NorthStar Academy
Charting a Clear Course for Teens & Their Families

Staff Bios

Albert Bander, LGPC


Albert is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor.  He received his Master’s in Counseling from Capella University and is also a licensed School Counselor in the State of Maryland.  Last year Albert completed his Practicum and Internship in the inner-city of Baltimore working in a school where he counseled students, developed psycho-educational programming for the community, and worked to better the lives of the families by helping them learn family communication skills, anger management, and positive self-image.

Albert also works with Jewish Women International (JWI) helping them engage men and boys as allies to prevent violence against women and girls.  Previously Albert worked as a high school teacher in a private girls high school in Baltimore and as an assistant to a Rabbi counseling families and individuals in a pastoral way.  

Albert believes in a “heart and mind” approach to engaging with clients.  For some people, they appreciate a more intellectual approach to dealing with their challenges.  That may include therapies such as CBT, DBT, reality therapy, or existential psychotherapy.  And for others, they appreciate a more humanistic or “heart” approach which includes person-centered, motivational interviewing, humanistic, logotherapy, or positive psychology.  Whatever your preference, Albert is passionate about helping people and families achieve their goals, deal with their challenges, and flourish in a better way.