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. The 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 Thelusma, 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, trauma, self-esteem, school challenges, and grief.


    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 selfexpression, compassion, and understanding. My warm, caring personality and calming presence help 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Janet B. Connors


    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    I am invested in reducing the stress in your life that may be limiting your potential to heal and thrive. With 25+ years of experience, I am a Stress Management Skills Educator, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Family Psychotherapist; I have advanced training in a lifestyle approach to health and wellbeing from the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Stress reduction activities are among the most important skills to build into a lifestyle to maximize the body’s healing response. You will learn self-care techniques to promote relaxation and resilience and improve your quality of life.


    As an integrative therapist combining traditional psychotherapy with evidence-based mind-body practices, I take into account all aspects of a person’s lifestyle--mind, body, spirit, community. I have found that when people can know themselves in terms of their strengths and competencies they are better able to manage life crises and promote their wellbeing.


    If you are struggling with stress from anxiety, depression, thoughts, relationship issues and/or communication issues, I am ready to partner with you to explore the strategies that can help you achieve your goals. I work with adults, adolescents, families and couples. I am dedicated to helping people who have received a cancer diagnosis.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Tonya Pleasant


    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    For more than 25 years, I have worked in the counseling and mental health field helping clients from various cultural backgrounds and multicultural interests and mental health concerns. I’m grateful to avail myself to effectively help my clients make positive, targeted, measurable changes in their lives in achieving their identified goals; using a strengths-based therapeutic model of care. My primary therapeutic approaches are Person Centered, Adlerian and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Adlerian therapy takes an optimistic view and focuses on your unique strengths, creativity and capabilities.


    In working with you, I will use CBT to help you understand your mind body connection and how your thoughts shape your behaviors and actions. I will listen to your needs, and focus on your strengths and abilities to hear how to best provide you with coping skills and behavior change techniques to help you achieve your identified goals.


    My counseling style is casual, lighthearted and targeted. I have been described as supportive, caring, compassionate, easy to talk to and knowledgeable. My goal is to identify your strengths and help you to maximize them. I’m most known for creating a therapeutic environment filled with hope, insight, healing, truth and joy.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Rowan Blackmon

    MA, LCPC

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    Because no two patients are alike, therapy should be tailored to each patient, rather than trying to treat everyone with the same theoretical approach. I believe that a therapist’s job is to guide the patient as they learn to change the behaviors and thinking styles that may have once been helpful, but are now getting in their way. Most importantly, I believe it is a therapist's job to teach their patients the skills necessary to eventually function independent of their therapist, allowing them to eventually leave therapy instead of being stuck with having weekly sessions for the rest of their lives!


    My specialties are in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity disorders, depression and anxiety disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I am trained in working with a large number of psychological issues, including substance abuse and personality disorders, across all demographics and ages.


    Whatever you are going through, you don't have to go it alone. Sometimes it can be helpful just to feel heard, sometimes you need more than that. Let's see if I can help you help yourself!


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Rukhsana Chaudhry, PsyD, MFT 

    Clinical Psychologist

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    People begin individual therapy for a range of reasons. Maybe you are experiencing the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a life transition, coping with a trauma-related experience, or a crisis in your personal life. Perhaps you are dealing with anxiety, depression, or a period of increased stress. Finding the right therapist is your first step. You may be looking for a space that allows you to cope with difficulties which you have faced and to learn ways to break from previous patterns. Therapy is a place where you can do this.


    I have been trained to recognize and understand different trauma-related experiences and I guide individuals and families through a process of exploration. Although each person’s experience is unique, there are certain recognized needs that those who suffer anxiety and other issues must address. I listen and offer a safe space to my clients.


    I have tremendous respect for the courage required to enter therapy, and I aim to meet you wherever you are. I believe that treatment is based on the development of a positive relationship between myself and you. We will work together to open paths for new connections in your life and to deepen other ones. We can explore meaning in those areas of your life.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Diana Stewart


    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    I have seen many clients over the years and each one has been a unique individual with their own story to tell. Just as no two snowflakes are alike, no two people are alike. Allow me to help you find your own path and solutions through empowerment utilizing your unique strengths. Individuals come to see me for many reasons: Trauma, Grief, Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, OCD, changes in family dynamics and other life changes. I want to provide an open, relaxed, non-judgmental environment that allows you to reach your full potential. Whatever your reason, therapy can be the first step.


    It is your therapy and we will work together to help you achieve your goals. I work with individuals, families, youth and teens to: help learn tools to manage symptoms, work through traumatic experiences, explore cognitive distortions, nourish strengths, assist with IEP and 504 plans and understand various ways to work through other difficult situations.


