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The Counseling Center Group:
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The Counseling Center of

Maryland

We are the Counseling Center of Maryland®. We specialize in providing evidence-based therapy to help improve your quality of life and mental health! Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or grief; our therapists in bethesda will provide new insights that enable change at all levels.

Our Therapists in Maryland

MARJORIE KREPPEL The Counseling center of Maryland
MARJORIE KREPPEL

Couples Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

Marjorie founded the Counseling Center Group in 2015 after years of academic study, gold-standard training, and experience in private practice, hospital settings, and clinical research initiatives. She has developed an expertise in helping people regulate their emotional experiences using thoroughly researched therapeutic methods that yield noticeable and relatively quick results. Marjorie’s vision for the Counseling Center Group has come to fruition in that she’s recruited a team of therapists who are experts in their chosen therapeutic approaches. These therapists are constantly training to hone their skills and exploring the most cutting-edge advances in the mental health field. After working with hundreds of individuals, couples, and families, Marjorie has shifted her focus to supervising and training the therapists on her team, providing client support, and running a wide array of group therapy sessions. She is doubling down on her commitment to therapeutic excellence, confident that she can have a positive impact on more people by passing on her passion and skills to other therapists. Marjorie received a BS in business management (psychology concentration) from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MA in clinical mental health counseling from Marymount University.

Certifications & Training

  • National certified counselor (NCC) 
  • DBT Certified Clinician through the DBT Linehan Board of Certification
  • Completed Advanced Topics in DBT training (The Linehan Institute, Behavioral Tech, Level 4); Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training (The Linehan Institute, Behavioral Tech, Level 3); and Intensive Training in DBT PE
  • Completed Gottman couple’s therapy practicum (through Level 3); Trained as a Gottman Seven Principles Educator.
  • Receiving ongoing training from Dr. Amir Levine, a psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and co-author of Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love.
  • Certified completion in EMDR Therapy Basic Training for trauma and PTSD by The Center for Excellence in EMDR Therapy
  • Completed MDMA-Assisted Therapy Training Program by MAPS Public Benefit Corporation
  • Completed training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) 

Prior Work Experience 

  • Provided individual, couples, and family therapy at Washington Behavioral Medicine Associates, LLC (WBMA)
  • Provided crisis management, treatment planning, and psychotherapy for process groups, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) groups, individual counseling, and family counseling at  Adventist Behavioral Health Partial Hospitalization Program
  • Provided individual therapy as a counselor at Fellowship Health Resource
  • Provided consultation services to Mindoula, overseeing the start of its collaborative care initiative
  • Provided family therapy and ran DBT skills training groups, parent psychoeducation groups and multi-family process groups at Northstar Academy, an intensive outpatient facility.
  • Enjoyed a successful, 20-year career in marketing, which included establishing a Washington, DC chapter of Autism Speaks, serving as the chapter’s community liaison and event director, and supporting parents with diagnosed children.

* Served as board member for The Kids Feeling Fit Foundation (2009-2011) and board vice president for the Pria School, which provided services for children with developmental delays using positive reinforcement, applied behavior analysis (ABA), and socialization via inclusion.

Honors & Recognition

  • Member of Chi Sigma Iota, a national counseling, academic, and professional honor society.
  • Recognized in Bethesda Magazine as a Reader’s Poll Top Vote Getter for 2015 Best Family Therapist
  • Counseling Center Group recognized in Bethesda Magazine as Reader’s Pick for Best Of Bethesda in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 Reader’s Pick Top Vote Getter
  • Completing a Mindfulness certification from The University of California, Berkeley in collaboration with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.
  • Licensed clinical supervisor and provides supervision to Licensed Graduate Professional Counselors. 

Research and Clinical Initiatives

  • Selected to collaborate on a grant-based study at Georgetown University related to preventing symptoms of depression in mothers of children with ASD.  (2012)
  • Presented on autism spectrum disorders on behalf o the American Counseling Association in Germany. (2012)
  • Collaborated with a counseling research team from Marymount University to code and analyze qualitative data for a grief intervention study. (2013) 
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NICOLE FAYARD The Counseling center of Maryland
NICOLE FAYARD
LCPC/LPC, LCMHC,NCC
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NICOLE FAYARD

Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

Nicole is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and board approved supervisor with a post master’s in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Nicole is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC), voluntarily meeting national standards for the general practice of counseling. She is fully licensed to work with clients in Washington, DC, Maryland Virginia, and North Carolina.

