We offer outpatient psychiatric care for all ages. Our comprehensive services include: telehealth and in office psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, prescription management, genetic testing, and psychotherapy. We also provide consultations and evaluations for outside agencies such as the courts and schools.
We use evidence based treatment methods to diagnose and prescribe for a number of psychiatric disorders. These disorders include ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar and other conditions affecting behaviors and mood. We provide treatment to individuals and families, with a specialty in children and adolescents. We focus on empowerment to help patients achieve their health and wellness goals. We design customized treatment plans with clinical tools for individuals and families to use on their path to wellness.
We maintain an integrated holistic health care philosophy. We believe in providing patients with a safe and private environment to help them heal and foster their inner strengths. We use objective perspectives and hope to inspire and encourage patients to actively engage and participate in their treatment.
Erica Bindrim BS, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Erica is a board certified, autonomous psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience in psychiatry. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology with an emphasis in genetic studies then went on to earn a BSN Magna Cum Laude from Boise State University then a Masters Degree of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Stony Brook University, Summa Cum Laude. Erica continues her lifelong pursuit of learning through continuous medical education seminars, peer discussions and participation in professional organizations. This enables her to stay current and design individualized treatment methods to provide for safe, evidence-based practices. Having this information also helps her to educate patients about the benefits and risks of treatment and empower them to choose what methods are right for them.
Practicing in mental health since 2000, Erica has worked in residential and inpatient treatment facilities as well as private practice and community-based outpatient clinics and hospitals. She currently works with patients of all ages, finding the right treatment to help them achieve a life of self-love and understanding. Erica emphasizes the use of a client-centered, therapeutic approach to help instill courage in patients, knowing that change can be difficult. Her academic and professional history has fostered a unique perspective and greater regard for the individual needs of each patient.
Erica's empowering methods focus on helping people make positive, healthy changes. With honesty and objectivity, she believes that psychiatry is a specialty incorporating empathy, compassion, and collaboration. This enables patients to use their inner strengths to reach their desired outcomes. She has seen patients, after exhausting conventional treatments, feeling defeated, frustrated and hopeless. She found that using integrative and holistic interventions, along with traditional psychiatric treatments, gave them relief. She is especially interested in the mind and body connection, integrative medicine, and the role genetics play in helping to shape who we are.
Stephanie Gaines, PsyD
Dr. Stephanie Gaines is a licensed clinical psychologist with a diverse background. She obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in Forensics from the American School of Professional Psychology. She completed her master’s internship with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, where she studied serial killers and school shooters. After training, she worked in a variety of mental health settings to include major medical centers, crisis care programs, inpatient units, community mental health, and correctional institutions before becoming a Naval Officer. She completed her fellowship at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego and held a variety of diverse positions within the US Navy running a multidisciplinary clinic, to a team responsible for world-wide psychiatric disaster response. Currently, Dr. Gaines is an adjunct professor, and employed by the U.S. Department of State where she serves as a Regional Clinical Psychologist in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
In her clinical practice, Dr. Gaines utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments for adults experiencing a wide range of emotional, behavioral and adjustment related issues due to stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship stress. Dr. Gaines aims to help her clients challenge unhelpful thought and behavioral patterns to improve and optimize one’s mental health.
Dr. Gaines offers psychological consultations, evaluations and therapy sessions.
Donna Carson, LPC
Donna is Licensed as a Professional Counselor in Virginia with over 15 years of experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, graduating with honors. Donna earned her Master's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Certificate in Mental Health through West Chester University. Donna has experience working with adults, children, and adolescents in: residential treatment facilities, various out-patient practices, crisis facilities, and school settings.
Donna currently works with adolescents through the life span, as well as families with the goal to empower each individual in such a way to enhance their life through a supportive, empowering therapeutic relationship. Donna emphasizes the use of a collaborative, non-judgmental environment where work can be entered into to make the desired changes. Donna utilizes client-centered approaches with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Donna’s main focus is to work with those with anxiety, depression, or trauma in order to empower them to live the life they want and deserve to live.
Angelia Smiley, MA, LPC, ACS
Angelia is a licensed professional counselor with over 22 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She is a loving mother that continually learns how to set and maintain healthy boundaries while enjoying quality time with my teenage son. As a therapist, Angelia joins with clients to find solutions to issues they are currently facing and focus on creating the best situation tailored for their life. She is certified in Solution Focused Therapy which encompasses many schools of psychology to meet each client where they are at various times and during multiple situations in their lives. She also use Cognitive, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, and is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Angelia has extensive experience and training in crisis intervention, trauma and brain-based treatments, traumatic brain injury facts and treatment, biological implications of mental health disorders, and integration of therapeutic approaches. She is a former commissioned officer in the United States Army with excellent therapeutic skills.
Angelia can work with adults, adolescents, and children from age 9 and up by helping individuals function well within their family system. She educates and supports individuals, their parent(s) and/or guardian(s) to help create a home filled with love, healthy boundaries, and fun. Angelia is well educated in healthy parenting skills, learning disabilities, and cultural differences.
Angelia grew up in Germany and was born into an Army family and can empathize with individuals new to the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. She can relate to how adjusting may be difficult for some. Angelia is a Christian counselor who is open to individuals and families from all cultures and religious backgrounds.
"It is that the individual has within himself or herself vast resources for self understanding, for altering his or her self-concept, attitudes and self directed behavior-and that these resources can be tapped if only a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided." (Rogers, 1980)
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common, uncomfortable and disruptive emotions that we can experience. Through counseling and medication management we are able to help patients recover their motivation, perspective, stability, joy and appreciation for life.
Neurodevelopmental disorders affect brain development and the central nervous system. Signs, symptoms and treatment needs of ADHD and ASD can change throughout the life span. These conditions can cause disruptions in academic, professional and personal lives and can inhibit best outcomes preventing people from reaching their full potential. With caring and understanding, we help patients and families visualize and achieve their goals
Personality disorders and disorders of conduct are types of mental conditions marked by rigid and unhealthy thinking patterns. These can affect level of functioning and behaviors causing problems within relationships, social activities, work and school. Behavioral interventions can be beneficial for patients who are looking to strengthen their emotional connections, in all stages of their lives. Sessions are held with individuals and families. We provide a supportive environment to discuss issues and solutions.
The links below to resources are provided for your convenience and do not constitute or imply an endorsement or recommendation:
If you are experiencing an emergency please dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency room
Text Hello to 741741
Text teen2teen to 839863, or call 1-877-968-8491
1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678
LGBTQIA+ kids and teens can reach out to The Trevor Project for support during a crisis.
SAMHSA National Helpline – 1-800-662-4357
National Alliance on Mental Illness