Psychotherapy Services in Maryland

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    Welcome to collaborative and solution based help to experience joy, success and purpose in your life.


    The experienced, licensed therapists at Classen-Miller & Associates provide superior, highly effective treatment for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Our clinicians are experts in their field of specialization.


    Our offices are located in Rockville, MD and North Potomac, MD.

  • Our Therapists

    Learn more about our therapists and areas of expertise below.

    Irmgard Classen-Miller, MSW, LCSW-C

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Welcome to collaborative and solution based help to experience joy, success and purpose in your life. For over 25 years I have worked with adults, couples, families, adolescents and children in Maryland. My practice is culturally and ethnically diverse. I founded the group practice Classen-Miller & Associates which offers a full range of clinical approaches for all age groups with our licensed clinicians reflecting the full diversity of our community.


    My approach is integrative using cognitive/behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, dialectical (DBT) approaches and family systems. I help clients combine insights and understanding with behavioral changes vital to personal and professional growth. My areas of expertise include depression/anxiety/bipolar/psychosis, eating disorders, substance abuse and family/couples/children issues.


    If you are struggling with an eating disorder, the level of care and kind of treatment you are receiving are essential in helping you to feel better. My extensive experience working in private practice and in clinics treating eating disorders allows me to offer thorough assessment and comprehensive treatment (Maudsley approach if appropriate).


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Chitra Jayachandran, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Deciding to see a therapist can be a challenge in many ways. I believe when faced with a challenge, seeking outside help can be a another source of strength. I tailor my approach to fit my client's specific needs. I am here to work on your goals, identify potential problems, and develop good coping skills for successful outcomes.


    I work with different age groups from children and beyond. I see and work with a range of disorders. I am compassionate, caring, nonjudgmental, and supportive to my clients. I am passionate about my work and I feel privileged to work with you.


    It is never easy taking the first step, I understand that you are an unique individual with a unique set of difficulties. I am here to walk you through the steps and achieve your goals to help you live a productive life.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Emily Houck, MA,


    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    My clinical training and professional background is in community counseling, with a focus on addictions, mental health disorders, and grief and trauma. I work with children (age 5 and up), adolescents, and adults. My therapeutic presence is naturally open, accepting, and warm. I am very goal-oriented with my clients, as I believe in making the therapeutic process as productive, solution-focused, and meaningful as possible. I do work with clients to gain insight into how experiences from the past inform their present, but I do this in a way that focuses on working toward solving problems in the here-and-now.


    My therapeutic approach is integrative and individualized to meet the needs and goals of my clients. I am a trauma-informed counselor. I predominantly utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing techniques, psychoeducational techniques, mindfulness-based practices, and play therapy (when working with children).


    I have special interest in working with clients in regards to issues of addictions (particularly substance use, gambling, and compulsive eating), grief, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, and behavioral health issues that are informed by societal oppression. I also have special experience working with clients who have been recently-diagnosed with HIV.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Debra Kanter Klaus, MSW, MA, LCSW-C

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    I enjoy working with clients who are willing to engage in therapy from a creative perspective with the goal of exploring the mind body connections, and the interplay between feelings and behavior. It has been gratifying to work with clients who are attuned to the relational perspective of psychotherapy. I am passionate about working with children, adolescents and and their caregivers, helping them adjust to transitions, stressors, and pressures of functioning at home, school and work. I find satisfaction from utilizing my teaching experiences and creative outlook to bring a flexible perspective to problem solving at all levels.


    I draw from cognitive behavioral modalities, psycho-dynamic theories and attachment work, as well as expressive arts and experiential mindfulness techniques. These models all serve to help each person develop tools to navigate obstacles that block the path toward healthy growth.


    I am an LCSW-C clinical therapist. In addition, I received an MA in Dance from American University. As a therapist and former teacher, I have combined my somatic knowledge, teaching strategies and understanding of creative processes into an integrative practice. These skills allow me to co-construct and uniquely tailor each therapeutic relationship.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Mona Malik, MA,


    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    I use my cultural background, professional training & experience to effectively address multicultural issues and problems that stem from social factors and the environment in which the client lives in. I excel at assisting clients who are invested in their own personal growth. Additionally, I have successfully treated clients struggling with women's issues and existential concerns related to seeking a more meaningful life.


