Is Your Child Struggling with
Mental Health or Substance Use Issues?

Potomac Programs at Cabin John Offers Outpatient Care and Support for Teens and Young Adults Ages 14-24

Due to COVID-19, We Are Now Offering Our Intensive Outpatient Program via Video Chat.

Potomac Programs at Cabin John, Maryland

Potomac at Cabin John—located in the Washington, DC metro area approximately 10 miles northwest of Washington, DC, 13 miles northwest of Arlington, VA and 5 miles southwest of Bethesda, MD—offers outpatient behavioral health services and support for teens and young adults, ages 14-24, struggling with mental health and / or substance use issues.

Depression, anxiety, and suicide are on the rise and children are at risk today more than ever before. Too many teens and young adults go through life suffering from trauma, loneliness, intense social pressure, feelings of worthlessness, anxiety, depression and shame. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Our outpatient program allows your family to get the help they need locally, in your own community, and includes individual, group and family therapy as well as therapeutic / peer mentoring and parent coaching. We provide a safe, nurturing and healing environment to help families and their children address and overcome the following mental health issues that may be affecting their everyday lives.

  • Anxiety
  • Mood Regulation
  • Family Conflict

Our Cabin John, MD Campus

Mental Health & Substance Use Treatment Provided at Cabin John

When a more intensive program than basic outpatient therapy is needed, or if your child is in need of a ‘step-down’ program once they have completed an inpatient residential program, our clinic is here to help. We provide two in-clinic treatment options, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), sometimes referred to as a “day hospital” program, meeting a minimum of 20 hours a week, and an intensive outpatient program (IOP), meeting a minimum of 12 hours a week. These programs offer your child the opportunity to live at home when they are not receiving treatment so they can continue to attend school or work.

Also, in order to truly be adaptive in supporting our clients, remove any access to care barriers, and provide additional flexibility to help us meet our clients’ unique needs, we are offering TeleHealth Services, a virtual IOP program, as an alternative to our in-person programming.

Our virtual IOP program connects you to our state-of-the-art clinic directly through our secure video platform. This is a more convenient and accessible way to receive our high quality care for when attending in person is not an option. Our virtual IOP program can provide more frequent sessions to help meet the needs of your child, with options of attending 4-6 days a week.

At our outpatient programs, we utilize several different modes of treatment including the following...

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

We use Dialectical Behavior Therapy to identify and change thinking patterns and unhealthy behaviors that negatively affect quality of life, teaching teens and young adults how to develop new skills to effectively cope with stress, manage emotions, decrease conflict, improve relationships with others, focus on the present and live in the moment. We then help them practice these skills so they can apply what they have learned at home, at school, at work, and in the community, and achieve their goals, improve upon their well-being, and effect lasting positive change.

 

SMART Recovery

There are a variety of approaches to treating children struggling with addictions. Of all the options available, we are most impressed with and utilize SMART Recovery. SMART stands for Self-Management And Recovery Training and this approach has been shown, through ongoing scientific research and continual clinical refinement, to be highly effective.

By combining a blend of cognitive behavior therapy, which helps change negative thought patterns to positive ones, emotional coping strategies and group and family support, SMART Recovery teaches children how to control their addictive behavior, by focusing on their underlying thoughts and feelings, and provides them with the skills they need to manage their cravings and urges for the long term.

 

Experiential Therapy

As its name indicates, experiential therapy involves actions, movements, and activities rather than the more traditional “talk therapy.” It is at the core of Potomac Programs’ therapeutic approach and involves group activities, outings, and in the moment interventions. The goal of this approach is to focus on actual involvement with different types of experiences, including emotional processing, interactions with others, creativity, and reflections of events that go beyond traditional “talk therapy.” This helps to speed up the therapeutic process, promoting change in the shorter period of time and allowing the individual to develop insight and realization into the nature of their inner thoughts, feelings, experiences, needs, and proactive methods to address these.

Why Choose Cabin John?

