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. 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: https://www.talkspace.com/room/erikabugaj
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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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 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. You can read an article about Lisa here:
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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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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.
*At this time, Liz is accepting private/self pay clients, as she has applied for Carefirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield credentialing but it has not taken effect as yet. Please talk with Erika or Liz about any questions you may have about payment.
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Debra S. MacLean, MS, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Debra received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salem State College and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida. She is certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has ten years of experience treating children, adolescents, and young adults with behavioral health challenges. Debra embraces a holistic, integrated, strength-based approach to promoting wellness. Her practice interests include Autism Spectrum Disorder, especially those referred to as “High Functioning” or “Asperger’s;” ADHD; depression; anxiety and associated mood and behavioral dysregulation. She has worked in community mental health, inpatient, and private practice settings. Additionally, Debra has had the opportunity to serve on various local and state advisory committees advocating for children/adolescent behavioral health and the needs of their family members who support them. She also provides professional consultation and training regarding treatment strategies for individuals affected by behavioral health challenges. Debra spent most of her life in the Boston area and moved to the DMV area in 2018. Outside of her professional interests, she enjoys cooking, visiting museums and spending time with her children, two rescue dogs, and two rescue cats.
Additional information about Debra and her practice, District Behavioral Health & Consulting Services, can be found HERE. Please contact Debra directly to schedule an appointment at [email protected] or at 202-892-1544.