Dr. Hammill has been in outpatient private practice in adult and child psychiatry in Greenbelt since 1995. She believes in working closely with other physicians, therapists, psychologists, schools and other community agencies if it will help promote the treatment and well-being of patients and their families. Her patients come from all over Maryland when she used to be a consultant for different agencies and clinics and they have continued to follow her. Other physicians depend on her education, experience and expertise to provide second opinions and recommendations for treatment and educational placement. She sees children, adolescents and adults with mood disorders (anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression and bipolar disorders), autism, learning disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders and other psychiatric disorders with co-occurring medical conditions. She believes in providing comprehensive treatment to all her patients through medications and the different types of therapy.
Carolyn focuses on an integrative approach to treating psychiatric disorders, incorporating elements of mindfulness, nutrition and exercise into her treatment recommendations.
Amy joined the practice in 2013 and works with teens through late adulthood. She utilizes a combination of approaches to enhance an individual’s strengths, regain a sense of control and facilitate greater self-awareness. The most important aspect of her work is to create a safe, positive environment where her clients feel valued and understood.
Amy has a broad background bringing relief to clients with anxiety, depression, loss and/or death of a loved one, sexual identity and relationship/interpersonal challenges. She has worked with adjudicated female youth in both individual and group settings, young adults in college settings and middle-aged men and women coping with career and family transitions.
Staring her career path in 1997, Christina brings her expertise of working skillfully with individuals in their teens through late adulthood, assisting them in their quest for health and happiness.
She utilizes a variety of theories and techniques to address the unique, individual needs of her clients.
Christina works to create a therapeutic environment that is warm, trusting, compassionate, enlightening, motivating and optimistic.
Christina has proven to work effectively with those suffering with substance abuse and / or other addictions, dual diagnosis, LGBTQI / sexual identity related issues, depression, anxiety, stress management, interpersonal relationship problems, grief / loss & spirituality issues.
Prior to coming to GWPC, Christina worked as an Advanced Mental Health Professional Counselor in the field of public safety and corrections.
I received my BA in psychology from University of Maryland College Park and a Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work Baltimore. I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker with a clinical focus and a board approved supervisor in the state of Maryland. I am a straight-forward and down-to-earth counselor with a genuine passion for the work that I do.
I am familiar with many of the popular treatment approaches such as CBT, DBT, and Solution-Focused Therapy, etc. but do not subscribe to the idea that one size fits all.
I tend to take an strengths-based and collaborative approach with my clients so that together we can find out what approach will best help them reach their treatment goals. I specialize in trauma and helping clients manage the subsequent symptoms such as anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem and others. I have received advance trauma training from the Lisa Firentz institute in Baltimore. I have worked with child welfare, therapeutic foster care, and have run several groups for teens in the Montgomery County school system. The most recent group I have run was the SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress) evidence-based group model. I work with adolescents, adults, individuals and families.
My aim is to be direct and clear so that you can determine if we are a good fit, as I believe some people do not continue therapy because they simply have not found the therapist who is the right fit for them. I encourage potential and current clients to always prioritize wellness and make your pursuit of joy your top priority.
Ms. Ritz began seeing clients in various settings in 1982, beginning in hospital settings, then moving to a job as director of a community based mental health center (Olney Youth Services) in Montgomery County, Maryland,
which was funded by the State of Maryland, Department of Juvenile Justice, through the GUIDE program. She continued to work for the GUIDE program in various community based settings for more than 20 years, ending her association with GUIDE as the Chair of the Board of Directors. During her time with GUIDE, she conducted individual, group, family and couples sessions. She developed prevention and early intervention activities for schools and communities. The Olney community/Gazette newspapers awarded her the Citizen of the Year award in 1986 for her work with the adolescents and families of Olney. Also under the GUIDE umbrella, she worked on other part time contracts, including conducting pre-court evaluations of adolescents and adults, appearing as an expert witness in court and supervision of masters level counselors. Mrs. Ritz moved to counseling in school settings in the early 1990's, working as a Counselor in the Department of Health Education services at Georgetown University where she also founded and directed the program for students facing unplanned pregnancy. She then worked as the Counselor for three Elementary Schools, all part time. From there she became Director of Guidance and Counseling at DeMatha Catholic High School, a position where she is currently, and has been since 2001. Mrs. Ritz has been with the Greenbelt practice of Dr. Sussal since 2007, working part time evenings and Saturday's
I’ve started my career as a childhood development specialist and family counselor, during which I really understood how important safety and attachment are. In my sessions, I strive to understand the learning-style of the person or people sitting across from me, and working on improving habits, feelings, and behavior in a way that supports their lifestyle.
I work with adults of all ages, teens, and children under 14 years old accompanied by their caregiver. My therapeutic approach strongly focuses on how our thoughts and behaviors influence each other (CBT). This helps us understand how to process and cope with symptoms.
Stanley Karanja is a family counselor who delights in working with preteens, adolescents, couples, adults and families. Stanley holds a MS degree in Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Since his graduation in 2008 he has worked in various agencies in the mental health industry, gaining dynamic experience including behavior modification, conflict resolution, and coping with mental health challenges including:
Stanley utilizes a strength-based approach to facilitate his clients to identify and confront the issues that tend to hinder them. His background in Education and Ministry has equipped him with ample skills that provide ease when working with his clients. Stanley will utilize CBT strategies, Family Systems Therapy and other treatment models to enable his clients to gain coping skills and abilities to manage their mental health challenges so as to lead full and resourceful lives.
Stephanie, a Montgomery County, MD native, joined the practice as a part-time therapist in April 2017, her day-job being the senior therapist for children and their families at a local middle school. Stephanie felt an immediate connection to her role as a psychotherapist, as she was able to combine her passion for the field, plus her practical experience, and became full time in July 2017. Stephanie's therapeutic style includes facets of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and she
incorporates a variety of additional techniques based on her clients' individual needs, including writing, drawing, play therapy, mindfulness and strengths-base approaches.
Using active conversation and encouragement, Stephanie’s collaborative, client-centered approach helps her clients gain of sense of their own individuality and uniqueness. Her warmth and support helps to create a safe, trusting environment where her clients can work on decreasing anxiety, increasing self-esteem, and feel more connected to themselves, others and the world.
I am a counselor with 20 years of experience in a variety of settings. I began my career working with dual diagnosis clients within the public mental health systems of Alabama and Virginia. My private practice experience includes 15 years with the practice of Dr. Marnell, Dr. Hammill, and Dr. Sussal. In 2015, I established an intensive outpatient program for the treatment of trauma and substance use disorders. I presently work for the State of Maryland in the areas of dual diagnosis treatment, suicide prevention and trauma.
I am trained in cognitive therapy, mindfulness based practices and trauma informed care. My philosophy about counseling is that it is a collaborative relationship in which it is my privilege to partner with you in finding your way towards health and recovery.