Professional Team Members
Andrea Z. Lopes, LCSW-C
Individual, Family, Couples, and Group Therapy & specializes in:
- Anxiety Disorders (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder), Depression, Grief/Loss Issues, and ADHD
- Marital/Couples Counseling & Family Therapy
- Holistic approach including psychotherapy, guided imagery, relaxation techniques, and cognitive/behavioral therapy.
- Facilitates adult therapy groups with focus on relationship issues.
Andrea Lopes, LCSW-C is a licensed certified social worker with over 15 years of clinical experience treating children, adolescents and adults. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland.
Kim Wells, LCSW-C
Individual, Family, Couples, and Group Therapy & specializes in:
- Anxiety, OCD, Depression, ADHD, Childhood and Behavioral Disorders.
- Play Therapy
- Parenting Consulting
- Marital/Couples Counseling
- MEDIATION (Child Access and Property Distribution)
- Separation & Divorce, visitation plans, and co-parenting strategies
Kim Wells, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 15 years of experience treating children, adolescents and adults. She has worked in the public and private sector providing therapy to many populations. Ms. Wells is a professional member of the Play Therapy Association and has a certification in Psychoanalytic Therapy from the Psychoanalytic Institute in Beverly Hills, California. http://www.p
Alessandra Slavin, LCSW-C
Individual, Family, Couples, and Group Therapy and specializes in:
- Therapy for children
- Mental health treatment for adolescents & adults
- Parenting Consultation
- Family Therapy
Alessandra Slavin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her 10 years of experience in psychotherapy include working at Child Protective Services; serving as Program Manager for First Home Care, a foster care agency; conducting crisis intervention at Montgomery General Hospital; and working for several other mental health programs. Alessandra earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland in Baltimore and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Bernard M. Raiche, Ed.D., LCSW-C
Individual, Family, and Couples Therapy who specializes in:
Dr. Raiche is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His experience with children and adolescents has included work as an elementary school teacher and counselor, program director for a child and adolescent unit in a psychiatric hospital, and executive director of an agency for pre-school children with disabilities. Dr. Raiche has also completed specialized training in marriage and family therapy. Dr. Raiche is currently the director of a mental health agency in Montgomery County. http://www.raiche-law.com/
Melanie Sholtis, Psy.D.
Psychological Testing for children, adolescents, & adults
- Psychological assessments including learning disabilities, ADHD, cognitive & personality evaluations
- Educational testing
- Neuropsychological Testing
Dr. Sholtis earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Argorsy University and is a licensed Psychologist. . She has experience working in a variety of outpatient, inpatient and forensic settings. Dr. Sholtis also has experience providing psychotherapy to adolescents and adults, both individually and in group settings.
Rhonda Love-West, LCSW-C
Adolescent and Adult Individual, Family, Couples, and Group Therapy & specializing in:
- Anxiety Disorders (Social, Panic and Generalized Anxiety, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders).
- Depression, Grief/Loss Issues, and ADHD
- Communication, stress management and coping skills
- Emphasis on mind/body connection through education, psychotherapy, relaxation techniques and eclectic cognitive/behavioral therapy.
- Facilitates adolescent therapy groups with focus on skills building to manage issues including: self esteem, peer pressure, relationships, communication and anxiety.
Rhonda Love-West, LCSW-C is a licensed clincial social worker who earned her Master's in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Likewise, she holds licenses and certifications in: anger management, hypnotherapy, NLP and professional coaching
Jill Lyons, LGSW
Individuals, family, and group therapy specializing in:
- Developmental Disabilities
- Autism and Autistic Spectrum
- Play Therapy
- Marital/Couples Therapy
Jill Lyons is a licensed graduate social worker with a Masters in Social Work from the Catholic University of America. Ms. Lyons works with children and adults. Her experience includes work with those who have developmental disabilities and their families. She also does couple's therapy and has experience with teens, children in foster care, and children with learning differences.
Anne Moriarty is a child development expert who founded and for 23 years directed Creative Learning Center preschool in Derwood MD, a part-time developmentally based early childhood program. Anne also is a Conscious Discipline® Certified Instructor who has trained staff to use Conscious Discipline® in classrooms and has presented an intensive 18-hour Conscious Discipline® series for parents since 2005.
~ Family Support training for individuals:
Discipline and child behavior management workshops and seminars
Individual coaching sessions
Interactive small group child behavior modeling (guided play group)
In-Home observation and coaching
~ Family Support training for organizations:
Customized parent education workshops
On-site “skilled parent” presentations (lunchtime, after hours)
~ Child Behavior Support training for professionals:
Customized teacher education workshops
Customized mental health provider workshops
On-site mentoring and guidance
Lisa Garcia, LCSW-C
Individual, Family & Group Therapy with Seniors, Adults & Adolescents and specializes in:
-Cognitive/Behavioral approaches to help with Anxiety, Depression, and difficulties adjusting to major life changes
-Supporting families and seniors in planning for and making decisions regarding care needs and care decisions
-Consultation for geriatric care planning.
-Postpartum Depression, Anxiety and supportive counseling regarding difficult birthing experiences.
-Grief and Loss
-Mindfulness and relaxation, & other holistic approaches to relief.
Lisa Garcia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has experience providing ongoing and crisis intervention services primarily with individual adults of all ages and families in mental health settings, as well as with seniors and their families in healthcare and residential settings. Lisa received her Masters's in Social Work from the University of Maryland in 1997.
Jim Presant, LCSW-C
Individual, Family, and Group Therapy for Adults & Teens:
- Depression, Anxiety & Relationship Issues
- Organization & Time Management
- Career Counseling
Jim has a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago, and 10 years as a results-oriented cognitive therapist. With his help, clients are able to identify and build upon their strengths -and achieve their personal and professional goals. His clients become better decision makers, better organized, and build stronger relationships - resulting in more confidence and self esteem.
Marcie Cohen, LCSW-C
Marcie Cohen obtained her Master of Social Work Degree from The Catholic University of America in 1998. She has been a Maryland Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) since 2004 and has held a Certified School Social Worker Pupil Personnel licensure in Virginia since 2006. Ms. Cohen recently obtained a trauma certification through the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy, Training, and Education in December 2012.
While Ms. Cohen has worked in a variety of clinical settings including community-based mental health, hospital, residential treatment, she has mainly worked in two major school systems in Maryland and Virginia, providing individual and group counseling services to students with emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, impulse-control difficulties, and students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ms.Cohen also communicates with these students' families, teachers, and other outside of school service providers on a continuous basis and through the local screening/Special Education process as an IEP team member. Ms. Cohen also became certified to provide the evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Trauma in the Schools (CBITS) to students who have endured and survived traumatic experiences in their lives.
Ms. Cohen has also worked as a part-time private practitioner since 2004 serving older children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, low self-esteem, social skills difficulties, and other planned and unplanned life adjustments such as divorce, death, or other abrupt departures from loved ones.
Melissa C. Gatlin, LCSW-C
Individual, Family and Group Therapy
• Therapy for children experiencing anxiety, grief, depression, ADHD, attachment & behavioral difficulties
• Mental health treatment for children, teens and adults
• Parenting Consultation• Family Therapy
Melissa Gatlin has 20 years of therapeutic experience with children and adults. She has worked with Child and Adult Protective Services, the Reginald Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children (serving the Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program), and the YMCA/Linkages to Learning Program. In addition to providing child and family therapy, she has provided parent coaching, classroom consultation, and support at IEP/504 meetings. She also provides consultation to private schools and day cares to support optimal classroom functioning. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been an LCSW since 1995. She earned a Certification in Early Childhood Mental Health from the University of Maryland Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.Melissa's approach is comprehensive and holistic, including psychotherapy, relaxation techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, parent-coaching, attachment work and family therapy with special attention to each child's developmental stage and unique personality.