Psychotherapy Services in Maryland

    In Office and Teletherapy

    Most Insurance Accepted


    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Anne Cornell, PhD


    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    I work with a wide variety of presenting issues with a broad range of clients. I am here to help you achieve your goals and be successful in therapy. I can work with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. I can help work through grief and loss situations as well as trauma whether current or historical. I work collaboratively with clients and strive to give concrete tools that can help clients today and in the future with their concerns. I know therapy can be difficult but I will be a partner in your process !

    I enjoy working with children and families. I can help with parenting and communication issues. I have extensive experience working with trauma survivors.

    Thank you for reaching out for assistance. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve your goals. Talk with you soon !


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Patrice A. Craigie, MS


    Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist

    My ideal client is willing to be introspective. They may present with a wide array of issues ranging from depression, anxiety, bi-polar, schizophrenia and adjustment and posttraumatic stress disorders, ADHD, substance and alcohol abuse, hoarding, LGBTQ+ related issues, sexual and physical trauma, relationship concerns as well as grief related issues. Not only do my clients need validation and support, but they want to understand the function of their symptoms. My goal is to help clients make sense of their feelings and help them find ways to reduce their symptoms so that it does not interfere with their daily functioning.

    Many clients are pressured by the expectations of society. My goal is to help clients challenge this discourse and write their own narrative. As a couples and family therapist, I explore how negative interactional patterns impact the functioning of a relationship. I teach effective communication, negotiation and conflict resolution strategies.

    I understand how difficult it is to explore the unresolved issues in your life that make you stuck with feelings of pain, hurt, sadness, resentment and anxiety. My goal is to help you feel empowered to recognize your own strengths by understanding and making sense of your symptoms.


    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.

    Marc H. Minkin, MSW


    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Deciding to engage or reengage in therapy is often preceded by something very uncomfortable in our lives and it takes courage to start making calls to local providers. I welcome your inquiry and look forward to getting to know you and working towards solutions to what is most troubling in your life. My experience is with adults from a variety of backgrounds who have issues ranging from: mild to severe anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD/ADD, addictions, death and grieving, LGBTQI+ related concerns, social isolation and loneliness, life transitions and relationship difficulties, everyday stressors, and trauma.

    I utilize multiple therapeutic modalities, such as Mindfulness-based approaches, Positive Psychology, Psychodynamic theory, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). My role varies at times from counselor and advisor to coach to compassionate listener and collaborator as we work towards your health and healing.

    People who work with me often report a deep sense of compassion and presence. My approach is always one of connection and warmth, as we co-create safe space for you to express all parts of yourself. I take the therapeutic relationship seriously and hold your experiences with integrity and care.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Sandra Finkelstein, PsyD


    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    My ideal client is one who is navigating and learning to cope with difficult emotions, losses and relational changes. I will help you build resilience and grow from your grief and pain. I will use an eclectic, supportive and compassionate therapeutic approach to facilitate your gaining insight into destructive or limiting patterns of thoughts and behaviors. Our work will allow you to emerge from what binds you and lead you to establish peace, happiness and satisfaction in your life. My approach will combine a range of therapeutic techniques, but most importantly will be individualized to suit your needs.

    I have over 20 years of experience in psychodynamic, trauma informed and interpersonal therapy. I have an extensive background treating anxiety, depressive, substance use and eating disorders. I am skilled in working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and childhood trauma.


    Beginning therapy can seem frightening. I admire the courage of my clients. Let’s embark on the journey to let go of what is familiar, but holds you back and causes suffering. Together we will collaborate in therapy to find solutions, healthier behavioral patterns and meaningful relationships.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Robert C. Wear


    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    I enjoy challenges and diverse people and helping those who are in difficult situations. I specialize in responding to crises, trauma and workplace problems. So ideally I approach each situation, person or group with an open mind and a non-anxious-presence. I strive to provide that same level of confidence and trust to people in therapy. My strength is understanding complex systems (the big picture) and finding the little steps to improve things. If you have the courage to change; I’ll work to help you make your life easier using a program of change or the path that works best for you.


    I have a positive and pragmatic approach to therapy, a systems approach. Frequently, I use CBT, DBT or any techniques to restore balance. Adults and Workplace Trauma has been a focus, but I’m an experienced family therapist, group therapist and play therapist. I have expertise in depression, ADHD, LD, Codependence and Addiction.


