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Brian Corrado, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist

Brian Corrado received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Corrado completed his pre-doctoral Internship at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. He has worked in a variety of treatment settings including the Psychiatric Institute of Washington (PIW) and The Center for Mental Health in Washington, DC, Chestnut Lodge Hospital in Rockville, MD, and Mountain Manor Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Corrado approaches psychotherapy as a way of working collaboratively with each client to generate solutions and build upon strengths. He has a special interest in the use of mindfulness-informed and evidence-based therapies. His approach is active, and he employs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help clients to make gains as quickly as possible. Dr. Corrado is a founding member of the Metropolitan Washington DC area DBT Consortium www.metrodbt.com

Dr. Corrado has written an article on DBT and Mindfulness for The Maryland Psychologist that is available for viewing here.

In addition to therapy, Dr. Corrado provides testing evaluations that can be used to inform treatment and educational planning. Dr. Corrado has been in practice, providing testing and therapy in Bethesda, MD for several years.

Dr. Corrado is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Maryland Psychological Association, the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, the Montgomery/PG County Practicing Psychologists association, the Pro Bono Counseling Project, and Division 42 of the APA: Psychologists in Independent Practice.

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Patrick Mitchell, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist

Patrick Mitchell, PsyD received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA.

Dr. Mitchell specializes in psychological assessment and the treatment of school-aged youth, young adults, and families. His previous experience includes working with children and adolescents in school, inpatient, and outpatient settings. He has worked at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, the Treatment and Learning Centers/Catherine Thomas School in Rockville, MD, the Suburban Hospital Adolescent Addiction Treatment Center in Rockville, MD, and most recently at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (RICA), a community-based, public residential, clinical, and educational facility serving children and adolescents with severe emotional disabilities in Rockville, MD. Additionally, prior to obtaining his doctorate in psychology, Dr. Mitchell taught elementary, middle, and high school for a decade.

Dr. Mitchell has been intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) through Behavioral Tech; he currently utilizes DBT via individual therapy and group skills training with adolescents and young adults. Additionally, his therapy interests with youth and young adults include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for child behavior management; coping with the effects of divorce; parent training; Asperger's Disorder/High Functioning Autism; ADHD; anxiety and mood disorders; substance use disorders; and young adult transitions.

Dr. Mitchell also has broad experience with psychological and psycho-educational assessments with children, adolescents, and adults. He participated in a neuropsychological assessment training elective while a pre-doctoral intern at the Milton Hershey School. Based on his strong background in psychological and educational assessment, Dr. Mitchell supervised psychological assessment for pre-doctoral interns from 2010-2015 while a staff psychologist at RICA-Rockville.

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Wyneshia R. Hicks, LCSW-C
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Wyneshia R. Hicks, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker. She began her career in the mental health field as a Psychology and Dance major at the State University of New York - College at Brockport. Upon earning her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Dance, she pursued and earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance. Always believing in the therapeutic benefit inherent in dance, Wyneshia remained dedicated to her pursuit of joining clinical services with artistic expression. With this goal in mind, she has worked in a variety of social service and mental health settings. She has worked in the Metro DC area for over 5 years and that work has always centered around youth and often with underserved and diverse populations. In an effort to reach underserved youth, Wyneshia co-founded a non-profit organization to serve DC youth in foster care in 2005. As the co-founder, Wyneshia provided support in the areas of program development, staff training and served on the Board of Directors for several years.

Ms. Hicks received her Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and has worked in a variety of settings in DC and Maryland, and in the Baltimore area since that time. Wyneshia's treatment approach has focused on the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) interventions. Wyneshia is currently on the staff at Adventist Behavioral Health's Ridge School of Montgomery County, serving children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Wyneshia, who specializes in working with adolescents with problems of emotional regulation and oppositional behaviors, co-leads our Adolescent DBT Skills Group.

