Moshe Shtuhl, Ph.D. - Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Moshe Shtuhl, Ph.D.

Dr. Moshe Shtuhl is the founder and director of Family Compass since 1996. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Clinical Psychology at George Washington University.

Dr. Shtuhl worked as an army psychologist in his native Israel before arriving in the U.S. to pursue doctoral studies in 1987. During a three year internship at the University of California in San Francisco, he specialized in working with children and families.

In 1990 he was one of fifteen health professionals nationwide to be recognized for exceptional work with children by Zero to Three, a Washington, D.C. based organization focusing on the needs of young children. In 1992, Dr. Shtuhl founded the Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program, a training program for mental health professionals at the Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington, D.C.

He served as its chairman until 1998, when he stepped down to pursue concentrated studies in neuropsychology at the Fielding Institute, which he completed in 2000. He was also on the Faculty of the Interdisciplinary Council of Learning and Developmental Disorders from 2003 to 2010.

Dan Dinsmoor, Ph.D. - Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dan Dinsmoor, Ph.D.

Dr. Dinsmoor received his B.A. in psychology from Oberlin College, and his Ph. D. from the American University in Washington D.C. During the early 70s, Dr. Dinsmoor created an outpatient program for young autistic children at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents in Baltimore.

During the early 1980’s Dr. Dinsmoor completed extensive post doctoral work in family therapy at the Georgetown Family Center, Georgetown University Dept. of Psychiatry.

From 1983-1993 he was the Coordinator of Child and Adolescent Mental Health for Charles County Maryland. He was also the staff psychologist for the Community Mental Health Program at Liberty Hospital in Baltimore.

For the past 8 years Dr. Dinsmoor has provided neurofeedback services to a variety of clinical populations. This includes using neurofeedback to treat adults with Schizophrenia at the Springfield Hospital Center in Maryland, and children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and other psychiatric disorders at Arlington County Department of Human Services.

James Orth, Ph.D. ABPP - Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist

James Orth, Ph.D. ABPP

Dr. Orth obtained his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Miami University in 1986.  His post-doctoral training experiences included a two-year infancy and early childhood mental health program chaired by Dr. Shtuhl with the Washington School of Psychiatry. Dr. Orth has published professional articles regarding regulatory problems (emotional and behavioral) in children, psychotherapy, and doctor-patient relationships.

Licensed in five states, Dr. Orth has enjoyed a career focused primarily upon delivery of psychological services to children and adolescents and their families.  In addition to his clinical psychology license he also possesses a highly specialized certification in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

At Family Compass, Dr. Orth draws upon extensive experience evaluating children with complex presentations, many of whom have received multiple evaluations and treatment interventions yet continue to have difficulties functioning in different areas of their lives. Dr. Orth strives to provide comprehensive psychological, neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments that provide meaningful and useful information for families and others concerned with the child’s well-being. Psychological evaluations are provided with aims of clarifying diagnoses, identifying strengths and supports, and developing recommendations for education, for treatment, and for enhancing development.

Shira Benhorin, Ph.D. - Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Shira Benhorin, Ph.D.

Dr. Shira Benhorin is a licensed psychologist in Virginia and Maryland who holds a doctoral degree in Clinical and Community Psychology from DePaul University. She specializes in working with preschoolers/children, adolescents, and families and treats a wide range of behavioral, emotional, and social concerns. She also specializes in working with children with feeding disorders, as well as with LGBT youth and families.

Dr. Benhorin completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship at the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA), working with children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties.  She completed her postdoctoral psychology fellowship at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (2008-2009), where she obtained specialized training and extensive experience in treating children and adolescents with feeding disorders, obesity, and co-morbid behavioral and emotional difficulties. She then joined the MWPH psychology faculty, and later served as the Director of Pediatric Psychology Feeding Disorder services.  Dr. Benhorin also worked as a staff psychologist at Chase Brexton Health services and in private practice.

Dr. Benhorin takes a holistic and collaborative approach to therapy, working closely with clients, families, and other professionals to develop the most effective treatment plans. She uses empirically validated interventions including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), behavior management and modification, family systems, ecological systems, and mindfulness.

