Deany Laliotis

Introducing Deany’s New EMDRIA-Approved Consultants

Meet the Consultants

Sheryl Aaron, LICSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Washington, D.C., with specialties in trauma and perinatal mental health. She is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and training facilitator with EMDR of Greater Washington. Aaron holds a master’s in social work from The Catholic University of America and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. She is a graduate of the Ferentz Institute’s Trauma Certificate Program and completed specialized training in postpartum mood and anxiety disorders at the Postpartum Stress Center. Before starting her private practice, Aaron worked as a therapist at The Viva Center, a holistic wellness practice, and So Others Might Eat (SOME), Washington, D.C.’s largest homeless services organization. Aaron is a member of EMDRIA, the Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work, and the DC Metro Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative.

For more information about consultation with Sheryl Aaron, please click here.

Walda Ciafone, LCSW-C, is a certified EMDR therapist with 25+ years of professional experience. She is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and is providing group and individual consultation. Walda began her career as a therapist to individuals, couples and families. She developed her greater curiosity about trauma while working at George Washington University, training therapists and psychology interns in individual and family therapy. Walda created a full- time private practice, working extensively with clients who present with developmental trauma, PTSD and relational issues. To expand her expertise as a trauma therapist, she trained in EMDR in 1998, later adding Somatic Experiencing, attachment theory and neurobiology training. Walda assisted in Somatic experiencing trainings and facilitated Deany Laliotis’s Advanced EMDR Trainings.

Currently Walda provides EMDR consultation in her office and on-line. For more information about consultation with Walda Ciafone, please click here.

Mary French, BSN, MSW, LCSW-C, CCTP, is a health professional with more than 30 years’ experience, as both a nurse and licensed clinical social worker. Mary operates a private psychotherapy practice in Baltimore County, Maryland where she works with adults and adolescents. Mary integrates both traditional and holistic approaches, and believes in treating the whole individual—mind, body and spirit. Mary is an EMDRIA-Approved Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDR Consultant. Over the last 10 years, Mary has had the privilege of working extensively with Deany Laliotis LICSW, Director of training for the EMDR Institute to increase her expertise in this approach. Mary is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals and has had extensive training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She is also a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor having trained under the direction of Jon Kabat Zinn at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, Stress Reduction and Relaxation Clinic in the 1990s. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Mary is also the past president of Pain Connection, Inc. a nonprofit group helping those coping with chronic pain, where she co-developed the Filling in the Gaps in Pain Care Mind Body Program and also coauthored Making the Invisible Visible a Training Manual for health care providers.

For more information about consultation with Mary French, please click here.

Lisa Garcia, LCSW-C is a private practice psychotherapist working with adults and adolescents in Olney, Maryland. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from The Catholic University of America and received her master’s degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Social Work in 1997. Since that time, she has worked as a social worker with diverse populations in a variety of settings including outpatient community mental health, continuing care retirement community, and medical hospital. Lisa was trained in EMDR in 2016 with Dan Merlis, LICSW and has been receiving consultation from Deany Laliotis, LCSW-C since that time. She is committed to using EMDR psychotherapy to help her clients heal from prior wounds and to strengthen adaptive ways of relating in relationships and with life challenges. She specializes in treating simple, complex developmental and attachment trauma as well as traumatic bereavement. Lisa has received formal EMDR training in R-TEP and G-TEP, she is a member of EMDRIA, certified in EMDR, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant. Lisa provides group and individual consultation. She enjoys working with newly EMDR trained clinicians as well as those who are experienced and seeking consultation for challenging cases.

For more information about consultation with Lisa Garcia, please click here.

Debbie Marks, LCSW-C, is a psychotherapist who has been in private practice in Baltimore, MD since 1991. Debbie has a general practice and has treated individuals, couples and families with a host of emotional and  psychological issues; including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, PTSD and relational issues. Her area of expertise is in treating both simple and complex developmental trauma. Debbie’s previous experience working with both victims and offenders in inpatient and outpatient settings gives her a uniquely comprehensive perspective and understanding of the dynamics of abuse.

