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Dr. Katie O’Meara

Katie O’Meara, Psy.D. is the director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assessment.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.


Dr. O’Meara received her training at the American Schools of Professional Psychology, an APA accredited institution. She has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D), and is licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Dr. O’Meara received training in Cognitive Behavioral-Therapy in her graduate program and at various training sites, including Pollak Mental Health Services at Monmouth Medical Center, Clinical and Forensic Neuroscience, CPC Health/ Chestnut Lodge Hospital, and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Since 2005, she has received training in CBT and integrative psychotherapy at the Capital Institute for Cognitive Therapy in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, the American Psychological Association, and the Virginia Psychological Association. Dr. O’Meara has extensive experience providing cognitive, psychological and neuropsychological testing with children. This training occurred at Clinical and Forensic Neuroscience and at Georgetown Psychology Associates. Her teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct faculty member at Argosy University, where she taught Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Cognitive Behavioral Theory.


Dr. Kyla Aimone

Dr. Kyla Aimone is a clinical psychologist licensed in Virginia who works with children and their families. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology (an APA accredited institution) and completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center in Chicago.

Dr. Aimone received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and behavioral management strategies through her graduate program and various training sites including the Pediatric Developmental Center, John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County (Chicago, IL), and Northwest Community Behavioral Health Services (Chicago, IL). In addition, Dr. Aimone received extensive training in developmental, psycheducational, and neuropsychological assessment of infants, children, and adolescents through her training sites at the University of Illinois—Chicago, the Pediatric Developmental Center, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago, IL).

Dr. Aimone has worked with individuals presenting with various difficulties, including defiance, ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, developmental delays, and sleep difficulties. She primarily treats children ranging in age from toddlerhood through elementary school.


Leslie Coates Burpee, MA, NCC, CCTP

Ms. Coates Burpee attended Davidson College in North Carolina and earned an MA in Psychology from Harvard University, where she collaborated with Ellen J. Langer, Ph.D. on innovative mindfulness research. She went on to earn an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marymount University. Leslie Coates Burpee is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and completed the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Core Curriculum directly under the instruction of Dr’s. Aaron and Judith Beck, as well as the Level 1 Gottman therapy for couples training, again directly from Drs. John and Julie Gottman. She maintains membership with Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors (NVLPC), American Counseling Association (ACA), and Virginia Counselors Association (VCA), and International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). As a therapist, she draws from a number of disciplines grounded in person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapies, while utilizing mindfulness and solutions-focused techniques that can build confidence and strengthen one’s ability to manage stress. She works with children, adolescents and adults, including couples.


Susannah Harrison, M.A., LPC

Susannah Harrison, M.A., LPC has seventeen years of experience working with adolescents, adults and families within independent school settings as a mental health counselor. She completed her master’s degree in counseling at Boston College, and was a Licensed Professional Counselor(LPC) in Atlanta for six years before relocating Virginia in 2004.

Her clinical areas of expertise include: anxiety, depression, substance abuse, school refusal, ADHD, learning differences, sexual abuse, self-harm, divorce and grief/loss.  She recently attended a workshop at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia that focused on using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat depression and anxiety in children and adolescents.  Her clinical work is primarily comprised of cognitive-behavioral and family systems theories.


Dr. Alexis Herman

Alexis Herman, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her Masters and Doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from The George Washington University, an American Psychological Association-accredited program. She completed a pre-doctoral internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, a community mental health clinic in Stamford, Connecticut.

Dr. Herman has received extensive training in individual, group, and family psychotherapy and psychological and educational assessments. She integrates cognitive-behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, and family systems techniques in her therapeutic approach, depending on the needs and preferences of her clients and families. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults at various placements including schools, outpatient clinics, and non-profit agencies. Dr. Herman also has experience providing consultation to schools and performing crisis intervention and management. Dr. Herman has helped individuals with a wide range of life challenges and psychological issues, including but not limited to, mood and anxiety symptoms, attention and behavioral difficulties, low self-esteem, trauma, identity issues, interpersonal difficulties, relationship concerns, developmental delays, and psychosis.


Dr. Alicia Hodge

Alicia Little Hodge, Psy.D. is a psychology associate in Virginia and Maryland. She received a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University (a CACREP accredited institution) as well as a Masters and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from The University of Hartford (an APA accredited institution). She is experienced in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) across various treatment settings with adolescents and adults. Dr. Hodge completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral residency at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Washington, DC; with a focus on CBT for psychosis. She has received extensive training in exposure therapy, cognitive remediation, parent training, and is a certified adoption competent therapist. Dr. Hodge has also conducted specific research surrounding the experience of transracial adoptive parents and how to engender self-confidence and efficacy.

