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Behavioral Health Providers

 

Amelia AburnAmelia Aburn, MSW

Amelia Aburn joined Mary's Center in October 2017 and works as a School Based Mental Health Therapist at H.D. Cooke Elementary School in Adams Morgan. She received her Masters in Social Work at Catholic University in 2017 and her Bachelors in Psychology at Northeastern University in 2013. Amelia is also a Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) and enjoys offering yoga classes at various studios throughout the district. She is passionate about connecting with and caring for each individual she works with. She believes in practicing mindfulness and using mind-body interventions as a means for healing, allowing this to be a guiding force in her work and within her life. Amelia advises clients to "always start with a big deep breath." She also enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending as much time as possible in nature.

 

Andrea AgallocoAndrea Agalloco, LGSW, MSW

Andrea Agalloco is a Behavioral Health Therapist based at the Ontario Road location of Mary’s Center, where she joined the team in March 2017.  She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Ms. Agalloco speaks English and some Spanish. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Villanova University and a Masters of Social Work from Catholic University of America. Ms. Agalloco previously worked as a fundraiser and event planner for Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry and has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings in Washington, D.C.  In her free time she enjoys cooking, singing karaoke, reading, yoga and spending time with friends and family. 

 

Rosa Delmy AlvayeroRosa Delmy Alvayero, LCSW-C

Rosa Delmy Alvayero is an Integrative Behavioral Health Therapist at our Adelphi clinic. She completed a master’s Degree in Clinical Social at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with a dual track in Program Management and Clinical Work and a sub-specialization and Certificate in Maternal and Child Health. Ms. Alvayero also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Certificate in Women Studies, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her professional work experience includes program development, staff management, and implementation of support services for at-risk youth in the immigrant community by providing comprehensive, culturally sensitive programs in education, workforce management, and social services.  She has volunteered at an orphanage for children with HIV in Lima, Peru, and worked with an interdisciplinary team of doctors, social service workers, and nurses providing medical treatment and aid to earthquake victims in El Salvador. Ms. Alvayero uses the therapeutic space to work with people in their self-discovery of the affirmation that no one is broken. Her favorite quote, from Jenny Layton, is: “You are enough. You were born being enough. Nothing you say or do will ever add to or subtract from who you are.”

 

Ayla BadellAyla Badell, LPC

Ayla Badell is a Behavioral Health Therapist at the Mary's Center locations in Adams Morgan and Fort Totten in Washington D.C. She did a BA in Psychology at Loyola University of Maryland and an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Johns Hopkins University. She is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Ms. Badell uses cognitive behavior therapy, trauma-focused CBT, play and filial therapy, art therapy, sand tray therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and parent-child interactive therapy. She has worked with children, teens, adults, people experiencing homelessness, the LGBT community, refugees and immigrants. Born in Bethesda, Ms Badell is proud of her Latina and Asian heritage. She speaks English and has a passion for yoga, mixed marital arts, ultra marathon running, ballroom dancing and painting. She believes in the healing power of exercise, meditation, the arts, and play.

Ms Badell says: "I chose to work at Mary's Center to help improve the quality of life for all members of our community, especially those who do not have easy access to therapeutic services. Mary's Center assists in many different realms of health, which helps people to live a happier life.

 

Dr. Deyadira  Baez-Sierra, Psychiatrist at Mary's CenterDeyadira Baez-Sierra, MD (Psychiatrist)

Dr. Baez-Sierra graduated from Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. She completed her psychiatry residency training  program at Boston Medical Center and her fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine (Consultation - Liaison Psychiatry) at George Washington University/Inova Fairfax Hospital. She holds academic appointments at George Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Baez-Sierra joined Mary's Center in May 2016 and works at the Ontario Road location. She has interests in academic psychiatry, HIV psychiatry, integrated behavioral health, cultural psychiatry, public health and women's behavioral health. She enjoys fitness activities, traveling and cultural events and is bilingual in English and Spanish. Dr. Baez- Sierra is passionate about delivering exceptional care for all.

