Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Lindsay Scharfstein, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Rockville Therapy Center! I'm so lucky to work with wonderful and highly motivated children, teens, adults, and families. I find joy in helping others to foster a healthy mindset, change unhelpful behavior patterns, and gain mastery of emotions and experiences. My aim is to offer effective Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) that is grounded in scientific research and is delivered in a practical, personalized and collaborative way. I am passionate about promoting mental health equity, increasing access to care, and creating systems driven by anti-racist values. I look forward to hearing from you!

Education and Formal Training

  • Pre and Post Doctoral Fellowships, Yale Child Study Center
  • PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Central Florida
  • MS Clinical Psychology, University of Central Florida
  • BA Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park

Additional Training

  • Selective Mutism Proficiency Program (SMPP)
  • Exposure with Response Prevention for OCD (ERP)
  • Tourette's Syndrome Behavior Therapy Institute (CBIT)
  • Trauma-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Supportive Parenting for Anxiety Childhood Emotions (SPACE)
  • Regular consultation and training on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practices


  • Maryland, Licensed Psychologist, #05584
  • Virginia, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, #0810006439
  • Telepsychology (APIT) under the PSYPACT* Commission E. Passport issued 7/9/21 Mobility Number #8560; See a full list of PsyPact States

Experience & Training

In addition to the above training, I provide the following:

  • Parent Training/Support Sessions and Social Skills Training
  • Specialization in the treatment of Selective Mutism and Social Anxiety Disorder, and treatments aimed to enhance social and emotional functioning.
  • Assessment, treatment, and continuing care of pre-schoolers, school-age children, teens, and adults whose lives are affected by anxiety and related conditions.
  • Specialized psychological assessments for individuals with anxiety disorders, to help obtain accurate diagnoses and develop personalized treatment plans.
  • Confident Kids Camp - DC Metro, a 5-day intensive behavioral camp for childhood Selective Mutism
  • The School Refusal Training Series (SRTI) for professionals who work with students who refuse school.

Treatment is provided in individual, family, group, and intensive therapy formats. I engage in ongoing communication with family, school, and community systems to foster collaborative relationships and optimize treatment success and quality of life. Further, I offer educational workshops and trainings within the community, with the goal of decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health and increasing access to care.

Outside of work, I enjoy biking, hiking, and kayaking, jigsaw puzzles and embroidery, and spending time with those I am closest to. The DC Metro area has so much to offer!

Louise Weidner, Client Coordinator

Louise Weidner is a senior at American University in the Honors Psychology program, and works in the Interpersonal Emotion Laboratory on campus and is also an Intern at DC Health Psychology, along with the role of Client Coordinator here at Rockville Therapy Center. Louise's interests in psychology includes child and adolescent development and treatment methods for anxiety disorders, including while serving as a volunteer counselor at the Confident Kids Camp DC Metro. In free time, Louise fosters pitbulls and runs in the school's club cross country team.

Our Values

Evidence Based: Providing effective (evidence-based) mental health care for children, families, and adults coping with anxiety and related disorders.

Rockville Therapy Center LLC offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), parent child interaction therapy for selective mutism (PCIT-SM), and comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics and Tourette’s (CBIT), which have been validated in research and are considered the gold standard treatments.

Community Oriented: Collaboration and mutually beneficial relationships with community systems inform a deeper understanding of the contexts in which mental health concerns present and guide the resources, services, and offerings at our clinic.

At Rockville Therapy Center LLC, we believe that mental health is not a one person job. When partnering with clients, we design and adapt treatment plans to enhance strengths and complement existing supports and systems (family, schools, clubs, hobby groups). We consistently engage with members of our community via consultations with school teams, other therapists, psychiatrists, pediatricians and others. We offer educational workshops and presentations and biannual (winter and summer) family-based treatment ‘camps.’

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Respect and dignity are essential components to good mental health care and practice. Our work is informed by mission driven, antiracist values, acknowledging our role in systemic oppression, and seeking to develop a more equitable mental health landscape.

At Rockville Therapy Center LLC we engage in active and ongoing personal reflection on the ways our sociocultural identities interact with mental health symptoms/care (e.g., race, gender, sexuality, religion/spirituality,  etc.) and receive external consultation to expand our cultural awareness and responsiveness, and continuously adapt our evidenced based procedures to be identity informed, humble, and responsive.

Join us!

We are always interested in therapists whose mission and values are in sync with ours. We value creating a team of clinicians and trainees that hold a variety of socio-cultural identities and are actively engaged in efforts towards allyship for BIPOC communities and others who hold minoritized identities.

Now Hiring Child, Teen, and CBT Therapists

The ideal candidate has experience and training with childhood, adolescent, and young adult mental health, a strong background in evidence-based treatments, such as CBT, PCIT or PCIT-SM, CBIT, SPACE, ACT, and works with an emphasis on collaborative and comprehensive care (schools, pediatricians, and psychiatrists). We are most interested in clinicians with a passion for selective mutism, tics or Tourette's, social anxiety, OCD, and related concerns. If this does not quite fit in line with your current background and training, please feel free to reach out anyway. Send your CV and cover letter to Dr. Lindsay Scharfstein at

🌟 **Now Hiring: Part-time Clinic Coordinator at Rockville Therapy Center** 🌟

Join the team! Rockville Therapy Center is looking for a Clinic Coordinator to oversee the daily operations of the Center and the summer intensive treatment program, Confident Kids Camp DC Metro. If you're a dynamic, organized, and empathetic professional eager to ensure smooth-running mental health practice, we want to hear from you!

Duties and Responsibilities of Clinic Coordinator:

- Manage day-to-day administrative tasks of the mental health office.

- Conduct 2-3 phone screens weekly to evaluate potential clients.

- Ensure prompt email responses within 24 business hours.

- Utilize templates effectively for client communication and referrals.

- Keep the Google Workspace spreadsheet updated with client data and onboarding steps.

- Operate Simple Practice for client management, form distribution, and intake processing.

- Handle all calls through the HIPAA-compliant phone system.

- Lead the client onboarding process.

- Be the go-to contact for camp families, volunteers, and new inquiries.

- Interview and onboard volunteers, and update outreach materials.

- Schedule and coordinate appointments for mental health professionals.

- Provide weekly updates to the practice owner.

Skills and Experience

- Outstanding organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.

- A warm, enthusiastic approach to client communication.

- Ability to work proactively and independently with strong problem-solving skills.

- Previous experience in administrative roles within mental health or medical settings.

- Availability for 10-15 hours weekly, Monday to Thursday, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM EST.

- This virtual position offers flexibility and autonomy.

Start Date:

Ready to start by April 1st for a smooth transition with the current coordinator.

Eager to make a difference in mental health care? Send your Resume/CV and cover letter to Dr. Lindsay Scharfstein at or apply here: Apply for Clinic Coordinator Position