    I specialize in problem areas including depression, anxiety, multicultural & women's issues, and dysfunctional behavior(s). My professional training and experience allow me to specialize in a therapy approach tailored to a client's unique needs with the most effective therapeutic interventions.


    Being born in Ghana with Indian parents, I am of Asian-Indian descent and am especially sensitive to multicultural issues as well as how social factors impact my clients. My clinical training and over 10 years of professional experience allow me to develop a unique perspective to support clients in realizing their unique potential.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Katharina von Gersdorff, MS, LCPC

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, couples, children and families who are facing a challenge and are looking for support. My experience in clinical practice allows me to assist with goal directed activities and work to achieve significant changes. A large part of my work is helping clients manage their anxiety or depression and to take concrete steps towards a more positive future. We work together to accomplish goals that the client has chosen to gain a greater understanding of themselves and their behaviors.We focus on changing relationship dynamics and learning new coping skills.


    My desire is to work with the client to gain insight that drives positive behavioral changes and helps the client to stop fighting their emotions. My approach is integrative and I incorporate different therapies such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment to best assist the client's needs.


    I have experience with a variety of issues, ages and cultures. It has been very meaningful to me to work with clients who have anxiety, trauma history and are survivors of domestic violence. My work with adolescents has been focused on academic pressures, relationships, gender and social orientation issues.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Merve J. Saglam, MS,


    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families to assist them in finding solutions to challenges in their lives, relieve their emotional distress and help them identify and modify personality traits/behavior patterns that are preventing them from living fulfilling lives.


    My areas of expertise include; anxiety, mood disorders, grief/loss, self-esteem, life adjustment, transitions, and relationship issues. I also have a special interest in treating bariatric surgery patients; helping patients prepare mentally for the surgery and assisting them to cope with the challenges ahead while assisting them in developing new healthy habits post surgery.


    I utilize an integrative approach to therapy drawing from various modalities including Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, existential and family systems theories. I value the therapeutic relationship as the most important agent of change and therefore strive to provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment for my clients.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Linda L. Bloch, MS,

    LCSW-C, RN

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker,

    Registered Nurse

    As both a Clinical Social Worker and Registered Nurse, I have a broad perspective on mental health issues and treatment options.I have over 25 years of experience helping adolescents, adults, couples, and families.


    In a safe, nonjudgmental environment, we will explore self-defeating patterns that interfere with your life and relationships so that you are able to make positive change. You will learn new ways of thinking and coping with feelings and conflicts.

    I utilize an integrative approach, blending cognitive/behavioral, psychodynamic, solution focused and family systems to help clients identify their own strengths and internal resources. My practice includes issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, adoption, domestic violence, grief.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Hannah Kim, MS,


    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    I provide individual, couples, and family therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults by offering a safe and encouraging space that supports clients through establishing self-empowerment to overcome their challenges in life. The pursuit of mental health counseling can be a challenge in itself; however, my goal as a therapist is to facilitate healthy behavioral and cognitive changes that increase the quality of life of my clients who are ready to invest in their mental health.


    My therapeutic approaches includes cognitive-behavioral (CBT), solution-focused (SFBT), expressive arts, and dialectical behavioral (DBT). My areas of practice includes depression, anxiety, bipolar, and trauma; couples/family relationship issues; self-esteem issues; and self-harming behaviors.


    I am a licensed mental health therapist, but also am in the process of pursuing specialization in art therapy as well. Hence, I am passionate about incorporating expressive arts, creativity, and art to encourage self-expression and facilitate the healing process.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Marilyn Gale, PhD,


    Licensed Clinical Social Worker,

    My ideal client is someone who is seeking to understand her past, seeing how it impacts the present and deciding how to improve her future. I like to work with families and couples to improve communication. I have extensive experience in assessing and treating psychiatric issues with adolescents


    My specialty is family therapy. I have also worked with victims of sexual abuse and with issues that affect LBGTQ clients.

