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Dena studied Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Johns Hopkins University. She has experience working on a wide range of clinical and life problems. Through evidence based interventions, such as CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brainspotting, DBT, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques, Dena has a way of helping you stay grounded in the present while you explore and express your struggles. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and helping individuals navigate relationship or divorce struggles. She is passionate about helping individuals find their voice, become more assertive, increase self-esteem, and find their path in order to  start working on their life goals.

Prior to working in a private practice setting, Dena gained a great deal of experience working at an intensive outpatient setting providing therapy to adults, adolescents, and children. And prior to working in the mental health field, Dena graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary and Special Education. She spent eight years as a Montgomery County Public School educator at a National Blue Ribbon School. She has experience coaching high school adolescents, teaching, working with students with special needs, as well as consulting parents. 

Dena Alalfey, MS, LCPC


In her free time, Dena enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. 

"I am eager to provide you with compassionate support as you express and explore current struggles, expand your awareness of internal and external obstacles, and support you as you pave the way towards deep and lasting change. Take a look at range of services we offer for both individuals and groups, and our blog for resources and skills for coping with stress, anxiety, depressions and mental health struggles you may be facing."



Sarah completed her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University Maryland.Sarah has been trained to provide Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy.


You will sense Sarah's gentle and compassionate demeanor the second you meet her. Some of the concerns that Sarah can help adolescents, adults, and children address include depression, anxiety, low self esteem, trauma, attachment disorders, self-harm, adjustment disorders, negative self-image, panic attacks, and interpersonal difficulties.


Prior to working at A Step Forward, Sarah spent a few years teaching English in Korea. She then went on and gained a great deal of experience treating children & adolescents by providing therapy at The Care Clinic of The University of Maryland Medical Center. Additionally, Sarah provided behavioral therapy at The Theodore House in Baltimore to adults overcoming substance-abuse. She has also gained experience providing in-home services to adults with Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Schizophrenia. She enjoys helping parents implement positive parenting techniques as well as treat attachment concerns.

Apart from therapy, Sarah enjoys painting, hiking, and traveling with loved ones. She is incredibly passionate about helping others to realize their strengths and achieve their best possible lives.

Sarah Ofrecio, MS, LGPC


Maxine attended The University of Maryland, College Park and received a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. She then went on to study Clinical Social Work at Howard University in Washington, DC. She is experienced in treating a variety of mental health concerns with evidence-based interventions, specifically Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She also utilizes and teaches Mindfulness based interventions during her sessions with a variety of ages.

Prior to working at A Step Forward, Maxine gained extensive experience working in private schools in the District and Montgomery County as a Program Therapist where she's provided therapy to students ages 5 to 21. She has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families experiencing a wide range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, various behavioral issues, adjustment disorders, trauma, autism spectrum disorders and more.


In her free time, Maxine enjoys reading, yoga, playing soccer, and spending time with her husband and their family dog. 

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