Mr. Schuyler Cunningham, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, BCD
- Cunningham, S., and Norman, T. (2022). Treatment Planning for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In Rapp-McCall, L., Corcoran, K., & Roberts, A.R. (Eds.), Social Workers’ Desk Reference. Oxford University Press.
- Cunningham, S., Norman, T., & Warner, S. (2022). Neurofeedback: An Evidence Based Nonmedication Intervention. In Rapp-McCall, L., Corcoran, K., & Roberts, A.R. (Eds.), Social Workers’ Desk Reference. Oxford University Press.
- Cunningham, S. & Norman, T. (2021) ADHD and Neurofeedback Explained. Self-Published.
- Cunningham, S., Wakim, P., Hendricks, J., Cassidy, Q., Teigen, E., & BrintzenhofeSzoc, K. (2020). Influence of psychosocial distress on traumatic stress symptoms among oncology patients in clinical trials. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice, 2(2). doi: 10.1097/OR9.0000000000000021.
- Cunningham, S. C., Aizvera, J., Wakim, P., & Felber, L. (2018). Use of a self-reported psychosocial distress screening tool as a predictor of need for psychosocial intervention in a general medical setting. Social work in health care, 57(5), 315–331. https://doi.org/10.1080/00981389.2018.1437499.
- Trauma Matters Fall 2019 Connecticut Women’s Consortium
- Fight Colorectal Cancer – Webinar on Cancer Related Traumatic DistressCunningham, S. & Felber, L. Psychosocial Distress Screening in a General Medical Population. National Institutes of Mental Health, 2018.
- Cunningham, S. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Social Work Department, 2013.
Ms. Lauren Horton, MA, LPC, NCC
Director of Counseling
Ms. Lauren Horton is a, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) in Washington D.C. She uses a culturally aware pluralistic approach when helping clients progress towards their therapeutic goals and helping clients increase awareness, harmony and balance in their lives. Lauren uses a variety of techniques from Afrocentric, Attachment, and Solution-Focused theories. Lauren also currently practices at The George Washington University Student Counseling Center and has worked at Fairfax County Anger and Domestic Prevention Treatment Program and Harrisonburg’s Batterer’s Intervention Program. She has advanced training in Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing as well as is a Certified Ambassador for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. Lauren also has experience leading psychoeducational groups that focused on healthy and interpersonal relationships, regulating emotions, and teaching mindfulness. Lauren has a serious interest in resilience, self-compassion, and mental toughness. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University and is proficient in Spanish.
Ms. Sophia Gruden, MS, LGPC
Therapist and Life Coach
Ms. Sophia Gruden, LGPC is a counselor, under the supervision of Schuyler Cunningham and Lauren Horton, and life coach who trained with Martha Beck Institute. She is also trained in neurofeedback with a specialty in infra-slow fluctuation training. Before becoming a therapist she was an Art Director and designed projects for HGTV, TLC, Style, and Discovery channels. Ms. Gruden is currently pursuing her Doctor of Psychology at George Washington University. Her research interests include personal trauma and the physiological and somatic manifestation. She incorporates the works of Drs. Bessel Van der Kolk and Peter Levine and the expressive arts as therapeutic mechanisms for healing trauma in to her practice. Mr. Gruden obtained her Masters of Science in Counseling at Johns Hopkins University. In her free time, she enjoys painting, sculpting, and nature walks with her family. Mr. Gruden speaks French and enjoys engaging with different languages and cultures.
Ms. SamanthaJo Beatty (SamJo)
Assistant Practice Manager
Ms. SamanthaJo Beatty (SamJo) is a certified Director of Clinical Quality and national EHR government guidelines trainer who has been working in healthcare for 16 years. She began her career as a paramedic, then moved into a medical front and back office setting as a Certified Medical Office Manager and Registered Nurse working her way through each position until she reached Operations Management. Ms. Beatty prides herself on knowing our practice inside and out so she can jump in at any time to help staff members and clients. Ms. Beatty’s passion and knowledge of the mental health and medical fields makes her a sought after Director of Healthcare Operations throughout the United States.