Gabriela Márquez Canale, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Gabriela Márquez Canale, LCSW

Gabriela Márquez Canale is a bilingual (Spanish) Clinical Social Worker licensed in Virginia and New York. She has extensive experience working in various settings including universities, school systems, medical centers and private practice. She received an MSW from the University of South Carolina and was immediately recruited by New York University.

Ms. Márquez Canale was a clinician at the NYU Student Health Center and became an NYU Adjunct Assistant Professor and supervisor of NYU Silver School of Social Work graduate students. She completed additional post-graduate training at New York University and Montefiore Medical Center in New York. While at Montefiore, she had rotations with the DBT program, the child obesity program, and she has led relationship violence preventive initiatives, including anti-bullying, both at the school and university level. Then, for many years she worked at NYC public schools and later at FCPS when she moved to Virginia.

At Family Compass, Ms. Márquez Canale treats school-age children and adolescents struggling with emotional, behavioral and social difficulties. While always coming from a strength perspective, she uses a variety of approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Attachment Theory and Internal Family Systems (IFS) among others. She believes that children do well when they can, and is committed to providing a supportive and safe space for them to grow and learn skills to succeed. She has a special interest in promoting better relationships between parents and their children.

Billie Harber, BCBA - Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Billie Harber,  BCBA

Ms. Harber is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is licensed by the Board of Medicine to practice as a Behavior Analyst in the state of Virginia.  She also holds a master’s degree in special education.

Ms. Harber received a B.S. in elementary education with a specialization in reading from Texas A & I University. She earned a master’s degree in special education and a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University.

Throughout her training, Ms. Harber gained experience working with preschoolers with autism in a preschool autism class as well as providing one on one ABA therapy in the home environment.  Ms. Harber also worked at George Mason University with college students with autism through implementation of strategies and development of skills in such areas as organization, time management, problem solving and self-management.  She also worked with college students with other developmental and intellectual disabilities by providing supports in learning and behavior management.

Prior to this, Ms. Harber worked as a classroom teacher, special education teacher as well as a reading specialist for grades 1-8 in the public school setting predominately working with students with learning disabilities.

Rebecca O’Neill, LCSW, CAS - Therapist, Developmental Center

Rebecca O’Neill, LCSW, CAS

Rebecca O’Neill, LCSW, CAS is a clinical social worker specializing in early intervention utilizing the DIR/FCD Floortime developmental framework for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related developmental delays and is a licensed PLAY Project Consultant.

She also provides Autism Diagnostic Assessments, facilitates social skills therapy groups, and sees individual therapy clients and families utilizing an eclectic mix of strategies from attachment-based therapeutic interventions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (traditional and trauma-informed), Mindfulness training, and  Emotionally Focused Therapy.   Rebecca provides professional training in disability inclusion practices, mindfulness, and autism engagement strategies to both school professionals and parents/caregivers and is a certified Zero to Three Trainer in The Growing Brain.   In addition to her clinical work with Family Compass, Rebecca serves as a therapeutic mentor for autistic adolescents and is the Director and Legislative Advocate for Danny’s Walk, an advocacy organization focused on educating communities, families, and individuals about the dangers of autism-related wandering and promoting autism awareness, safety, and acceptance.

Patricia Small, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor

Patricia Small, LPC

Ms. Small has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2005 with over twenty years of experience working closely with children and families to help and empower them to achieve their goals.

She was a Professional School Counselor in the Fairfax County Public Schools for twenty-four years.  She lived abroad for many years working with culturally diverse populations as the Community Liaison Officer at U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas.  Ms. Small received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and her master’s degree from Auburn University.  She completed additional post-graduate training at The Johns Hopkins University, Virginia Tech and at the Starbright Training Institute for Child and Family Play Therapy.

Ms. Small’s areas of focus include supporting children and families in healing from ADHD, trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, selective mutism, emotion dysregulation, and family separation and divorce.  She has training and experience in play therapy, sand therapy, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy.  Ms. Small works closely with school personnel to promote the social, emotional, and academic success of students.  She is experienced in facilitating therapy groups with children in the areas of social awareness, self-regulation, ADHD, and executive functioning.

