Brooke Brody, LCSW-C, LCADC
Brooke Brody, LCSW-C, LCADC is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Maryland, and also a licensed clinical drug and alcohol counselor. He received his master's degree in social work from West Virginia University. Brooke is currently a PhD candidate with the Prescott College "Sustainability Education" doctoral program focusing on mental health and social work education. His areas of specialization have been in the area of therapy with adolescents and young adults and their families, substance abuse treatment, advocacy for students with learning differences, and treatment of mood disorders. Brooke has worked with wilderness therapy programs out west as well as residential therapeutic programs for adolescents. He has also worked in Montgomery County, MD for several years as a clinical social worker with adjudicated and homeless youth. He has post-graduate training in numerous areas that affect the treatment of adolescents and young adults including: training in the assessment of learning differences (with the UNC-Chapel Hill "All Kinds of Minds Institute"); relapse prevention therapy (with Terrance Gorski and the Gorski CENAPS program); brief hypnotic psychotherapy (with the Milton Erikson Institute). Brooke has also completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Behavioral Tech organization. Brooke is an avid hiker and photographer, and combines these two pursuits on regular excursions to national parks and wilderness areas.
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Chris Peckham, LCPC
Chris Peckham, LCPC, has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clemson University, and is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland. He began working in wilderness therapy in 2006 when he joined the Aspen Education Group and began working as an instructor with Four Circles, a program for young adults in the Ashville, NC area. Most recently he provided family, group and individual therapy at a small therapeutic boarding school, the Cherokee Creek Boys' School. He has thru-hiked (that means he hiked the entirety of--) both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. When he's not at Potomac Pathways, Chris can often be found hiking with his wife, his two youngsters, and a couple of dogs. Chris says, “Outdoor experience has the power to heal and enrich lives. With a little guidance, it can serve as a catalyst for change and the backdrop for extraordinary learning. I came to Potomac Pathways because I enjoy being a part of that change.”
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Gabriel Martinez, LGPC
Gabriel Martinez, LGPC graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2011 with an M.S.Ed. in community mental health and school counseling. Prior to joining Potomac Pathways, he worked for a non-profit in western New York counseling at-risk individuals across the aging, substance abuse, mental health and developmental disability spectrum. He has also worked in numerous schools as an educator and counselor to help address students’ personal, social, emotional, and physical wellness needs. Gabriel engages clients with a holistic approach, including outdoor adventure therapy. He is interested in researching how natural environments impact individual and community wellness.
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Spencer Brothers, BSW
Spencer Brothers, BSW has years of experience as a peer mentor at Potomac Pathways, bringing the passion he exhibits every day in his own recovery to our programs. Spencer: has worked with countless young people in twelve-step programs; has spoken at community drug education workshops, hospitals, and detoxes; and has organized events for the Young Adult Recovery Network in Bethesda, Maryland. Spencer often says "mood follows action" and so helps clients discover and connect to a new, positive way of living. An avid rock climber and marathon runner outside of work, Spencer is a firm believer that physical health promotes spiritual well-being. Spencer is a recent graduate in social work at George Mason University.
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Nathan Luongo, LCSW-C
Nathan Luongo, LCSW-C holds a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University in New York, NY and a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Catholic University in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Potomac Pathways, he worked with at-risk families in Brooklyn, NY providing an array of evidenced-based interventions for adolescents and adults with substance use, PTSD, and mental health disorders. Nate has worked with a chronically mentally ill population in a number of community settings, addressing substance use and symptom management. After his playing career was cut short due to an injury, Nate served as an assistant football coach at Catholic University. Outside of work, Nate enjoys spending time with family, going to the beach, and playing sports.
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Marian Hwang, LGSW
Marian Hwang, LGSW graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in Advanced Clinical Practice, with a specialization in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and is a licensed graduate social worker in Maryland. While in graduate school, she was part of the Columbia University DBT Project, which consisted of intensive training and research in DBT especially as it relates to suicidal adults and the correctional population. She has had experience working with survivors of domestic violence and their children in a transitional shelter setting. She has also worked as a DBT counselor in a therapeutic community of female adult and adolescent inmates at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. When not at Potomac Pathways, Marian enjoys traveling, reading, visiting art museums, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
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Laura Goldstein, LCMFT
Laura Goldstein, LCMFT is licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Maryland. She earned her masters degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and completed her training at the Council for Relationships. She specializes in family systems work and enjoys working with families and adolescents. Prior to joining Potomac Pathways, Laura has provided therapy in a number of settings including outpatient clinics, schools, and private practice. Laura is a member of the Potomac Pathways DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Team. Fun facts: Laura enjoys going to the beach, baking, and spoiling her dog.
