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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 x2

  • 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], 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 Robin's Photo

  • 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.

When not in the office, Robin loves to cook, sew and make jewelry. 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 part time, Monday through Thursday, to respond to all patient care coordination and marketing needs.

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 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  

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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.

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

  • Children and Adolescents
  • Anxiety, Mood, and Emotion Regulation
  • ADHD; Behavior Problems; Social Skills
  • Coping with Past Trauma
  • Parent Guidance

Dr. Cortell brings warmth, empathy, and insight into his work with clients and their families as he helps them improve their quality of life. He works with children and adolescents,  providing individual therapy and parent guidance. Dr. Cortell has experience working with children and adolescents through talk and play therapy, and he has led workshops to help parents manage their adolescents’ behaviors and improve emotional regulation. He has provided therapy for adults in community mental health, hospital, college counseling centers, and private practice settings. In addition to his work at Abrams and Associates, he is a clinic director for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Dr. Cortell is a licensed psychologist in Maryland.  He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Catholic University of America and completed his APA-approved 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

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  • 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 x11                          

  • 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. Ms. Zavos 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.

Ms. Zavos 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.

Christine Cariello, Psy.D.   Licensed Psychologist   301-949-2098 x6

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  • 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.

Miles Goldstein, LCSW-C,   Licensed Clinical Social Worker    301-949-2098 x10

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  • Mindfulness-based practices
  • Psychodynamic, cognitive and behavioral approaches
  • Family systems, Couples
  • Children, Adolescents and Parents

Miles Goldstein has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America and a Developmental Clinical Psychology Master’s Degree from Antioch College. His focus in clinical psychotherapy has been on a wide range of developmental and life issues and challenges for children, adolescents and adults. He has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Primarily, Mr. Goldstein’s work has been at a private practice, working to help clients overcome symptoms of depression, anxiety, unhappiness, work, school and relationship struggles. He has the capacity to connect easily with clients and has often made connections where there has been previous resistance to therapy situations. His approach is to create a nonjudgmental place of support so clients can explore obstacles, feelings, thoughts, and ultimately grow in positive, productive ways. He is an interactive therapist who uses humor and empathy to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. Mr. Goldstein integrates complementary methodologies to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. He enjoys working with a diverse population and has an appreciation and understanding of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

Mr. Goldstein has worked at the Children’s Hospital national Medical Center inpatient unit, the Jewish Family and Children’s Service children’s department, and the Psychiatric Institute of Montgomery County adolescent unit. Besides working in private practice, recently, he was consulting with students at the Universities at Shady Grove campus in the counseling department.

Michelle Greenberg, LCSW-C,   Licensed Clinical Social Worker    301-949-2098 x13

  • Preschoolers, Children, Adolescents and Families                                       
  • New Parents, Including Parents of Adopted Children and Premature Babies
  • Parenting and Family Systems Consultation and Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Practices

Ms. Greenberg earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and her B.A. in Psychology from Emory University.  She shares her infectious positivity and warmth with her clients.  She strives to give them the encouragement that progress is well within reach.  She has a nurturing and empathetic style that helps individuals and families feel safe and comfortable, as she believes that trust and safety in the therapeutic relationship are paramount.

Ms. Greenberg has a broad experience base, working in both clinical and school settings.  She has worked in schools with children who have behavioral challenges and special needs.  She has provided school consultations for children and their families.  She also brings extensive experience working with adoptive families, both through their international and domestic adoption processes as well as in the post adoption process in order to build healthy family connections.  In addition, Ms. Greenberg has experience working with new parents and supporting them on their journey as they develop their own unique relationship with their children, their loved ones and themselves.  She utilizes mindfulness techniques and self-compassion to reduce stress and support her clients’ success in meeting their goals and living their best life.

Naomit Abend, LCPC,   Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor    301-949-2098 x9

  • Adolescent and young adult psychotherapy
  • Couples therapy
  • Parental counseling and guidance
  • Psychodynamic, behavioral and cognitive approaches

Naomit Abend is a licensed graduate professional counselor, specializing in the treatment of adolescents, young adults, couples and parents. Ms. Abend has worked in a variety of treatment settings, including inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics, community-based therapeutic centers, centers for court-mandated therapy, and private practice. Her ability to create an environment of warmth, encouragement, and acceptance enables clients to explore their challenges and make significant life changes.

Ms. Abend uses a combination of psychodynamic, behavioral and cognitive techniques to work with those dealing with anxiety and depression, social difficulties, or transitions into new areas of their life. She is passionate about working with couples to overcome impasses in their relationships, in particular those adjusting to their roles as parents.

Ms. Abend’s gentle and calm demeanor has enabled clients who may previously have been reluctant to attempt therapy, to open up and trust themselves to move outside of their comfort zones. She adjusts her approach to meet the specific needs of each individual, ensuring that each client is provided with the compassion and understanding they need to achieve their personal goals.

Originally from the UK, Naomit has a Master’s degree in Clinical Criminology from Israel and is trained as an Adlerian psychotherapist. Having moved herself several times, she is adept at working with many different cultures and ethnicities.

Debbie Weinberger, LCSW-C,   Licensed Clinical Social Worker      301-949-2098 x8     

  • Preschoolers, Young Children, Adolescents and Adults
  • Expectant and New Parents
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Parent and Family Systems Consultation and Coaching
  • School-based Social Work Consultation

Debbie Weinberger earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and has over 20 years of social work experience working with young children and families. She has worked in inpatient settings as well as home-visiting/parent coaching and therapeutic educational preschool programs. Currently, she is the Early Childhood Counselor at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda and is a Clinical Supervisor to social workers at independent schools in the DC area.

Ms. Weinberger brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with young children and their families. Her solution-focused and strength-based approach forms the basis for her work. She connects with parents and children alike, in a non-judgmental, supportive, and practical manner, to create a space for the exploration of challenges and behaviors which occur in the parent-child relationship.

Ms. Weinberger combines multiple methodologies and approaches when working with clients. She uses an individualized approach, incorporates practical feedback, and identifies appropriate strategies to help clients navigate challenging situations. She also incorporates humor into her work and knows that life is messy.

Robin Foreman, LCPC,   Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor    301-949-2098 x169

  • Child, Adolescent, and Adult Therapy
  • Parenting Consultation
  • Teaching Professionals
  • Survivors of Sexual Abuse/Assault

Originally from Austin, Robin earned a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin and a master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from Texas State University. Robin has worked with children and adolescents experiencing anxiety and depression, difficulty in school, sexual abuse, and those struggling with their identity. She believes it is essential that parents participate in the counseling process, so she routinely meets with them as well to provide feedback and guidance. With years of experience in schools, Robin understands the stressors that educators endure, so she is a great fit for clients who are teachers and other school employees. In addition to working in the school setting, she worked in the Victim Services Unit of the Austin Police Department with adolescent victims of sexual assault. Robin is a warm therapist who connects easily with children, teens, and adults. She likes to incorporate mindfulness into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and she believes that a sense of humor in life is vital!