  • Local

    Centrally located in the Washington, DC metro area—our healthy, home-like environment provides the idyllic setting for therapeutic and recreational support.

  • Accessible

    Schedules can be hectic, so Potomac Programs at Cabin John provides both day and evening programming as a way to remove further barriers to treatment and allow more accessibility within your community.

  • Experiential

    Therapy is much more than talking. We will engage your child's physical and emotional capacities with a variety of activities, team challenges, mindfulness exercises, and creative arts that leverage our local outdoor landscape.

  • Affordable

    We will work with your insurance company to advocate throughout the entire process with strong assessments, treatment planning and robust aftercare planning.

Meet the DC Metro Teams

Choosing the right treatment program for your child is one of the most difficult decisions you’ll make as a parent. The Potomac Programs at Cabin John team has served families for a combined five decades at several nationally recognized treatment programs. Our team has been carefully assembled to ensure the correct blend of training, clinical credentials and experience to meet the challenges of providing your child and family with a safe, supportive, caring and effective course of treatment.

Outpatient Clinic - Cabin John Leadership Team

Nate Luongo

Nate Luongo

Position: Clinical Director
Email: [email protected]
Credentials: LCSW-C
Nate Luongo, LCSW-C joined Potomac Programs in 2015. He holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University. Nate has dedicated his life to working with adolescents and young adults struggling with substance use and mental health issues. He’s received extensive supervision and clinical training from Robert Schwebel, PhD. – creator of the Seven Challenges Program, the evidence-based model utilized within the First Step program. Prior to joining Potomac Programs, Nate provided family and individual therapy to at-risk families in Brooklyn, NY. He has worked in a number of community and clinic settings addressing an array of mental health concerns. After his college football playing career was cut short due to injury, Nate served as an assistant coach at Catholic University. Outside of work, Nate enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on hikes, and playing with his dog, Millie.

Nate Luongo

Clinical Director
John Pelletier

John Pelletier

Position: Admissions Director
Email: [email protected]

John Pelletier is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in English. He has a long history of management and administration in companies both large and small in various industries including big box retail, local grocery and veterinary medicine. A former veterinary assistant, John continues to spend time volunteering with animals and enjoys gardening, meditating and reading.

John Pelletier

Admissions Director
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Atira Zeoli

Position: Associate Executive Director
Email: [email protected]

Atira has worn many hats since she joined Potomac Programs in 2016. Hired as the clinic’s Compliance Officer, she then served as the Director of Operations for three years before stepping into her current role. Prior to that she had years of experience managing and leading retail businesses. She also spent more than a decade providing care and tutoring to children and teens with trauma, anxiety, depression, and ASD.

As a teacher in the Palyul tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Atira is passionate about connecting people to the therapeutic, spiritual and creative tools that help them befriend their own minds and the world around them. She offers classes on how to develop wisdom and compassion through meditation and mind-training.

Atira is a strong proponent of the healing power of the arts and has been leading poetry workshops in schools since 2004. In her spare time, Atira enjoys reading, writing poetry, creating art, and exploring the great outdoors with her husband.

Atira Zeoli

Associate Executive Director
Harry Gill

Harry Gill

Position: Medical Director
Email: [email protected]
Credentials: MD, PhD

Dr. Gill is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. Prior to his appointment with Suburban Hospital, Dr. Gill has served as the Medical Director, Behavioral Health Services, of Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. He is presently also Clinical Assistant Professor at George Washington University Department of Psychiatry as well as St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatry Residency Training Program.

Originally from Croatia, Dr. Gill came to the United States to pursue study and research of the brain function. After obtaining his double-major Doctorate degree in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience from Iowa State University focusing on brain mapping of visual imagery process, Dr. Gill served as Chief Medical Officer with the State of Iowa Department of Human Services Medicaid Agency. He has worked closely with (then) Health Care Financing Administration (presently Center for Medicare Services) on the development of quality of care measures for Medicaid and Medicare Managed Care. His continued interest in quality of care as well as providing optimal care to patients needing psychiatric care led to founding of the AXIS Healthcare Group that attracted a team of experts sharing the same mission.