 

Claudia CamargoClaudia Camargo, LGSW, MSW

Claudia Camargo began her work specializing in therapy for children and families at Mary’s Center in June 2014, and works at our Ontario Road location in Adams Morgan, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Science from the University of Maryland in College Park, and a Master of Social Work from University of Maryland in Baltimore. Along with her degrees, she is also licensed in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She would like to remind people that “Every day is different.Tomorrow could be much better.” Ms. Camargo speaks both English and Spanish, loves dogs, and enjoys yoga, reading, going to the beach, and dancing.

 

 

Jessica Cates-BristolJessica Cates-Bristol, MSW

Jessica Cates-Bristol (known as Jessi) is a School-Based Mental Health Therapist at City Arts & Prep, a charter school in Northeast Washington D.C.She received a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland and has been working with youth in educational settings for fifteen years. Prior to Mary's Center, Ms. Cates-Bristol worked with various community-based organizations in DC, and managed programs in Sub-Saharan African working to empower youth. She finds strength in the following quote by Maya Angelou, “You may not think you can reach it. Climb anyway. You may not think you'll be heard. Speak anyway. You may not think you can change things. Try anyway." 

 

 

Begona CortinaBegoña Cortina

Begoña Cortina was born in Bilbao, Spain, and speaks English and Spanish. She is also fluent in Basque. She joined Mary’s Center in August 2016 and works as a bilingual School Based Mental Health Therapist at Cesar Chavez Prep. Ms. Cortina feels grateful to be able to work cross culturally in a diverse environment.  She is a firm believer in team work and greatly appreciates the supportive environment at Mary’s Center. In addition, she feels lucky to work in a setting inspired by César Chávez, and will not hesitate to paraphrase one her favorite quotes from the civil rights activist and community organizer: “From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength”. 

 

Megan K. Doherty, LGSW

Megan K. Doherty is a Mental Health Therapist providing long term therapy services at our Ontario Road location in Adams Morgan, DC. She enjoys working with participants from different cultures, with issues related to trauma and adjustment, and with mindfulness based interventions and integrative approaches. Throughout her career, Ms. Doherty has worked at the intersection of countries and cultures, examining the formation of national, cultural, and linguistic identities during the twentieth century as a researcher, and then by designing and implementing leadership development programs for leaders from 35 countries at the German Marshall Fund, where she remains a non-resident Fellow. Ms. Doherty speaks English, French, and German, and holds an MSW in clinical Social Work from Catholic University and a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. She was born in the U.S., spent a decade growing up in Melbourne, Australia, and has also lived in Berlin and London, as well as worked across Europe and North Africa. In her spare time she loves to cook, hike, read, meditate, and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends.

 

Lindsay EidmanLindsay Eidman, LICSW

Lindsay Eidman is a School-Based Mental Health Therapist at Columbia Heights Education Campus. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in D.C. and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Religious Studies from University of Richmond and a Masters of Social Work from Catholic University of America. Ms. Eidman has extensive experience working with trauma survivors, including survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence, as well as experience working as a mental health therapist in other school-based settings in Washington, D.C. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, is an amateur sewer, and loves spending time with friends and family.

 

Susan Fleischmann, Mental Health Therapist at Mary's CenterSusan Fleischmann, LICSW

Susan Fleischmann is a Licensed Social Worker. She joined the organization in June 2011 and is based at the Ontario Road site in Adams Morgan, Washington, D.C. Ms. Fleischmann is particularly interested in adult psychotherapy (relational and psychodynamic). She holds an MSW from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and a Certificate in Adult Psychotherapy from the Baltimore Washington Center for Psycho-analysis. She was born in Baltimore and is of German heritage. She enjoys the outdoors, going to the theater and making mosaics.

Ms Fleischmann says: "I chose to work in mental health because I think that mental health determines our ability to function in life at our maximum potential as well as to experience higher levels of life satisfaction. Find ways to get support and enjoy yourself. Do one thing each day that makes you feel good or at least better."

 

Angelica Garcia-Ditta, LSW, MSW

Angelica Garcia-Ditta is a Licensed Social Worker in the District of Columbia working as a School-Based Mental Health Therapist with Mary’s Center, serving high school students in DC Public Schools. Angelica has several years of experience working with underserved adolescents, young adults and families who have experienced domestic and sexual violence, are living with HIV/AIDS, involved in the criminal justice system and in mental health treatment in English and Spanish. Angelica graduated with a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and is passionate about serving high-risk adolescents within an integrated health and education model and working towards improved child and family wellness on all levels for the community.

