Meet the Practice
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We collaborate as a team of in order to be resourceful in addressing your needs and concerns. Our psychologists and social workers work part-time here at Abrams & Associates, as well as with other reputable clinics and agencies such as National Institute for Health [NIH], Childrens Hospital, Walter Reed Medical Center and the Veterans Administration.
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Kay Kosak Abrams, Ph.D. Psychologist/Director 301-949-2098×2 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adult Individual and Couples Psychotherapy
- Teen Girls Empowerment Groups
- Parent Consultation
- Parenting with Calm Confidence Training and Workshops
Director, Dr. Kay Kosak Abrams, has been in private practice since 1993. She offers individual psychotherapy to adults who are looking for growth and positive change within work, marriage and family. She takes an eclectic approach, integrating object relations, psychodynamic, cognitive, and self-psychology theories. Dr. Abrams area of expertise is parenting and family systems. “Dr. Kay” leads teen girls groups in addition to her work consulting parents on how to relate to children with greater calm and confidence.
In addition to directing this group practice, Dr. Abrams is clinical consultant, public speaker and writer. She served on the Board for the nonprofit, Arts on the Block [see artsontheblock.com], 2012-2014, a non profit that empowers creative youth to imagine and shape fulfilling futures. Dr. Abrams has served as a columnist for the Washington Parent Magazine since 2001 and has appeared on local radio and public television stations, including NBC4 News as parent consultant. Dr. Abrams also serves as mentor for early career psychologists for Maryland Psychological Association.
Memberships: American Psychology Association (APA), Division 46 Media Psychology, Maryland Psychological Association (MPA) Mentor for Early Career Psychologists, Washington Society for the Study of Eating Disorders (WSSEDO) and Washington Independent Services for Education Resources (WISER)
Robin Stearn Intake and Marketing Coordinator 301-949-2098 x1 email@example.com
- Manages incoming calls
- Schedules patients for the group practice
- Coordinates Social Skills groups for Children and Teens
- Manages Social Media and Marketing
- Schedules speaking engagements
Robin Stearn is our Intake and Marketing Coordinator. She has a Masters degree in social work, planning and administration from University of Missouri-Columbia. Robin has a variety of professional experiences in health including working for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Education Development Center: Children’s Safety Network, and On Our Own of Montgomery County. In addition, she has a great deal of customer service experience from working in retail.
When not in the office, Robin works at West Coast Swing, Hustle and Argentine Tango dance events, and makes shoes bags and jewelry for dancers. She loves being outside, especially near the water, and dreams of owning a home along a beach one day. Robin is the parent of one young adult daughter. Robin joined Abrams & Associates summer 2014 and is in the office Monday through Thursday to respond to all patient care coordination and marketing needs.
Susan Grant, Billing Manager 301-949-2098 x3 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Manages patient charges and payments
- Manages Office Therapy billing and Merchant Account
- Creates and sends out invoices that document dates and times of service to submit to insurance
Susan Grant is our part-time Billing Manager. Susan’s responsibilities include billing, insurance and invoice management, Office Therapy and other administrative duties. She is in the office on Tuesday and Friday mornings to manage all payments and charges and to answer to your needs to process your invoice.
Susan joined the practice in 2006 as a way to hone her skills after being a full-time, stay-at-home Mom to her two sons. Prior to motherhood, Susan has had much experience working in a professional environment, having worked in the fundraising field for over twelve years, beginning at the Kennedy Center and then at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Susan Priester, Accounting Manager
Susan Priester is our Bookkeeper, managing all things financial for the practice (except patient billing). Susan lives just a skip and a jump from our Kensington office with her husband and three active boys, enjoying the small town feel and kid-friendly energy of this community. She studied drama and fine arts, but quickly discovered a head for “consumer math” upon settling here after graduation, and has found great satisfaction in helping small companies manage and analyze their day-to-day accounting ever since.
Keeping a hand in the arts to balance things out, Susan quilts, paints watercolors and can often be seen with a camera in her hands when not in front of a computer.
Beth Anne Feldman, PhD. Licensed Psychologist 301-949-2098 x5 email@example.com
- Preschooler, Children, Adolescents and Families
- Parent Behavioral Management
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [CBT]
- ADHD, Oppositional Defiant, Mood Disturbances, Anxiety, Learning Problems
- Social Skills Groups on Monday and Saturday
Dr. Feldman is a licensed psychologist with a focus on children and families. She specializes in the treatment and assessment of preschoolers, children, and adolescents with a wide range of emotional, social, and behavioral difficulties. She has a strong background in the provision of parent management training, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family therapy to promote healthier family relations and communication.