Dr. Gill also completed training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis where he also chaired and taught in the Neuroscience and Psychotherapy course. In his private practice Dr. Gill provides psychiatric and therapeutic services. His interest in education of both professionals and lay audiences led to developing the educational branch of the AXIS Healthcare Group. He continues to promote psychotherapeutic intervention as essential component of treatment both through his clinical work as well as his ongoing teaching.

Harry Gill

Medical Director

BRIAN J. MASTERSON

Position: Psychiatrist

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Dr. Brian Masterson is a physician with over 30 years of clinical experience. His major interests include: Integration of medicine and psychiatry, issues of transplantation of solid organs, existential management of chronic life-threatening diseases especial HIV, biopsychosocial treatment of trauma related incidents, immunologic response to stress, psychopharmacogenomics, advanced augmented intelligence for process improvement, database and model simulation design, human factors design process.
Dr. Masterson continues to practice internal medicine and psychiatry while serving as a Senior Behavioral Health Medical Director for United Health Group / Optum. He leads development of value-based integrated care for Optum Behavioral Health Care Engagement. He is principal behavioral health consultant to OptumServe and federal programs.
Dr. Masterson concluded 35 years of military service as the Chair of the Health Futures Group, Chief of Interagency Collaboration and the Medical Chair for Global Health at the National Defense University under the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. During that time, he had led efforts to predict and anticipate global health crisis that prepared the DoD for response to the Ebola outbreak in western Africa in 2014.
Dr. Masterson received his Bachelor of Science as a Distinguished Graduate (Summa Cum Laude) from the United States Air Force Academy. He received his Doctorate of Medicine as an Aesculapian graduate from Harvard Medical School. He received his Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the National Defense University. He completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry from the University of Iowa and an Aerospace Medicine residency from the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine. He is boarded in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry.

BRIAN J. MASTERSON

Psychiatrist

Outpatient Clinic - Cabin John Staff

Elizabeth Kosin

Elizabeth Kosin

Position: First Step Therapist
Credentials: LMSW

Elizabeth Kosin, LMSW is a licensed masters social worker.  Elizabeth graduated from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration with a Master’s degree in clinical social work.  Elizabeth swam and played water polo through college which has contributed to her understanding of mind-body wellness. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in school, in-home, and in outpatient settings.  As a therapist, Elizabeth values a strength-based and collaborative approach. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys staying active on land or in the pool, spending time with family and friends, and watching comedy specials curled up with her cat, Winston.  

 

Elizabeth Kosin

First Step Therapist
Barry Shapiro

Barry Shapiro

Position: DBT Therapist
Email: [email protected]
Credentials: LMSW

Barry Shapiro, LMSW earned his master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He has experience working with adolescents and adults with chronic mental illnesses in both outpatient and in-home settings. Barry is driven by his desire to find presence in life through mindfulness and meditation and has a passion for helping others do the same. He enjoys playing guitar and basketball (not at the same time), in addition to spending time with family and friends.

Barry Shapiro

DBT Therapist
Grant Gamble

Grant Gamble

Position: DBT Milieu Manager
Email: [email protected]
Credentials: CADC-II

Grant Gamble, CADC-II started working in dual-diagnosis treatment in 2015 as a primary case manager for Sober College’s residential young adult program. He is a certified drug and alcohol counselor and is in the process of completing his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Grant has experience working with young adults diagnosed with both substance abuse and mental health diagnoses. He has a great interest and understanding of the recovery process for young adults with substance abuse dependency. Grant believes in an entire mind and body connection in order to maintain long-term recovery. He focuses on helping steer client’s focus on their individualized treatment plan by supporting them in five major competencies he believes are essential to the life long recovery process (Life Skills, Sobriety, Fitness, Productivity, and Emotional Well-Being). Grant is an avid swimmer, frequent live music attendee, and lover of all things ocean related! Grant is a Washingtonian by birth, but loves to incorporate the positive California vibes he inherited during his time in Los Angeles!

