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, LCPC
Licensed Clinical 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.
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.
Cybele Hirschhorn, MSW, LCSW-C
Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical
M.S.W. Social Work, University of Maryland School of Social Work
B.A. Sociology, University of Maryland – College Park
I believe that the beauty of therapy is that it can provide a space to reflect on a person’s life and experiences. As a therapist, I try to provide a space that feels comfortable and safe to think about what is and is not working in my client’s lives. I want to help them build on their strengths and to think about any changes that might help them feel better. I consider myself empathetic and engaging. My hope is to offer support and to help you to develop skills that will allow you to navigate life’s challenges. At the same time, I defer to you as the expert on your life. Together we can work to understand your experience and how to work towards what you want for yourself.
I work with individuals and I have a particular interest in helping people improve their relationship with food and their body. I work from a Health at Every Size framework and it is important to me to provide a therapeutic space that is open and accepting of people in all bodies. I have also worked with anxiety, depression, trauma, difficulties around life transitions, transcultural issues, and family/relationship issues. I enjoy working with people from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds and helping them navigate the complexities of different parts of their identity in their world.
I received my Masters in Clinical Social Work at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work in 2013. I have provided therapy to adolescents and adults in an outpatient mental health clinic. I also work as a therapist for undergraduate and graduate students in the behavioral health department of a larger outpatient health clinic at a university. I currently hold an LCSW-C license in the state of Maryland.
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Beatrice Paganini MS, RD, LDN
Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
M.S Public Health Nutrition; University of Southampton
B.S Nutritional Sciences (Dietetics Option); University of Arizona
Dietetic Internship program; University of Saint Joseph
Food plays an important role in maintaining life satisfaction. Not only does it provide nourishment, but an intuitive relationship with food allows us to think clearly, feel our emotions, and act in ways consistent with our values. In our diet-obsessed society, food has been given moral value – some foods are “good” and some are “bad” – and following strict food rules has become normative behavior. In my work with clients, I practice from a Health At Every Size (HAES) perspective and enjoy helping them make peace with food by utilizing the concepts of Intuitive Eating.
My dietetics career started with working at an eating disorder treatment facility where I ran nutrition groups that served to provide evidence-based nutrition education from a neutral standpoint, help patients explore emotions that arose when reducing disordered eating behaviors, and assisted patients in setting boundaries with loved ones so as not to hinder their eating disorder recovery. My approach to nutrition counseling is non-diet, weight-inclusive, and individualized. I aim to provide a judgment-free zone where my clients feel safe to challenge disordered food rules and delve deeper into understanding food rituals, while eventually learning to eat intuitively.
My experience in a variety of settings as a Dietitian from acute care, outpatient oncology, geriatric population, and eating disorders has helped me understand the importance of nourishing your body at all phases of life. Adequately nourishing your body will help with better emotion management, optimize cognition, and fuel the body to carry out desired physical tasks to allow us to live our fullest lives.
Together, we will set attainable goals in order to explore your challenges with food, remove barriers to intuitive eating, and improve your overall quality of life.
Missy Herendeen, MSW, LMSW and 200 RYT
Licensed Master of Social Work
Masters of Social Work, Catholic University
Registered Yoga Teacher
I am passionate about partnering with individuals as they work to gain insights and find their voice in their personal narrative through the means of storytelling, meditation, and the mind-body connection. I have found the rich benefits of connecting my physical experience with the outward manifestations of the world & find so much satisfaction in working with individuals and families as they do the same. I dream big in re-imagining the constructs that often limit us from our fullest potential, while offering a compassionate and empathetic space to process the challenges clients face.
My current full-time work is with adoptees and their families with emphasis on attachment, grief, guilt, shame, and spirituality. Much of this work stems out of ambiguous loss, attachment trauma, and identity integration and often manifests in emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, and anger. I work with families to explore these overt expressions and understand the underlying causes and build capacity for growth and acceptance. I’ve come to Empowering You with hopes of exploring how these aforementioned themes intersect with self-esteem, body image, and diet culture. Exploring these complex emotions isn’t something one has to do alone and I provide a safe environment to begin the journey ahead toward freedom and release.
I obtained my Master’s in Clinical Social Work through the Catholic University School of Social Services in May 2020 and Yoga Teacher Training from Yoga Heights in June 2016. I’m licensed in Maryland and receive supervision under Pamela R. Newman, LCSW-C.