Amy HooperAmy Hooper, LCSW-C, CEAP

Director, Gaithersburg Counseling Center


Amy uses her warm personality along with her relational approach to engage her clients in the therapeutic process. She has a supportive, collaborative relationship with clients, allowing for deep personal growth and healing. Click here for more information about Amy... 

Tamar BarnettTamar Barnett, LCPC, Psychotherapist

If you find yourself experiencing difficulty overcoming life’s challenges, or if your relationship with a loved one is suffering, Tamar will work to understand your needs and support your growth. Tamar specializes in working with adults, couples, and teens. She has dedicated her career to helping individuals build stronger relationships with themselves and others. Click here for more information about Tamar...
 

Jill GordonJill Gordon, LCSW-C, Psychotherapist

Jill has a warm compassionate nature that she brings to each session with clients. She is a strength-based, genuine counselor who clients can talk with regarding any of lifes challenges they are facing. She believes the client knows themselves best and has many strengths within them. By working together, Jill can help each client actualize their wants and needs. Jill believes every client has the potential to experience greater self-awareness, emotional healing, lasting growth, and personal achievement. Click here for more information about Jill...


Colleen Fitzgerald, LGPC, NCC
Colleen offers a warm, collaborative relationship with individuals, couples, and families to help them grow and change. She believes in the capacity of each person to find his/her own answers, and she values the opportunity to be a part of someone's change process. As a therapist, she is passionate about reducing shame to encourage growth.  Colleen has worked in a variety of clinical settings, and these experiences inform her work with clients facing body image issues, relationship challenges, depression, and anxiety. An affirming therapist, Colleen welcomes LGBTQ clients. Click here for more information about Colleen...

Lev GrotelLev Grotel, LCSW-C, Psychotherapist

Lev is warm and engaging in his work with clients. He is passionate about working with couples as well as individuals with relationship issues. Lev has advanced training in couples counseling and sex therapy and has helped many couples improve their relationships. He also helps individuals address relationship and other concerns. Lev helps his clients in dealing with relationship and sexual issues, anxiety and stress, panic attacks, depression, low self-esteem, ACOA issues, sexual identity concerns, life transitions, interpersonal issues and family struggles.  Click here for more information about Lev... 

Shana SpierShana Spier, LGSW, Psychotherapist

It takes great courage to process one’s suffering and begin to heal, but you don’t have to do it alone. For over ten years, Shana Spier has treated young women, adults, couples and seniors, helping them to form loving relationships, build self-esteem, and cope with overwhelming emotions.  Shana specializes in depression, anxiety, eating disorders, attachment, grief and loss, and fertility issues. Shana also enjoys working with couples. She provides a safe space to unblock communication problems, foster a new understanding of long-term issues, and develop new and adaptive solutions. Click here for more information about Shana...

Abbie MortimerAbbie Mortimer, Executive Assistant

Our Executive Assistant, Abbie Mortimer, attends to each new client with care and warmth. She strives to connect each person with the therapist who can provide the best individualized help. Abbie can help you navigate questions about what to expect, help you decide if individual, couples, or group therapy is right for you, and answer questions about our fees. Abbie has a broad range of experience working not only administratively, but clinically with young adults on a college campus, as well as families and individuals in the hospital and hospice setting. Abbie received her masters’ degrees from St. Louis University in social work and a theology degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology. For any questions about our therapy services, you can reach Abbie directly by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling the office at 240-274-5680.

Amy HooperAmy Hooper, LCSW-C, CEAP

Director, Another Look at Healing, LLC


Amy uses her warm personality along with her relational approach to engage her clients in the therapeutic process. She has a supportive, collaborative relationship with clients, allowing for deep personal growth and healing.

She also uses practical, solution focused interventions to tailor therapy to meet the specific needs of each individual client. Her specialties are working with women who struggle with stress and anxiety, depression, women's wellness issues, difficult life transitions, relationship issues, and job related concerns. Amy uses an empowerment perspective to help clients explore their inner selves to find their personal strengths.

Amy holds a Masters degree in Social Work with a Clinical focus in Mental Health from The University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Throughout her Master's degree, she worked with a variety of individuals with a range of issues to help them find the paths to happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives. Amy is also certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), a specialized training to help individuals and organizations during crises. She is also a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP). Amy has recently become a member of the National Association of Professional Women, an organization recognizing the country's most accomplished professional women.

In order to reach out to more individuals in need, Amy opened her own private practice, Another Look at Healing, LLC - now called Gaithersburg Counseling Center in Montgomery County, MD. The focus of this practice is on you, the client, and what your needs are.
For questions about an appointments, please feel free to call our office administrator at 240-274-5680 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can answer any questions you have.

Amy also offers coaching services to clinicians who are looking to start or grow their private practices. For more information, visit www.PracticeDevelopmentCoaching.com

 

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Tamar BarnettTamar Barnett, LCPC, Psychotherapist

If you find yourself experiencing difficulty overcoming life’s challenges, or if your relationship with a loved one is suffering, Tamar will work to understand your needs and support your growth. Tamar specializes in working with adults, couples, and teens. She has dedicated her career to helping individuals build stronger relationships with themselves and others.

Balancing self-acceptance work with a practical skills building process, Tamar empowers her clients to create the changes that they want in their lives and in their relationships. She deeply values building positive relationships with her clients. Prioritizing a nurturing and warm environment in session, she works collaboratively with clients to help them access their strengths, and to grow more self-aware and self-compassionate. Throughout her years of experience, Tamar’s clients have often described her as genuine, compassionate, and focused in her work.

