Program Philosophy

Holistic Health Counseling & Coaching will lead the emerging and energized community by implementing innovative interventions and services. Using a Holistic model; we seek to provide meaningful opportunities for interactions between the communities we serve and our team. Our collaborative approach includes supporting clients on the path to wellness.

Our treatment philosophy includes:

  • Offering clear choices to the clients we serve.
  • Providing multiple pathways to wellness.
  • Providing comprehensive and individualized services.
  • Challenging and changing the norms and expectations of services typically provided by psycho-social programs.
  • Supporting the growth and transformation of our clients and their communities of choice.
  • Providing client-driven recovery-oriented services that are based on a co-occurring model
  • Providing life skills trainings to the clients services.


The quality or state of being healthy in body, mind and spirit; especially as the result of deliberate effort. An approach to healthcare that emphasizes a proactive approach to preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.

Wellness Pathways

  • Hope
  • Choice
  • Empowerment
  • Recovery Culture
  • Meaning and purpose

Recovery pathways

  • Recovery flourishes in supportive communities
  • Recovery is enhanced by person-environment fit
  • Recovery is voluntary
  • Recovery outcomes vary across heterogeneous population
  • Recovery is a longitudinal, a developmental process on a continuum
  • Recovery is non-linear.
  • Family involvement in recovery is helpful
  • Spirituality may be a critical component of recovery

Pillars of Holistic Health

Mental Wellness

  • Ability to Self -Regulate
  • Being resilient and having success despite adverse experiences
  • Healing
  • Individual Growth

Social Wellness

  • Strong and Healthy Relationships
  • Contributing to Society
  • Effective Communication
  • Positive Recreational Engagement

Physical Wellness

  • Exercise Regimen
  • Proper Nutrition
  • Sleep/Hygiene
  • Routine Medical Care

Spiritual Wellness

  • Having a set of values, principles, morals and beliefs that provide a sense of purpose and meaning of life.
  • Emote Positive Energy
  • Strong Spiritual Bonds

Independent Living Wellness

  • Self Sufficiency
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Responsibility and Accountability
  • Having opportunities to make decisions that’s affect one’s

To Our Communities & Clients

Our goal is to provide programs that enhance the strengths of each person, family, and community with whom we work. We strive to have each community see our program as an asset. Each program must be viewed as a community partner actively interested in seeking positive solutions. We recognize that we must constantly listen to and respond to the needs of our communities.

Values: To actively pursue our mission, we infuse our values throughout our programs.

Our values are:

  • Developing individualized services that are based on the needs and desires of persons receiving services
  • To treat individuals receiving services, employees and all other stakeholders with kindness and respect
  • To assist individuals actively and successfully in developing functional related skills and in securing meaningful integrated employment
  • To develop and maintain enduring relationships/partnerships with employers
  • To achieve and maintain the continuous satisfaction of individuals receiving services, employers, and stakeholders
  • To recruit, train, and retain a highly skilled, dedicated, and compassionate team
  • To provide a positive, challenging, and dynamic work environment that is committed to maximizing the potential of employees and supporting them in their career development
  • To provide leadership, resources, and training for stakeholders, community organizations, and individuals.

Our Team

Mark Jews

Community/ Human Service career began as a peer counselor at Baltimore City College. Thereafter went on to major in Elementary Education at Morgan State University. While at MSU, Mr. Jews volunteered with the community service office, creator and overseer of several after school and summer camp programs throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Going on to service Baltimore through a unique blend of social service and sport, Mr. Jews coached high school and youth football and baseball for many years. To further hone his skill set, Mr. Jews went on to the prestigious Lincoln University Masters of Human Service Program. Mr. Jews has been with Bert’s Place Preparatory for Independent Living Program since its inception (16+ years), the last 10 years as the Program Manager and continues to be a stalwart at the agency. Mr. Jews is also a partner in the group practice (Holistic Health-Counseling and Coaching. Mr. Jews was also appointed by Maryland’s Governor Hogan to the Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner board and ascended to vice chair of the board, serving for 4 years. Currently a part of Healing City Baltimore steering committee ( ) as well. But most importantly a father, a husband, and an active community member.

Melvin Jews

My passion for mental health started out of curiosity about the brain and why people engage in maladaptive behaviors versus healthy ones. I quickly realized that environment and lack of positive influence greatly influences available coping mechanisms. I began volunteering in 2005 and have been working in the mental health field since. After obtaining my masters, I began to focus my therapy on strength based approaches and holistic health. I wanted to be able to reach underserved populations and have a meaningful impact on them individually and their communities.

Raven Spady

Raven is a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker that believes in using a clinical approach tailored to the unique and individual needs of children and families. Raven has over 15 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings and has received training in Trauma, Clinical Social Work, Grief and Loss and is a Board Certified Supervisor.  Raven holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Coppin State University and Master’s of Social Work with a concentration in Children and Families from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. As a long term resident of BALTIMORE MD.; Raven has a desire to support the residents of her community with increasing their overall functioning and wellness.

Get in Touch

(443) 776-0788


Open Hours

Mon – Fri — 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday — 9:00am – 3:30pm
Sunday — Closed