Doctor Profiles, McLean Counseling Center
Ehsan Habibpour, MD
Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist
I founded McLean Counseling Center with the vision of providing outstanding mental health care as well as promoting mental health awareness in the community. I’m a Psychiatrist with dual training in Child and Adolescent as well as Adult Psychiatry. I also have been fortunate enough to work with George Washington Psychiatry Department. My involvement with George Washington University began in 2014 when I accepted the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and started teaching a course in Child Psychiatry.
I attended one of the well-known medical schools in Iran and completed Adult Psychiatry Residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. After completing my Adult Psychiatry Residency, I advanced my training by pursuing a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Learning about the normal development of children and how experiences during childhood later affect us in our daily lives was a unique gift of this Fellowship.
Over the past few years, in addition to practicing psychotherapy, I’ve mastered the judicious use of psychiatric medications. Witnessing the many areas of exciting progress in the field of psychiatry over the last decade gave me the chance to familiarize myself with the most up-to-date medications. My approach in helping my patients is to integrate the use of medications with psychotherapy in order to optimize results and increase chances for healing. We often choose certain emotional and behavioral styles to protect ourselves in childhood that continue well into our adulthood. While those behaviors may have been useful in our childhood years, they are no longer needed. Exploring those feelings and behavioral styles is the first step for effective change.
I also developed an interest in treating anxiety and mood disorders, and gained experience in treating eating disorders. I am keenly interested in the role of culture and ethnicity in emotional disturbances. I had a chance to study this overlap and learn about it because of the cultural diversity to which I was exposed over the course of my life. My passion was reflected in the paper I co-wrote: “The Treatment of Depression in Culturally Diverse Children and Adolescents.” (Sunita M. Stewart, Alex Simmons, and Ehsan Habibpour. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. February 2012, 22(1): 72-79. doi:10.1089/cap.2011.0051.)
I am pursuing that passion through my involvement with The Global Mental Health Project at George Washington Psychiatry Department.
Through my years of practice, I have experienced and appreciated the value of therapeutic relationships. Self-determination, resilience and the power of meaningful relationships are the key factors that nourish human growth.
Amanjot Kaur, M.D.
Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
I am a Psychiatrist with dual training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry along with Adult Psychiatry. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and work with adults, children, adolescents, and families. I specialize in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD and closely work with families as a unit of assessment and also as a unit of treatment. It is my belief that a warm and compassionate environment in therapy in conjunction with a problem-solving and growth-oriented attitude lead to better quality of life. I provide psychotherapy and medication management according to each person’s individual needs. This often involves an emphasis on care that is interactive and customized to best meet the individual needs of the person.
I attended Government Medical College, Amritsar in India. Following my passion for Psychiatry, I completed Adult Psychiatry Training and further specialized in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Virginia. I gained experience in working with all age groups and vast variety of mental health issues. In the course of this transition, I became well acquainted with diverse cultures. As a matter of fact, area of immigration and acculturation and emotional health of immigrants has become an area of my interest.
The mind is connected to body, and that a healthy mind fosters a healthy body. My in-depth knowledge of medicine allows me to help you from all different aspects of body, mind and their harmonious relationship. It is this in-depth understanding that enables me to recognize medical problems that can manifest with emotional symptoms, and vice versa.
Internet Gaming Disorder and use of electronics has become an area of interest of mine. I have worked with many teenagers and their families who have struggled to manage this condition. I worked with many families where parents were frustrated with the overuse of electronics by their teenager and they felt that this condition has damaged their relationship significantly. Internet and Gaming Disorder, if left untreated, can cause a significant impact on young adult.
At McLean Counseling Center, we use a collaborative approach to optimize mental health and well being.
Launch Pad Program and Teenager’s Emotional Health Program are examples of two programs that include my area of interest and in which I will be intensively invested.
Carolyn Heier, Psy.D.
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychotherapy
Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy
I have been a clinical psychologist for more than a decade. My journey began as an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where I majored in Psychology. After several years gaining experience in the mental health field, I went on to obtain a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Denver. In the years since, I have gained extensive experience working with all ages, with a primary focus on issues facing children, teens and families.
