PDG Therapeutics

PDG Therapeutics provides individual, group, marital, and family therapy services.

PDG’s group of experienced clinicians is available during the day, evening, or weekend in order to meet the needs of individuals seeking therapeutic support.

Therapy helps individuals cope with challenging life circumstances, as well as behavioral health difficulties and diagnoses. Our services benefit individuals dealing with depression, grief, family conflict, career difficulty, anger management, suicide prevention, self harm, anxiety, addictions, and many other challenges.

PDG-T sessions take place in a warm, comfortable, and supportive environment. All services are customized to meet the needs of the client served; the counselors work with clients to establish treatment goals for therapy and move toward the goals in a supportive and collaborative relationship.



Sara Aefsky, LCSW-C


Sara’s therapeutic orientation varies, but is primarily focused on utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and trauma informed care. She has used these modalities to treat adults with a range of co-occurring and psychiatric disorders including personality, mood, psychotic, and anxiety disorders. Overall, Sara’s emphasis is on collaboration with clients to learn how to modify thoughts and behaviors in order to achieve meaningful and effective change.

Sara received a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The University of Maryland at College Park, and a MSW with a Clinical/Mental Health Specialization and Substance Use sub-specialization from The University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Social Work.

Jasmine Parlett, LGSW

Jasmine’s overall treatment goal is to work with her clients to learn to modify their behaviors and thought processes to obtain more effective and desired outcomes. Her therapeutic orientation focuses on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), trauma informed care, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She has used these modalities to work with adults and adolescents suffering from various co-occurring and psychiatric disorders, including but not limited to personality, anxiety, mood, eating, trauma, and psychotic disorders.

Jasmine received a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences from Towson University, and a Master’s of Social Work from The University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Amber Schmidt, LCSW-C

Amber SchmidtWhile Amber has many approaches to therapy, her primary focus is on Cognitive Behavior Therapy with specific training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Amber’s passion lies in helping people derive personal, differentiated meaning in their lives, and to actualize their fullest human potential. As there is no one size fits all therapy, your sessions will be collaborative and individualized based on your personal needs. Amber’s goal is to provide a safe healing space to explore personal acceptance and positive change. Amber’s areas of practice include personality disorders, depression, anxiety,  adjustment disorders, relationship conflict, psychotic disorders, and grief issues.

Amber has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Denver; as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a Mental Health Specialization from the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Social Work.

Therapy and Counseling

PDG Therapeutics’s clinicians offer group, individual, family, marital, and other supportive therapy and counseling based on client needs.

The initial appointment with PDG Therapeutics is typically an assessment. This appointment is designed to gather as much information as possible regarding the client in order to develop a plan for treatment, ensure a “goodness of fit” with the therapist, and determine a psychiatric diagnosis (as appropriate). This process allows the therapist to gain a deeper understanding of the client’s background, as well as his or her reasons for seeking treatment. Questions are asked in a gentle, non-judgmental way, with the understanding that the client may decline to answer questions.
Individual therapy involves a therapist and client working one-on-one to achieve therapy goals. Sessions are typically 45-60 minutes in length, and vary depending on the goals toward which the therapist and client are working. Goals may include a reduction in depression or anxiety symptoms, improvement in coping skills, improved anger management techniques, resolution of trauma or grief, and much more.
Group therapy takes place with one or two therapists and anywhere from three to twelve clients. Groups typically focus on areas of learning or life challenges that the group members have in common. Group topics may include grief, depression, anxiety, parenting, and more.
Family therapy is designed to improve the functioning of a family as a whole. Family therapy includes one therapist and all members of the immediate family, including parents, children, and any other family members working toward improving family functioning. Typical areas of improvement include communication, boundaries, parenting, and conflict resolution.
Marital or couple’s counseling serves to improve communication, resolve barriers, explore and resolve resentment or lingering anger, and generally improve the health of a romantic relationship. Marital counseling includes one therapist and the two individuals in the relationship.

In addition to marital and family counseling, PDG Therapeutics offers group and individual counseling sessions geared specifically toward improving parenting skills. Parenting is one of the biggest challenges in life and expert guidance can be beneficial, whether the child is a toddler or a teenager.

Details and Paperwork


Payment for services, or insurance co-pays, must be collected before your appointment. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card.


PDG Therapeutics accepts most major insurance carriers and also offers a self-pay option. Please call the office to learn more.

A sliding fee discount program is also available to qualified individuals. To learn more about the sliding fee, click here.


PDG Therapeutics offers a variety of day, evening, and weekend hours. Please call the office to learn more about scheduling and availability.


Please give more than 24 hours if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. Failure to give sufficient notice may result in a cancellation fee of up to $75.00.

Arrive on time for your appointment! Due to insurance requirements, if you are more than 10 minutes late for your scheduled appointment, you may not be seen and a cancellation fee will apply.


PDG firmly believes that within each person is an untapped capability. Contact us to learn about our recovery-oriented programs today.

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