Nicole has nearly 20 years of experience working with a variety of clients in treatment of mental illnesses in inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization program settings. She has extensive experience working with a wide range of diagnoses including mood disorder, major depression, bipolar, anxiety/panic disorders, schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), suicidal thoughts and/or recent suicide attempts, as well as skills in crisis intervention. Nicole has completed Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training (The Linehan Institute) and currently sits on a comprehensive DBT team. She also has training in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). She incorporates these methods into most of her sessions.

Prior to joining CCM, Nicole directed an adult partial-hospitalization program ensuring evidence-based treatment for her patients, as well as the patients of the multitude of therapists she supervised. She provided clinical treatment services such as clinical assessments, treatment planning, and individual/family/group counseling to patients stepping down from an inpatient stay or those in need of more intense treatment.

Nicole takes an eclectic approach to counseling, however, she follows her basic foundation of meeting the client wherever he/she is emotionally. While working with clients, Nicole weaves in various treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT,) and mindfulness to support clients as they move toward a sense of control in their lives. Nicole’s passion is helping clients incorporate their goals in therapy into their everyday living as they continue their journey toward wholeness. She believes the choice to enter into therapy exhibits bravery and self-compassion.

Nicole received her BS in Psychology from Towson University and her MS in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association. Nicole has also completed a multitude of continuing education courses to support her skills in CBT, DBT, and working with mood disorders. She currently resides in Montgomery County, MD, where she enjoys being close to family and raising her two children.

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MARY CARLOUGH The Counseling center of Maryland
MARY CARLOUGH
LCSW-C
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MARY CARLOUGH

Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Substance Abuse Therapy

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) with over 25 years of clinical experience. Mary works with clients struggling with life cycle transitions, work/life balance, relationship issues, separation/divorce, mood disorders, dual diagnosis, failure to launch, and parenting. She also addresses grief, trauma, ADHD, depression, and anxiety.

Mary’s therapeutic approach includes Psychodynamic, Family Systems, CBT, Eclectic, DBT, Short Term Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. In addition to her work with clients, Mary enjoys providing psycho-educational workshops for the community.

Mary specializes in treating addictions including Substance Use Disorders & Process Addictions (Gambling, Codependency, Computer/Internet/Gaming). As a Recovery Specialist, Mary provides expertise in referring to community resources for recovery related needs (substance abuse, gambling, internet, codependency).

Mary earned her BA in Psychology at Glassboro State College in 1986 and her Masters at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 1994 with a Concentration in Clinical/ Administration and a Specialization in Occupational/EAP. Mary’s expertise in the Employee Assistance and Addiction fields include providing consultation and clinical services (assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, individual, group and family therapy, case management, CISD, supervisory trainings, psycho-educational workshops and referral) to a variety of businesses including US Airways during 9/11, Westinghouse, Hospital for Sick Children during Y2K, North Arundel Health Systems, Baltimore County Public Schools, and several other EAP companies.

Mary has continued to expand her clinical skills working with a wide variety of clients in diverse settings at a community mental health center, inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment centers, a maximum security prison, hospitals, and, most recently, at a behavioral healthcare setting as a Substance Abuse Therapist/Family Program Specialist providing assessments, diagnosis, individual, group, and family therapy on the outpatient and inpatient child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric psychiatric units and partial hospitalization programs.

Mary is committed to providing evidenced-based therapies in a caring, collaborative environment where individuals and their families can move toward improved psychological health and relationships.

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KIM WILTSHIRE The Counseling center of Maryland
KIM WILTSHIRE
LCPC
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KIM WILTSHIRE

Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

Kim specializes in helping adolescents and adults cope with anxiety, depression, PTSD, complex trauma, stress management, grief/loss, relationship concerns, self-esteem, self-harm, LGBTQIA+  issues, and general life transitions. She uses a combination of therapy modalities to best treat the needs of the individual. 

Kim is extensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and EMDR Therapy. Kim also has additional training in mindfulness-based therapy practices. Kim previously worked as a school counselor for Montgomery County Public Schools. She completed her clinical internship at Kolmac Recovery Services working with individuals seeking treatment for addiction. Kim received her bachelor’s degree in Family Science from the University of Maryland and her master’s degree in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from McDaniel
College.

