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PSYCHOTHERAPY &
NUTRITION COUNSELING

Meet Our Team

We want to help you live a life that you care about

Abby Brown, Ph.D.

Amanda Skowron Romano, Psy.D.

Ayse Ikizler, Ph.D.

Brittany Kern, MS, RDN, CEDRD

Carey Schwartz, Psy.D.

Cathy Webster, Psy.D.

Jenna Albert, MPH, RDN

Joanna Chango-James, Ph.D.

Joanna Pustilnik, MS, RDN, CDCES

Kristin Zauel, Ph.D., CEDS

Laila Salem Farmand, Psy.D.

Laurel Wade, Ph.D.

Lindsey Berisha, Ph.D.

Lisa Bateman, Ph.D.

Lisa Germeroth, Ph.D.

Natalie Chaykin Pierce, Psy.D.

Neha Pancholi Patel, Psy.D.

Raquel Grigera, Psy.D.

Sapna Doshi, Ph.D.

Stephanie Benson, Psy.D.

Stephanie Seibert, Psy.D.

Ted Worm, Ph.D.

Thanjina Ahmed, Psy.D.

Tishanna Hollins, Ph.D.

Trevor Dunn, Ph.D.

Providing compassionate, evidence-based care.

Our approaches

Our approaches are based in mindfulness in helping our clients become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, emotions, and physical sensations occurring moment to moment. Our goal in using any therapeutic approach is to help you become more intentional about the way in which you’re responding to these internal experiences.

How we can help

Our clinical therapists understand that everyone is coming in with their own personal concerns about their health and well-being. Our Arlington, VA, Bethesda, MD, and Washington, DC locations have both psychologists & dietitians available, allowing us to tailor our evidence-based treatment as a team to the individual. We also offer telehealth services in over 30+ states.

Contact us today

If you’re ready to get to a balanced place with your physical and emotional well-being, then you’ve come to the right place. Contact us today so our psychologists and dietitians can work to help you get back on track. Request an Appointment

See what makes Mind Body Health different

 

Evidence-Based Practice

 

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

 

Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP)

Top frequently asked questions

What is your approach to treating eating disorders?

We use a cognitive behavioral approach to help our clients with recovering from eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Depending on the medical complexities of the eating disorder, we have clients work with a team including a psychologist, dietitian, and medical provider. Using cognitive behavioral therapy, we normalize clients’ food intake by creating structure and reintroducing forbidden foods back into the diet. We also help clients abstain from concerning behaviors such as purging, laxative use, and compulsive exercising.

 Clients are taught tools and strategies to manage distressing thoughts, feelings, and emotions related to fear of weight gain and body image dissatisfaction in efforts to help clients live a more meaningful life connected to their personal values. Our dietitians support clients to ensure that they are getting proper nutrition and if appropriate, begin to follow internal cues of hunger and fullness. They provide education on nutrition science and help clients get in tune with their own bodies versus following arbitrary dieting information. For adolescent clients suffering from anorexia, we often draw from Family Based Treatment. In this treatment approach, providers work with parents or guardians to train them in refeeding their child at home and managing eating disorder symptoms. 

What is your approach to weight management?


In addressing weight management with clients, we focus less on weight loss and the number on the scale. Instead, we look at behavioral patterns, habits, and choices that may be impacting weight. We also help clients with lifestyle issues that may further be affecting weight such as stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, and managing distressing relationships. We examine the client’s relationship with food and the ways in which food is used to cope emotionally. If food is being used to manage distressing thoughts, feelings or emotions, we help clients learn to manage this in alternative ways such that food is eaten in response to hunger and fullness versus emotions. Physical activity is also targeted to help clients find enjoyable forms of movement.

What is the treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders?


We use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Exposure Therapy, and Exposure Response Prevention. These approaches help our clients manage irrational, intrusive, obsessive or maladaptive thought patterns. Behaviorally, clients are assisted in confronting that which they may be avoiding in order to improve quality of life and live a meaningful life more consistent with values.

Do you have LGBTQIA+ friendly and culturally sensitive therapists?

Yes, we do have clinicians on staff who provide LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy. They are specialized in working with individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, queer, questioning, intersex, or asexual. We also have two clinicians on staff who provide gender affirming treatment evaluations. We also have several clinicians on staff who provide a supportive environment for ethnic minorities. They use multicultural counseling and culturally-tailored treatments.

Do you offer telehealth?

Yes! We offer convenient teletherapy for our clients so they can meet our clinicians from the comfort of their home. Our telehealth platform can be used on a phone, computer, or tablet. The platform is HIPAA compliant and fully secure for your protection and confidentiality.

What conditions do your registered dietitians treat?

Our psychologists specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, weight management, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), prenatal and postnatal nutrition, sports nutrition, digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and general health concerns (high cholesterol, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure). 

What approaches do your registered dietitians use?


Our dietitians do not follow strict dietary protocols unless absolutely necessary. Our dietitians believe in using non-dieting approaches to help their clients such that clients feel satisfied with the food they are choosing to eat. Our dietitians use intuitive eating and mindfulness based approaches to help clients get back in touch with hunger and fullness cues and develop a healthier relationship with food. Our dietitians will also help with meal planning, creating more structure, and providing education about nutrition science.

Why people come to us

Dr. Amanda Skowron is one of the finest psychologists I have had the pleasure to work with. Through her unparalleled listening, empathy, and mindful presence she is able to cut through to the root of her clients’ mental and emotional ailments. Dr. Skowron is skilled at working with both groups and...
Andrew Wong
I have shared patients with Dr. Amanda Skowron since 2013 and highly recommend her! She is professional, caring, and collaborative. Dr. Skowron's expertise in mind-body medicine and a mindfulness-based approach to mental health has helped numerous shared patients with anxiety, depression, and other ...
Carrie Runde
I have worked with Dr. Berisha for 6 years, and she is an excellent clinical health psychologist. Dr. Berisha’s passion is helping others live a healthier lifestyle, and she has dedicated her career to helping others improve their physical and emotional well-being. She is empathetic, compassionate...
Laura Wandner
I'm excited to hear that Mind Body Health is opening a new DC location! Dr. Abby Brown is a former colleague and a fantastic therapist, with specialized knowledge in eating disorders. I feel fortunate to have a trusted referral option in DC....
 Anne Kubal

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