Center Consultants

Center Consultants

EMDRIA-Approved Consultants

Trained by Deany Laliotis

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.

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Lily Anderson, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant in private practice in Bloomington, IL. Lily’s specialties include developmental/ attachment/complex trauma and dissociative disorders and she works with children, adolescents, adults of all ages, and in parent-child dynamics. Lily has consulted with Ana Gomez and became an EMDRIA Approved Consultant while consulting with Deany Laliotis. Lily received her Master of Social Work degree at Illinois State University and continued working as an LCSW in foster care until she began her private practice. She supplements EMDR with Internal Family Systems (IFS), Theraplay, Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), and Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA). Lily currently is the Clinical Coordinator for the nonprofit organization, Need Shelter, providing crisis and mental health resources for those in the music industry. Lily is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Social Work at Illinois State University. Lily is available to do individual and group EMDR consultations via Zoom. Lily speaks fluent Portuguese and has experience consulting and training São Paulo, Brazil.

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Elia H. Charles, LICSW, LCSW, BCD is a psychotherapist and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant with a private practice located in Alexandria, VA. She has over 17 years of experience in the field of Social Work treating individuals with childhood trauma, grief and loss, combat trauma, sexual assault, sex/porn addiction, love addiction and domestic violence. She is also an International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professional (IITAP) approved Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). Ms. Charles received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Howard University, Washington, D.C. Ms. Charles began her career working at DC Child and Family Services Agency, and she transition after six and half years to work for the United States Army as a civilian provider primarily working with wounded and ill Service Members providing behavior health services. She continues to work with the Army as a Clinical Social Work Supervisor. Ms. Charles received her EMDR training through the U.S. Military and obtained her consultation hours under Deany Laliotis to obtain her EMDR Certification and to become an EMDRIA Approved Consultant. Ms. Charles is available for individual and group consultation.

For more information about consultation with Elia Charles, 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.

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Mary French, BSN, MSW, LCSW-C, CCTP, is both a nurse and licensed clinical social worker. with more than 30 years’ experience. Mary operates a private psychotherapy practice in Baltimore County, Maryland working with adults and adolescents. Mary integrates traditional and holistic approaches, to treat 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 worked extensively with Deany Laliotis LICSW. 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. 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.

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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.

Jeanne Martin, LPC, is a psychotherapist and an EMDRIA-approved consultant in private practice in Charlottesville, Va.  She previously had a private practice in northern Virginia for 20 years.  In addition to being an EMDR therapist, Jeanne has trained extensively in Neurofeedback and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.  She likes to incorporate somatic interventions into her EMDR work as well as Internal Family Systems (IFS).  Her areas of expertise include PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and treating simple, complex developmental and attachment trauma.  Prior to her psychotherapy career, Jeanne worked for 18 years as a research analyst in the Department of Defense.  This experience enhanced her interest in working with military families, veterans and PTSD.  She then switched gears and went back to school to become a psychotherapist.  She started her therapy career at the National Counseling Group (a dual diagnostic treatment facility) and as a counselor at West Springfield HS working with at-risk teens.  Subsequently, she began her own private practice in Burke, VA.  Jeanne’s educational background includes a BA in Psychology from the George Washington University and an MEd. in counseling from Virginia Tech.

Jeanne has experience and enjoys working with newly trained EMDR clinicians as well as working with seasoned clinicians seeking consultation on difficult cases.

For more information about consultation with Jeanne Martin, please click here.

Maria G Masciandaro, Psy.D, is a licensed psychologist. She specializes in treating individuals exposed to recent trauma, and in providing training and case consultation to other therapists. She is a consultant for agencies dealing with traumatized individuals. She helps clinicians to become aware of the implied meanings in the language they choose to use with clients. Maria is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant mentoring EMDR clinicians who wish to pursue EMDRIA Certification or wishing to become an Approved Consultant themselves. She is a member of the NJ EMDR Regional Network steering committee. She is an RTEP/GTEP Trainer, assisting clinicians who wish to become facilitators and trainers. She has spoken to professional and lay audiences on the effects of trauma. In addition to her work with EMDR, she is a Past President of the Clinical Hypnosis Society of NJ, is a Consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and is a Field Supervisor for the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University.

