About Our Mental Health Clinic
American Psychiatric Care is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to those with mental illness. Our goal is to provide high standards of service to our patients. We strongly believe in the combination approach of psychiatric medication and psychotherapy.
We offer compassionate and evidence-based psychiatric care to our patients . Our Psychiatrist and Physician Assistants provide medication management services while our therapists offer a variety of programs for individual therapy.
We strongly believe in a conservative approach for addictive medication especially benzodiazepines and stimulants.
We perform neuropsychological screening testing for ADHD.
We offer vivitrol injections for opioid and alcohol dependence, genetic testing for medications, and routine drug screens.
Our therapists provide various therapy modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy for depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and OCD. Our therapists also provide trauma focused therapy, motivational therapy for substance abuse, eating disorder treatments, weight loss behavior modification therapy, holistic and spiritual therapy modalities, and faith based counseling.
Each patient has different life experiences so treatment will be individualized.
Ravikumar Bhalavat,MD D.F.A.P.A (Psychiatry)
Dr. Bhalavat is Board-Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.and completed Psychiatry Residency training from Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Shreveport. Dr. Bhalavat has been practicing psychiatry since 2012.
He is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine Howard County General Hospital and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Hospital.
Dr Bhalavat is Distinguished fellow of American Psychiatric Association.
Colleen is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant, She has more than 10 years experience working in psychiatric care including the Johns Hopkins hospital psychiatry department. Colleen is an adjunct faculty member in the Anne Arundel/ University of Maryland Physician Assistant Program.
Lisa is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant, Lisa has more than 35 years working in health care including a 30 year affiliation with Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has shown excellence in her compassionate and nurturing approach to mental health.
Grace Onuegbu, MSN CRNP
Grace is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Grace has more than 4 years of experience working in mental health care, including inpatient Psychiatric Units. She has been a hardworking and empathetic provider .
Jessica Ditto, MS, CRNP, PMHS
We are pleased to welcome Jessica Ditto, MS, CRNP, PMHS, to our practice! She will be providing services for children and adolescents up to age 21. Jessica has extensive experience in the field of developmental/behavioral pediatrics, and spent 14 years at the Kennedy Krieger Institute working with children of all ages with mental health, developmental, and behavioral difficulties. She graduated from nursing school at the University of Delaware in 1996, and then completed her master’s degree at University of Maryland, Baltimore, in 2005. Jessica is married and has 2 teenagers. She loves to travel when she gets the time!
Bernadette Wendel, LCSW-C
Bernadette specializes in trauma, PTSD, loss, anxiety, and depression, She has an advanced trauma certification from the Ferentz Institute and, continuing to build upon this specialty, she uses a treatment framework that emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety that helps clients build a sense of control, healing, and empowerment. She is also our Therapist Director.
Elizabeth takes a patient-centered approach using mindfulness techniques that include the correlation of body, mind and spirit. She has experience with individual therapy for depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, grief, bipolar, and eating disorders. She also has extensive experience working with veterans
Eileen has more than 20 years of experience working as a therapist. Her areas of focus include: stress reduction, grief and loss, adult ADD / ADHD, wellness and self-care, life transitions, self-esteem, communication issues, adjustment to chronic or life threatening illnesses, as well as anxiety and depression.
RoxAnna has 30 years of experience working with individuals, families, groups and couples struggling with substance use disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, anger management, grief and loss, adjustment to illnesses, body image difficulties, chronic pain, and relationship challenges.
MS, LCPC, NCC
Philip's background is in Pastoral Counseling and spiritual psychotherapy. He has experience in both individual and group counseling settings to help those with depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, and low self-esteem. He is also involved in outreach and activism for the LGBTQ community.
"I believe a key component in healing exists in the bridge connecting psychological and spiritual identities.
Wendy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years experience in working with children, families and adults in various settings. She strives to provide a safe and supportive environment to explore a wide range of life's difficulties, including: post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, relationship/attachment issues, self-esteem, loss & grief, and mood disorders. Wendy has specifically worked with children with school refusal, encopresis, divorce, anxiety, and depression issues. She utilizes a variety of clinical skills to help patients, such as, Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Strengths Based, Play Therapy, and Narrative skills.