|A non-profit adoptive family support center
Serving families, professionals and educators since 1998
Support Services - Adoption Competent Therapists
The following are our very talented,
dedicated team of therapists
who are qualified to address an extensive
array of mental health issues in children,
adolescents and adults.
Our highly trained and experienced
C.A.S.E. therapists not only specialize in
treating adoption-related issues, such as
a child who is troubled by aspects of his
adoption story, but they also have the expertise
to treat the most common mental health problems:
depression and suicidal ideation, learning/
attention problems and school refusal, low
self-esteem, social or peer-related problems,
ADHD, effects of trauma, attachment issues,
risky behavioral problems including
alcohol/drug abuse, and self-mutilation.
To address these concerns, our clinical team
provides the following services:
- Individual therapy
- Marital and family therapy
- Group therapy - Kids Adoption Network
- Sand tray therapy
- School advocacy and consultation
In their work, you
can be confident that
the C.A.S.E. team is
to the impact of
as well as
to the possible
Debbie Riley, Executive Director provides a
consultation with a family and the problems the child or adolescent is
exhibiting. That is what makes C.A.S.E.'s
clinical team unique.
In addition to our services for children/adolescents
and their families, C.A.S.E. therapists also
work with adults who were adopted, prospective
adoptive parents and birth parents.
Clients at C.A.S.E. also benefit from the
Center's strong collaborative community
network of educators, pediatricians, psychologists,
and other mental health providers,
which ensure extensive access to school and
Clinical Staff info
Banks, LICSW, LCSW-C has been in the field since 1975 with expertise
in pre and post adoption. She has worked extensively with teenagers,
particularly those who have finalized adoption but are struggling to
adjust and those who have been sexually abused or where there is a suspicion
|Cynthia Cubbage, LCSW-C manages our satellite office in Frederick , Maryland and provides clinical services to adoptive families. Cynthia has provided individual, group and family psychotherapy to youth and their families for over 10 years. She has has extensive experience with clients who present with depression, anxiety, self-injurious behavior, ADHD, sexual abuse, complex trauma, bicultural socialization, and intergenerational/intercultural family issues. She especially enjoys developing outdoor therapeutic recreation services for youth who are less responsive to traditional office psychotherapy techniques. Cynthia is a parent by adoption of two children.
Delehant, LCPC, CP, earned his graduate degree in Clinical
and Community Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
in Maryland and Washington, D.C. He is an adoption therapist
who specializes in working with teens and has provided individual,
family and group psychotherapy for over 20 years. In addition,
Sean is certified in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. Sean
has supervisory level training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy, a systematic treatment approach grounded in cognitive-behavioral
therapy, for traumatized children and their families. He is also
a Becoming a Love and Logic Parent Facilitator.
Lisa Dominguez, LCSW-C provides school-based services in Baltimore County Public Schools. She has more than 10 years of experience working with children and families in educational and community-based settings. Over the past few years, she has served as an adoption therapist with CASE, receiving extensive training in adoption competency and providing specialized services to children, youth, and families who have been touched by adoption and foster care.
|Sharon Hyman, LCSW-C, MSW, RYT provides clinical therapy services in the CASE satellite office in Bethesda, Maryland. She has provided individual, couples, group and family psychotherapy for over 10 years. She has extensive experience training social workers, attorneys, families and art therapist in working with children around complex grief issues including loss of a child or a parent or a sibling, management of a chronic illness within the family and planning for the future of children who are orphaned. Sharon's current experience with clients includes those with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, infertility, poor self esteem, learning challenges and relationship issues.
J. Itzkowitz, LCSW-C will
manage our Adoptive Families Preservation Project program in Virginia as
well as provide clinical services to adoptive families. Marie has more
than 10 years of specialized experience in the areas of loss and grief,
including working with foster children and families
as the prepare for adoption. Her expertise extends to transitional loss,
role adjustment, and healing after unexpected life changes. Contact her
at 703-425-3703 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
|Madeleine Krebs, LCSW-C,
C.A.S.E Clinical Coordinator, has over 35 years of experience providing
psychotherapy for families with children of all ages. She has worked extensively
with foster and adopted children who have experienced early trauma, grief
and loss and with families concerning domestic, international and kinship
adoptions. Ms Krebs is frequently called upon to provide expert testimony
in court on behalf of the child.
|Susan LaVigna, LCSW-C, has been providing individual, group, and family therapy to children, teens, and adults for over 10 years. Her areas of expertise include adoptee identity issues, grief and loss, and ADHD. Ms. LaVigna has a special interest in working with teens and is currently raising three of her own. In addition to extensive training in adoption issues, she brings to her work the personal perspective of being an adult adopted person.
Reverend Vanessa Marshall is co-founder of Circle of Light Holistic Health Practices
and Interfaith Ministry Services and founder of What If. in Maryland
. She has over 20 years of experience providing holistic healing approaches to
adults, children and families and specializes in working with children and families
who are joining together in adoption. She is an Ordained Interfaith Minister,
Reiki Master and a Licensed Clinical Graduate Social Worker.
B. Riley, M.S. CEO of C.A.S.E., a marriage and
family therapist, has 25 years of experience with a specialty in adolescence.
She has extensive collaborations with community organizations that support
at-risk teens, and co-founded Operation Runaway with the Montgomery County
Police Department. She specializes in treating the complexities of adoption
and adolescence, children adopted internationally who are experiencing
post-trauma stress and adjustment challenges, as well as children who
struggle with complex learning and emotional needs. She is the adoptive
parent of one child.
|Ann Roth, LGSW, has had over ten years clinical experience working with children, teens and families. Ms. Roth has worked in a psychiatric hospital, the juvenile court system and residential care before joining C.A.S.E. She also has extensive training in the field of adoption including completion of the Adoption Clinical Training program.
Schulz, LCSW-C has been a practicing child and adolescent psychotherapist
since 1982. Her areas of expertise include working with very young children
in the preschool years focusing on early developmental issues. She also
provides treatment of mood anxiety disorder.
Shaffer, LCSW-C has over 10 years experience working
with children and adolescents with behavioral and psychiatric problems.
Before joining the C.A.S.E. team, Ms. Shaffer provided family and group
therapy with children and their families at the Children's National
Medical Center in Washington , D.C., many of whom were in the foster
care system. She has also previously provided counseling services to
birthparents and adoptive parents in the Neonatal Critical Care Unit
at the Children's Hospital in San Diego, CA .
Singer, LCSW-C has over 25 years of experience working
with individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in working
with prospective parents, adoptive parents, adult adoptees, and birth
parents. Her areas of expertise include: coping with infertility, making
the decision to adopt, open adoption, search and reunion, third party
reproduction, marital therapy and relationship issues. Ms. Singer provides
parent education on topics including Talking with Children about Adoption
and W.I.S.E. Up! She is a key author of CASE's publications and contributor
to adoption magazines. Ms. Singer serves as the Adoption Resource of
the Professional Advisory Council for the Mid-Atlantic Region of RESOLVE.
She is a parent by adoption and by birth.