PEP Professional Members

PEP has three categories of membership: Family, Lifetime (honorary) and Professional. PEP’s Professional members embrace and support PEP’s mission—to teach parents ways to build strong, healthy family relationships. Any individual, professional group or firm providing aligned services to families or individuals is encouraged to join. The cost of Professional membership is $75 per year. You can join as a Professional here or by contacting the PEP office. Professional membership benefits include:

Please note, while this list indicates current membership only and does not imply endorsement, we do value our Professional Members.

Emory Luce Baldwin, LCMFT

Parent Education and Family Therapy

Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
As a family therapist, a senior PEP leader and co-author of Parenting with Courage and Uncommon Sense, I am uniquely qualified to help you, your children and your teens become more calm, cheerful, cooperative and successful. You can see me at work with PEP’s Open Forum Counseling demonstrations as well as the PEP talks and classes I lead. I meet with adults, kids and teens at the PEP office on Thursdays and Fridays and at my home office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. My groups for Parents of Extra-Challenging Children are just right for parents who are looking for more personal support than provided in PEP classes and a more affordable alternative to private coaching or counseling. Call 301-219-6436. Email

Sarah Berger

Capital Psychological Services, LLC

I use a warm, genuine, collaborative, and solution-focused approach to helping parents navigate the challenges of parenting. I always tell parents that I became a better psychologist when I became a parent. Through my extensive training and years of experience, I have gained expertise in how to navigate common parenting struggles (sleep, eating, behavior, homework, parent-child relationships), but you are the expert on your own kid. Together, we navigate what would best work for your child and family. In addition to working with parents, I provide cognitive-behavioral therapy to children, teens, and adults experiencing anxiety and/or medical conditions and I conduct brief assessments for independent school admissions. My practice is located in Chevy Chase, MD.  Contact me at 301-501-0130 or

Caroline Bernhardt-Lanier

The Imago Center

Imago Therapy, individuals, couples and groups. Locations in Chevy Chase, Takoma Park, Foggy Bottom. Call 301-461-5591. Email

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School provides an early childhood education which nurtures the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social growth of each child according to his or her needs. We believe young children learn best through play. Our programs incorporate stories, music, physical movement, indoor and outdoor play, as well as creative and sensory activities to foster a life-long love of learning. BHPCNS is a loving and caring community where children are encouraged to develop their own talents, uniqueness and self-esteem as they PLAY, GROW and LEARN.

Pascale Brady

The Challenge Coach

Parent Educator/Life and Parent Coach
Life coaching enables people to find self understanding and inner clarity, thus enabling the definition and attainment of any goals within the structure of accountability. I provide life coaching to strong and courageous people who are eager for profound changes and parent coaching to any parent at a loss about what to do next with their kids. Located at 9310 Watkins Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20882. Call 301-910-0765. Email: Website:

Eric Brooks

Long and Foster Realtors

I work with both buyers and sellers and I am very active in the local Montgomery County and Washington, DC, markets. I have been a licensed agent in DC, Maryland and Virginia with Long and Foster for the past six years and pride myself on “being there” for my clients. My office is located in Bethesda, and I believe in working in the community and being a part of the community. I strive to balance a full work life and hectic family life with a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy. I became a member of PEP because I believe it is a vital parenting organization. Located at 7700 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814. Call 703-622-2001. Email

Hala Buck

Art Therapist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
A former PEP class leader, Hala integrates Adlerian theory, body/mind and Energy Medicine as well as sand play therapy. Through the creative process she guides adults and families facing life challenges to find their own inner wisdom, resources and solutions. She is a cross-cultural educator who teaches internationally and in the U.S. She specializes in multicultural and globally mobile families. No art skills required. Hala also is a certified Reiki Master. Email

Anthony Carducci, Esq.

