Silver Spring

Dr. Levi Breuer

Dr. Levi Y. Breuer is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. He provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples and conducts clinical and forensic psychological evaluations. Dr. Breuer earned his Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree in clinical psychology from George Washington University in Washington D.C. He completed his internship at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. He earned his Masters degree in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to being in private practice, Dr. Breuer worked as a forensic psychologist in Maryland at a maximum security forensic hospital – Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center. In addition, he has also worked in a variety of other settings, including, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient mental health centers, and college counseling centers. Dr. Breuer pursued post-doctoral training in couples therapy and is a certified emotionally-focused couples therapist.
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Dr. Ariella Lipkin is a licensed psychologist in Maryland providing therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups. Dr. Lipkin earned her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) and Master of Arts degrees in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington, DC. She completed her internship at Assessment & Treatment Alternatives in Philadelphia, PA., a non-profit mental health clinic, and specialized in providing therapy and evaluations to victims and perpetrators of crimes. Dr. Lipkin attained extensive post-doctoral training at a men’s and women’s maximum security state prison. She also has a background in treating children, adolescents, and adults with a wide-variety of clinical concerns, in both private and community mental health settings. More specifically, Dr. Lipkin has received training in child custody mediation, trauma recovery, LGBTQIA issues, and women’s issues. Dr. Lipkin uses an integration of cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, psychodynamic, and client-centered therapies to address the specific needs of the client.

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Dr. Julie Murphy is a licensed psychologist in Maryland, providing therapy to individuals, couples, and groups. Dr. Murphy also conducts psychoeducational, learning disability, ADHD, and other types of psychological assessments. She earned her doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to her many years of experience providing therapy and assessments, Dr. Murphy has taught clinical psychology, assessment, and diversity-related courses to both graduate and undergraduate students. In therapy, Dr. Murphy’s specialties include depression (including postpartum depression), anxiety, ADHD, executive functioning difficulties, identity development issues (especially for people with intersectional identities including disabilities, LGBQIAA+, trans, or gender non-conforming identities), family planning (especially for non cis gender/non-heteronormative relationships), relationship challenges, recovery from trauma (especially sexual violence), and parenting a child who has currently, or previously, had cancer. She uses methods that focus on strengths, empowerment, relationships, and healthy strategies for coping with oppression and trauma; has extensive training in relational-cultural, feminist, and interpersonal therapies; and also uses tools from dialectical-behavior therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness.

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Dr. Lateffa King is a Licensed Psychologist in Maryland. Dr. King earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PhD) from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She completed her internship at The University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Prior to earning her PhD, Dr. King earned a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW), with a Clinical focus, also from Howard University. Before entering into private practice, Dr. King has gaining over 15 years of experience as a mental health professional, providing a range of services to individuals and families in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, public schools, and outpatient hospitals; as well as providing Mental Health Consultation to other professionals providing mental health and special education services. She has served as Adjunct Professor at Howard University and continues to work as Clinical Assessment Consultant/Trainer with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She has extensive training in psychodiagnostic services, individual and family therapy, cultural competence, and mental health advocacy.  Her psychotherapy practice orientation is holistic and eclectic, with an emphasis on using cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused strategies to foster positive change in the lives of individuals and families.

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Dr.Pollard

Dr. Shauna A. Pollard is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland. She currently provides individual therapy and conducts psychological evaluations for adults.
Dr. Pollard earned her Ph.D. in Human Services Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with emphases in both Clinical and Community Psychology. She completed postdoctoral training at the Memphis VA Medical Center in Memphis, TN, where she received specialized training in interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness based techniques in her work with veterans. Prior to being in private practice, Dr. Pollard worked as a psychologist at the Savannah VA Primary Care Clinic in Savannah, GA and with the Towson University Counseling Center.
She employs a strengths based approach in therapy, and assists individuals with taking an active role in managing their physical and mental health. Dr. Pollard has worked in multiple settings and with diverse populations. Areas of specialty include academic achievement, adjustment to college/university settings, depression, health behavioral change, recovery from trauma, social reintegration after military retirement/discharge, and coping with chronic illnesses.

