University of Maryland School of Social Work, MSW
Washington College, MA
Washington College, BA
Licensed Certified Social Worker, Clinical
State of Maryland
Master practitioner of neurolonguistic programming
Master practitioner of Ericksonian hypnotherapy
Individual therapy for adolescents and adults
Areas of Specialization
Solution focused therapy, anxiety and depression, phobias, hypnotherapy, trauma, adjustment disorders
Pamela Cambardella, LCSW-C
Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical
Pam has 40 years experience in human service and mental health and has been licensed as a clinical social worker since 1979. She began her career with the Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services, providing services to children in the foster care system. She then moved to child protective services, and while working for the agency, she earned a master’s degree in social work, with a clinical concentration. She holds a master practitioner certificate in neurolinguistic programming and a certification in Ericksonian hypnotherapy from the American Hypnosis Training Academy, where she became an associate trainer. She developed and implemented a sexual abuse prevention program for four grade levels in the Queen Anne's County public school system. At the same time, she provided outpatient mental health services for the Queen Anne’s County health department and began a private behavioral health practice. This practice eventually evolved in to Chester River Behavioral Health.
Philosophy of Care
In my work with clients, I prefer to focus on solutions rather than problems. People come into treatment because of a situation or issue which has been problematic. They are able to explain the problem and maybe even identify its causes, but that does not necessarily move them forward. It is through the process of identifying how and what they want to change that people are able to move themselves out of their unhappiness. We usually know what we don’t want; identifying what we do want is a challenge. Once that has happened, then we find the resources needed to implement the change. This orientation keeps us focused on the present and the future. It is this focus that drives the change. Sometimes, we find that issues from the past are affecting the ability to make the desired changes. When that occurs, we will address those past issues, get resolution, and then move forward. When the presenting issue is resolved, treatment usually ends. If or when issues arise in the future, clients are welcomed back into treatment.