Carducci and Braggs, PLLC

As one of eight children who suddenly lost their mom, I realized that traditional estate plans, created by the typical estate attorney that had not experienced the tragedy that my family endured, did not ensure kids would be raised as their parents envisioned. Typical estate plans would not prevent kids from being taken by the authorities if their parents passed away or were incapacitated due to disease, illness or accident. After becoming the first attorney in my family, I founded Carducci & Braggs to serve families who do not want my story to become theirs. Locations in Chevy Chase, Northwest Washington, Arlington and Northern Virginia. Call 240-235-5070. Email

Marie Caterini Choppin, LCSW-C, LICSW

Lotus Point Wellness, Inc,

Owner and Director
Lotus Point Wellness is a comprehensive counseling and wellness practice devoted to helping our clients find more contentment in their lives. It is the culmination of a vision to help people develop inner resiliency, contentment, security in their relationships and a well-balanced lifestyle. At Lotus Point Wellness we believe in taking an approach that is collaborative, integrative and empowering, using proven approaches to relationship wellness and integrative healing. Our integrative approach includes counseling, yoga, nutrition and well-being workshops to help clients manage stress, anxiety and other elements that may be preventing living a happy, balanced life. We work with our clients to help them find their own pathway towards contentment. Lotus Point Wellness offers a full range of psychotherapy services including individual, family, couples and group therapy for all ages from early childhood through late adulthood with a special emphasis on helping create strong, loving and secure bonds within families and couples. Located in Silver Spring and Bethesda, Maryland. Call 301-960-1198. Email mchoppin@lotuspointwellnesscom.


Beth Ciangiulli

Stepping Stones Therapy

Stepping Stones Therapy is a pediatric speech-language and occupational therapy practice in Bethesda, Maryland that provides comprehensive evaluations and treatment to children of all ages. We are able to address a wide range of communication issues including, articulations disorders, motor speech disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning and Reading Disabilities and pragmatic/social language disorders. We also provide occupational therapy evaluations and treatment to children of all ages. We treat children who have difficulties with gross and fine motor development, motor planning, handwriting, posture, muscle tone, balance, body movement, visual-spatial skills, sensory integration (to improve over-sensitivity or under-reaction to touch, sounds, etc.) and attention and arousal (to improve movement/activity levels).

Call 301-652-7800 or email

Maya Coleman, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist
I provide support for young children (birth-6) and their families who are dealing with a range of issues including aggression and dysregulation in preschool settings; fears and anxieties; sleep challenges; conflict with siblings; and difficulties in attachment. I frequently work with families who are in the process of clarifying the impact of health challenges (including diet and gut health) and developmental issues on their child’s emotional experience and behavioral functioning. I provide comprehensive trauma evaluations for children with a history of episodic or complex developmental trauma, and I offer a structured trauma treatment program to teach parents concrete but powerful tools to help their child heal while strengthening the parent-child connection. Please feel free to get in touch with me to talk about how I might be helpful to your family. Located at 1867 Ingleside Terrace, NW, Washington, DC 20010. Call 202-413-6853. Email


Jen Dryer

Jen Dryer is a mother and parent advocate, supporting parents of children ages 0-5 who may have developmental delays navigate the complex and emotionally challenging process of getting their child the services and therapies they need in order to overcome their greatest challenges and close the gap with their age level peers. The mother of a son with mild Autism, she has and continues to navigate this process herself, and wants to share the expertise she has gained with parents on the early intervention journey. She stands alongside and guides parents through this logistically and emotionally overwhelming process, empowering parents to advocate as effectively as possible for their child as they navigate the early intervention process. She works with parents who have not yet had their child evaluated, those who have recently completed an evaluation and are starting to receive services, and those who are transitioning from at home to school-based services. For more information about Jen and her services, visit her website at or her facebook page at, or email her at

Karen Esposito

Renaissance Art Center

I work with my husband, Sam, at our art center that holds instructional classes in art to people of all ages. We offer drawing/painting, pottery and digital arts, and after-school classes and summer camps are our specialty. By incorporating the Adlerian methods I’ve learned from PEP, I teach our instructors how to manage children of all ages. Students are guided through an educational art process in creativity, self-expression and problem solving that builds confidence and self-esteem. Please call 301-987-0377 or visit our website for more details about classes and camps.

Barbara Fairfield, LCMFT

Licensed Marriage/Family Therapist Private Practice
I specialize in working with couples and adult individuals in relationship therapy and/or group therapy. Currently, I conduct two all-female and one all-male therapy groups. I have office hours at PEP on Wednesdays from 10 am until 2 pm and office hours in Lanham on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. My therapeutic approach is based on Adlerian psychology and systemic therapy. Located at 8403 Margo Rd, Lanham, MD 20706. Call 301-552-1018.

