Erika Bugaj, MA, MSW, LICSW
Director & Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist
Erika Bugaj is a licensed independent clinical social worker practicing in Washington, DC. Erika has many years of experience as a social worker and therapist, and three years of experience as a teacher. She has held social work positions helping adult survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence; meeting the complex needs of homeless families with young children; and providing counseling and resources to families receiving care on the inpatient pediatric units of a teaching hospital. After finishing her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University, Erika completed a two-year commitment with Teach For America, teaching second grade in DC Public Schools. She holds a Master of Teaching, Elementary degree from Trinity Washington University, and a Master of Social Work, Clinical degree from The Catholic University of America. Erika completed the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry in 2013, which is a two year postgraduate certificate program for mental health professionals specializing in providing therapy with children, teens, and families. In her spare time, Erika enjoys art, and she will sometimes incorporate artwork and creativity into her clinical work with clients of all ages. She has taken classes in drawing, watercolor painting, collage, and pottery. Erika is also learning to play the guitar. She resides in Washington, DC with her children and rescue dog.
Erika has been participating in a Train-the-Trainer program with Mary’s Center called “Maternal Mental Health Champions”. The goal of this program is to provide knowledge of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders to the Washington, DC community. Please follow this link to learn more about bringing this free training to your group: PMADS Trainings
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Erika is a also a therapist on Talkspace, an online therapy platform. Sign up to work with Erika online, on this link: https://www.talkspace.com/room/erikabugaj
Clinical Social Worker/Senior Psychotherapist
McLish is a licensed independent clinical social worker practicing in Washington, D.C. A former practicing attorney for seventeen years,
Lisa came to the realization that her passion and interest was working directly
with people on issues that were impacting their lives and decided to pursue a
career in social work. In 2009, she earned her MSW in Clinical Social Work from
Catholic University. Lisa particularly enjoys working with children,
adolescents and families, and has spent the past seven years working in schools
and with the Infants and Toddlers Program in Montgomery County, Maryland. In
her work, Lisa has assisted homeless children and families, children with
intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities, victims of abuse and neglect,
as well as children and adolescents with anxiety and depression. In addition to
her MSW, Lisa has also completed the two-year Child and Adolescent
Psychotherapy training program at the Washington School of Psychiatry, and was
a training Fellow in the Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)
program at Children’s National Medical Center. A long-time resident of
Washington, D.C., Lisa lives with her husband and their three children and
spends any free time training for running races and triathlons, and
volunteering with her children’s schools and sports teams.
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Edie Mead, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist
Edie Mead is a licensed independent clinical social worker practicing in Washington, DC. Edie has over ten years of experience working as a social worker, most recently with individuals and families receiving care in an inpatient critical care unit at a pediatric hospital. Edie has a particular interest in working with new parents and women in the perinatal (pregnancy through baby's first year) period. Edie received training through Postpartum Support International and is certified in identifying and treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Edie earned her Master of Social Work from The Catholic University of America and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two active children. She enjoys the outdoors and staying active training for half-marathons.
Zachary Shaeffer, MSW, LICSW, MDiv
Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist
Zack is a licensed independent clinical social worker practicing in Washington, D.C. A native of California, Zack has been a D.C. resident for over ten years, and is very committed to improving access to mental health services for D.C. residents. Zack has extensive experience working with children, teens, college students, and adults, and a desire to help people of all ages to improve their mental wellness and function at their best. Zack currently works for the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health as a therapist at a D.C. elementary school. Zack received his MSW from Catholic University in D.C., and also has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Zack is committed to being a lifelong learner, and is currently enrolled in the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Zack is a great believer in the benefits of therapy for people of all ages as they cope with stress and seek to better understand themselves and be their best in relationships, at school, and at work. When not working, Zack enjoys cooking, jogging, reading, gardening, and spending time with his wife of eight years (and their cats).
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Monique Bhalla, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist
Monique is a licensed independent clinical social worker practicing in Washington, DC. She began practicing social work in 2006 and has practiced within a variety of settings. Monique’s individual work with clients has centered around issues such as recovery from sexual trauma, grief and loss, work and relationship concerns, and addiction recovery. Monique holds a Master of Social Work degree from The Catholic University of America with a clinical concentration of study and completed post-graduate training with the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing. She is also a long-time volunteer providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention assistance. One of Monique’s favorite hobbies is baking cakes from scratch and she is also beginning to venture further into the mysterious realm of pies.
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Rachel Leigh Wills, LPC, CRC, MA, MS
Licensed Professional Counselor/Psychotherapist
Rachel is a DMV-area native and is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Vocational Counselor. She spent 5 years in the nonprofit sector as an Employment Specialist, where she helped to secure competitive employment for individuals struggling with mental health and chemical dependency. In 2016, Rachel shifted to private practice and has loved helping clients to navigate career transitions, redefine their concept of success and grow their self-esteem. Rachel’s core areas of focus include: working with adults with Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD); alcoholism; substance use; anxiety; depression and mood disorders. Rachel combines cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and dialectical-behavioral (DBT) therapy techniques to help individuals better cope with extreme emotions and reactions. When she isn’t in the office, Rachel is likely reading a novel, listening to music, or walking her beloved beagle-daschund mix. To request an appointment with Rachel, please click the button below!
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Nina Anagostopoulos, Office Administrator
Nina has her bachelor’s degree in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has interned and worked at organizations that cater to improving the health of her community and enjoys lending a helping hand wherever she can. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and working out to keep a fit lifestyle. She currently attends Marymount University for her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Nina is currently responsible for scheduling new clients with our therapists, and she can be reached at (202) 686-7000 or at [email protected]