Meet our SkillfuL Clinicians

Terese Hayes, MSW, LCSW-C, SAP

Terese Hayes brings notable hospitality to all her clients. She grew up in the DC Metropolitan area, and she has provided professional psychotherapy services since 2002. Mrs. Terese is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work’s highly ranked MSW program. In addition to her Bachelors of Art in Social Work and Master of Social Work, she is also a doctoral candidate of Social Work. She has an impressive background in behavioral health disorders such as anxiety, depression, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, grief and Substance Use Disorders. Before she founded Second Chance Counseling Services, LLC in 2006, she worked at some of the finest behavioral health inpatient and outpatient treatment programs in the DC Metropolitan and Baltimore area. She is an active member of the NASW, NAADAC, certified Hypnotist, NLP clinician, and Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). Moreover, she is a state of Maryland approved social worker supervisor, and state of Maryland approved substance abuse supervisor. When not striving to help her clients attain their goals, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four daughters. #healingheartstoday is her motto.

Bita Safai, MA, NCC, LCPC

Bita is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Masters of Art in Community Counseling. She helps individuals and families with a wide range of emotional problems and poor coping strategies with a particular focus on younger children age 3-6 years old and their families. Her goal is to enable her clients to resolve their issues with lasting results and to live more satisfying healthier lives. Over the year, clients have turned to Mrs. Bita for help with depression, anxiety, loneliness, grief, low self-esteem, work stress, parenting and relationship problems.

Mrs. Bita believes that therapy is a collaborative experience. She creates a confidential environment in which clients are encouraged to talk freely, without judgment or criticism. Together her clients develop insight into their concerns, find solutions for your dilemmas and strengthen your ability to face the future.

Denise Popevis, MS, LCPC

Denise is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling from McDaniel College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University. Denise works with individuals seeking support to enhance the quality of their lives due to a wide range of issues, both big and small. They include coping with adjustments and transitions in their lives due to work, social skills, family and marriage to individuals dealing with mental illness, alcohol and substance use issues. Denise has extensive experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Down Syndrome, Willians Syndrome, and Autism. Denise believes that through counseling with a client-centered approach; the individual can attain the solutions that they desire. Her therapeutic approach is to support the individual with enhancing their self-esteem, empowerment to make good choices and learning ways to increase their ability to effectively cope with issues that they are dealing with now and in the future.

Jennifer Tibbs, LCPC

Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She completed her Master of Science degree in Human Services/Mental Health Counseling from Capella University’s CACREP accredited program. Jen completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Maryland University College. Jen has experience treating a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, traumatic brain injury (TBI), PTSD, life transitions, blended families, bipolar disorder, and other mental health disorders. Jen believes in a relaxed, judgment-free atmosphere. She has a client-focused style because she thinks that each is the expert on him/herself. Through the use of techniques from various modalities, she helps guide each client through a process of self-understanding and self-discovery.

Leah Reed, LCPC

Leah S. Reed received her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Cultural Studies from Chatham College/University. As a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Maryland State Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), she has worked in a variety of settings ranging from academia, community/public mental health system and substance abuse rehabilitation facilities.

Her professional experiences range from treating individuals with severe and persistent mental illness along with clinical depression/anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse related issues and the physically disabled. Many of the concerns she has addressed in therapy include grief/loss, stress, relationship issues, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and substance abuse/recovery related struggles and multicultural/cross-cultural issues.

Leah employs a compassionate,non-judgemental, strengths-based approach their work with individuals, couples/families, mental health and psychoeducational groups. She has a passion for working collaboratively with her clients to define personal goals, explore ways to strengthen supports and gain a deeper understanding of thoughts, feelings behaviors and concerns impacting the quality of their life.

Leah is dedicated to creating a safe space in which healthy processing and decision making empower one’s instincts to practice setting boundaries, develop healthy self-care habits and resolve unexplored emotions to navigate life transitions.

As a parent with a career and everyday life transitions, Leah practices many of the techniques she encourages her clientele to try. Leah is recognized as both a Maryland state LCPC supervisor and a Maryland State Addictions Counselor Supervisor. She is also awaiting certification as a Master Addictions Counselor and has provided supervision to professionals in both the mental health and addictions field.