Robbye Fox

The College Lady

Independent Educational Consultant
After shepherding her own 3 kids through the college selection and application process, which included navigating the athletic recruiting process and seeking accommodations for learning differences, Robbye saw firsthand just how complicated and overwhelming the process can be. She then became certified in the field of educational consulting to help ease the process for other families and help them avoid costly mistakes. Through her work as a Certified Parent Educator with PEP, Robbye has found a passion in helping parents with teenagers learn to not just survive those years, but to thrive by establishing stronger relationships. She brings this passion to the practice of guiding high schoolers through the process of finding the college that fits their academic interests and strengths, extracurricular activities and family resources. For information on how working with Robbye can save you time, energy and money, contact her by phone at 301-466-9712 or by email at or visit

Risa Garon, LCSW-C, BCD, CFLE

National Family Resiliency Center, Inc.

Executive Director and Co-Founder
The National Family Resiliency Center, Inc., provides individual, family and group therapy, KidsConnex, co-parent seminars and co-parent consultation and collaborative divorce services for families who are experiencing marital problems, separation, divorce and remarriage. NFRC has offices in Rockville and Columbia and has served families for the past 26 years. Columbia office located at 10632 Little Patuxent Pkwy. – 121, Columbia, MD 21044. Call 410-740-9553 x208. Rockville office located at 451 Hungerford Dr. – 225, Rockville, MD 20850. Call 301-384-0079 x208. Email

Stefanie Gilbert, PhD

Private practice specializing in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders and body image disturbance in adolescents and adults. Individual, family and group therapy available. Stefanie runs a monthly Parent Support Group for parents of kids who have eating disorders. Located at 4405 East-West Hwy., Suite 408, Bethesda, MD 20814. Call 202-251-8999. Email


Lora Griff, LCSW-C, BCD

Clinical Social Worker, Child, Adolescent and Family Therapist
I am a seasoned clinical social worker in private practice providing individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults. Over the years, I have helped many people cope with a range of difficulties including loss of self-esteem, depression, anxiety, behavior problems, mood disorders, attention deficit disorder and life transitions. Therapy will help you or your child gain insight, develop coping strategies, improve family communication and better manage behavior and relationships. Located at 6288 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852. Call 301-230-9113. Email

Rob Guttenberg, L-CPC

Clinical Supervisor
Rob is a Diplomate with the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, an Approved Child Care Trainer with the Maryland State Department of Child Care and the author of The Parent As Cheerleader and Funtastic Adlerian Techniques for Change. His areas of expertise are child guidance, adolescents and families, couples counseling, traumatic brain injury and disability. Rob Guttenberg now accepts clients for Monday evenings at his office in the Four Corners Silver Spring area, and on Saturdays at his office near the Gaithersburg COSTCO on Russell Avenue. Call (301) 545-5660. Email

Monica Hammock, LICSW, LCSW-C

Psychotherapist and Certified Neurofeedback Provider
I foster a caring and nurturing approach, utilizing Adlerian psychology and a strengths-based perspective. Incorporating neurofeedback with psychotherapy allows for interruption of emotionally based patterns of reactivity in the brain faster than we are consciously aware of them. With this combination, most clients see results faster than with psychotherapy alone. Whether it’s individual, group, family or supervision my clinical services are designed to provide further insight into challenges, provide learning opportunities and to encourage commitment to making life improvements. For more information about the services I offer, please call or email me to schedule an initial consultation. Located at 4545 42nd St., NW, Washington, DC.  Call (202) 378-0327. Email 

Joanne Hurt

Wonders Child Care

Child Care
Wonders Child Care believes children develop and learn through guided play in a nurturing and diverse community. We are a nonprofit provider of accredited early childhood education, before/after school and summer camp with flexible programs, for children ages 2 months through sixth grade, with nine locations in Washington, DC, and Maryland. Call 301-654-5339. Email

Hetty Irmer, LCSW­-C

Four Corners Counseling, LLC

Psychotherapist and Director
I offer “Therapy for Thinking Women,” relationship counseling and tools for mindful self-awareness. My style is non-judgmental, compassionate and warm — but also practical. I am trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of therapy, which consists of concrete skills and resources that enable individuals to:

  • Identify distressing thoughts and feelings quickly without self-criticism
  • Develop productive tools to address emotional distress
  • Create new pathways in the brain that help to heal past pain
  • Look toward the future with a greater sense of capacity and hope

In other words, IFS therapy develops self-leadership skills and offers a way to understand one’s self with curiosity, heal past hurts with compassion, and step into the future with confidence and courage.

