Washington, D.C. Area
About Washington, D.C. Area
Washington DC, our Nations Capital and a city rich with landmarks and signs of our history. Tourists snap a picture with President Lincoln or a selfie with the Washington Monument backdrop. You can take a drive by the White House, walk down the National Mall to see the war memorials or enjoy the reflection pond in America's front yard. All roads in the city lead to the capital building. In the spring, the city is famous for the beauty of the cherry blossoms, lighting the city in pink.
First Step IOP
We recognize that young people need a non-confrontational and compassionate approach to substance use treatment in order to make progress with the life challenges they face. First Step IOP services address major aspects of a young man’s life including substance use, learning differences, family relationships, co-occurring depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. First Step IOP includes a high level of family involvement.
DBT Intensive + Dual Diagnosis
This program is a specialized, sophisticated treatment program for young people with a variety of serious issues that include substance use disorder plus any of the following: severe depression, suicidal ideation, a history of self-harming behaviors, emotional imbalance and other forms of serious emotional difficulty.
DBT Intensive + Psychiatric
This program is a specialized, sophisticated treatment program for young people with a variety of serious mental health concerns that may include any of the following: severe depression, suicidal ideation, a history of self-harming behaviors, emotional imbalance and other forms of serious emotional difficulty. This is an intensive outpatient program for young people who do not have a history of substance use disorder.
PHP Day Treatment Program
Potomac DBT Day Treatment Program provides an intensive level of mental health treatment to young people in crisis due to severe and acute psychiatric symptoms. Often, this level of care can be an alternative to hospitalization or can be an appropriate place to land after a brief crisis-stabilization inpatient stay. Our highly skilled staff offers effective individualized treatment for a wide range of mental health concerns that may include severe depression, suicidal ideation, a history of self-harming behaviors, emotional imbalance and other forms of serious emotional difficulty.
The Potomac Recovery Residence is for young adult men (18-26) who would like to be going to college or on a steady vocational path but could benefit from a structured, clean and sober living situation with a good deal of support for recovery, and developing the life skills required for living successfully and independently.
In-Home Community Support
Serves clients ages 14-24, and their families. Our clients frequently come to us before or after completion of a wilderness program or short/long term residential treatment.
Washington, D.C. Staff
Marian Hwang Schill, LCSW-C graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in Advanced Clinical Practice, with a specialization in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland. While in graduate school, she was part of the Columbia University DBT Training Program, which consisted of intensive training and research in DBT with suicidal adults, adolescents, and the correctional population. She has had experience providing psychotherapy to survivors of domestic violence and their children in a transitional shelter setting. She has also worked as a DBT therapist in a therapeutic community of female adult and adolescent inmates at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. When not at Potomac Pathways, Marian enjoys traveling, reading, visiting art museums, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
Gabriel Martinez, LCPC graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2011 with an M.S.Ed. in community mental health and school counseling. Prior to joining Potomac Pathways, he worked for a non-profit in western New York counseling at-risk individuals across the aging, substance abuse, mental health and developmental disability spectrum. He has also worked in numerous schools as an educator and counselor to help address students’ personal, social, emotional, and physical wellness needs. Gabriel engages clients with a holistic approach, including outdoor adventure therapy. He is interested in researching how natural environments impact individual and community wellness.
Nina Tracy, LCMFT earned a Master’s of Science degree in Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has training in Narrative Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). As a family therapist, she strives to provide families with a safe space that is built on trust and collaboration. Nina has worked with children and young adults since beginning her career. Her experience includes providing therapy in a multitude of settings including Intensive In-Home, outpatient clinics, and private practice. Nina enjoys spending time with her family (which includes two dogs), hiking, skiing, and playing tennis.
Erin Reddinger, LCSW-C has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has worked with families and adolescents for several years, and has provided therapy in a variety of settings including in-home, residential, and day treatment programs. Prior to joining Potomac Pathways Erin worked in a residential setting for at-risk youth and their families utilizing DBT as the primary mode of treatment. Erin has training in Functional Family Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Erin is originally from Western New York and enjoys spending time visiting family and friends, exploring the DC area, walking her dog, reading, and traveling.
Sami Ascanio, LCSW-C earned her Master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Maryland-Baltimore in Baltimore, MD. Sami is intensively trained in implementing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) by Behavioral Tech. While in graduate school, Sami interned at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital with the Huntington’s Disease Program. After being introduced to DBT in Seattle, WA, which to many is considered the DBT hub, Sami focused much of her graduate work on researching and receiving training related to the implementation of DBT for individuals with chronic mental illness. Outside of Potomac Pathways, Sami loves hiking and enjoys completing sections of the Appalachian Trail in hope of one day completing the entire trail!