 

Gretchen Gates, Mental Health Therapist at Mary's CenterGretchen Gates, LGSW

Gretchen Gates began working as a School-Based Mental Health Therapist at Mary's Center on Ontario Road in June 2014. She specializes in therapy for adolescents and families. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Communications from University of Dayton and a Master of Social Work from The Catholic University of America. She recommends that people exercise because it benefits both the mind and body. She speaks both English and Spanish, and enjoys running, biking, cooking and playing with her dog.

Ms. Gates says: "I love working in mental health in a school, because not only does it serve the individual needs of clients and families, but it also decreases the stigma surrounding mental health."

 

Anne GiebelAnne Giebel, LGSW, MSW

Anne Giebel joined Mary's Center in Spring 2018 after working as a school social worker. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her B.S. in Psychology. She moved to the Washington DC area to teach 7th grade English Language Arts in Prince George's County, MD for two years before attending graduate school for Clinical Social Work. She received a Masters of Social Work from Catholic University of America. Currently, Ms. Giebel is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker working as a School-Based Mental Health Therapist at Truesdell Elementary School. In her free time, she enjoys photography, writing, working out, and spending time with friends.

 

 

Morgan GrossMorgan Kraybill Gross, LICSW, LCSW, MSW

Morgan Kraybill Gross manages the Maternal Mental Health program at Mary’s Center and offers clinical services as a Mental Health Therapist with specialized training in the treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through the Karen Kleiman Postpartum Stress Center and the Postpartum Support International Certificate Training. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Catholic University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Goshen College in Indiana and is independently licensed as a clinical social worker in DC and Virginia. Ms. Gross has been with Mary’s Center since August 2016, and previously worked in a variety of clinical settings and arenas, including community-based, residential, and inpatient programs, in the areas of community organizing, education, anti-human trafficking, alternatives to incarceration/restorative justice, emergency/crisis services including hotlines, and mental health. She grew up in South Africa and in spite of extensive travel, is only English speaking. She enjoys bike commuting, baking, growing things and worm composting, going on adventures, making jewelry and exploring other crafty avenues, and quality time at home with the people she loves. 

 

Shamara HowzeShamara Howze, LGPC

Shamara Howze joined Mary’s Center in July of 2018 and works as a School Based Mental Health Therapist at Barnard Elementary. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from North Carolina Central University in 2015. She later completed her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2017 at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Ms. Howze is currently a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor and aspires to continue working towards becoming a Play Therapist as she truly enjoys working with youth. She also enjoys anything that involves crafts, including painting, hanging out with friends, and cooking.

 

 

Maggie HumeMargaret (Maggie) Hume, LICSW, MSW

Mental Health Therapist Maggie Hume joined the Mary's Center team in November 2010, after two years of service with the Peace Corps in Guatemala. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and obtained her MSW (Master of Social Work) degree from the University of Maryland. Ms. Hume is licensed as a clinical social worker in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. She has a certificate in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training in Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory. Ms. Hume sees patients at the Ontario Road location and encourages them by reminding them that "Healing is always possible." She has many hobbies, including biking, hiking, yoga, swimming, laughing, learning, watching movies, listening to music, reading, traveling, playing Pictionary and chess, having long conversations with friends and family, and savoring a good meal that someone else cooked.

Ms. Hume says: "I chose to work in mental health because one of the things that matters most to me is seeing and helping people to free themselves from limitations, make the best of hard situations, overcome, and find meaning and joy that were missing. Mary's Center reaches out to the people I wanted to work with, and its mission is inspiring to me."

 

Inma Iglesias, School Based Mental Health Therapist at Mary's CenterInma Iglesias, LICSW (School Based Mental Health Therapist)

Inma Iglesias was born in Salamanca, Spain and speaks Spanish and English. She also has basic knowledge of sign language. She joined Mary's Center in September 2013 and works as a School Based Mental Health Therapist at Powell Elementary School. Ms. Iglesias is also a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapist at Mary’s Center. She advises her patients to "be gentle to yourself so you can be gentle to others." She has many hobbies and loves outdoor activities like walking, biking, and having barbecues in the summer. She enjoys music and dancing, and was a Zumba instructor in the past.

