PROVIDERS

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Alice Zafiris, Psy.D.
Clinical Director

Licensed Clinical PsychologistL

Dr. Zafiris provides evidence-based therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults addressing a wide range of issues related to psychological health and well-being. She specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and body-focused repetitive behaviors.  Dr. Zafiris has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by Behavioral Tech/Linehan Institute and is a graduate of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) through the International OCD Foundation where she obtained intensive training and certification in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).  

 

In her clinical work, Dr. Zafiris utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach which is primarily grounded in cognitive behavioral theory and guided by empirically supported interventions. She takes pride in her ability to personalize treatment to best meet each individual’s unique needs and values a collaborative therapeutic relationship with each client.  Balancing acceptance based approaches with solution-focused strategies, Dr. Zafiris strives to create a warm and supportive environment from which to provide relief from clients’ suffering, as well as to foster personal growth and increase one’s sense of satisfaction and experience of happiness in life. ​

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association

International OCD Foundation

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association, Graduate Student Affiliate

Kimberly Milbrandt, M.A.
Advanced Predoctoral Extern

Kimberly Milbrandt, M.A.,  is an advanced predoctoral extern and a fourth-year clinical psychology doctoral student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C.  Kimberly  earned her first Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling  in 2011. After working for seven years as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Phoenix, AZ,  Kimberly returned to school to pursue her doctorate degree. She will receive her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2022. 

Kimberly has extensive clinical experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families presenting with the full range of anxiety disorders. Moreover, she has worked with adolescents and adults suffering with trauma/Complex PTSD, substance abuse, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, and mood disorders.  Kimberly has a particular level of expertise with interpersonal and environmental traumatic experiences, earning her certification as a Clinical and Family Trauma Professional from the Arizona Trauma Institute in 2015. Kimberly has doctoral-level training and clinical experience working with clients struggling with eating disorders, mood disorders, suicidal ideation and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors.

Kimberly also has significant experience with psychological and neuropsychological assessment. She gained doctoral-level experience at Emory School of Medicine, completing training at the Marcus Autism Center where she administered neuropsychological assessments to children ranging in age from 18 months to school-age, who presented with developmental delays, sensory processing concerns, feeding issues, and pre-existing medical conditions.   Kimberly also completed an advanced externship at Children's National Hospital, during which time she gained further clinical experience and training in neuropsychological assessment of school-aged children presenting with psychiatric, learning and cognitive disorders, and/or complex medical histories (e.g., concussion, seizure, cancer, congenital heart disease).

Kimberly utilizes a multi-modal, integrative therapeutic approach that combines attachment-focused, interpersonal experiences to address origins of mental health disorders, with cognitive-behavioral interventions to address daily stressors and symptoms and identify coping strategies to break maladaptive or ineffective patterns interfering with one's quality of life. Kimberly works primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults, and has a special interest in issues that disproportionately impact women and the LGBTQIA+ community.  She provides individual and group therapy services for Peak Wellness Group. 

 
Clarissa Zies, M.S.
Advanced Predoctoral Extern

Clarissa Zies is an advanced Predoctoral Extern and fourth-year clinical psychology doctoral student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C.  She earned her first master’s degree in clinical psychology in 2017 and a bachelor’s degree in theatre in 2007.

Clarissa's interest in mental health stems from a genuine desire to improve her clients' quality of life. Utilizing an integrative approach to therapy which is grounded in cognitive behavioral theory, clients learn necessary tools to overcome obstacles preventing them from fully enjoying their life. Clarissa fosters a safe, non-judgmental environment that encourages reflection and personal growth, and her approach challenges clients to examine their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and recognize what impact they may be having on daily functioning, relationships, and achievement of personal goals. Throughout Clarissa's graduate training, she has gained significant experience conducting evidence-based treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, trauma disorders, grief, depression, and personality disorders.

 

Clarissa works primarily with adolescents (14+) and adults and provides individual and group therapy services. She will receive her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2022. 

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association, Student Affiliate

Florida Psychological Association, Student Member

Carolina Fernandez
Predoctoral Extern

Carolina Fernandez is an intermediate predoctoral extern and a third-year clinical psychology doctoral student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University in 2017, graduating with honors. Prior to returning to school to obtain her doctoral degree, Carolina gained experience working as a case manager during which time she provided supportive counseling, guidance, and crisis intervention services to adults suffering from chronic mental illness. More recently, Carolina has received extensive training in neuropsychological assessment. At her previous externship site, she conducted comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations to an adult and geriatric population who presented with a wide range of neurological and psychological problems. Carolina’s clinical interests include the psychological treatment of anxiety disorders, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, trauma disorders, and adjustment issues. 


Carolina utilizes an integrative, evidence-based approach to treatment, relying on a blend of empirically-supported interventions and a client-centered approach which allows her to individualize treatment to best meet the unique needs of each and every client she serves.  In her therapeutic work, Carolina fosters an inclusive environment and collaborative relationship, and she prides herself in her ability to work with clients of diverse backgrounds, across the lifespan. Carolina sees clients of all ages and provides individual and group therapy services for Peak Wellness Group. She will receive her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2023. 

Nicole Woodard
Predoctoral Extern

Nicole Woodard is an intermediate predoctoral extern and third-year clinical psychology doctoral student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Florida in 2017, graduating with honors. Prior to returning to school to obtain her doctoral degree in clinical psychology, Nicole gained experience providing therapeutic educational services and group therapy services to adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and comorbid psychiatric diagnoses. More recently, her doctoral clinical training has afforded opportunities to gain extensive training and experience working within the school system, during which time she conducted psychoeducational assessments with children, ages 4-13, and gained experience with individual therapy utilizing an integrative approach.


Nicole’s areas of clinical interests include anxiety disorders, eating disorders, OCD, and childhood trauma. She is passionate about using evidence-based treatment to assist individuals in overcoming any emotional barriers that may hinder them from flourishing. In her clinical work, Nicole is guided by empirically-supported interventions and fosters a warm, supportive therapeutic environment where differences are respected, and treatment is tailored to fit each individual. She has a strong commitment to delivering culturally sensitive treatment and understanding the impact of individual, community, and social contexts on an individual’s well-being and mental health. Nicole sees clients of all ages and provides individual and group therapy services for Peak Wellness Group. She will receive her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2023.