Staff

Stephen J.F. Holland, Psy.D., ACT (Director and Founder), was named one of the top therapists in the Washington, D.C., area by Washingtonian magazine. He is an internationally recognized expert on empirically supported cognitive-behavioral treatments and is co-author of Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders, a widely used textbook. He has also written a number of articles, chapters and presentations on cognitive-behavioral and integrative psychotherapy. He frequently presents at major conferences and continuing education programs for professionals.  A graduate of Dartmouth College, New York University and Rutgers University, Dr. Holland has served on the faculties of the doctoral programs at Columbia University and the American School of Professional Psychology.  He is a member of the Board of Directors and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, the international organization that provides accreditation for cognitive-behavioral therapists, and is certified by the Academy as a Trainer and Consultant.  Dr. Holland routinely provides consultation to all staff members of the Institute.

Kevin Crowley

Kevin J. Crowley, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. His previous clinical experiences include placements at two VA Medical Centers (Washington DC and Denver), two private practices, and the Catholic University of America counseling center. Dr. Crowley provides cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy in a flexible, patient-specific manner. His clinical interests include depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma, insomnia, relationship concerns, and suicide prevention. In addition, his research interests involve brief interventions for reducing shame and suicide risk.

John Michael Della Porta, Psy.D., received his degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his clinical internship at WellSpan Behavioral Health. Additional experiences include the Lebanon Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Center for Brief Therapy. His clinical experiences have been in both traditional mental health as well as medical settings. Dr. Della Porta utilizes a flexible, collaborative CBT approach that is tailored to the patient and their treatment goals. He has also achieved certification as a Prolonged Exposure therapist for PTSD. Clinical interests include anxiety disorders, trauma, insomnia, and depression.

John P. Dennis, Ph.D.

John P. Dennis, Ph.D. (Co-Director, Externship Program), is a graduate of Saint Louis University and completed his postdoctoral fellowship under the direction of Aaron Beck and Greg Brown at the University of Pennsylvania’s Psychopathology Research Unit, where he provided individual cognitive-behavioral therapy and trained other mental health providers to deliver this treatment. He has also served as the project coordinator for two grant-funded clinical research projects at Uniformed Services University for the treatment of active-duty military personnel at-risk for suicide. His current clinical areas of focus are mood and anxiety disorders. In his spare time he competes in endurance sports and has been a member of the USA Men’s 24-Hour Track & Field team.

Lillian De Petrillo, Ph.D.Lillian De Petrillo, Ph.D., received her degree from the Catholic University of America and completed her internship at the University of Pittsburgh’s Counseling Center. Additional clinical experiences include the Renfrew Center eating disorders clinic, Community Connections, Children’s National Medical Center Eating Disorders Outpatient Clinic, and Catholic University’s Counseling Center. Dr. De Petrillo takes an integrative CBT approach and focuses on mood and anxiety disorders with specific clinical and research interests in trauma, OCD, and mindfulness meditation. She also specializes in treating eating disorders, body image, and self-esteem concerns.

Diane Lameira, M.A. (Extern), is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at George Mason University. Her previous clinical positions took place at INOVA Behavioral Health Outpatient Center, George Mason Center for Psychological Services, and Pediatric Specialists of Virginia. Prior to doctoral clinical work, Diane was a research assistant for the Genetic Epidemiology Research Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health where she helped conduct a community-based family study on mood disorders and their overlap with anxiety and medical disorders. Diane enjoys using an integrative approach to therapy that incorporates CBT with mindfulness-based practices. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety disorders, and insomnia.

Margaret Boyer Liftik, Ph.D., graduated from the University of Vermont and completed her internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one at the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Institute at McLean Hospital, a residential exposure and response prevention (ERP)-based treatment program for individuals with severe OCD, and the other at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she worked in the OCD Program and obtained training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) from David Burns, MD. Her clinical areas of focus are CBT for OCD and anxiety disorders, including health anxiety, phobias, panic, and generalized anxiety. She specializes in outpatient and intensive outpatient ERP for OCD. She has published NIH-funded research on stress, coping, and cognitive biases. Licensed since 2005, she is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).