As a former elementary school teacher, Dr. Feldman also specializes in treating children with school problems such as inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and academic underachievement. She conducts psychoeducational evaluations and provides school consultation. Additionally, Dr. Feldman has developed and led social skills and anger management groups for youth.
Dr. Feldman received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Richmond and received her doctorate in school psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her graduate training included rotations at Dorothea Dix Child Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic in Raleigh, NC and Children’s National Medical Center Hyperactivity and Learning Problems Clinic. She completed a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Feldman is also an adjunct professor at Towson University.
Ranon Cortell, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist 301-949-2098 x 7 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Children and Adolescents
- Psycho-educational Testing
- Learning Disabilities & Special Needs
- Play therapy for Children
- ADHD assessment and therapy
Dr. Cortell brings a combination of warmth, empathy, and insight into his work as he partners with clients to help them improve their quality of life. He works with children, adolescents, and adults, providing individual and family therapy and psychological assessment. Dr. Cortell has experience working with young children and adolescents through play and talk therapy, and he has led workshops to help parents manage their children’s behaviors and emotions. He has provided therapy for adults in community mental health, hospital, and private practice settings.
Dr. Cortell conducts psychological assessments to evaluate learning, attention, emotional, and behavioral challenges and provide appropriate recommendations. He teaches Personality Assessment to doctoral students at Catholic University of America and supervises interns and postdoctoral students in their assessment work. Dr. Cortell is a licensed psychologist in Maryland and a member of the American Psychological Association. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of America and completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health where he worked with clients of all ages and varied cultural backgrounds.
Brooke Stipelman, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist 6260 Montrose Road 301-949-2098 x12 email@example.com
- Young Adults, Individual Psychotherapy
- Behavioral Medicine
- Social Skills Groups, Children
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression
Dr. Stipelman is a licensed psychologist who specializes primarily in the treatment of adults. Areas of focus include depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and behavioral medicine (i.e., smoking cessation, sleep hygiene, and pain/stress management). She has experience running a variety of groups for adults and children including social skills, emotion regulation, anger management, and smoking cessation.
Dr. Stipelman generally utilizes cognitive-behavioral principles (CBT) to teach skills that help clients better understand and manage the behavioral and psychological factors that influence their health. Dr. Stipelman has worked with a variety of populations across a range of treatment settings including outpatient mental health, partial hospitalization, residential drug treatment, and specialty clinics for anxiety, smoking, and pain.
Dr. Stipelman completed her undergraduate work at The George Washington University and received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Stipelman completed her pre-doctoral internship in behavioral medicine at the UMDNJ-University Behavioral Healthcare in Piscataway, New Jersey. In addition to private practice, Dr Stipelman works part time as a Scientific Program Manager at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland.
Deborah Zavos, LCSW-C Licensed Clinical Social Worker 301-949-2098×11 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adolescent Psychotherapy
- Family Systems & Parent Consultation
- Parent Consultation for Special Needs
- Race and Cross-Cultural
Deborah Zavos has over 25 years of experience as a social worker mainly in Montgomery County. She was the Clinical Director of Bethesda Chevy Chase YMCA Bethesda Youth Services (BYS). During her time at BYS, Deborah led parenting groups, court mandated alcohol education and prevention groups, as well as individual and family therapy. Deborah currently works in Montgomery County Public Schools in special education with students who are experiencing emotional difficulties and are unable to access their education in a general education environment, managing IEP development and implementation. She also leads social skills groups, a transracial adoption support group and facilitates staff development.
Deborah brings a wealth of experience in working with teens in a variety of settings. Her ability to connect with adolescents provides them with a safe place to explore challenging issues. When the family is involved in the process she is able to bridge the chasm that sometimes occurs between the adolescent and the adults. Her warmth, compassion and insight assists families in developing and achieving their vision of their desired family life.
