Amani Surges Martorella, LCSW-C
Assistant Director of Outreach and Student Engagement, Advisor to APTT (A Place To Talk, peer listening group)
I joined the JHU Counseling Center in 2013. In addition to seeing clients for therapy, I am the Coordinator for Services for Peabody students, as well as the Advisor to a A Place to Talk, which has an over 35-year history of providing peer listening services to the undergraduate Homewood community. As a therapist, I strive to help students feel seen, heard and understood, explore questions around identity development, empowerment and family of origin.
Originally from rural Pennsylvania, I got my BA in Anthropology and Religion from American University in Washington, DC. I remained there for a few years afterward as an Americorps volunteer where I decided that I wanted to pursue social work as a career. I completed by graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Maryland. My professional experience includes working in a long-term residential treatment center for adolescents with severe trauma histories, providing assessment and treatment to court-mandated clients with substance abuse issues, and working in emergency mental health providing crisis intervention services, most recently with Baltimore County Crisis Response where I served as both a clinician and a supervisor.
In addition to my work at the Counseling Center, I am a parent to two amazing young people and enjoy, baking, musical theater, singing, hiking, and planning trips of literally any kind. I am a proud resident of Baltimore City along with my spouse and daughters and can easily get sucked into talking local politics, new restaurants, or what’s good on Netflix with anyone.
Susana Ferradas, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Director of Training, Senior Staff Psychologist
Karen Taylor, LCSW-C
Senior Clinical Social Worker, Coordinator of Trauma-Focused Services
Wenjui “Maggie” Hsu, M.S., M.Phil
Staff Counselor, Coordinator of Services for International Students
Shemika Brooks, Psy.D., CGP
Assistant Director of Group Programming, Certified Group Psychotherapist