Laura E. Martinson, Ph.D., is a graduate of George Mason University. She completed her doctoral internship at Penn State University Counseling and Psychological Services. Additional clinical experience includes Children’s National Medical Center Outpatient Eating Disorder Clinic, Georgetown University Counseling and Psychiatric Services, and George Mason University Center for Psychological Services. Dr. Martinson’s integrative and flexible CBT approach tailors therapy to an individual’s specific struggles, strengths, and goals. Her areas of clinical interest include eating and body image difficulties, relationship/interpersonal concerns, anxiety and mood disorders, and working with college and graduate students.

Laura Mlynarski, Ph.D., LICSW received her degree from George Washington University and completed her internship at The Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. Prior to her clinical psychology training, she was licensed as a social worker and worked at The Child Center of New York in NYC. Additional clinical experiences include Georgetown’s Anxiety Disorders Clinic, The Meltzer Clinic, InSite Solutions and the Latin American Youth Center. Dr. Mlynarski uses an integrative CBT approach to treatment specializing in child, adolescent and young adult OCD, anxiety and mood disorders. She specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral approach that promotes mindfulness and valued actions to help manage difficult thoughts and emotions. Dr. Mlynarski is also certified in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and brings her golden retriever, Oskie, as an adjunctive support to treatment. Dr. Mlynarski is bilingual in Spanish and has conducted National Institute for Health- funded research on stress, mood and acculturation discrepancies.

Jessica Nemeth, Psy.D.Jessica Nemeth, Psy.D. (Co-Director, Externship Program), is a graduate of the American School of Professional Psychology. Her clinical areas of focus are the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, OCD, and trichotillomania/skin picking. She has a special interest in health, including coping with chronic medical conditions, infertility and its treatment, and pregnancy loss. Dr. Nemeth has completed training at the Trichotillomania Learning Center’s Professional Training Institute in the CBT-based treatment for trichotillomania and skin-picking disorder She has previously worked at George Mason University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, Howard University’s Counseling Services, Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders Clinic, and Sterling Behavioral Health Services. She provides cognitive-behavioral and integrative therapy.

Ryoichi Noguchi, Ph.D., is a graduate of Virginia Tech and his clinical experiences include the Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center at Virginia Tech and George Mason University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. He provides a flexible and integrative approach to cognitive behavioral therapy and his clinical interests include anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns. Dr. Noguchi specializes in the treatment of social anxiety and has also provided treatment of specific phobias in a National Institute for Mental Health funded treatment study. His clinical research interests include treatment of social anxiety and cross-cultural manifestations of anxiety. He is conversationally fluent in Japanese.

Rokas Perskaudas, M.A. (Extern) is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at The Catholic University of America. His previous clinical experiences include placements with the Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Services, Catholic University’s Counseling Center, and the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center at the DC Veteran Affairs Medical Center. Prior to doctoral clinical work, Rokas worked with children on the Autism Spectrum as an Applied Behavior Analysis tutor and served as a Medicaid Service Coordinator for individuals with intellectual disabilities. He is also currently an intern in the Psychology Services Branch of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Rokas takes an integrative approach to therapy that incorporates CBT with acceptance- and mindfulness-based approaches. His clinical interests include anxiety-related disorders, mood disorders, severe mental illnesses, and facilitating meaningful engagement with life in service of resilience, prevention, and growth.

Rick Raymond, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow), is a graduate of the Catholic University of America, and he completed his doctoral internship at the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in Los Angeles. In addition to having prior experience in private practice, Dr. Raymond has trained at two VA Medical Centers (DC and LA), the Catholic University Counseling Center, Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Services, and two Maryland public schools. He approaches clinical work in a collaborative manner, integrating principals of CBT and mindfulness to help clients move towards their goals and live more fulfilling lives. Clinical interests include trauma, OCD, anxiety, insomnia, body-focused repetitive behaviors, and existential concerns. Dr. Raymond also has significant experience in the corporate and non-profit spaces, as he worked for numerous companies including Google during the decade following his graduation from Princeton University.