For more information about consultation with Maria Masciandaro, 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.

Pegah Moghaddam, PsyD, is an EMDR-certified therapist and the owner and founder of Living Fully Psychological Services, a private practice in Atlanta, GA. There, she works as a clinical psychologist specializing in PTSD, anxiety, complex trauma, and eating disorders. She operates from an integrative perspective, combining mindfulness, emotion-focused, and somatically oriented experiential therapeutic interventions. Pegah trained in EMDR in 2016 with the EMDR Institute. She is an Approved Consultant with EMDRIA offering individual and group consultation. Along with her work with EMDR, Pegah has additional training in Natural Processing, which combines somatic experiences with EMDR. She is available for individual and group consultation via Zoom.


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​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.

Robin Richardson, LCSW-C, is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, a Certified EMDR Therapist and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. In addition, she has completed levels 1 and 2 in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and is a trained Imago Relationship Therapist. Additionally, Robin completed advanced training at the Family Therapy Practice Center in Washington, DC. She achieved her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. Robin’s 30 years of experience integrates advanced clinical training in mind, body and spiritual wholeness for persons interested in embodying their best selves. She works with adults of all ages and stages and has extensive experience working with trauma survivors, LGBTQ+ community and addictions recovery community. She provides consultation to EMDR clinicians who wish to further explore the art of EMDR psychotherapy. Contact Robin whether you are a clinician or a client. As Rumi states, “as you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”

For more information about consultation with Robin Richardson, 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.

Shannon Schiefer, MA, LPC is a psychotherapist in private practice in Tempe, Arizona. She is an EMDRIA certified therapist and EMDRIA approved consultant, working under the guidance of Deany Laliotis. Shannon received her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Chapman University in 2002 and a BA in Social Work from Western Michigan University. She was trained in EMDR in 2014.

Since then, Shannon’s interest and passion for working with complex, developmental, and attachment trauma blossomed as she attended Deany’s trainings and consultation groups. Her previous employment includes working for Hospice of the Valley, Cancer Support Community of Arizona and in community mental health working with individuals with complex trauma. She continues to work with populations dealing with bereavement, chronic and long term illnesses as well as infertility, trauma, anxiety, and perfectionism.

Shannon regularly attends advanced EMDR trainings. She also receives additional training in Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor, and AEDP. She makes a commitment to champion clients’ strengths and capabilities while doing deep trauma work. Shannon includes ego state work to develop curiosity and a compassionate understanding of how one has survived their losses and trauma.

Shannon provides consultation in office and virtually. For more information about consultation with Shannon Schiefer, please click here.

Melanie Shapiro, LICSW is an EMDRIA approved consultant 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.

Erika Tsoukanelis, LCSW is an EMDR-certified therapist and owner of Heart of Inquiry, a private practice in Greenwich, Connecticut. She specializes in PTSD, complex trauma, anxiety, grief and loss, and chronic illness. Erika received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sarah Lawrence College in 1992 and her master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Social Work in 1996, and served in various mental health care settings before opening Heart of Inquiry in 2011. She has trained with Deany Laliotis and Karen Alter-Reid in individual and group EMDR consultations. In addition to using EMDR as a comprehensive and relational therapy, Erika applies to her practice trainings in psychodynamic psychotherapy, structural dissociation theory, Integrative Restoration (iRest), Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience (DARe), and neurobiology. As a certified holistic health counselor and  Kripalu yoga teacher, Erika naturally incorporates profound somatic awareness and mindfulness skills into her work. She partners with clients and consultants to determine together the course of the work, ever-respectful of each person’s individuality as a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual being. She is available for individual and group consultations via Zoom.

For more information about consultation with Erika Tsoukanelis, please click here.

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