Women’s Group: “Making Sense of My Self” is a seven-week skills and process group for women from early adulthood through motherhood and mid-life. Members learn and practice skills of self-understanding and leadership that provide a greater sense of empowerment and capacity in daily life. The group is offered multiple times a year. Located at 10000 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20901. Call 301-960-8960. Email

Tory Joseph, MEd, LGPC

Imago Center

Psychotherapist and Relationship Counselor
With more than 20 years of experience as a workshop presenter, parent educator, counselor and therapist, Tory Joseph has experienced positive results with hundreds of families. She works with couples, parents and individuals to address problems, improve relationships and create a healthy, successful family life. Having children is stressful, and can bring up serious problems in the parent relationship. Tory works to help parents find solutions and strengthen their bond with each other and with their children. She works in DC and Maryland and has three “20-something” children. Call 301-759-2007. Email and

Jennifer Kogan, LICSW

Individual and Couple Counseling for Parents
My northwest Washington, D.C., practice offers solution-focused, evidence-based therapy with heart. Whether you are seeing me individually or as a couple, our work together can give you the tools you need to feel less stressed and more calm. Learn how to shift your thinking and behavior so you feel more connected to yourself and those you care about. My family systems background, ongoing training in Gottman Couples Method Therapy and a focus on empathy skill building can help you move from feeling stuck into a mindset of possibility and change. Clients describe my style as active and warm. I consider and honor differences in how men and women think and feel. Should you decide to consult with me, you will be comfortable and supported in whatever style suits you best. Together, we can widen our lens to look at family patterns, incorporate research-based strategies and build skills to help you feel more fully present and engaged in your life. I believe that we are all doing the best we can and that sometimes we just need a little help. Call 202-215-2790 or email me at for your brief phone consultation. Located at 4601 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., #20, Washington, D.C. 20008.

Amy Kossoff Smith

The Momtini Lounge

Amy Kossoff Smith is a nationally recognized source on parenting and has appeared on The Today Show, FOX, NBC, CBS and ABC News. A national wire columnist, Amy reports on parenting topics for newspapers nationwide and loves to speak to parenting groups. Email

Kathleen Landers, MSW, LCSW-C

Sequence Counseling and Consulting Services

Mental Health, Wellness and Career Services
Sequence is a multidisciplinary group, private practice, offering individual, couple and group therapy services for the challenges and opportunities adolescents and adults face. Sequence includes a wellness component to all services through strengths assessments, stress management, mindfulness and emotional regulation techniques. Sequence also offers career coaching for adults in transition. Sequence supports parents through a range of services offered through our Parenting From The Heart series, offering special parent workshops including a couple’s relationship enhancement retreat for new and expecting parents, video-based support for new stay-at-home moms, a group for parents coping with their own depression and anxiety, mindfulness training for routine parent stress, and career coaching for parents returning to the workforce. Located at 3204 Tower Oaks Blvd., Suite 250, Rockville, MD 20852. Call 240-200-5401, ext. 4. Email

Kerrie LaRosa, MSW

LaRosa Parent Coach

Parent Coach
I help families manage children’s emotional and behavioral issues, cope with grief and loss, and adjust to major life transitions. I work with parents to understand their child’s temperament, navigate their child’s developmental stages and learn effective discipline techniques. Call (718) 974-7375. Email

Meghan Leahy

Meghan Leahy Parent Coach, LLC

Parent Coach
One-on-one coaching and group talks for parents of children age 10 years and younger. Call 202-431-0626.  Email:

Liz Goll Lerner, LPC, ATR-BC

EGL's Inspired Choices, LLC

Psychotherapist, Art Therapist and Life Coach
Liz’s specialty is counseling the whole person—mind, body and spirit. Working with Liz is a collaborative process focused on making change a reality. Explore what isn’t working in your life. Heal relationship concerns, family dynamics, life transitions or the experience of a difficult childhood/adolescence. Find the keys to healthy separation and divorce, or navigate the experience of a serious medical illness. In her 30 years as a clinician Liz has mastered many therapeutic techniques and methods with which she designs an individualized therapeutic approach for her clients. Utilizing a multi-dimensional approach establishes the foundation for deep healing and lasting change. She serves adolescents, adults and couples. Counseling, psychotherapy, art therapy, workshops, classes and retreats. Located at 4545 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 306, Washington, DC 20008. Call 202-827-3448. Email

