Our Team

Focused Solutions’ Providers and Consultants are licensed at the highest level with extensive clinical practice experience for a diverse range of clients. Collectively, our team represents a wealth of knowledge in the treatment of mental health problems, substance abuse, trauma, and abuse, as well as expertise in the areas of workplace, parenting, and other daily living challenges.  Both in-person and video visits are available to our clients.

Maryland

Janet Hosford-Lamb, MSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, SAP, President and Founder of Focused Solutions LLC

For over 20 years, Janet has specialized in Employee Assistance Services for nationally known organizations, while providing substance abuse treatment and counseling for individuals with depression and anxiety disorders, work/life balance, trauma, and more. She’s passionate about helping business leaders strengthen their teams and assisting individuals and families achieve change through a strengths-based treatment perspective, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other evidence-based techniques.

Janet has been highly active across many areas of the social work field throughout her entire career, co-writing an article on workplace behavioral consultations for Social Work Today Magazine and contributing to the education of aspiring social workers — collaborating with institutions such as Towson University’s Family Studies Program and University of Maryland School of Social Work. Janet also helps Masters Program students complete clinical hours as a faculty field liaison for the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work, in addition to having taught Advanced Clinical Employee Assistance Interventions to experienced behavioral health providers through Catholic University.
Improving the accessibility of mental health services has also been a driver throughout Janet’s career as she offers clinical and operational expertise regarding EAP audits for Masi Research Consultant client organizations. While facilitating national and international training for large provider networks and behavioral workplace consultations for other organizations, Janet has built her own successful business which was acknowledged by The Who’s Who Award for Entrepreneurs in 2012.

Sharon Light, LCSW-C


Sharon Light is a clinical social worker, mindfulness instructor and certified Reiki practitioner with a Masters of Social Work from The Catholic University of America in 2014. After a 13-year career in TV media, Sharon transitioned from working in the corporate world to doing the work she was meant to do – helping and healing.

Sharon brings warmth, empathy and a holistic perspective to her practice with a passion for whole-body wellness, empowering her clients to identify attainable goals and to make the changes they desire. Her skills in mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral and solutions-focused models has enabled her to help clients experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, stress, relationship issues and life transitions. In addition to her clinical practice, Sharon teaches mindfulness workshops to help individuals recognize the benefits of “slowing down” in the moment so they have the opportunity to better relate to conflict.

Jenny McCormick, MSW, LCSW-C


Jenny has devoted over 25 years to helping clients as they cope with post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and life adjustment issues. She specializes in providing Employee Assistance Program services, as well as counseling for grief and loss, mediation, and conflict resolution. Her interventions stem from a background in cognitive behavioral, as well as supportive and solution-focused therapy.

Marcie A. Lovell, MSW, LCSW-C


Marcie has been working with adults, children and families in the field of social work since 1996. Her 20 years of experience in the foster and adoption areas have fostered a specialty in attachment-related issues and early childhood trauma. She is highly-skilled in working with anxiety, mood disorders, and adjustment related issues, in addition to phase of life issues, grief, and work/life balance, in which she takes a direct, supportive, and interactive approach with all of her clients. When she’s not helping others as a social worker, Marcie is also a fitness instructor, dedicated to promoting an overall sense of well-being, both physically and mentally.

Sandy Rappeport, MSW, LCSW-C


Sandy has over 25 years of experience working with individuals and couples through both her own therapeutic practice and various “middle management” positions throughout her career. She specializes in working with people who have experienced domestic violence, childhood trauma, substance abuse, work-related management problems, adoption/foster care, and gay/lesbian issues, while also assisting individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, and challenging life changes. Sandy uses traditional “talk therapy” and a mind/body centered approach, guided by the personal mindset that it is a privilege to walk with someone on his/her “life path.”

Ericka Lee, MSW, LCSW-C


Ericka Lee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who believes in the intrinsic right of individuals and families to live up to their truest potential. With over 15 years of experience, she understands the importance of recognizing how every patient is unique and requires therapeutic support that is tailored to meet their specific experiences with grief, loss, separation, and adjustments to difficult life events. Drawing from principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), theories on grief, loss, and attachment, Ericka partners with her clients to build their skills and capacity to change thought patterns and/or behaviors that may prevent them from meeting their potential as individuals and as families.

