Are leftover traumas from your past holding you back from living fully? Do you wish you could stop trying to numb out from your negative thoughts, depression, anxiety or addiction? Through therapy, you can learn how to embrace your vulnerabilities and step into the life you want to be living. I am a compassionate and supportive clinical social worker who connects with you to create a safe space to talk about what’s happened to you. Together we’ll begin to understand the impact of trauma and shame while practicing techniques you can use to live a healthier and happier life.


With over 25 years of experience, I customize your therapy to meet your individual needs using a variety of techniques including: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and expressive modalities.

Clients have told me that they leave their first session with a renewed sense of hope. I believe people can overcome their depression and anxiety because I have seen clients do so. To make the first step, simply give me a call or send me an e-mail.


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Meet Ava Barron-Shasho

My private practice in Pikesville, Maryland, is where I provide individual, family and group therapy. I have 20 years of clinical experience helping clients reduce their anxiety and come to a greater understanding with their emotional issues such as addiction, shame and childhood trauma. I am fluent in American Sign Language and certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). To help my clients move forward, I use a variety of expressive techniques and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). In addition to my clinical practice, I teach Human Development at CCBC, as it holds a special place in my heart.

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