Staff – The Center for Cognitive Therapy


Dr. Katie O’Meara


Katie O’Meara, Psy.D. is the director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assessment.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.


Dr. O’Meara received her training at the American Schools of Professional Psychology, an APA accredited institution. She has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D), and is licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Dr. O’Meara received training in Cognitive Behavioral-Therapy in her graduate program and at various training sites, including Pollak Mental Health Services at Monmouth Medical Center, Clinical and Forensic Neuroscience, CPC Health/ Chestnut Lodge Hospital, and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Since 2005, she has received training in CBT and integrative psychotherapy at the Capital Institute for Cognitive Therapy in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, the American Psychological Association, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the American Academy of Psychotherapists, and the Virginia Psychological Association. Dr. O’Meara has extensive experience providing cognitive, psychological and neuropsychological testing with children. This training occurred at Clinical and Forensic Neuroscience and at Georgetown Psychology Associates. Her teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct faculty member at Argosy University, where she taught Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Cognitive Behavioral Theory

Dr. Kyla Aimone

Dr. Aimone received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and behavioral management strategies through her graduate program and various training sites including the Pediatric Developmental Center, John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County (Chicago, IL), and Northwest Community Behavioral Health Services (Chicago, IL). In addition, Dr. Aimone received extensive training in developmental, psycheducational, and neuropsychological assessment of infants, children, and adolescents through her training sites at the University of Illinois—Chicago, the Pediatric Developmental Center, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago, IL).

Dr. Aimone has worked with individuals presenting with various difficulties, including anxiety, defiance, ADHD, mood disorders, developmental delays, and sleep difficulties. She primarily treats children ranging in age from toddlerhood through elementary school.


Leslie Coates Burpee, MA, NCC, CCTP

Ms. Coates Burpee attended Davidson College in North Carolina and earned an MA in Psychology from Harvard University, where she collaborated with Ellen J. Langer, Ph.D. on innovative mindfulness research. She went on to earn an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marymount University. Leslie Coates Burpee is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and completed the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Core Curriculum directly under the instruction of Dr’s. Aaron and Judith Beck, as well as the Level 1 Gottman therapy for couples training, again directly from Drs. John and Julie Gottman. She maintains membership with Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors (NVLPC), American Counseling Association (ACA), and Virginia Counselors Association (VCA), and International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). As a therapist, she draws from a number of disciplines grounded in person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapies, while utilizing mindfulness and solutions-focused techniques that can build confidence and strengthen one’s ability to manage stress. She works with children, adolescents and adults, including couples.


Dr. Emily Danon (previously Rotbart)

Emily Danon, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her Masters and Doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from The George Washington University, an American Psychological Association-accredited program. She completed her psychology internship at Maimonides Medical Center, a large non-profit hospital and academic medical center in Brooklyn, NY with extensive inpatient and outpatient mental health programs for a diverse urban population. She has acquired additional training in positive psychology in Copenhagen, Denmark, published psychology research, and received a scholar award from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Danon has worked in outpatient community clinics, therapeutic day schools, and public schools in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Massachusetts, providing psychotherapy and psychological assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Danon values the therapeutic relationship with her clients and uses an integrative treatment approach, combining cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapies. She emphasizes coupling symptom reduction with greater self-awareness to build coping skills and self-efficacy. Dr. Danon tailors treatment to the unique strengths and challenges of each client and/or family.

Dr. Danon has worked with individuals struggling with a variety of concerns, including mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, impulse control issues, interpersonal relationship difficulties, and psychosis.


Dr. Alexis Herman

Alexis Herman, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her Masters and Doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from The George Washington University, an American Psychological Association-accredited program. She completed a pre-doctoral internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, a community mental health clinic in Stamford, Connecticut.

