Free Therapy in Maryland

may be available if you are sad, grieving, stressed or want to make a change in your life.  The Pro Bono Counseling Project assists families, couples and individuals.

Call us at 410.825.1001 or 877.323.5800 for a confidential phone interview.


Support Our Work

The Pro Bono Counseling Project relies on your generous contributions to allow us to continue our services to clients in need.  Please support our work by donating to our annual giving campaign.



As we celebrate 25 years of service, we thank you for your support of the Pro Bono Counseling Project and mental health care access in Maryland.  To express our gratitude, we honor your generosity with a video tribute sharing the impact of the Pro Bono Counseling Project and your compassion on the lives of those in need in Maryland.

A very special thank you to photographer Joe Rubino for donating his professional services to create this video.

The Pro Bono Counseling Project Names New Executive Director

Amy Greensfelder, MSW, has been named the new Executive Director of the Pro Bono Counseling Project.  She succeeds founding Executive Director Barbara Anderson, who retired after 26 years of service to the organization.

Amy recently completed her MSW at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.  She was a returning student after working extensively in refugee and immigration services for a number of organizations in Maryland and North Carolina.  Amy created and managed a national model of refugee mental health services for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and assisted other states with creating similar programs.

“Although we were saddened when we learned of Barbara’s decision to retire, she participated in the selection of her successor and we anticipate the transition will be seamless,” states Pro Bono Counseling Project Board President Ardena N. Githara.  “Our priority remains to provide quality healthcare to those Marylanders in need.”

“I believe in and I am committed to upholding the mission, vision and values of the Pro Bono Counseling Project,” states Amy Greensfelder.  “I look forward to working with our clients, clinicians and organization partners.” 

Upcoming Workshops 

PBCP is pleased to announce the following workshops:


Friday, October 13, 2017

Pro Bono Counseling Project CHAI Workshop

"Working with Resistance in South Asian Families"

  • 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • New Hope Lutheran Church


By the end of this workshop, clinicians will be able to:

  1. Describe barriers and facilitators to treatment of South Asians.
  2. Recognize the importance of working with families to facilitate treatment goals with South Asians.
  3. Give examples of the impact of stigma on treatment of mental health issues in South Asians.

Workshop Details:

  • Friday, October 13, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 3 CE's
  • Breakfast provided
  • New Hope Lutheran Church, Columbia, MD


FREE for participating clinicians                        Registration Rate:  $45


Sunil Khushalani, M.D.

Dr. Khushalani completed his medical school in India in 1991 from G.S. Medical College, Mumbai University. He completed his residency at the Department of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital in 1997 and came to Sheppard Pratt Health System in 2000. He is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also certified, by examination by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. 

Currently, he serves as the Medical Director of the Adult Service Line at Sheppard Pratt. Dr. Khushalani also serves a physician advisor for the Stanley Research Group at Sheppard Pratt. He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has helped develop and teaches a course on ‘Lean Problem Solving’ at Sheppard Pratt. He has been voted as a Top Doctor in Addiction Psychiatry by Castle Connolly and Baltimore Magazine

Dr. Khushalani is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is currently the chair of the Education Committee of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine. He is also a member of the Patient Safety Workgroup of the APA Council on Quality Care.

Swaran Dhawan, LCSW-C

Swaran Dhawan, LCSW-C, has extensive experience as a clinical social worker and an organizer of social and community change.  She has worked with many populations, and is dedicated and committed to the South Asian community, mental health and issues concerning women and children.

Mrs. Dhawan began her career in Social Work in India, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Baroda.  She received a second Master’s Degree in Social Work from Smith College in Northampton, MA, and remained in the United States.  She worked at Family and Children’s Services of Baltimore for 25 years in various capacities which included being a caseworker, Assistant Director of Professional Service, Director of Practice and Training, and leaving as the Assistant Executive Director for Children and Aging services.  Simultaneously, she served par time as a social work consultant at two hospitals for the mentally ill, Spring Grove Hospital and Taylor Manor Hospital.  After leaving Family and Children’s Services of Baltimore, she accepted a full time position at the Taylor Manor Hospital as Director of Admissions and Social Work.  When she retired from the Taylor Manor Hospital, she was the Director of Social Work and Training.

Mrs. Dhawan has volunteered and served on numerous boards of nonprofit organizations including the Pro Bono Counseling Project, the Baltimore Commission for Women, the local chapter of the National Association for the Mentally Ill, the Maryland Chapter of Social Workers and CHAI Inc.


Research Study

"Improvements in Well-Being When the Underserved are Provided Mental Health Services"

The Pro Bono Counseling Project 4-year study that was designed and analyzed by graduate students of the Bloomberg School of Public Health of the Johns Hopkins University was sent to 21 legislators of the Maryland General Assembly.  Our data demonstrated that clients who met with their therapist were 10.4% more likely to be satisfied with their job and, on a Likert Scale, had 36.4% higher level of well-being.  The data shows that therapy can help Marylanders to work and feel better!  The Mental Health Association will use this study to assist in its advocacy work during this legislative session.  If you would like a copy of the study, please send your e-mail address.


Shop & Give to the PBCP


AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Pro Bono Counseling Project every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Pro Bono Counseling Project.

How Does It Work?

  • Use your regular account with the same login information, or set up a new account if you don't yet have one.
  • Designate “Pro Bono Counseling Project” as the charitable organization that you’d like to support.  You need to do this one time only!
  • Every time you shop at Amazon, just logon through and you’ll be supporting PBCP!  Amazon donates a percentage of your purchase price.
  • For more information about Amazon Smile, see details on Amazon's website.





In need of Clinicians!  Refer a friend!

We offer benefits exclusively for clinicians who are participating in the PBCP.  And now, more than ever, we need you to invite a colleague so that we may more equitably refer families, couples and individuals throughout Maryland. 

Requests for therapy have dramatically increased—we currently have 650 active cases.  PBCP needs your help in recruiting additional therapists to join our mission in your county.

Additionally, PBCP is always looking for bi-lingual therapists to serve the growing Latino community. 

Please assist us in referring your colleagues to PBCP & ask them to fill out the easy Enrollment Form or contact Ana Carrera at 877-323-5800 or

PS  Benefits include free CEs at inspiring workshops, networking within & outside your clinical group, free resources guide, documentation of your pro bono hours, + + +


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