Counseling Team

Teresa Maria Giral, JD, PhD

Managing Director

Dr. Giral, BCCCAA’s Managing Director, has been in private practice in Maryland since 2010. She is known for her direct therapeutic style and emphasis on goal-setting and results. A native Spanish speaker of Cuban descent, Dr. Giral offers all services in Spanish.

Dr. Giral earned her doctorate from Columbia University in 2008. Before beginning her studies in psychology, she worked as a litigator for six years in Washington, DC. Interested in the interplay between law and psychology, she completed her pre-doctoral internship at the DC Superior Court Child Guidance Clinic, where she trained in forensic assessment and psychotherapy with court-involved youth. She then worked with abused children and adolescents at Safe Shores, the DC Children’s Advocacy Center. In addition to her experience with children, she has worked with adults and older adults both in private practice and in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Her principal areas of interest are psychotherapy and spirituality, personal, academic and career coaching, trial consultation, and aging in place. She is a Member of the American Psychological Association, the DC Bar and the National Association of Trial Consultants.


Stefanie Footer, PsyD

Psychology Associate

Dr. Footer earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois, in 2015. She completed her predoctoral internship at Appalachian Psychology Internship in Gallipolis, Ohio. She has ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families in different settings that include an infant mental health intervention center, the private school system, and outpatient behavioral health practice. Dr. Footer has worked with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing various symptoms and diagnostic presentations of emotional and behavioral difficulties including anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, medical diagnoses, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and issues with self-esteem. She approaches treatment from a Person-Centered and Solution-Focused orientation.

Dr. Footer was born and raised in the Washington DC area and moved back to provide quality mental health treatment. She presently resides in the District.


Isabella Suero-Stackl

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ms. Suero-Stackl is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has over ten years of experience working with children, families, and adults in the Washington DC and Maryland area. She received her BA and MSW from the University of Michigan. Ms. Suero-Stackl’s approach is collaborative and strengths-based utilizing a variety of modalities in her practice, including play and art therapy, family therapy, behavior management, mindfulness, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She is a certified provider of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Ms. Suero-Stackl expertise is in trauma and attachment, adoption, positive parenting, PTSD, anxiety, depression, migration and displacement, and acculturation.  Ms. Suero-Stackl is a native Spanish-speaker and offers services in Spanish. She lives in the Hyattsville area with her husband and daughter.


Jaime Duckett

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ms. Duckett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker using a strength-based approach to therapy along with a combination of cognitive behavior therapy, and play/art therapy. She has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in Maryland and Washington, DC involved in outpatient mental health programs, residential treatment centers, the juvenile justice system, and foster care. Ms. Duckett is well versed in conducting individual, group, and family therapy, and has utilized Functional Family Therapy (FFT) with adolescents and their families. Ms. Duckett received her BA in Psychology from Morgan State University, and her Master’s of Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

In her spare time, Ms. Duckett enjoys spending time with her family, line dancing, and volunteering with her local Girl Scouts troop.


Jenna Sadan

Counselor

Ms. Sadan earned her BA from St. John Fisher College, in Rochester, NY, and her MA in Forensic Counseling, from Argosy University – Washington, DC Campus. She has over eight years of experience in the community mental health setting, working with adults in both the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia regions. Her background spans from supporting clients who are experiencing symptoms related to adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder, to those who have co-occurring substance use disorders. She also specializes in working with individuals who have been involved with the criminal justice system, as it relates to their mental health.

Ms. Sadan strives to help individuals hone in on their strengths while utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness to support the therapeutic process. Within the past year, she has also earned her personal training certification through NASM, which has allowed her to incorporate her belief of treating the whole self in therapy, to achieve optimal mind-body wellness.

Ms. Sadan resides in Rockville, MD, with her husband.


Shantell Pitts

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ms. Pitts is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her BA in Africana Studies with a minor in business and psychology, from the University at Albany (SUNY) and her MSW from The School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany (SUNY) in Albany, New York. She has over 10 years of experience in the community mental health setting, working with children, adolescents, adults and families in Washington, DC. Ms. Pitts has experience in conducting individual, group and family therapy, and has utilized Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) and Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR) with the clients that she has served. Her background includes working with individuals who have been involved with the criminal justice system, as it relates to their mental health.

Ms. Pitts utilizes a supportive, strength’s based and collaborative approach. She works with her clients to identify strengths and then teach skills and interventions that can help them to be better able to manage obstacles that interfere with their quality of life and wellbeing.

Ms. Pitts resides in Howard County with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, traveling, and sports.


Lyra Hornseth

Psychology Associate

Lyra Hornseth has over ten years of experience in applied behavioral sciences, with skills in career coaching, psychological and educational assessment, and counseling. Ms. Hornseth has worked with state, federal and local governments, as well as with nonprofits, and the private sector.  Ms. Hornseth has experience serving individuals and families from diverse backgrounds including: military service members, seniors, young adults, members of the LGBTQ community, and  individuals who were involved in the criminal justice system.  Ms. Hornseth enjoys helping clients recognize and leverage their strengths and passions to live with purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Ms. Hornseth holds a MA in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and a BA in Psychology from Salisbury University.

Ms. Hornseth is a native Washingtonian, and in her free time she enjoys gardening, traveling around the world (over 25 countries visited), and spending time with her husband and her two dogs.

 


Berre M. Burch, PhD

Consultant

Dr. Burch has 13 years of experience working with children and families to address a broad range of emotional, behavioral, and academic concerns. She is a certified provider of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and a trained facilitator of Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and Grief and Trauma Intervention (GTI).
Dr. Burch earned her doctorate in School Psychology from Tulane University in 2014 and completed her predoctoral internship with the University of Maryland Medical Center, Center for School Mental Health. She also holds a Masters degree in Art Therapy from The George Washington University (2003).