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
- 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.
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 Our Team!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now Hiring A Selective Mutism Camp Coordinator
The Confident Kids Camp DC Metro is an intensive behavioral treatment program for children with selective mutism and/or several social anxiety. The Camp Coordinator responsibilities include:
- Creating and updating flyers and other materials about Camp to prospective children and families, volunteers, and referring sources (e.g., schools, clinicians).
- Serve as primary point-of-contact with prospective and enrolled Camp families, volunteers, and community guests (e.g., firefighter, ices truck) before, during, and immediately after camp
- Attending all meetings with Camp leadership
- Creating and updating scripts used by teachers and volunteers when interacting with camp families
- Assisting with the interviews and training for volunteers
- Collaborating on presentations and conference submissions as desired
The weeklong camp is typically held in the first week of August. There is a possibility of mini-camps throughout the year. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, self-driven, and communicative, with experience working with children and families. The position is available for someone who holds a bachelor's degree in psychology or related field, with preference for a masters or doctoral degree in progress or completed. Currently, the role is 20 hours per month, with more hours required directly before and during each camp.
Now Hiring A Client Coordinator
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Complete 1-2 30 minute phone screens each week to assess initial client fit.
- Respond to emails within 24 business hours of receipt.
- When responding to emails, use appropriate templates for new clients and referrals out.
- Maintain Dropbox spreadsheet to track new inquiries, waitlist, and referrals out.
- Use Simple Practice (an electronic medical records system) to add new clients, send appropriate forms and track completion, and process deposits for intakes and groups.
- Meet weekly with practice owner to communicate about systems and processes and provide status updates about new inquiries.
- Use a HIPAA-compliant phone system (provided) for all practice-related calls.
- Complete procedures for on-boarding new clients.
Skills and Experience:
- Attention to detail.
- Warmth, enthusiasm and professionalism when communicating with clients.
- Immediate communication with the practice owner to troubleshoot, clarify tasks, and understand priorities.
- Values inclusion and mental health equity for all sociocultural identities.
- Can work independently and takes initiative.
- Experience performing administrative tasks in mental health or medical offices.
- Must be able to dedicate five hours a week to this position, between the hours of 8:30 to 5:30 PM, Monday through Thursday.
- The position is virtual.
To apply for open positions, please email your CV and cover letter to Dr. Lindsay Scharfstein at email@example.com.