At Expressive Therapy Center, we are proud to offer experienced therapists with degrees at the master's and/or the doctoral level. Our therapists come from a wide spectrum of counseling disciplines that include social work, psychiatric nursing, counseling psychology and clinical psychology, and have diverse areas of expertise, allowing ETC to treat clients with a broad variety of needs.
Stephanie Natter, LCPAT, CGP - Clinical Director
Stephanie Natter is the founder and director of Expressive Therapy Center. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist and Certified Group Psychotherapist who uses a family-centered approach in her treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Ms. Natter received her masters degree in Art Therapy from the George Washington University.
Before opening the center, she had provided individual and group therapy services at well-known institutions such as Chestnut Lodge Psychiatric Hospital, The Foundation School of Montgomery County, and the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents.
Ms. Natter has been providing individual, group, and family therapy along with parental support since opening the center in 1996. In addition, she provides clinical supervision for colleagues and graduate students at local universities completing their masters and doctoral degrees. She holds an ATR-BC certification granted by the American Art Therapy Credentials Board and is also a member of the American Art Therapy Association and the Group Psychotherapy Association.
Ashley Williams, LGPC - Intake Coordinator
Ashley Williams attained her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Washington Adventist University as well as a B.A. in Psychology from American University. Ms. Williams has worked for the past 4 years within the mental health field primarily with children and adolescents. She has worked extensively within inpatient psychiatric facilities to provide individual and group therapy services while developing a therapeutic curriculum specific to children and adolescents. She has worked within the social support field to provide mental health based supportive services for low income, at-risk families.
Ms. Williams incorporates a client-centered approach in her therapy sessions with the aim of developing treatment unique to each client. Her therapeutic interests include working with personality disorders as well as mood disorders, using talk-based, play, and expressive therapy techniques.
Danielle Boucree, LMSW
Danielle Boucree is a Licensed Master in Social Work (LMSW) from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work. Danielle works with individuals, couples, and groups and is passionate about working with children, adolescents and their families. Danielle’s experience includes working with clients with eating disorders of all types and the various comorbidities that accompany them, utilization of the evidence based Gottman Method, and a Cognitive Behavioral approach to therapy (CBT). She is well versed in working with family systems and works with individuals and their support systems to help promote growth and positive change. As a clinician who transitioned to a new career later in life, Danielle understands the experiences of her clients and helps them to find their own strengths, overcome their challenges, and improve interpersonal relationships using warmth, humor and a direct style. Danielle believes that if difficulties are addressed earlier in life with proper communication and awareness, it can avoid difficulties later in life.
Chandni "Chunnu" Bhatia, M.S., LCPC, NCC
Chandni is a multilingual Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor experienced in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and parents of diverse backgrounds. Passionate about multiculturalism and the effects of acculturation on mental health, Chandni also incorporates her knowledge of various cultures and experiences abroad when working with a diverse client base. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from George Mason University and her Master's Degree from John Hopkins University, where she served in several leadership and research roles aimed at promoting mental health.
Having completed a dual internship at both Kennedy Krieger Institute and MSA Child & Adolescent Center's Intensive Outpatient Program, Ms. Bhatia is well versed in working in crisis intervention with clients facing various severe mental health, behavioral, and family concerns. Following graduation from John Hopkins University, Ms. Bhatia has utilized a variety of effective therapeutic interventions, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, behavior management interventions, mindfulness approaches, and psychodrama techniques in individual, group, and family therapy sessions. Ms. Bhatia's passion lies in guiding clients in developing a sense of empowerment through therapy focusing on mind-body awareness, self-regulation and relaxation techniques, coping skills, and social skills training.
At the Expressive Therapy Center, Ms. Bhatia pairs her background in Mental Health with her experiences in yoga/meditation, improvisational theater, and cultural awareness, working with adolescents and young adults.
