Elizabeth Wine, PsyD

Clinical Director

Dr. Wine is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Virginia.  She specializes in evidence-based treatment for anxiety and mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, self-injury, and personality disorders. Specifically, Dr. Wine has concentrated training in and experience utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP). Dr. Wine has been intensively trained in DBT by Behavioral Tech/Linehan Institute and in CPT by the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. 

Dr. Wine also has extensive training and experience in providing couple therapy through the use of evidence-based treatments, including Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT). In addition to providing therapy services, Dr. Wine conducts psychological assessment and diagnostic services for emotional and behavioral health concerns.

Dr. Wine completed an APA-accredited internship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, where she specialized in the treatment of anxiety, trauma, and substance use disorders.  Dr. Wine received her Psy.D. and M.A. from Regent University and her B.A. in Psychology from Messiah College. 

Aileen Kim, MD

Medical Director

Dr Kim's is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. She specializes in anxiety, eating disorders, depression, ADHD, borderline personality disorder, pregnancy and birth experiences including postpartum depression, relationships, family problems and cultural identity issues. Dr. Kim has extensive experience in the area of medication management for individuals engaging in self-injurious and life-threatening behaviors.

Dr. Kim graduated from the University of Illinois with her medical degree in psychiatry and completed her Residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. She is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry. She is a former Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy, and has extensive experience helping people with problems related to military service.

Andrew Hopkins, PA

Andrew received his BS / MS in Physician Assistant studies from Daemen College, in Buffalo NY. He has spent the previous 4 years working as an inpatient hospitalist, as well as providing outpatient services in Buffalo.  Andrew is board-certified and has experience in the pharmacological approach to mental health. He has special interest in treating eating disorders and anxiety disorders. Andrew works predominately with adolescents and adults.

Sarah Fischer, PhD

Dr. Fischer completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Kentucky, and her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center with a specialization in the treatment of eating disorders. Dr. Fischer is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Maudsley Family Based Treatment of eating disorders in adolescents. Her clinical interest including eating disorders, anxiety, substance abuse and self-injury. 

Following her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Fischer was a faculty member at the University of Georgia, where she directed a Dialectical Behavior Therapy program from adults and adolescents. She is currently a faculty member at George Mason University in the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses primarily on impulsivity and behavior patterns such as binge eating, purging, and alcohol abuse. Dr. Fischer’s work investigates how personality traits and environmental contexts, such as stressors, mood, and learning, interact to influence behaviors such as binge eating.

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Rebecca Hardin, PsyD

Director of Program Development and Outreach

Dr. Hardin’s clinical work and academic research have focused on Health and Neuropsychology. She specializes in providing evidenced-based treatment of eating disorders, chronic illness, anxiety disorders, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and trichotillomania and excoriation disorders.  Dr. Hardin has worked with adolescents, adults, couples and families in both civilian and military populations.

Dr. Hardin has been clinically trained in the areas of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), enhanced cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT-E), exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), and assessment.  Dr. Hardin has also been intensively trained in Maudsley family based therapy (FBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

She received her Psy.D. from The American School of Professional Psychology, her M.S. from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Hardin’s research experience has focused on evaluating the overlapping risk factors and assessment of chronic health conditions, particularly Type 1 diabetes, and co-occurring eating disorders.  She also has participated in research evaluating the outcomes of goal-oriented behaviors in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation and recovery. 

Dr. Hardin’s assessment experience includes evaluating academic, behavioral, intellectual, emotional, personality, and neuropsychological functioning for adolescent, teenager, adult, and older adult populations.  She has also conducted assessments in areas of eating disorders, cognitive capacity (intellect, self-care, decision-making), and organ transplant recipient evaluations.  Dr. Hardin also has experience in the assessment and evaluation of neuropsychological sequelae due to mild, traumatic, and congenital brain injuries as well as evaluating neuropsychological functioning as related to nutritional deficits.  


Mary Dolby-McDonald, LCSW

Mary Dolby McDonald is a licensed clinical social worker with 28 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. Her areas of expertise include adjustment disorders/life transition issues, addiction recovery, affective disorders, personality disorders and intellectual disabilities.

Ms. Dolby McDonald received her master’s degree in social work from Boston University and attended a post graduate program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. She has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy by Behavioral Tech/Linehan Institute in 2016. Ms. Dolby McDonald is an adjunct faculty member at Catholic University where she teaches and supervises advanced clinical students in their internships. 