    I utilize a wide range of treatment modalities to meet the unique needs of each client. My doctorate focuses on Women's Issues and I have additional training in family therapy and motivational interviewing.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Nicole Rollins-Lamar Psy.D., LCPC

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    For more than 12 years I’ve worked with adults, couples, families, and adolescents in Illinois, DC, and Maryland. I often use a diverse and ethnically sensitive and relevant approach to treatment. It is my goal to provide a non-judgmental and welcoming space for clients to ultimately experience joy, develop more effective coping strategies, and best understand their life’s purpose. I value the therapeutic connection and relationship that includes a non judgmental and empathetic environment.


    My therapeutic approaches include cognitive-behavioral (CBT), techniques in mindfulness, psychodynamic perspectives, and solution-focused treatments (SFBT). My areas of practice include depression, anxiety, bipolar, trauma; couples/family relationships, women’s issues; postpartum difficulties, parenting concerns, and self-esteem issues.


    I’ve worked with persons of various ages, sexual orientations, religious backgrounds, and socio-economic backgrounds, and cultures. It has been very meaningful for me to work with clients of diverse backgrounds and experiences. My work with women specifically has focused on building self esteem, understanding relationship patterns and realizing one’s purpose.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Lynn Carlsen, MSW


    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    My ideal client is one who wants to make a change, or to accept what cannot change, and is willing to look at their ways of thinking, behaving, and relating to others in order to do so. I enjoy working with adults and adolescents to address mood disorders, anxiety, relationship issues, and life transitions in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.


    My work is informed by my belief in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, and I incorporate a variety of modalities to help clients achieve their desired outcomes. These approaches include cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), as well as treatment informed by psychodynamic and attachment theories.


    I have worked as a clinical social worker since 2012, drawing upon my nearly 20 prior years in health care consulting, program development, and staff mentoring and management to help my clients navigate their specific challenges and pursuit of satisfaction and life balance.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Lauren Levine, MSW


    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    My passion is helping both adolescents and young adults, who are experiencing anxiety, mood disorders, self-esteem issues, relationship conflict and an assortment of life transitions. These include transitioning to college, college years, graduating, marriage, relationships, identity, purpose and more. I also provide couples counseling, helping young and mature relationships communicate effectively, cope, grow and problem-solve.


    I am open minded, compassionate, empathetic and non-judgmental, which helps to facilitate the therapeutic process. I use a variety of techniques, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and psycho dynamic therapy. I also utilize a solution-focused and a goal-oriented approach.


    I am an LCSW-C Clinical Therapist. I have experience working in a variety of settings, including psychiatric hospitals and public schools. I received my Master's Degree at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Geraldine E McBrinn, MSW


    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    The idea of therapy can be overwhelming for anyone that hasn't sought it before or for someone who desires to restart therapy. My job as a licensed clinical social worker is not only to support you with whatever issue is taking place, but also to make you feel comfortable and safe to communicate what is usually very personal.

    My approach to therapy is to establish what stage you are at in life, what you hope to resolve or examine in therapy, and then set goals and therapy method based on what your expectations are of the therapeutic process. My areas of expertise include depression, bipolar, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse, childhood mental health issues.

    I have experience in individual, family, and group therapy. I mainly use a cognitive behavioral approach and integrate family system and solution focused therapy when appropriate. I have worked with all age groups, especially with older elementary school children, adolescents and young adults.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Najiya Shanaa, MSW


    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    I have two decades of experience working with people affected by sexual assault, childhood abuse, war, loss and grief and other traumas - events which often lead to substance abuse, PTSD, depression and anxiety. I also love working with people of all ages who are in life transitions or who may feel stuck as they try to move forward personally, professionally or in their relationships. My clients are a rich mix of all races, cultures, ages, genders/sexual identities and religions. I am personally aware of the multicultural social and relational issues that many face.


    I know that what most people want is to reach their potential, and feel valued, safe, connected, and loved. Using a blended approach of motivational, psychodynamic, CBT, humanistic and mindfulness techniques, I tailor treatment to fit the client, meet them where they are, and support them through their journey of healing and improving their lives.


