The Center of Integrative Healthcare was an idea ahead of its time when conceived in the early 1990’s by Columbia trained social worker Ted Cmarada, LCSW-C. Psychotherapists worked side-by-side with yoga teachers, massage therapists, and other providers of therapeutic services like chiropractors and acupuncturists. The Center of Integrative Healthcare also provided training sessions to the Frederick community in areas like meditation and alternate treatments for cancer. Today’s research journals are filled with articles that validate many of the assumptions made in the early days of the Center’s existence.
Psychologist Ethan Bliss, PhD, joined the Center in 2010 and became the Director in 2015. Currently, the Center is a collection of six psychotherapists and two massage therapists. The Center for Integrative Medicine proudly continues to provide psychotherapy that uses standard-of-care interventions like CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectic Behavioral Therapy) and also integrates mindfulness and body-centered techniques.