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Social Workers and Counselors
 
 
Elizabeth Ashman-Landry, LCSW-C
 
Elizabeth Landry, LCSW-C has been a practicing therapist since 1993. She works with middle school aged children, adolescents, families and adults. Elizabeth has extensive experience in the treatment of adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders. She has worked extensively with adolescent girls struggling with disruptive life circumstances (divorce/trauma), self-injurious behavior, school difficulties and eating disorders. In addition to her work with adolescents and families, Elizabeth also collaborates with the Eating Disorder Program at Blue Ridge Behavior Health.

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park (1991) and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore (1993). She received her advanced clinical license (LCSW-C) in 1995 and completed post-graduate studies in family therapy from the Family Therapy Practice Center, Washington, DC, (1998) where she also served as a faculty member from 1998 to 2001. Elizabeth has taught as a Field Supervisor for the University of Maryland School of Social Work and has provided various training and in-service seminars for the Frederick County Public School system and Hood College. She also has extensive experience in the coordination of care with various legal, educational and medical service systems in the Frederick County area.


phone: 301-695-8390 ext. 204
 
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Jennifer Atwell, LCSW-C
 
Jennifer (Jenn) Atwell is a Clinical Social Worker. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has provided therapy for management of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and emotional dysregulation related to changes in one’s life situation. She practices from the framework of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and views problems from a systems perspective. She
emphasizes clients’ strengths and supports clients in developing and utilizing healthy coping skills and a natural support network.

Jenn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Asheville in 2003 and her Master’s in Social Work specializing in Mental Health from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2009. She provided therapy at Villa Maria Behavioral Health Clinic for nearly six years. Her position with Villa Maria allowed her to become knowledgeable of the resources for at-risk families in the Frederick County area. In addition, her previous experience afforded her the opportunity to work collaboratively with Frederick County Public School staff and improve her skills in working with a treatment team of providers.


phone: 301-695-8390 ext. 211
 
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Casey Blaser, LCSW-C
 
Casey Blaser, LCSW-C has been working with children, adolescents and adults since 1979. She graduated from Frostburg College and received her Master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Her post graduate training and experience includes being trained in and using EMDR extensively with children, adolescents and adults. She specializes in treating
individuals and families who may have experienced all forms of abuse, neglect and family conflict.

Casey provides individual, group and family therapy services specializing in relationships, attachment, self-harm, anxiety issues, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. Her experience includes working at Frederick County Department of Social Services, Boys and Girls Homes of Montgomery County, Heartly House, Associated Family Counseling, Brooklane, and The Jefferson School.

She is a board approved supervisor for LGPCs and LGSWs, is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and has been a trainer of RAP (Response Ability Pathways / Circle of Courage) for the past 6 years and NMT (Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics) for the past 4 years. She is currently in the process of completing the requirements for being a DHMH approved trainer for CEU’s.


phone: 301-695-8390 ext. 470
 
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Mary Beth Curry, LCPC ACC
 
Mary Beth Curry is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) practicing since 2003. Her specialty areas include: eating disorders, recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, and personality disorders. She uses cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies (CBT & DBT) while providing therapeutic support to adolescents, adults, couples and families. Mary Beth is on the Eating Disorder Program at Blue Ridge Behavior Health.
Mary Beth’s has experience working with a variety of populations and in a range settings. She provided treatment of severe psychosis in an adult day treatment program and individual and group therapy in a methadone treatment center. She also worked in several university counseling centers, providing treatment of eating disorders, attachment and adjustment disorders, and depression. While at the University of Vermont (UVM), she was the chair of the multidisciplinary eating disorder treatment team: Help Overcome Problem Eating (HOPE) which was comprised of a medical doctor, psychiatrist, nutritionist, athletic trainer and counselors.