Giulia Suro, Ph.D., CEDS is a graduate of Columbia University and University of Miami. She completed her doctoral internship at the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She did her postdoctoral fellowship at the Oliver Pyatt Centers for eating disorder treatment, where she subsequently served as Clinical Director for Day Treatment Programs. In 2017 she became a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Dr. Suro’s areas of clinical expertise include eating disorders, trauma and severe mental illness. She specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral approach that promotes relating to thoughts and feelings in a more mindful and compassionate way. She enjoys helping clients clarify what is most important and meaningful to them, and using that knowledge to create lasting change.

Tara Thompson-Guldseth, Psy.D.Tara Thompson-Guldseth, Psy.D. (Training Director), was named one of the top therapists for the Washington, D.C. area by Washingtonian magazine. She has been treating patients at the Capital Institute for Cognitive Therapy since 2003 and provides supervision and training in cognitive-behavioral therapy to other professionals.  She is a graduate of the American School of Professional Psychology.  Her clinical experience includes the Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services at West Virginia University, the Arlington County Community Mental Health Center and the Whitman-Walker Clinic.  Dr. Thompson-Guldseth’s approach to therapy is empathic and collaborative.   She facilitates her patients reaching their stated goals by having them incrementally engage in behaviors that more consistently reflect their values while simultaneously working to adjust thoughts that may be getting in the way of that process.  Dr. Thompson-Guldseth is sensitive to each patient’s individual pace, she is strength based and dedicated to making sure her patients see benefits from their time in therapy.  Her areas of expertise include treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Social Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, relationship issues, parenting issues and life transitions.

carolyn-williams

Carolyn W. Williams, Ph.D. is a graduate of New York University. She completed her internship at Howard University, rotating between Howard’s Counseling Services and Hospital, and the District of Columbia Superior Court’s Child Guidance Clinic. Additional clinical experiences include Bellevue Hospital, Kings County Hospital, Baruch College Counseling Center, and Phipps Community Development Center. Dr. Williams’ approach to therapy is compassionate and personalized. Using integrative cognitive behavioral therapy, she considers the whole person — mind, body and spirit — and collaborates with her clients to identify new thought patterns and behaviors that can help them change their lives. As a second-generation Afro-Caribbean American who has lived and traveled to over two dozen countries, Dr. Williams enjoys working with a wide variety of patients spanning ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Williams was co-founder of Achieva College Prep, a company that provided college prep services to multicultural high school students around the country. Her areas of clinical focus include depression, anxiety disorders, relationship challenges, life transitions, cultural adjustments and education/career concerns.

Oskie, is a gentle, loving golden retriever who is thrilled to be certified as a therapy dog and works with Dr. Mlynarski. Oskie began intensive training when he was eight weeks old, passing his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test at just 5.5 months, and earning his Therapy Dog title through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs before he was 1.5 years old. He participates in advanced training at Dog’s Downtown to continue to foster therapeutic skills. He loves people of all ages and will greet you enthusiastically, rest his head on your lap asking for attention and probably try to go home with you. When he is not visiting nursing homes or college campuses he is invariably found with a ball in his mouth, looking for treats and asking his mom if he can go swimming.

Linda K. Sanderson (Practice Manager) is responsible for our business operations, which includes maintaining our patient database, daily bookkeeping, accounts receivables and payables, website maintenance, physical oversight of our facility and its maintenance, and ensuring compliance with all local, state and federal labor and privacy laws and guidelines. Linda brings performance management experience, as well as over 13 years’ experience managing staff, operations and events. She has a Master’s degree in Social Policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania.