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301 Inspiration Lane, Second Floor, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Hello, my name is Elizabeth Carr. I am the founder of Kentlands Psychotherapy. I started the practice in 2005 after spending six years as a Navy Clinical Psychologist. Although I continue to see some clients, my role is now primarily one of leadership, administration, and mentoring. Most importantly it is to ensure that your experience with us is exceptional in all aspects! You are always invited to share and discuss any feedback or concerns with me.
My couples therapy caseload is full and I am no longer accepting new couples at this time and for the foreseeable future. My current clinical focus is on seeing individuals with challenging relationship issues, such as dealing with difficult ex-partners, or in-laws, particularly when the difficult party likely has a narcissist or sociopathic personality structure. I also enjoy working with people on their professional/executive career concerns, as well as pregnancy-related conditions such as perinatal anxiety.
I have a particular interest in working with individuals who are engaged in a relationship with another person outside of their marriage, such as an emotional affair, as well as active affairs where the relationship has not been disclosed and significant uncertainties plague the individual–what I call affair ambivalence. If you are seeking this help, please let me know when you request an appointment, especially if I tell you I am full and not accepting new clients. If you are in this situation I will do my very best to make a space for you. I see many people outside the immediate Montgomery County, Maryland area for this work utilizing encrypted telemedicine technology, so don’t let distance deter you.
For affair recovery couples work serving both spouses of the married, I recommend Dr. Raffaella Peter and Angela Voegele.
In my clinical work, I will provide you with a supportive ear, compassionate feedback, and thought-provoking questions that bring peace, resolution, and ideas for action.
Riley and I work together, he is our Facility/Therapy Dog. He accompanies me in all my in-person sessions (unless he’s camping) and regularly visits with other clients in our waiting room. For more information about his role, scroll to the bottom of this page to see his profile.
More on how we came to work together can be found here in this Town Courier article about our ten year anniversary.
Before proceeding with the staff profiles, please review the tables below for a quick orientation on which therapists see what populations.X
|Minimum* Age Accepted||Clinician|
|Preschooler (2+)||Andrea Zawatsky, LCSW-C (NOT taking new patients)|
|Elementary Schoolers (6+)||Gail Groboski, LCSW-C|
|Late Middle Schoolers (12+)||Johanna Koenig, LCSW-C|
|High Schoolers (14+)||Nicole Beane, LCSW-C|
*All child and adolescent clinicians listed above see unlimited upper age groups (i.e., everyone listed above sees Adolescents and Adults).
|Individual Adults (~30+)||Elizabeth Carr, Psy.D.|
|Individual Adults (21+) and Couples||Krista Beyer, Psy.D|
|Individual Adults (21+) and Couples||Raffaela Peter, Ph.D.|
|Couples and Sex Therapy Clients (21+)||Angela Voegele, LCSW-C|
|Divorce Coaching & Parent Coordination (18+)||Cherie Morris, JD, CDC|
*All couples therapists listed above only see adult psychotherapy clients. Cherie does not provide Psychotherapy.
Please use the button below to request an appointment with one of our clinicians. A table of fees of all of our clinicians and an explainer on out-of-network reimbursement can be found on our Rates & Insurance page.
Dr. Russell Carr is transitioning to our practice after retiring with twenty years of active duty service in the Navy. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). He also completed training in Adult Psychoanalysis at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP&P) and is now a member of its faculty. Dr. Carr has extensive experience in prescribing medications and psychotherapy. His work with patients over the past twenty years has covered the full gamut of psychiatric disorders but he considers his areas of expertise to be trauma, anxiety, depression, and problems that arise for executives and their family members. He has published peer-reviewed papers and spoken both nationally and internationally on suicide and the treatment of PTSD.
In 2018, Dr. Carr was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association for his numerous contributions to the field. When treating his clients, Dr. Carr believes nothing is more powerful than being understood by another human being.
Dr. Russell Carr is available for executive medicine psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and medication management (the latter being exclusively for high schoolers and above who are current psychotherapy clients of the practice).
If you are looking for standalone medication management/psychopharmacology, and you are not receiving psychotherapy at Kentlands Psychotherapy, we recommend individual adults consider Old Georgetown Mental Health Associates located at 10215 Fernwood Rd, Bethesda, MD 20817. Please contact them at (301)- 897-0099. They are a large practice with several excellent psychiatrists.
Cherie’s legal training and prior practice of law make her approach to issues logical and reasoned. She began exploring alternative dispute resolution and mediation to understand how to change the nature of conflict and improve dynamics when conflict occurs, in litigation and otherwise, when a solely rational approach may not succeed. Her approach to conflict is that rational thinking must be accompanied by the ability to empathize and compromise in order to achieve successful results. Cherie had a long-term marriage, with children, which ended in divorce. This deepened her desire to explore how to make a very chaotic and stressful life transition a more organized, fair and cooperative one, when possible, in order to serve the best interests of children and adults. Cherie’s training as a divorce coach and parent coordinator was inspired by this experience. She strongly believes, from her own and her clients’ experience, that facing life transition with the support of an objective thinking partner helps clarify decisions in a supportive and accountable environment and is invaluable. Cherie has four children of her own and is part of a blended family. She is delighted to include her partner’s daughter and says they have a combined five. Life is always interesting and challenging.