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Dr. Charles W. Curtis II, PhD

Charles W. Curtis II, PhD received his Doctorate in Clinical and School Psychology from the University of Virginia. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the John L. Gildner – Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents where he remains employed as a staff psychologist. Dr. Curtis completed his MEd at UVA, and his undergraduate work at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Curtis uses as a comprehensive approach to therapy that engages clients as individuals as well as parts of larger systems (e.g. family, work, community, etc). He typically uses psychodynamic conceptualization while employing a variety of interpersonal, psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, and dialectic strategies to aid in strength building, reestablishment of regulation, and a return to optimal functioning. Most importantly, Dr. Curtis approaches therapy as a balanced combination of healing art & science, and evidences great sensitivity in the quality of his client contact.

Dr. Curtis’s practice spans the breadth of treatment of children, adolescents, families, couples, and adults. He has significant experience in educational settings having worked in a variety of schools, community mental health agencies, and advocacy groups in Virginia and the DC Metro area. It should also be noted that, as one of the few African-American men practicing clinical psychology in the area, Dr. Curtis is adept at working with issues of racial socialization, racial identity, and coping with acculturation.

In addition to therapy, Dr. Curtis also specializes in comprehensive psychological, educational, and placement testing for school age clients. Through extensive work with several school systems (public and private) in the DC/Montgomery County area, Dr. Curtis has a nuanced understanding of the area’s educational dynamics and is subsequently equipped to aid parents in educational planning/decision making for their children ages 6-19y.o.

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Leila Bakry-Becker, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist

Leila Bakry-Becker received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Bakry-Becker completed her pre-doctoral Internship at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Child Guidance Division, conducting forensic evaluations and therapy for children, adolescents and their parents addressing a variety of court-related concerns. She has provided therapy, assessment, research and consultation services across a broad spectrum of treatment settings which included The Center for Student Support Services, Wash, DC; The Family Crisis Center, Brentwood, MD; The Montgomery County Abused Persons Program - Department of Addictions, Victims, and Mental Health Services (DAVMHS), Bethesda, MD; The Whitman Walker Clinic, Washington, DC.; The Johns Hopkins Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center, Baltimore, MD; and the National Institute of Health, Laboratory of Clinical Studies, NIAAA, Bethesda, MD.

She has specialized in providing therapy for adolescents, families and individuals dealing with life transitions, mood and anxiety disorders, and maladaptive patterns of behavior. She has provided therapy and assessments to men and women working through issues related to HIV/AIDS and those individuals struggling with sexual identity/orientation issues. She has also specialized in providing therapy to people dealing with relationship violence.

Dr. Bakry-Becker has co-written three papers in regards to spousal abuse, treatment options and critical triggering situations using the Spousal Anger Inventory. She developed a DBT-informed treatment model for working with domestically violent partners and has presented it at ISITDBT and SEPI conferences.

Dr. Bakry-Becker also provides psychological assessments for youth and adults. She has developed and implemented Federal grants in support of Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Programs. She developed a Dialectic Behavior Therapy model to support detained or committed school youth with serious emotional dysregulation and assisting with transitioning back to the community. She has also supervised the development and implementation of science-to-practice mental health service programming in six local charter schools— Community Academy and Friendship Edison/Chamberlain and Woodridge Campuses; Capital City and the Ideal Academy Public Charter Schools; and The Seed Public Charter School.

Dr. Bakry-Becker is an adjunct faculty member at Argosy University, and is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA) and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI).

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Casey Perisin, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist

Casey Perisin received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. Dr. Perisin’s doctoral dissertation provided an in depth analysis of the impact of trauma in individuals diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder.

Dr. Perisin completed her doctoral Internship at Grand Valley State University Counseling Services. During this year she provided individual and group therapy with special focus on students with eating disorders, childhood trauma, Adult Children Of Alcoholics, suicidality, self-injury, family of origin problems, and identity/relationship issues. Dr. Perisin also provided crisis intervention services as well as personality and career assessment.

Dr. Perisin has worked in a variety of treatment settings including Chicago Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy in Chicago, and Elmhurst College Counseling Center.

Dr. Perisin conceptualizes therapy utilizing a psychodynamic framework; however enjoys utilizing DBT principles and theory in her work. Her approach is active, collaborative, and warm as she works with the clients to resolve their difficulties, build upon and utilize their strengths, and more fully understand themselves.