Wendie Lubic, MA, Professional Member IECA, NACAC

The College Lady

Independent Educational Consultant
Wendie’s emphasis is on reducing the stress and anxiety that has become a part of the college application process. She believes that the student should be in charge of the application process, and consultants and parents can play an important role by supporting students’ efforts and broadening their horizons. Call 202-246-6920 or 202-244-6920. Email

Lisa Martin, PhD

Empower Assessments, LLC

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Lisa A. Martin is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in practice since 1996. Dr. Martin is currently the director of Empower Assessments, a private practice that specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of children and young adults with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other developmental and emotional concerns. She has worked extensively with children of all ages in both evaluation and treatment capacities. Dr. Martin also has broad experience in the assessment of emotional functioning. Dr. Martin is particularly interested in the identification and treatment of anxiety disorders. She has been a Cogmed provider since 2008. Located at 11140 Rockville Pike, Ste. 400, North Bethesda, MD 20852. Call (301) 200-9980. Email

Maureen McElroy, LGMFT

Maureen McElroy Counseling, LLC

Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist
As a therapist and as a senior PEP Leader for over 15 years, Maureen supports clients as they solve parenting challenges. She helps them as they work to improve relationships not only with their children, but also with their spouse, parents, in-laws, or siblings. Maureen offers individual or couple counseling, parent coaching, and family therapy. Her clients learn to recognize and celebrate their strengths. They heal, get unstuck, move forward. In addition to focusing on family relationships, clients also feel comfortable exploring grief and loss with Maureen. She also has a passion for working with parents as their children become young adults and their role in life changes. Maureen’s office is in downtown Bethesda, and she offers daytime and evening hours. Call (301) 633-8950. Email

Kathleen M. McNulty, LCSW-C, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker/Therapist
Over 20 years I have specialized in helping clients rebuild their lives and have taught them how to “tune in” to themselves in order to use their words and ask for what they really wanted in life. I have helped clients weld and repair the relationships that were damaged by their depression and anxiety. I work with clients in Maryland,  Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. Located at 4405 East West Highway, Suite 207, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Call (301) 717-1155.

Britt Rathbone

Britt Rathbone & Associates

Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker
High quality mental health services for adolescents and their families. Located at 4701 Sangamore Rd., #210N, Bethesda, MD 20816. Call 301-229-9490. Email

Susan Richman, LCPC

Bethesda Counseling Associates

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
At my private practice in downtown Bethesda, I work with parents to help them manage every day, as well as more difficult, parenting challenges. I will teach you how setting limits, problem solving collaboratively and enforcing consequences will bring peace and harmony into your home. I will show you how empathy and boundary setting will enable you to respond effectively in any relationship –not just in parenting. If you would like to become a more effective and confident parent, call or email me to set up a consultation. I will help you learn how to manage parenting situations so that you struggle less, and enjoy your children more. Located at 4905 Del Ray Avenue, Suite 508, Bethesda, MD 20814. Call (301) 744-9720. Email

The Siena School

The Siena School is a 4th-12th grade school in Silver Spring, MD, serving bright, college-bound students with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. Our program is designed for students with mild to moderate needs who experience a discrepancy between their intellectual abilities and academic achievement in one or more areas such as reading, writing, oral expression or math. Through individualized, multisensory instruction, students develop critical thinking skills and acquire the tools and strategies needed to become successful and independent learners. Tours are held Wednesdays at 9:30 am. Contact to schedule a visit. 

William R. Stixrud, Ph.D.

The Stixrud Group

William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and director of The Stixrud Group. He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center, and he holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Stixrud is also a frequent lecturer on topics related to neuropsychological assessment, learning and executive disorders, brain development, motivation, and the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, and technology overload on the brain. He is the author, along with Ned Johnson, of the forthcoming book, Wired for Control (Viking Books), and he is a rock and roll musician who plays in the band, Larry 2.0. The Stixrud Group is located at 8720 Georgia Ave., Ste. 606, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Call (301) 565-0534. Email

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