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Dr. Judi Sprei & Associates - DBTMARYLAND

MD and Metro D.C. Area Therapists Specializing in DBT & Trauma

Annie Kimball, Psy.D.

      Dr. Kimball is a Maryland licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and behavioral and emotional dysregulation.

      Dr. Kimball graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from Clark University. She went on to earn her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012. While earning her degree, Dr. Kimball received training in the treatment of complex trauma and behavioral disorders at multiple inpatient treatment facilities. She completed an APA-accredited internship at the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA), a therapeutic day school residential treatment where she remains as a staff psychologist and supervisor. At JLG-RICA, Dr. Kimball provides DBT individual, family and group therapy. In addition, Dr. Kimball is a clinical supervisor, a member of the DBT consultation team, and the leader of the Huddle Up and Cope Team which provides trauma assessment and treatment. Dr.Kimball also provides neuropsychological assessments.

Prior to Dr. Kimball also had 6 years of experience providing individual, and group psychotherapy in a variety of outpatient practices in Maryland.

At Dr. Judi Spreiand Associates, DBTMaryland, Annie treats adolescents, young adults, and adults and facilitates one of our adult DBT skills groups.       

Heather Mann, Ph.D.

     Heather Mann is a Clinical Psychologist who provides DBT with adolescents and adults. Heather graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. After a career in Property Management, Heather changed careers, earning a Master's Degree in Professional Clinical Psychology and then a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She completed her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at John L Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA) in Rockville, MD. She also worked in hospitals, day treatment centers, residential placements, and private practices. Her dissertation focused on the relationship among aggression, depression, and problem-solving skills with a young adult population.

    In addition to working at Dr. Judi Sprei and Associates, DBTMaryland, Heather is a staff psychologist at JLG-RICA, where she provides individual, family, and group therapy to children and adolescents who present with a variety of mental health issues, including emotional dysregulation, aggression, anxiety, and depression. At JLG-RICA, Heather is also part of the DBT team where she leads DBT skills groups, as well as providing individual DBT.

   Heather's therapeutic approach is, first and foremost. one of empowerment. Using a DBT framework, she works collaboratively with individuals to help them explore how different aspects of their lives (such as relationships, families, school, work, trauma, etc.) affect their moods and behaviors. She considers the client as the expert in their lives, and uses her expertise in psychology to help them understand how their thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and past experiences have created or maintained their present issues, and how to make the changes needed to meet their goals and reach the place they want to be.


Amanda Jacob Pezzanite, LCSW-C

      Amanda Jacob Pezzanite offers Comprehensive DBT for adolescents and young adults. She enjoys including families in skills groups and family therapy when appropriate. Amanda has particular interest and expertise in the treatment of trauma using DBT-PE (prolonged exposure.)

     Amanda graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Hood College. She went on to get her Master's in clinical social work with concentrations in mental health and substance abuse. While in graduate school she provided individual and group therapy at an outpatient substance abuse treatment center in Frederick, MD. Just after graduating she moved to Honduras to be a volunteer resource teacher for eight months.

    In addition to her work at DBTMaryland, Amanda also works at the John L. Gildner Regional Children and Adolescents (JGL-RICA) in Rockville, MD. Amanda received training in DBT while at RICA. At RICA, she provides group, family and individual therapy for children with emotional disabilities including, but not limited to autism spectrum disorders, major depressive disorders, generalized anxiety disorders, conduct disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Amanda also leads DBT multi-family skills groups and DBT graduate groups, and trains other therapists in DBT.

      At DB Maryland, Amanda currently provides individual DBT, DBT-PE and facilitates our young adolescent, older adolescent, and advanced adolescent Amanda also provides supervision.  

Hope Qi, LCSW-C

       Hope Qi offers individual DBT for adolescents and adults on weekdays, evenings and Sundays. Hope graduated from Columbia School of Social Work with a Master of Science in Social Work and successfully completed the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training Program. Hope has additional training in motivational interviewing, exposure therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapies for advanced suicide risk assessments.

       As a DBT intern in the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Hope conducted DBT individual therapy and DBT skills training to treat patients who suffer from borderline personality disorder and other co-occurring mental health disorders. She also had experience working with middle and high school students effectively utilizing evidence-based clinical practice to address school and family-related stress.

      Having the experience of growing up and studying in both China and the United States, Hope developed the understanding and interest to explore how cultural differences and family of origin issues impact her clients' well-being. She is able to provide treatment in both Mandarin and English.

