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MAIATHE MAIA INSTITUTE was conceived through collective years and experience in psychiatric practice. That experience yielded an amalgamated vision of what psychiatric care could be as opposed to where it stood in the standards of the field today. The Institute was borne out of a drive to pursue a different model of providing care at a high level, to provide appropriate access to specialists, and to occupy a position as a national referral center for the advanced management of mental health matters. The institute uses cutting edge, advanced, evidence based treatment modalities. We tailor to very specific populations and their needs with a team of professionals that have subspecialized in distinct areas of mental health. We are an institution that operates informed by solid academic and research parameters, and serve as a think tank for ongoing progress in the field.
CHILDOur child psychiatrists address emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents, with judicious use of all treatment modalities. We work in close integration and communication with multiple dimensions of the child’s life, including home, family, and school life.
WOMENWe provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning of mental health issues associated with pregnancy, lactation, severe PMS, and female hormonal balance. We specialize in management of risks specifically associated with the particular circumstances of these very important life periods.
TRIOur Treatment Resistant Illnesses program focuses on providing relief to patients who have had several unsuccessful attempts at managing their symptoms. Up to 30% of mental illnesses may not respond to conventional therapies, and require intensive management through medications that require close monitoring (e.g. clozapine) combinations of treatments, or even interventional new methods.
MED PSYCHOur clinic for Severe Medical Comorbidities and HIV focuses on the coexisting mental and emotional symptoms that accompany chronic medical conditions. Systemic illnesses, such as HIV, affect multiple dimensions of mental well-being and other bodily functions simultaneously. Successful management of all aspects of health depends on delicate management of the conditions, and the multiple treatments the patient is often receiving.
ADDICTIONWe offer treatment to people struggling with alcohol, tobacco and illicit substances. We offer multiple treatment options, including buprenorphine treatment for opioid addictions.
SPORTSOur sports psychiatry
and athletes program is dedicated to enhancing professional athletes’ mental health and well-being,in support of their athletic performance. We recognize the particular stressors they endure through their careers, and we are mindful of the options that remain available to them without endangering their sports career or performance. We provide mental health screenings, mental health workshops, and evaluations and treatment in accordance with the International Society of Sports Psychiatry.
NEUROPSYCHOLOGICALTESTINGNeuropsychological testing includes standardized tests that have been validated in comparable populations in order to determine an individual’s strengths or weaknesses. Overall, they help determine a pattern brain functioning in multiple domains including: intelligence and cognition, executive functions (planning, abstraction, conceptualization), attention, memory, language, perception, sensorimotor functions, motivation, mood state and emotion, quality of life, behavior, and personality styles. Specific testing may be requested to address forensic questions such as risk assessment, malingering, and personality structures. These tests may help elucidate a differential diagnosis, determine prognosis and rehabilitation prospects, or aid in answering a mental health question in the context of litigation.
CONCIERGE SERVICESOur Concierge Service entails a specialized mental health and well-being program design for business executives, corporate and political leaders, and other licensed professionals. This program is tailored to fit specific scheduling and availability needs. Our Concierge service works within other parameters of personalized confidentiality and comfort.
TELEPSYCHIATRYWe recognize the need for mental health care throughout the nation and beyond, which is why we are committed to extending our services as far as our times and technology permits. We offer psychiatric evaluations and treatment in compliance with all current guidelines to rural areas and to institutions where psychiatric care is limited (such as correctional facilities and nursing homes).
PSYCHOTHERAPYOur team of qualified psychotherapists include trained and licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. We provide individual psychotherapy in multiple modalities, including psychodynamic psychotherapy and CBT. We also offer group psychotherapy for patients who share comparable experiences, such as trauma.