She earned a BA in psychology from West Virginia University (1990), a MS in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University (2003) and is currently in dissertation phase towards a doctorate in educational leadership at University of Pennsylvania.


phone: 301-695-8390 ext. 212
 
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William Derbyshire, MSSA, LCSW-C
Bill Derbyshire has been practicing clinical social work since 1977. He received his B.A. from The College of Wooster (1975) and MSSA from Case Western Reserve University (1977) in Cleveland, Ohio. Bill received further training at the Family Therapy Practice Center in Washington D.C. Bill also serves on the executive boards of Scott Key Center and the Mental Health Management Agency of Frederick County.
In addition to his clinical work Bill works as a school social worker at Rock Creek School and as an adjunct faculty member at Hood College.

Areas of experience as a therapist include adolescents and their families, couples and individual therapy working in the framework of competency based and cognitive therapies. Bill works with people who experience difficulties in the areas of parent-child relationships, adolescent struggles, behavior problems in school and home, anxiety and depression and couples conflict. Bill also provides clinical services for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


phone: 301-695-8390 ext. 408
 
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Kevin Graditor, LCSW-C
 
Kevin Graditor, LCSW-C, provides therapy to children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Kevin specializes in treating Disruptive Behavior Disorders (ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder & Conduct Disorder), Mood Disorders (Depression & Bipolar) and Anxiety Spectrum Disorders.
 
He also works with difficulties surfacing from various life transitions and treats individuals suffering from insomnia. Kevin works within the therapeutic framework of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the Family Systems treatment model.

Kevin received his Bachelor’s degree in 1997 from Goucher College and his Master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 2003. He received his advanced clinical degree in 2007. Kevin has extensive experience working within the Frederick County Public Schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, where he has presented to teachers and other faculty members on various topics such as behavior management within the classroom and deescalating the angry student. Kevin has been in private practice for over six years, and provides therapy in both English and Spanish.

phone: 301-695-8390 ext. 460
 
Mr. Graditor recommends these links:
 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Family Therapy
CHADD
Suicide Prevention
 
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David Hudak, LCSW-C
 
David Hudak is a clinical social worker. He graduated from the University Of Maryland School of Social Work and has over 25 years of experience. David works primarily with children and adolescents. He specializes in treatment of the Disruptive Behavior Disorders, including: Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder.
His approaches to treatment include an emphasis on teaching skills to children that improve their functioning, and coaching parents to better manage and respond to their children's behavior. Mr. Hudak also has an interest in Play Therapy and has published articles in the field.

As a member of the Blue Ridge Behavioral Health Services Developmental Team, Mr. Hudak works with children with high functioning autistism. He runs social skills groups for this population and children with ADHD.


phone: 301-695-8390 ext. 206
 
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Elizabeth Pollack, LCSW-C
 
Elizabeth (Lisa) Pollack, LCSW-C has been a professional therapist for over twenty five years. She works with adults in both individual and couples therapy. Lisa has extensive experience in working with those who are experiencing relationship problems, mood and anxiety disorders and loss or adjustment issues.
Lisa earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1982. She received post-graduate training in family therapy at Philadelphia School of Child Guidance. She has advanced training in cognitive behavioral therapy and is certified by the National Board of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists. Lisa also has extensive training and special interest in couples therapy. Her training includes the Couples Therapy Institute offered by the Maryland Psychological Association and an intensive training program in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

phone: 301-695-8390 ext. 207
 
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Sue A. Shaffer, LCSW-C
 
Sue Shaffer, LCSW-C has been in practice in Frederick for over twenty years. She graduated from Goucher College, earned a Master's degree from Johns Hopkins University, and then a Master's degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Her post-graduate clinical training and experience developed into a specialty working with survivors of chronic trauma and loss, including family disruptions, abuse and neglect, divorce, and adoption issues.

Sue also works with people who have difficulties with parent-child relationships, family conflict, and with people who are experiencing life transitions such as adolescence into adulthood, mid-life and aging.

Sue provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to providing individual therapy, she works with families and couples. As a therapist working with families of divorce, Sue also serves in the roles of Parent Coordinator and as a coach in the Collaborative Divorce process.

 
phone: 301-695-8390 ext. 216
 
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