Dr. Herman has received extensive training in individual, group, and family psychotherapy and psychological and educational assessments. She integrates cognitive-behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, and family systems techniques in her therapeutic approach, depending on the needs and preferences of her clients and families. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults at various placements including schools, outpatient clinics, and non-profit agencies. Dr. Herman also has experience providing consultation to schools and performing crisis intervention and management. Dr. Herman has helped individuals with a wide range of life challenges and psychological issues, including but not limited to, mood and anxiety symptoms, attention and behavioral difficulties, low self-esteem, trauma, identity issues, interpersonal difficulties, relationship concerns, developmental delays, and psychosis.


Dr. Alicia Hodge

Alicia Little Hodge, Psy.D. is a psychology associate in Virginia and Maryland. She received a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University (a CACREP accredited institution) as well as a Masters and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from The University of Hartford (an APA accredited institution). She is experienced in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) across various treatment settings with adolescents and adults. Dr. Hodge completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral residency at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Washington, DC; with a focus on CBT for psychosis. She has received extensive training in exposure therapy, cognitive remediation, parent training, and is a certified adoption competent therapist. Dr. Hodge has also conducted specific research surrounding the experience of transracial adoptive parents and how to engender self-confidence and efficacy.

Dr. Hodge primarily works with individuals addressing issues related to anxiety, phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma, relationship difficulties, rigid thinking, self-esteem, and post-adoption adjustment. Dr. Hodge works collaboratively with individuals to identify their strengths, effectively increasing self-understanding and awareness of personal thinking styles.


Dr. Noura Khayat

Noura Khayat, Psy. D, received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University, an APA-accredited Institution. She has received training in Cognitive-Behavioral, Integrative and Play therapies with a concentration in Child and Adolescent psychology. Additionally, she has trained in providing comprehensive psychological assessments for children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Khayat completed her APA-Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship at the Institute for Child and Family Health Inc. in Miami, FL.

Dr. Khayat has worked extensively with individuals suffering from traumatic experiences, as well as attention and behavioral difficulties, obsessive behaviors, anxiety, depression, and difficulties with social, family and romantic relationships. Dr. Khayat focuses her therapy on flexible treatment planning with adults or families to determine the approach that fits them best.


Dr. Maria Mangione

Maria Mangione, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her Masters and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University of Maryland’s APA accredited doctoral program. She completed her pre-doctoral internship working with college students at California State University- Fullerton’s and then was accepted into the post-doctoral training program at Pacific Clinics community mental health center. Dr. Mangione has received training in Cognitive Behavioral-Therapy( CBT) in her graduate program and at various training sites including community mental health clinics, college counseling centers, VA medical centers, hospitals and private practice. Dr. Mangione’s approach to therapy is a supportive and collaborative one, where she uses her own clinical expertise as well as her client’s individual desires for change to tailor her treatment to each client and develop a positive and effective therapeutic experience. Dr. Mangione especially values the importance of a strong relationship with her clients and providing a safe space. 

Dr. Mangione has experience providing individual therapy with children, teens and adults, couples and family therapy, and group therapy, as well as conducting psychological assessments with children and adults. Dr. Mangione has successfully treated a vast array of clinical concerns including depression and other mood disorders, anxiety and stress, OCD, PTSD and trauma related disorders, performance disorders, behavioral concerns, academics issues, ADHD, relational and familial issues, grief and loss, and body image concerns. Her clinical skills gained from these experiences allow Dr. Mangione to quickly and accurately assess psychological concerns and identify areas of focus for clients. Her ability to effectively target areas of concern and develop an appropriate course of treatment helps to give her clients the answers they need when they are facing problems preventing them from moving forward.

Dr. Kirsten Thomas

Kirsten Thomas, Psy. D., is a psychology associate in Virginia and Maryland. Dr. Thomas received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology, an APA accredited institution.  She received training in cognitive-behavioral and integrative therapy and comprehensive psychological assessment at various placements including Words of Life Development Center, Department of Disability Services, Family Priority and Contemporary Therapeutic Services.  She has extensive experience in both therapy and assessment, and has worked with children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Thomas has worked with individuals whom presented with various challenges, including but not limited to individuals with anxiety, mood disorders, developmental delays, trauma, and defiance.