INSTITUTIONAL CONSULTINGThe Maia Institute offers consulting to a number of organizations including: hospitals, correctional facilities, out-patient treatment providers, academic and political institutions, and more. Consultations may include information regarding:
- Compliance with current guidelines for managing mental health
- Optimization of safety precautions
- Identification and correction of deviations from the standard of care on behalf of practitioners
- Design, development, and implementation of training programs for medical students, psychiatry residents, and subspecialty fellows
- Design, development, and implementation of policies and programs to optimize mental wellbeing of the population
FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY: MH EVALUATIONS IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGSOur board certified forensic psychiatrists and psychologists offer consultation in mental health and legal matters, both civil and criminal. Evaluation requests may include:
- Fitness for duty evaluations, specific to position
- Psychiatric malpractice
- Employment litigation
- Psychiatric or emotional injury
- Sexual misconduct and sexual recidivism analysis
- Dangerousness assessments
- Death investigations and situational analysis
- Legal insanity
- Competencies: criminal (to stand trial, to waive rights) and civil (testamentary, decisional)
CAROLINA A. KLEIN, MDDr. Klein serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the Maia Institute.Carolina A. Klein, MD is a Board Certified forensic psychiatrist currently practicing in the D.C. metro area. She offers clinical care to adults suffering from a broad range of mental health conditions. Treatment provided includes psychopharmacological management as well as psychotherapy for eligible patients.In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Klein is a fellowship-trained and board Certified forensic psychiatrist. She is available for psychiatric consultation and psychiatric expert witness services in civil and criminal matters. Dr. Klein obtained her medical degree in Chile in 2002. She then completed her psychiatry residency training in a large urban university hospital at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. She then completed her forensic fellowship training at Georgetown University Hospital. Concurrently, she has pursued advanced academic and clinical training in the fields of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapy from the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. She is actively involved in academic development, and served as the Associate Program Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Klein is also an active member of the American American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychoanalysis (BWCP). Dr. Klein is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital.Her special areas of interest include psychiatric diagnosis, detection of malingering, criminal responsibility evaluations, management standards, psychiatric and forensic neuropsychiatric autopsies, testamentary capacity, diminished capacity, International Forensics, and death penalty matters. Other areas of special clinical and forensic interest include the forensic neuropsychiatric evaluation of medical complications of psychiatric illness and medication as well as psychiatric complications of medical illness. Dr. Klein is fluent in spoken and written Spanish, and can conduct evaluations for Spanish-speaking populations.
CHRISTOPHER RACZYNSKI, MDDr. Raczynski serves as the Director of Clinical Operations for the Institute, and the Director of Child Psychiatry services. Dr. Raczynski attended medical school at University College Dublin (Ireland), from which he graduated with honors and was a finalist for the gold medal in Internal Medicine. He then did his internship at Georgetown University Hospital before completing his psychiatric residency training at Yale. Dr. Raczynski remained at Yale to train in the subspecialty fellowships of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.Dr. Raczynski is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), by which he is board-certified in General, Child & Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry. He is also an active member of numerous national organizations including the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL). Dr. Raczynski is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at both Georgetown University Hospital and George Washington University Hospital. In this academic role, he teaches on matters pertaining to juvenile justice, family court, and pediatric psychopharmacology.Dr. Raczynski served as the Associate Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Behavioral Health in Washington, DC. In this administrative role, he served as the head of public sector child & adolescent psychiatry for the District. Dr. Raczynski has also a maintained clinical and forensic private practice. His clinical work includes psychotherapy and medication management for children, adolescents, and young to middle-aged adults. He has a special interest in the co-morbidities of ADHD and anxiety disorders. Dr. Raczynski’s forensic work has been both criminal and civil in nature. His more common cases have included adjudicatory competence, criminal responsibility, risk assessment/management, and independent medical examinations.
BAHRAM PANBEHI, MDBahram Panbehi is a fellowship trained and board certified psychiatrist with experience in both clinical and forensic psychiatry. He provides care with pharmacological treatments as well as psychotherapy for a broad range of mental health conditions to children, adolescents, and adults in the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia areas. Dr. Panbehi also offers outpatient treatment for various addiction disorders.
In addition to his clinical training, Dr. Panbehi obtained his forensic psychiatry fellowship training at Georgetown University Hospital. He has experience with detection of malingering, criminal responsibility evaluations, competency to stand trial evaluations, psychiatric malpractice evaluations, disability evaluations, and courtroom expert testimony.Dr. Panbehi is fluent in Farsi and can provide care and conduct evaluations for Farsi-speaking populations.
STEPHANIE D. WILSON, MDDr. Wilson obtained her medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois where she also completed psychiatry residency serving as Chief Resident. Following residency, Dr. Wilson completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital.Dr. Wilson is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), by which she is board-certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL). In addition to her work at the Maia institute, Dr. Wilson also serves as the Medical Director at the Urgent Care Clinic in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She also participates in medical education and is a faculty member at the St. Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Training Program.Dr. Wilson provides treatment to adults with a broad range of mental health conditions utilizing both psychotherapeutic techniques as well as medication management. She has a particular interest in mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Wilson also performs forensic evaluations for criminal and civil matters.
IVÁN MARÍN-SOLER, PSYDDr. Iván N. Marín-Soler is a bilingual (Spanish and English) clinical psychologist who has more than ten years of experience in the mental health field, with an emphasis on forensic and clinical psychology. Dr. Marin-Soler is licensed in Virginia and in the District of Columbia, and he is currently working as a clinical psychologist and faculty member at St. Elizabeths Hospital where he treats patients with severe mental illnesses and intellectual disabilities, and conducts court-ordered evaluations. He also serves as a faculty member in the psychology training department of St. Elizabeths Hospital, providing training and assessment supervision to doctoral students. Dr. Marín-Soler is an active member of the St. Elizabeths Hospital Forensic Consult Service and provides expert testimony to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and Mental Health Commission on difficult cases involving various legal issues.
Dr. Marín-Soler completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology in San Juan, Puerto Rico at Carlos Albizu University, and his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency training at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and at the Community Service Board in Fairfax-Falls Church, Virginia respectively. While working towards the completion of his doctoral degree, he was awarded the Jorge Cañas Scholarship Award based upon his educational achievements and commitment to help disadvantaged communities. In addition, during his graduate work he wrote several articles about prevention of mental health disorders and was an editor of the University of Puerto Rico FILIUS Institute Journal. Dr. Marín-Soler has served as a mental health speaker for different institutions, including the George Washington University Law School, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia-Child Guidance Clinic, the Juvenile Detention Center of Fairfax, Virginia, and Saint Elizabeths Hospital. He is also a member of the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Psychology and Law Society.Dr. Marín-Soler's primary areas of practice include: competency to stand trial examinations, detection of malingering, criminal responsibility assessments, violence risk assessments, sexual violence risk assessments, psychological evaluations, psycho-educational evaluations, and psychiatric diagnosis. He also has experience providing cognitive behavioral individual therapy, grief therapy and group therapy for victims of mobbing.
TRAVIS FLOWER, PHD, JDTravis D. Flower is a clinical psychologist licensed in the District of Columbia. He obtained a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Juris Doctorate from Widener University in June of 2004. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychology and Law Society.Prior to joining The Maia Institute, Dr. Flower worked in several inpatient, residential and outpatient mental health settings, providing group, family, and individual psychotherapy, as well as clinical and forensic psychological assessments with adults. His areas of clinical emphasis include addiction and trauma recovery, anxiety disorders, relationship problems, psychosexual issues, violence prevention, and other topics.In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Flower has been an adjunct professor at several schools and he currently teaches at Catholic University of America.
MICHELE GODWIN, PHDMichele P. Godwin, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical/forensic psychologist in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. She obtained her Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Child Clinical Psychology in August 2003 from Auburn University in Alabama. Prior to joining The Maia Institute, Dr. Godwin worked extensively in a forensic setting with male pretrial offenders suffering from a range of psychiatric illnesses. Additionally, her practice has extended to conducting psychological assessments and therapy with individuals across the lifespan. A majority of this work has been with high risk populations and children who have experienced trauma (e.g., child abuse/neglect etc.). In addition to her work as a clinician, Dr. Godwin is also an adjunct professor at Argosy University and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in their Master's in Forensic Psychology program.
TAKIA RICHARDSON, MSW, LICSW, LCSWTakia Richardson is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW). She obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, with a major in psychology major and a minor in sociology. She then obtained her Master of Social Worker from the University of Baltimore Maryland. Most recently, she has obtained her certification in Trauma Management. Ms. Richardson has an extensive and broad background in various dimensions of social work, focused on mental health, including: child welfare, having worked for years with the DC Child and Family Services Agency as a case carrying social worker in In-Home and Reunification medical social work. Ms. Richardson has vast experience in inpatient mental health social work. Prior to joining the Maia Institute, she worked with the DC Department of Behavioral Health at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, focusing primarily on work with a forensic population. Concurrently, she worked at The George Washington University Hospital, specializing in discharge planning. Furthermore, she has also worked in the outpatient mental health arena, functioning as an AQP with the DC Department of Mental Health, Core Service Agency providing CBT therapy, group therapy, and case management.Ms. Richardson is extremely proficient in working with individuals to assess their quality of life needs, in securing community resources as adequately needed, and in providing appropriate psychotherapy services for children and adults.
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