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Meet Our Clinicians:

Ashley Steelman

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

I am enthusiastic about helping people become the best versions of themselves. My passion is helping clients struggling with eating disorders, trauma, and common co-occurring mood disorders. As a Clinical Director, Program Manager, and Therapist at various facilities I am comfortable speaking with individuals, family systems, and community groups (Educators and PTAs) about eating disorder presentation and treatment I am able to assess level of care needs as well as provide recommendations and support to clients and families struggling in the face of an eating disorder.

My sincere and direct approach promotes personal insight to encourage the development of skills that help individuals function at their best. With a diverse background in consulting and counseling, I am comfortable identifying trends, synthesizing information, and helping clients connect with what is important to them.

Full recovery is possible, I am here to support and provide hope in the process, while allowing you to become the fullest version of yourself. No one is defined by their mental health struggle and no one has to go through the healing process alone. 

*Currently out of network with insurance, superbills can be provided for reimbursement based on your carrier plan 

Julie Criner 

Licensed Professional Counselor, CEDS 

I am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist with fifteen years of experience working with individuals who struggle with all types of eating disorders.  I have held leadership positions at eating disorder specific residential and intensive outpatient levels of care over the course of my career.  I have a down to earth personality that allows my clients to feel comfortable opening up and sharing their experiences.  I enjoy working with the entire family in order to improve communication, provide education about the recovery process, and  enhance support within the family.

Kate Walker

Licensed Professional Counselor, ATR-BC  

As your therapist, it is my intention to be a fellow traveler on your path towards understanding who you are and what you need. Together we will seek progress rather than perfection and work to give voice to the parts of you that have felt overlooked or unseen. 

In our work together  there is opportunity to utilize the creative process as a means of exploring the concepts of healing and recovery. While in an environment rooted in safety and respect, art therapy offers the opportunity to explore, express and contain the spectrum of emotions we experience as human beings that can often leave us feeling overwhelmed and disheartened. Artistic ability is not needed, as this approach celebrates the process over the product. 


A little more about me:

I am a strengths-based, client-centered provider. I will work with you to identify what goals and interventions have the potential to positively impact your relationship with self and others. I will draw from Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy principles to meet you where you are in the therapeutic process and foster feelings of empowerment and hope.


I am a registered, board certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia.  I received my undergraduate degree in Sociology and Psychology from Virginia Tech and my masters in Art Therapy from The George Washington University with additional coursework in counseling and trauma-informed care. I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and have worked at the residential, partial hospitalization, intensive out-patient and out-patient levels of care. In addition I have experience treating a variety of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma diagnoses, and accompanying maladaptive coping skills.

*Currently out of network with insurance, superbills can be provided for reimbursement based on your carrier plan


Erin O'Brien 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia, Maryland and D.C.

I believe that valued change is possible and that reaching out for support is the first step. I am passionate about supporting people as they connect to their most authentic selves and create a more meaningful life. My primary focus includes working with individuals working to overcome eating disorders, anxiety and mood disturbances as well as history of trauma.  I enjoy working with families and parents in both family therapy and parent coaching. I recognize that eating disorders impact the entire family and support network, and to that end, I also really enjoy meeting with parents, partners and siblings for individual therapy. I have practiced across all levels of care, including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient while serving in multiple roles, including intake coordinator, individual and family therapist.

I am currently licensed in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. I practice from a trauma informed and Health at Every Size® perspective while using interventions that are rooted in evidence based practices.


My goal is to deliver client-centered and collaborative care, working as a team with you, your family/supports and other appropriate professionals. I offer a compassionate, approachable and steady approach as I support you in identifying the valued change you want to make and provide a non-judgmental space to explore it further.

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Ashley Steelman, MA, LCSW 

Kate Walker, ATR-BC, LPC

Julie Criner, LPC, CEDS

Erin O'Brien 







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