Center for Anxiety & Behavioral Change: Rockville, Maryland

Center for Anxiety & Behavioral Change
Rockville, Maryland

 

About Us

 

About Dr. Dalton

Dr. Dalton is a licensed psychologist and the Director of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change. He specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing anxiety and behavioral disorders. He has particular expertise in the treatment of anxiety-based school refusal and Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder).

Dr. Dalton graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in psychology, received his M.A. in psychology from The Catholic University of America, and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University. He completed his predoctoral internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Maryland Center for Anxiety Disorders at The University of Maryland. From 2005 to 2011, he directed the Social Anxiety Treatment Program and the School Refusal Treatment Program at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington.

Dr. Dalton is also a frequent presenter to professional and community organizations and has provided training to over one thousand mental health professionals in the techniques he utilizes to treat clients suffering from mental health disorders. In addition, he is a published author and has been interviewed by domestic and international media outlets, including the Washington Post and MSNBC. Dr. Dalton can be reached at 301-610-7850 x 1 or drdalton@changeanxiety.com.

 

AboutDeBoard Dr. DeBoard-Lucas

Dr. Renee DeBoard-Lucas is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship and then served as a staff psychologist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. DeBoard-Lucas' clinical interests include treatment of children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing anxiety and depression. A particular area of interest is the treatment of adjustment difficulties in the context of traumatic events; she provides Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other CBT oriented models to promote adaptive coping and adjustment. Dr. DeBoard-Lucas also provides Exposure and Response Prevention and Habit Reversal Training for OCD and Tic Disorders. Dr. DeBoard-Lucas’ research interests include children’s perceptions of intimate partner violence and family conflict, as well as resilience in the context of these stressors. Dr. DeBoard-Lucas can be reached at 301-610-7850 x 4 or drdeboard-lucas@changeanxiety.com.

 

About Dr. Scharfstein

Dr. Lindsay Scharfstein earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Central Florida and completed her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships at the Yale University, Child Study Center. Dr. Scharfstein specializes in the assessment, treatment, and continuing care of pre-schoolers, school-age children, adolescents, and adults whose lives are affected by anxiety and related conditions.

She conducts specialized psychological assessments for individuals with anxiety disorders, to help obtain accurate diagnoses and develop personalized treatment plans. She is extensively trained in evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD, Habit Reversal Training, Family Therapy, Parent Training/Support Sessions, and Social Skills Training. She has particular expertise in the treatment of selective mutism and social phobia (social anxiety disorder), and treatments aimed to enhance social and emotional functioning.

Dr. Scharfstein provides treatment in individual, couples, family, group, and intensive therapy formats. She engages in ongoing communication with family, school, and community systems to foster collaborative relationships and optimize treatment success and quality of life. Dr. Scharfstein additionally offers educational workshops within the community. Dr. Scharfstein can be reached at 301-610-7850 x 5 or drscharfstein@changeanxiety.com.

 

About Dr. Singer

Dr. Rachel Singer is a licensed psychologist who completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. Dr. Singer completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Singer specializes in child, family, and group therapy to address concerns regarding anxiety, behavioral issues, familial discord, depression, emotional dysregulation, social skills deficits, and academic difficulties. She has extensive training working directly with schools in order to provide comprehensive care for children experiencing anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Singer frequently presents at national conferences and has published in academic peer-reviewed journals. Specific areas of clinical interest include generalized anxiety, specific phobias, social phobia, trauma, and family communication. Dr. Singer can be reached at 301-610-7850 x 3 or drsinger@changeanxiety.com.

 

About Dr. Brooks

Dr. Christina Brooks is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from American School for Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She completed a practicum in the treatment of childhood anxiety disorders at the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic at Children’s National Medical Center. She completed her predoctoral internship and two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Brooks has clinical experience in providing evidence-based treatments (individual, family, and group therapies) to children and adolescents with a wide range of emotional and behavioral difficulties including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and oppositional defiant disorder. Dr. Brooks has strong interests in treatment of childhood anxiety disorders including social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and OCD. Dr. Brooks can be reached at (301) 610-7850 X 7 or drbrooks@changeanxiety.com.

 

About Dr. Bianchi

Dr. Kristin Bianchi is a licensed psychologist who earned a master’s degree in psychology from Wake Forest University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from American University. She completed a one-year pre-doctoral internship at the American University Counseling Center and a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington (BTC). Upon completion of her fellowship, Dr. Bianchi continued her work at BTC for an additional 4 1/2 years. During that time, she worked in the Social Anxiety, School Refusal, and Hoarding Disorder programs. Dr. Bianchi provides clinical services to adults, adolescents, and children, and specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders such as OCD, Trichotillomania (compulsive hair-pulling), and Excoriation Disorder (compulsive skin-picking). She also sub-specializes in the treatment of PTSD in the adult population. In addition to her areas of of specialty, Dr. Bianchi has extensive experience treating Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Specific Phobias, and Separation Anxiety Disorder. She has a strong clinical interest in the intersection of fear, disgust, and contamination concerns in Anxiety Disorders. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys working with members of Spanish-speaking communities in the United States and abroad. Dr. Bianchi can be reached at: (301) 610-7850, x-8, or drbianchi@changeanxiety.com.

 

About Dr. Hayes

Dr. Caitríona Hayes is a licensed psychologist. She earned bachelors in Studio Art from the College of Charleston and Psychology from University of Maryland. Dr. Hayes earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Child and Family Systems at the American School for Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington D.C. 

Dr. Hayes’s pre-doctoral training experiences involved providing individual, family, couples, and group psychotherapy and crisis intervention to a diverse client population of varying psychopathology. During internship, Dr. Hayes developed a parenting group focused on realigning the organization of family systems and implementing behavioral interventions specified for oppositional behaviors, and primarily treated diagnoses related to experiences with complex, acute, and/or chronic traumatic experiences.

Dr. Hayes’s clinical interests include the impact of attachment disruptions on social-emotional development, the treatment of adjustment difficulties in the context of traumatic experiences, and working with couples and families to overcome behavioral, cognitive and relational difficulties. Dr. Hayes can be reached at: (301) 610-7850, x-2, or drhayes@changeanxiety.com.

 

About Victoria Bacon

Victoria Bacon is the clinic coordinator for the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change. She earned her Master of Professional Studies degree in Clinical Psychological Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and related disorders at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic of the University of Central Florida and in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In addition, she has experience with evidence based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Social Effectiveness Therapy for Children. Please contact her regarding new patient inquiries and intake information.

 

Public Speaking

We believe that providing training to other mental healthcare professionals and information to the broader community is an essential component of our mission. On this page you will find past talks that we have given and upcoming scheduled talks. If you are interested inviting Dr. Dalton, Dr. Hayes, Dr. Deboard-Lucas, Dr. Scharfstein, Dr. Brooks, or Dr. Singer to speak at an event, please call 301-610-7850.