Aaron Cooper, LCSW-C
Aaron Cooper is a licensed clinical social worker with over ten years of experience treating adolescents, adults, and families in a wide variety of settings. Mr. Cooper earned a master of social work degree from New York University, having specialized course work in mental health, substance abuse treatment and international social work. As a student, Mr. Cooper was trained at Elmhurst Hospital Center, providing urgent mental health care on home visits and in the psychiatric ER. While residing in New York, Mr. Cooper provided clinical care to incarcerated adolescents and adults in two county jail systems. He assisted the Department of Health in developing and rolling out a specialized CBT program for patients on a forensic Mental Observation Unit on Rikers Island. In addition to correctional social work, Mr. Cooper was also a therapist for children and families at a community outpatient clinic in Queens, NY.
Mr. Cooper is from Rockville, MD and in 2016 returned home to work as a therapist with the Montgomery County Adult Drug Court Treatment Program. At Expressive Therapy Center, Mr. Cooper brings a person-centered and solution-focused approach to his clients. He enjoys collaborating with clients to help them identify and overcome challenging thoughts and behaviors in order to reach their personal potential.
Corine Crowley, Ph.D.
Corine Crowley is a licensed clinical psychologist in Maryland. She completed her doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America with a specialization in Children, Families, and Cultures. Dr. Crowley has experience using therapy and psychological assessment with inpatient and outpatients populations with a wide variety of presenting problems including mood disorders, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, social skills deficits, anger management, stress, and personal growth.
At the Expressive Therapy Center, Dr. Crowley emphasizes cultivating a strong relationship with clients in individual, group, and family therapies. The strength of this relationship helps to encourage growth in a safe and welcoming environment. In addition, she believes thorough assessment helps to clarify concerns so that problems can be targeted accurately. She utilizes eclectic techniques including play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and insight-oriented therapy in order to best meet the needs of children, adolescents, and adults. She also provides parenting skills training and conducts psychological and psycho-educational assessments. Workshops and seminars on a diverse range of topics in mental health can be provided upon request.
Suzannah Dichter, LCPC LCPAT
Suzannah Dichter is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist (LCPAT). She has worked in inpatient and outpatient, group homes, schools, and residential settings. She has experience working with issues related to: anxiety, depression, grief, sexuality, identity, school difficulties, family conflict, relationship and intimacy challenges, domestic abuse, and life transitions.
Suzannah's areas of special interest include helping clients to navigate major life transitions, explore personal identity and sexuality, and empower clients to form healthy relationships with themselves and others. Suzannah takes a holistic approach to therapy, integrating one's physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. Through her strength- based and creative therapy approach clients begin to find self-acceptance, self-awareness, healing, inner peace, joy, fulfillment, balance, and overall well-being.
At the Expressive Therapy Center, Suzannah uses a person centered and strength-based approach to build strong relationships with each one of her clients in individual, group, and family therapy. Suzannah enjoys creating a warm, welcoming, and safe environment for clients to foster healing, personal growth, and positive change.
Natascha Dillon, Psy.D
Dr. Natascha Dillon is a graduate of the American School of Professional Psychology (ASPP), Washington, DC campus' Clinical Psychology program. She also has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University and a Master's in Clinical Psychology from ASPP. Dr. Dillon has vast experience in conducting psychoeducational and psychological assessments, and treating individuals with a variety of problems. Prior to obtaining her Psy.D., she worked as a nurse in the areas of gerontology, mental health, youth detention, addictions, and with intellectually disabled populations. Her clinical interests lie in working with diverse populations- children/adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Although Dr. Dillon has been extensively trained in psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, Adlerian, family systems, and Gottman couples therapies, she utilizes an integrative approach tailored to meet the needs of her clients. She has also conducted stress management seminars for the Miss Maryland Scholarship Organization and domestic violence workshops at the University of Maryland.