The culmination of my graduate program took me to Los Angeles to accept an internship at an agency that specialized in working with children with autism, severe emotional disturbance, trauma, and other significant issues. Additional specialized training prepared me for my work with very young children ages 2-5. After graduation, I was selected to manage the day treatment program for 2-5 year olds at the agency where I interned. The program’s focus was working with young children with severe emotional and behavioral problems and it was here that I advanced my level of expertise with this population.
My integrative approach to treatment combines psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral elements, as well as behavioral approaches in working with some children. In addition, I have been trained in, and use, a number of evidence-based practices with individuals of all ages.
My client work has included helping children and adults who have experienced trauma; child and adult victims of human trafficking; those with mood disorders and anxiety; and families with children who have behavioral problems, ADHD, and selective mutism. Although the
treatment for selective mutism is very specific and directive, with all other clients, adults and children alike, I often take a non-directive approach, allowing the client to lead the therapy. I believe that children and adults are all striving toward health, and when provided with a caring, accepting, and nurturing environment that allows the individual to freely express who they are, healing will occur.
One of the things I love about working with children is the opportunity to use play therapy. Children are not just “mini-adults.” Their communication skills and styles, as well as their level of development, are completely different than those of adults. Children often do not have the capacity to voice what is bothering them, whether due to being overwhelmed, or simply not having the language skills. Play is the natural mode of communication in children. By engaging a child in play in a manner that encourages them to freely express themselves, issues can emerge and be treated in ways that are most meaningful to the child.
In addition to working with younger children using play, I engage in talk therapy with older children and teens, and regularly include families in treatment. This is because issues affecting a child may be affecting the entire family, and because it may be that issues affecting the family are affecting the child. I also help parents with parenting skills, addressing the challenges of parenting a child with emotional and behavioral problems.
I also enjoy working with adults and couples, and value working with diverse populations. Fluent in Spanish, I conduct therapy with children and adults from a wide array of Latin- and South American countries. I also have experience working with many other cultural groups, and my work with diverse groups includes the LGBT community, including LGBT couples. One of the main aspects of engaging in the therapeutic process with clients is gaining a deep understanding of the individual’s (or family’s) experience. I value learning about clients’ personal histories and culture, and recognize the importance of understanding these influences in order to improve outcomes in therapy.
I consider working with a broad range of issues and clients of all ages an opportunity for me to be of assistance to the populations with which I have become involved throughout my career. I never take my clients for granted and I understand and am grateful for the privilege of being allowed to enter their worlds. I appreciate the trust that my clients, of all backgrounds, put in me, and I strive every day to cultivate and be worthy of that trust.
Every client is important to me. Every session is one in which my goal is to provide the highest level of service to address the issues a client presents, and to move the client forward to their full potential.
Mandana Roushanmeidan, M.Ed., BCBA (Board Certified Behavioral Analyst)
I am a board certified behavioral analyst and therapist with nearly a decade of experience working with and treating children and adults with behavioral and psychological challenges. I started my training as an undergraduate in nursing. After working several years as a nurse, I became fascinated with human behavior and relationship. I decided to study human behavior and obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University as well as an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) certificate from George Mason University.
I am also leading New Wave Program at McLean Counseling Center. In the New Wave Program we will identify behaviors that cause problems and set forth a behavioral plan to target and treat those behaviors. Our team will closely monitor your progress and readjust our treatment approach. As a program I closely work with the team of Psychiatrists and Psychologists at Mclean Counseling Center to optimize each individuals progress.
Together, In our program we will also help carry over and apply the newly learned skills at home, work or school – in a way that fits your unique needs. With my positive client centered approach to counseling, I will focus on identifying your strengths, use analytics to measure gaps and progress, and utilize them to help you change the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors to improve your quality of life.
I have a range of specialties and experiences to draw from, having worked in homes, and in a specialized clinical setting for children with Autism. I have been able to help many families whom their kids are struggling with ADHD, academic challenges and range of limitations that Autism can impose. I am especially passionate about early-intervention, academic readiness, skill building and adolescent social skills acquisition.
My area of focus includes assessing the social and emotional education of young children and youth, increasing the language capacity of bilingual students and building academic skills utilizing behavior analytic techniques. I work closely with our team of professionals at McLean Counseling Center experienced in treating executive function limitations and it’s related disorders in youth including ADHD, Anxiety disorders, learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dysgraphia.