Reverend Allison Stenson and Dr. Kathleen Tallent met in Southern Maryland in 2014 and quickly developed both a personal and professional bond. Realizing that we shared many of the same passions about mind, body, and spirit and both have children with mental health challenges, we decided to open a private practice that provided at least three key ingredients. First, it would be comfortable and inviting, much like a Borders® Bookstore, with cozy seating, soothing music, and even complementary coffees, teas, hot cocoas, and ciders. Second, it would provide a menu of high-quality mental wellness services by some of the most exceptional licensed clinicians and holistic practitioners in the region. Third, we would recognize and care for the whole person, who has unique needs and goals for their minds, physical health, and/or spirituality. These three qualities — comfort, choice, and caring — are priorities that guide all of our business decisions.
When the business opened, we were working out of one office that was not much bigger than a closet! The business later expanded to a larger space that enabled us to integrate Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) services, including Mindfulness Meditation, Biofeedback, and AromaTouch® Massage Therapy. We continue to expand our holistic services to meet the needs of our clients and the community.
At Therapy Café®, we are dedicated to reducing the stigma of mental illness and providing a menu of services for you to choose from that are focused on the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. We are also committed to providing these mental wellness services at a high-quality to all individuals in the community. On our website, you will see a picture of purple irises, which is a symbol of mental illness recovery based upon the famous painting, Irises, by Vincent Van Gogh, who suffered from mental illness. See more about Van Gogh’s famous Irises and his history here: https://www.vincentvangogh.org/irises.jsp
Van Gogh called painting “the lighting conductor for my illness.” We believe that, out of the greatest pain, comes our greatest strength, and that pain, either mental, emotional, or physical, can be a powerful gateway for health, healing, and joy in our lives. That pain can be a catalyst for change if we allow ourselves to feel it, embrace it and, eventually, over time, conquer and overcome it. Ultimately, we want to promote a message of hope and healing to those who are facing mental health struggles, knowing that you are not alone and that mental wellness is a lifetime process of integrated mind-body-spirit growth that is in your reach.
We welcome your comments, questions, and feedback and feel free to reach out to us at the link below.
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I provide the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that Therapy Cafe has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow our organization and to ensure its financial strength and operating efficiency. As the CFO/COO, I am responsible for developing, monitoring and evaluating overall corporate strategy with emphasis on bottom line performance, working capital and enhancing company value.
Dr. Tallent is a Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Director at Therapy Café. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a minor concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the past 20 years, she has worked with a wide variety of clients, ranging in age from 10 to 100. Her specialties include psychotic disorders, mood disorders, and trauma-informed therapies. Some of her specific areas of professional interest include working with veterans and First Responders, including firefighters and EMS/paramedics, and exploring the role of integrating holistic approaches and spirituality in therapy. She currently serves as Clinical Oversight for the Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics Association, Local 1619’s, Peer Support Team. Previously, she co-authored over 20 empirical journal articles on risk for psychoses and psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, and completed her pre- and post-doctoral internships at the Milwaukee VA Hospital and the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Baltimore VA Hospital, respectively. She also was a Visiting Assistant Professor for two terms at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, teaching courses in Abnormal Psychology, Counseling, Health Psychology, and Lifespan Development/Adolescence. Overall, she has been involved in clinical, teaching, and research throughout her career and brings this background and passion to her work serving clients, fellow clinicians, and the community.
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