Ms. Iglesias says: "I decided to join Mary's Center because I share its mission and values. Mary's Center has a holistic approach when serving the community; which I think is the most effective way to serve our clients. We support the family as a whole and in all the areas that we can. Also, there is a strong team spirit and collaboration among co-workers. The day to day work becomes easier when we support each other."

 

Sarah Jones, LGSW

Sarah Jones joined the Mary's Center School Based Mental Health team in October 2017 and works as a therapist at DC International School. She received her Masters in Social Work from Catholic University in 2017 and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgetown University in 2009. Sarah is a proud social worker who cares deeply about serving clients holistically by addressing individual therapeutic needs while confronting oppressive systems. She incorporates psychodynamic, CBT, music and play therapy techniques into her sessions. She previously worked and interned at So Others Might Eat (SOME), the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and Georgetown University's Center for Social Justice (CSJ). Sarah is a native Washingtonian who enjoys playing guitar and being as active as possible through hiking, biking, running, yoga and crossfit.
 

Sidney Knight, Mental Health Therapist at Mary's Center

 

Sidney Knight, LICSW (Behavioral Health Therapist and Behavioral Health Family Support Worker Supervisor)

Born in in Baltimore, Maryland, Sidney Knight served as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. He speaks Spanish and English and joined Mary's Center in 2011, working at the Ontario Road site in Adams Morgan. Mr. Knight was inspired to become a behavioral health worker by words from a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Mr. Knight advises his patients to sleep 7 to 8 hours a day when possible, to eat balanced meals and to "get the wiggles out" by doing physical activity for 30 minutes a day. In his free time, he enjoys long distance running, traveling and drinking coffee.

 

Vanessa Leon School-Based Mental Health Therapist at Mary's CenterVanessa León, LGSW, MSW

Vanessa León joined Mary’s Center in January 2016 and works as a School Based Mental Health Therapist at Briya Public Charter School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from George Mason University and a Master of Social Work from Smith College. Ms. León believes everyone should take the time to care for themselves in order to continue juggling all the other roles they fill, a belief that motivated her to pursue the field of mental health. Bilingual in English and Spanish and the daughter of Peruvian immigrants, Ms. León feels grateful to utilize her language abilities in an effort to help expand access to such care across diverse communities.  In her free time, Ms. León enjoys spending time with family and friends, eating good food, dancing and being outdoors. 

 

Erika Lindenberg, LMSW

Erica Lindenberg joined Mary’s Center in July of 2018 as a Mental Health Therapist. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in Maryland and works primarily at the new clinic at 344 University Blvd. in Silver Spring, as well as the Flower Avenue site. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from North Carolina State University. Erica is bilingual (English and Spanish) and has spent time living in Lima, Peru, where she volunteered at a daycare for under-served families. Her previous experience includes working with adolescents and adults in outpatient, integrated healthcare, and nonprofit settings. She utilizes a person-centered, integrative approach to her work with clients. Erica is grateful to work at an organization that employs a holistic model of care which incorporates the connection between physical and mental health. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, rock climbing, and traveling. 

 

 

Courtney Lorraine, MSW 

Courtney Lorraine joined Mary’s Center in 2017 and works as a Behavioral Health Therapist at the Fort Totten location. She received an MSW from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and a BA in Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University. Ms. Lorraine has worked with adults and teens in a variety of settings, including outpatient psychotherapy, substance use treatment, residential horticultural therapy, and girls empowerment programs. She is passionate about second chances for everyone, and loves helping people find their strength to continue growing and changing at every stage of life. She is interested in mindfulness meditation and loves spending time in nature whenever she can.

 

 

Marybeth Mangas, Mental Health Therapist at Mary's CenterMarybeth Mangas, MSW

Marybeth Mangas began working at the Mary's Center location in Adams Morgan in September 2013. She specializes in children's psychotherapy. She holds a Bachelor of Science from St. Joseph's University and a Master's in Social Work from New York University. When discerning her desired career path, Ms. Mangas participated in service immersion programs in New Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Peru. She advises that self-care become a priority in people's lives because you cannot help others without first taking care of yourself. In her free time, Ms. Mangas enjoys traveling, cooking, listening to music, and spending time with her family and friends.

