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About PCC and PCC Staff

PCC is a pastoral counseling center specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. PCC maintains office space in Lexington Park, MD.

Founded in 1983, PCC has grown from a small practice with 3 or 4 part-time therapists to a practice group of therapists with combined experience of more than 50 years. Currently, two of our licensed therapists have more than 25 years experience each as marriage and family therapists and have supervised interns and graduates for almost 10 years. Another has more than 10 years hospice and bereavement counseling experience. Both of our graduate counselors are working toward licensure, either as a professional counselor or as marriage and family therapists. 

 

OUR COUNSELORS


          Betty Joanne Scott, LCMFT

Betty Joanne Scott serves as Executive Director and Therapist at the Pastoral Counseling Center. Betty Joanne is married, a mother and grandmother. Her undergraduate degree is in Secondary Education. Betty Joanne spent several years working in the health care industry and with various disability groups. With her husband, Arthur, she trained in both Marriage and Family Therapy and Pastoral Counseling in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  Betty Joanne's love of learning about her world and all that is in it, enhances her work as therapist and supervisor. Betty Joanne utilizes her skills as an educator, researcher and advocate to support individuals and families in the difficult transitions of life. Out of her experience in health care and work with disability and chronic illness, Betty Joanne has a passionate desire to assist clients with chronic health issues to develop strong patient advocacy skills. Her group focus includes issues of separation/divorce/co-parenting, domestic violence and women in life transitions. She works to foster safety in community and relationships, through self-care and safety planning. Betty Joanne is also certified by the State of Maryland to supervise Marriage and Family Counselors and Interns.
 
Education
  • BA in English /Secondary Education from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY
  • MTS & MTh in Pastoral Counseling from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON 
License, Certifications & Awards
  • Certified Supervisor Marriage and Family Therapist and Interns, State of Maryland
  • Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT), State of Maryland
  • Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) from 2000 through 2016
  • Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor (CCDVC) through the National Association for Forensic Counselors (NAFC) from 2000 through 2016

Professional Activities 

  • Joined the Pastoral Counseling Center of St. Mary's, Inc. in 2003
  • Serves as Executive Director and Counselor
  

          Arthur Scott, LCMFT

Arthur serves as Clinical Coordinator for PCC. In his therapeutic work with clients, he supports individuals, families, children and adolescents in the difficult transitions of life. In this work, Arthur focuses on modeling and developing healthy relationships to support individuals and families in life transitions. Arthur bases his clinical work in the understanding that relationships offer emotional and spiritual healing. Arthur works with victims of abuse and with abusers. He focuses on fostering a sense of safety in community and relationships, emphasizing self-care and safety planning. He has facilitated premarital seminars. 

Education 
  • BA in English & Religion/Philosophy from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY
  • MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY
  • MTh in Pastoral Counseling from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON 
License, Certifications & Awards
  • Certified Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor, State of Maryland
  • Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT), State of Maryland
  • Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) from 1998 through 2016
  • Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor (CCDVC) through the National Association of Forensic Counselors from 2000 through 2016
Professional Activities and Memberships 
  • Joined the Pastoral Counseling Center of St. Mary's, Inc. in 2003
  • Ordained minister in Free Methodist Church of North America with more than 10 years of pastoral ministry experience
 

          Sharon Wright, MS


Sharon is an Engineer at Patuxent River Naval Base and pursuing her passion to work with and counsel adolescents. She is a graduate level counselor at the PCC working toward licensure. Her areas of interest are working with children and at risk teens to assist them to work through their emotions and to understand their feelings. She also enjoys working with families and groups.

Education
  • BS (Electrical Engineering), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • MBA (Business Administration), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • MS (Clinical Community Counseling), John Hopkins University, MD
License, Certifications & Awards
  • Certificate (Alcohol and Drug Counseling), College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, MD
Professional Activities and Memberships
  • Joined PCC in 2012 as Intern
  • Remained As Graduate Counselor
 

          Heather Wolfe, MS

Heather's background includes mor than 10 years as a Hospice counselor specializing in traumatic loss. Heather is pursuing her first love in counseling and her passion to work with and counsel children, adolescents and families. Heather is a Graduate Counselor at PCC working toward full licensure in the State of Maryland. Heather trained as a Marital Family Therapist at the University of San Diego. Heather is married and is the mother of an adolescent and two young children. Heather's professional interest areas are in helping individuals and families develop practical coping skills to deal with grief and loss, marital issues and difficult life transitions. Heather enjoys teaching parenting skills and and is passionate about helping families cope with the aftermath of divorce. She focuses on helping clients manage depression and anxiety through growth of self-awareness and insight. Heather is highly experienced in group facilitation with people of all ages.

Education
  • BA (English), Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
  • MA (Marital Family Therapy), University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
License, Certifications & Awards
  • LCMFT 
Professional Activities and Volunteer Memberships
  • Joined PCC in 2014 as Graduate Counselor
  • SMCPS Student Activity Leader and Volunteer
  • Participant in Healthy St. Mary's Partnership Behavioral Health Action Team
 
 Tanesha Houston, MA

Tanesha Houston is honored to work in a field where she can assist individuals in navigating through life’s difficulties. She remains humbled as she continues to pursue full licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Maryland. Tanesha is married with seven daughters. This relates to her passion in helping teens. She has three years of counseling experience with a focus on marriages, couples, women, and teen girls. She is trained in co-leading men’s and women’s groups, and formulating psychoeducational groups.  Volunteer positions include coaching girl’s basketball within her community, participating in community outreach events, planning and leading awareness and prevention programs for Domestic Violence, Breast Cancer Awareness, etc., and appearing in court as a Domestic Violence Advocate. Tanesha’s areas of expertise include: Marriage, Family, Infidelity, Anxiety, Self-Esteem/Self-Worth, Pre-Marital, Grief, Blended Families, Anger, Co-parenting, Domestic Violence, Miscarriages, Spirituality, Healthy Dating, Life/Career Coaching, Teens, and Forgiveness.

Tanesha is pursuing a second masters in Christian Apologetics. She hopes to integrate her counseling experience with the knowledge gained from apologetics to help others both within and beyond the field of counseling.

Education
  • M.A. in Marriage & Family TherapyLiberty University, Lynchburg, VA
  • B.S. in Legal Studies: Paralegal StudiesKaplan University, Davenport, IA
License, Certifications & Awards
  • LGMFT Pending
Professional Activities and Memberships
  • Joined PCC in 2018 as Graduate Counselor
  • Graduate Counselor in Charles County, MD with Life Christian Counseling Network
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