Bethany Cook, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Bethany Cook, LCSW

Bethany Cook earned an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2006.  Ms. Cook has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including school systems and college counseling centers, where she realized her love for working with adolescents and families.

Ms. Cook is very open about having two “differently wired” children. Since the birth and subsequent diagnoses of her children, Ms. Cook has become passionate about educating and supporting neurodiverse families. In 2018, Ms. Cook received intensive  training at the socialthinking clinic with Michelle Garcia Winner. She is excited to combine her therapeutic background and this specialized training to help children and families.

Rachel Guetlein - M.A. Resident in Counseling

Rachel Guetlein

Rachel holds an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University, New England, as well as an MBA and a BA in speech communication from California State University, Fresno.

A member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, Rachel is currently pursuing postgraduate certification as a Registered Expressive Art Therapist (REAT). She works with children, adolescents, and families, and specializes in behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Rachel uses a wide range of evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and play therapy. Rachel is also trained in the use of Positive Discipline, the Nurtured Heart Approach, and Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE).

Rachel has experience with crisis and trauma counseling, with focus on grief and loss due to suicide. She has also led substance abuse treatment groups, and counseled individuals and families impacted by drug and alcohol addiction for Virginia ASAP (Alcohol Safety Action Program). Additionally, Rachel has been providing childbirth education and support as a birth doula for over 18 years. She utilizes tools of mindfulness, expressive arts, and play to support the growth and development of her clients in an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance.

Colleen Lagasse - Licensed Social Worker, Clinical Social Worker Resident

Colleen Lagasse

Colleen Lagasse earned an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md.  She has been a licensed Social Worker in Virginia since 2001.

Ms. Lagasse has worked in various capacities in both clinical and psycho-educational settings providing individual, group and family therapy sessions in addition to training other clinicians.  At Zero to Three (ZTT), a national nonprofit focused on the needs of young children, Ms. Lagasse developed content and provided training to other professionals.  Of note, she collaborated with the Department of Defense on “Coming Together Around Military Families,” a multi-year project designed to strengthen the resilience of young children and their families coping with trauma, grief, and loss. In addition to her primary clinical focus supporting children and their families, Ms. Lagasse has also provided therapy to homeless women and families in crisis.

Throughout her career, Ms. Lagasse has lived and worked abroad, providing counseling to her clients– from Peace Corps volunteers to other expat families– utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play therapy, and mindfulness-based tools.  Ms. Lagasse’s professional interests include brain development, infant mental health, and family systems.  Currently, Ms. Lagasse is pursuing licensure in Clinical Social Work through a Clinical Residency at Family Compass.

Abigail McAlister, LCSW, MSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Abigail McAlister, LCSW, MSW

Abigail McAlister has worked as a Social Worker since 2009 and received her Clinical License in 2019. She earned both her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Abigail has over 10 years of experience working in early intervention supporting families with children with developmental delays, complex diagnoses and/or challenging behaviors.  She implements a variety of strategies including parent-coaching, play therapy and attachment-based therapy with parents and their young children. She is passionate about supporting the social emotional development of children and building family capacity.

Abigail’s work has also supported various local childcare centers and federal and state childcare programs (Head Start, Early Head Start and Virginia Preschool Initiative) by providing training in early childhood social emotional development and coaching teachers to support children with challenging behaviors in the classroom.

Jarred Sharar, RDT - Drama Therapist

Jarred Sharar, RDT

Jarred Sharar is an impassioned advocate for child development and education. In his current role as the resident drama therapist at the Family Compass clinic, he delivers creative therapeutic experiences informed by the power of art as a vehicle for mental health and wellness. He also instructs an arts curriculum for children with special needs at the River Terrace Education Campus of the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Prior to his work in the District of Columbia, Jarred pioneered drama therapy for over 10 years at the Cooke Center for Learning and Development in New York City, growing to establish the school’s formal art based therapies curriculum. In addition to his professional activities, he continues his volunteer advocacy work as a drama therapist with Jacob’s Color Link Initiative in Haiti, a vice president of his local chapter of the North American Drama Therapy Association, and has served as a co-chair of the 38th annual NADTA conference. Jarred is a graduate of the master of the arts program in drama therapy at New York University, and holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Central Florida.