Dr. Alison L. Miller & Associates are licensed psychologists in Lutherville, MD with expertise in the treatment of anxiety disorders across the life span. Their particular areas of specialty include Selective Mutism, OCD, and school refusal.
Drs. Miller, Gorman, and Bechhofer provide comprehensive individual intervention for children with SM, including direct work with the child, parent training, and both intervention and consultation with schools. They use a cognitive-behavioral approach in treatment and value a team approach involving parents and school personnel as active participants.
Dr. Miller and Ms. Simonelli co-lead group therapy sessions for children with SM.
Alison Miller, PsyD
Dr. Alison Miller is a licensed psychologist who has developed a thriving niche practice devoted to supporting children and adults with a wide range of anxiety disorders.
She is especially passionate about educating local schools about the needs of children with Selective Mutism and working with administrators to develop paths to services for these students. She is a frequent speaker and trainer to both school personnel and other mental health professionals on the topic of selective mutism and other anxiety disorders.
Dr. Miller was honored to serve on the Board of Directors of SMA from 2013 to 2016 in support of all children and families seeking information and intervention related to Selective Mutism.
Sarah Gorman, PsyD
Dr. Sarah Gorman is a licensed psychologist who has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, outpatient and inpatient hospitals, and within community mental health.
She has experience working with children and adolescents struggling with anxiety and mood concerns, behavior management, and attentional or executive functioning deficits.
Dr. Gorman specializes in selective mutism, concussion recovery, and adjustment to life stressors, including divorce. In addition to her work in private practice, she provides training and supervision to graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees in clinical psychology.
Joseph Bechhofer, PsyD
Dr. Joseph Bechhofer is a licensed psychologist with extensive training in child and family therapy.
He has experience treating mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral challenges, executive dysfunction, and relational stressors.
Dr. Bechhofer is particularly interested in supporting children with anxiety disorders and their families, and he has trained with Dr. Miller to provide expert care for selective mutism.
Outside of private practice, he teaches and supervises clinical psychology doctoral students.
Ariana Simonelli, MS
Ariana Simonelli, M.S., is a registered Psychology Associate and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology.
Ariana specializes in providing individual and group therapeutic services for children experiencing behavioral and emotional challenges, specifically anxiety and depression. She has trained with well-known experts in selective mutism and coordinates our group therapy program for children with selective mutism.