Kim strives to create a compassionate, non-judgmental space for her clients to help them feel safe and understood. Kim helps clients gain personal insight through self-awareness and works collaboratively with individuals to find effective solutions. Her goal is to empower individuals to create happier and healthier lives through the therapeutic process.

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VICTORIA MWONGELA The Counseling center of Maryland
VICTORIA MWONGELA
LCPC

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VICTORIA MWONGELA

Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

Victoria is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Maryland and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) who works with clients of all ages.

Victoria has experience working with many common counseling concerns. She has particular interest in treating shame, trauma recovery, relational struggles, spirituality, and identity struggles. Victoria has also worked extensively with victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault. As a Kenyan, who grew up in Dubai, U.A.E., Victoria has developed a unique perspective and cultural competence which has allowed her to grasp the nuances of her client’s experiences and circumstances. Prior to her work at the Counseling Center of MarylandTM, Victoria worked within the DC Public School System where she received training as a Mental Health Specialist. In addition, she provided individual counseling services at her local church.

Victoria’s perspective on counseling is one of understanding and relational empathy. Her therapeutic approach incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Client-Centered Therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), and Existential Therapy. She believes in establishing a trusting relationship with her clients, in order to make them feel safe and supported as they confront the issues they are struggling with. She views each session as an opportunity to recover insights from the past, to find comfort despite the present circumstances, and chart a hopeful path forward, into the future.

Victoria earned her MSc. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Johns Hopkins University and holds a Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary. Both of these have given her a wide range of tools to offer a comprehensive approach to client care. She completed her undergraduate work in Psychology at Middlesex University in Dubai, U.A.E. Victoria has completed training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) by the Linehan Institute Training Company and currently sits on a comprehensive DBT team. Victoria has also completed intensive training in the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Prolonged Exposure Protocol for PTSD. She currently co-leads two of our current DBT groups.

Victoria is married to her husband, Alexander, and together they enjoy good plant-based food, the outdoors, and spending time with their family and friends.

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BETH HAYTMANEK The Counseling center of Maryland
BETH HAYTMANEK
LCPC
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BETH HAYTMANEK

 Individual Therapy,Family Therapy,Group Therapy

Beth has a client-centered/humanistic approach with a focus on a strong therapeutic relationship and genuine empathy for her clients. Beth utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT); emotional awareness and tolerance; and is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and facilitates a DBT skills group. Beth works with clients to seek realistic solutions to some challenges, while balancing acceptance of other circumstances when appropriate.

Prior to working at CCG, Beth worked as a primary therapist at the Renfrew Center of Bethesda, treating women and adolescents with eating disorders. Beth completed her clinical internship at Kolmac Outpatient Recovery in Washington, DC where she treated patients with drug and alcohol addiction. Beth earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Washington University.

Beth changed careers from her previous 10 years as a Health/Nutrition Foreign Service Officer at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She served in India, Ethiopia, and the Bureau for Africa. Beth also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal and earned her Master of Health Sciences in International Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Beth holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania, her home state. Outside of work, Beth enjoys being outside walking, running, or biking; traveling; and spending time with her husband and two children.

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ALI KRAM.therapist.The Counseling center of Maryland
ALI KRAM
LMSW
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ALI KRAM

Individual Therapy

Ali enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults who are looking to manage their anxiety, stress, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, relationships, and much more. Ali was born and raised in Montgomery County and has a deep understanding of the many challenges, stressors, and pressures those in the DMV area experience.

Ali has a variety of experience working with children, including working as an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapist at Community Services For Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) where she treated children and toddlers with autism. After CSAAC, Ali went on to complete her graduate internship at Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA) where she worked with adults and children experiencing anxiety and depression. Ali utilized a person-centered approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) play therapy, and mindfulness throughout her time at JSSA.

Ali believes that the therapeutic relationship is built on trust and honesty. She aims to make her clients feel comfortable and heard through her patient and non-judgmental approach. Ali strives to create an environment for her clients in which they feel safe, supported and successful.

Ali regularly incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) when working with clients. She has completed the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training through the Linehan Institute as well as being a member of a comprehensive DBT team.

She holds an undergraduate degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in psychology, as well as a Masters in Social Work from Indiana University.

