In 2015 I moved back to my hometown in northern Maryland. It’s been an incredible journey. Naturally, there was some uncertainty to contend with, such as how or when new local clients would come my way. But it’s been less than a year since I went from left to right coast and the Jon Hershfield, MFT project has become The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore. I am so pleased to announce the addition of Brenda Kijesky, LGMFT, to what is now a team of OCD treatment providers using mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy to help OCD sufferers master their disorder.

Who?

Brenda is a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Maryland with experience using cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness in conjunction with family systems therapeutic models in treating anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and trauma in children and adults, as well as treating general family dysfunction. Brenda believes that a relationship built on mutual respect and trust is the foundation for successful therapy. She approaches therapy with warmth and compassion, tempered with tough-love. Brenda believes that asking for help shows bravery and resilience and that just walking through the door to therapy indicates that a client has the capacity for change.

Before joining The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore, Brenda provided therapy to children in residential treatment who experienced acute and chronic mental, emotional, and behavioral issues, which frequently were accompanied by histories of trauma, abuse, and neglect. She also has experience providing therapy in community mental health clinics in both inner city and suburban settings. Prior to her career in mental health, Brenda worked for 13 years in the marketing field. When she no longer found her marketing career fulfilling, Brenda returned to school to pursue a career in therapy. Brenda holds an MS in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. She also holds an MBA in Marketing from LaSalle University’s School of Business and a BA in Journalism/Public Relations from Temple University, both in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Brenda relocated to Baltimore in 2009.

Training Brenda to use her CBT background in anxiety and trauma as a platform upon which to build a specialty in obsessive compulsive disorder has been really easy. Brenda has an intelligence and wit that will make new clients at our center immediately feel supported and motivated to stand up to OCD. She will be providing reduced-fee services and spearheading our forthcoming Saturday OCD group. So welcome, Brenda, and welcome everyone to The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore – mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals and families affected by OCD.