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Our Therapists

Layla Kassem PsyD, PhD

Dr. Layla Kassem received her first doctorate degree in 1992 and her second in 2012 from the University of Chicago.   She became involved in her profession because she was interested in trauma and the treatment of trauma.  She recognized that the underserved population didn't know where to go when they needed help, while at the same time, wanted to be independent. By starting her own institute, she could provide these services while at the same time providing work for others. Her mission was and remains the creation of an institution where people could come and achieve the things they think are not possible.

In her free time, Dr. Kassem enjoys teaching, traveling, tango dancing, horseback riding and fencing.


Jennifer Cunliffe, MA, NCC

Ms. Cunliffe graduated with her BA in Psychology from Cedarville University, and went on to graduate summa cum laude from Regent University with her MA in Counseling. Ms. Cunliffe has since worked in a variety of settings, including residential treatment, acute inpatient, and outpatient. She specializes in treating patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD using a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Ms. Cunliffe enjoys working with clients of all ages, and specializes in adult and adolescent populations.

In her free time, Ms. Cunliffe enjoys hiking, reading, yoga, cooking, and gardening.


Jessica Hilbert, PsyD

Dr. Hilbert graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with her B.A. She then earned her masters and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's D.C. campus. She has since worked in private practice and community mental health centers. Psychology allows her to combine her passion for helping those who are struggling with difficult emotions with her desire to work in a social profession. She has experience helping with mood disorders like depression, anxiety, stress, trauma/loss/bereavement, and relationship difficulties. She integrates interventions from Interpersonal, Client-Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness based practices.

In her free time, she enjoys Argentine tango, reading, outdoor activities, and watching theater and dance.


Amy Rossmeisl, M.S.

Ms. Rossmeisl graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology and Studio Art from the University of Maryland, College Park. She continued her studies at Howard University, graduating cum laude with
her M.S. in Psychology.

Ms. Rossmeisl has worked in acute residential, outpatient, and school treatment settings. She has experience working with youth, adolescent, adult, and geriatric clientele. Ms. Rossmeisl specializes in treating individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders. She also has a special interest in preventive care, specifically with at-risk populations.

Ms. Rossmeisl implements a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive-Behavioral, Dialectical Behavior, Client-Centered, and Existential Therapies.

In her free time, Ms. Rossmeisl enjoys reading, drawing, painting, photography, and nature.


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