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EMILY RIZZO
LCPC/LPC

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EMILY RIZZO

Gender Identity Therapy, LGBTQ Counseling, Relationship Therapy

For the last ten years, Emily has worked with teenagers, adults, and families as a counselor/therapist. During her career, Emily has worked with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, people of color, and helped clients with depression, anxiety, self-motivation, trauma, self-harm, grief, familial relations, gender identity, sexual identity, sexual/relationship needs, communication in relationships, understanding their identity, and self-integration.

Along with individual therapy, Emily provides couples and family therapy and has experience working with families who have been through the foster care system, adoption, and with parents of teens in a wilderness/partial hospitalization/intensive out-patient program. Emily began her journey in extensively learning DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and incorporates this skill-work into her sessions. Emily has also completed training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). 

A certified yoga teacher from Skyhouse Yoga Studio in Silver Spring, Emily believes in incorporating healing movement and breath work into sessions. Emily is a proud member of Maker’s Lab DC (founded by Lee Livingston Perine) which builds and supports queer communities by creating spaces that celebrate life, art, and queer culture.

Counseling is helpful during a hard time and can be something we come back to when we need support or a tune-up. Self-care is a daily act and Emily’s belief is that counseling can help jump start our self-care routine. We all deserve to be heard, to understand our feelings, and to speak our truth.

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DANIEL MCNULTY The Counseling center of Maryland
DANIEL MCNULTY
LMSW, CBT+DBT
HE/HIM/HIS

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DANIEL MCNULTY

Individual TherapyCouples Therapy

Daniel McNulty,LMSW, is passionate about helping people alleviate their suffering and find meaning and purpose in their lives. His clinical interests include working with adults and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, depression, emotional disturbance, addictions, mood and personality disorders, relationship issues, trauma, and major life transitions. 

Daniel believes that a strong therapeutic relationship is essential to helping clients achieve positive and lasting outcomes; he strives to foster the therapeutic relationship by creating a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental environment where clients feel listened to and understood. He recognizes how difficult the path of seeking help and making change can be and aims to provide his skills, support, and compassion to clients as they navigate their journey.

Daniel utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy that draws on psychodynamic, humanistic and existential perspectives to find the methods that work best for each individual client. He also incorporates a variety of modalities into his work with clients including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. 

Daniel received his Master of Social Work from Rutgers University where he also received his Bachelor of Science in Evolutionary Anthropology. He has worked with foster youth in transition, families in crisis, and with adults from a diversity of backgrounds and cultures. He brings a variety of previous life experiences to his practice, including over ten years working for change on issues relating to education, equity, and inclusion.

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Lauren Mackie.counselor.the counseling center of maryland

LAUREN MACKIE

LMSW
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LAUREN MACKIE

Individual Therapy

Lauren is passionate about working with adolescents and adults who are navigating stressful life changes, mood disorders, anxiety/panic disorders, depression, suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and crisis intervention. Lauren enjoys working with clients individually and in groups, and she has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Through DBT, Lauren teaches skills to help her clients adapt to and stabilize dysregulated emotions. She uses a strengths-based approach, meeting the client where they are, while also allowing them the space and self-determination to create the changes they envision. She believes in a client-centered approach, acknowledging that her clients are the expert in their own lives. With this fundamental belief, she carefully and collaboratively searches for the understanding of complex internal issues, while offering the skills to overcome them.

Lauren also incorporates psychodynamic theories and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and feels her success with clients is strengthened by utilizing different skill sets and theoretical frameworks, as applicable. She believes that with a non-judgmental environment, deep empathetic listening, and honest exploration, her clients can experience profound change and make progress towards fulfilling, meaningful lives.

Lauren received her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania after completing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Emory University. She completed Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training at the University of Pennsylvania and through Behavioral Tech.

To book an appointment with Lauren Mackie, email info@ccgrouptherapy.com, or call us at 888-604-6776.

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KNEKIYA HARPER.therapist. The Counseling center of Maryland
KNEKIYA HARPER
LGPC
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KNEKIYA HARPER

Individual Therapy

Knekiya serves clients of all ages, particularly adolescents and young adults. Knekiya is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in the State of Maryland.

Knekiya has experience in trauma work, depression, and anxiety. She has worked extensively with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Knekiya’s therapeutic approach incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Client-Centered Therapy. Knekiya has also completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Knekiya believes in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance for her clients to feel seen and heard. Additionally, Knekiya emphasizes cultural competence within her therapeutic work.

Knekiya earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Rehabilitation and Human Services from The Pennsylvania State University. Knekiya also earned her Master of Science in Clinical Professional Counseling from Loyola University of Maryland.