Grant Gamble

DBT Milieu Manager
Gabriel Martinez

Gabriel Martinez

Position: First Step Therapist
Email: [email protected]
Credentials: LCPC

Gabriel Martinez, LCPC graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2011 with an M.S.Ed. in community mental health and school counseling. Prior to joining Potomac Pathways, he worked for a non-profit in western New York counseling at-risk individuals across the aging, substance abuse, mental health and developmental disability spectrum. He has also worked in numerous schools as an educator and counselor to help address students’ personal, social, emotional, and physical wellness needs. Gabriel engages clients with a holistic approach, including outdoor adventure therapy. He is interested in researching how natural environments impact individual and community wellness.

Gabriel Martinez

First Step Therapist
Nina Tracy

Nina Tracy

Position: Family Therapist
Email: [email protected]
Credentials: LCMFT

Nina Tracy, LCMFT earned a Master’s of Science degree in Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has training in Narrative Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). As a family therapist, she strives to provide families with a safe space that is built on trust and collaboration. Nina has worked with children and young adults since beginning her career. Her experience includes providing therapy in a multitude of settings including Intensive In-Home, outpatient clinics, and private practice. Nina enjoys spending time with her family (which includes two dogs), hiking, skiing, and playing tennis.

Nina Tracy

Family Therapist
Christopher Hodgson

Christopher Hodgson

Position: Administrative Assistant
Email: [email protected]

Christopher Hodgson received a BA in psychology from the University of Georgia in his hometown of Athens. He has a diverse background in administrative, customer service and management roles with various businesses ranging in size from “mom and pop” through an NYSE mutual fund corporation. After relocating to Maryland, Christopher met his partner in 1997 while living in Baltimore and they now reside in Western Montgomery County surrounded by the lush greenery of the Maryland Agricultural Reserve. During his personal time he enjoys audio books, cooking, learning about American Sign Language and deepening in the practices of Vajrayana Buddhism.

Christopher Hodgson

Administrative Assistant
Dyuti Ganesh

Dyuti Ganesh

Position: Educational Coordinator/Case Manager
Email: [email protected]

Dyuti Ganesh is currently a Master’s student at the University of Maryland in the Clinical Psychological Science program and will be graduating in December 2019. Her research specializes in the socio-cultural disparities within psychopathology in racial minority youth populations. Dyuti has worked with child and adolescent populations for the past five years in school, community, and clinical settings and hopes to continue this work in the future. In her spare time, Dyuti enjoys doing yoga, hiking, cooking, and exploring the city!

Dyuti Ganesh

Educational Coordinator/Case Manager
Annie Bertran

“Annie” Diane Bertran

Position: Associate Clinical Director, Day
Credentials: LSCW-C

“Annie” Diane Bertran, LCSW-C earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2013. She worked in Baltimore City High Schools providing individual, group, and family therapy. Annie then moved back to her hometown and has worked in a hospital providing PHP/IOP level treatment. She has had extensive training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. Annie is passionate in her work with different populations and finding individualized ways to work with each person. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as swimming and being outside.

“Annie” Diane Bertran

Associate Clinical Director, Day
Adam Freidfertig

Adam Freidfertig

Position: DBT Therapist
Email: [email protected]
Credentials: LGPC, NCC

Adam Freidfertig, LGPC, NCC received his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to pursuing a degree in counseling, Adam worked as a senior field instructor at a wilderness therapy program, working with adolescents and young adults, combining his passion for the outdoors and supporting positive growth in clients. He has also worked in outpatient mental health settings providing individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Adam seeks to empower clients to utilize learned skills and feel more in control of their lives. He supports clients in engaging the areas of mind-body-spirit to heal the whole self. When not working, Adam likes to hike and camp with his two dogs Hooper and Dexter, read, listen to live music, play board games, travel and spend time with family and friends.