    While life is filled with many wonderful days, there are also difficult times that we all must endure from time to time. It is important for me to help you recognize and utilize your strengths to work through these difficult times, to not be a victim but a victor, and to grow as an individual.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Sonja Chestnut


    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    My ideal client is someone who is coping with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, ADHD, grief, troubled relationship and family dynamics, developmental delays, LGBTQ and trauma issues. Any of these listed conditions or situations can negatively impact my clients’ ability to navigate daily living. So a successful client would be open to change and willing to try new approaches to collaborate with me in order to identify and verbalize their needs and goals and develop a plan to obtain these goals.


    I provide support to clients as they adjust to phases of life, interpersonal relationships, and trauma. I have many years experience working with families, parenting and early childhood development. Overall, I help support the client and work with them on their ability to identify their feelings, improve communication and establish healthy boundaries.


    Life is complex, often we put ourselves last waiting for “someday”. The reality is we continually move the goalpost and never address what is keeping us from realizing the life we want. I want to collaborate with my clients to foster self-awareness and coping skills that will lead them towards finding and maintaining their best, healthy self.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Alia A. Merraro


    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    We all face challenges in our lives that we may have difficulty navigating through. It may be feeling depressed or anxious, experiencing relational/family conflict and grief, or adjusting to life transitions. Sometimes we need another person to help us along the way outside of our loved ones. That's where I come in. I strive to help you work through adversities, build upon your strengths, and empower you to create new, meaningful, and fulfilling chapters in your life. I specialize in working with individuals ages 18-30+ and couples.


    My approach is to create a warm and non judgmental environment, and to build therapeutic connection. I integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused, and Mindfulness skills in treatment while tailoring the process to your needs. I believe with the right tools you will begin to feel a sense of relief, safety, support, and guidance.


    I have weekday evenings and weekend availability. I also provide telehealth sessions to make it easy and convenient for you. By deciding to engage in therapy, you have taken a gigantic step towards improving your mental health and wellness. Your healing starts now!


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Mary E. Javel

    Psychologist, PhD

    Licensed Psychologist

    I truly enjoy helping people move forward in their lives. My primary orientation is relational where therapist and client co-create the therapeutic process. I like to take the time to get to know you and understand what brings you to therapy. Working within an atmosphere of trust and openness allows true growth to happen. I'm a very creative person and able to work across therapeutic modalities to meet the needs of each client.


    I have a special interest in helping people through change and transition. Sometimes, these changes are related to external events, such as separation/divorce or the loss of a loved one. Other times, we can feel a strong internal need to make a new beginning. I feel that transitional times can be very powerful in our lives. .


    I have worked as a psychotherapist for over 25 years and continue to love it! I feel that I learn so much from each client I work with. Working in the greater DC area, it has been especially rewarding to work with people from many different cultural backgrounds. I look forward to meeting with you and exploring the possibility of our working together.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Janell Harris

    MS, LCPC

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    I seek to cultivate a collaborative, trusting, and explorative experience to work alongside you on your path to wholeness. My ideal client is ready to address stagnant behavior and unravel complex emotions. I understand that a well-established therapeutic alliance is imperative to successful outcomes. This is crucial in ensuring a safe and supportive environment to be vulnerable, open, and authentic. My training is oriented around Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment-styles, and Psychodynamic approach. I also integrate concepts from other frameworks to best suit your specific needs.


    I enjoy treating adolescents, adults, and families who desire to manage their anxiety, process relationship issues, explore racial-identity, navigate life transitions, and establish self-esteem while remaining culturally sensitive. My passion of Spanish-speaking led me to study abroad in Argentina. I apply this passion to serve a wider range of populations.


    I’ve worked in the inpatient hospital, outpatient settings, and school-based settings making my perspective wider and more holistic. The first step forward is the most difficult. Let's take another step together towards your journey of healing today!


    Learn more on my Psychology Today profile.

    Shelby Fisher


    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    My ideal client is someone who is looking to better understand the functions of their behavior and take evidence based action to help manage their mental health. I'm looking for clients who want to discover themselves and better understand the triggers that keep them from achieving their particular ideal of wellness.I specialize in utilizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help my clients better understand the function of their behaviors along with assessing the costs associated with their behavior followed by creating a plan to help the client use evidence based practices to help them achieve their mental health goals..


    While traditional therapies tend to focus on fixing problems and dealing with pathology, my primary modality of treatment, positive psychology, takes a different approach. The goal of positive psychology is to build happiness and well-being.


    I also incorporate client-centered, behavioral and experiential interventions into my work with clients. I work with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. I have a clinical interest in men’s mental health and in addressing specific counseling needs of minority community members.


    Learn more on my Psychology Today Profile

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    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