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CLAUDIA CAMARGO The Counseling center of Maryland
CLAUDIA CAMARGO
LCSW-C, PCIT

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CLAUDIA CAMARGO

Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy

Claudia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Parent Child Interaction Therapist (PCIT). She provides individual, group and family therapy. Claudia has over five years’ experience working with adults and children facing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and relationship challenges. She specializes in working with children ages 3 to 8 years old with behavioral concerns by focusing on strengthening attachment and coaching parents on setting healthy limits.

Claudia’s therapeutic approaches include CBT, TF-CBT, Theraplay, Sand and Play Therapy. She utilizes attachment theory and believes that the therapeutic process should be client-centered. In addition to her clinical work Claudia has presented workshops on the parent-child relationship at the Expressive Therapies Summit in New York as well as the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Conference in the District of Columbia.

Claudia is fluent in Spanish. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Science and her MSW at the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a concentration on children and family. Claudia has over ten years’ experience working in community mental health and feels passionate about providing culturally competent services to a diverse population.

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MELANIE EISMAN.therapist. The Counseling center of Maryland
MELANIE EISMAN
LCSW-C

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MELANIE EISMAN

Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy

Melanie provides individual, group, and family therapy. She is extremely passionate about working with adolescents, young adults and adults dealing with life transitions, relationship and peer issues, and failure to launch. Melanie specializes in and is passionate about helping individuals navigate their anxieties, depression, dating and relationship concerns, work stress and career changes, and other monumental life transitions. Melanie also has experience working with patients to manage their OCD.

Prior to joining CCG, Melanie obtained years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She integrates traditional psychotherapy with a myriad of techniques to help clients channel their inner strength and make positive and desired changes in their lives. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Melanie also utilizes mindfulness, strengths-based, and eclectic approaches with her clients.

Melanie is warm and attentive, and she goes above and beyond in her work to meet her patients where they are. Melanie believes that rapport with a therapist is extremely important, and she strives to create a safe space where her clients feel comfortable to share and evolve. Melanie recognizes that coming to therapy is a big step for some, and she acknowledges that both everyday life and big transitions can be difficult to manage. She is here to help navigate these transitions and changes.

Melanie received her Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. During her ten years in New York City, she gained significant experience working in school settings, outpatient mental health clinical settings, and Adult and Pediatric inpatient hospitals.

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PAULIANN LONG The Counseling Center of Maryland
PAULIANN LONG
LCSW-C

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PAULIANN LONG

Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

Pauliann is a heart-centered, integrative clinical practitioner dedicated to helping people navigate major life transitions and crises; cultivate more ease, joy, and balance in their everyday lives; develop an ever-deeper connection to their most authentic selves; and enrich their intimate and social relationships.

Pauliann brings a compassion-driven, client-centered, and MindBodySpirit perspective to consultation and treatment; and provides a safe, comfortable space in which to connect, heal, and grow. She combines traditional psychodynamic, systems-oriented, and behavioral approaches with non-traditional, holistic, movement and action-oriented approaches in her work.

Pauliann understands that mental health issues are rarely the result of one event and that emotional, psychological, and social well-being are all dimensions of mental health that are subject to change under stress. Usually, issues develop over time as the result of linked causes. For example a difficult job, a challenging relationship, or a significant trauma can cause shifts in thinking, feeling, and mood that, in turn, color our perceptions, tax our energy levels, impact our ability to function productively, and challenge our ability connect with others. Pauliann’s multi-dimensional and holistic approach to therapy explores a variety of different modalities and therapeutic practices to generate a completely personalized experience, and aims to provide her clients with a practical “toolkit” of strategies to alleviate symptoms and suffering; and to promote healing, growth, and well-being.

Areas of Pauliann’s expertise include:

  • Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, including depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders, and medication management; learning disorders and special needs
  • Long-term effects of trauma, including childhood neglect, physical and sexual abuse, and PTSD
  • Healing troubled relationships, including with one’s inner self, between couples, children/adolescents and families, peers, students and their educational environments, as well as workplace/professional conflicts
  • Relationship and couples counseling, including pre-marital concerns
  • Family systems issues, including divorce, re-marriage, blended families and parenting concerns, as well as, special needs children
  • Issues with the “Sandwich Generation” – those struggling both to raise children and to care for aging parents
  • Navigating crisis and major life transitions, including (but not limited to): role-changes and aging, separation & divorce, relocation, career changes & job loss, physical crisis, existential and/or spiritual crisis
  • Loss and grief
  • Substance dependence and abuse, and other compulsive behaviors
  • Coping with somatic issues and critical physical conditions such as chronic pain, cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s and other medical conditions
  • Gender identity

As a licensed clinical social worker in the Greater Washington Metro area, Pauliann has nearly 20 years of experience guiding clients through tough transitions, times of crisis, and generally “stuck” places. She is certified and/or highly trained in numerous therapeutic approaches, including: attachment theory; dialectical behavioral theory (DBT); cognitive behavioral theory (CBT); accelerated resolution therapy (ART); conflict resolution; psychodrama; mind-body medicine; yoga therapy; mindfulness and meditation instruction; various models of couples therapy (including Imago, PAIRS [Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills], the Gottman Method, and others); as well as, coaching in communication skills, body and energy awareness, movement, and breathing. In addition to providing services for individuals, Pauliann is an experienced group therapy and workshop facilitator, and retreat leader.

Pauliann graduated from Harvard University and received her Masters of Social Work (MSW) in Clinical Social Work from Howard University. She also has her 200hr and 500hr Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapy, and Reiki Master Certifications from the Institute of Integrative Health at the University of Maryland.

Pauliann lives in Gaithersburg, MD, where she also has her own practice, and enjoys working from her home office and studio. She is the proud mother of two “launched” young adult children. She is a lifelong learner, avid reader, and student of yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She also loves to travel and is currently interested in doing more group work with her clients.

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Jenn Ross the counseling center of Maryland
JENN ROSS
LMSW
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JENN ROSS

Individual Therapy, LGBTQ Counseling

Jenn is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker that teens, millennials, and members of the LGBTQ community trust to help them work through anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, and manage life and relational stressors. She earned her graduate degree in Social Work from Catholic University of America.

She believes the tools essential for healing lie deep within us and that sometimes we need to partner with a change agent who can help us access what’s already there and skillfully build upon it. Transformation begins at the core of not only who we are but the vision of who we’d like to become. This philosophy, along with her passion for inclusivity and cultural competency, is the foundation for her approach to insight building, healing, and change.

Featuring after work and school hours, a warm, non-judgmental virtual space, Jenn’s therapeutic approach incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Psychodynamic Theory (Attachment Theory).

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Brooke Shafer.therapist.the counseling center Group
BROOKE SHAFER
LCPC

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BROOKE SHAFER

Individual Therapy

Brooke Shafer joins the Counseling Center Group bringing with her experience working in Washington, DC and Boston, MA. She has spent time in her career working in Elementary and Middle Schools and in mental health crisis situations, specializing in working with children, families, and young adults. Her clients have come from diverse backgrounds and have presented with difficulties managing anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, suicidal ideation, gender identity, sexual identity, and social difficulties. She also has experience working with children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum or who have been diagnosed with other developmental and educational disabilities. 

Brooke’s primary counseling philosophy is the understanding that meeting the client where they are at is the best way to heal or progress. What works for one client one day may not be helpful for the next client, or even the next day for the same person. Allowing clients the space to both experience their feelings and problem solve in a given situation ensures that their personal therapeutic goals are within reach. 

Brooke offers each client unconditional positive regard and acceptance. Therapy will be individualized to each person, couple, or family to move towards their specific therapeutic goals, including the option to utilize teletherapy or in-person therapy. Clients can expect to be treated with respect and dignity throughout the therapeutic process. 

Brooke has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University and holds clinical licenses in both DC and Maryland. She is a DMV native and lives with her partner and one cat.

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Jeanily Cruz.therapist.the counseling center of Maryland
JEANILY CRUZ
LMSW

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JEANILY CRUZ

Individual Therapy

Jeanily is a trauma-informed therapist who is deeply passionate about working with communities of color, those in the LGBTQ community and other marginalized individuals. She regularly helps clients who are struggling with anxiety, relational issues, self esteem,  boundaries, or mental health stigmas in various cultures. If you find yourself stuck, shrinking, or sometimes unable to use your voice- she is here to help gently guide you back to your authentic self by creating a safe space to process and make meaning of your experiences. Healing is a birth right. No matter what you’ve experienced and gone through-you deserve joy!

Jeanily takes a strengths-based approach to empower her clients to use the skills they already hold to heal and support their overall mental wellness. Jeanily uses a trauma-informed lens along with modalities such as CBT, DBT and mindfulness to help clients explore the root of their experiences, shift negative thinking and empower them to embrace a fuller life.

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TAYLOR RAPUANO
LGPC

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TAYLOR RAPUANO

Individual Therapy

Taylor is a licensed graduate professional counselor (LGPC) in the state of Maryland who provides in-person and telehealth services to individuals and families. Taylor is passionate about providing clients evidence-based care with particular interests in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), emotionally focused therapy (EFT), and mindfulness practices.

She specializes in eating disorders, disordered relationships with food and movement, body image, substance use, relationship issues, and other co-occurring disorders—including depression, anxiety, and trauma/PTSD. She is equally passionate about cultural competence in psychotherapy—especially for members of marginalized communities—as well as LGBTQIA+ issues. She uses a Non-Diet, Health at Every Size (HAES) approach to recovery from eating disorders and disordered eating.

Taylor comes to the Counseling Center of Maryland (CCM) with clinical experience across diverse client populations and treatment settings; most recently as a primary therapist at The Renfrew Center treating women and adolescents with eating disorders in partial-hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care. She also has extensive experience working with adult and adolescent substance use patients with a wide range of co-occurring diagnoses, and at all levels of care.

Taylor works from a humanistic, feminist perspective, and recognizes the importance of examining social, political, and intergenerational contexts and how these factors impact individuals in the present moment. She views her clients as the experts on their own experience and therapy as a space to guide individuals towards a deeper connection to their own innate strength, power, and wisdom.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from North Park University in Chicago, and her Masters degree in Addiction Counseling (Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders) from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies.

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DANIEL PUCHALA
LCPC
HE/HIM/HIS

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DANIEL PUCHALA

Couples Therapy, Individual Therapy,Parent Coaching

Daniel is an eclectic counselor, who uses an integrative counseling approach that blends a number of theories and techniques. At the core of his practice, is the principle that each client is unique, and deserves a highly customized treatment plan.

Other significant areas of his expertise are in stress management, relationship management, neuroscience, mindfulness-based approaches, psychopharmacology, developmental psychology, spirituality, and health psychology.

Daniel focuses on providing instruction for specific techniques that empower the client. Once an individual is empowered with some techniques to reduce their overall stress level, and to gain insight into the nature of their challenges, they often experience a reduction in overall suffering. In essence, technique and skill set development, preventative self-care, targeted lifestyle modification, and psycho-educational themes are all essential to his work with clients.

Daniel places emphasis on the client-therapist alliance. He believes that it is imperative to collaborate with the client to establish goals for the work to be done together, and for the client to see the Counselor as a part of a team effort to achieve results, because a counseling relationship requires openness to change and the cultivation of new perspectives in a safe, but exploratory way.

Daniel is committed to practicing unconditional positive regard for every client he works with, ultimately leading them towards a growth mindset. However, he meet clients where they are, and recognizes that each person is moving towards their goals at their own pace and in their own creative way. He seeks to help clients to accomplish their goals effectively, to be genuine, to manifest their true potential, and to find adaptive ways to thrive. He works with young children ages 4+, as well as offers career counseling.

Daniel has experience working with adults of all ages and with children, adolescents, and teens.

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Leah Sugarman The Counseling center of Maryland
Leah Sugarman
PRACTICE DIRECTOR

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Leah Sugarman

Leah Sugarman has worked with The Counseling Center of MarylandTM as Office Director since June 2019. Her responsibilities include assisting clients in scheduling appointments, coordinating client billing, maintaining office efficiency, and overseeing the day-to-day activities of the company. She works closely with CCM’s founder, Marjorie Kreppel.

Prior to CCM, Leah worked in a similar role for a therapy practice in DC. Leah studied psychology at The University of Maryland, College Park. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her children, ages 3 and 1.

Leah believes deeply in the healing power of individual and group therapy and is passionate about supporting clients in their journey to self-discovery and positive change. If you have any questions about the nature of therapy or which therapist would be the best fit for you, please contact her with your questions.

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CAROLINE GORMAN
PRACTICE MANAGER

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CAROLINE GORMAN

Caroline works with the clinicians at the Counseling Center of Maryland to ensure that administrative needs are met with care and efficiency. Caroline graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychological/Brain Sciences and Criminal Justice. Prior to working with CCM, she worked to provide services, such as safety planning and legal resources, to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Maryland.
 