    I practice primarily through the telehealth modality, allowing my clients the comfort, convenience and privacy of video conferencing. Whether they are at home, in the office or traveling, we can always stay connected. My clients feel secure in knowing that I will be there for them whenever and for as long as needed.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Jailaxmi Rajan, MSW


    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    My best engagement involves a client willing to evaluate and change the thoughts, behavioral patterns and relationships that are holding their mental conflict in place and preventing them from living life to its fullest. I most enjoy working with adolescents and adults. Together we will delve into your personal situation to determine the root cause of your restrictive wall, examine your present life situations to learn healthy ways of thinking, behaving and coping, and plan for a desirable future that may mean transitioning and adapting to change and maintaining the stability you have strived hard to achieve.

    I will gladly work with individuals and if need be with their families, to help them learn to manage, depression, anxiety, obsessive thinking, low self esteem, impulsivity, regulating emotions, organizational skills, stress related to work, school or relationships. I treasure learning and strive to understand.

    My pursuit of learning leads me to use an eclectic approach in therapy. I offer therapy that fits the needs and personalities of my clients. I lean heavily on psychodynamic, solution focused, cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy models. Mindfulness, with its emphasis on being non-judgmental is the foundation of my approach to therapy.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Nancy Anne Lamberti, MSc, LCPC, LPC

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    I am an experienced, mature therapist who has provided therapy to those fighting addictions and mental health issues for over 15 years. I offer supportive counseling combined with assessment, planning and evidence-based techniques (CBT, DBT) to teach clients new ways to cope and move forward toward their goals. If you are struggling with problem behaviors, painful moods and other mental health issues, there is hope. I know that together, we can create a plan that supports the change you want.

    CBT and DBT skills are tools to help you become aware of problem behaviors and discover new, more effective responses to difficult situations. Combined with supportive counseling CBT and DBT represent a compassionate, effective approach to alleviating suffering.

    Congratulations on taking steps to feel better and create a life you want to live. I welcome the opportunity to work with you.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Pulchery J Afoakwah, MA, NCC


    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    Ideally, I want to create an environment that allows my clients to find their way, learn about themselves, and grow to be leaders in their treatment. The approaches I use give clients the ability to take the initiative, evaluate and then make a plan of action. Making the decision to enter into therapy is a challenge in itself. But in the end I want to meet the client where they are at and go from there. Where applicable I use Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness, play therapy, career/coaching and other modalities in practice.


    My approach is Eclectic based in Reality Therapy in a Person-Centered format. It takes the belief that people are capable of change through self-direction and understanding in a supportive environment. The Reality Therapy allows the patient to figure out what they want.


    I have experience in group, individual, family therapy and I am open to more work with couples. I have worked with all age groups from youth (as young as 4) and beyond, but a lot of my experience has been in an addictions, dual-diagnosis and trauma work.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

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  • Accepted Insurance

    We accept most major forms of insurance, including:



    Alliance Pro

    Beacon Health




    Carefirst BC/BS of MD and DC


    Cigna EAP

    Cigna Behavioral Health


    Employer Health Programs (EHP)


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  • Our Rockville/North Bethesda Office

    Classen-Miller and Associates is located at 5880 Hubbard Drive, Rockville, MD, 20852. Our Rockville/North Bethesda location is a 10 minute walk from the White Flint or Twinbrook metro stations. Our townhouse location provides easy access with free parking directly outside the office.

  • Our North Potomac Office

    Our second location is at 13111 Moran Court, North Potomac, MD, 20878. Ample street parking is available.

  • About Us

    Areas of Expertise and Specialization

    • ADHD
    • Academic Underachievement
    • Addiction
    • Adoption
    • Anger Management
    • Behavioral Issues
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Borderline Personality
    • Child or Adolescent
    • Coping Skills
    • Cross-Cultural Issues
    • Dual Diagnosis
    • Family Conflict
    • Grief
    • Life Coaching
    • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
    • Parenting
    • Relationship Issues
    • Self Esteem
    • Self-Harming
    • Substance Abuse
    • Trauma and PTSD
    • Impulse Control Disorders
    • Mood Disorders
    • Personality Disorders
    • Psychosis

    Our Approach

    Treatment Orientation

    • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
    • Dialectical (DBT)
    • Family / Marital
    • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
    • Multicultural
    • Online Treatment via Telehealth
    • Play Therapy
    • Psychodynamic


    • Individuals
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Groups