeff works to support patient’s greatest gifts and greatest potential.
Siri Shaw, LCPC
Siri has been working as a behavioral health professional since 1983. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College of Maryland and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Clinical Supervisor in the State of Maryland. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Having worked for many years treating stress-related issues, she has developed skills in the use of a variety of mind/body, mindfulness/meditative and cognitive behavioral techniques in the context of a supportive therapeutic relationship. She easily connects with people and specializes in helping those with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, emotional dysregulation and adjustment to major life changes.
Erin Mannion, LCSW-C
The purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therapy can help provide some much needed support and help with skills to get you through difficult periods. Therapy can give you the opportunity to learn more about yourself and be more effective with your goals in life. Erin approaches therapy with an openness to the process and a conviction that change is possible. Erin works with people struggling with a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and general life stressors. Erin has experience with clients diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, and Psychotic Disorders, including Schizophrenia. Erin works with survivors of trauma, including survivors of child abuse and neglect and survivors or witnesses of intimate partner violence. Erin also works with members of the LGBTQ community as well as people in non-traditional romantic relationships. Erin uses an eclectic approach including different therapeutic models. Erin uses some elements from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Techniques, as well as Solution-Focused Treatment.
Erin is open-minded and non-judgmental with her clients. Erin loves Baltimore, knitting, music, and delicious cheese.
Ramonte Crowder, MSW, LCSW-C
Ramonte Crowder has been in the behavioral health field since 2012 and brings with him a wealth of experience in various settings including military institutions, schools, and healthcare. Ramonte has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. While using techniques strongly adapted from the strength-based approach as well as CBT, Ramonte works to empower individuals to overcome personal obstacles to improve their overall satisfaction with life. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with both a clinical and policy analysis focus from The University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Ramonte’s work and experience focuses on treating anxiety, cultural issues, grief/loss, work issues, and inability to self-regulate moods.
Sharon Light, LCSW-C
Sharon Light is a clinical social worker, mindfulness instructor and certified Reiki practitioner. Sharon earned her Masters of Social Work at The Catholic University of America in 2014, and her Reiki Practitioner certificate in New York City in 2008. After a 13-year career in TV media, Sharon transitioned from working in the corporate world to doing the work she was meant to do – helping and healing.
Sharon brings warmth, empathy and a holistic perspective to her practice. She is skilled in mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral and solutions-focused models, and works with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, stress, relationship issues and life transitions. In addition to her clinical practice, she teaches mindfulness workshops to help her clients recognize the benefits of “slowing down” in the present moment so that they might better relate to conflict. Sharon is passionate about whole-body wellness, and empowers her clients to identify attainable goals and to make the changes they desire.
Tarrah Bonaparte, LCSW-C, LCSW
Tarrah is the Practice Manager for Brentwood, TN. She has been called to the field of social work since 2003. Since that time she has assisted those who have difficulty managing life stressors and life transitions. Particularly of interest to Tarrah are relationship issues, marital health, and those in need of intervention to allow them to cope with depression. Tarrah utilizes cognitive-behavioral and task-oriented approaches to facilitate growth and change.
Don Winkler, MSW, LCSW
Mr. Winkler recently joined the Focused Solutions practice in Brentwood. Since graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Social Work and being licensed as a clinical social worker in 2005 Don served as a substance abuse counselor at Army installations in Germany, South Korea and Virginia, and a Military and Family Life Counselor. Don has an extensive background working with the active duty and retired military population.
Don’s focus is on addictions, EAP services, individual and couples counseling, grief, stress and anger management, and navigating through transitions in life. Don’s clinical approach is eclectic in nature while utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and positive psychology”. Don’s presence is calming and optimistic while providing warmth, empathy and genuineness to each individual served.
Don’s goal as a clinician is to assist to empower everyone served to discover and utilize their inner strengths to experience healing and growth.
Gianna Thacker has her LCSW from the University of Georgia and has been providing counseling for over 20 years. She also has experience working at a Psychiatric facility as well as, a well known major hospital. She has worked with the very sick, mentally and physically, to someone who just needs help navigating life and making decisions. She enjoys working with the very young to the very old. Specialties include: depression, anxiety, stress, medical issues, bi-polar, schizophrenia, sexual issues, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, anger management, boundaries and communication. Her philosophy is that counseling is all based on relationships and perception. This relationship is so important and commitment to her clients is a high priority. She finds great enjoyment in helping find the peace and tranquility in the world her patients so deserve, always looking “outside the box” in her therapy sessions and learning new ways to help clients see the world in a new light.
Alissa Murray, MSW, LCSW-C
Alissa is the Practice Manager for our new Richmond, Virginia office. Alissa’s approach emphasizes honesty, empathy, and collaboration between client and therapist to identify and achieve personal goals in a nonjudgmental setting. She integrates this philosophy with evidence-based techniques. Practicing since 2009, much of her work has focused on treating individuals with trauma and addiction issues. She also has extensive experience working with those who suffer from mood disorders like anxiety and depression, adolescents with behavioral issues, and individuals coping with grief, loss, life changes, and interpersonal conflicts. Alissa conducts session in person and via telehealth.
Alissa is also licensed to practice in Maryland and Virginia. She holds a Bachelor’s from Wheelock College in Boston (recently acquired by Boston University) and a Master’s in clinical social work from Columbia University in NYC.
Melissa Back Tamburo, PhD, LCSW, CEAP
Melissa Back Tamburo, PhD, LCSW, CEAP, has over 30 years of leadership, academic, clinical, and account management experience in the field of employee assistance and work/life programs. She currently serves as the Director of Optima EAP, a Virginia-based EAP that serves over 340,000 members, and maintains a small private clinical practice.
Melissa’s areas of clinical practice include working with adolescents and parents; individuals challenged with stressors including anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, transitions between stages of life, womens’ issues, and career/work challenges.
Dr. Tamburo holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Employee Assistance Professional.
Theresa A. Picone
Theresa A. Picone believes it is important to “do what makes your soul happy.” My great passion is helping others in their pursuit of a healthy, happy, fulfilling lives and developing relationships with others, both personally and professionally. I know that no single approach is successful for all, and pride myself in being person-centered. It is important that individuals do not allow their struggles and stressors define who they are.
My educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics from Gordon College in Boston, MA and a Master’s Degree in Counseling/Psychology from Vermont College of Norwich University in Montpelier, VT. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Virginia and Vermont, as well as a Certified Employee Assistance Counselor, a Certified Money Coach, and am trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (having spent time on-site providing support after the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2006). I initially worked in the financial industry, but found my true calling in the behavioral health field, where I have been working for over 15 years in direct service, acute care, management and operations.