Epoch Counseling Center has over 40 employees, including both clinical and administrative staff. Each Epoch location is supervised by a licensed clinician (LCPC, LCADC, LCSW-C) or a certified counselor approved as a supervisor by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. Our counseling staff includes licensed and certified substance abuse and mental health professionals as well as approved trainees and interns. The specific credentials, education, and training for the counselors working in a particular location are posted in the office’s waiting room. Clients may at any time request verification of their counselors’ credentials. It is important to note that counselors and social workers do not have the ability to prescribe medications. If there is a need for medications to assist in treatment or meet a somatic need, a referral would be made to an appropriate physician.
Susan A. Tangires, LCPC, LCADC, M.S.
Ms. Tangires has been affiliated with FRI and Epoch Counseling Center since 1998, when she was a graduate student intern at the Catonsville office. Ms. Tangires served Epoch as a coordinator since 2001, first at the Southeast location in Dundalk and then for five years in Catonsville. In the role of Coordinator, Ms. Tangires provided clinical training to numerous student interns, many of whom have gone on to work as members of the Epoch clinical staff. She has also worked in a group private practice in Glen Burnie since 2004. Ms. Tangires has served as the Director of Epoch Counseling Center since 2006. Under her leadership, Epoch has experienced significant growth in the number of clients served annually, and in its overall operating budget. Ms. Tangires was also instrumental in adding new services including mental health counseling and medication management, buprenorphine maintenance, anger management, and intensive outpatient treatment for adults.
Ms. Tangires' clinical experience includes not only substance abuse treatment, but treatment for a variety of other issues such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, domestic violence, career changes, and relationship problems. She is dually licensed in Maryland, as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). Ms. Tangires continues to work clinically with both adult and adolescent clients in addition to her responsibilities as Director. She was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists in 2009.
Ms. Tangires earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to entering the field of counseling, Ms. Tangires worked for 11 years as a bank examiner with the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Thrift Supervision. This experience provided a strong foundation in accounting, finance, management development, problem solving, and team building which have proven useful in the position of Director.
Lindsey Hardin, CAC-AD, MA
Quality Assurance Coordinator
Lindsey Hardin, MA, is a certified addictions counselor (CAC-AD) and is working to become a licensed professional counselor (LCPC). She has been with Epoch Counseling Center since 2007, when she started as a graduate intern at the Catonsville office. Ms. Hardin has held various positions at Epoch, including Administrative Assistant, Counselor, and Program Development Coordinator. She currently serves as Quality Assurance Coordinator and oversees the needs of various clinical and administrative procedures, supervises upper administrative staff, and maintains a small individual client caseload.
Ms. Hardin earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Towson University. Ms. Hardin’s clinical experience and interests include treatment of substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and women’s issues with focus on overall health and wellness. In addition to clinical work, Ms. Hardin is passionate about staff development and wellbeing and program enhancement.
Manette Mapa, LCPC, CSC-AD, M.S.
Manette Mapa is a licensed professional counselor (LCPC), certified addictions counselor (CSC-AD), and board-approved alcohol & drug supervisor. She has been with FRI & Epoch Counseling Center since 2000, when she started out as a graduate intern at the Catonsville office. She then joined FRI’s Social Research Center as a clinical interviewer for studies utilizing Motivational Enhancement strategies for adolescent outpatient substance abuse clients and adult drug court probationers. Ms. Mapa returned to Epoch Counseling Center in Catonsville as a part time counselor in 2003 and became Clinical Coordinator for the Lansdowne office in 2005. Ms. Mapa now serves as Clinical Coordinator of Epoch’s Catonsville office. She currently provides clinical supervision to counseling staff and interns while also maintaining an active caseload of group and individual clients.
Clinical interests include treatment of substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, relationship problems and women’s issues. Research interests include the integration of psychology and spirituality with a focus on positive psychology. Ms. Mapa obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. She completed her M.S. in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola College in Maryland.
George Knipp, LCPC, LCADC, M.S.
Essex and Dundalk
George Knipp, M.S., LCPC, LCADC, joined Epoch Counseling Center in June 2006 as a full-time counselor at Epoch's Lansdowne Office, providing individual and group therapy to adult and adolescent clients. While at Lansdowne, Mr. Knipp developed Epoch's first Co-Occurring Disorders Group for dually diagnosed clients, a program that Epoch has expanded to its other offices. Mr. Knipp now serves as Clinical Coordinator of Epoch’s Essex Office, where he oversees both outpatient and intensive outpatient services for adolescents and adults, as well as a Drug Court Program. He has formerly served as both a counselor and clinical coordinator of Epoch’s Catonsville Office. Mr. Knipp is a member of the Friends Research Institute Human Resources Committee, and a member of the Baltimore County Bureau of Behavioral Health Sub-Committee for Co-Occurring Disorders.
Mr. Knipp earned his B.A. in Writing and his M.S. in Pastoral Counseling, both from Loyola University Maryland. He has also completed graduate work at American University and Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Epoch, Mr. Knipp completed focused counseling internships in substance abuse at Epoch, and in health psychology/chronic pain management at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore.
Before starting his career in counseling, Mr. Knipp was a Sr. Director, Human Resources, for the Generation Division of Constellation Energy in Baltimore.