Debbie is an EMDRIA Certified Therapist and Consultant and a facilitator with EMDR of Greater Washington. Additionally, she incorporates somatic interventions into her EMDR practice. As a trauma-informed therapist, she is committed to improving the lives of those who suffer from the effects of traumatic and overwhelming experiences and providing the relief offered by such a powerful and transformative psychotherapy.

Debbie has been a consultant to mental health providers in both outpatient and residential facilities serving children and families. Debbie currently provides group and individual consultation to therapists who wish to deepen their understanding of EMDR.

For more information about consultation with Debbie Marks, please click here.

Carol Mettus, LCSW-C is a clinical Social Worker, psychodynamic psychotherapist and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant trained by Deany Lalitous and Dan Merlis. Carol was born in the UK, lived in Australia and for the past 20 years has called the US home. Carol started working in out-patient mental health clinics and has worked with many different racial, cultural and different ethnicities and is now in private practice in Frederick, Maryland. Carol has been using EMDR in her practice since 2011 and has helped many people to overcome their current/past traumas and help them from being “stuck” to a more fulfilling and rewarding life. Carol works with adults, students, individuals, couples and families. In addition to Carol’s extensive EMDR trainings, she has post graduate trainings that include the clinical program at the Washington School of Psychiatry, externship Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Ego State Therapy and is attending conferences and trainings to improve her ability to help her clients heal. Carol believes in the mind and body connection and was drawn to EMDR because of this. Her areas of practice and expertise include trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, anger, stress, life transitions, painful life struggles, and health issues.

For more information about consultation with Carol Mettus, please click here.

​Mary Ray, LCSW, trained in EMDR in 2000 with Francine Shapiro & Andrew Leeds and continued on with Deany Laliotis in individual and group consultation. Mary applies EMDR as a comprehensive relational psychotherapy to treat complex trauma and heal attachment wounds. Mary runs monthly consult groups in person in Alexandria and on Zoom. Mary addresses physical, emotional, sexual, social, spiritual, and intellectual components of a person/system. She provides individual, couple, family, and group therapy as well as EMDR individual and group consultation and business consultation. Mary is Certified in EMDR, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, a Certified Sex and Couples Therapist, an Imago Therapy Advanced Clinician, and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She is also trained in other arenas such as attachment, family systems, various models of couples therapy, and addiction treatment.

For more information about consultation with Mary Ray, please click here.

Sarah Rosney, LCSW-R, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Upstate NY. Sarah’s clinical work has included working with individuals, children, families and groups in private practice as well as inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. Her expertise is in treating complex developmental trauma, traumatic bereavement, sexual abuse, and spiritual abuse.

Sarah has trained with Deany Laliotis in individual and group consultation and has also received training in the use of EMDR with structural dissociation, R-TEP and G-TEP. Outside of private practice Sarah provides professional development and consultation to schools in the areas of social-emotional learning and trauma informed practices. Before starting her private practice, Sarah developed and implemented a perinatal palliative care program, and worked with post-resettlement refugees along with pediatric hospice and palliative care.

Sarah provides EMDR consultation in her office and online both individually and in groups. She enjoys working with newly trained EMDR therapists along with seasoned therapists who are looking for consultation on complex cases.

For more information about consultation with Sarah Rosney, please click here.

Melanie Shapiro, LICSW is an EMDRIA approved consultant (in training) and certified EMDR practitioner in Washington DC. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work and an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. Melanie specializes in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression and traumatic life events. Her prior experience includes supervisory and staff roles at The Viva Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and N Street Village. In addition to her EMDR training Melanie received Neurofeedback training at EEG Education & Research Institute for Applied Neurotherapy and completed a certificate in Trauma-Informed Clinical practice.

For more information about consultation with Melanie Shapiro, please click here.

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