Nichole Krechting, PsyD

Dr. Krechting is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Virginia. Her clinical focus has been on employing evidence-based treatments for anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, attention deficits, and various personality disorders. She has been extensively trained in therapies including, but are not limited to, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and prolonged exposure (PE). Dr. Krechting's clinical experience has availed her the opportunity to work with forensic, military, first responders, and student populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Her research background includes exploring the relationship between addiction and trauma, as well as examining the biological and psychosocial stressors impacting the expression of ASPD. Dr. Krechting provides individual and group therapy, in addition to psychological assessment for intellectual, behavioral and emotional functioning. Dr. Krechting has been intensively trained in DBT by the Behavioral Tech/Linehan Institute in November 2016.

Dr. Krechting obtained her doctoral degree at the American School of Professional Psychology and her Master's in Forensic Psychology at CUNY John Jay.  


Laura Trinastic, PhD

Dr. Trinastic is a clinical psychologist with extensive training in Health Psychology and a range of emotional and behavioral health concerns. She specializes in providing evidenced-based treatment for depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, chronic illness, sleep disorders, trauma, and personality disorders. Dr. Trinastic has worked with adolescents, adults, couples, and families in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She has specific training and experience utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dr. Trinastic has been intensively trained in DBT by the Behavioral Tech/Linehan Institute in November 2016.

Dr. Trinastic completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida/Shands Hospital, which included formal rotations in medical/health psychology, neuropsychology, and pediatric psychology. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Florida and her B.A. in Psychology from Miami University. Dr. Trinastic’s research experience has focused on psycho-oncology, psychoneuroimmunology, and women’s health. Specifically, she has examined the psychosocial and biobehavioral influences on clinical outcomes in cancer, with a special emphasis on the relationships between sleep, pain, and psychological distress.


Susan Snyder, LCSW

Director of DBT Programming

Susan completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults providing individual, family and group therapy. Susan has been trained in a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities inclusive of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She specializes in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and has a strong interest in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Susan also has experience in treating bilingual, Spanish-speaking clients and families.

Susan completed her graduate clinical coursework in both medical and school-based social work settings, and has since worked within Detroit inner-city community-mental health (CMH) agencies.  Post-graduate training provided by DBT-Linehan Board Certified Clinician, Josh Smith, LMSW fostered her opportunity to co-implement the DBT program at Southwest Counseling Solutions in Detroit. Susan has ample experience providing individual therapy, facilitating DBT skills training groups, promoting phone coaching and utilizing ancillary services (integrating all available resources). She believes in the treatment of the whole person, through a mind-body connection. 


Sarahi Gutierrez, LCSW

Sarahi Gutierrez is a Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) at Columbia University in New York where her clinical training focused on evidence-based treatments, with an emphasis on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. 

She was part of Columbia’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)Training Project under Andre Ivanoff, Ph.D., president of Behavioral Tech. There, she received extensive DBT training, as well as training in exposure, validation, cognitive-behavioral advance clinical methods, psychopathology, alcohol & chemical dependencies, and Motivational Interviewing. Sarahi has also received intensive training by Steve Hayes, creator of ACT,  in Acceptance and Commitment therapy 

Sarahi comes has a diverse background of implementing DBT. With the New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene she worked with incarcerated youth and adults. She has worked with individuals with personality disorders, mood disorders, self injury and addictions in her work with Clearview Treatment Programs. She also helped develop an individualized IOP program in Orange County, CA for families and teens with self injury, suicidality, disordered eating, depression and anxiety.


Alyson Nuno (Pre-licensed Professional Counselor)

Alyson Nuno is a Master’s level clinician specializing in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, self-injury, and chronic suicidality. She has provided treatment to adolescents and adults in both individual and group settings.  Alyson has specific training and experience utilizing evidence-based therapeutic strategies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has received additional training on the instruction of DBT Skills through participation in Level Two training offered by Behavioral Tech/Linehan Institute and will complete intensive training in 2018.

Alyson is working to complete her Master’s degree in School and Mental Health Counseling at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a candidate for licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alyson completed her practicum hours at Catholic Charities of Hampton Roads, providing evidence-based treatment to adolescents and adults. She has also gained valuable internship experience working as a skills class leader in the Potomac Behavioral Solutions Day Program and the Comprehensive DBT Program. She believes helping clients to find a balance of acceptance and change in order to create a life worth living.