Dr. Krista Beyer is a clinical psychologist with nearly ten years working at Kentlands Psychotherapy. She offers services in individual and couples therapy and works with adults and adolescents. She has experience working with a wide range of clinical and life/situational problems and specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and life satisfaction. In therapy, she encourages active collaboration in session, including ongoing feedback from clients to ensure the most effective, efficient psychotherapy experience. This requires keeping the focus on the original goals while recognizing the value of flexibility in tailoring the therapy according to evolving needs. Her comprehensive approach to issues includes working to alleviate acute symptoms through practical, concrete strategies, such as cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness techniques, while recognizing that many symptoms arise from deeper issues and needs. This may include incorporating spirituality, diversity issues, and other considerations to facilitate self-understanding and growth.
Dr. Peter is passionate about working with adults, specifically individuals and couples who are striving to reach their fullest potential. She will be your ally in accomplishing your goals in a non-judgmental, nurturing, and caring environment. Dr. Peter draws from multiple approaches inclusive of Adlerian Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Family Systems Theory, and the Gottman Method to customize treatment strategies to meet the unique needs of each of her clients. Her extensive experience conducting research on attachment and its role in adult romantic relationships informs her work and helps her clients create the safe and loving relationships they desire. She enjoys assisting people dealing with a wide range of challenges including transitioning to parenthood, blended families, empty nesters, infertility/miscarriage/abortion issues, chronic medical illnesses, substance abuse challenges, and grief and loss. Dr. Peter completed her graduate training at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. She is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Counseling at Bellevue University, training the next generation of aspiring therapists. Dr. Peter is fluent in English and German.
Nicole Beane, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of clinical experience. Having grown up in Gaithersburg, MD and attended Quince Orchard High School, she is well-versed, both personally and professionally, in the issues regarding living and attending school in Montgomery County. She works with adolescents through adults. Her work often focuses on mood and anxiety issues, peer difficulties, family life problems (including divorce), school refusal, and suicidal and self-injurious behaviors. Nicole also treats individuals with eating disorders. In addition, she works with parents who are unsure if their child has an eating disorder and need knowledge and guidance regarding the subject. Nicole also enjoys working with mothers on finding balance in a chaotic world that involves social media, children, friendships, spouses, and personal time. Her previous experience working as a school therapist, in private practice, and at Children’s National Medical Center at the Psychiatric Day Treatment Program has provided her with a tremendous wealth of knowledge and diverse clinical experience about a range of problems that tweens and teens encounter. In her work with the child and his or her family, she collaborates with pediatricians, psychiatrists, school counselors, and other professionals involved in the child’s life. She is recommended by Potomac Pediatrics (find her listing under “Psychologists”) for years of her consistently outstanding work. She has a special interest in working with parents and teens around the issues of divorce, including helping parents decide when and how to most successfully “break the news” of divorce to their adolescent children and how to make good decisions regarding their emotional health when parents divorce occurs during a period already strained by concerns for college admission or adjustment. With all young adults and college students, she is skilled at helping them navigate through what can often be exciting but confusing times in their lives as they transition into adulthood.
Gail Groboski, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience helping young children to teens. After beginning her career in Missouri, working in a wide range of clinical and community settings with various populations of children and their families, this mother of three has spent the last few years as a High School Social Worker at the prestigious Katherine Thomas School at the Treatment and Learning Center of Rockville. There she has been developing and leading individual and group therapy sessions for teens to learn to enhance their relationship and social skills, as well as educating parents on how to help their children cope with bullying, deal with the pressures of social media, and encourage positive behavior support in the home. She also works with parents and children around the issues of divorce, including helping children make sense of, and adapt to, their new family structure, as well as helping parents to encourage open communication and to make good decisions regarding their child’s emotional health based on the child’s developmental needs.
During individual counseling sessions, Gail meets each client at their developmental level and forges a partnership based on their individual needs and goals. Gail prefers to utilize each client’s strengths in order to help them arrive at their own solutions and develop new strategies for challenging situations. Gail strives to build a good relationship with the families based on respect, collaboration, and compassion, as she believes the trust that grows within these relationships is paramount to beneficial therapy.
Johanna Koenig, LCSW-C attained her Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, graduating in the top 10% of her class. Johanna is a certified Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) and brings a perspective of mindfulness to her practice with adolescents to help cope with anxiety and depression. Over the last four years of providing over 3500 hours of direct patient care, Johanna has specialized in implementing a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach in working with adolescents and young adults. Johanna is also trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). CPT is a manualized, highly-structured treatment that is a particularly useful evidence-based treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms in adolescents and adults. Johanna has recently completed a course in Polyvagal Theory and its implications in treating trauma. Polyvagal Theory explores the connection between the autonomic nervous system’s communication to the vagus nerve and how this impacts the presentation of psychological symptoms and inner narratives about traumatic experiences and anxiety.