Dr. Perisin is a trained Certified Gatekeeper Instructor for the suicide prevention model Question, Persuade, Refer. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Eating Disorder Association, and International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

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Tammy Villines, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist

Tammy Villines, PsyD received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC.  She completed a one-year pre-doctoral internship at Washington Assessment and Therapy Services.  Pre- and postdoctoral training experiences included positions at The Stixrud Group, The Center for Mental Health, and private practice of Susannah Hughes, PhD., ABPP. 

Dr. Villines has been licensed in the state of Maryland since 2007 and specializes in psychological assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults.  She has been acting as chief evaluator for the Evaluation Unit at the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA) for the past nine years.  Additional experiences have included pre-doctoral internship assessment supervision, delivery of assessment related didactics to interns, and extensive work with school and legal systems in the Washington, DC area.  Prior to Dr. Villines’ work at JLG-RICA, she practiced in the office of Dr. Hughes in Silver Spring, Maryland conducting comprehensive neuropsychological assessments and providing school consultation and advocacy services.       

Dr. Villines has a wealth of experience evaluating clients with a complex range of learning disabilities, attentional and executive functioning deficits, developmental spectrum and psychological disorders, medical diagnoses, genetic disease, and other neuropsychological insults.  She has extensive experience working with private and public school systems, educational lawyers and consultants, pediatricians, psychiatrists, neurologists, occupational and speech-language therapists, and educational specialists/tutors.   

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Lauren L. Barris, LCSW-C
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lauren L. Barris, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan with degrees in Psychology and Spanish. She went on to earn her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she completed internships working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and providing solution-focused therapy to students presenting with a wide range of mood, anxiety, and adjustment-related disorders. During her graduate education, Lauren gained an introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and has since centered her clinical practice around this modality due to its clinical efficacy, straightforward approach, and emphasis on transparency and respect between clinician and client.

Lauren has several years of experience as both an individual and group therapist providing DBT to chronically suicidal clients struggling with personality and mood disorders. Lauren has also spent time working as a Clinical Social Worker at the University of Michigan Hospital, where she provided psychosocial support to patients living with Cystic Fibrosis and other chronic and terminal illnesses. Here, Lauren gained particular experience with issues pertaining to adjustment, distress tolerance, reality acceptance, co-morbid conditions, end of life, grief and loss, and chronic pain. Lauren is trained in the evidence-based provision of DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing. She specializes in the use of DBT and Mindfulness practice to support clients struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and difficulty with emotion regulation and interpersonal relationships.

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Roxanna Whitney Wolfe, BSN, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist

Having been a founding partner with The Bethesda Group, Dr. Wolfe is now practicing independently, while continuing to enjoy a collegial association with her "Bethesda Group" colleagues.  

Before moving to Bethesda, Roxy Wolfe worked in community health.  She graduated from the School of Nursing at Jefferson Medical College, and later began her work in community mental health after completing her Psychology Master's degree at the University of New Hampshire.  She went on to receive her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England in 1989.  Following her Internship in Child & Adolescent psychology and neuropsychology at Sweetser-Children's in Saco, Maine, Dr. Wolfe completed her Psychology Residency at Benton County Mental Health in Corvallis, Oregon, where she remained as staff Psychologist for 8 years.  At BCMH, Dr. Wolfe established trauma treatment programs for children and adults.

Dr. Wolfe has focused on the psychology and treatment of trauma for more than 30 years, and that specialty is at the core of her clinical practice and volunteer service.  In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Wolfe has a strong background in psychological and neuropsychological testing.   

As a trauma and dissociative disorders specialist, she helps traumatized persons deal with the past and move into their future.  EMDR and Hypnosis are two of the therapies that she employs in treatment.  

Dr. Wolfe is a Fellow in the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D), and is an active active member of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH).  She is also a member of the American Psychological Association and its' Trauma Psychology Division, and the Maryland Psychological Association.  In 2012, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Antioch University New England.  She is a member of Physician's for Human Rights, an organization aiding refugees from around the world.  She also volunteers with Maryland's Pro Bono Counseling Project.  Finally, Dr. Wolfe has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center since 2002.

Call Dr. Wolfe at 301-691-5044; her email address is wolferw@erols.com

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