Meet Our Experts
FRANDI MARS, LCSW-C
Frandi Mars, LCSW-C, has been a Licensed Certified Social Worker specializing in clinical practice for the last 28 years.Frandi has a passion for helping people restore their mental health and well-being using a powerful and integrative approach towards their mental wellness. Through ongoing clinical therapy, she guides and inspires her clients each step of the way creating an environment for healing and support for their particular unique needs.
Frandi works with clients who are dealing not only with anxiety and/or depression but also with clients who are struggling with chronic health problems which can impact someone’s mental health. Our mind and body are truly connected.
Frandi’spast experiences include intensive family preservation and case management in Child Welfare Services, Behavioral Health and Crisis Intervention, clinical work with children, teens and adults for Montgomery County Government.
For more than 28 years I have committed my personal and professional life to working with people to ease their pain, feel empowered, and learn to love themselves. During this time,I have gained invaluable experience in a number of clinical mental health capacities. I am privileged and proud to offer clients a uniquely holistic approach to counseling and wellness.
LAUREN (LIEB) RILEY / LCSW-C
Therapy is a personal experience and means something different to each of us. Therapy can open your mind to viewing a situation differently or gaining a unique perspective you did not have before. The most significant part of the therapeutic process is developing an effective relationship with your therapist and gaining support through identifying how you can create a positive life for yourself.” Lauren has several years of experience working with emotionally disturbed adolescents, transition aged youth, incarcerated youth and youth living with chronic mental illness.
PETER RILEY / LGSW
Therapy is a vessel for a client to reach and achieve their personal goals. I strongly believe that everyone has the ability to create, implement, and achieve their goals with the help and assistance of their therapist. As a therapist, I am passionate about partnering with individuals in a one-on-one or group setting to support them in their therapeutic endeavors in any form that may take. Building and maintaining a healthy, safe, and positive rapport with my clients is of paramount importance to me and something I truly enjoy. I have experience working with children, teens, and adults of all ages. I specialize in working with individuals and families who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, behavior challenges, executive functioning disorders, and ADD/ADHD.
For more than 25 years I have committed my personal and professional life to working with people to ease their pain, feel empowered, and learn to love themselves. During this time,I have had gained invaluable experience in a number of clinical mental health capacities. I am privileged and proud to offer clients a uniquely holistic approach to counseling and wellness.
LICENSED CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR (LCPC)
Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor experienced with clients across the lifespan and in multiple treatment settings. Her journey as a therapist began in 2009 as a certified addictions counselor and transitioned to mental health therapy after graduating with her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. Rachel currently works full-time as a mental health therapist within the public-school system helping special education students achieve their goals through therapy, classroom collaboration, and advocacy.
In her part-time private practice, she helps children, adolescents, and young adults manage anxiety, depression, ASD, and ADHD; build self-esteem; overcome school challenges; and move smoothly through life’s transitions. In sessions, clients may explore and overcome these struggles using cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, movement, creativity, music, and humor. Her knowledge of the public education system makes her a valuable advocate for students with educational challenges.
Rachel serves as the Co-Chairman of the Behavioral Health Task Force with Children’s Oncology Services, gives seminars on mindfulness, and is developing a web series.
SUSAN HOLLIDAY / MSW, LCSW-C
Susan Holliday is a clinical social worker who has been practicing psychotherapy for over 35 years. Her experience includes individual, group and family work with adults, adolescents and children. She also has worked in clinic, hospital, school, substance abuse and private practice settings. She taught Counseling and oversaw the Field Practicums in the Mental Health Associate program at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, MD for over 10 years. She also taught Psychology of Creativity at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. She is open to using a wide array of therapy techniques to help her clients of all ages understand how to heal themselves from trauma, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
LICENSED MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK
Susan has worked in holistic medicine for several years, practicing acupuncture and helping clients increase healthy living habits. She earned her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, focusing on adults struggling with cognitive decline, marital difficulties, and loss. Her psychotherapy practice focuses on strengthening the well-being and coping methods for helping clients reach their goals. She employs Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused approaches, among others.