Hope Qi, LCSW-C earned her master‘s degree in Social Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work. While in graduate school, she completed the one-year Columbia University Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) training program, where she was intensively trained in conducting “standard DBT” in outpatient settings and assessing for self-harm and suicide risk. Hope has experience working with adolescents who struggle with academic and interpersonal issues in school settings. She also worked as a DBT therapist in an outpatient clinic with adults conducting individual sessions as well as group skills training. Hope has volunteered at multiple NGOs helping people who were survivors of domestic violence or were in need of crisis counseling. In her spare time, Hope enjoys knitting, yoga, jogging and spending time friends and family.
Leah Wolf, LMSW is a licensed masters social worker and Washington-area native. She earned her MSW from Columbia School of Social Work. While there, she participated in the year-long DBT Training and Lab Program, through which she completed Behavioral Tech’s Intensive Training and worked as a DBT intern on Rikers Island, NYC’s jail. Prior to attending social work school, Leah taught Special Education at DC’s secure facility for youth adjudicated delinquent. In her spare time, Leah enjoys walking around DC and spending time with family and friends.
Erin Gerard, LCPC graduated from Clemson University with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland. She has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. She has worked in outpatient clinic, school, and university settings. Erin has training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and believes in applying a non-judgmental, strengths based approach to counseling. In her spare time Erin enjoys spoiling her dog, baking, and reading.
Barry Shapiro, LMSW earned his master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He has experience working with adolescents and adults with chronic mental illnesses in both outpatient and in-home settings. Barry is driven by his desire to find presence in life through mindfulness and meditation and has a passion for helping others do the same. He enjoys playing guitar and basketball (not at the same time), in addition to spending time with family and friends.
Meage Clements, LMSW earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore – School of Social Work. She has experience working as an individual and family therapist with children, adolescents, and adults in in-home, school, community-based, and outpatient mental health clinic settings. Meage has training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, and exploring the Washington D.C. metro area.
Anthony Sartori created SPARC (Scholars Promoting and Revitalizing Care), an organization rooted in self-care and mental health awareness as a Sophomore at the University of Maryland. He served as Co-President for three years, launching a mental health advocacy movement known as #30daystoolate. In May of 2018, SPARC participated in UMD’s Do Good Challenge placing 2nd out of 113 teams, and winning $5,000 for mental health programs. With over 2 years of personal meditation experience, Anthony practices mindfulness daily. He is a photographer and holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland. In 2019, he plans to continue his education with a 2 year mindfulness and meditation teacher certification program with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.
Grant Gamble, CADC-II started working in dual-diagnosis treatment in 2015 as a primary case manager for Sober College’s residential young adult program. He is a certified drug and alcohol counselor and is in the process of completing his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Grant has experience working with young adults diagnosed with both substance abuse and mental health diagnoses. He has a great interest and understanding of the recovery process for young adults with substance abuse dependency. Grant believes in an entire mind and body connection in order to maintain long-term recovery. He focuses on helping steer client’s focus on their individualized treatment plan by supporting them in five major competencies he believes are essential to the life long recovery process (Life Skills, Sobriety, Fitness, Productivity, and Emotional Well-Being). Grant is an avid swimmer, frequent live music attendee, and lover of all things ocean related! Grant is a Washingtonian by birth, but loves to incorporate the positive California vibes he inherited during his time in Los Angeles!
Emerson Birrell is currently getting their Associate’s Degree from Northern Virginia Community College, as well as earning their title to become a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Their plan is to graduate from George Mason University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and go on to earn their Master’s in Social Work. They are a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community and look forward to being able to be a therapist with a diverse clientele. They use their past experience of being in a DBT group to help co-facilitate sessions at Potomac Pathways; they also manage organizational and administrative tasks in the office. They spend their free time practicing yoga, writing poetry, learning about astrology and tarot, and creating their own healthy recipes. Emerson is passionate about inclusivity, advocacy, mindfulness, and being a perpetual student.
Benjamin Zeoli has many years of facilities management in primarily holistic settings. He has also worked very closely, as a technician, alongside doctors in the fields of human holistic health care and holistic veterinary care. Seeing to a clean, safe, healthy and properly functioning work environment will be Benjamin’s focal points at Potomac Pathways. For the past 33 years, Benjamin has been a practicing Buddhist. He enjoys gardening, decorating, music, cooking, spending time with family and friends and has a tremendous love of animals.
