Susan, candid

My career as a therapist began over two decades ago in 1989 at the Caron Foundation, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that also specializes in codependency and ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) work . At Caron, I discovered my passion for and joy in helping people find more of themselves and seeing the magical results of that journey.

With a desire to grow personally and professionally, I relocated my therapy practice to Georgetown in Washington, DC, where I do Individual counseling and therapy, couples and marriage/relationship counseling, group therapy, Psychodynamic Clinical Supervision for Social Workers in DC and Drug and Alcohol Counselors and specialized work with impaired professionals. In addition I offer aftercare and continuing care for folks coming out of intensive outpatient treatment and inpatient treatment programs for substance abuse and addiction issues. I work with people varying in age from 17 to adult.A few years later, I moved to New York City to begin my private psychotherapy practice. While establishing my practice, I also designed and implemented an intensive outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program for Mediplex/United Hospital in New Rochelle, NY.

My Therapy Practice

As a counselor and therapist, I have specialized training in working with people struggling with or recovering from:

  • Alcohol use, abuse, dependence & addiction
  • Drug use, abuse, dependence & addiction
  • Sexual compulsivity and other sexual issues
  • Eating disorders

In addition I provide therapy to people with many issues such as (but not limited to):

  • Codependency
  • Adult children of dysfunctional families (childhood trauma & abuse survivors)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues, Couples & Marriage Counseling

In the therapy will I help you to:

  • Discover more of yourself and work on healing your psychological wounds
  • Enhance your personal growth & creativity
  • Improve the quality of the relationship with yourself and others
  • Help you to feel more empowered in your life and in yourself

My Goals for You in Therapy

Put simply, I help people discover more of who they are and through counseling help them work toward personal goals to make their life more fulfilling.

My focus is always on helping people have fuller, more authentic, creative and spirited lives and relationships.

Psychotherapy is an art to be practiced and refined, as is life. I am an artist in both my life and in my work as a psychotherapist. Let’s open the door to possibility together and see what we can find inside of you. Feel free to call me to talk about how we may be able to work together.

To contact Susan please call 202-333-1787 or email her here.


Aaron Pearl, M.Ed., LGPC

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Aaron is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor. He has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Boston University, with a specialty in Sport Psychology. Aaron works with individuals, couples, and families, assisting them in heightening consciousness about the impact of thoughts and feelings on their lives. He has a special interest in working with issues of substance abuse and recovery.

As a Sport Psychology Consultant, Aaron helps amateur and professional athletes achieve their goals and aspirations in sport. By integrating traditional psychotherapy and sport psychology interventions, Aaron assists individuals in gaining insight into their sport, character, family and social relationships. These insights lead to making decisions about living a more balanced and fulfilling life, increase resilience, and lead to a deeper appreciation and understanding of oneself.

To Contact Aaron please call : 202-333-1787 or email him by clicking here.




Kelly G. Ezickson, LICSW


For 25 years I have worked with adults, adolescents, families, and couples who struggle with addiction, depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues (including divorce and separation impact on children) and stress related issues. One of my greatest strengths is my ability to connect to my clients and allow them to truly feel heard and understood. It is through this connection that positive change can begin. Psychotherapy provides the forum to work together to understand the ways in which your life has unfolded and how this has affected the pain you experience. I will work with you to set goals and reach these goals.

Both the decision to enter therapy and choosing a therapist can be stressful for many people. I will work hard to make you feel comfortable and safe while working through difficult and sensitive topics. Trained in family systems theory, I use a relational psychodynamic approach to help people bring about greater personal and professional satisfaction in their lives.


University of Pennsylvania, Masters in Social Work, 1989

University of Delaware, BA in Psychology, 1987

Licensure: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker- 1991, DC & Massachusetts

Professional Memberships:

Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers

National Association of Social Workers

To contact Kelly please call: 202-333-1787 or email her by clicking here.


Kristen Quigley, LICSW

Kristen Quigley, LICSW

Kristen Quigley, LICSW, comes to my practice with fifteen years of clinical experience. As a seasoned therapist, she primarily works with individuals and also with couples and groups. She is described as a compassionate, active and attentive listener, empathic, intuitive, sincere and honest.

Kristen’s main focus areas include: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, grief, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pregnancy (infertility and post-partum depression included), relationship issues, separation and divorce, crisis, self esteem, self-sabotage habits and family of origin issues, etc.

Kristen holds a masters degree in social work from The Catholic University of America and has maintained a private practice in Georgetown for over a decade.

To contact Kristen please call: 202-333-1787 or email her by clicking here.


Collaborative Staff

Chris Bennett

CaptureChris Bennett Interventions, a San Diego based Addiction and Mental Health Intervention & Consulting firm, is a nationally recognized leader in helping families to create solutions in the midst of crisis and chaos.

Chris Bennett, the Founder & Executive Director, has partnered with Susan Berlin & Associates in Washington, DC with a strong determination to help the community that he grew up in himself, the DC metro area. Addiction and mental health challenges are no one’s fault but they do become everyone’s problem. We are here to help.

Chris & Susan specialize in guiding families in the toughest of situations by helping them create a solution to active addiction, mental health diagnoses, co-occurring addictive and mental health disorders, eating disorders and anything else that impedes in your loved one and family’s path to a happy, joyous life.

Chris Bennett is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC-II), Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) and a Board Registered Interventionist (BRI-I).

Chris specializes in mental health and addiction interventions, helping you find the right treatment providers for your loved one through an extensive treatment center consultation and evaluation process, and provides ongoing family coaching during the treatment process.

Call Susan Berlin & Associates today for a free initial phone consultation 202-333-1787.
To Contact Chris please call : 202-333-1787 or email him by clicking here.


Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson is an independent interventionist and therapeutic consultant, specializing in directing families and their loved ones to appropriate programs based on their specific needs. Mike has worked with nearly 1,000 families in his years in the field, and has worked with clients struggling with addiction, codependency, mental health disorders, and eating disorders.

Mike has visited over 400 therapeutic programs around the globe and is deeply passionate about finding the perfect fit for every client. He works diligently to help clients find long-term recovery and help families heal themselves.

Mike’s extensive network of professional contacts provides access to a diverse range of mental health, therapeutic, and addiction treatment options for clients and their families. Mike travels frequently to visit programs, speak nationally, engage in trainings, and meet with families.

Mike is a board member of C4 Recovery Solutions (an addiction recovery outcomes research organization), a member of the Association of Recovery Schools, a member of the Association of Intervention Specialists, a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, and the Association for Experiential Education.

To contact Mike Ferguson please call: 202-333-1787 or To email Mike click here

Susan's Licenses & Certifications:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (licensed in NY, MD and DC)

Certified Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (CASAC)

Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC)