Pamela R. Newman, LCSW-C
My passion is working with teenagers and young adults, helping them discover themselves and navigate the challenges of becoming more self-assured and self-aware. I want to create a space where individuals can feel comfortable sharing and are able to gain insight into themselves.
My career over the last 10+ years has allowed me the opportunity to work with a diverse population of clients from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, experiencing a variety of life struggles.
I received my Masters in Social Work from Catholic University in Washington, DC and have worked in outpatient mental health as well as the school setting. Much of my experience prior to private practice has been working in special education with adolescents diagnosed with learning differences and/or on the autism spectrum both individually and in groups. I have an eclectic style and utilize multiple theoretical styles including cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, attachment, trauma and psychodynamic theories. I believe creativity and flexibility are important parts of the therapetic practice.
Additionally, I have run several staff, client and parent psycho-educational training on subjects such as bullying, behavior management and internet safety.
Recent Trainings/Certifications: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate, Affirmative Practices in Counseling LGBTQ+ Youth, “Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Cognitive-Behavioral and Pharmacological Treatment”, Trauma and Attachment, "Suicide and Self-Harm: Stopping the Pain"
Kimberley Brams, LICSW, LCSW-C
Kim’s counseling style is direct, compassionate and interactive. In a holistic and integrative approach, she utilizes a variety of therapeutic interventions. Kim ensures that clients feel understood, secure, and supported as they take risks beyond their comfort zone to address the challenges getting in their way.
Kim obtained her MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore in 1991. In addition, Kim attained a clinical subspecialization in Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) as part of her Master’s Degree. This program is internationally recognized as the largest clinical graduate social work program in the world, preparing social workers in the prevention of psychosocial dysfunction of individuals in the workplace.
Throughout over 27 years of experience, Kim trained and worked in and across a variety of settings. Kim keeps informed of current techniques, theory and research in order to best serve and deliver the most culturally competent clinical services.
Elissa Israel, LCSW-C
My goal in therapy is to create a place where you can comfortably identify, process, and work through the challenges that are making it difficult to build the life you want. I work with adolescents and adults dealing with such issues as life transitions, relationship challenges, difficulties at school or work, and those experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. In our work together, I will approach you as an individual and draw from cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, mindfulness, problem-solving and strengths-based perspectives.
I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland after earning my BA in Religion from Oberlin College. I have completed advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Motivational Interviewing. Over the years, I have worked with veterans and their families, as well as adolescents in the foster care system. I have also provided case management services to people suffering from severe psychiatric illnesses, substance abuse, traumatic brain injury and other cognitive disorders.
My hope is that we will work together to help you develop a better understanding yourself and new ways to manage and effectively cope with the challenges life brings. and enhancing their abilities to work through life’s challenges.
Lee Lovett III, LMSW
I strongly believe in the cathartic value that creative endeavors bring, and will challenge you to tap into that inherent part of yourself. I am here to guide, and foster collaboration to determine how we can best address your needs. I believe that the storyteller is the expert in their own life.
I am a very active person, enjoy being outside for hikes and runs. While I take the work seriously, I understand the importance of humor and not taking myself too seriously; I like to have a good time and want the therapeutic process to be fun, when appropriate, as well as enlightening.
I hold a Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where I concentrated on clinical, behavioral health, and sub-specialized in Employee Assistance Programs. I am also a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, and believe that Hypnosis is a very effective way to promote long-lasting behavioral changes.
I tailor therapeutic interventions to each session, utilizing a wide array of techniques from mindfulness-based stress reduction, psychoanalytic theory, cognitive behavioral theory, and motivational interviewing. I appreciate the opportunity to hear your story, learn about you, and help you become the best version of yourself.
Marjorie Theard, LCSW-C
For the past 20 years, I have worked with children, adolescents and their families both as a special education teacher and a clinical social worker. I specialize in anxiety, social skills and behavioral struggles at home and at school, challenges with inflexibility, problem solving, and autism.
Upon receiving a Masters of Teaching in special education, I taught for many years at a leading private special education school in Maryland. Years later, I obtained a Masters in Social work. Most of my career has been spent working with children and adolescents in and out of the classroom.
My therapeutic approach is eclectic, but draws primarily from CBT, play therapy, and client centered therapy. I have a bi-cultural background and speak French fluently. In addition, I have lived and traveled extensively overseas which gives me a unique understanding of multicultural issues.
Everyone can benefit from support and a non-judgmental ear.
We want the therapy experience to be enjoyable as well as enlightening.
It is our hope that if tweens/teens have a good experience with the therapy process and do not hesitate to seek out therapy as an adult if they need to.