Cathi Cohen, LCSW, CGP – In Step Director
Cathi Cohen, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Group Psychotherapist, has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a clinical setting since 1984. Early in her career as a social worker, Cathi recognized the power of treating relationship problems through group therapy. It was this interest and expertise that led her to create the Stepping Stones Social Skills Group Therapy Program in 1990. The success of this program led to the formation in 1995 of In Step, a comprehensive mental health practice. Cathi is the author of Raise Your Child’s Social IQ: Stepping Stones to People Skills for Kids, and has become a leading expert in the field of social skills training with children. She has since then completed two more books, Stepping Stones to Building Friendships: A Guide for Camp Counselors, and Outnumbered, Not Outsmarted: An A to Z Guide for Working with Kids and Teens in Groups. In addition to writing numerous articles and conducting regular workshops for parents, educators, and mental health professionals, Cathi has appeared on radio and television programs about the mental health needs of children and their families. Cathi graduated from Tufts University before receiving her M.S. degree from Columbia University School of Social Work.

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Robert Axelrod, LCSW     Extension #74
Robert E. Axelrod, a licensed clinical social worker since 1990, earned his Bachelors degree in Psychology from The American University in Washington DC, and his Masters in Social Work from Tulane University. As a social worker for Fairfax county for twenty-nine years, he worked for the juvenile courts, then at Northwest Center for Community Mental Health and more recently with the public school system. Read more

Dale Bostwick, MA, Ed.S       Extension #23
As a Licensed School Psychologist Dale has a variety of experiences with children ranging in age from 2 to 18 years. Her career in the local public school systems has given her experience conducting psychoeducational assessments, consulting with parents and school staff, and participating as a knowledgeable member of special education committees. Read more

Erika Carlson, LCSW  Extension #34
Erika is a licensed clinical social worker who received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech and her Master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.  At In Step, Erika supports children, adolescents, and adults through individual, family, and group therapy.  Erika primarily works with adolescents who present with a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, maladaptive behaviors, and typically a history of unsuccessful treatments.  Erika co-leads In Step’s high school Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills group in addition to adhering to the DBT standard model for individual therapy.  Read more

Danielle Causley, LCSW     Extension #30
Danielle Causley received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and her Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2006. Danielle has worked in Fairfax County for over 17 years and for the past six years as a school social worker with FCPS. Danielle has applied her skills and talents as a clinician at a school for adolescents with emotional disabilities and autism. She works primarily with adolescents but has extensive experience working with families. Read more

Rachel Cherian, LCSW     Extension #22
Rachel received her M.S. Degree in social work from Columbia University in New York. Prior to returning to graduate school, Rachel worked as a preschool teacher for eight years. She offers sixteen years of experience working with children and families. Rachel is knowledgeable in multicultural issues of assimilation and acculturation.She is experienced in individual, group, and family counseling, and enjoys working with all age groups. Read more

Keith K. Ewell, Ph.D.     Extension #20
Dr. Ewell received his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University Maryland and his Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Miami in Florida. While in college, Dr. Ewell volunteered, and then later became a substitute teacher at the Children’s Guild, a school for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and mental disorders, in Baltimore, Maryland. His time at the Children’s Guild solidified his passion for the field of psychology.Dr. Ewell spent time doing political work at the University of Florida as the Director for an inpatient unit for adolescents with poorly controlled diabetes, which was operated through the Department of Pediatrics and Psychiatry. Read more

Carrie Field, LCSW     , Extension #31
Carrie Field is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in DC and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in VA.  She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with her Bachelor in Social Work and attended Catholic University of America for her Master in Social Work.  Carrie is certified in Play Therapy through NIRE.  Carrie has experience working with in the foster care system and in the DC school system.  Carrie has worked with children, families, and adolescents providing individual and group therapy, parenting classes, case management, and educational services.   Read more

Salima Jiwa, LCSW         Extension #26
Salima is a licensed clinical social worker who works with individuals and families who desire help and guidance in dealing with life’s challenges. She is passionate about coaching clients to utilize their own well-being and innate wisdom in resolving their struggles. Salima is currently a student of Supercoach Academy 2016, an international transformational coaching program that provides training in the Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought. She is eager to share this understanding with clients who want to access their innate mental health, clarity and wisdom. Read more

Melanie Kantor, LCSW          Extension #28
Melanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who greatly enjoys working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Melanie has experience providing individual therapy, group therapy, parent support, and social skills training to clients with a wide range of social and emotional needs. She has worked in a variety of school settings (public, private, and special education) and in a mental health practice. Read more

Constantina N. Kass, Ph.D., NCSP     Extension #35
Dr. Kass is a licensed and nationally certified school psychologist with a broad range of professional and academic experiences with elementary, middle, and high school students.  Arriving in northern Virginia in 2004, she has worked in the Fairfax County Public School system—including assessments, consultation, and as a member of the special education eligibility committee at several schools—and in private practice with students on issues contributing to underachievement and learning difficulties, including anxiety and depression.  Read more

Kelly Murphy, LPC     Extension #33
Kelly received her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and her MA in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. For the past seven years, Kelly has worked as a school counselor for Fairfax County Public Schools. Additionally, Kelly is a licensed professional counselor who provides a wide range of services to youth, families, and children in a variety of settings. Kelly has a special interest in working with children and adolescents .
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Janene Pack, LPC    Extension #27
Janene received her Bachelor’s Degree at Brigham Young University and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico. She moved here recently from Albuquerque New Mexico where she gained extensive experience counseling families, children, and adolescents with the Southwest Family Guidance Center. Read more

James A. Sebben, EdD, LPC, LMFT      Extension #21
Dr. Sebben earned his doctoral degree in Counselor Education at Boston University. He is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has been in private practice since 1986 and joined In Step in 1995. He currently enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, couples and families.  Read more

Mary Shuffleton, LPC, MA     Extension #29
Mary received her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. During her graduate training, Mary found her passion while working with children and families. While still in Spokane, she also became certified in school counseling and worked as a therapist in a partnership program between a mental health agency and a school system. Mary’s prior professional experience included working at a brain injury rehabilitation facility where she was encouraged to pursue her graduate degree in counseling. Read more