BACKGROUND ON ELISABETH AND HER AFFILIATES
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW, MSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker and an individual, couples, family and group psychotherapist.
She has been in private practice since 2000, and has over 20 years of experience in the social work field. Her approach to therapy is focused and goal-oriented, and her personality is kind, empathetic and direct. She is the founder of the DC Counseling and Psychotherapy Center.
Elisabeth is honored to serve as a member of the Board of Overseers of her graduate school, The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.
She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). She has met rigorous training and education standards and is a supervisor-in-training to become an AAMFT approved supervisor. She currently supervises AAMFT candidates for clinical membership.
She is a frequent blogger for the Huffington Post. Her book, Overcoming Your Parents' Divorce: Five Steps to a Happy Relationship, a self-help book for adults with divorced parents, was a finalist in the 2008 National Best Book Awards in the relationship category. Out of over 15,000 applicants, Elisabeth was one of fewer than 50 finalists in Good Morning America’s 2010 Guru Search.
In 1995, Elisabeth received a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work. She has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1997, she received a post-graduate certificate in couples, family and sex therapy from the Penn Council for Relationships, an affiliate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) in Washington DC.
Her work has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychotherapy, and she has written op-ed columns for The Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Tribune. She has taught graduate level courses at the Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate School of Social Work. She was recently interviewed by Washingtonian for an article about couples and exercise.
She lives in Washington DC with her husband and two children. She is active in her community,
serving as a member of the Women's Committee of THEARC. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Little Folks School from Spring of 2005- Spring 2013 and was co-chair of the Washington Ballet's 2010 Nutcracker Tea, and as Family Chair of the 2011 Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes.
Catherine Farrell Kaplan
Catherine Farrell Kaplan, LMHC, MC, is a licensed mental health counselor and an experienced professional therapist with 10 years of experience in individual,
couples, and family therapy, with an focus on Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT).
Beyond therapy, Catherine emphasizes a holistic approach to personal and household wellness, incorporating elements of coaching in life, nutrition,
exercise, and style.
Catherine graduated from New York University's Steinhardt School of Education with a Masters in Counseling in 2002. She has a B.A. from Southern Methodist University. Most recently Catherine studied at the prestigious Ackerman Instititute for the Family for three years in New York City. At the Ackerman Institute, she completed the Foundations in Family Therapy and the Live Clinical Supervision and participated in the Clinical Externship in Family Therapy.
In Manhattan, Catherine was a mental health counselor to high school students at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private girls school, and to middle school students at the United Nations School, a private co-educational school.
Catherine is a licensed professional counselor in the District of Columbia and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York. She lives in the District of Columbia with her husband and three children. She is active in her community, serving as a member of the Women's Committee of THEARC, the Principal's Cabinet for DC Prep, the host committee for the Children's Hearing and Speech Center, and the young collector's committee of the Washington Antiques Show. Catherine sees clients at the Sherier Place location on Wednesday and Friday mornings and Sunday afternoons.
If clients give written permission, Catherine is supervised by Elisabeth. One advantage to working with a therapist who is supervised is that two clinicians are focused on your progress and working together with the joint goal that your experience in therapy be as productive as possible.
Jennifer “Niki” Novak, LMFT, LPC is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor in Washington DC. She offers individual, couples, and sex therapy. Niki has experience treating a wide range of psychological concerns and is passionate about supporting people in various stages of their lives.
In December, 2015, Niki accepted an exciting new position as Director of Evidence-Based Practices at Green Door Behavioral Health. Previously, Niki worked at Pathways to Housing as an ACT team leader providing intensive therapy and, most recently, as the Director of Training and Quality Improvement. For the past 5 years Niki has worked DC’s community mental health system which has allowed her to develop into a flexible and creative practitioner who blends theoretical training in Marriage and Family Therapy into everyday practice. Niki uses an integrated approach including CBT, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and trauma informed practices.
Niki graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a Master's degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage in Family therapy, and from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Additionally, Niki is a member the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and has a Clinical Fellow membership.
Niki sees clients on Wednesday evenings.
For clients who give written consent, Niki is supervised by Elisabeth. One advantage to working with a therapist who is supervised is that two clinicians are focused on your progress and working together with the joint goal that your experience in therapy be as productive as possible.