Our Mental Health and Wellness Approach
At Chesapeake Behavioral Health our providers not only diagnose and treat based on our expertise but use a collaborative team approach of medication and therapy. We recognize the importance, synergy that occurs when both therapy and medication are used together in treatment. While we cannot change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life.
Diagnostic evaluations assess difficulties in the behavioral, emotional, and social realms of life – childhood through adulthood.
People often think of medication as the last option, to be used when other interventions have failed. Some psychiatric symptoms and disorders improve quickly with the proper medication at the right dose, which then allows a patient to either go back to their lives or access other therapeutic interventions more effectively. We know the medications, we let you know what we know, we monitor medications, and when appropriate, discontinue them. Our prescriber's expertise and/or training is unparalleled.
In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Our providers will work with you to determine what is best for you. It is our belief therapeutically that both therapy and medications are most effective when practiced together which has been proven through research by the
National Institutes of Mental Health.
Chesapeake Behavioral Health Team
Who We Are
Elsa I. Correa, MD
Board Certified Psychiatrist,
Dr. Elsa Correa, MD is a Psychiatry Specialist in Reisterstown, MD, and has over 49 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Correa is a Board - Certified Psychiatrist in the State of Maryland since 1982.
Languages: Spanish and English
Dr. DeLeonardo, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Board Certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner,
Dr. DeLeonardo is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Jennifer Elkins, LCSW-C
Licensed Clinical Social Worker,
Jennifer Elkins, LCSW-C earned her Master's (MSW) from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2009 with a concentration in Mental Health. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Insight Oriented Psychotherapy, and Crisis Intervention.
Area of Interest: Anxiety Disorders & Mood Disorders in Children and Adults
Lucy Cashdollar, RN
Psychiatric Nurse, Practice Manager
In 1992, Ms. Cashdollar earned her nursing degree from CCBC. In 2005, she became Practice Manager at Chesapeake Behavioral Health Center. She works with the interdisciplinary team to provide quality care to on-site and off-site patients.