Ms. Mangas says: "I have chosen behavioral health as a profession because of my commitment to being a witness to the experiences and feelings of others, because I believe it is so important for us all to know that we are not alone in our journey." 

 

Sarah Spencer NortheySarah Spencer Northey, LMFT

Sarah Spencer Northey (known as Spencer) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) at the Georgia Avenue clinic. She joined the Mary’s Center staff in 2014.  As a relationally-oriented therapist, she considers how individuals develop and interact within a systems context, whether she is meeting with a family group, a couple, or one-on-one.  Her approach is friendly, curious, and creative. She aims to empower clients by reflecting the strengths that are already within them so that they can achieve their goals as strong, brave, and wholehearted people. She is bilingual in English and Spanish, and holds a Master’s of Science from the Couple and Family Therapy program at University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to Mary’s Center she worked for a community mental health clinic in Hyattsville, Maryland.

 

Rachel Osborn, Mental Health Therapist at Mary's CenterRachel Osborn, LICSW, MSW (School Based Mental Health Clinical Manager, Adolescent Programming)

Rachel Osborn has been a School Based Mental Health Therapist at the Ontario Road site since May of 2013. She specializes in both child and adolescent mental health along with school behavioral health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Masters of Social Work from Catholic University of America. Ms. Osborn has lived and worked in Southeast Asia & Costa Rica, doing community development and youth empowerment. Through her work at Mary's Center, she strives to combine her love for youth health & wellness, strengthening families, and social change. In her free time, Ms. Osborn enjoys running, hiking, live music, pottery, and playing with her dogs.

 

Maira Paige, Addiction Counselor and Case Manager at Mary's CenterMaria Paige, CAC (Addiction Specialist-Care Coordinator)

Maria Paige has over 20 years of experience in direct service and non-profit management functions. She holds a Recovery Coach Certificate and a Business degree. She is an active member of the DC Recovery Advisory Council (DC RAC).  Ms. Paige is works with clients struggling with substance abuse and anger management issues. She is a strong advocate for access to appropriate and affordable treatment for substance use, and reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with the disease. Ms. Paige enjoys engaging people in the process of positive change. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and her hobbies are cooking, listening to music and spending time with her dog.

 

Ana-Maria ParraAna-Maria Parra, LGSW, MSW

Ana-Maria Parra joined the Mary’s Center team in May 2017 as a bilingual (Spanish and English) Mental Health Therapist at the Ontario site. She was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Tampa and her Master of Social Work from Fordham University. Ms. Parra has experience working in New York City in foster care, as well as providing therapy to children, adolescents and adults. She is passionate about exercising, reading and spending time with her friends and family. As an immigrant herself, Ms. Parra wants to give back to the community by supporting and empowering clients to reach their full potential.

 

 

Marisa Parella, School Based Mental Health Program Manager at Mary's CenterMarisa A. Parrella, LICSW, LCSW-C, MSW (Director of School Based Mental Health)

Marisa Parrella is based at the Ontario Road site in Adams Morgan. She joined Mary's Center in February 2014 and specializes in Children's Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision and Program Management. Ms. Parrella is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in (D.C.) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Maryland). She holds a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and completed a Post Graduate Fellowship in Clinical Social Work at the Yale University Child Study Center. She was born in Boston to immigrant parents from Italy and speaks English and Spanish. Ms. Parrella enjoys running, hiking, cooking, reading and travel and believes that deep breathing helps to maintain good mental health.

Ms Parrella says: "Caring for your mental health is as important as caring for your physical health. Mary's Center services strive to improve overall wellness of individuals, families, and communities."

 

Zeich Reich, Mental Health Therapist at Mary's CenterZeke Reich, LICSW, MSW

Zeke Reich is a Behavioral Health Therapist at the Fort Totten Clinic and has worked at Mary's Center since August 2014. He specializes in individual and group therapy with adults, teens and children, working mostly in English but with Spanish-speaking clients as well. Mr. Reich holds a Master's in Social Work from The Catholic University of America and draws on several approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and play therapy. His goal at Mary's Center is to help people heal from the past, let go of worries about the future, and become their most liberated selves in the present. His advice to clients is "Come in and talk to someone! You don’t have to go through this alone." When not at work, Mr. Reich spends his time parenting, writing, and meditating.

