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Harriette E. Wimms, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
For more than 15 years, Dr. Harriette Wimms has worked with individuals, children, families, schools, and community agencies throughout Baltimore City in order to improve the interpersonal, emotional, and academic outcomes for individuals living in impoverished communities. A former Graduate Meyerhoff Scholar, Dr. Wimms holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and has received specialty training in the areas of Child Clinical Psychology and Community/Social Psychology. She also holds an M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree in English (with a concentration in Creative Writing) from Towson State University. She is currently Director of Inpatient Pediatric Psychology Services at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. She specializes in parenting support; individual, child and adolescent, family, and group therapy; and self-help workshops. She also provides specialized services in the areas of grief and loss, stress reduction, bullying prevention and reduction, social-emotional learning, and coping with childhood chronic illness and trauma. Dr. Wimms is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Maryland Psychological Association and is certified as a Brain Injury Specialist through the Brain Injury Association of America.
Dr. Wimms also helped develop and expand curriculua and community awareness initiatives at Mariposa Child Success Programs, before co-founding The Village Family Support Center of Baltimore. Dedicated to the educational pipeline, Dr. Wimms is also adjunct faculty at Stevenson University where she enjoys teaching Human Growth and Development within the Psychology department. Dr. Wimms is a psychologist licensed to practice in the state of Maryland.
At the Family Support Center of Baltimore, Dr. Wimms provides individual, child, adolescent, family, and group therapy; meditation/mindfulness services, grief and loss support, and educational advocacy services.
PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Wimms is not accepting new clients at this time. She is seeing children, adolescents, and families at her Chase Brexton Health Services office in Randallstown, MD. Please dial 410-496-6441 ext 3120 for appointment information.
Zosia Zaks, M.Ed., C.R.C., Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Zosia Zaks is a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with a master’s degree from Hunter College in rehabilitation counseling. Zosia provides children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families evidence-based strategies and supports for successful participation at school, at work, and in the community. Zosia also provides job development and employment support for disabled adults utilizing a Customized Employment model. Having worked with individuals with disabilities and their families for over ten years, Zosia offers effective and experienced counseling around the most pertinent challenges faced by individuals and families coping with disabilities.
In addition to counseling, Zosia provides staff training, conducts research on special disability topics, and consults on the state and federal levels to impact disability policy. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Itineris, Inc.; as a member of the Advisory Panel of Persons on the Spectrum of Autism of the Autism Society of America; as an Executive Committee Member of the Autistic Global Initiative; and as a self-advocate on the Maryland Commission on Autism. Zosia has authored numerous articles and the book Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults (AAPC 2006); and speaks around the country on issues of importance to the autism community. He teaches post-graduate courses on autism at Towson University in the College of Health Professions, where he hopes to inspire the next generation of disability professionals to embrace a strengths-based and person-centered perspective when providing services.
At The Village Family Support Center of Baltimore, Mr. Zaks provides counseling, consulting, lifespan planning, and family education for individuals with disabilities and their loved ones, with a particular outreach to the adult autism community. Mr. Zaks also provides specialty services including advocacy in the court system and sexuality education
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