Joel Lightfoot – Owner | (443) 567-6397

Northern Chesapeake Counseling, LLC is a private mental health therapy practice in Bel Air, MD. Northern Chesapeake Counseling brings a wealth of experience to the issues of mental health, addiction, and trauma.
The practice employs a full-time therapist with a Level II Trauma Certificate from the Ferentz Institute and the staff has over 15 years of personal and professional experience in the addictions field. The staff has over 7 years’ experience in child welfare.

We provide individual, family and group psychotherapies to adolescents and adults. We are developing therapeutic groups focused on life skills, coping and social skills, mindfulness, emotional regulation, anger management, relapse prevention, parenting, and reintegration after incarceration.

The owner of Northern Chesapeake Counseling, Joel Lightfoot, grew up in Texas and joined the US Army when he was eighteen years old. He was trained as a Fire Support Specialist and Supply Sergeant. He served at Fort Benning, Georgia; Korea; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and in Vicenza Italy before injuries, arthritis, depression, anxiety, and a severe drinking problem led to an untimely exit from the service.
He counts himself fortunate to have received an honorable medical discharge. He left the Army at 30 years old as a Staff Sergeant. During that year, he became sober and began developing skills which serve him well in his current endeavors.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Upon completion of his Master’s degree, he began working in the Child Welfare system as a case manager in a boys group home in Baltimore, MD. a Kinship Care Social Worker in Montgomery County, the Independent Living Coordinator for Harford County, and the Director of Treatment Foster Care for a private non-profit in Harford County.

This work solidified his understanding of the developmental impact of trauma and addiction. It helped him to focus his attention on the treatment of those issues. He even spent a year working as an addictions counselor in an inpatient treatment center before turning exclusively to private practice.

Joel is currently the owner and sole provider for Northern Chesapeake Counseling and is excited at the growth of his practice in recent months. He is also optimistic about growing the business in the months and years to come. He attributes his success to his love of family.