Prior to her work at Kentlands, Johanna has worked with at-risk youths, adolescents, adults, and their families in an intensive outpatient setting, focusing on a wide variety of disorders including ADHD/ADD, drug usage disorders, depression, and anxiety. Johanna completed 55 hours of crisis intervention and suicide intervention from the American Association of Suicidology and has worked at the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County as a crisis counselor, serving the Youth Crisis Hotline and National Suicide Prevention Hotline. She has a passion for working with young adults and adolescents in particular, as she is inspired by their openness and zest for progress. Johanna is a dual citizen, having lived in the US and Europe, and brings an international perspective to her practice. She is fluent in English and German.
Andrea Zawatsky, LCSW-C, attained her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Georgetown University in Washington D.C., and her Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She is a skilled therapist with individuals of all ages. She is experienced in treating depression and anxiety with evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She also works with teens and adults using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) strategies. She utilizes other structured interventions to help adolescents and individual adults with ADD/ADHD, relationship and parenting concerns, and school, work, & life pressures and stresses. She has experience working in private practice and school settings, including advocating for children at IEP meetings. As a Director of Behavioral Health, she supervised eight mental health clinicians for a Maryland award-winning nonprofit organization which was recognized by former President Barack Obama.
In addition to this work, Andrea also specializes in working with very young children. She is the only clinician at Kentlands Psychotherapy seeing children (between the ages of 3-6 years-old). She has experience working with children who have ADHD/ADD, shyness, aggression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders and/or learning disabilities, as well as children going through a major adjustment like a parents’ divorce, changing schools, or struggling to fit in and socialize with their peers. She uses both directive and non-directive play therapy and sand tray therapy, evidence-based practices to help children when they are struggling. Her warmth and compassionate demeanor help children to feel at ease when they are working with her and making therapy an enjoyable experience for them. Parents will notice changes in their child throughout the therapeutic process while children believe that they are “just playing and having a good time.”
Andrea can conduct therapy sessions fluently in both Spanish and English. She is currently NOT accepting new clients.
Angela Voegele, a graduate of the University of Maryland, is a licensed clinical social worker. She is the only Certified Gottman Therapist in the Gaithersburg, Rockville, Potomac, Bethesda, Germantown area> Angela is one of only 11 clinicians in the DMV area who is Gottman Method certified! She teaches the always popular and effective Gottman two-day weekend communications workshop with us 3 to 4 times per year. Angela also offers on-location weekend intensives* for couples in distress through Couples Therapy Inc (*not part of Kentlands Psychotherapy). She is certified as an Imago Couples and Singles Therapist through Imago Relationships International, as a Certified Sex Therapist by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and as Discernment Counselor by the Doherty Relationship Institute. Discernment Counseling is a type of counseling that helps couples to decide whether or not they want to stay together. Her postgraduate training includes Sexual Health Studies at the University of Michigan, Trauma and Stress Studies at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, and Basic and Divorce Mediation at the Frederick Community Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center. Angela, a dual citizen (US and Germany), brings an international perspective to her practice. She has lived and worked in Germany, France, Samoa, and China, where she was principal of an international Montessori school while she raised her three children. She helps individuals and couples reach their full potential for growth and happiness while navigating complex life transitions and processing traumatic experiences such as (but not limited to) sexual health concerns, desire discrepancies, infidelity, addiction, dating, parenting, aging, contemplating separation, divorce, cultural differences, and abuse. Angela is fluent in English and German.
Hello, I’m Petra Desmond, the Director of Administrative Hospitality at Kentlands Psychotherapy. I’m generally in the office M-F, 9:30 AM – 3 PM. I’ll be working in the white furniture area past the restroom. You may not see me when you come in as I’ll be working behind the curtain to assist with all daily practice management concerns. I work closely with your clinician to ensure that your experience in our office is an exceptional one. Please communicate directly with your therapist to discuss setting and rescheduling appointments. But if you have a question about your account balance or are requesting receipts for insurance reimbursement, please let me know. I’m here to help. I am fluent in English, French, and German. Finally, if you are wondering what forms you need before your appointment, follow this link.
Ann Connelly offers practice management assistance to Kentlands Psychotherapy. You probably won’t see her when you come in, as she does most of her work remotely, behind the scenes to assist with practice management matters. She works closely with Dr. Carr and Petra to ensure that your experience with us is an exceptional one. Please communicate directly with your therapist to discuss setting and rescheduling appointments and if you have a question about your account balance or are requesting receipts for insurance reimbursement, please let Petra know. If you are wondering what forms you need before your appointment, know that they will be sent to you via the client portal before your initial appointment.
Hello, I’m Riley and I work with Dr. Elizabeth Carr here at the office. I absolutely love coming to work every day. I enjoy meeting and sniffing new people and welcoming visitors to the practice. I am still learning, so if I make a mistake please be patient with me. If I seem nervous when you walk in, give me a chance to get to know you. If you are nervous around dogs, please tell your therapist before your first appointment. If I am feeling confident, I can be available to pet and to do tricks for treats with adults and kids with whom I might cross paths in the waiting area between appointments. Just ask for some treats – the staff always have them on hand just out of my reach.
Check out my Riley_off_the_Clock Instagram account to see what I’m up to when I’m not at work!