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Erik Sundquist


About: Erik Sundquist is the founder and director of Safe Harbor Christian Counseling. He is a visionary who is always exploring and pursuing how to maximize the possibilities that exist in any given situation. Erik consistently receives feedback from clients who appreciate his ability to get to the heart of the matter and bring resolution to delicate issues. He brings insight and a sensitivity of core issues related to individual, family, and couples work alike. His greatest satisfaction comes from being with clients as they make decisions to trust God with their deepest hurts, fears, dreams, and hopes.

Erik combines a warm, engaging relational style of counseling with the ability to challenge clients regarding issues of the heart. One of Erik's hallmarks is his ability to encourage, motivate, and believe in each person that he comes in contact with. By focusing on the strengths of clients and the presence of God in their lives, Erik witnesses deep and lasting change in clients. He has an uncanny ability to know what it is that each client needs in order to reach their God-given potential.

Erik's role at Safe Harbor currently involves providing therapy for couples, individuals, and families as well as providing supervision for other therapists on staff. Additionally, he serves as a consultant for several pastors in the areas of discipleship, leadership and mental health issues.

Erik has been married to his college sweetheart, Marni, since 1989. He lives in Forest Hill, Maryland, with Marni and their two children, Tyler and Megan, whom he enjoys coaching in soccer.


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Lakeshia Gilbert

Lakeshia received her Master’s degree in School Counseling from Loyola University of Maryland. She worked with students and their families providing individual, family and group counseling and support for seven years before leaving the school system. Since that time, she has provided counseling services to individual, family and couples within the community as part of an in-home mobile program. Lakeshia has worked with a variety of children and adults with issues that have affected the emotional, social, vocational and educational areas of their lives.

Lakeshia has been married for 10 years and has two children. She loves to read and bake. A few of her favorite Bible verses are: Lamentations 3:21-23 “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.” Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord. Thoughts of peace and not of evil; to give you an expected end.”


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Steven Andrus

Steven is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor. He obtained his Master of Science degree in Marriage & Family Counseling from Mississippi College and continues his professional education by attending workshops and seminars on subjects such as trauma, parenting, couples’ therapy, grief, depression, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Steven is passionate about helping couples navigate hardships as well as advising Pastors and ministry leaders during crisis. He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and a Certified Prepare Enrich Premarital/Marriage Counselor. A licensed minister, Steven served 2 years in Africa training leaders and teaching in the National Bible school, he is currently serving as Campus Pastor of the Rising Sun Freedom Church campus as well as counseling Safe Harbor clients. He has been married to his wife Kristen for more than 23 years. They have two children and two dogs. In his free time, Steven loves cycling and hiking.


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Jennifer Maxfield - DeCarlo

Dr. Maxfield-DeCarlo earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland on 1999 and a PhD in Human Services, Counseling in 2010. Since that time she has completed training in the use of integrative therapies (Yoga and energy therapy) in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Her past clinical experience includes providing counseling to children and adults in emergency services, shock trauma, oncology, substance abuse, Infectious disease, and Hospice. Throughout her professional experiences, she has come to have a deep reverence and honor for working with clients who are facing life transitions and assisting clients in moving toward not simply surviving but rather thriving every day. Dr. Maxfield-DeCarlo is native of Maryland and is Married with four children.