Her style is relational, using the lens of attachment theory. She draws on John Gottman’s work, EFT, CBT, trauma informed care, and mindfulness to support her clients’ needs. Her approach is also holistic, as emotional wellness is the result of balance and health in many of life’s domains. Tamar obtained her graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2007. Her special interests include: anxiety and depression, marital and relationship issues, family and parent-child relationships, health and wellness, weight loss, women’s wellness, reproductive issues, self-esteem, identity issues, grief and loss, and seniors and aging. Tamar often has openings for new clients in the early and late afternoons. In her free time, Tamar enjoys yoga, indoor cycling, dancing, and spending time with her husband and children. For an appointment with Tamar call 240-274-5680 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Jill GordonJill Gordon, LCSW-C, Psychotherapist

Jill has a warm compassionate nature that she brings to each session with clients. She is a strength-based, genuine therapist who takes the time to get to know each client for who they are. She believes the client knows themselves best and has many strengths within them. By working together, Jill can help each client actualize their specific wants and needs. Jill believes every client has the potential to experience greater self-awareness, emotional healing, lasting growth, and personal achievement. 
She believes at different times in ones life seeking help from a professional can be quite empowering and can help strengthen the very core of who each person is. She builds upon that belief by creating a comfortable place to explore thoughts and behaviors to help clients work towards reaching their goals. 

Jill works to help clients understand the way they think and feel so that clients can have healthier, more meaningful relationships with themselves and others. Together with her clients, Jill helps each person to make sense of the issues they may be struggling with, and further explore ways to enhance your coping to feel less overwhelmed.

Jill uses a psychodynamic approach to therapy, which means that the patterns, thoughts and feelings clients have become more aware and then incorporated in a way that works more effectively throughout each clients life. The psychodynamic theory also emphasizes the connection with the therapist and how relating patterns transpire in this and your other relationships.

Jill enjoys working with adults who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self esteem concerns, grief and loss, and anyone seeking greater satisfaction in his/her personal relationships. 

If you are seeking therapy you have likely tried in all the ways you know how to improve your life and emotional well-being. You may feel overwhelmed, anxious, sad or even depressed. You could feel ambivalent about starting therapy and what that could mean for you. By working with me you would find I take care to help us together to understand how you may have gotten to this place in life and furthermore help pave the way to feeling better. 

Jill earned her Masters degree in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Elon University.  Jill also completed the two year training at the Washington School of Psychiatry in the Clinical Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program. Throughout her graduate and working career, Jill worked with many adults who struggled with work and life. She has also worked extensively in the Employee Assistance arena assessing clients with diverse backgrounds and various situations. For an appointment with Jill, call 240-274-5680 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Colleen Fitzgerald, LGPC, NCC

Colleen offers a warm, collaborative relationship with individuals, couples, and families to help them grow and change. She believes in the capacity of each person to find his/her own answers, and she values the opportunity to be a part of someone's change process.

Drawing on many different approaches, Colleen is an integrative therapist who personalizes her work with each client. She utilizes aspects of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and acceptance and commitment therapies. As a therapist, she is passionate about reducing shame to encourage growth.  

Colleen has worked in a variety of clinical settings, most recently at an eating disorder treatment center. These experiences inform her work with clients facing body image issues, relationship challenges, depression, and anxiety. An affirming therapist, Colleen welcomes LGBTQ clients.

A graduate of Loyola University’s Pastoral Counseling program, Colleen has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. For clients who are interested, she offers spiritually integrated counseling that calls on what is most meaningful to the client in order to promote healing. She is a member of the American Counseling Association. For an appointment with Colleen, call 240-274-5680 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lev GrotelLev Grotel, LCSW-C, Psychotherapist

Lev is warm and engaging in his work with clients. He is passionate about working with couples as well as individuals with relationship issues. Lev has advanced training in couples counseling and sex therapy and has helped many couples improve their relationships. He also helps individuals address relationship and other concerns. Lev works hard to customize his approach to each person or couple using a variety of theories and techniques.  He is committed, motivated and passionate about his client’s well-being, healing and growth.  Lev helps his clients in dealing with relationship and sexual issues, anxiety and stress, panic attacks, depression, low self-esteem, ACOA issues, sexual identity concerns, life transitions, interpersonal issues and family struggles.

One of his strengths is problem solving with clients in crisis regarding specific “what to do” questions.  By brainstorming together he helps clients and couples regain their balance and find the right course of action. Lev holds a Masters degree in Social Work with a Clinical focus in Mental Health from The University of Maryland, School of Social Work.  Throughout his Master's degree, he worked with clients ranging from people with severe mental illness to university students in group and individual therapy settings. Lev also has advanced training in sex therapy to help couples improve their relationships both in the bedroom and out of the bedroom. For an appointment with Lev, call 240-274-5680 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Shana SpierShana Spier, LGSW, Psychotherapist

It takes great courage to process one’s suffering and begin to heal, but you don’t have to do it alone. For over ten years, Shana Spier has treated young women, adults, couples and seniors, helping them to form loving relationships, build self-esteem, and cope with overwhelming emotions. Shana specializes in depression, anxiety, eating disorders, attachment, grief and loss, and fertility issues. Shana also enjoys working with couples. She provides a safe space to unblock communication problems, foster a new understanding of long-term issues, and develop new and adaptive solutions.

Therapy focuses on helping clients develop a deeper insight into thoughts, feelings and perceptions that influence patterns in their lives. Together, we will work to understand your experience and to identify and alter destructive patterns and build healthy relationships. Shana uses a psychodynamic, relational and strength based approach to help patients detect and overcome obstacles, and develop greater emotional strength.

Shana has lived in three different countries and worked with people from multiple cultural backgrounds. She completed her Bachelor and Master’s degree in Conflict Management and Mediation at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel and her MSW degree at Yeshiva University in New York. In addition to her work as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist, Shana has also completed advanced psychodynamic training at the Washington School of Psychiatry. For an appointment with Shana, call 240-274- 5680 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..