Caroline is well-prepared to help you find the clinician and services that are the best fit for you. She hopes that, with the help of the CCM team, you can make strides in achieving your personal goals.
 
Caroline would love to connect with you to go over the services that we offer here at CCM or to ensure that your experience obtaining care is as simple as possible. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to her for assistance.
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KEELIE HOTCHKISS
PROJECT COORDINATOR, SHE/HER/HERS
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KEELIE HOTCHKISS

Keelie Hotchkiss is a project coordinator at CCM. Keelie received her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in Forensic Science and Psychology. Currently, she is obtaining her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Upstate Medical University. Prior to working at CCM, Keelie worked as a Registered Behavior Technician.

Keelie is passionate about helping others and hopes your journey with CCM will enable you to start developing healthier life habits, learning new skills and coping strategies seamlessly.

Keelie encourages any and all questions, please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like more detail on the programs the Counseling Center of Maryland offers. If you ever need to reach her for anything, she can also be reached at keelie@ccmtherapy.com.

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EMILY CERWONKA
INTAKE COORDINATOR, SHE/HER/HERS

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EMILY CERWONKA

Emily is passionate about collaborating with you and CCM’s clinicians in order for you or a loved one to cultivate positive life changes. Emily is a Maryland native and graduated from The Catholic University of America with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theatre. Prior to working with CCM, she has worked in the Access and Inclusion department at Imagination Stage and more recently as the Administrative Services
Coordinator at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in their School Programs department. In her spare time, she loves to read, experience live theatre performances, and practice yoga.

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Kristina Ward
Intern | Individual Therapy | Parent Coaching

Kristina Ward has completed her DBT certification from the Linehan Institute, is part of a comprehensive DBT team and will earn her MSW from Columbia University in May ’23.  She cares deeply about supporting adolescents from diverse cultural, religious, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds who present with a range of disorders and concerns including emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, trauma, suicidality, self-harm, substance abuse, borderline personality disorder, grief, relationship and peer struggles, ADHD, cognitive diversity, gender and identity issues, and marital/family adjustments.

Working in group and individual settings, Kristina is committed to helping young people become more skillful in realizing their potential and claiming a vibrant life worth living. She partners with their family members to that end, offering parent and adolescent skills training to support this validating journey. Kristina understands that clients are experts in their own lives and that through a candid, compassionate client-therapist relationship, adolescents can create more control and positive experiences in their lives.

Kristina is one of 13 students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Social Work selected to train intensively at the school’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Lab and at the Linehan Institute which nationally certifies Comprehensive DBT therapists. She also studies cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, trauma therapy and positive psychology.

Kristina studied Philosophy and Humanities at UCLA and is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association of Social Workers, (NASW), and the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (ABCT). Kristina volunteers at the Crisis Text Line and at the National Suicide Hotline (988) where she’s been able to engage with hundreds of teens in crisis, holding space with them as they recognize their own agency, even in extremely invalidating settings. For the past ten years she has counseled adolescents and their families through the Relief Society, the nation’s oldest and largest women’s organization, and is on the Board of Directors of Parents in Action, a 42-year-old non-profit engaging parents of school-aged NYC children in meaningful group facilitations and conversations, with particular focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Kristina lives with her teenaged sons in a NYC suburb, serves on the DEI committees of their two high schools, and is passionately committed to anti-racism and combatting oppression of marginalized communities.

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Maryam Hasan
Intern | Individual Therapy

Maryam is a clinical social work intern currently in her final year of her master’s degree at Columbia University’s School of Social Work on the advanced clinical track. She is also part of the DBT Intensive Training program at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Maryam believes in fostering an empathetic and non-judgmental space where clients can effectively build the skills needed to live a fulfilling life. 

Maryam is passionate about working with clients living with borderline personality disorder, depression, intimate partner violence, stress, and all types of relationship issues. She is also passionate about using a strengths-based approach that highlights the clients’ identities and experiences when incorporating new skills into treatment. Maryam has completed the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Foundational Training through Behavioral Tech and is eager to use DBT with her clients. 

Maryam’s goal is to help clients learn and utilize the essential skills and tools they need in order to successfully accomplish their goals and live a happy and fulfilling life along with using the best evidence-based treatment strategy curated to each client’s individual needs.

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