About Us- Our Therapists

Welcome! Creative Counseling Connections specializes in working with FAMILIES, CHILDREN, and ADULTS for the treatment of:

  • anxiety, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (using realistic thinking to decrease intensity of feelings) and biofeedback
  • depression
  • communication, conflict resolution and relational concerns
  • attachment/complex developmental trauma concerns via use of TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention & TF-CBT)
  • alternative (non-medicinal) treatment of ADHD via neurofeedback
  • grief and loss
  • biofeedback training for stress, pain, and handling emotions

About Sara Rodriguez, LCSW-C

Post-Graduate Certifications:

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma, National Center for PTSD
  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner (TBRI), Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development
  • “Adoption Competent Counselor,” Adoptions Together/C.A.S.E
  • Trauma-Focused CBT Program, University of South Carolina

As an independently licensed clinical social worker, I enjoy using my training and experience in therapy to serve others. I am not the typical therapist depicted on TV who simply nods her head and asks “how does that feel?” I believe it is my job not only to create a safe place where you can feel heard and understood, but to send you out the door with skills you or your child can use in your daily lives.

As a believer, I am able and happy to include spirituality as a part of this journey, upon request. It is my goal that healing, connection and hope grows as a result of our time together.  Please feel free to visit the rest of my website for more details.


Sara Rodriguez, LCSW-C

Germantown, MD


Independent Contractors serving Creative Counseling Connections

Olivia Reyes, grad level resident

Olivia is a previous special educator with MCPS and is now on track to become a licensed drama therapist. Her specialty is incorporating creative arts, movement and drama-based activities beyond simple talk therapy. These techniques can be helpful for those who have difficulty expressing themselves or struggle with anxiety or depression. Olivia believes that every person has a story to tell! She is also EMDR (Level One) trained for trauma. Olivia seems to have sweet spot in working with teens, but works with both children and adults as well. She currently does not accept insurance and her per session rate is $75 per hour. 

Paula Schuster, LCSW-C


As an adoptive mother and trained therapist with over 25 years of experience, my passion is to help other adoptive or foster parents/families in the unique struggles they face.
I provide parenting support and coaching from the backdrop of attachment/connected parenting and Trust-Based Relational Intervention strategies. My training background is in trauma, loss and attachment.
For adoptive or foster children: I provide play therapy, trauma work and Trust-Based Relational Intervention strategies for the parent & child attachment. Expect to have a lot of fun together!
Katie (Kathleen) Giganti, LCSW-C
I enjoy working with TEENS, PARENTS and ADULTS for the treatment of anxiety, depression and relationship concerns. I rely heavily on evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (“CBT”) and Dialectical approaches for stress reduction & mindfulness. I am available to provide therapy at your teen’s school to accommodate for busy schedules, academic challenges or the need for collaboration with school staff.
My approach to parent coaching relies heavily on “positive parenting” strategies for avoiding power struggles and maintaining connection. T
I am a trained fitness instructor (and a mother of four!) and am able to incorporate physical and/or spiritual health into my work, upon request. I have immediate openings on Wednesdays and look forward to hearing from you!
Michelle McLaughlin, LGPC
Licensed Psychotherapist, retired military veteran, Christian counselor, wife and mother of two sons. I enjoy working with children and families, groups and individuals with their most complex issues. I am a certified Traumatologist, EMDR level 2 trained. I prefer to create a tailored approach to every individual based on their unique needs. Therapeutic interventions
used have included child play therapy, emotion focused couples therapy, parent coaching, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, coping skills, expressive therapy and trauma informed intervention.
I have immediate openings on Fridays and Saturdays and accept Carefirst/Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Bio: Elise Celli

Elise is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with a variety of complex trauma clients.  Her practice focuses on young adults (teen through late 20’s) where she offers real-world strategies on adulting and becoming independent based on the client’s individual life circumstances.

Ms. Celli successfully counsels a range of clients in various settings that include family therapy, group therapy, adoption counseling, reunification counseling, as well as crisis counseling.  She is skilled in a variety of counseling modalities including; TBRI, Theraplay, CBT, DBT, psychodynamic, and attachment-based interventions; and is comfortable and well-practiced with Judeo-Christian-based counseling.

Elise Celli has a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland and is a formally trained artist with a degree from the Fashion Institute of New York, which allows her to combine her two passions, art and therapy, to create dynamic counseling tools for certain clients where appropriate.

According to Elise, “Art has the power to transform and heal, and yet so too does communication with a highly empathetic and trained individual, especially when it comes to trauma. By combining various theoretical perspectives, I am able to connect with clients and meet them where they are, so we can work together to get to where they want to go”

Ms. Celli, together with her husband Louis lives in Montgomery Village, Maryland and together enjoy a blended family of six children, two grandchildren, and one puppy daughter named Savannah.