Adam Freidfertig

DBT Therapist
Devin Maroney

Devin Maroney

Position: DBT Therapist
Email: [email protected]
Credentials: LMSW

Devin Maroney, LMSW earned his masters degree in clinical social work from the Catholic University of America. He has experience providing clinical psychotherapy to high-risk adolescents and college-aged individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, self-harm and addiction. Devin has trained in Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy and Focusing Oriented Therapy. In addition to practicing clinical psychotherapy, he is a certified mindfulness teacher with over five years of experience teaching mindfulness in public, private, educational, not-for-profit, and clinical settings. As a clinician and mindfulness teacher, Devin’s goal is to help clients and students reconnect with and draw strength from the goodness in themselves, as they cultivate positive behaviors and new perspectives on life. He spends most of his personal time with his wife, daughter, and dogs and enjoys attending meditation retreats in the Insight tradition.

Devin Maroney

DBT Therapist
Brooke Senior

Brooke Senior

Position: Associate Clinical Director, Eve
Email: [email protected]
Credentials: LMSW

Brooke Senior, LMSW has a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland and is a licensed social worker in the state of Maryland. While in graduate school, Brooke was introduced to Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and became fascinated with the benefits of learning and applying skills in the areas of mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness to both emotional and behavioral difficulties, as well as the benefits of using the skills in life, in general! Brooke has also done significant research on experiential interventions, such as wilderness therapy, and was fortunate enough to study in Southern India, which emphasized her strong belief in the mind-body connection, and the benefits of “thinking outside the box (or, in this case, the therapy office).” Brooke has worked with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including outpatient mental health clinics, residential and day treatment programs, the school system, wilderness education and correctional facilities. Brooke stands by the maxim, “There is no health without mental health.” In her spare time, Brooke enjoys hiking, camping and being outdoors, live music, spending time with friends and family, and reminding people that ‘The Eagles’ are the greatest American rock band to ever be.

Brooke Senior

Associate Clinical Director, Eve
Benjamin Zeoli

Benjamin Zeoli

Position: Facilities Manager
Email: [email protected]

Benjamin Zeoli has many years of facilities management in primarily holistic settings. He has also worked very closely, as a technician, alongside doctors in the fields of human holistic health care and holistic veterinary care. Seeing to a clean, safe, healthy and properly functioning work environment will be Benjamin’s focal points at Potomac Pathways. For the past 33 years, Benjamin has been a practicing Buddhist. He enjoys gardening, decorating, music, cooking, spending time with family and friends and has a tremendous love of animals.

Benjamin Zeoli

Facilities Manager
Brianna Wilson

Brianna Wilson

Position: DBT Therapist
Email: [email protected]
Credentials: LGPC-NCC

Brianna Wilson, LGPC-NCC, received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. While in graduate school, Brianna was introduced to DBT while working at RICA in Baltimore. She was amazed by the progress made by incorporating mindfulness and concrete skills into the therapeutic process. She has always been passionate about the benefits of experiential therapy, which is how she came across Potomac Programs. In her final year of graduate school, she accepted an internship here which allowed her to deepen her understanding of DBT while incorporating various forms of experiential work. She looks at DBT from a creative lens that allows her to adjust a structured form of therapy in order to adapt it for each clients specific needs. She completed Behavioral Tech’s Foundational Training in May 2019. She is currently working through courses to complete her TF-CBT training through the Medical University of South Carolina. Brianna has worked with adolescents and young adults in residential, PHP, and IOP settings. She has experience working with Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, varying mood disorders, and substance abuse. Outside of work, Brianna enjoys catching up on her reading list, trying new recipes, and a relaxing weekend backpacking.

