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We collaborate as a team of psychologists in order to be resourceful in addressing your needs and concerns. We take a thorough and thoughtful approach to treatment planning, meeting biweekly as a team to network, enhance our skills and share resources. Associates in our practice are skilled and experienced licensed psychologists who go out in the field to do speaking events, consultation, classroom observations as well as continued education trainings. Our psychologists 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 Kennedy Krieger Institute. Please check out our blog as well as our Facebook for articles and links relevant to current psychotherapy research and theory as well as practical hands-on advice! NOTE! To contact your doctor, call our mainline, 301-949-2098 and you can press the extension for your therapist as you hear the greeting!

Kay Kosak Abrams

Kay Kosak Abrams, Ph.D.  Psychologist/Director 301-949-2098×2

  • 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” works with eating disorders and also 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 serves on the Board for the nonprofit, Arts on the Block [see], 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)                                                                             

Linda Siegel    Intake Coordinator    IMG_1356 301-949-2098×1

  • Manages incoming calls
  • Schedules and reschedules patients
  • Coordinates Social Skills groups for children
  • Networking correspondance
  • Sets up speaking engagements

Linda Siegel has over twenty five years of experience as a licensed social worker, having worked mainly with adolescents, refugees and asylees, and women who have suffered severe trauma. She has counseled in community mental health and private practice settings both in Atlanta and the Greater Washington DC area.  She has a Master’s degree in social work and completed all of her classwork for a Masters in Philosophy. As our Intake Coordinator, Linda will provide an accepting agency climate; begin to build a therapeutic relationship with those who call in, and recommend the most appropriate clinician to begin to develop and achieve their vision. Linda will be in the office part time, mostly on Monday and Wednesday mornings.  When Linda is outside of the agency, she works as an Education Director, advocates for animal rights, and parents a teen of her own!

Susan Grant, Billing  Manager  301-949-2098 x3

  • 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

IMG_0883 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 office in 2006 as a way to hone her skills after being a full-time, stay-at-home Mom to her two sons.  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.


Claire Lerner, LCSW   Licensed Social Worker  301-949-2098 x14

  • Early Childhood specialist                                                          claire lerner
  • Parent Guidance and Family Systems
  • Social-emotional and behavioral assessment
  • Play therapy
  • Social skills and self-regulation groups for children ages 4 and up


Claire is a licensed clinical social worker with over 28 years of experience working with young children and families.  Claire specializes in helping parents manage the range of challenges that arise in the early years including: sleep, crying, discipline, opposition/defiance, tantrums, toilet training, sibling rivalry, feeding challenges, as well as concerns about development and making the adjustment to child care, preschool or kindergarten. Claire also provides child guidance and support to families in collaboration with local pediatric practices and preschools, and offers parent workshops on the full range of early childhood issues.

In addition to her clinical practice, Ms. Lerner has been the Director of Parenting Resources at ZERO TO THREE since 1997, overseeing the development of all parenting content.  She is the author of over 50 parenting publications and has developed podcast and video series’ for parents and professionals. Claire has also written columns for Parenting: The Early Years and American Baby Magazines.  She is frequently quoted in the range of parenting publications and has been a source on early childhood development for numerous national daily newspapers such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and the London Times.

Claire participates on numerous national advisory panels and task forces related to early child development, including the National Parenting Education Network and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Early Childhood Development.



Beth Anne Feldman, PhD.  Licensed Psychologist  301-949-2098×5  NOTE: Dr. Feldman will be on maternity leave March-May 2014. Not taking new patients.

  • Preschooler, Children, Adolescents and Families
  • Parent Behavioral Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [CBT]
  • ADHD, Oppositional Defiant, Mood Disturbances, Anxiety, Learning Problems
  • Social Skills Groups

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.

Jessica Floyd, PsyD  Licensed Psychologist  301-949-2098 x13 Note: Montrose Office location on Friday afternoons only. Jessica Floyd

  •     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. Floydalso 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.

Dara Thorner, PsyD   Licensed Psychologist    301-949-2098 x9

  • Child Psychotherapy
  • Parent Consultation
  • Play Therapy
  • Child Behavioral Assessment  Home and Classroom Observations

Dr. Thorner is a licensed psychologist who provides both therapeutic and assessment services.  Currently, her primary focus is on treating children with a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems, including anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and peer conflict.  Dr. Thorner incorporates a variety of therapeutic techniques in her work, and collaborates with parents in their child’s treatment. Dr. Thorner graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned her doctorate from the George Washington University.  She completed her pre-doctoral training at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and worked under the supervision of Maria Zimmitti, Ph.D. in Washington D.C. after earning her degree. During the course of her training, Dr. Thorner worked in a variety of settings with diverse populations.  She led support groups for post-surgical patients, acted as primary therapist for clients on a psychiatric inpatient unit, provided therapy for patients with cancer, as well as their spouses and children, and conducted individual long and short-term psychotherapy for patients of all ages.  She was trained primarily in psychodynamic psychotherapy, but also has experience with behavioral, play, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. Dr. Thorner has provided educational, psychosocial, and cognitive-functioning assessments in both school and office settings.  She has conducted research at the National Institutes of Mental Health and the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Thorner is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Deborah Zavos, LCSW-C   Licensed Clinical Social Worker  301-949-2098×11                          

  • 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, she  led parenting groups, court mandated alcohol education and prevention groups, as well as individual and family therapy. She 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.

Ranon Cortell, Ph.D.  Licensed Psychologist  301-949-2098 x 7

  • 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.

Jenny McCartney, Psy.D., Ed.M., Licensed Psychologist                                               301-949-2098 x6

  • Toddlers, Preschoolers, School-Age Children, Adolescents and Adults
  • Play Therapy, Individual Therapy and Family Therapy
  • Parent Guidance
  • Adjustment Issues, Behavioral Issues, Learning Disabilities, Attentional and Organizational Issues, Difficulties with Peer Relationships, Depression, Anxiety
  • Siblings of Children with Disabilities/Special Needs

Dr. McCartney enjoys working with children of all ages, from early childhood through adolescence. She has more than 10 years of experience working with children in clinic, school, daycare, home, and inpatient settings. Dr. McCartney works with children who are coping with stressful situations in their lives, as well as with children who are struggling with behavioral issues, learning disabilities, attentional and organizational issues, difficulties with peer relationships, depression, and anxiety. She has a special interest in working with children who have brothers or sisters with disabilities or special needs. Dr. McCartney collaborates with parents and teachers to find solutions and help kids thrive. She works hard to understand children in the context of their families, communities, schools, and cultural backgrounds. Dr. McCartney pursued her education and professional training in Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate degree from Williams College. She completed a Master of Education in Early Childhood Risk and Prevention at Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2008, she earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Dr. McCartney completed her pre-doctoral internship training at Cambridge Health Alliance’s Child Assessment Unit and at the Brookline Community Mental Health Center. Prior to training as a psychologist, she worked with infants and toddlers and their families as an Early Intervention Specialist. Dr. McCartney is licensed as a Psychologist in Maryland and in the District of Columbia. She is a member of the Maryland Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.

Brooke Stipelman, Ph.D.   Licensed Psychologist   6260 Montrose Avenue    On Monday evenings only. 301-949-2098 x12

  •   Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression
  •   Young Adults, Individual Psychotherapy
  •   Behavioral Medicine
  •   Social Skills Groups, Children                                                                                   

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.