Leadership

Rahel,

Clinical Director

PhD, LCSW-C

Rahel has been JCADA’s Clinical Director since 2011. Prior to joining JCADA, Rahel worked at the Mount Sinai Sexual Abuse and Violence Intervention program in NYC and in outpatient mental health. Rahel earned her undergraduate degree from Bar Ilan University and PhD from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Rahel’s work has focused on addressing trauma, IPV, occupational stress, chronic health conditions and anxiety. Over the years, she has become increasingly interested in the mind body connection. Rahel is trained in a wide range of therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR),somatic experiencing (SE), mindfulness, and acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT). Rahel is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland, DC and Virginia. Rahel is a Board approved supervisor for social workers, professional counselors and is a CIT for EMDR.


Clinicians

Andrea

LCSW-C

Andrea is a full-time clinician at JCADA where she provides trauma-informed individual counseling services, and facilitates groups and workshops, for people who have experienced gender-based violence. Andrea joined the JCADA team in 2015 as a clinical intern, and was hired as a full time clinician in 2016. Andrea received her Masters in Social Work, with a Behavioral Health specialty in 2016, and had studied psychology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, obtaining her BA in psychology in 2014.  Andrea is trained in both Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing (SE) therapy modalities to treat trauma and loves incorporating these modalities into her sessions. Prior to coming to JCADA Andrea had worked in an Assertive Community Treatment team setting assisting people with severe and persistent behavioral health concerns, with co-occurring addiction issues. Andrea has special interests in trauma in general and more specifically developmental trauma, as well as addictions, and issues related to the LGBTQIA community. In her free time, Andrea loves studying about herbal medicine.

Brooke

LGSW

Brooke is a Clinician at JCADA in the Rockville and DC offices, where she provides individual and group therapy. Brooke is trained in different trauma therapies including EMDR and is bilingual in Spanish and English. Brooke received her Master of Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work. She completed clinical internships at the DC Rape Crisis Center and Walter Reed National Medical Center, where she worked with survivors of sexual violence and combat trauma. Prior to becoming a therapist, Brooke advocated for detained immigrants in the DC area with legal rights’ organizations and worked in Central America.

Heather

LCSW-C

Heather is a clinician and clinical supervisor at JCADA and joined the staff in 2014. She began her career in working with survivors of trauma and gender-based power as a volunteer on a rape crisis hotline in 2007. That experience led her to pursue a Master’s in Social Work at Boston University. Following graduation, Heather worked at a community-based mental health clinic in D.C. and in a trauma recovery center at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston before coming to JCADA. She also works part-time in private practice, mainly with survivors of trauma.

Jessica

LMSW, MPH

Jessica earned her master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Maryland and her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Before becoming a licensed social worker, she worked for several years at agencies assisting pregnant women. She completed clinical internships at N Street Village in Washington, D.C. and Sarah’s Hope homeless shelter in West Baltimore, Maryland.

Odelya

MA, MS Ed., LGPC

Odelya obtained a M.S Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami and a Master of Arts in Social Work Specializing in Crisis and Trauma Studies from Tel Aviv University. Odelya was a 2016 recipient of the the prestigious award, Services for Transition Age Youth (STAY) fellowship granted by SAMHSA. Odelya  provides individual and group counseling to adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma.  Additionally, Odelya has had the opportunity to work in various settings such as community clinics, cancer support centers, and a domestic violence shelter. Odelya is trained in EMDR. 

Ronny

LGPAT, LGPC

Ronny is a bilingual therapist who earned her Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from The George Washington University in August 2018. Her specialty in art therapy and trauma has given her opportunities to work with survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, childhood trauma, substance abuse and a variety of other mental and emotional health issues.  Ronny’s primary focus during therapy is to create a non-judgmental and safe environment where clients can receive the best care for their therapeutic needs. Before coming to JCADA, Ronny worked at the Betty Ann Khranke Center, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence and completed clinical internships at Arundel Lodge and Family Services Inc. where she worked with individuals and groups of various populations.

Ronny’s experience living abroad in Mexico, Brazil and Israel has helped in expanding her proficiency in culturally sensitive issues.


Clinical Support Staff

Lillian

Client Services Coordinator

Lillian joined JCADA originally as a Jewish Center for the Aging (JCA) volunteer. But after a year of service, Lillian nor JCADA was ready to see her go! At that time, Lillian became the Client Services Coordinator, putting her in charge of meeting and greeting all of our clients 3 days a week. Lillian always makes sure that our clients feel safe and at home in our space. In addition to her work at JCADA, Lillian is also a very talented seamstress with her own small business on the side.