Experience Clinical Staff
Dr. Patricia Vance
and Dr. Paul Donato
, head up a dedicated team of 10 therapist offering quality counseling services
. With more than 25 years' experience in the field, Dr. Vance and Dr. Donato open the private practice in 2007, and have since helped individuals and families throughout the area.
After seven years in business, the practice continues to grow daily.
Due to the high demand for quality care, Drs. Vance and Donato have handpicked their staff of eight licensed psychologists, social workers, and counselors.
Each of the chosen staff members is well-versed in his or her specialized field, and has the experience to help you. One of our professionals is sure to be an excellent match for the unique care you require.
Our practice is a provider for most major insurance companies. Services are available for those who prefer to pay directly. Just give us a call to discuss the payment options, including a possible payment plan, and to determine if your insurance is accepted. As an added bonus, Vance Mental Health Services participates in several employee assistance programs.
Accepting Insurance: Medicare • Blue Cross Blue Shield® • United Healthcare® • TRICARE® • Magellan • Aetna • Cigna
Dr. Vance earned her PhD in 1992 from University of Maryland College Park. She worked in community mental health for 25 years, serving adults and children of all ages, and also supervised many graduate students working toward their degrees in psychology. Dr. Vance has additional training in the areas of psychological trauma such as PTSD and child abuse, and works with many people who have histories of trauma related to military service, accidents, or child abuse. She started Vance Mental Health Services in 2007 as a solo practitioner, and gradually grew the staff to accommodate the increasing demand for services. At this time, Dr. Vance continues to provide therapeutic services to individuals of all ages, and is happy to have working with her many very talented therapists, allowing Vance Mental Health Services to better meet the needs of the community.
Dr. Paul Donato is a graduate of Cornell University. His PhD focus was in transcultural mental health. He has over 40 years of experience in mental health services, and was a director of a regional mental health clinic for the State of Maryland for 21 years. His specialty areas include military and employee mental health, as well as general family therapy with couples.
Dr. Tammy Miller is a graduate of the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington DC. She has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Miller has a wide variety of experiences working in rural, suburban, and inner city environments. She is well-rounded in her clinical repertoire, having provided crisis interventions, couples/family therapy, chronic pain management, psychological assessments, and therapy for severe mental illness, personality disorders, trauma, and assisting with coping with life. Dr. Miller is eclectic in her psychological orientation, pulling from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Family Systems. Her philosophy is that her job is to assist clients to discover the best answer to help them in their life's journey.
Dr. Miller has traveled extensively both domestically and internationally. She strives to develop a better appreciation of other cultures, understanding that everyone one has a unique life experience. She thrives on learning new things, whether it be ballroom dancing, a new cuisine, or ongoing training in her field of study. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends when she is not working.
Dr. Ann Bryant received her Psy. D. from Argosy University in 2012. This was a late career choice: she was an immigration lawyer for over 25 years and practiced, lectured, and published extensively in that field. She was also an Adjunct Law Professor at Georgetown University for several years, teaching immigration and nationality law there. Dr. Bryant also has many years of experience resettling and advocating for refugees and asylees, principally from Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Her psychology practice was initially in public mental health, both in Charles County and, for one year, in Chicago. During that year the majority of her clients were Spanish-speakers and therapy was conducted in Spanish. She has been in private practice with Vance Mental health since 2011. Dr. Bryant is a proud generalist who enjoys helping the very young, older patients, and people of all ages in-between, as well as couples and groups. One area of particular interest is in treating depression and anxiety that overlap with more longstanding personality problems and with trauma. She is also deeply interested in how cultural issues affect mental health and what to do about it. She speaks Spanish fluently, is conversant in French and Italian, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.
Dr. Andrea M. Williams received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She has worked with Vance Mental Health since 2009. Dr. Williams has studied and practiced Eastern philosophy for 30 years and has a keen interest in helping alleviate human suffering by assisting her clients transform their lives from the inside out. She also embraces the principles of Positive Psychology where individuals build on their strengths. Dr. Williams has worked extensively in both private practice and community mental health with underserved and vulnerable populations (e.g., foster care, women of domestic violence, and trauma victims). She works with all age groups and modalities and utilizes an integrative approach to treatment including play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, and mindfulness techniques. Dr. Williams conducts psychological assessments including mental health evaluations for the court system. She also evaluates clients for bariatric and spinal cord stimulator trial procedures.
Dr. Williams has taught psychology at the undergraduate level for 10 years. She currently teaches at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and has previously taught psychology and life skills at The Art Institute of Washington. Dr. Williams devotes a great deal of her time participating in SGI-USA Buddhist activities, which promote individual happiness and world peace through culture and education. Specifically, she is a member of the SGI Culture Department's Healing Arts Division. In her spare time, she loves relaxing with family and friends, baking cakes from scratch, and considers herself a Food Network and HGTV junkie.
Heike Lasoski is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Catholic University of America in 2012. She is a generalist who enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults alike. Heike is fluent in German and has a background in Anthropology and Special Education.
Florence Herndon earned her Master's degree in Social Work, with a clinical concentration in Mental Health, from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) who enjoys working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. As a retired Army Veteran with over 20 years of military service, she welcomes the opportunity to work with veterans and their families. Areas of special emphasis include anxiety, depression, anger management, grief, substance abuse, trauma, and relationship enrichment.
Ebeny Rogers graduated from Johnson C. Smith University with a degree in Psychology, and has a Masters in Social Work from Howard University. Ms. Rogers is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker for the state of Maryland, and for Washington DC. She is building her clientele consisting of children, young adults and families.
Donna Woodward is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) with her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She has a background in Communications from Brigham Young University, and she also has a Law Degree from George Mason University specializing in Family and Native American Law. Ms. Woodward works with clients of all ages, and while she has a special affinity for teenagers and adolescents, she believes therapy is the most beneficial when families work together and are treated as a whole.
Mary E. Goodwin, M.A. received her masters of arts degree in professional counseling from Liberty University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Mary has worked with Vance Mental Health Services since 2012 and provides therapeutic services to individuals of all ages. She practices from a holistic perspective and believes that people are greater than their problems and possess the capacity for growth and change. Mary utilizes an integrative approach to treatment which incorporates principles from person-centered therapy, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy. Psychodynamic therapy, and family systems therapy. Mary possesses a broad public service background in government and education and has worked with diverse groups of people. She has extensive experience working within the faith community and has been actively involved in projects geared toward preserving human dignity and minimizing suffering. Mary has spearheaded drives to secure basic necessities for local, national, and international communities, organized events for institutionalized adults and children, mentored at-risk-children, and worked with disabled veterans. Mary is co-founder of a non-profit organization which provides resources to families and children to help address their emergency needs and provide for their daily living requirements.
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