Ms. Daniels enjoys a blend of the arts and nature and she tries to maintain a good balance between work and her friends and family.
Jackie Darby, Psy.D.
Dr. Darby is a graduate of the American School of Professional Psychology (ASPP) Clinical Psychology program. She received her BA from Chicago State University and her MA from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Darby completed her APA-accredited internship at Howard University Counseling Services located in Washington, DC. Her special interests include substance use issues, body image concerns (specifically the effects of colorism), effects of systemic oppression on individuals, group therapy, and interpersonal trauma. Dr. Darby works from an integrative model grounded in psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies.
Natascha Dillon, Psy.D.
Dr. 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 uitilizes 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.
Anna Galterio, M.S.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Anna Marie Galterio-Keselyak is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 17 years of experience in the mental health field. She is licensed in Maryland and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Anna earned her Bachelor's degree from Duquesne University and her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. She has worked in the DMV area since 2013.
Anna works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Focused CBT. In the past, she worked in child welfare for seven years. In addition to working with children in foster care, Anna has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors. Most recently, she worked with victims of crimes and their families in a southern Maryland clinic. Anna brings vast professional experience as it relates to depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, life cycle transitions, relationship issues, and age-appropriate sex education, parenting challenges, bullying, and school violence.
Through mindfulness, relaxing, life-skill and coping skills development, as well as behavior management techniques, Anna provides a person-centered approach to empowering others in their journey of positive well-being. She is passionate about helping others remove barriers to emotional wellness and having healthy relationships.
Danya Gordon, M.A.
Anger Management Specialist
Ms. Danya Gordon received her Bachelor's degree in Health and Nutrition from Virginia Tech and her Master's degree in Public Administration from Bowie State University. Danya is also currently working on her Master's degree in Counseling at Liberty University. She has over 10 years of experience as a Health Educator in the Prince George's County School System. In addition to teaching, Danya provides direct services to teens and adults in individual, couples, and group settings. As the Anger Management Specialist for the Pinnacle Center, Danya's goals are to help you understand the root of your anger, encourage you to develop healthy anger management goals, and assist you in assessing your progress in this journey. She facilitates the Anger Management Class for those who aspire to change how anger affects them and their families. She offers different techniques that help people recognize what triggers their anger, how to avoid those triggers, and how to keep anger under control if triggered.
In her spare time, Danya likes to jog, spend time with her family, and travel.
Amelia Hall, Psy.D.
Dr. Amelia R. Hall is a Registered Psychology Associate in Maryland and the District of Columbia with 15 years of education, training, and professional experience spanning the fields of medicine, public heath, and psychology. She earned a Doctor of Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology (American School of Professional Psychology), a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology (Bowie State University), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (Towson University). Dr. Hall has extensive experience with people across the lifespan in the areas of mental health therapy and comprehensive psychological evaluations. She utilizes a practical approach for guiding and supporting patients through the process of recognizing, understanding, and resolving specific challenges with the use of evidence-based strategies. Her areas of expertise include children and families, diversity and multicultural issues, emotional and behavioral dysregulation, identity, problematic sexual behaviors, school-based services, and trauma. She most recently expanded her expertise to include forensic interviewing and child sexual abuse education and prevention in response to an increasing number of crimes involving children. Her research includes the relationship between types of parenting style and adolescent risk-taking, and the impact of religious and spiritual attitudes on sexual minorities.
Dr. Hall was recently awarded the Prince George's County Top Forty Under 40, an honor that identifies and recognizes next generation leaders. For her many contributions in the area of health, Dr. Hall is frequently sought after to engage in civic and socially-oriented ventures through advisory, board service, and advocacy opportunities.
Stephen R. Herskovitz, LCSW-C
Stephen Herskovitz is Member Emeritus of The Pinnacle Center, where he provides counseling and psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, couples, and families. In his work, Mr. Herskovitz utilizes a number of approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, solutions focused therapy, and hypnotherapy. He has special expertise in the area of prosttraumatic stress disorders, anxiety disorders, pain control, and ADHD.
Mr. Herskovitz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He received his Master's Degree in Social Work from West Virginia University in 1979. Mr. Herskovitz has been in private practice on a full-time basis since 1989. He brings to his practice at The Pinnacle Center prior experience as Director of Social Work at Civista Hospital, La Plata, MD, from 1985 to 1987.
