meet our team
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.
Tiffany Bruder, PhD
Dr. Tiffany Bruder completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Hofstra University in 2018. She has also completed advanced training in evidence-based approaches for the treatment of trauma-related disorders and emotion dysregulation within the Department of Veteran Affairs. She brings to the practice expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for a wide variety of anxiety disorders as well as a team certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Dr. Bruder values a collaborative approach to therapy and believes there are always two experts in her therapy room – herself as the treatment expert, and the client as the expert of their own lives. She prides herself in clever metaphors, believing laughter is an important form of medicine, and using every possible opportunity to hear about client’s pets. Dr. Bruder is more than happy to tell you about her cat named McGonagall and her dog named Padfoot.
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.
Leah Taylor, PsyD
Dr. Leah Taylor completed her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. She has had advanced training in evidence-based treatment for trauma-related disorders, anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders through the Department of Veterans Affairs. She also currently serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Professional Counseling program at Loyola University of Maryland. Dr. Taylor’s passion is making Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies personal to each individual’s experience, considering many different aspects of a person’s culture and identity. She has expertise in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, CBT for Depression and Anxiety, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Dr. Taylor will tell you that she values the opportunity to learn from her clients to help build a collaborative approach. Treatment works best when it is a team effort. She also has a special interest and expertise in working with individuals who identify as sexual and gender minorities. Dr. Taylor is Baltimore native who enjoys trying new food in the city, taking her dog Brody on hikes, and playing team sports.