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Erika Bugaj Petrova, LICSW & Associates
Psychotherapy for Children, Teens, and Families


Our Therapists

Erika Bugaj, MA, MSW, LICSW

Director & Licensed Independent 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. She resides in Washington, DC with her children and rescue dog.

Erika participated 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

Erika is a therapist on Talkspace, an online therapy platform. Sign up to work with Erika online, on this link:

You can check out this recent essay, "Life as a Text Based Therapist" written by Erika in the Journal of the Academy of Psychotherapists, Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy.

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Psychology Today

Lisa McLish, JD, MSW, LICSW
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker/Senior Psychotherapist

Lisa 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 adolescents, pregnant and post-partum women, adults and couples. Prior to private practice, Lisa worked 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, adolescents and adults 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, was a training Fellow in the Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program at Children’s National Medical Center and has advanced training in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy through the Beck Institute. 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 volunteering with her children’s schools and sports teams. 

You can read an article about Lisa here: 

Lisa McLish: Trading Contract Law for a Life of Social Work

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Psychology Today

Liz Buchanan, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist

Liz Buchanan is a licensed independent clinical social worker, who has been practicing in Washington, DC for over five years. Liz received her MSW from University of Maryland, School of Social Worker specializing in Maternal, Child, Adolescent, and Family Health. Liz currently works for District of Columbia Public Schools with children who have a variety needs including defiant behaviors, ADHD, executive functioning challenges, developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and learning disabilities. Prior, Liz administered psychological assessments and provided counseling services to adults with complex needs including substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and life adjustment issues. Liz is committed to trauma informed care and uses attachment-based frame work. When meeting with Liz expect to be met with honest, compassionate care, that is goal oriented and individualized to your family needs.  In her free time, Liz enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones. 

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Psychology Today

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