 

Elba RivasElba Rivas, LCSW-C, LICSW, MSW

Elba Rivas is an Integrative Behavioral Health Therapist at Mary’s Center’s Silver Spring office. The daughter of Salvadorian immigrants, she is bilingual in Spanish and English. She understands firsthand the challenges and resiliency of the immigrant community. It was through this lens that she developed a desire to pursue social work and give back to the community. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has been working at Mary’s Center since June 2015. Ms. Rivas takes great pride in working to achieve Mary’s Center's mission of embracing culturally diverse communities to provide them with the highest quality of care. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to concerts, and trying new restaurants.

Georgette Saad, Mental Health Therapist at Marys' Center Georgette Saad, LICSW, MSW

Georgette Saad joined the Mary's Center team in June 2012 and is a Behavioral Health Therapist at the Marys' Center site in Ontario and Fort Totten as the Senior Clinical Early Childhood Program Manager. Ms. Saad holds a Bachelor's of Social Work from New York University and a Masters of Social Work from University of Maryland. She is of Bolivian and Lebanese background and speaks both Spanish and English. Ms. Saad is greatly enjoying her time at Mary's Center, growing and connecting with families from all over DC in many unique ways. She lives by these inspirational words from author Paulo Coelho and wants to share them with her patients: "If you only walk on sunny days, you will never reach your destination". During her free time, she stays active by hiking, kayaking, and yoga, but also enjoys baking, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, and playing with her dogs.

 

Gloria Saez, Mental Health Therapist at Marys' Center Gloria Saez, MSW, LGSW

Gloria Saez has been sharing her time between the Mary's Center sites on Ontario Road and Georgia Avenue since September of 2014, specializing in Behavioral Health Therapy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from the Moody Bible Institute and a Master's in Social Work from Alabama A&M University. Her advice for better emotional health: "You can't give what you don't have; take care of yourself emotionally and physically. It is not selfish to take time out for yourself, it is actually a sign you care." At Mary's Center, she hopes to enhance the mental, emotional, and wellbeing of clients by using the appropriate assessment techniques and therapeutic modalities. Ms. Saez is bilingual in Spanish and English. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, people-watching, adventures and learning new information.

 

Ariste Sallas-BrookwellAriste Sallas-Brookwell, MSW, LGSW

Ariste (Ari) Sallas-Brookwell is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) in the District of Columbia and began working as a Mental Health Therapist with Mary’s Center in April 2018. She works with children, adolescents, and adults. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Health and Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master of Social Work from the Catholic University of America. She completed a nine month post-graduate training program in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry in 2017. Ms. Sallas-Brookwell says, “I love being a social worker because it allows me to be a partner and witness to clients on the path to healing, growth, and empowerment. It’s remarkable to see clients realize their own resilience and strengths.”

 

Jillian Shropshire, MSW 

Jillian Shropshire joined Mary’s Center in December 2015 as a Post-Release Services Case Manager, working with recently-arrived unaccompanied minors and their families as they adjust to their new homes. Inspired by her clients’ strength and resiliency and with a greater understanding of the need for mental health services in schools, she transitioned to the SchoolBased Mental Health team in March 2018. She works as a School Based Mental Health Therapist at Roosevelt High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Loyola University Maryland and a Master of Social Work from Boston College. Ms. Shropshire is bilingual in English and Spanish and has lived and worked in Honduras as a teacher. Her clients’ resiliency and strength inspires her. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, cooking, reading, knitting, traveling, and practicing yoga. 

 

Jennifer Steiger, LMSW

Jennifer Steiger joined Mary's Center in June 2018 and works as a bilingual Mental Health Therapist at the new 344 University Boulevard clinic in Silver Spring, MD. She received her Masters in Social Work with a clinical concentration at Catholic University in 2017, and her Bachelors in Music Education at Ithaca College in New York City in 2011. She previously worked at a primary school teaching general music and at an alternative school for at-risk youth. Ms. Steiger's passion for the performing arts coupled with her teaching background allow her to work with and relate to children and adolescents in a unique manner. She also loves to cook, rock climb, do yoga, and travel the world.