Sasha Hileman, Psy.D.
I am passionate about providing comprehensive psychoeducational assessments and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families. My clinical approach is collaborative, non-judgmental, and empathic. I utilize a multidisciplinary, integrated approach and employ evidence-based techniques, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. I work closely with families to provide caregivers with education, support and skills to assist in their child's treatment. I specialize in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, depression, anxiety, oppositional behaviors and academic/school related difficulties.
I provide comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations that include measuring cognitive, academic, social-emotional, attention, and other neuropsychological abilities. Included are tailored recommendations and a comprehensive report written with parents, future mental health care providers, and schools in mind. I am certified on the ADOS-2 and experienced diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.
I am an active member of the American Psychological Association, Maryland Psychological Association, and Division 53: Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology.
Lysa Kirby, M.Ed.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Lysa Kirby is a passionate Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with years of experience and an innate ability to connect with people managing many types of challenges. She has the wonderful gift of treating populations such as abused children, individuals suffering from depressive symptoms, and families dealing with trauma. However, engaging with people and guiding them through the therapeurtic process is her primary goal.
Lysa primarily works from the Person-Centered philosophy, which is focused on empowering and motivating people in the therapeutic process. This therapy is based on the views of Carl Rodgers: every human being strives for and has the capacity to fulfill his or her own potential. She wholeheartedly believes that the vessel of change in therapy is the client's drive to reach his or her own place of joy. Lysa specializes in family trauma, abuse, relationship challenges, and issues facing children.
Lysa received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and her Masters of Education degree from Bowie State University. She is the mother of a high spirited little boy. She spends most of her spare time participating in play dates and attending little league games. Aside from being a mom, she enjoys cooking, baking, and hikes.
Justin Leak, Psy.D.
Dr. Leak is a 2016 graduate of the American School of Professional Psychology (ASPP). He received his BA in Speech Communication and African and African American Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Leak completed his MA at Lewis & Clark College in Counseling Psychology in 2008. He completed his APA-accredited internship at The John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA), where he continues to work fulltime as the Director of the Evaluation Unit. Dr. Leak’s therapeutic style typically includes a variety of research based systems therapy and cognitive-behavioral techniques. In addition, Dr. Leak specializes in psychological assessment, specifically diagnosing issues that impact behavior, mood, attention, and learning.
Erik Mann, Psy.D.
Dr. Mann received his Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Maryland. He completed his APA-accredited internship at the University Counseling Center at New Mexico State University, and has had a variety of training opportunities including in the Chicago Public Schools, private practice, and university counseling centers. He conducts therapy from a relational approach, which encompasses Person-Centered, Feminist, and Interpersonal theories, and specializes in working with adolescents, adults, couples, groups, and LGBT+ clients. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, hiking, and hanging out with his wife and toddler.
Tara McManaway, M.Div.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Tara McManaway, M. Div., C.A.G.S, LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor in West Virginia and Maryland. In addition to her master’s level counseling degree from Vanderbilt, she completed a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University School of Education. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and holds a position as a Professor of Health Sciences at the College of Southern Maryland.
Ms McManaway is a seasoned therapist providing mental health services since the early 1980s. An advocate for early intervention for mental health symptoms and the reduction of stigma about receiving mental health care, she incorporates a holistic, evidence-informed approach to mental health care.
Her practice approach can be best described as an integrative practice which strives to address the needs of the whole person. "I welcome and respect all individuals and families on their mental health journey regardless of who you are, where you live, who you love, or where you call home. As a therapist, I strive to provide a safe space to explore issues that support your wellbeing. I believe that therapy is transformative and everyone deserves a safe and healthy therapy experience. My goal is simple: I want all clients to feel confident, supported, and powerful as they ask questions, make decisions, and navigate their individual path toward good mental health."
"Counseling is a partnership where the clients and the therapist work together to improve quality of life. Early intervention is important, as good health depends on good mental health. I encourage people to seek out therapy without stigma. Just as one would see a physical health provider for the flu or an injury, one should seek early mental health care for the commonsymptoms of psychological health like depression and anxiety which often begin in childhood and adolescence."