Megan Khalil, LCPC


Megan has been a behavioral health provider since 2013, while receiving a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, she has worked with many children, adolescents, and adults coping with anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, trauma, life transitions, and stress disorders. Megan’s interventions stem from a background in cognitive behavioral and supportive counseling, proving a strong ability to connect with diverse types of people and help them build the skills they need to make progress in their lives.

Marissa Josiah, LCPC

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Marissa specializes in trauma/abuse/PTSD, grief and loss, Crisis Intervention, Workplace Development & Intervention, and EAP Consultation with notable experience in the areas of depression, anxiety, and stress Management. After attaining her post-Masters Trauma Certification from the University of West Virginia, and a Critical Incident Stress Management Certification from the University of Baltimore, Marissa refined her collaborative and explorative approach, engaging with each client as an equal partner in the therapeutic process. Her solution-focused interventions are complemented by a psychoanalytic process for understanding her clients, examining motivations, patterns of behavior and histories in order to offer an educated assessment and create solutions that can be implemented into their daily routine.

Louis Straker, MSW, LCSW-C


As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing psychotherapy to adolescents and adults, Louis has experience in a variety of work settings, including community outpatient mental health centers, a home-based treatment program, a school for children/adolescents with special needs and private practice.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and earned his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, he finished a fellowship program at the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and now serves as Treasurer on the board of directors of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work. With a strong focus in psychodynamic therapy approaches, Louis is predominantly interested in helping individuals who are dealing with trauma, anxiety, life transitions and relationship issues. He believes placing an emphasis on developing a strong therapeutic relationship with his clients is an essential component for working towards change.

Jeffrey Huber, D.O.M., LA.c.

As a licensed practitioner, Jeff has exceptional experience working with patients and seeing their lives improve through relief from chronic conditions such as depression, pain, anxiety disorders, and diabetes. Since earning his Doctorate of Oriental Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, he now utilizes his skills to help patients transform their lives as a trained Chinese Herbalist and Acupuncturist.

Jeff has a particular interest in helping survivors of trauma gain tools to become empowered in their adult lives, supporting patient’s greatest gifts and potential. His treatment philosophy is that Chinese medicine not only heals physical symptoms and pain, but also allows individuals to transcend the emotional, spiritual, and psychological frustrations that often accompany contemporary life.

Siri Shaw, LCPC


Siri has been working as a behavioral health professional since 1983 after graduating with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College of Maryland. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Supervisor in the State of Maryland, and National Certified Counselor (NC) focusing on stress-related issues, she has developed skills in a variety of mind/body, mindfulness/meditative and cognitive behavioral techniques in the context of a supportive therapeutic relationship. Siri easily connects with people with a specialty in helping those with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, emotional dysregulation and adjustment to major life changes.

Erin Mannion, LCSW-C


Erin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with vast experience throughout her career working with people struggling from a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and general life stressors, as well as those diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, and Psychotic Disorders, including Schizophrenia. She approaches therapy with an openness to the process and a conviction that change is possible, believing strongly that therapy provides an opportunity to learn more about yourself and be more effective with your goals in life.

Utilizing some elements from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Techniques, as well as Solution-Focused Treatment, Erin’s expertise spans to help survivors of trauma, including survivors of child abuse and neglect and survivors or witnesses of intimate partner violence, as well as members of the LGBTQ community and individuals in non-traditional romantic relationships. She is completely open-minded and takes an eclectic therapeutic approach including different therapeutic models to help provide her clients with the support and skills they can implement in their everyday lives to get through difficult periods. Erin also loves exploring Baltimore, knitting, listening to music, and enjoying delicious cheese.

Ramonte Crowder, MSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, SAP


Ramonte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Maryland and Virginia. Since entering the behavioral health field in 2012, he has developed a broad range of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in various settings — including military institutions, schools, and healthcare. Since obtaining his Master’s degree in Social Work with both a clinical and policy analysis focus from The University of Maryland, School of Social Work, his work and experience has focused on treating anxiety, cultural issues, grief/loss, work issues, and the inability to self-regulate moods. Ramont utilizes techniques strongly adapted from the strength-based approach as well as CBT as he helps empower individuals to overcome personal obstacles and improve their overall satisfaction with life.

Stephanie Junghans, LCPC

Stephanie received her Masters of Science in Counseling in 2013 from The Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Stephanie’s therapeutic style includes facets of CBT , and incorporates a variety of techniques based on her client’s individual needs, including mindfulness, drawing, play therapy and strength- based approaches. Using active conversation and encouragement, Stephanie’s collaborative, client-centered approach helps her clients gain a sense of their own individuality and uniqueness. Her support helps to create a safe, trusting environment where her clients can work on decreasing anxiety, increasing self-esteem, and feel more connected to themselves, others and their community.

Stephanie has past experience in a middle school setting as a child and family therapist, and currently works with children, adolescents, and adults at all stages of their lives.

Michele Noble, LCPC

Michele received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Towson University and Master’s degrees from Marymount University in both Forensic and Legal Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is currently dual-licensed as an LPC in Virginia and LCPC in Maryland. She is also currently working toward a certification as a sex offender treatment provider. She has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of clinical capacities. She has worked as an intensive in-home counselor, a therapeutic day treatment specialist with an elementary school, a counselor with a residential for adults, and a therapist in both an acute hospital and residential treatment program with children and adolescents. Michele utilizes various therapeutic techniques based off the individual’s needs including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT), person centered therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness while focusing on the overall well-being of the individual.

Ruth Shor-Jannati, LCSW-C

Ruth is as psychotherapist with over 40 years of experience helping people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and bipolar symptoms. Ms. Shor- Jannati also utilizes many approaches including verbal and non-verbal techniques based on development theoretical point of view. Ruth values and develops trust with her clients with the use of deep empathy for each person’s emotional journey. Ms. Shor-Jannati works with adults between ages of 21-85.

Tennessee

Tarrah Bonaparte, LCSW-C, LCSW


Since finding her calling in the Social Work field in 2003, Tarrah has assisted individuals with difficulty managing life stressors and transitions. As the Practice Manager for Brentwood, TN, Tarrah is particularly interested in supporting clients with relationship issues, marital health, and those needing intervention to help them to cope with depression, utilizing cognitive-behavioral and task-oriented approaches to facilitate growth and change.

Don Winkler, MSW, LCSW


Don brings an extensive background working with the active duty and retired military population to our Brentwood practice. Since graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Social Work and becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2005, Don has served as a substance abuse counselor at Army installations in Germany, South Korea and Virginia, and a Military and Family Life Counselor.

Don takes an eclectic clinical approach that utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and positive psychology. He focuses primarily on addictions, EAP services, and counseling for individuals and couples navigating life’s transitions, as well as grief, stress and anger management. His calming and optimistic presence exudes a sense of warmth, empathy, and genuineness as he aims to empower his clients to discover and utilize their inner strengths to experience healing and growth.

Gianna Thacker

For over 20 years, Gianna has worked with an extensive spectrum of patients from the very young to the elderly, to an individual with a very serious mental or physical illness to someone just seeking help navigating life’s tough decisions. After obtaining her LCSW from the University of Georgia, she diversified her expertise through experiences helping clients at a smaller Psychiatric facility to a major, highly-regarded hospital, specializing in depression, anxiety, stress, medical issues, bi-polar, schizophrenia, sexual issues, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, anger management, boundaries and communication.

Gianna’s counseling philosophy is based on the importance of relationships and perception, proven by her compassion and commitment to her clients. She truly enjoys helping her clients discover the peace and tranquility they deserve by always looking “outside the box” and constantly learning new ways to help clients see the world in a different light.

Michelle Stark, LCSW

Michelle is a seasoned psychotherapist who began her journey in Maryland. Michelle initially received her training at the University of Maryland and relocated to California in 1999. She is now looking forward to working with you, in Tennessee. She has vast experience with many different populations and has worked in almost every serving needing a social worker. She has worked extensively with adolescents/teen mothers and the medically fragile. She is the mother of one son who is the pride and joy of her life. Michelle matches her therapeutic approach based on what would benefit her clients to achieve their ultimate goals and improve interpersonal relationships. Michelle refers to herself as the “Patch Adams of social work/psychotherapy” as she has a very unique and dynamic approach to getting through to her clients and being a catalyst for the changes they most want to see. Please contact us to start your journey with Michelle.

