About Us

"...My husband and I noticed a very large gap in the health care system when we journeyed through a difficult diagnosis, miscarriages, and infertility. This lonely path inspired my passion to help women, parents, couples, and families during the darkest days, and help to provide hope and healing in a safe, compassionate space."

                                                                       -Heather Silver

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Heather is a clinical psychotherapist specializing in women's health and perinatal health. After graduating from Towson State University in 2000 and subsequently received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She has dedicated her career as a counselor and perinatal specialist helping families journey through difficult pregnancies, making difficult choices during pregnancy, perinatal mood disorders, traumatic losses and infertility.

 

Heather opened the first free-standing Perinatal Hospice and Counseling practice in Maryland in 2014. Heather has created several hospital bereavement programs and also works as a contractor to assist hospitals in either creating new programs or re-vitalizing their existing bereavement programs. Heather has been on the exam development and writing committee for the CPLC exam - Certified in Perinatal Loss Care-since its inception.

  -Owner

Heather J. Silver,

   LCSW-C, CPLC

Heather is also a national and international speaker to educate health care professionals on how to assess, create, and provide compassionate bereavement care to families. She has been active in the Anne Arundel County Fetal Infant Mortality Committee since 2009. In 2019 Heather started The Bill Sweeney Perinatal Care Fund, INC., a 501(c)3 non-profit to help provide perinatal bereavement and perinatal palliative care to families who are unable to afford it. The charity also focuses on education around perinatal death for families, health care providers, and the community.

Heather and her family live in Gambrills, MD.

 

They are watched over every day by their babies in Heaven. 

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Lauren Burke,
   LMSW, MHA, LCSW-C

Lauren provides a safe space to navigate thoughts, feelings and emotions while maximizing time each session we spend together.  I take a holistic approach to understand all dynamics that impacts your day to day function with a goal of maximizing your overall well-being. I work with clients to identify strengths to help navigate behaviors for change. Everyone deserves a safe space where they are seen, heard, and understood. Everyone deserves to feel valid, feel worthy, and I am here to help you identify who you truly are so you may heal and grow.
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Lauren has a Master's in Social Work, certified in clinical practice. Lauren has practiced throughout inpatient settings in both medical and behavioral health units within the Johns Hopkins Health System with an additional degree in Health Care Administration.

Specialties: adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, crisis intervention, perinatal and postpartum mood disorders, conflict resolution, family dynamics, self-esteem, divorce, trauma, chronic illness, grief and loss.

Angela Tanner-Dean
   LCPC

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Her clinical experience has focused mostly on working with individuals who are experiencing issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflict, and grief.  Angela draws on a variety of techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and mindfulness to address each client’s unique needs. Her approach is non-judgmental, and she is committed to creating a space where clients feel understood, accepted, and emotionally safe to explore and navigate challenges.

Angela currently works full time for the U.S. Department of Education where she is a Supervisory Education Program Specialist with federal oversight responsibility of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. She lives in Crofton, Maryland with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

Angela received her BS in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MEd in Counseling from the University of Virginia. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LCPC), Angela spent the first 15 years of her career providing therapy services to children and teens with emotional and behavioral disabilities and has practiced in schools, residential treatment centers, outpatient mental health clinics, and inpatient hospital settings. 

Erica Seitz
   LCSW-C

Erika is a clinical psychotherapist specializing in Women's and Perinatal Health. She received her Bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and Master’s degree from University of Maryland School of Social Work. Her career began as a Social Worker at the Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy where she would help families navigate the emotional and social impact of complicated prenatal diagnoses. Erika worked closely with Heather Silver to care for many families through their pregnancy journeys, eventually joining the practice in 2018.
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Erika has spent 8 years helping many families journey through difficult pregnancies, making difficult choices during pregnancy, perinatal mood disorders, traumatic losses and infertility. In addition to perinatal health, Erika also helps women through mood and anxiety disorders unrelated to pregnancy.Her preferred therapeutic technique is solution-focused therapy. Erika believes that every patient has the solutions within themselves, it is her job to help you recognize and implement them.

Erika lives in Baltimore County with her husband, 3 dogs and 3 cats. She enjoys practicing sustainability by tending to and expanding her garden and chicken flock. Erika and her husband have struggled for many years with infertility which fuels her passion for helping other women through the difficulties of pregnancy.

Carrie Williams
   Office Manager

Carrie Williams has an undergraduate degree in Allied Health and a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, both from the University of Connecticut. After 17 years as an outpatient physical therapist, she has transitioned to part time clinical work combined with assisting SilverLeaf Counseling as their office manager.
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Carrie lives with her amazing husband and three children in Edgewater, MD. After her youngest child was born with Down syndrome, Carrie became a parent advocate for families who have recently received a Trisomy 21 diagnosis. She co-chairs the First Call Program for The Down Syndrome Association of Maryland. She passionately believes that all families should have access to unbiased, supportive mental health care during difficult pregnancies, and is thrilled to be a part of the SilverLeaf team! Carrie also enjoys being an amateur photographer and cheering on the Washington Capitals!