Over the decades, Ms McManaway has gained experience and training in many areas including, but not limited to: child and adolescent issues, military family life, pain management, sexual trauma or other traumatic life events, body-oriented therapies, couples, blended families, relationship issues, higher education, homeschooling families, and individual therapies across the lifespan.
Her office is upstairs without access to elevators. Alternate meeting spaces or teletherapy are available for those for whom stairs would create a barrier to accessing care. Sunday appointments are available for intakes and consultations. Appointments are provided through Pinnacle Mental Health.
Sandra Navarra is a National Board Certified Counselor with nearly 20 years of experience counseling children, adults and couples; including 16 years in the Prince George's County school sytem as a school counselor. She has been approved by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists as an Approved Supervisor for licensed graduate professional counselors.
Ms. Navarra has a vast amount of experience in treating ADHD, bipolar, and depression, as well as a background in counseling patients who have been diagnosed with HIV and other serious health problems. She enjoys counseling young children, adolescents, couples, and families. She has given seminars on internet safety, cyber-bullying, school individual learning plans, and mentoring programs for peer counselors.
Her school system experience has also provided her with the necessary tools to be an advocate for parents who are trying to negotiate goals and treatment plans for their children with attention deficits and learning disabilities, as well as children with emotional disturbances.
Currently, Ms. Navarra has appointments available during the week and on weekends.
Dr. Owens is a Maryland licensed psychologist who has provided services in Anne Arundel, Charles and Prince Georges counties. He received his Masters Degree in Counseling in 1972 and his Doctorate in Education, with a major in Counseling Psychology, in 1977; both from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He has been providing direct services to adults in individual, couple and group settings at the doctoral level since 1978. Prior to his doctoral degree, Dr. Owens provided service to members of the U.S. Air Force as a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation officer at Rhein Main Air Base in Frankfurt, Germany. Before coming to Maryland, Dr. Owens was a licensed psychologist working in community mental health in Indiana. He also served as Chief of the Psychology Department of Community Hospitals of Indianapolis for one year during this time.
Dr. Owens has been in private practice in Maryland for the past 25 years. He served as Clinical Director for a large group practice in Maryland for six years. He has developed specialties in the treatment of stress and anxiety disorders, affective disorders, sex role stereotypes, men’s issues and critical incident stress management. He is the developer of the ACT (Anxiety Control Techniques) program. His theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive behavioral and solution focused.
Dr. Owens has provided training in stress management to the Army Executive Training Program, hospitals, professional groups, service organizations and the general public. He is recognized as dynamic, knowledgeable and effective therapist, teacher and speaker.
Dr. Ruby earned his Ph.D. in 1995 from the Florida State University after a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force, working in counterintelligence and criminal investigations. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Humanistic Psychology (SHP), Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR), and he is the Executive Director of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP).
Dr. Ruby's psychotherapy work is exclusively with adult clients. His approach is described as humanistic and existential. In other words, he approaches emotional and behavioral problems as natural human reactions in life, rather than as dysfunction or disease. He helps people use their inherent abilities in reorganizing and reconstructing their lives in order to help them find a sense of contentment. He rejects the idea of "mental illness" as it is a misleading metaphor that creates diseases and disabilities out of basic human struggles and feelings. He likewise disagrees with, and strongly cautions against, the use of psychiatric drugs as they do not correct any so-called chemical imbalances of the brain, and they have many harmful effects. Dr. Ruby recognizes that as humans we all share the difficult challenges of finding meaning, accepting our limitations, connecting with others, and taking responsibility for the ultimate direction of our lives.
Dr. Ruby is currently the Director and General Manager of The Pinnacle Center.
Michelle Simonds, M.S.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Michelle Simonds is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Licensed Graduate Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Maryland. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with her Bachelor's of Science degree in Human Services/Management. She received her Master's of Science in Professional Counseling from the Grand Canyon University. She also received a certificate from the College of Southern Maryland in Drug and Alcohol Counseling. She is currently attending Grand Canyon University for a post-Master's certificate program in trauma.
She has over five years of experience working with behavioral health disorders. Her experience has led her to work with a wide variety of clients in an outpatient setting, an inpatient facility, and a corrections facility. She has worked with both adults and adolescents. Her theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral and Adlerian. She also uses motivational interviewing and a person-centered approach. She is interested in working with people who have PTSD, depression, anxiety, trauma experiences, and addictions.