VICKTORIA MOLOKIN, LCPC
Are you going through a life transition that has led you to feel lost, alone, hopeless, or fearful? Or are you are struggling with anger, sadness, anxiety, or concentration and don’t know where to begin in order to feel better? I am a passionate therapist that is focused on building your self-esteem, confidence, and sense of empowerment in order to reduce symptoms of depression, trauma, and anxiety. I am committed to exploring different techniques to cater to your needs that work best for you to successfully manage life stressors.
I am skilled in Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Mindfulness, Expressive Therapeutic Art, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Strengths Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology and other eclectic approaches.
ALICE WOOD, LMSW
All of us face challenges in our lives. Therapy is a way to learn skills that help us cope with, overcome and heal from problems that keep us from living a more fulfilling life. I believe that each of my clients has the capability to reach their goals, and I love working together to help them make positive changes! Each client is unique, and I find that by giving every person a safe, non-judgmental place to be themselves, I can help them understand what they would like to change and to move forward on their
I received my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland and gained experience working with adults, teens, youth and their families on issues of depression, anxiety, chronic illness, and ADHD. I take a down-to-earth approach, based on my education and life experiences, and I use a variety of methods to help my clients improve their mood and work toward positive goals. I care deeply about my clients and I am honored each time they choose me as their therapist.
ALEX LOPES, LMSW
Alex received her bachelor’s in social work from East Carolina University and her master’s from Fordham University with a clinical specialization in mental health. She has four years of mental health experience working in various settings, including inpatient mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, and intensive outpatient treatment centers. Alex’s calm and reassuring nature allows her to quickly establish a positive, comfortable rapport with her clients.
Alex believes in the mind/body connection and therefore incorporates these techniques with her clients. She understands that no one treatment works for everyone, thus allowing the client to find what works best for them by introducing various techniques and modalities to ensure that her clients feel comfortable with their treatment. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and a Strength-based perspective. Alex has specialized training in Trauma-Focused CBT for Children and Adolescents. In addition, Alex understands the importance and role a family makes in how we develop, and therefore she encourages family involvement when appropriate.
RHONDA LOVE-WEST, LMSW
Rhonda Love-West is passionate about her second career as a licensed clinical social worker who has been in practice for over 10 years. Rhonda has experience in both the inpatient and out-patient settings working with Civilians, Active Duty Military, Veterans and their families. Focusing on adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, Transgender issues or just find general life stressors overwhelming, Rhonda will work with you to gain the tools to overcome your hurdles and live a more peaceful, joyful, fulfilled life.
Rhonda’s dedication to continued learning of new skills and therapeutic modalities to meet each individual’s needs will personalize your treatment plan. Rhonda will partner with you and, as a team, will help guide you through your struggles to the other side. We will focus on your goals and aspirations to live the life you are envisioning for yourself. You have the power within yourself to do this, Rhonda will be your coach to teach you the skills to do so. As a result, you will walk away empowered, happy and your best self.
Mental health therapy near me – Individual therapy options at Flourish
Flourish offers an array of mental health therapies, child therapy, adult therapy, and individual consults and wellness sessions.
Some of our most popular options include:
Cognitive Behavioral Sessions (CBT Therapy)
Acceptance and commitment therapy
Solution and client-focused therapy
Stress and anxiety
Why do you need individual psychotherapy in Olney Maryland?
Individual counselling is for people are grappling with mental health issues. Our therapists and psychiatrists in Olney can help individuals to cope with interpersonal issues, stress, anxiety, anger issues, grief, and low self-esteem issues.
What are the benefits of taking individual consults and wellness sessions?
Individual counselling is beneficial for a variety of reasons. Some of these include:
- Increasing self-awareness of an individual
- Encouraging self-exploration
- Improving communication skills
- Identifying boundaries
- Equipping the individual with health coping skills
Do your psychotherapists and psychiatrists in Olney address any special needs?
Our therapists are certified mental health professionals. They work with a variety of conditions including:
- Chronic and acute illness
- Anger management
- Eating disorders
- Communication skills
- Body image
- Cultural identities
- Loss and grief
- Destructive behaviors
- Mood disorders
- Family relationships and conflicts
- Sexuality and identity
- Bullying and school adjustment challenges
- Social issues
- Teen therapists