Dr. Hodge primarily works with individuals addressing issues related to anxiety, phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, relationship difficulties, rigid thinking, self-esteem, and post-adoption adjustment. Dr. Hodge works collaboratively with individuals to identify their strengths, effectively increasing self-understanding and awareness of personal thinking styles.


Dr. Noura Khayat

Noura Khayat, Psy. D, received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University, an APA-accredited Institution. She has received training in Cognitive-Behavioral, Integrative and Play therapies with a concentration in Child and Adolescent psychology. Additionally, she has trained in providing comprehensive psychological assessments for children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Khayat completed her APA-Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship at the Institute for Child and Family Health Inc. in Miami, FL.

Dr. Khayat has worked extensively with individuals suffering from traumatic experiences, as well as attention and behavioral difficulties, obsessive behaviors, anxiety, depression, and difficulties with social, family and romantic relationships. Dr. Khayat focuses her therapy on flexible treatment planning with adults or families to determine the approach that fits them best.

Dr. Khayat is a native Arabic and French speaker, and offers psychotherapy and testing services in all three languages.


Dr. Emily Rotbart

Emily Rotbart, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her Masters and Doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from The George Washington University, an American Psychological Association-accredited program. She completed her psychology internship at Maimonides Medical Center, a large non-profit hospital and academic medical center in Brooklyn, NY with extensive inpatient and outpatient mental health programs for a diverse urban population. She has acquired additional training in positive psychology in Copenhagen, Denmark, published psychology research, and received a scholar award from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Rotbart has worked in outpatient community clinics, therapeutic day schools, and public schools in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Massachusetts, providing psychotherapy and psychological assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Rotbart values the therapeutic relationship with her clients and uses an integrative treatment approach, combining cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapies. She emphasizes coupling symptom reduction with greater self-awareness to build coping skills and self-efficacy. Dr. Rotbart tailors treatment to the unique strengths and challenges of each client and/or family.

Dr. Rotbart has worked with individuals struggling with a variety of concerns, including mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, impulse control issues, interpersonal relationship difficulties, and psychosis.


Dr. April Simcox

Dr. Simcox is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia and Maryland, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who works with children and adolescents. She received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, an American Psychological Association (APA) and National Association of School Psychology (NASP) accredited program, and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from New York University.

Dr. Simcox received her psychotherapy and psychological testing training from several clinical sites including the NYU Child Study Center, and University Parent Consultation and Child Evaluation Service (UPCCES) at the University of Maryland. She has also trained extensively in regional school systems including Howard County, Prince George’s County, Fairfax County, and Alexandria City. In addition, Dr. Simcox has spent the last seven years providing psychological services to elementary, middle, and high school students in Charles County and Fairfax County School Systems.

Dr. Simcox uses an integrative approach drawing from cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and schema therapy to address an array of issues including anxiety, phobias, depression, learning disabilities, adjustment disorders, and social skill deficits. When indicated, she facilitates collaboration between home and school settings in order to improve client outcomes. In addition, Dr. Simcox has extensive experience with not only providing psychological testing in both school and clinical settings, but also with connecting findings to both special education law and accommodations via the American Disabilities Act, Section 504.

In addition to working directly with clients, Dr. Simcox has conducted research with the NIMH-funded “Treatment of Adolescents with Depression” multi-site study which examined the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy and/or medication on treating depression. She has authored peer-reviewed, scientific publications on a variety of topics including the import of collaboration between mental health professionals, personality construct assessment, and the measurement of social skills group effectiveness, then presented these findings at national conventions.


Dr. Adam J. Sowa

Is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia and Maryland who works with children and families that struggle with a variety of issues, including anxiety and phobias, depression, attention disorders and executive dysfunction, stress, pain, coping with medical illness, as well as learning disabilities, neuropsychological challenges, and developmental issues. Dr. Sowa also has extensive experience in conducting psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for children and adolescents who are having trouble in school, coping with traumatic brain injuries, and/or dealing with developmental or congenital difficulties. Along with evaluation, he can assist with interpreting and implementing treatment plans and related recommendations in consultation with parents, teachers, and other professionals (e.g., medical doctors, speech-language therapists, tutors).

Dr. Sowa received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and completed his predoctoral internship and post-doctoral training in pediatric psychology at the duPont Hospital for Children, which included the ADHD and Disruptive Behavioral Disorders Clinic and the First State School, a school for children with chronic illnesses. During these experiences, Dr. Sowa received training in cognitive behavior therapy and pediatric/health psychology to treat children and families. Dr. Sowa received training in neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents at the Stixrud Group in Silver Spring, MD.


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    CBT is designed to be a relatively brief form of treatment. Many problems can be treated in 10-24 sessions, although longer treatment is sometimes necessary.

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