Judith A. Friedman, PH.D., Director and Owner

Dr. Friedman is a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice for more than 35 years in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland suburbs area. She received her Ph.D. at the Catholic University of America, and has had post-doctoral training in family therapy and emotionally focused psychotherapy. She works with adults in their twenties through senior citizens, specializing in anxiety, mood, stress, family and life transition problems in individual and couples formats. Elements of psychodynamic, emotion focused, cognitive and problem solving approaches re incorporated into treatment. Based on an initial screening, treatment goals are based established and evaluated as the therapy progresses. Dr. Friedman has a highly interactive approach in which the exchange of ideas, thoughts and emotion are essential to a positive psychotherapy experience.

Maryann C VandeLoo, PH.D.

I am an experienced clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst working with people for over 30 years in individual psychotherapy, couple therapy, family therapy, and psychoanalysis. I enjoy working together with clients to help them better understand themselves - and their emotional pain - to heal, grow, develop and enjoy their personal relationships, and individual capabilities at work. My Specialty has been working with women at different stages of life - given the challenges faced by women in our society to experience fulfilling lives. I also have been a Faculty member of the Washington School of Psychiatry where I have enjoyed teaching and supervising mental health workers in our community.

Kathleen “Liz” Smith, LCPC, MA

Liz graduated from Longwood University earning her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in German. She then attended and graduated from Marymount University with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology after having interned at So Others Might Eat in Washington D.C. She has been practicing, first as a LGPC, and later as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 2003. She has worked as an adjunct Psychology professor at Howard Community College and is a LevelI Certified Trauma Therapist. She currently has her own private practice in Ellicott City and also works part-time for Montgomery County Crisis Center as a Therapist II. She has been affiliated with the Women’s Psychotherapy Institute since 2008. Liz works with adolescents, adults and couples.