Welcome to WBMA, LLC & The SOAR Program for Psychotherapy and Testing

We are a unique practice, providing comprehensive, collaborative mental health care through our team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists. Our patient population is diverse, and we are inclusive and welcoming to all. We know reaching out is not easy, and we are dedicated to creating the most helpful treatment path for each and every person and family.

Psychiatry

Our psychiatrists provide highly personalized care for children, teens, young adults, adults, and seniors. Our physician-scientists offer specialized diagnoses and treatment including, but not limited to: mood and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), alcohol and substance abuse disorders (including suboxone), and psychiatric management of genetic disorders. Telepsychiatry services are available for established patients only.

Therapy

Within The SOAR Program, our psychologists and psychotherapists provide empathic therapy for children, adolescents, and adults, including individual, group, parenting, couples, and family support. Our compassionate providers utilize a variety of evidence-based modalities, individualized for every patient. Supportive, personalized therapy is provided within the context of a carefully matched, strong therapeutic relationship with one of our highly trained clinicians. We welcome those interested in care based in expressive therapies, such as art, drama, and music, as well. Telehealth services are available in some circumstances, including for parent coaching.

Telehealth Groups

WBMA, LLLC’s SOAR Program for Psychotherapy and Testing is currently enrolling the following telehealth groups. Groups meet weekly and include a maximum of 5 or 6 members.

Summer Camp

This summer, the SOAR Program for Psychotherapy & Testing is excited to offer a virtual camp program. The curriculum will be engaging, enjoyable, and therapeutic.

Testing

The SOAR Program’s licensed psychologists also offer comprehensive testing services, including: neuropsychological, psychological (including social-emotional), psychoeducational, developmental, giftedness (including ‘2E’), and admissions testing. Testing is available for individuals of all ages. The psychologist matched to each individual personally provides all testing services, data driven reports, observations, and recommendations. We do not rely on students, techs, or psychology associates for testing, as it is imperative to us that we provide the highest level of care, based in the highest level of training and experience. Our psychologists utilize standardized testing measures and projective tools, and provide diagnoses, interpretations, and recommendations informed by the latest in neuroscience, psychology, and education research. Our testing team offers years of experience in the area.

Art Therapy

Art Therapy is a form of visual expressive communication which can circumvent the limitations of language. This visual and symbolic expression fosters self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivates emotional resilience, promotes insight, enhances social skills, and empowers the individual to reduce and resolve conflicts and distress. It is also used to improve cognitive executive functioning and sensory-motor functions.

Art Therapy benefits children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. The type of art therapy is specific to the needs of the patient and can be used to help with emotional distress, adjustment issues, relief from trauma, self-awareness, recognizing and healing pain, and processing grief and loss. Through the creative process, patients express feelings and explore vulnerabilities. Each patient’s creative process is unique, and may include a variety of art making methods, like drawing, painting, collage, or sculpture. In Art Therapy, the emphasis is on the process of creating the art, and using it as a means of communication and exploration. Art Therapy does not require training, experience, or ‘skill.’ Art Therapy is facilitated by a master-level clinician trained and licensed in art therapy.

‘Next Steps’ and Treatment Planning

Our team meets with some patients for preliminary intake to help guide treatment planning. We offer ‘next steps’ written reports and case management to coordinate care and to help determine a ‘roadmap’ for those who wish for such support. This might include recommendations and referrals for medical consultations, testing, therapy, tutoring, school support (e.g., in school, placement specialists), extracurriculars, legal support, financial planning, home-based strategies, etc. following detailed clinical interview.

Additional Services

Along with specialized services in psychopharmacology, medication management for children, teens, adults, and seniors, and comprehensive therapy and testing services, WBMA offers brain modulation treatment (rTMS, eTNS, tDCS) and genetics/pharmacogenetics services. WBMA and SOAR also provide second opinion consultation and expert witness evaluations and testimony. Our clinicians are available for speaking engagements. We also provide school-based observations.

The Experience

What Our Patients Are Saying

“My son sees Dr. Laje for ADHD and Anxiety. He is kind, listens very intently, gets to know the patient and remembers what he’s learned about them. He is easy to talk to, very helpful with his responses and a very pleasant man in general. I highly recommend him.”

“Very easy to make appointment, responsive, friendly office staff, great doctor.”

“He has helped me battle depression for years. Caring and understanding individual who I’ve recommended strongly to family members and friends. One of the best.”

Services from Our Practice

Top level practitioners that specialize in advanced evidence-based treatment. We make a diagnosis and provide the best possible treatment strategy.

Children

We integrate family support with early diagnosis and intervention to promote long term success

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Teens

We discern age appropriate behavior from clinical symptomatology, which is essential to facilitate positive communication

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Adults

We optimize medical treatment through evidence-based care to improve overall quality of life

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Piece of Mind

Keys to a Healthy Brain

Brain Development .01

Understanding the stages of brain maturation

Nutrition .02

Understanding the impact of food and supplement choices on behavior

Medicine .03

Finding the appropriate medication

Brain Development

Nutrition

Medicine

Sleep

Support

Exercise

Therapy

Diagnosis

04. Sleep

Assessing and optimizing restorative sleep

05. Support

Focusing on habit adaptation & emotional development

06. Exercise

Adapting physical activity to lifestyle and abilities

Contact Info

Phone: 301-576-6044

Fax: 301-576-1645

5480 Wisconsin Ave. #223

Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Office Hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm M-F

Our Staff

Gonzalo Laje, MD

Director, Washington Behavioral Medicine Associates
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Carlos Blanco, MD, PhD

Director, Adult Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology
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Falk W. Lohoff, MD

Director, Addiction Recovery Program
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Jaclyn Halpern, Psy.D.

Director, SOAR Psychotherapy and Testing
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Joette James, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Clinical Neuropsychologist & Director of Forensic Consultation, SOAR Psychotherapy and Testing
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Rene P. Laje, PhD

Director, Older Adult Services
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Jeanni Jensen, MA, LCPC

Psychotherapist, SOAR Psychotherapy and Testing
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Stefanie Faith Bloom Ed.D, NBC-HWC

Life Coach, SOAR Psychotherapy and Testing
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Anna L. Mills MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT

Art Therapist, SOAR Psychotherapy and Testing
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Christa Hill

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Extern, SOAR Psychotherapy and Testing
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Janelle McCarthy

Counselor-in-Training, SOAR Psychotherapy and Testing
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Brianna Lindsey

Program Manager
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Isidora Manalo

Office Manager
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Mission Statement

We believe that every patient is unique.

WBMA is committed to providing the highest quality of care that is compassionate, patient-centered and comprehensive, prioritizing the health and wellbeing of the whole person. Our vision is to be a leader in innovative treatments and care, that reach all patients from childhood to adulthood; even those with rare and treatment-resistant illnesses.

Why Us?

Our approach provides empathic, evidenced-based, integrated care for whole-brain health. While patients might be experiencing similar symptoms, our priority is to customize individualized treatment and care plans that will help each person or family maximize potential and health through coordinated services that might include: proper medication, therapy, testing, brain modulation, lifestyle suggestions, and/or dietary supplements.