Adria Grey, LGPC, NCC
Adria Grey is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) and a National Certified Counselor. Mrs. Grey earned a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. She has worked with children, adolescents, and their families for the past 8 years. She has extensive experience working with at-risk youth and providing supportive services. She has worked in residential facilities for adolescents and adults, as well as in-home based services. She has provided wrap around services and initial intakes within the residential setting. She has experience with inpatient substance abuse treatment and has provided assessments in this setting. In a private practice setting, she has worked with individuals, couples, and groups.
She introduces a person-centered approach within therapy but also incorporates techniques from a variety of disciplines to meet the needs of her clients. She provides social skills and supportive groups for children and adolescents struggling with awareness, perspective taking, and interactions with peers. Her group work extends over a wide age range and often utilizes creative expression.
Liz Hagerman, MA, BC-DMT
Liz Hagerman MA, BC-DMT, is a board-certified dance/movement therapist with a Masters degree from Goucher College in Dance/Movement Therapy, and a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Montana (Missoula) As a member of the World Association of Infant Mental Health she specializes with birth to age three youngsters. Liz is a graduate of the Infant Observation certificate program at the Washington School of Psychiatry and has studied the “Watch Wait and Wonder” psychotherapy model of working with young children and their parents. In 2007, she developed psycho-educational parent Infant and Toddler groups at two arts-based (Waldorf) schools in Montgomery County. She has a keen interest in motor development and the relationship of motor development to the development of a sense of self. Liz is dedicated to helping parents of little ones to navigate the emotional ups and downs of early parenthood.
Liz serves on the board of the MD/DC/VA chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association and is the founder of the DC area Infant and Toddler Study Group for professionals working with the Pikler® and RIE® approaches. Liz has offered trainings to child care professionals and early childhood teachers on motor development and sensitive caregiving to promote healthy attachment. Liz's first specialty as a Dance/Movement Therapist was with women with eating disorders and body image struggles
Vicky Nogales, M.S., MFT
Vicky Nogales graduated from Walden University, achieving a Masters in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy. She also has graduate degrees in Family Systems Therapy and Educational Psychology from the Universidad Católica del Uruguay, as well as a specialization in Conflict Resolution Management from the Pontificia Universidad de Chile. She has also received training in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Career Counseling, and Narrative therapies.
Before moving to the United States, Ms.Nogales, worked at the Catholic University of Uruguay as a professor in Counseling Strategies in Educational Setting, Career Counseling, and Systems Theories of Psychotherapies both for undergraduate and graduate students. She also has a background in research, studying family systems and their adaptability and communication styles related to family satisfaction. Ms. Nogales was also clinical director for Vocare, a career-counseling clinic in the Dominican Republic, focusing mainly on young adult career planning. She has been in the clinical field for over 15 years, working on prevention through couples’ and parents’ workshops, as well as providing individual, couples and family therapy.
Vicky approaches therapy with warmth, genuineness, and enthusiasm. She also believes that therapy provides the individual a space for voicing his/her needs in a healthy way and strengthening relationships through the use of narratives, conflict resolution, humor, and flexibility. Using an eclectic perspective, adapted to what each family, couple or individual needs, Narrative Therapies and the Virginia Satir’s Communications Approaches, guide her sessions. Gottman’s approach to parenting, Emotion Coaching: The Heart of Parenting, is also a part of her systemic view.
Mary-Jane Ojie, Ph.D.
Mary-Jane Ojie is a licensed clinical psychologist in Maryland and New York State. In 2014, Dr. Ojie received a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Child and Adolescent Psychology from St. John’s University in Queens, New York. Before attending St. John’s University, Dr. Ojie received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Education from Columbia University, Teachers College. After completing her doctoral program, Dr. Ojie completed postdoctoral fellowships at Weill Cornell Medical College as well as the Kennedy Krieger Institute – Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Ojie has several years of training and experience conducting individual, family, and group psychotherapy, assessments, and research with a wide variety of individuals. She also has experiences treating various presenting conditions including anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), mood disorders, social and relational difficulties, and difficulties managing various stressful situations. Dr. Ojie specializes in working with individuals using the Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) therapeutic modality. She also has a certificate in conducting DBT-informed Psychotherapy.
