Our Counselors


James A. Stafford, MA, LCPC – Executive Director

As a therapist, Jim works with a broad spectrum of adult issues. His background includes experience with men’s issues, all types of addiction counseling, couples and marriage counseling, adjustment disorders, mood disorders and issues of faith. Jim has successfully treated patients with various personality disorders including NPD, and Borderline disorders. He is also experienced in treating clients with psychotic symptoms like schizophrenia, severe major depression and Bi Polar disorders. He is certified and trained in EMDR therapy to help treat victims of trauma, rape or sexual assault, and those suffering from PTSD.

He believes that treatment is not meant to be long term, except or under special circumstance, so he wants to treat the client quickly and effectively so they can return back to a trans-crisis level of control in their life. He received his master’s in Christian Counseling & Discipleship from Capital Bible Seminary and received his professional counseling license from Liberty University. He worked for a marketing company for over 15 years and later became a congregational care pastor for 9 years at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. He believes the experience he has in various different fields allows him to successfully treat a wide spectrum of clients that walk into his office.


Jessica Landis, M.Ed., LCPC, NCC

Jessica received her B.S. in Psychology in 1991 and her M.Ed. in Counseling in 1998 from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taken additional coursework at Loyola University, Goucher College, and Anne Arundel Community College along the way. She has over 23 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She began her career as a counselor in the area of community mental health and supported adult clients with severe and persistent mental illness in a supportive housing environment where they could learn basic skills of daily living to be able to successfully function individually within their community. She provided case management support by helping her clients navigate benefit acquisition (such as SSI, SSDI, Medical Assistance and housing), establish medical and mental health management, and by providing healthy opportunities to socialize with others. Jessica also had the opportunity to supervise the daily program management of 25 clients who lived within the supportive housing environment.

While Jessica worked in community mental health she returned to school to earn her M.Ed. in Counseling to be able to work with children in the school setting. She had the opportunity to counsel briefly in the Pittsburgh Public School system before she moved to Maryland and began her work as a Professional School Counselor with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools from 2001 – 2013. Jessica is a Maryland Certified K – 12 School Counselor. In 2013 she decided to step away from full-time work in the schools to be able to focus on the work of being a full-time mom. Jessica earned her LCPC in 2013 and after a year of being a full-time mom she began part-time work as a counselor at Anne Arundel Counseling. Additionally, she worked part-time as a counselor at The Center for Counseling Arts when she lived in Pittsburgh.

She is experienced in dealing with anxiety, depression, Postpartum Depression, grief, life transitions, relationship issues, including pre-marital and marital work, stress and school related issues. She believes that the path towards wellness is multifaceted and can include exploration of mental, spiritual and physical health.

Mary Penick, LCSW-C, M.S.W., Therapist

Mary received her master of social work degree from the University of Southern Indiana in 2002. She began her college experience at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD, obtained associate degrees in art and science at a community college in Illinois, and received a bachelor and master degree in social work in Indiana. She is certified in trauma therapy, and has experience working with survivors of abuse and trauma. She obtained a specialization in school social work in addition to her clinical training. Mary has worked as a therapist in community mental health, hospitals, schools, and in a Christian counseling setting. Mary has experience working with children, adolescents, pre-marital and marital work, and adults with various diagnoses such as Adjustment disorders, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety disorders, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and with a broad spectrum of life events and circumstances.

Mary spends time with her two adult sons and teen-age granddaughter who all live in Maryland. She enjoys walking, exercising at the fitness center, and going to the beach with her family. Mary also enjoys attending hockey games with her family.

She is a Christian who believes a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is a vital part of healing and growth in one’s faith. She especially enjoys reading through the Psalms, and strives to keep Psalm 19:14 as a part of her daily walk “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

Samantha J. Klunk, M.Ed., LCPC

Samantha received her Bachelors of Arts in History with a minor in Psychology from Dominican College of Blauvelt, NY in 2012, and her Masters in Counselor Education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2014. While completing her Masters, Samantha was able to gain experience counseling students in a high school setting. Samantha has received training in trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, and crisis management strategies.

As a clinician, Samantha has experience providing solution focused therapy to patients experiencing acute mental health crises and comorbid disorders. Samantha has successfully assisted patients with addiction disorders, anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorder, Depression, psychotic disorders, PTSD, somatoform disorders, and personality disorders.

Samantha’s true passion is working with individuals to assist with the connection of the mind, body, and spirit. She thoroughly enjoys assisting individuals improve their lives and fully develop to their own potential.

Catherine Seville Radke, MA, MFT Intern

Catherine received her B.S. in Psychology in 2014 from Auburn University in Alabama and her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2016 from Hope International University in Anaheim, Ca. She has experience working with inpatient drug rehabilitation clients, providing individualized treatment to help them maintain long-term sobriety. She also has experience working with military veterans helping them to transition back to civilian life and achieve their life and educational goals. Catherine has worked as a therapist under supervision in inpatient facilities, community colleges, veteran resource centers, and in Christian counseling settings.

Catherine is available to see clients as an intern working under James Safford’s, LCPC supervision while she is in the process of becoming licensed as a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, LGMFT, in the state of Maryland. She is qualified to see individuals as well as couples and families. She has received training in treatment of couples, sex therapy, multicultural issues, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and EMDR therapy which specializes in treatment of trauma and PTSD. Catherine has past experience in the successful treatment of disorders such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, addiction, trauma, rape, sexual abuse, marital issues, and family dynamic issues.

She sees clients on a sliding scale fee structure based on their ability to pay. At this time she is not credentialed with insurance companies so anyone she sees will have to be self pay.