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Ann Aspnes, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Ann Aspnes completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Duke University in 2008. Before bringing her practice to the community, she worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for over 10 years as a therapist, national Therapy Consultant/Trainer, and Subject Matter Expert in Evidence-Based Psychotherapies. In her final years with the VA, she served as the Program Coordinator and Lead Trainer of the Problem-Solving Training Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Dissemination Initiative.

She is an expert in Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies, certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She happily considers herself a brain nerd who has trained hundreds of other VA therapists and counselors across the country. She lives with her family in Howard County and thrives with her own mindfulness practice, a steady flow of coffee, and copious cat snuggles.

Brian Kok, PhD


Dr. Brian Kok completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University in 2019. He has worked in community mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, and spent several years working within the Department of Veterans Affairs. He specializes in delivering cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for trauma, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. He is also active in psychological research and stays up-to-date on cutting-edge trends and developments in the mental health field, using science to help inform his practice.

 Dr. Kok believes in meeting clients where they are in the healing process, creating a customized treatment plan that uses each person’s natural strengths and abilities. He takes a collaborative, non-judgmental approach that emphasizes transparency and self-empowerment with the goal of making you your own therapist. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, froyo, and avoiding the outdoors.


Elaina McWilliams, MA, MSW, LCSW-C

Ms. McWilliams graduated from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a master of social work degree, licensed since 2009. She later went on to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. student in clinical and community psychology. She is prides herself on her experience and excellence supporting individuals with a wide range of mental health-related challenges, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, self-injury, and overwhelming emotions.  She works with her clients to tailor her therapeutic approach to her client’s needs and goals using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Elaina is especially interested in helping clients break the cycle between impulsive reactions and strong emotions with a focus on mindfulness and strength-based strategies. She understands as well how  social pressures and current stressors exacerbate client struggles, so she works to partner with her clients to understand the full context of their struggles. In her free time, Elaina enjoys dancing, camping and spending time with her family.