Dr. Ojie believes that the purpose of Psychotherapy is to assist individuals to function at their very best. At the Expressive Therapy Center, Dr. Ojie works collaboratively with clients and their families to develop, learn, and implement strategies that can be used to improve upon challenging areas in functioning, and bolster areas of strength. Dr. Ojie also believes that psychotherapy should be client-centered and integrates various psychological techniques to create treatments that are tailored to individual cases. Furthermore, Dr. Ojie has a strong biological health background and an interest in assisting clients to minimize the negative impact that psychological and physiological conditions can sometimes have on one another.
Jacy Perkins, APRN, PMH
Jacy Perkins is licensed as a Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing as well as a Registered Nurse. She completed her education at Catholic University of America in 1994, and has served children and families ever since. At Children's National Medical Center, Ms. Perkins oversaw the Child and Adolescent Day Treatment Program. She also assisted in the assessment and diagnosis of patients, provided group, family and individual therapy, and worked with parents to develop behavior plans and contracts.
At Expressive Therapy Center, Ms. Perkins works with children, adolescent and adults individually as well as in group therapy settings.
Susan Rail, LCSW-C
Susan Rail is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working in the field for 20 years. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and her Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
Ms. Rail has extensive experience and expertise in working with children, adolescents and their families in a variety of settings. She has worked in psychiatric inpatient, psychiatric day treatment, therapeutic foster care and school settings. For four years, she was the Clinical Director of Oakmont School, a therapeutic school for middle school and high school kids with emotional difficulties. She has been successful in helping parents as well as to help strengthen navigate the special education system in order to get their children's social, emotional, and academic needs met.
Ms. Rail has provided individual, group, and family therapy throughout her professional career. She has experience with issues related to depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, school problems, behavioral problems, social skills deficits, family problems, and attachment issues related to adoption and/or abuse/neglect backgrounds. In addition to helping kids be more successful in their lives, she believes in giving support and guidance to the parents, as well as to help strengthen their parenting skills in order to be more effective and successful with their children.
At the Expressive Therapy Center, she continues to work with children of all ages and provides individual, group, and family therapy, as well as parenting guidance and support.
Andree Schillesci, M.A., BC-DMT
Andree Schillesci is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist. Ms. Schillesci earned a Masters of Arts in Dance Movement Therapy from Goucher College and has worked with children, adolescents and their families for the past 20 years. She has extensive experience treating children in the spectrum areas of communication. In addition, Ms. Schillesci taught at Gallaudet University using dance/movement therapy to increase and integrate socialization skills among prelingually deaf children. She often incorporates sign language and nonverbal techniques as well as verbalization to enhance communication and interpersonal skills. Ms. Schillesci’s recent training will begin to engage yoga techniques in her practice with children and adults.
Daniel Wagner, Psy.D.
Dr. Wagner is a licensed psychologist in both Maryland and New York. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University/C.W. Post, and his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University. Dr. Wagner has extensive experience in treating children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a variety of settings and for a multitude of presenting problems. Using primarily a Cognitive-Behavioral model with influences from other orientations, Dr. Wagner's therapy includes coping skills training, mindfulness, and relaxation, emotion management, social and interpersonal effectiveness skills, and other problem-solving strategies aimed at helping people gain more understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Dr. Wagner remains active in the research pertaining to Dialectical Behavior Therapy and has presented a paper at a national conference on an assessment for impulsivity, emotion dysregulation, interpersonal chaos, and confusion about self.
At Expressive Therapy Center, he works with clients of all ages providing individual, group, couples, and family therapy. He also works as the K-5 school counselor at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD and is an adjunct professor in Psychology at Stevenson University.