The Personal Wellness Center Staff
Our Mission: We provide a MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT approach to wellness
Our Vision: A healthier and happier community
Our Values: We serve everyone with EXCELLENCE, INTEGRITY and RESPECT.
Veronica Correa, LCSW-C, Owner and Clinical Director
Veronica is a licensed certified social worker – clinical, life coach, and certified hypnotherapist. Veronica earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland and she holds a license as a certified, clinical social worker from the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners. Veronica has 18 years of counseling experience, her work focuses on providing guidance for people to break through physical and emotional pain and inspiring them to make healthy choices and to achieve their dreams. Veronica uses innovative, alternative approaches, such as clinical hypnosis, Reiki and energy therapy, as well as traditional counseling. Her approaches have proved to be a good complement to modern medicine empowering people to get well faster.
Angela Blake, LCSW-C, Child and Adolescent Therapist
Angela is a licensed certified social worker – clinical specializing in providing therapy to families and children. In 2003 Angela earned her Master’s degree from the University Of Maryland in Baltimore. After coordinating youth programs for the Salvation Army and directing the Family Center at East Salisbury School, Angela has been therapist in local mental health agencies both private and public.
Angela specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy, Mindfulness, and other Mind Body Therapies. Angela works with adults, children, families, and groups, addressing a range of needs from depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, relationship concerns, and life adjustments and organizing students for optimal success in school.
Venessa Bowers, LCSW-C, Therapist
Venessa is a licensed certified social worker – clinical, a certified clinical trauma professional and a Reiki Master. She specializes in working with children and adults who have been affected by traumatic experiences. She uses creative expression and mindfulness as treatment modalities in her clinical work in conjunction with more traditional therapeutic interventions.
Venessa earned her Master of Arts degree in Communication with an emphasis in Organizational Communication from Purdue University’s West Lafayette, Indiana campus in 2003 and began teaching classes in public speaking and interpersonal communication directly after graduation at Ivy Tech Community College. Venessa completed a second Master’s degree in Social Work at Indiana University in 2010. She relocated to Maryland in 2015 and continues to teach classes in social work at Salisbury University in addition to her clinical work.
In 2016, Venessa launched a new children’s book series called, Violet van Bumble’s Big Secret and Billy Ponder’s Wild Imagination; two of the five books in the Book Worms series. She also released A Magical Duet, a two-story book that is part of the three-part Magical Hearts series. DayDreaming: Naturally Creative Meditations for Children will be released in 2017.
Carol Ireland, LCSW-C, Therapist
Carol is a licensed certified social worker – clinical with more than 20 years of experience. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work. She specializes in treating clients with depression, anxiety, and those who are in crisis. She helps clients work through relationship struggles, process and ultimately come to terms with grieving and loss, to manage stress effectively and deal successfully with problems related to the perplexities of aging.
Employing integrated tools and a mind, body spirit approach to wellness, Carol assists clients toward optimum effectiveness, mindfulness and emotional balance and wellbeing. Her style is client centered supportive therapy, which draws from a spectrum of cognitive behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic approaches. Carol also uses guided imagery and music to help deepen relaxation, release stress and develop higher level of awareness. With her, you will see yourself beyond your impasses. Carol is currently accepting new clients.
Clare Spillane, LCSW-C, Therapist
Clare is a licensed certified social worker – clinical with over 30 years of experience in facilitating personal growth through a variety of counseling modalities. She specializes in self-empowerment, self-actualization, and in identifying and achieving your life’s purpose. She has a passion for helping individuals achieve optimum emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. Her style embodies holistic healing with the goal of helping individuals find true happiness, peace and joy. She is a cancer survivor of 22 years and an active practitioner of yoga. She is a registered yoga teacher with over 500 hours of teacher training, (RYT-500).
Catherine Cockey, PMHCNS-BC, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Catherine earned her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from Salisbury University and her undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland and Mary Washington College. She has had training from the Gestalt Institute in Philadelphia, PA, and is certified in Heart Centered Hypnotherapy from the Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy Institute in Washington state. Catherine uses a variety of approaches, depending on the individual’s needs. She includes somatic techniques and EMDR in the treatment of trauma. Her great desire is to bring healing to those who have been through a traumatic or stressful experience, and then see them overcome their self-limiting beliefs about themselves and the world.
David Mercier, M.S. L.Ac.
David has been in the practice of acupuncture since 1983 when he graduated with a master’s degree from what is now the Maryland University of Integrative Health. His background includes time spend as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka during the 1970’s, a two-year training under renowned psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, M.D. in transpersonal psychology, and the development of an integrative medicine center for the University of Maryland Shore Regional Center which he directed for nine years.
Zlati Koscina, Office Manager, Reiki Master and Bach Flowers Practitioner
Zlati is a Reiki Master and Bach Flower Practitioner. She received her Bach Flower training from the prestigious Edward Bach’s Education Center and her Reiki Master training from ICRT -the International Center for Reiki Training. Zlati was directly trained by William Lee Rand and she has been practicing Reiki for several years. Zlati’s work focuses on helping people with a variety of life challenges helping them reduce stress and anxiety and bring balance and healing into their lives.
Elizabeth Dawson, Nutritional Coach
Elizabeth has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Towson University and a Master’s Degree in Integrative Health Science from Capitol University of Integrative Medicine and is a Certified Nutrition Consultant. She has been working in the field of nutrition for 18 years with her focus on healing the body from the cellular level. Her integrative, holistic approach uses natural, healthy organic food and supplements for optimum health. This approach helps people increase their energy level, lose weight, improve quality of sleep and reach their individual health goals. Dietary programs are specific to each person metabolic individuality to successfully meet client’s needs, goals and health concerns. Recipes, menus and food tours are all options in the program to support the client through these lifestyle changes and increase success in the future.