Clinicians at Psychotherapy Services Associates, LLC
Providing Therapy & Counseling Services to Frederick, MD
Psychotherapy Services Associates, LLC specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. Our practice includes board-certified psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed clinical social workers.
You can contact any of our therapists by calling our offices at 301.662.6226 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can reach us by mail at the following address:
Psychotherapy Services Associates, LLC
41 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Learn more about our therapists:
- Alice Berlin, L.C.S.W.-C., B.C.D.
- Lawrence Costello, M.D.
- Alorin Harris, LCSW-C
- Stella Hongola, Psy.D.
- Mary Held James, M.D.
- Debra Lanouette, M.S.N., C.R.N.P.-P.M.H.
- Roger Sandberg, LCPC, LMFT
- Robert J. Shuman, L.C.S.W.-C., B.C.D, C.A.C.
- Margaret Stratton, Psy.D.
Alice Berlin, L.C.S.W.-C., B.C.D.
Alice has been in practice for 35 years. She has a B.A. cum laude from Brandeis University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings and has been in private practice for 25 years. She has a general practice, seeing couples, young adults, adults and seniors.
A member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (www.adaa.org), she has special interest in helping people with anxiety disorders, including panic disorder and OCD. Other areas of focus are depression, bipolar disorder and the aftermath of loss. Relationship issues at home and on the job are a considerable part of her practice.
Lawrence Costello, M.D.
Dr. Costello graduated from the Columbia University School of Social Work and Cornell University Medical College. His postgraduate training was at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and New York Hospital – Westchester Division. He has extensive experience in medication management, psychotherapy, and combination treatment and works with adults and older patients.
Alorin Harris, LCSW-C
Alorin received her Masters in Social Work at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. in 1986, and has been working in the field since then. She has practiced social work in a variety of settings, including a hospital, Child Protective Services, elderly care management, and predominately private practice. She does individual and group psychotherapy with ages 4 through elderly. Using cognitive-behavioral therapy and a psychodynamic approach, Alorin enjoys helping clients to examine their troubling situations and issues, looking at destructive and ineffective patterns of thoughts and behaviors, then working at seeing alternative perspectives and ultimately finding new, more constructive and effective ways of handling these situations and issues. Areas of clinical interest include depression, anxiety, ADD in children, teens and adults, life transitions, relationship issues and life balance. Alorin’s approach is accepting, non-judgmental and casual, while encouraging clients to work through their problems with supportive guidance and reality testing of thoughts, beliefs and behaviors.
Stella Hongola, Psy.D.
Stella completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the George Washington University. She is a licensed psychologist who enjoys working with individuals and families with a broad range of clinical issues throughout the lifespan. Her clinical interests include exploring and deepening the understanding of one’s experience of self and interpersonal relationships, addressing questions related to identity development, and constructing meaning in life.
Stella was working as a staff psychologist for Counseling Services at Gettysburg College before joining Psychotherapy Services Associates, LLC. She has clinical experience with adolescents and adults in a variety of setting such as university counseling centers and community mental health centers.
Her theoretical orientation is integrative, drawing predominately on psychodynamic and interpersonal approaches and some CBT and mindfulness techniques. In her clinical work, Stella seeks to create a safe and accepting space in which clients feel encouraged to gain a better understanding of themselves.
Mary Held James, M.D.
Dr. Mary James obtained her medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina and did her psychiatry residency training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has extensive experience as a psychotherapist and a psychopharmacologist. She has a special interest in the treatment of mood disorders and dissociative disorders in adults.
Debra Lanouette, MSN, CRNP-PMH
Debra has practiced as a clinician in the Psychiatric-Mental Health field in a variety of clinical settings for over 35 years. Debra graduated as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia School of Nursing in 1984. She earned her Post-Masters Certificate from the University School of Nursing in 2010. In addition to working in acute psychiatric in-patient settings, Debra has worked in the Psychiatric Emergency Departments at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Frederick Memorial Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). For 20 years she was a member of the Consult-Liaison Psychiatry team at Kernan Hospital/UMMC, where she worked with patients with newly acquired Spinal-Cord Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries and provided psychotherapy focused on coping and adaptation to illness/disability. Debra has also held faculty appointments at the University of Maryland School of Nursing where she taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She continues to lecture and precept students in the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program.
Debra has expertise in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and the treatment of persons with chronic, severe mental illness. In addition to standard psychopharmacologic therapies, she has an interest in nutritional and other complementary/integrative approaches to psychiatric disorders. She provides Brief Dynamic and Solution-Focused Psychotherapy and is comfortable exploring and integrating the client’s spirituality into the psychotherapeutic process. Other areas of focus include wellness promotion, stress management, and coping with life transitions, relationship difficulties, abuse and trauma, illness or disability and late life concerns.
Roger received a Master of Science Degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino, and holds licenses as a Professional Counselor in Maryland (LCPC) and Virginia (LPC), as well as a Marriage and Family Therapist (in California (LMFT)). For the past 25 years he has worked in various settings; including academia, community mental health, active duty military, Employee Assistance Programs, and in Private Practice. Roger has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level, and has extensive experience in the Faith Community.
Roger has been trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a couples psychotherapy approach grounded in attachment theory. EFT has been extensively researched and found to be a very effective treatment for couples in distress.
Roger has also been trained in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). AEDP is an experiential approach to treatment that emphasizes our innate healing capacities, and is based on neuroscience, attachment and emotion research.
Roger works with adults, older adolescents, seniors, and couples; addressing depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, grief and loss, and a variety of other psychologically distressing issues. His passion is to see people functioning at the highest level possible in their personal and professional lives as well as in their significant relationships.
Robert J. Shuman, L.C.S.W.-C., B.C.D, C.A.C.
Robert has more than 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist. He holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland as well as a Masters in Business Administration from San Diego State University. He is a graduate of the Washington School of Psychiatry in individual as well as couples psychotherapy. He is a Certified Addictions Counselor with extensive experience in addictions and co-dependency issues.
Robert is certified in intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) which is based on neuroscience, physiology, attachment studies and psychodynamic theory. This is an effective and well-researched technique that is useful in addressing problems rapidly and actively using an attuned and engaged therapeutic relationship.
Robert works with couples, adults, seniors, and children ages 7 through adolescence. Issues include anxiety, depression, family and work relationships as well as a variety of self-defeating behaviors.
Margaret Stratton, Psy.D.
Dr. Margaret Stratton is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her Psy.D. from American School of Professional Psychology. Prior to working with Psychotherapy Services she worked in Montgomery County, seeing teens, adults and couples. She worked with adjudicated dual-diagnosed sex offenders in California, with institutionalized teens in Virginia, and with the Addictions Day Treatment Program at the Baltimore VA Hospital. She began her work with teens and their families 21 years ago as an undergraduate. Dr. Stratton works with individuals, couples, and families. She enjoys helping clients work through issues of depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. She is experienced in long-term psychoanalytic work as well as cognitive-behavioral interventions, Positive Psychology, as well as Internal Family Systems and Emotionally Focused couples therapy. Fundamental to Dr. Stratton’s work is her belief in the importance of the therapeutic relationship in assisting psychological growth and change. Dr. Stratton has been married for 42 years and has two adult children.