Kelly Alpert, MSW recently completed her final year of graduate school at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work with a focus on clinical behavioral health. She has experience working with adolescents with learning differences and emotional disorders both as a social work intern at the Lab School of Washington High School and private tutor. After being introduced to DBT a few years ago, Kelly became an avid proponent of DBT. Outside of work, Kelly enjoys hiking with her dogs, traveling, and reading.
Brianna Wilson, MS-CMHC recently completed her final year of graduate school at Johns Hopkins University with a focus in clinical mental health counseling. She has experience working with adolescents with emotional disorders, PTSD, and Borderline Personality Disorder as a clinical intern at RICA. She was introduced to DBT last year and was amazed by the progress that could be made by incorporating mindfulness into the therapeutic process. She is thrilled to continue her training within the DBT framework. Outside of work, Brianna enjoys weekends camping and watching her Steelers beat the Ravens (and Redskins).
Bradley Brown is a recent graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a focus in Clinical Psychology. While attending George Mason University, Bradley conducted research in a variety of topics including psychological flexibility, personality strengths, suicidality, emotion regulation, and substance use while presenting multiple independent research projects at psychological conferences across the United States. In his down time, Bradley enjoys reading, fishing, and spending time with his family, friends and beloved dog.
John Pelletier is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in English. He has a long history of management and administration in companies both large and small in various industries including big box retail, local grocery and veterinary medicine. A former veterinary assistant, John continues to spend time volunteering with animals and enjoys gardening, meditating and reading.
Brooke Senior, LMSW has a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland and is a licensed social worker in the state of Maryland. While in graduate school, Brooke was introduced to Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and became fascinated with the benefits of learning and applying skills in the areas of mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness to both emotional and behavioral difficulties, as well as the benefits of using the skills in life, in general! Brooke has also done significant research on experiential interventions, such as wilderness therapy, and was fortunate enough to study in Southern India, which emphasized her strong belief in the mind-body connection, and the benefits of “thinking outside the box (or, in this case, the therapy office).” Brooke has worked with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including outpatient mental health clinics, residential and day treatment programs, the school system, wilderness education and correctional facilities. Brooke stands by the maxim, “There is no health without mental health.” In her spare time, Brooke enjoys hiking, camping and being outdoors, live music, spending time with friends and family, and reminding people that ‘The Eagles’ are the greatest American rock band to ever be.
Dr. Gill is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. Prior to his appointment with Suburban Hospital, Dr. Gill has served as the Medical Director, Behavioral Health Services, of Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. He is presently also Clinical Assistant Professor at George Washington University Department of Psychiatry as well as St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatry Residency Training Program.
Originally from Croatia, Dr. Gill came to the United States to pursue study and research of the brain function. After obtaining his double-major Doctorate degree in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience from Iowa State University focusing on brain mapping of visual imagery process, Dr. Gill served as Chief Medical Officer with the State of Iowa Department of Human Services Medicaid Agency. He has worked closely with (then) Health Care Financing Administration (presently Center for Medicare Services) on the development of quality of care measures for Medicaid and Medicare Managed Care. His continued interest in quality of care as well as providing optimal care to patients needing psychiatric care led to founding of the AXIS Healthcare Group that attracted a team of experts sharing the same mission.
Dr. Gill also completed training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis where he also chaired and taught in the Neuroscience and Psychotherapy course. In his private practice Dr. Gill provides psychiatric and therapeutic services. His interest in education of both professionals and lay audiences led to developing the educational branch of the AXIS Healthcare Group. He continues to promote psychotherapeutic intervention as essential component of treatment both through his clinical work as well as his ongoing teaching.
In-Home Community Support Staff
Lilliam Rodriguez is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from Carlos Albizu University. Lilliam has experience and knowledge in working with a diverse population of individuals and families. Her wide range of experience includes helping clients with substance abuse issues, family dysfunction, co-occurring disorders, and trauma. Lilliam uses Cognitive-Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing techniques and interventions to support teens, young adults and their families in overcoming hardships. She has a true passion for working with families and seeing the growth and transformation that occurs when we work together. In her spare time, Lilliam enjoys spending time with her young daughter and husband, going to the movies, and traveling.
