Washington D.C. + Surrounding Areas, including Maryland & Virginia
Kera Miller, Regional Director of Vive's Colorado market, has a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology and has been mentoring clients with Vive since 2005. She has worked with adolescents and young adults in varied settings and with diverse populations since 1997. She has also worked in residential programs, in-patient psychiatric hospitals, day-treatment program and youth emergency shelter. She has extensive experience working with various stages of development, substance abuse, family discord, independent living skills, grief and bereavement, crisis and suicide assessments, safety planning, abuse and neglect and have been an advocate in court for adjudicated youth. Kera has also provided counseling with individuals, families and in assorted group settings. She believes therapeutic mentoring is an active endeavor that takes place out in the world. Kera is also a board member on the Health Sciences Technology Advisory Board for Warren Tech high school. And annually participates in, the WalkMS, MS150 and the MuckRuckus (Mud Run) for the Colorado Chapter of the National MS Society. She loves to travel, go hiking, live music, spending time with family and friends, and finding fun eclectic restaurants to try.
Rohini Batra, LCSW
Rohini Batra has a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rohini has experience working with the chronically homeless population and individuals with co-occurring issues, which includes severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Rohini has extensive experience working in community mental health settings and utilizes a variety of evidence based treatments in working with individuals in order to help them through their stages of change. Rohini utilizes concepts of Motivational (MI) Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) as part of her approach in the therapeutic process. Rohini believes in establishing a strong rapport with the client in order to build trust and understanding as a foundation for her practice. In her free time, Rohini loves to travel both domestically and internationally, reading, Zumba, yoga, and spending time with her friends and family.
Kevin Richardson, M. Ed, LPC
Kevin Richardson has a Master of Education Degree in Counselor Education from Penn State University. Kevin's experience includes providing intensive community-based treatment in both the Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. As an Assertive Community Treatment specialist, Kevin has worked with individuals with severe mental illness, and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. He is also experienced in providing Multisystemic Therapy, an evidence-based intervention designed for adolescents/young adults with both mental health concerns, and involvement with the criminal justice system. In both of the programs, Kevin strongly utilized the ecological approach to therapy by addressing both personal and environmental factors in his clients' lives. Kevin also utilizes a person-centered approach in his work, and beleives that developing a strong therapeutic relationship in one of the strongest tools in his book. He is also experienced in integrative evidence-based interventions, such as Motivational Interviewing, CBT, and DBT. In his free time, Kevin enjoys cooking, eating, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Elizabeth Galasso, MS, LCSW
Elizabeth has worked with adolescents, young adults and families for over 10 years. After earning a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University she has dedicated her life to helping clients make real and effective changes through a family-systems and strength-based therapeutic approach. Elizabeth strives to build a compassionate, caring and safe environment to help clients identify what is causing havoc in their life. She combines client centered and motivational interviewing with evidence-based treatment methods such as CBT and DBT.
Elizabeth enjoys exploring the natural beauty of DC with her husband and with her dog, Roxy, spending weekends at the Delaware beaches, and spending plenty of time with family and friends sharing laughs and making memories. She and her husband recently had a skateboard ramp built in their backyard.
Anna Alberson, MSW
Anna Alberson received her Masters in Clinical Social Work from George Mason
University. She is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social
Worker (LCSW). Anna started her career working in the field of early childhood
development before deciding to return to obtain a Masters and further her academic
pursuits. Anna’s passion for working with adolescents and young adults in a
therapeutic setting is what prompted her to return to school. Anna has experience
working with co-occurring issues that include: eating disorders, Bipolar Disorder,
Borderline Personality Disorder, anxiety, depression and substance abuse. She has
worked with this age group in a variety of settings, which includes residential
treatment for women with eating disorders, teen after school/mentor program, and
teen/ young adult pregnancy center. Anna uses a strengths-based, holistic and
person-centered approach to aid adolescents, young adults and their families in
achieving a healthy working family system. Adolescence can be a challenging time for
both children and adults to navigate the world they live in. In essence, adolescent
work cannot be effective without working in the context of the families, while
acknowledging and accepting teen’s personal growth occurs through differentiation
of the family. Anna firmly believes this work to be truly rewarding by allowing this
age population to understand their full potential and that is why she is very dedicated
to her clients. Anna has been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as well as
Motivational Interviewing. In her spare time she loves to exercise, listen to music,
cook, bake and spend time with her dog Mimi.
Beth Zagorski, MSW
Beth Zagorski has Master in Social Work from George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. Beth obtained her degree in Social Work to work in a field where she feels passionate about her career while having the ability to help people make changes to improve their lives. She has been working in the field of human services for over twelve years. This has provided her the opportunity to work with young children, adolescents and adults in homeless services and child welfare. Beth has extensive experience working with people who may be dealing with substance abuse and mental illness, often with co-occurring issues. Over the past seven years, she has provided therapeutic support and guidance to children and adolescents in the child welfare system as well as case management and support to the entire family. Beth has dedicated her career to helping families make positive changes through using a strengths based approach while incorporating aspects of CBT and motivational Interviewing treatment interventions. Beth feels building a strong, trusting relationship with an individual is the key to helping him or her take healthy and positive steps forward.
In her free time, Beth enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, taking advantage of the many events and activities that the D.C. area has to offer, reading, attending sporting events and exercising.