Nooshin Kiankhooy, MA, LCPC, CEDS
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Approved Supervisor in Olney, MD
M.A. Community Counseling, Marymount University
B.A. Psychology, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)
I often tell my clients that finding a counselor is like buying a new pair of shoes; sometimes you have to try on a few different sizes and styles before you find the right pair. My style is empathic and understanding, yet straight-forward and honest. I help my clients get unstuck and move forward, while providing feedback that is productive and manageable. You and I can work together to come up with ways to meet your goals for therapy, along with acquiring insight into your behaviors, thoughts, and feelings.
I work with individuals and families, more specifically specializing in Eating Disorders (I am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist) and Anxiety Disorders. One of my passions is helping adolescents and teens, and much of my training has also been in working with young people, especially when they need help and support to decrease thoughts of self-harm.
In addition to individual counseling, I also work with families. I help family members communicate more effectively with one another and most importantly to understand one another; to build trust.
I have been in private practice since 2013 and have been clinically licensed since 2011. In the past, I have worked with patients in Psychiatric Hospitals and Partial Hospitalization Programs. I have also worked five years in Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Treatment programs for those struggling with Eating Disorders, to include being an IOP Team Leader. I am also an Approved Supervisor for LGPC’s in the state of Maryland.
Kate Stephens, MA, LGPC
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, George Washington University
B.A. History and Applied Psychology
For me, therapy is all about empowerment. Whether you have a difficult decision to make, a boundary to uphold, or feel the need to change patterns in your daily life, my goal is to walk along side you as you explore not only what shapes the present, but how the future can be different. In our work, I will take a relational approach that mixes honesty and empathy to help you reach the goals that you are striving towards.
Much of my training is in the eating disorder field, which means I also work frequently with people who are struggling with trauma, anxiety, and depression as well. In this practice, I will be running groups centered around helping you recover from your eating disorder and will assist you in developing or refining the skills you need to be successful.
I received my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Washington University in 2019. Since graduating, I have been working at an eating disorder facility that provides day treatment and intensive outpatient support to women struggling with eating disorders. I currently hold an LGPC from the state of Maryland and receive clinical supervision from Nooshin Kiankhooy.
Abby Hock, MSW, LMSW
Licensed Master of Social Work
M.S.W. Social Work, Catholic University
B.S. Business Legal Studies, Indiana University
While the thought of therapy can be intimidating, your therapist never should be. Those who struggle with eating disorders and related mental health issues are often eager to please in other aspects of life, including at work or school, among family or peers, and sometimes, even in therapy. I want my clients to understand that there is no “right answer” and as a therapist, I am not asking for one. Instead, I want to provide a place where my clients feel safe to openly and honestly express themselves, where they, as experts of their own thoughts and experiences, are in the driver seat. My job is to provide direction and support. Together, we will set goals and work towards them through a relational, empathetic, and direct approach.
My training has largely been focused in the eating disorder field and my passion is to help adolescents and women find freedom from eating disorders, body image issues, anxiety, and depression. In my work, I utilize a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach to help my clients make peace with food and their bodies.
I received my master’s in clinical social work from The Catholic University of America’s School of Social Service in May 2020. I completed my advanced year field placement at an eating disorder treatment center, providing individual, group and family therapy to adolescents and women struggling with eating disorders and related mental health issues. Post graduation, I continue my work there. I currently hold a LMSW in the state of Maryland and receive clinical supervision from Lisa Luse, LCSW-C.
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