Jennifer Burton, Ph.D., HSP

Jennifer Burton is a licensed counseling psychologist with Health Service Provider status. For the past 15 years, Jennifer has empowered and supported clients throughout their difficult issues, concerns, and problems. She has experience working with various ages from younger to older adults. She assists you in identifying your personal goals, whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, adjustment issues, etc. She utilizes primarily a supportive, cognitive behavioral approach in therapy while also utilizing the personal strengths each person brings into counseling. Jennifer is  passionate about assisting clients formulate and reach personal goals (such as better time management, better sleep habits, and learning new skills).  She is equally passionate about being an empathetic, supportive listener.

Jennifer was born and raised in south central Kentucky. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Western Kentucky University (Go Hilltoppers!) and her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology at Ball State University. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys walking outdoors, reading, and spending time with her family.  She has been married for 27 years and has a college aged daughter and teenage son.

Virginia

Alissa Murray, MSW, LCSW-C


As the Practice Manager for our Richmond office, Alissa’s therapeutic practice uses evidence-based techniques that integrate an honest, empathic, and collaborative approach. After receiving her Bachelor’s from Wheelock College in Boston (recently acquired by Boston University), she began practicing in 2009 while pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University in NYC. Alissa specializes in helping individuals with trauma and addiction issues to identify and achieve personal goals in a nonjudgmental setting. She also has extensive experience assisting adolescents with behavioral issues, as well as individuals suffering from mood disorders like anxiety and depression or coping with grief, loss, life changes, and interpersonal conflicts.

Alissa is licensed to practice in Maryland and Virginia, and conducts sessions both in-person and via telehealth for her clients.

Melissa Back Tamburo, PhD, LCSW, CEAP

Melissa brings over 30 years of leadership, academic, clinical, and account management experience in employee assistance and work/life programs to our practice. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Employee Assistance Professional, her areas of focus include working with adolescents and parents challenged with stressors including anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, transitions between stages of life, womens’ issues, and career/work challenges. Melissa currently serves as the Director of Optima EAP — a Virginia-based EAP that serves over 340,000 members — and maintains a small private clinical practice, while holding a Doctor of Philosophy degree and Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland.

Theresa A. Picone, LPC


After initially working in the financial industry, Theresa found her true calling in the behavioral health field following a passion of helping others in their pursuit of a healthy, happy, fulfilling lives and developing relationships with others, both personally and professionally. Since obtaining a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Economics from Gordon College in Boston and a Master’s in Counseling/Psychology from Vermont College of Norwich University in Montpelier, VT, she’s spent over 15 years in the field through direct service, acute care, management and operations.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and Vermont, Theresa also helps individuals as a Certified Employee Assistance Counselor and a Certified Money Coach with training in Critical Incident Stress Management, having provided on-site support after the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2006. She understands that no single approach is successful for all and prides herself in being person-centered. Theresa strongly believes it is important for individuals to “do what makes your soul happy” and not allow their struggles and stressors define who they are.

Renee Totten, LPC

Renee is a licensed therapist that has been working with children and families since 2000. She graduated with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University in Richmond Virginia. She has worked with families in crisis, and has helped guide them through those tough times. She uses CBT and DBT as a therapy style, however, allows the client to take the lead on their treatment. Renee likes to guide her clients through their treatment and believes that it is important to follow the needs of her clients.

Brandi Long, LCPC


Brandi is a licensed professional counselor. Ms. Long has extensive experience treating people with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse and dependence, and relationship difficulties. Brandi is trained in a variety of cognitive behavioral, person-centered, and mindfulness-based therapy approaches with an emphasis on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). While ACT is the approach Ms. Long primarily works from, she is adaptive and sensitive to each individual’s needs and will incorporate her training and experience with a number of different evidence-based practices including DBT, CBT, Solution-focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. Brandi helps her clients learn practical skills to overcome difficult thoughts and feelings and take steps to recognize and change behavior and thought patterns and that are no longer working in your life.