Washington, D.C. Metro Area
First Step IOP
First Step IOP is a comprehensive evidence-based program created to help young people who are struggling with substance use and mental health issues. We recognize that teens and young adults 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 person’s life including substance use, depression, anxiety, behavioral challenges, learning differences, and family relationships. First Step IOP includes a high level of family involvement.
DBT IOP + Co-Occurring
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 IOP + Mental Health
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
Our 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.
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.
About the Washington, D.C. Metro Area
With our outpatient clinic situated in Cabin John, MD -- just steps away Bethesda, MD, a stone's throw from the Potomac River, and a few miles from downtown Washington, D.C. -- our clients have the benefit of being close to the natural beauty and rich history our nation's capital offers. Mindfulness hikes along the C&O Canal and experiential visits to D.C. to see the cherry blossoms in bloom are all in the realm of probability for the young people in our care.
Our in-home community team can meet clients and families in their home environments or in the community itself. Whether one of our family coaches visits a family in their Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., or Maryland home -- or meets a client for coffee and a walk on the National Mall to take in the monuments, our team can uniquely accommodate to the needs of our clientele.
Outpatient Clinic - Cabin John Leadership Team
Nate Luongo, LCSW-C joined Potomac Programs in 2015. He holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University. Nate has dedicated his life to working with adolescents and young adults struggling with substance use and mental health issues. He’s received extensive supervision and clinical training from Robert Schwebel, PhD. – creator of the Seven Challenges Program, the evidence-based model utilized within the First Step program. Prior to joining Potomac Programs, Nate provided family and individual therapy to at-risk families in Brooklyn, NY. He has worked in a number of community and clinic settings addressing an array of mental health concerns. After his college football playing career was cut short due to injury, Nate served as an assistant coach at Catholic University. Outside of work, Nate enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on hikes, and playing with his dog, Millie.
Ilene Marto Atiyah, LMSW has over 18 years of experience in a variety of senior advisory and international financial services roles including relationship management, strategic consulting, program management, and business development for Fortune 500 companies. More recently she worked in non-profit settings empowering adolescents in internet safety and women out of homelessness. Ilene obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Social Work at Columbia University with a focus on mental health. As part of her clinical training, Ilene spent two years interning at Potomac Programs in the First Step IOP and loves working with adolescents, young adults, and their families. She is married with two teens of her own and enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling near and far.
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.
Laura Silverman is a graduate of the University of Virginia with degrees in Sociology and Spanish. In 2007, at the age of 24, she entered long-term recovery from alcohol abuse and mental health concerns. Her lived experience inspired her to start a resource and blog created to celebrate multiple pathways to recovery from substance use disorder and mental illness. After spending close to a decade consulting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Laura entered the behavioral health field in a professional capacity. She strongly advocates for mental wellness and volunteers her time with Mental Health America, SAMHSA’s Recovery Month Planning Partners, and the Chris Atwood Foundation. Some of Laura’s hobbies include playing guitar and piano, karaoke, practicing yoga, walking in nature, finding the perfect spirit-free beverage, and spending time with family and friends.
Atira Zeoli joined Potomac Programs in 2016 with a background in small business management and special needs care for children and adolescents. Outside of the office, Atira teaches classes on Buddhism and leads poetry workshops for 3rd graders. Raised in Northern Arizona, she enjoys reading, yoga, and learning the names of local flora on nature walks with her husband.
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.
Brooke Brody, LCSW-C, LCADC is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Maryland, and also a licensed clinical drug and alcohol counselor. He received his master’s degree in social work from West Virginia University. Brooke is currently a PhD candidate with the Prescott College “Sustainability Education” doctoral program focusing on mental health and social work education. His areas of specialization have been in the area of therapy with adolescents and young adults and their families, substance abuse treatment, advocacy for students with learning differences, and treatment of mood disorders. Brooke has worked with wilderness therapy programs out west as well as residential therapeutic programs for adolescents. He has also worked in Montgomery County, MD for several years as a clinical social worker with adjudicated and homeless youth. He has post-graduate training in numerous areas that affect the treatment of adolescents and young adults including: training in the assessment of learning differences (with the UNC-Chapel Hill “All Kinds of Minds Institute”); relapse prevention therapy (with Terrance Gorski and the Gorski CENAPS program); brief hypnotic psychotherapy (with the Milton Erikson Institute). Brooke has also completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Behavioral Tech organization. Brooke is an avid hiker and photographer, and combines these two pursuits on regular excursions to national parks and wilderness areas.