    I am easy to connect with. Conflicted and tangled emotions need a comfortable and safe space to unpack. I listen with my head and my heart. No matter how hard or hurtful life seems there are always options or ways towards a positive path and peace of mind.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Jasmine J. Grant


    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    I have a profound passion to help clients with life events, transitions, challenges, and their personal growth. I provide telehealth counseling services to accommodate adults that would like to engage in therapy that is flexible and convenient to their scheduling needs. I provide a safe environment, positive support, and guidance to help you reach your goals. My practice style is an integrative mix of person-centered, solution focused, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavior, and attachment based therapy. The development of a safe and collaborative relationship serves as the foundation for positive and lasting change.


    My specialty is helping clients from all walks of life that want to heal childhood wounds, trauma, and family of origin issues. I work collaboratively with clients from a combination of perspectives, that are non-judgmental, social-culturally and trauma informed.


    I believe that therapy can offer healing and hope for people, as well as promote personal growth, nurturing, empowerment, and courage to people in a supportive environment. I am honored to work with you and ready to support using therapy as a tool empower your inner strength and self-awareness.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Janine Y Jackson


    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    Therapy can be one of our most vulnerable experiences. My ideal client seeks assistance to live the best version of themselves through hope, change, and a healthy self-managed lifestyle. I work with children, adolescents, and adults addressing ADHD, adjustment disorders, anxiety, behavior management, coping skills, depression, self-esteem, school challenges, social anxiety, and trauma.


    My therapeutic approach supports individuals recognizing their own strengths, understanding challenges with compassion, and courage to improve their lives. This is accomplished utilizing various therapeutic models and techniques that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused (SFBT), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Trauma Informed Care.


    I strive to ensure individuals feel heard and validated by creating a safe environment for self-expression, compassion, and understanding. My warm, caring personality, and calming presence helps individuals feel at ease, which helps foster a therapeutic relationship that’s authentic, collaborative, and supports positive growth.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Yasaman Alavi

    MS, LCPC

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    We might face life circumstances that seem impossible to cope with. Trusting that you can bounce back and move on can be quite a challenge during such times, but is for sure possible. I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients who have dared to hope, to seek help, and take charge of their life to create a better future. I have worked with individuals of different ages (adolescents, adults and seniors) with diverse backgrounds and life experiences.


    My clients came to counseling because of various issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, divorce, grief and loss, life transitions, loneliness and social isolation. I use a wide variety of therapeutic modalities, including Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Positive Psychology.


    I have 10 years of experience in the field, have been fortunate to assist many overcome life hardships and I look forward to witness many others succeed and achieve what they hope from their counseling experience.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Reji Abhilash, Ph.D

    Clinical Psychologist

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    My ideal client is one who has psychological mindedness to seek help, attain mental stability and self-acceptance to overcome their distress. I have the privilege of working with a wide variety of clients (children, adolescent, adult, geriatric) in providing appropriate interventions, targeting recovery and progress. I have extensive clinical experience in the assessment/diagnosis of psychological problems and planning appropriate interventions depending on the uniqueness and strengths of each person. I use an integrative approach incorporating psychodynamic, CBT, (MBCT), client-centered therapy and family/couples therapy.


    Apart from psychiatric conditions, I have training and experience to provide neuropsychological interventions for traumatic brain injury, neuromuscular and neuromotor symptoms. My successful interventions on patients with addiction, anxiety and other neurological (motor) disorders have led to many first-authored publications and presentations in conferences.


    I strongly feel a non-judgmental and empathetic approach is essential for effective psychotherapy. With my professional experience as a licensed clinical psychologist and as a researcher, I can provide the most appropriate and evidence-based interventions to my clients.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Nadine Lavender-Petersen


    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    I enjoy working with patients who are curious about themselves and are interested and capable of self-reflection and who can enjoy an enlivened and meaningful collaboration.


    As a psychotherapist practicing for 39 years, I find that psychodynamic treatment focusing on object relationships is very helpful. This means that attention is paid to early attachment figures, patterns and defenses, and in the ways these positive and harmful interactions continue to effect us in the present. When we understand these attachments, we are freed to make exciting new choices in all areas of life.


    My patients let me know that I am warm and easy to talk with. I am serious about my work and also have a playful sense of humor and really love the people I work with.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

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  • Our Rockville/North Bethesda Offices

    Classen-Miller and Associates is located at 5880 and 5818 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