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Nina Tracy, LGMFT
Nina Tracy, LGMFT earned a Master’s of Science degree in Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has training in Narrative Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). As a family therapist, she strives to provide families with a safe space that is built on trust and collaboration. Nina has worked with children and young adults since beginning her career. Her experience includes providing therapy in a multitude of settings including Intensive In-Home, outpatient clinics, and private practice. Nina enjoys spending time with her family (which includes two dogs), hiking, skiing, and playing tennis.
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Ariana Beldoch, LGSW
Ariana Beldoch, LGSW, has a master’s degree in clinical social work and bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, and is a licensed graduate social worker. Prior to graduate school, Ariana spent nearly five years as the Director of a learning center where she designed academic programs to help children and adults achieve their educational goals. Ariana has provided therapy to adolescents and adults in group home, outpatient and private practice settings. She utilizes a strengths-based approach to work collaboratively with clients struggling with issues such as depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, interpersonal conflict and addictive behaviors. Ariana very much believes in the connection between the mind and body, and is passionate about live music, boxing and fitness, enjoying time with loved ones, and spending time connecting with nature.
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Hope Qi, LGSW
Hope Qi, LGSW earned her master‘s degree in Social Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work. While in graduate school, she completed the one-year Columbia University Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) training program, where she was intensively trained in conducting "standard DBT" in outpatient settings and assessing for self-harm and suicide risk. Hope has experience working with adolescents who struggle with academic and interpersonal issues in school settings. She also worked as a DBT therapist in an outpatient clinic with adults conducting individual sessions as well as group skills training. Hope has volunteered at multiple NGOs helping people who were survivors of domestic violence or were in need of crisis counseling. In her spare time, Hope enjoys knitting, yoga, jogging and spending time friends and family.
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Sami Ascanio, LGSW
Sami Ascanio, LGSW earned her Master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Maryland-Baltimore in Baltimore, MD. Sami is intensively trained in implementing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) by Behavioral Tech. While in graduate school, Sami interned at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital with the Huntington’s Disease Program. After being introduced to DBT in Seattle, WA, which to many is considered the DBT hub, Sami focused much of her graduate work on researching and receiving training related to the implementation of DBT for individuals with chronic mental illness. Outside of Potomac Pathways, Sami loves hiking and enjoys completing sections of the Appalachian Trail in hope of one day completing the entire trail!
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Jacob Hafkin, LCSW-C
Jacob Hafkin, LCSW-C is a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Social Work. At UNC he obtained certificates in substance abuse counseling and school social work in addition to his MSW. Prior to joining the Potomac Pathways team, Jacob worked at a small therapeutic boarding school in rural South Carolina. While there he assisted young men in their efforts to learn how to deal with ADHD, learning differences, anger management concerns and video game addiction. He also refined his ping pong skills to a level slightly above average. Jacob is a native of the DC area, which results in an understanding of the unique experiences of clients growing up in the high intensity environment that is "the Beltway." He has worked to ensure that his professional experience is varied and well rounded, and to this end has spent time in both domestic and international capacities with youth in public and private schools, juvenile justice facilities and wilderness therapy programs. Jacob spends his free time hiking, reading, biking and trail running with his therapy dog Moses.
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Andrew Brightbill, BS
Andrew Brightbill graduated from the University of Maryland School of Behavioral and Social Science with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. While at the University of Maryland Andrew designed his own research studies and reviewed studies conducted by his peers and other professionals. Andrew designs and conducts all of our outcomes research. He enjoys outdoor sports, hiking with his dogs, and crunching numbers!
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Atira Zeoli has years of management experience, and has also worked with teens and families in her own home care business. A published poet, Atira writes about public health and mindful living for IfIKnew.org. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, mystery novels, and leading creative writing workshops for children.
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