Outpatient Clinic - Cabin John Staff
Elizabeth Kosin, LMSW is a licensed masters social worker. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration with a Master’s degree in clinical social work. Elizabeth swam and played water polo through college which has contributed to her understanding of mind-body wellness. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in school, in-home, and in outpatient settings. As a therapist, Elizabeth values a strength-based and collaborative approach. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys staying active on land or in the pool, spending time with family and friends, and watching comedy specials curled up with her cat, Winston.
Erin Robbins, 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.
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!
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.
Christopher Hodgson received a BA in psychology from the University of Georgia in his hometown of Athens. He has a diverse background in administrative, customer service and management roles with various businesses ranging in size from “mom and pop” through an NYSE mutual fund corporation. After relocating to Maryland, Christopher met his partner in 1997 while living in Baltimore and they now reside in Western Montgomery County surrounded by the lush greenery of the Maryland Agricultural Reserve. During his personal time he enjoys audio books, cooking, learning about American Sign Language and deepening in the practices of Vajrayana Buddhism.
Dyuti Ganesh is currently a Master’s student at the University of Maryland in the Clinical Psychological Science program and will be graduating in December 2019. Her research specializes in the socio-cultural disparities within psychopathology in racial minority youth populations. Dyuti has worked with child and adolescent populations for the past five years in school, community, and clinical settings and hopes to continue this work in the future. In her spare time, Dyuti enjoys doing yoga, hiking, cooking, and exploring the city!
“Annie” Diane Bertran, LCSW-C earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2013. She worked in Baltimore City High Schools providing individual, group, and family therapy. Annie then moved back to her hometown and has worked in a hospital providing PHP/IOP level treatment. She has had extensive training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. Annie is passionate in her work with different populations and finding individualized ways to work with each person. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as swimming and being outside.
Adam Freidfertig, LGPC, NCC received his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to pursuing a degree in counseling, Adam worked as a senior field instructor at a wilderness therapy program, working with adolescents and young adults, combining his passion for the outdoors and supporting positive growth in clients. He has also worked in outpatient mental health settings providing individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Adam seeks to empower clients to utilize learned skills and feel more in control of their lives. He supports clients in engaging the areas of mind-body-spirit to heal the whole self. When not working, Adam likes to hike and camp with his two dogs Hooper and Dexter, read, listen to live music, play board games, travel and spend time with family and friends.
Devin Maroney, LMSW earned his masters degree in clinical social work from the Catholic University of America. He has experience providing clinical psychotherapy to high-risk adolescents and college-aged individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, self-harm and addiction. Devin has trained in Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy and Focusing Oriented Therapy. In addition to practicing clinical psychotherapy, he is a certified mindfulness teacher with over five years of experience teaching mindfulness in public, private, educational, not-for-profit, and clinical settings. As a clinician and mindfulness teacher, Devin’s goal is to help clients and students reconnect with and draw strength from the goodness in themselves, as they cultivate positive behaviors and new perspectives on life. He spends most of his personal time with his wife, daughter, and dogs and enjoys attending meditation retreats in the Insight tradition.
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.
Emerson recently graduated from Northern Virginia Community College summa cum laude with their Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. They are currently matriculated within George Mason’s Bachelor of Social Work program and looks forward to earning that, as well as their MSW from GMU. They are also earning their Substance Abuse Counselor Certification and are excited to serve a diverse clientele when they become a licensed therapist. They serve Potomac Programs through their combined role of a DBT Peer Mentor/Logistics Assistant/Mindfulness Facilitator. Balancing their role as a working student, they are passionate about the practicality and transformative nature of DBT and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. In their free time, Emerson loves to curate their own balanced-eating recipes, exercise, art, poetry, and fashion. They are a perpetual student and are invested in queer rights via supporting the LGBTQ+ community, sustainability and ecology initiatives, and helping end the mental health and addictions stigma to allow for the accessing of therapy and recovery of disadvantaged populations.
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, LMSW 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).
In-Home Community Support Staff
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 being 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, substance abuse and Autism spectrum disorder. She has worked with this age group in a variety of settings, which includes residential treatment for women with eating disorders, IOP for mental health and substance abuse, therapeutic day treatment program for high school students and intensive in-home services. 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 extensively 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.
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.