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Ms. Maureen Betz is a clinical social worker, licensed in Maryland and Washington DC. After earning her Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, she completed her Masters in Social Work at the Catholic University of America, with a dual-concentration in clinical and macro social work. She also earned a Certificate in International Social Development, and spent time working with children and impoverished urban communities in the Philippines. Maureen completed internship studies in a community based setting treating individuals dually-diagnosed with HIV and co-occurring mental health issues. Maureen’s other professional experience includes leadership roles in community-based mental health and non-profit settings in Washington DC. She has particular expertise working with individuals surviving trauma, recovering from addictions, mood disorders and psychotic disorders. Maureen is an ally to the LGBTQIA community, and has specialized training in Critical Incident Stress Management, trauma informed care, and person-centered approaches to treatment. As a therapist, Maureen sees her role as facilitating clients’ ability to identify and define problematic experiences for themselves, collaborate in the creation of a mutually agreed upon, goal-oriented plan of treatment, and to foster existing strengths and resiliency in order to empower clients to achieve success in the future.

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Ms. Rebecca Aloni is licensed in Maryland as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She received her Bachelors in Psychology from Touro College in New York and her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. Rebecca has worked in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and day treatment programs conducting assessments and intake interviews to determine diagnosis and treatment needs, developing innovative individualized treatment strategies to match treatment needs using empirically support treatment interventions, and conducting therapy using cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, person centered therapy, strength-based interventions among other psychotherapeutic modalities. Rebecca provides individual, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with depression, self-harm, anxiety, social and interpersonal struggles, mood disorders, and opposition and anger related concerns.

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Ms. Laura Krause, LCSW-C received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Social Work, specializing in child welfare. She has worked doing in-home family counseling and outpatient individual, family and couples counseling. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, an Adoption Competent Therapist and a Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator who is adept in teaching parents and caregivers how to build a strong, bonding connection with their child by helping parents interpret their children’s cues through massage, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and more. Laura has experience working with developmentally delayed, behaviorally challenged and homeless children, as well as postpartum depression, anxiety and depression, and family relationship difficulties. In addition to early childhood mental health, Laura has clinical expertise in the areas of adoption, trauma-informed
intervention, neurological effects of trauma, attachment and connection, parenting and couples counseling, child development, early intervention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused
Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, and Play Therapy.

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Elise Smithmyer, LCSW-C  is a licensed social worker (Maryland license #19678). She earned her Masters degree at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Prior to being in private practice, Elise worked as a psychotherapist, behavioral health specialist, and transgender advocate at Whitman Walker Health. She has a background in nursing and practiced as a Registered Nurse before finding therapy as her calling.  She has worked in a variety of settings and is trained in multiple modalities of therapy in order to provide care that is tailored to each individual. Elise has extensive experience working with persons struggling with depression, anxiety, life stressors, trauma, relationship issues, grief, substance abuse, HIV, and/or gender dysphoria.  She is committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental space for all individuals to engage in care.

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Ms. Stephanie P. Bathurst is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Maryland. She earned her Masters degree in Clinical Counseling, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy from La Salle University where she had a secondary track in Addictions Counseling. Applying Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Approach and Emotion-Focused Therapy orientations to her individualized treatment, Ms. Bathurst stresses the importance of each client finding their best-fit therapist to guide them through the journey of growth and exploration. She is experienced in guiding adolescents and adults through the therapeutic process via an individual, couple or family dynamic. Ms. Bathurst is experienced in treating clients who suffer with depression, anxiety, identity crisis, anger-management difficulties, infidelity, attachment difficulties and low self-worth. Her true passion is engaging couples who have lost one another in the journey of life; helping them to identify maladaptive communication patterns, boundaries or general needs that may be impeding them from enjoying their time together. Sexual dissatisfaction, fulfillment and dysfunctions are also a professional specialty of hers. Ms. Bathurst works well with heterosexual couples, lesbian and gay couples and multi-partner, non-traditional relationships. Let yourself be heard and understood. Together, you can slow down the days and learn to enjoy the time you have with those you care about most.

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