Ms. Calli Bianchi
Therapist and Nutritional Coach
Ms. Calli Bianchi, M.Ed., LGPC is a therapist, under the supervision of Schuyler Cunningham and Lauren Horton, an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) provider, and a certified nutrition coach. Ms. Bianchi’s experience includes providing assessments and counseling with adults and adolescents. Most recently she worked at the Sheltercare Program of Northern Virginia where she provided counseling and curriculum development for adolescents in short and long-term residential settings including psychiatric units and court-ordered programs. Ms. Bianchi assisted in teaching an Introductory Research Methods course at the University of Tennessee, where she obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She is a co-author of a pending publication focusing on the influence of prosocial motivation on prospective memory. Ms. Bianchi is a Certified Nutrition Coach by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also the past President of the University of Tennessee’s chapter of The International Honors Society in Psychology (Psi Chi). Ms. Bianchi utilizes a client-centered approach combined with cognitive solution-focused interventions to help her clients make progress toward their psychological and nutritional goals.
Mr. Siddarth (Sid) Mathur
Senior Neurofeedback Technician
Mr. Siddarth (Sid) Mathur is a Senior Neurofeedback Technician and graduate of the George Washington University. He majored in Neuroscience and minored in Exercise Science and Biology. Before joining DCNE, Sid worked as a Psychiatric Counselor at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington (PIW) and as a Medical Scribe. Sid is a Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist. At PIW, Sid led psychoeducational groups with people in recovery that focused on the mechanism and treatment of addiction. He has also held jobs as a Laboratory Technician and Line Cook. Sid’s goals are to pursue a medical degree with a concentration in psychiatry and to help further advance our knowledge of mental health.
Ms. Jess Stern, LGPC, NCC, M. Ed.
Ms. Jess Stern, LGPC, NCC, M. Ed. is a therapist licensed in DC and MD and is under the supervision of Schuyler Cunningham and Lauren Horton. Ms. Stern is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), as a group therapy facilitator for people experiencing addictions, and has experience working closely with the LGBTQ population. Prior to joining DCNE, Ms. Stern worked for DC Public Schools in the field of special education including conducting vocational rehabilitation assessments. She also completed a year-long clinical internship at the Whitman Walker Health Clinic focusing on trauma informed mental health care. Ms. Stern obtained her Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Masters of Special Education and Transition Services from The George Washington University and her Bachelors of Art in Psychology and Bachelors of Science in Education and Human Development from The University of Miami. In her free time, Ms. Stern enjoys rock climbing, live music, and traveling abroad.
Ms. Anya Plotnikova
Ms. Anna (Anya) Plotnikova is a Neurofeedback Technician and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in Chemistry. In addition to working at DCNE, Anya is currently an Intramural Research Training Award recipient from the National Institutes of Mental Health in the Lab of Neuropsychology Section on Cognitive Neurophysiology and Imaging and Section on Neural Coding and Computation. Anya has a breadth of experience in research including neuroanatomy, visual perception, emotional processing, learning, memory using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), behavior, neurosurgery, and electrophysiology. She is also a Clinical Research Associate in the Emergency Department at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Anya is fluent in Russian and looks forward to pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology.
Ms. Alicia Solorio, M.Psy.
Ms. Alicia Solorio, M.Psy., is a Psychology Associate under the supervision of Mr. Schuyler Cunningham and Ms. Lauren Horton. She has extensive experience treating and assessing mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Ms. Solorio is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Psychology at The George Washington University. Prior to joining DCNE, Ms. Solorio worked at a community mental health clinic, an elementary school, and a clinic that services Military members and their families. Ms. Solorio has experience in individual therapy and conducting psychological assessments to support clients with a variety of presenting concerns. Before graduate school, Ms. Solorio worked as a Representative Payee Case Manager for NAMI San Diego. Ms. Solorio completed her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University, received her Master’s of Psychology from The George Washington University (GW). Ms. Solorio works using an integrative lens, incorporating Psychodynamic, CBT, and ACT techniques with clients. In her free time, Ms. Solorio enjoys doing puzzles, checking out museums, and catching up on the latest shows.