About Us

Dr. Lorrie Ness is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland and maintains a private practice in downtown Silver Spring within easy access of the metro. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee.

Before working in private practice, Lorrie Ness worked in a variety of settings, treating a broad range of clients. Previous positions have included work at community mental health centers, college clinics and in forensic settings. Her initial work in the mental health field was at a residential treatment center for adolescents ages 13 through 18. There she facilitated therapeutic groups, provided after-hours crisis intervention and supervised a team of counselors on the therapeutic milieu. This position was critical in shaping her belief that the calm and steady and support of a counselor can empower an individual to overcome even the most stressful of circumstances. Since working in that capacity, she has attempted to cultivate that same sense of safety, grounding and support for individuals in her private practice.

At her practice in Silver Spring, Lorrie Ness provides therapy and testing services to children, adolescents, adults and families who are coping with a host of emotional and behavior issues.

Lorrie Ness is a proponent of wholistic treatment and she strives to remain connected to a wide range of academic and therapeutic services in the area so as to guide individuals to the resources they most need. She is happy to liaison with schools, health care providers and extended family members in order to help an individual or family enact the change they are seeking.

Areas of special interest and experience include treatment of AD/HD, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, educational difficulties and self-injury. She also has a strong background in working with parents and families around issues related to parenting practices that are most effective for children with behavioral and emotional difficulties. Lorrie Ness works with families in a collaborative manner, tailoring interventions to support each child's and family's needs, lifestyle, circumstance and developmental stage. She utilizes a variety of evidence-based techniques and uses the latest research to guide her work. She also provides assessment services to individuals ages six and up. In particular, she provides evaluations to identify the emotional and cognitive factors underlying academic or occupational difficulty, problems with adjustment, trouble with interpersonal interactions and challenging behavior. Lorrie Ness also has experience conducting evaluations in accordance with the college board, MCAT and LSAT guidelines.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Maryland Psychological Association (MPA)
  • The Learning Disability Association of America
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12 (Clinical Psychology)
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 53 (Child and Adolescent Psychology)

Dr. Danita Wynes is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland. She received her Bachelors and Masters in psychology from San Diego State University, and she earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia where she conducted assessments and provided therapy for pre and post-adjudicated youth within the Family Court Division. She has experience providing therapy and conducting comprehensive psychoeducational assessments for learning disorders, and forensic evaluations for adolescents and adults. Dr. Wynes provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments to clients with a range of emotional and behavioral problems such as anxiety, attention, stress, and relationship difficulties.

Dr. Wynes has served as a crisis interventionist at an inpatient facility for youth in Louisiana and assisted with youth empowerment groups in San Diego. She has appeared in print for a Louisiana magazine and on the radio as a speaker on mental health matters. She enjoys working with diverse clients and to help them achieve their goals. Dr. Wynes also loves music, laughter, and culinary adventures.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 7: Developmental Psychology
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 35: Psychology of Women
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 41: American Psychology-Law Society

Dr. Lindsay Gavin is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Prior to obtaining her Ph.D. at UMBC, Dr. Gavin worked for two years as a psychometrist in the Division of Medical Psychology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, providing neuropsychological testing services for persons with dementia, traumatic brain injury, cognitive impairment, and various other neurological and psychological brain disorders. She has worked clinically in many different settings over the years, including outpatient clinics, inpatient settings within hospitals, schools, private practice, and child advocacy centers. She is specifically interested in pursuing community-based research relating to issues of racial identity, social justice, criminal justice, risk and resilience, sense of community, and exploring these concepts among minority and marginalized populations. Dr. Gavin completed her clinical internship year at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP) at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine, where she worked with adults with severe and persistent mental illness providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other evidenced-based interventions (e.g., Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma). She also worked at an early childhood intervention preschool program providing therapy, assessment, and classroom support services for Boston’s highest risk children living with complicated medical conditions (e.g., HIV/AIDS, failure to thrive, neurodevelopmental challenges) and those with severe trauma histories. Dr. Gavin currently works as a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric psychology at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, MD, where she will soon transition to a full-time faculty position. As a postdoctoral fellow in an outpatient pediatric clinic, she provides individual and family therapy services as well as psychological/psychoeducational evaluations for children and adolescents who present with a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, disruptive/impulse-control disorders, learning disabilities, autism, and more. Dr. Gavin is particularly interested in the prevention and treatment of the psychological effects of trauma in children, adolescents, and their families. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Attachment-Regulation and Competency (ARC), Motivational Interviewing, among many other evidence-based interventions. At Ness Psychological Services, Dr. Gavin primarily provides psychological/neuropsychological assessment and evaluation services to children and individuals ages six and up.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 5: Society for the Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 53: Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 56: Division of Trauma Psychology
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

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