Psychiatric and Mental Health Resources List

Please note: The providers and organizations listed below are not affiliated with or endorsed by The Neurology Center. They are listed here as a courtesy for patients, family members, and other interested individuals. If you have questions about their specific services, please contact the providers directly.

Specialists and Resources

Psychotherapists in Maryland:

  • Allison St. John, Psy.D. (Chevy Chase) (301) 986-8550
    • Depression/anxiety, life transitions, spirituality, employment, relationships


Psychotherapists in Washington, DC/Northern Virginia:


Psychiatrists in Maryland:


  • Lauren Hodas, M.D., (301) 530-1127
  • Edwig Plotnick, M.D., (301) 588-4260
  • Frank Mascarillo, M.D., (301) 951-7220
  • Michael Diamond, M.D., (301) 657-4570
  • Dave Irwin, M.D., (301) 840-1077
  • Suzanne Griffin, M.D., (301) 986-1481
  • Molly Strauss, M.D., (301) 897-0099
  • Ijaz Khan, M.D., (301) 493-4200
  • Mahteme Selassie, M.D., (301) 656-9520



  • Venkatesh Handratta, M.D., (301) 598-1090
  • Allan Berger, M.D., (301) 589-1443
  • Steven Polakoff, M.D., (301) 718-0313


Psychiatrists in Washington, DC/Virginia:

  • Mayada Akil, M.D., (202) 944-5398
  • Michael Silver, M.D., (202) 872-9310
  • Fred Jacobson, M.D., (202) 234-1742


Cognitive Rehabilitation
National Rehabilitation Hospital: 202-877-1760

Sleep and Insomnia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)



  • “Say Goodnight to Insomnia” by Gregg D. Jacobs
  • “The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep” (Harvard Medical School Guides, 2006” by Lawrence J. Epstein, M.D. and Steven Mardon
  • “The Insomnia Workbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting the Sleep You Need” (2009) by Stephanie Silberman, Ph.D.
  • “Quiet Your Mind and Get to Sleep: Solutions to Insomnia for Those with Depression, Anxiety, or Chronic Pain” by Colleen Carney, Ph.D. and Rachel Manber, Ph.D.




Techniques for Improving Sleep Hygiene and Habits

  • Wear blue-light blocking computer glasses when using an electronic device with a screen (e.g., television, computer, cell phone, or tablet). Options by Uvex and other companies are available via many online retailers.
  • Turn off electronic devices with screens at least 30 minutes before going to bed. The light from these devices can be stimulating and make it difficult to fall asleep.
  • When you cannot fall asleep, get out of bed to read or engage in another calming activity (avoiding electronic devices). After 20-30 minutes, return to bed to try to fall asleep again.
  • Reduce overall caffeine consumption; limit or stop caffeine use by early afternoon (1:00-2:00 PM).
  • Try not to eat or drink too close to bedtime.
  • Use relaxing imagery and perform breathing exercises.
  • Develop a bedtime routine.
  • Avoid naps during the day.
  • Sleep in a relatively cool room.
  • Minimize heavy or strenuous exercise before bedtime.
  • Maintain consistency of sleep (e.g., as close to 7-8 hours per night, every night).


Suicide Prevention

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to people experiencing suicidal crises or emotional distress. The Lifeline is available via their website (which features a live chat function) and via the following toll-free phone numbers:

  • English: 1-800-273-8255
  • Spanish (Español): 1-888-628-9454
  • Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: 1-800-799-4889 (TTY) or 1-800-273-8255 (Video Phone)

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm, you can also call 911 or your local hospital.


Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Executive Functioning Difficulties


  • “Taking Charge of Adult ADHD” by Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.
  • “Driven to Distraction” by Edward Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D.
  • “Answers to Distraction” by Edward Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D.
  • “ADHD in Women” by Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D.
  • “Fast Minds” by Craig Sarman, Ph.D.
  • “The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success” by Peg Dawson, Ed.D. and Richard Guare, Ph.D.
  • “Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD – 2nd Edition” by Susan Pinsky
  • “Your Life Can Be Better: Using Strategies for Adult ADD/ADHD” by Douglas Puryear, M.D.




Anxiety, Depression, and Other Mental Health Conditions


  • “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
  • “Wherever You Go, There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
  • “Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life” by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression: A Step-By-Step Program – 2nd Edition” by William J. Knaus, Ed.D. and Albert Ellis, Ph.D.
  • “The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-By-Step Program – 2nd Edition” by William J. Knaus, Ed.D. and Jon Carlson, Psy.D., Ed.D.


Mindfulness and Relaxation Applications for Mobile Phones/Tablets


Memory (Normal Aging, Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease)


  • “The 36-Hour Day, 6th Edition: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life” by Nancy L. Mace, MA, and Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH
  • “What If It’s Not Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia” by Gary and Lisa Radin
  • “A Parkinson’s Primer: An Indispensable Guide to Parkinson’s Disease for Patients and Their Families” by John M. Vine
  • “Harvard Medical School Guide to Achieving Optimal Memory” by Aaron Nelson, Ph.D. and Susan Gilbert
  • “Bouncing Back: Skills for Adaptation to Injury, Aging, Illness, and Pain” by Richard Wanlass
  • “Treating Memory Impairments – A Memory Book and Other Strategies” by Vicki S. Dohrmann
  • “Your Memory: How It Works and How To Improve It” by Kenneth Higbee
  • “The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play” by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas




Resources for Caregivers


Senior Centers and Day Programs in Washington, DC

  • Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center (Ward 1: Northwest DC), 202-727-0338
  • Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center (Ward 4: Northwest DC), 202-291-6170
  • Model Cities Senior Wellness Center (Ward 5: Northeast DC), 202-635-1900
  • Hayes Senior Wellness Center (Ward 6: Northeast DC), 202-727-0357
  • Washington Seniors Wellness Center (Ward 7: Southeast DC), 202-581-9355
  • Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center (Ward 8: Southeast DC), 202-563-7225
  • Downtown Cluster’s Geriatric Day Care Center, 202-347-7527
  • Iona Senior Services, 202-895-9448
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Adult Education Classes at American University, 202-895-4860


Senior Centers and Day Programs in Maryland

  • Misler Adult Day Center, 301-468-1740
  • Kensington Club, 301-255-4204
  • Holy Cross Hospital, 301-754-7150
  • Schweinhaut Senior Center at Forest Glen, 240-777-8085
  • Washington-McLaughlin Adult Day Care Center (Takoma Park), 301-613-7793
  • Kensington Park Senior Living Community, monthly gathering for caregivers, 301-946-7700