      Hope previously worked in an intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program for adolescents and young adults in Cabin John, Maryland, where she provided DBT individual treatment and DBT skills training to help clients achieve their life worth living goals.

      At DBTMaryland, Hope treats older adolescents, young adults, and adults. 

Drew Rosenzweig, LCSW-C, LICSW

     Drew Rosenzweig is a Clinical Social Worker who, in addition to providing individual DBT to adolescents and young adults, leads our young adult DBT skills group and our advanced young adult group.

     Drew graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. She then earned her Master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service, in New York. After graduation, Drew worked as a Social Worker in charter schools both in New York City and Washington, D.C., where she provided individual and group therapy to elementary and middle school students.

     Drew previously worked at John J. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JGL-RICA) where she provided individual, family and group therapy for children and adolescents who presented with a wide variety of mental health concerns. At RICA, Drew led DBT skills and other evidence-based groups where the focus was on learning communication skills and effective coping skills.

    Drew also worked for the Montgomery County School System.

    Drew strives to provide a safe and supportive environment for her clients by building a strong therapeutic alliance. Drew believes in building her clients' strengths as a way to empower them to make lasting changes.  

Elissa Stieglitz, Ph.D.

        Elissa Stieglitz received her BA from Barnard College, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University completed post-doctoral training at The Washington School of Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program.

        Elissa has been a clinical team leader at RICA since 1996 and a staff psychologist at RICA since 1993. Elissa has been part of RICA's DBT program since 2014 after receiving training in both inpatient and outpatient DBT.

         At Dr. Judi Sprei and Associates, DBTMaryland, Elissa specializes in working with parents. In addition to leading one of our parent groups, Elissa provides therapy and parent coaching to individuals, couples and families.       

Ethan Ulanow, LCSW-C

     Ethan is trained in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and has advanced training in suicide risk assessment and exposure therapy. He treats clients of all ages and with diverse issues connected to, or stemming from, emotional dysregulation.

     Ethan graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from American University. He received his Master's degree from Columbia University where he successfully completed the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training Program, one of the leading graduate training programs in DBT in the country. As an intern at Long Island Jewish Zucker Hillside Hospital Outpatient Department, Ethan conducted individual DBT and skills groups, as well as social skills groups. While at LIJ, Ethan treated clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar 1 & 2, and other co-occurring mental health disorders.

     Ethan enjoys helping clients identify their personal goals and values and develop specific skills to create a more rewarding and value-driven life. He is committed to providing compassionate treatment that balances change with acceptance of current realities. His approach to psychotherapy is collaborative, empathic, result-oriented, and flexible, and emphasizes the importance of creating a genuine, supportive, and honest therapeutic relationship. 

Kerstin Youman, Ph. D.

      Kerstin Youman is a psychologist with a dedication to treating adults, adolescents and their families, using a strengths-based approach to facing challenges and stressors. She approaches cases with compassion, openness, non-judgment, flexibility and cultural humility. Kerstin received her Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from George Mason University where she was was recognized with the Graduate Student Service Award. During her practicum training, she provided therapy and assessment with children, adolescents and adults at the Center for Psychological Services, a community-based clinic affiliated with George Mason University and the Loudoun County Community Mental Health Center. Kerstin was a research assistant in Dr. June Tangney’s Human Emotions Research Laboratory. Kerstin completed her clinical psychology internship at the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA) where she treated adolescents and families in a therapeutic day school and residential treatment setting. She continued practicing there for 10 years, as she assisted her clients with a wide range of coexisting presenting problems including complex trauma, depression, anxiety, psychosis and interpersonal challenges. Her clients have been diverse in terms of gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, and neurotypicality (Autism spectrum). Kerstin is highly relational and seeks to help her clients nurture their interests and talents while developing specific skills to live a safe and meaningful life with growing independence. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Youman was the Director of Research and Program Evaluation at JLG-RICA with a focus on evaluating service delivery with a goal of continual improvement. She highly enjoyed supervising interns and psychology associates during their training and is continuing to provide clinical supervision at the facility. Kerstin has co-authored journal articles, book chapters and presentations at professional conferences in race and gender differences in mental illness; shame and guilt; and a randomized controlled trial of a successful mindfulness-based intervention to prepare jail inmates for re-entry to the community. At DBTMaryland, Kerstin works with adolescents and adults. Kerstin provides Comprehensive DBT, including individual, group and family therapy as well as parent coaching. Family therapy is conducted in a spirit of building and utilizing mutual respect, effective communication and collaborative problem solving.

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