 

Colin Stewart, MD (Pyschiatrist)

Dr. Colin Stewart is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist at Mary’s Center. He is also the Training Director for the Child and Adolescent Residency Training Program as well as the Clerkship Director for the Georgetown School of Medicine’s psychiatry clerkship. He provides clinical care, including seeing individuals and families for psychotherapy, and directs a clinic dedicated to the assessment and treatment of ADHD and affect dysregulation. Dr. Stewart teaches and supervises medical students, psychiatry residents, and child and adolescent psychiatry fellows at Mary’s Center and at Georgetown. He is very interested in promoting diversity and inclusion in medical education and has served on the Association of American Medical Colleges’s Group for Diversity and Inclusion and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Diversity and Culture Committee.

 

Claire TaylorClaire Taylor, MSW, LGSW 

Claire Taylor is a School-Based Mental Health Therapist at Harriet Tubman Elementary School.  Before receiving a Masters of Social Work degree from Catholic University of America and joining Mary’s Center in 2017, Ms. Taylor spent the better part of a decade as a parent advocate when her children were enrolled in DC Public Schools. Claire also has a background in journalism, which she believes has served her well in social work. She says: “Everyone has a story to tell; every client inspires me in some way.”  Ms.  Taylor is also a martial artist, an avid reader and traveler who loves to be with her kids, friends, and many pets.

 

 

Mildred WilliamsMildred Holmes Williams, MSW (Senior Director of Behavioral Health)

Mildred Holmes Williams joined the Mary’s Center team in August 2015. Ms. Williams, who is originally from Connecticut, studied English at the University of Connecticut at Storrs and did her Masters in Social Work at Howard University. Prior to Mary’s Center, Ms. Williams held several high-level positions at agencies in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. She was Deputy Director of the Department of Mental Health in the District Of Columbia; Chief of Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Montgomery County, Maryland; and Director of the Arlington County Department Of Mental Health Services in Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, running and listening to music. Ms. Williams says: “Mary’s Center is known for its inclusion and team approach to service delivery. Providing services to multi-ethnic populations and communities is an important part of my work”.

 

Daniel VeigaDaniel Veiga, LGPC

Daniel Veiga is a Mental Health Therapist based Mary’s Center’s behavioral health center on Kalorama Road. He joined the team in June 2017. He is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in Washington, DC and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Tennessee State University, and a Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University. Mr. Veiga has worked with various populations including children, adolescents, families, and individuals with co-occurring disorders. He also started his own mentoring business, with the focus on mentoring young Black males in seeking alternative educational pursuits.  In his free time, he enjoys singing, traveling, reading, swimming, rooting for DC area sports teams, and spending time with friends and family. 

 

Elizabeth Wolfe, Mental Health Therapist at Marys' Center Elizabeth Wolfe,  LICSW, MSW

Elizabeth Wolfe began working for Mary's Center October 2013, specializing in behavioral health, trauma and PTSD, depression, and anxiety. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Courtauld Institute of Art and a Masters of Social Work from Smith College. She also completed clinical internships at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and The University of Maryland Taghi Modarressi Center for Infant Study. She sees participants at the Ontario Road location. Her message to everyone is that "Reaching out for help can be scary, but do it. You'll be glad you did." Ms. Wolfe is proficient in both English and Spanish, and enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, biking, and watching movies.

Ms. Wolfe says: "At Mary's Center we have a wonderful team of dedicated, talented clinicians who make my job fun."

Andrea Zawatsky, LCSW-C, LICSW- Director of Behavioral Health, Maryland

 

 
Andrea Zawatsky is the Director of Behavioral Health for Maryland and joined the team in March 2019. Andrea is independently licensed as a clinical social worker in both Maryland and DC. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgetown University and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Andrea has had experience working in non profit organizations for several years. She worked both in schools as a therapist where she saw children and adolescents and also in private practice where she worked with adults. Andrea was also the Director of a mental health program at a non profit in Montgomery County. Additionally, she has worked in a medical setting with OBGYNs as well as with both inpatient hospitalization and partial hospitalization programs. Multiculturalism is very important to Andrea since her father is from Chile and her mother is from France and Andrea is bilingual in Spanish. In her free time, Andrea is a recording artist and writes, sings, and records music. She also loves to spend time with her family and friends.   
 

 

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