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.

Larisa Perez deGraffenreid, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Larisa Perez deGraffenreid, LCSW

Larisa Perez deGraffenreid is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and has a special interest in Mindfulness Training. Ms. deGraffenreid provides a wide range of therapeutic services including group therapy, individual and family therapy for school age children and teens, as well as marital and family therapy for couples.

Previously, Ms. deGraffenreid worked for eight years at the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) where she served as a clinical supervisor and group coordinator in addition to running groups and seeing clients of all ages individually and in families and couples. Prior to that, Ms. deGraffenreid worked at Adolescent and Family Growth Center (AFGC), where she provided intensive therapy to foster children and their families, recruited and trained foster parents, and ran therapy groups for children. Her internships were with College Park Youth and Family Services, and National Institutes of Health. Ms deGraffenreid earned her degree at the University of Maryland at Baltimore with a Clinical Concentration with Families and Children.

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.

Na’ama Malkesman, LCSW, LICSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Na’ama Malkesman, LCSW, LICSW

Na’ama Malkesman is a licensed clinical social worker in Virginia and Washington DC, who holds a Master and Bachelor degrees in Social Work from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Trained in psychodynamic, family therapy, cognitive-behavioral and systemic approaches to therapy, Ms. Malkesman tailors her interventions to the needs of her clients and is committed to integrative approach, involving the family in the therapeutic process.

Ms. Malkesman has a broad background in working with preschoolers, school age children and their families. Her interests and specialties include anxiety, behavioral and emotional challenges, social- emotional development and parenting.

Prior to Family Compass, Ms. Malkesman worked at the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA), where she was providing individual therapy to young children and their families, in addition to being JSSA’s liaison to preschools in Northern Virginia and Washington DC, providing parental consultations and classroom management support to teachers and directors. Furthermore, Ms. Malkesman has a vast experience working with foster children and their families as a social worker in “Family Matters of Greater Washington”, developing treatment plans, providing clinical support and comprehensive evaluations to family court.

Preceding her arrival to the US, Ms. Malkesman worked as certified clinical social worker, in her native Israel, providing psycho-social evaluations to family court in matters of custody, family visitation and other family matters. In addition she worked at the Family and Couple Therapy Center, where she was providing psychotherapy to children and families struggling with life stress, relationships and emotional and behavioral challenges.

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.

Becky O’Neill, Clinical Social Work Intern - Therapist, Developmental Center

Becky O’Neill, Clinical Social Work Intern

Ms. O’Neill received her BS in Social Work from George Mason University in 2001 and is currently completing her final clinical practicum to receive her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work. Her studies have focused on empirically supported interventions for children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, including traditional and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness training, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. In addition to her clinical practicum with Family Compass, Ms. O’Neill provides services to young adults with developmental disabilities in a supportive day program and acts as a life skills mentor to adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in community-based settings. Ms. O’Neill is also the Director and Legislative Advocate for Danny’s Walk, an advocacy organization promoting autism awareness, safety, and acceptance.

Mecca Burns, RDT-BCT - Drama Therapist

Mecca Burns, RDT-BCT

Mecca Burns received her undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Performing Arts from Washington University in 1984, and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology (Emphasis: Drama and Movement Therapy) from Lindenwood University in 1992.

She is a Registered Drama Therapist and a Board-Certified Drama Therapy Trainer, and has served on the Board of the National Association for Drama Therapy as Standards & Ethics Chair.

For over twenty years she has taught creative drama and movement, written and directed plays for children, and provided drama therapy for both adults and children. She lives in Charlottesville, Va. where she maintains a private practice in drama therapy for children with special needs. She is also co-director of PRESENCE Center for Applied Theatre Arts, which applies theatre to social issues. She has raised two daughters and a stepdaughter.

Julie Liddle, M.A., ATR - Registered Art Therapist

Julie Liddle, M.A., ATR

Julie Liddle is a registered art therapist and founder and director of the ART IN HAND® program. Through her work, Ms. Liddle creates and implements a curriculum that engages children with their parents in developmentally appropriate art experiences designed to support healthy development.

She also serves as art specialist at The Eastern Ridge School, an arts and nature based early childhood program where she leads the art program for early childhood and early elementary classes. Previously, she practiced art therapy for nearly a decade at Accotink Academy, a therapeutic school for children and adolescents with a variety of emotional and learning disabilities where she provided individual and group art therapy and served as head of the art therapy department.

Ms. Liddle has presented extensively to both parent groups and early childhood professionals on the topic of promoting healthy early childhood development through art. Her work has also been published in various parenting publications. She received her Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from George Washington University in 1992 and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornell University in 1988.

Jazmine Kravitz - Registered Behavior Technician

Jazmine Kravitz

Ms Kravitz received a B.S. in Psychology from California State University Northridge. She is currently working toward receiving her Masters in Behavior analysis under the Education program at the University of Cincinnati.

Jazmine has been in the field of ABA for over a year and has worked with children for 7 years. For the duration of time in the field she had implemented individual interventions for children within their homes. Prior to ABA Ms. Kravitz was a respite worker. She is currently a Registered Behavior Technician working under the supervision of Billie Harber.