Erin Abbott, LCSW

Erin Abbott is a licensed clinical social worker in DC and Virginia. She completed her MSW at Catholic University and has since spent the last 4 years working with children, adolescents, and families in child welfare and school settings. Her area of expertise include depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors and other mood disorders.

While Erin utilizes evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she finds the most important part of therapy is the therapeutic relationship. She values genuineness, warmth, and empathy above all else in her practice. She has recently completed DBT skills training by Behavioral Tech/Linehan Institute and will be attending the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy intensive training by Behavioral Tech/Linehan Institute in the spring of 2018.


Julia Yuskavage, MS, RD

Julia is a Registered Dietitian who completed her Bachelor’s degree in dietetics from James Madison University, and further went on to earn a Master’s degree in Nutrition from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She entered the field of dietetics due to a personal interest in how food choices affect the body and mind, and vice-versa, which led to her passion for working in the area of eating disorders. While working for a non-profit organization that supported individuals living with mental health issues and intellectual/developmental disabilities, Julia realized the importance of increasing client awareness about the mind-body connection, body acceptance, and the idea that all foods can fit in one’s eating patterns.

Since then, Julia has worked and volunteered at various eating disorder organizations to help individuals learn how to eat more mindfully and intuitively, make food choices that are both physically and psychologically satisfying, improve their relationships with food and body image, and find renewed joy and freedom in eating - and in turn, live more peaceful lives that align with their values.

As someone who understands the sensitive, complex, and at times emotional relationship between food, eating and mental wellness, it is Julia’s goal to provide nutrition counseling and education in a compassionate manner, as well as to assist and empower individuals to be able to walk the path towards healing and recovery. 


Catherine Byrne, MA (Pre-doctoral Extern)

Catherine Byrne is a 4th year clinical psychology doctoral candidate at George Mason University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Marquette University, where her interest in evidence-based treatment began. Prior to the start of graduate school, Catherine worked as a clinical and research coordinator at the University of Chicago Eating Disorders Program, where she gained extensive knowledge of the use of Family-Based Treatment (the Maudsley Method) for anorexia nervosa.

Throughout Catherine’s graduate training program, she has gained experience utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP). Catherine has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in both individual and group settings. She is actively involved in research and has published articles related to increasing the efficacy of treatment for eating disorders.

 Catherine will receive her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from George Mason University in 2020. Catherine is supervised by  Elizabeth Wine, PsyD and Sarah Fischer, PhD.


Lauren Breithaupt, MA (Pre-doctoral Extern)

Lauren Breithaupt is a 5th year doctoral student in George Mason University’s Clinical Psychology program, working with Dr. Sarah Fischer. Throughout Lauren’s graduate training program, she has had trained in a variety of evidence-based treatments for eating disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and chronic illness (i.e., diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases). Lauren has special interest in working with children, adolescents, and families. She has trained in a number of empirically supported treatments such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Maudsley Family Based Therapy for adolescent eating disorders, and Exposure with Response Prevention.

Lauren is actively involved with research. Her research aims to create more effective eating disorder prevention and treatment programs. To do so, she investigates the psychological and biological factors which create and maintain eating disorder thoughts and behaviors. She has published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on eating disorders. Funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide, Lauren spent the Fall and Summer 2017 semesters at the Center for Eating Disorder Innovation, Karolinska Institute, working under Dr. Cynthia Bulik to understand the genetics of anorexia nervosa.

Lauren will receive her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from George Mason University in 2019. She is attending Harvard/MGH or her clinical internship in fall 2018.


Kimia  Ramezani


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Latoya Pendarvis


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Latoya coordinates all scheduling and billing at our office. She is the friendly voice you'll hear when you reach the front desk. 


Sara Alavi  


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Sara is the Clinical Coordinator at Potomac Behavioral Solutions. Prior to this role, she became well-versed in our practice and programs as a Clinical Associate. Sara coordinates all patient intakes and discharges from our programming. She serves as a "concierge" or "liaison" to ensure you understand our treatment programs. 

Previously, Sara was a Clinical Research Coordinator for the eating disorders program at Mount Sinai. In this role, Sara managed research studies and assisted with the intake process for the clinic. She also completed an internship as a counselor for adolescents with ADHD, ASD, and comorbid problems at Florida International University’s Summer Treatment Program. Sara received her BA in Psychology and Studio Art from Vanderbilt University and worked as an undergraduate research assistant at a lab for child psychopathology. Sara enjoys working with children and adolescents across social, academic, and emotional domains and hopes to continue her studies to become a School Psychologist.