Brianna Wilson

DBT Therapist

Ed Stern, BSN RN CPH

Position: Registered Nurse

Ed Stern, BSN RN CPH is a Board Licensed Registered Nurse and Certified Professional Hypnotist. Ed has an extensive medical background inclusive of psychiatric, emergency and, trauma medicine. He obtained his nursing degrees from Marymount University in VA and Chamberlain University in IL. He’s presently studying to become a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Ed has been working with youth in foster care for 6+ years and has been an Educator for college and high school youth for 13+ years. Ed is a national advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. He co-hosts a weekly LGBTQ+ public radio show that’s been on the air for more than 10 years in the DC Metro area with a global podcast listening audience. Ed also educates peers in the medical community on LGBTQ+ affirming communication and patient care.

Ed Stern, BSN RN CPH

Registered Nurse
Jenny Wilder

Jennifer Wilder

Position: DBT Therapist
Credentials: LGPC, NCC

Rev. Jennifer Wilder, LGPC, NCC holds her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and her Masters in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. Prior to joining Potomac Programs, Jennifer worked in a variety of community and institutional settings, including Cristo Rey New York High School, New York University Langone Hospital, Baltimore Job Hunters Support group, and various churches.

Jennifer brings cross-discipline professional experience as an agent of change and healing justice in different capacities, including her work as an ordained Minister and Pastor, community organizer, retreat leader, and leader in conflict mediation. Early in her career, Jennifer was drawn to therapeutic work with teens and emerging adults who were survivors of trauma and conflict in El Salvador, influencing her to dedicate her life to catalyzing individual and collective transformation. Jennifer discovered DBT and experiential therapies over a decade ago when training cohorts of youth to be change-making leaders in their communities, leading to the eventual founding of the Highlander Institute Maryland, Pride Southern Maryland, and a school-based peer mediator program. In addition to her clinical counseling work, Jennifer is a staunch public advocate, including for the right to affordable mental health care. She is a University of Maryland Master Gardener specializing in community and therapeutic gardening, and she and her dog Abby serve clients and the community as a certified Pets on Wheels therapy dog team. For fun, Jennifer loves spending time with friends and family, hiking with her pup, reading, running, and exploring near and far.

Jennifer Wilder

DBT Therapist

Kristen Moyer

Position: Therapist
Credentials: LGPC

Kristen Moyer, LGPC, received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating, Kristen moved to the U.S.Virgin Islands where she worked as a Behavioral Therapist implementing Applied Behavioral Analysis to children diagnosed with Autism. Shortly thereafter, she began working as a School Counselor for a private K-12 school in St. John, USVI. Kristen returned stateside in 2017 and continued to work as a mental health counselor in schools. For the last 2 years, Kristen worked as a School Therapist and gained experience working with adolescents who struggle with academic, behavioral and emotional concerns. Kristen has experience working with theoretical approaches such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. In Kristen’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family in Pennsylvania and enjoys lazy afternoons with her cat, Cleopatra.

Kristen Moyer

Therapist

Stephanie Prigal

Position: Therapist
Credentials: LMSW

Stephanie Prigal, LMSW earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2017. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in various settings including school-based, home-based and an outpatient mental health clinic. As a therapist, Stephanie highly values productive communication and utilizes a strengths-based approach. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys listening to music and podcasts, reading books and spending time outdoors.

Stephanie Prigal

Therapist

Fanta Conde

Position: Assistant Clinical Director of Family Programming
Credentials: DMFT, LCMFT

Dr. Fanta Conde, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with vast experience in mental health and in the treatment of children and adolescents. In 2016, she graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy, a practitioner-oriented terminal degree with an emphasis on the clinical contribution of mental health. Dr. Conde’s early professional training was attained from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she received her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, this certifies her knowledge and ability to engage individuals with disabilities seeking psychotherapy.

Her clinical proficiency is seen in her work with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents. Dr. Conde’s professional work also includes her work with at-risk adolescents, a population that she spent several years treating using an evidence-based treatment approach. Her systemic treatment philosophy allows her to join with clients, their family, and support systems to address the issues presented in therapy; supporting clients to find peace, clarity, techniques to handle life’s challenges, and to achieve personal growth

Fanta Conde

Assistant Clinical Director of Family Programming

In-Home Community Support Staff

Elizabeth Galasso

Position: Regional Director
Credentials: MS, LCSW

Elizabeth has worked with adolescents, young adults and families for over 10 years. After earning a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University she has dedicated her life to helping clients make real and effective changes through a family-systems and strength-based therapeutic approach. Elizabeth strives to build a compassionate, caring and safe environment to help clients identify what is causing havoc in their life. She combines client centered and motivational interviewing with evidence-based treatment methods such as CBT and DBT.

Elizabeth enjoys exploring the natural beauty of DC with her husband and with her dog, Roxy, spending weekends at the Delaware beaches, and spending plenty of time with family and friends sharing laughs and making memories. She and her husband recently had a skateboard ramp built in their backyard.

Elizabeth Galasso

Regional Director
Julianne Schnepp

Julianne Schnepp

Position: Family Coach
Credentials: MFT

Julianne has worked in outpatient, home and community-based, and residential settings. She has experience working with individuals and families presenting with a range of mental health concerns- including eating disorders, co-occurring mental health disorders, and autism-spectrum disorders. Before pursuing mental health counseling, Julianne received her B.S. in Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University. While working as a research assistant in a Counseling Psychology lab, she became especially interested in the interplay amongst one’s family, relationships, and behavioral health. After graduating and working in homes with special needs clients and their families, Julianne went on to earn her Masters in Couple and Family Therapy from Drexel University. She is currently working toward licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Julianne strives to provide clients with a safe therapeutic environment, utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy and a variety of family systems approaches, such as Contextual and Structural Family therapy. Julianne approaches her work with individuals in the context of their relationships, with the ultimate goal of helping them gain self-love and compassion.

In her free time, Julianne enjoys being active outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and reading.

Julianne Schnepp

Family Coach
Sheryl Walden

Sheryl Walden

Position: Family Coach

Sheryl Walden is a Clinical Licensed Social worker with a Master of Social Work from Boston University.

Sheryl has experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families in office, home, hospital, and community-based settings. As a professional and a parent of grown children, Sheryl understands the adolescent years and knows the challenges of parenting. Sheryl has experience helping families balance the tension between a teen’s need for greater independence, a secure home- base and parental adjustments and flexibility toward ongoing changes. Sheryl believes each family is unique but all experience times when therapy can provide added support, increased communication and greater understanding of family dynamics.

Sheryl is a fan of Motown, movies and Mexican food. She has been married for 30+ years and a native to California.

Sheryl Walden

Family Coach
William Hughes

William H. Hughes

Position: Family Coach

William “Will” Hughes holds a Master of Science in Counseling Degree with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health from Prescott College. He is currently working towards his LGPC licensure in the state of Maryland. Will specializes in mindfulness-based counseling techniques and psychoeducation for young adults experiencing challenges commonly associated with the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: attention-seeking; substance use; guilt; avoidance; depression; executive functioning; ect. Empowering teens and young adults with scientific knowledge of why they feel, behave and react in ways that don’t serve them and offering skills to help them maintain vigilant awareness of their symptoms and choices of response is his focus. He believes strongly in experiential and adventure-based learning, often taking clients into nature, where they may experience their immediate mental reactions to subtle stimuli. Will’s other passion is counseling adults through difficult career and life-stage transitions, utilizing the Pro Discovery assessment tool as a foundation. Clients experiencing feelings of identity loss, diminishing self-worth, hopelessness and catastrophic thinking respond well to the authentic personal reflection and Positive Psychology perspective Pro Discovery provides them. He is Founder and Director of the Family Legacy Project (on-going), an adaptation of this instrument for application with multi-generations of families seeking unity, purpose, identity and flourishing. Will is a Cancer survivor, adventure travel enthusiast, professional-level Chef and avid skier.

William H. Hughes

Family Coach

Behavioral Healthcare in Cabin John, MD

Potomac Programs

7945 MacArthur Boulevard
Suite 214
Cabin John, MD 20818

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Phone: 866-649-3847