Elizabeth has worked with adolescents, young adults and families for over 10 years. After earning a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University she has dedicated her life to helping clients make real and effective changes through a family-systems and strength-based therapeutic approach. Elizabeth strives to build a compassionate, caring and safe environment to help clients identify what is causing havoc in their life. She combines client centered and motivational interviewing with evidence-based treatment methods such as CBT and DBT.
Elizabeth enjoys exploring the natural beauty of DC with her husband and with her dog, Roxy, spending weekends at the Delaware beaches, and spending plenty of time with family and friends sharing laughs and making memories. She and her husband recently had a skateboard ramp built in their backyard.
Anna Alberson received her Masters in Clinical Social Work from George Mason University. She is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Anna started her career working in the field of early childhood development before deciding to return to obtain a Masters and further her academic pursuits. Anna’s passion for working with adolescents and young adults in a therapeutic setting is what prompted her to return to school. Anna has experience working with co-occurring issues that include: eating disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, anxiety, depression and substance abuse. She has worked with this age group in a variety of settings, which includes residential treatment for women with eating disorders, teen after school/mentor program, and teen/ young adult pregnancy center.
Anna uses a strengths-based, holistic and person-centered approach to aid adolescents, young adults and their families in achieving a healthy working family system. Adolescence can be a challenging time for both children and adults to navigate the world they live in. In essence, adolescent work cannot be effective without working in the context of the families, while acknowledging and accepting teen’s personal growth occurs through differentiation of the family.
Anna firmly believes this work to be truly rewarding by allowing this age population to understand their full potential and that is why she is very dedicated to her clients. Anna has been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as well as Motivational Interviewing. In her spare time she loves to exercise, listen to music, cook, bake and spend time with her dog Mimi.
Julianne has worked in outpatient, home and community-based, and residential settings. She has experience working with individuals and families presenting with a range of mental health concerns- including eating disorders, co-occurring mental health disorders, and autism-spectrum disorders. Before pursuing mental health counseling, Julianne received her B.S. in Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University. While working as a research assistant in a Counseling Psychology lab, she became especially interested in the interplay amongst one’s family, relationships, and behavioral health. After graduating and working in homes with special needs clients and their families, Julianne went on to earn her Masters in Couple and Family Therapy from Drexel University. She is currently working toward licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
Julianne strives to provide clients with a safe therapeutic environment, utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy and a variety of family systems approaches, such as Contextual and Structural Family therapy. Julianne approaches her work with individuals in the context of their relationships, with the ultimate goal of helping them gain self-love and compassion.
In her free time, Julianne enjoys being active outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and reading.
Katelyn Riemer is a Licensed Master Social Worker, earning her degree from the University at Buffalo. Katelyn enjoys working with adolescents and emerging adults. She has a range of experience that includes: therapy, crisis management, psychosocial and lethality assessments, and safety planning. She believes in using a collaborative approach and a variety of techniques to help her clients achieve their goals. As a therapist, she describes herself as compassionate and open-minded, with a good sense of humor. Katelyn is a Buffalo native, but recently moved to the DMV area. When she is not playing the harp, she is stuck in a good book, or under attack by her two cats at home.
Terrill Coles is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master of Social Work Degree from Howard University. Terrill has a genuine passion for supporting children, adolescents and young adults in conjunction with their families. Terrill is in awe of the transformation that occurs when he engages young people and their families.He has years of experience working with these populations in a variety of settings, including: mental health agencies, juvenile corrections, education, mobile crisis, hospitals, child welfare, and private practice. Terrill uses a strengths-based, client-centered, and humanistic approach to aid children, teens, and young adults in overcoming their challenges and fully recognizing their fullest potential. He believes that the needs, struggles, and strengths must be addressed within the context of the family and in order to produce growth. He is truly invested in helping clients to work on achieving their healing and living a successful life. Terrill has completed several workshops in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, as well as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) training. Terrill has experience in working with the Autistic population, and is familiar with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In his spare time, you can find him traveling, bowling, working out, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Sheryl Walden is a Clinical Licensed Social worker with a Master of Social Work from Boston University.
Sheryl has experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families in office, home, hospital, and community-based settings. As a professional and a parent of grown children, Sheryl understands the adolescent years and knows the challenges of parenting. Sheryl has experience helping families balance the tension between a teen’s need for greater independence, a secure home- base and parental adjustments and flexibility toward ongoing changes. Sheryl believes each family is unique but all experience times when therapy can provide added support, increased communication and greater understanding of family dynamics.
Sheryl is a fan of Motown, movies and Mexican food. She has been married for 30+ years and a native to California.