Jessica Floyd, PsyD Licensed Psychologist 6260 Montrose Road 301-949-2098 x13 email@example.com
- Play Therapy, Ages 3 – 10
- ADHD, Attachment Insecurities, Adjustment needs
- Parent and Family Systems
- Cross Cultural family and parent work
- Social Skills Groups for Children
Dr. Jessica Floyd is a licensed psychologist specializing in working with children, adolescents and families. She is devoted to helping her clients find the best ways to understand one another, themselves, and the world around them. She has experience in school, home, clinical, and daycare settings.
Dr. Floyd has focused her career on working with preschool and school aged children and families affected by trauma, depression, anxiety, attachment issues related to foster care or adoptive placements, parental separation and divorce, and racial and cultural identity issues.
Dr. Floyd earned her graduate degree at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Clinical Program in New Brunswick, NJ with a concentration in Child and Family Therapy. She received pre-doctoral training at the Multicultural Human Services in Falls Church, VA where she provided outpatient mental health services to immigrant children, adolescents, and families.
Dr. Floyd completed her post-doctoral training at the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children in Rockville, MD, where she continues to support children ages 3 – 11 years-old and their families as a play, group, and family therapist. Through the Lourie Center, Dr. Floyd also conducts psychological assessments for the Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program and supervises graduate students in testing and daycare consultation. Dr. Floyd is an active member of the Maryland Psychological Association where she serves as Chair of the Diversity Subcommittee. She was also the 2012 and 2013 Maryland Diversity Delegate for at the American Psychological Association’s Annual State Leadership Conference.
Christine Cariello, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist 301-949-2098 x6 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
- Parenting and Family Systems Consultation and Therapy
- Social Skills Groups for Adolescents
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [CBT]
- ADHD, Anxiety, Learning Problems, Depression
Dr. Cariello earned her doctorate in School-Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University. During her training, she worked with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings. Following completion of her Doctoral Internship at the Washington DC Department of Mental Health, she completed a year-long residency, where in addition to providing psychotherapy, she served as Director of an ADHD Clinic.
Since then, Dr. Cariello has provided individual and family psychotherapy in residential and outpatient settings, and has been involved with Internship Training. Dr. Cariello’s areas of expertise are working with children, adolescents, families and parents. She provides psychotherapy, as well as social skills groups for children.
Allison Maletsky, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist 6260 Montrose Road 301-949-2098 x8 Maletsky@abramsandassociates
- Early Childhood, Child, and Adolescent
- Attachment and Parent-Child Relationship
- Play Therapy
- Developmental Delays and Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Mood, Behavior, and Anxiety Disorders
- Social Skills Groups for Children
Dr. Allison Maletsky has worked with children across the lifespan and their families. She has experience in psychiatric hospital, medical hospital, educational, residential, and outpatient settings using developmental, attachment, and systems-based viewpoints.
Dr. Maletsky received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology (child and adolescent track) from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents in Rockville, MD, where she provided individual, group, and family psychotherapy, completed psychological evaluations, and participated in educational and social service meetings. Dr. Maletsky also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, MD, completing psychological evaluations, receiving advanced training in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental delays, and providing psychotherapy services for children from ages 2 years through adolescence.
In addition to her work at Abrams and Associates, Dr. Maletsky continues to work as a faculty member of Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital’s Psychology Department, working within the Autism Assessment and Related Therapeutic Services Clinic. Dr. Maletsky is also actively involved in the training of the hospital’s psychology externs, interns, and postdoctoral fellows.
Candice Peggs, LCSW-C, Licensed Clinical Social Worker 301-949-2098 x9 Peggs.abramsandassociates@Gmail.com
- Mindfulness-based practices
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Family systems, Couples
- Children, Adolescents and Parents affected by Chronic Medical Illness
Candice Peggs brings a strengths-based approach to enhancing interpersonal relationships. Candice has worked within a variety of programs including school-based mental health, medical hospital, and home and community based behavioral health. Candice has volunteered and worked overseas and in the DC and Baltimore metro areas in women’s health and education, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, and family therapy.
Candice earned a Masters in Social Work through Catholic University of America. She received specialized training in short-term family therapy through the University of Miami. Candice has experience working with children, adolescents and adults coping with multiple chronic medical conditions, stress, and pain management. Candice has a background in helping families cope with intergenerational trauma, depression, anxiety, and the affects of substance use.
Candice uses an approach that combines cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused work, mindfulness practices, and positive psychology tools. Candice brings awareness and attunement combined with curiosity, warmth and a sense of humor to help families and couples reduce stress and increase overall well-being. Candice is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.