Pat S. Simpson, M.S.
Prince Frederick Office
Pat Simpson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), licensed through the Maryland Board of Counselors and Therapists (#LC1445) and is a Certified Yoga Therapist. She has over twenty years of experience as a Cognitive Behavioral mental health professional. Pat is a graduate of the University of Baltimore, Applied Psychology/Counseling Post Master’s Program. She is a Certified American Viniyoga Teacher and Therapist (viniyoga.com) trained through the American Viniyoga Institute Therapist and is Certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (iayt.org). Pat is a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra Practitioner through Richard Miller, PhD's Integrative Restoration Institute (irest.org). Additionally, Pat is skilled in the knowledge of the Cakra energy system for balancing the mind, body, and spirit. Pat is trained through the Warriors at Ease Program to work with active and non-active, injured, and veteran members of the military.
Pat practices in a satellite office and yoga studio in Prince Frederick, Maryland. She combines Cognitive Behavioral (talk therapy) and Mindfulness/Mental Health Yoga Therapy (breath and guided meditation) to treat mental health conditions that include depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder, adult ADHD, adolescent anxiety, Panic Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, and grief. Pat has observed some clients reducing or stopping the use of psychotropic medications when they practice using the breath and meditation skills taught in this modality of counseling. Pat has extensive training and experience regarding deep emotional exploration of an individual’s life awareness and best intentions for their life. Pat has a broad experience with the problems of divorce; individual marital issues and dysfunction including spouse and child abuse; domestic violence; parenting and dysfunctional co-parenting; coping with and managing dysfunctional family systems; family courts, and supervised access. Scientific research has shown evidence that breath and guided mediation supports the reduction of anxiety and depression associated with acute and chronic medical conditions (i.e., chronic pain, cancer, IBS, Fibro-Myalgia, etc.).
Therapeutic yoga evaluations for structural and physiological use of yoga may be found through Pat’s private yoga business, Heart Path Yoga, LLC. One, two-hour yoga class designed to teach individuals how to use traditional yoga to reduce the suffering and pain associated with anxiety, depression, and PTSD is offered in her office on Saturday mornings, however; please understand that physical yoga practice is not covered by health or behavioral insurance and is not part of the Pinnacle Center services or billing. The class is small and focused only on therapeutic yoga practices; therefore, entry is through Pat with a personal interview (Heartpathyoga.com). No drop-in students.
Ms. Thorn is a founding member of The Pinnacle Center, where she provides counseling and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. In her work with clients, she focuses on helping individuals bring out the best in themselves and others. Clients find her counseling approach to be warm, insightful, and reassuring.
Ms. Thorn received her Master's Degree in Counseling from Bowie State University and her undergraduate degree from Knox College, with a double major in French and Education. Ms. Thorn has been in private practice since 1993. Her past work experience includes teaching, school counseling, adult education, and parent education.
Ms. Thorn has been a presenter for numerous community groups, PTA's, local and state professional groups, and national professional associations on a wide range of mental health topics, including parent-child relationships, marriage and family counseling, parent education, conflict resolution, and peer mediation. Ms. Thorn is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors' Association, the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland, and holds a leadership position in the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.
Dr. Thorn is a founding member of The Pinnacle Center, where he provides counseling and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. In his work, Dr. Thorn focuses on helping individuals bring out the best in themselves and others. Clients find his experience, empathy, and perspective to be reassuring and insightful.
Dr. Thorn received his Doctorate in Counseling and Human Development from George Washington University in 1981, his Master's Degree in Counseling from Bowie State University in 1975, and his undergraduate degree in anthropology from Yale University in 1970. Dr. Thorn has been in private practice on a full time basis since 1991. He brings to his counseling practice prior experience as a teacher, school counselor, school principal, director of human resources, and an assistant state superintendent of schools.
Dr. Thorn has been a presenter for numerous community groups, PTA's, local and state professional groups, and national professional associations on a wide range of mental health topics, including parent-child relationships, marriage and family counseling, conflict resolution, anger management, and human development. Dr. Thorn is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland, and the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.