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Behavioral Healthcare in Cabin John, MD

Potomac Programs

7945 MacArthur Blvd
Suite 214
Cabin John, MD 20818

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Phone: 301-987-7284

Services Offered:

Our Beautiful Cabin John Campus

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Eve (Afternoon and Evening Schedules)

Day (Morning and Daytime Schedules)

If you need help before or after school (or work), but you need more than a traditional one-hour therapy session, we have options for you. Here is an example of the times our groups are typically offered.

Group Name Type of Therapy and Issues Addressed Minimum Required Attendance
DBT IOP Primarily DBT-focused groups for substance abuse and other addiction issues 3 hours at a time, 3 days per week
DBT IOP Primarily DBT-focused groups for depression/anxiety and other mental emotional health issues 3 hours at a time, 3 days per week
SUP IOP Primarily 7 Challenges-focused groups for substance abuse and other addiction issues 3 hours at a time, 3 days per week
Day PHP Primarily DBT-focused groups for depression/anxiety and other mental and emotional health issues 5 hours at a time, 5 days per week
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Home Services

Potomac “Home” is our name for appointments that occur in the community rather than in our offices. When you’d prefer to get support at random times of the day or evening, Potomac Home services are usually only 1-2 hours per week.

A "Whole Family" Solution

We also have the same options for your parents but instead of calling them Mentors we call them “Parent Coaches”. Your parents can choose to have “clinical” or “life” assistance. And some of our life coaches can coach your parents over a phone or a tablet or a computer.

Ready When You Are

In addition to weekly scheduled sessions, Potomac Mentors and Coaches are available for you and your parents in real time, at critical moments when you might need support and guidance the most.

Wherever You Are

Many of our Home participants have come to us after completing a wilderness program or residential treatment. They can’t stand the thought of going back to an office for more therapy. Potomac Home is a better alternative. We meet you wherever you are most comfortable.

Earning Our Reputation

This in-the-moment support via phone or text is why Potomac Home has earned its reputation for success with tough, real-world situations.

Optimize Your Support Network

Here’s an example of how your Potomac Home Mentor and Parent Coach work together with your family to optimize the resources you have in your community. Many people are surprised to learn that there are hundreds of solutions for you within the circle of friends and leaders you already know!

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Meet the DC Metro Teams

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

LCSW-C

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
Laura Silverman

Laura Silverman

Position: Director of Professional Relations
Email: [email protected]

Laura Silverman is a graduate of the University of Virginia with degrees in Sociology and Spanish. In 2007, at the age of 24, she entered long-term recovery from alcohol abuse and mental health concerns. Her lived experience inspired her to start a resource and blog created to celebrate multiple pathways to recovery from substance use disorder and mental illness. After spending close to a decade consulting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Laura entered the behavioral health field in a professional capacity. She strongly advocates for mental wellness and volunteers her time with Mental Health America, SAMHSA’s Recovery Month Planning Partners, and the Chris Atwood Foundation. Some of Laura’s hobbies include playing guitar and piano, karaoke, practicing yoga, walking in nature, finding the perfect spirit-free beverage, and spending time with family and friends.

Laura Silverman

Director of Professional Relations
Atira Zeoli

Atira Zeoli

Position: Director of Operations
Email: [email protected]

Atira Zeoli joined Potomac Programs in 2016 with a background in small business management and special needs care for children and adolescents. Outside of the office, Atira teaches classes on Buddhism and leads poetry workshops for 3rd graders. Raised in Northern Arizona, she enjoys reading, yoga, and learning the names of local flora on nature walks with her husband.

Atira Zeoli

Director of Operations
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

MD, PhD

Medical Director

Outpatient Clinic - Cabin John Staff

Ilene Marto

Ilene Marto Atiyah

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

Ilene Marto Atiyah, LMSW has over 18 years of experience in a variety of senior advisory and international financial services roles including relationship management, strategic consulting, program management, and business development for Fortune 500 companies. More recently she worked in non-profit settings empowering adolescents in internet safety and women out of homelessness. Ilene obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Social Work at Columbia University with a focus on mental health. As part of her clinical training, Ilene spent two years interning at Potomac Programs in the First Step IOP and loves working with adolescents, young adults, and their families. She is married with two teens of her own and enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling near and far.

Ilene Marto Atiyah

LMSW

DBT Therapist
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

LMSW

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

LMSW

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

CADC-II

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

LCPC

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

LCMFT

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

LSCW-C

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

LGPC, NCC

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

LMSW

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

LMSW

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

Brianna Wilson, MS-CMHC recently completed her final year of graduate school at Johns Hopkins University with a focus in clinical mental health counseling. She has experience working with adolescents with emotional disorders, PTSD, and Borderline Personality Disorder as a clinical intern at RICA. She was introduced to DBT last year and was amazed by the progress that could be made by incorporating mindfulness into the therapeutic process. She is thrilled to continue her training within the DBT framework. Outside of work, Brianna enjoys weekends camping and watching her Steelers beat the Ravens (and Redskins).

Brianna Wilson

LGPC

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

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

MS, LCSW

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

MFT

Family Coach
Terrile Coles

Terrill Coles

Position: Family Coach

Terrill Coles is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master of Social Work Degree from Howard University. Terrill has a genuine passion for supporting children, adolescents and young adults in conjunction with their families. Terrill is in awe of the transformation that occurs when he engages young people and their families.He has years of experience working with these populations in a variety of settings, including: mental health agencies, juvenile corrections, education, mobile crisis, hospitals, child welfare, and private practice. Terrill uses a strengths-based, client-centered, and humanistic approach to aid children, teens, and young adults in overcoming their challenges and fully recognizing their fullest potential. He believes that the needs, struggles, and strengths must be addressed within the context of the family and in order to produce growth. He is truly invested in helping clients to work on achieving their healing and living a successful life. Terrill has completed several workshops in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, as well as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) training. Terrill has experience in working with the Autistic population, and is familiar with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In his spare time, you can find him traveling, bowling, working out, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Terrill Coles

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
Robin Foreman

Robin Foreman

Position: Counselor
Credentials: LCPC

Robin Foreman is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master of Education degree in Counseling and Guidance from Texas State University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. Robin worked with adolescents for many years as a teacher and school counselor. She now works as a therapist with both adolescents and their parents, and she enjoys seeing the progress families can make once they’ve implemented helpful tools and strategies. Robin strives to be open and authentic, providing a comfortable setting for each client. She believes that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness can be very helpful with clients who struggle with anxiety and depression. She also believes that laughter can be healing. A native Texan, Robin and her family recently located to Maryland and fell in love with the area. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time in nature with her husband, young daughter and their small dog, Pippy, practicing yoga on occasion, reading, and watching psychological thrillers.

Robin Foreman

LCPC

Counselor
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