Washington D.C. + Surrounding Areas, including Maryland & Virginia
Kera Miller, National Clinical Director, has been with Vive since 2005. She has worked as a clinician, and Regional Director prior to taking on the role as National Clinical Director. Kera has a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology, and has worked with adolescents and young adults in varied settings and with diverse populations since 1997. She has worked in residential programs, in-patient psychiatric hospitals, day-treatment program and youth emergency shelter. Kera has also worked within the nonprofit sector as well as hospice care. She has extensive experience working with various stages of development, substance use, family discord, independent living skills, grief and bereavement, depression and anxiety, crisis and suicide assessments, safety planning, abuse and neglect, and has been an advocate in court for adjudicated youth. She believes the most effective part of the clinical work of Vive is that it is an active endeavor that takes place in the communities our families live in. Kera annually participates and fundraises for the MS150 and the Mud Run for the Colorado Chapter of the National MS Society. She loves to partake in all that Denver and the mountains have to offer. Kera loves to travel both nationally and internationally, hiking, live music, and spending time with family and friends.
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.
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.
Julianne Schnepp, MFT
Julianne has worked in outpatient, home and community-based, and residential settings. She has experience working with individuals and families presenting with a range of mental health concerns- including eating disorders, co-occurring mental health disorders, and autism-spectrum disorders. Before pursuing mental health counseling, Julianne received her B.S. in Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University. While working as a research assistant in a Counseling Psychology lab, she became especially interested in the interplay amongst one’s family, relationships, and behavioral health. After graduating and working in homes with special needs clients and their families, Julianne went on to earn her Masters in Couple and Family Therapy from Drexel University. She is currently working toward licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
Julianne strives to provide clients with a safe therapeutic environment, utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy and a variety of family systems approaches, such as Contextual and Structural Family therapy. Julianne approaches her work with individuals in the context of their relationships, with the ultimate goal of helping them gain self-love and compassion.
In her free time, Julianne enjoys being active outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and reading.
Katelyn Riemer, LMSW
Katelyn Riemer is a Licensed Master Social Worker, earning her degree from the University at Buffalo. Katelyn enjoys working with adolescents and emerging adults. She has a range of experience that includes: therapy, crisis management, psychosocial and lethality assessments, and safety planning. She believes in using a collaborative approach and a variety of techniques to help her clients achieve their goals. As a therapist, she describes herself as compassionate and open-minded, with a good sense of humor. Katelyn is a Buffalo native, but recently moved to the DMV area. When she is not playing the harp, she is stuck in a good book, or under attack by her two cats at home.
Samantha Morrell- LICSW
Samantha Morrell is a licensed independent clinical social worker in the District of Columbia. She obtained her masters degree in clinical social work from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Maryland. Her passion for working with children stems from her large family. Sam is the youngest of six, and an aunt to twelve nieces and nephews. Her earliest childhood memories are of philanthropy, working with an active family foundation dedicated to serving the underprivileged and at-risk populations.
Over the past 10 years, Sam has worked with children and adolescents in a multitude of settings and capacities. She has fulfilled the role of social worker in an inpatient psychiatric hospital as well as intensive care, oncology and burn units. Sam has also gained experience in a head start elementary school and in a crisis shelter for homeless and formerly trafficked children.
Sam’s areas of expertise include trauma-informed care, crisis intervention, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapies. However, she customizes her therapeutic approach based on the child’s needs, experiences and strengths. She specializes in helping children who struggle with low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, sexual trauma, gender identity and sexuality, and suicide.
During her free time, she loves to travel, spend time with her family and friends, produce music, cook, play with her puppy, and volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Terrill Coles is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master of Social Work Degree from Howard University. Terrill has a genuine passion for supporting children, adolescents and young adults in conjunction with their families. Terrill is in awe of the transformation that occurs when he engages young people and their families.He has years of experience working with these populations in a variety of settings, including: mental health agencies, juvenile corrections, education, mobile crisis, hospitals, child welfare, and private practice. Terrill uses a strengths-based, client-centered, and humanistic approach to aid children, teens, and young adults in overcoming their challenges and fully recognizing their fullest potential. He believes that the needs, struggles, and strengths must be addressed within the context of the family and in order to produce growth. He is truly invested in helping clients to work on achieving their healing and living a successful life. Terrill has completed several workshops in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, as well as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) training. Terrill has experience in working with the Autistic population, and is familiar with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In his spare time, you can find him traveling, bowling, working out, and spending quality time with family and friends.