NSAC Baltimore, also known as CBT Baltimore, is located just north of Baltimore, in the Lutherville-Timonium area. NSAC Baltimore is a specialized practice for treatment of anxiety spectrum disorders such as social anxiety, panic, and obsessive compulsive disorder. We have tremendous respect for those bravely working on their social anxiety and find particular gratification as they progress and pursue their social interests. Our practice is deeply rooted in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and all our clinicians have additional training in related disciplines such as ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), PE (Prolonged Exposure), and MI (Motivational Interviewing).
At NSAC Baltimore we pride ourselves on the commitment to evidence-based practice, accessibility, transparency, and open collaboration with our clients. We work well in tandem with community partners and have dedicated ourselves to provide online outreach, resources, and education in the area of health and wellness. NSAC Baltimore continues to look for treatment developments in the field and pursue new tools that would help our clients.
Contact National Social Anxiety Center
1212 York Road Suite A302
Lutherville, MD 21093
Staff at the National Social Anxiety Center
Shmuel Fischler, LCSW-C, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and board-approved clinical supervisor in Maryland. He is certified in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. A graduate of Touro University in NYC, Shmuel has extensive experience working with adolescents and families in an outpatient setting while interning and working for Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. For several years he worked in multiple school settings with students from 5th grade through high school and developed close collaboration with school staff and administration.
Shmuel received training in cognitive-behavioral therapy through the Beck Institute. His Exposure and Response Prevention training for OCD comes by way of the renowned Edna Foa of the University of Pennsylvania and for pediatrics, the BTTI Institute of the International OCD Foundation. He has also training in TF-CBT (Trauma-focused CBT) He continues to pursue educational and training opportunities every chance he gets.
In addition to directing CBT Baltimore, Shmuel is very familiar working with trauma being the Director of Outreach and Advocacy for CHANA, a community organization working with survivors of all forms of abuse including DV, sexual abuse, and elder abuse.
While having worked with individuals coping with Trauma, Depression, and Substance Abuse, his particular focus and expertise have been with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. Shmuel has a particular interest in scrupulosity, OCD presenting with religious themes. Shmuel is a professional member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF).
Shmuel takes pride in steering the ship of CBT Baltimore and is proud of the team that creates an accessible, warm and welcoming practice built on evidenced-based treatments. We look forward to connecting with you!
Andy Santanello, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist. Are you feeling “stuck?” Most people feel that way at some point in their lives. In fact, problems with anxiety, depression, grief, stress, and dissatisfaction with life are a lot more common than you might think. Andy provides cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): a treatment that is evidence-based, client-focused, and tailor-made to get you “unstuck.” Although Andy has experience treating a variety of anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders, he especially enjoys working with clients who are struggling with phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, PTSD, chronic stress, insomnia disorder, as well as major depressive disorder and chronic depression (also know as persistent depressive disorder).
Andy works together with his clients to determine the unique factors that keep them stuck, and then develop new skills and insights that can be used to stop struggling and start living. Depending on the presenting problem, specific, evidence-based protocols may be used or a tailor-made treatment plan including evidence-based, cognitive and behavioral interventions will be developed. In addition to therapy sessions, Andy’s clients are almost always expected to practice cognitive and behavioral skills between sessions. Regardless of the approach, Andy strives to create an empowering and supportive environment to allow his clients to face the things that need to be faced and change the things that need to be changed. Overall, his goal is to teach you to be your own therapist.
In addition to receiving a doctorate in clinical psychology from La Salle University, Andy has extensive training in a variety of cognitive behavioral approaches to therapy. Specifically, Andy has received intensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression, Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, Panic Control Treatment, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia, and Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD. Prior to joining CBT of Baltimore, Andy served as a Staff Psychologist in the Trauma Recovery Program in the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System for over a decade. In addition to private practice, Andy is a full-time Military Behavioral Health Psychologist and a National Cognitive Processing Therapy trainer.
Hannah Breckenridge, LMSW, is a Licensed Master Social Worker in Maryland. She enjoys working with clients of all ages to increase motivation and improve tolerance for uncomfortable thoughts, urges, and emotions. Hannah uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help families and children from a wide range of backgrounds achieve treatment goals. She specializes in treating individuals with obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), trichotillomania (hair-pulling), excoriation (skin-picking), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), as well as generalized anxiety disorders.
Hannah is a member of the International OCD Foundation and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She is currently completing post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through the Beck Institute. She earned her Masters degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Washington University.
Estie Reidler, PhD, is a warm and compassionate Clinical Psychologist skilled in providing individual and family therapy to adults, adolescents, and children. She deeply cares about each of her clients and individualizes care to their specific goals and needs. Estie completed her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Suffolk University in Boston and received her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University.
Estie’s areas of expertise include the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions to treat anxiety disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety, selective mutism, and panic disorder. She also has specialized training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as Motivational Interviewing for the treatment of a variety of emotional and behavioral problems. Other specialties include parent training and child behavior management, and school-based intervention. As an important part of her distinctive approach, Estie focuses on developing open, collaborative, therapeutic relationships with her clients, and places the individual’s and family’s strengths and goals at the center of her practice.
Estie has treated clients in a wide variety of settings. In addition to her experience at Harvard’s McLean Hospital Behavioral Health Partial Hospitalization Program, she has trained at the Behavior Management Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute and at the Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. She has also worked on national mental health policy at the Center for School Mental Health, based in the University of Maryland. Her innovative research has been presented at national meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Clinical Psychology and Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Estie selectively uses evidence-based practices that have been shown to help individuals and families make lasting, satisfying, changes in their lives.
Mimi Thomas, LCSW-C, has been in practice since 1991. She received her Master’s degree at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Towson University. She provides treatment for individuals and couples, including gays and lesbians, families, and premarital counseling.
Mimi has extensive experience in treating many anxiety disorders, such as agoraphobia, panic, post traumatic stress, phobias, and generalized anxiety. Her extensive experience also includes helping patients cope with grief and loss, death and dying, and end of life issues. Other specialties include mood disorders, women’s issues, geriatrics, stress management, pain management and treatment for habitual behaviors.
Mimi was employed in an inpatient hospice unit for four years as a clinician and had an internship on an inpatient cancer unit at the University of Maryland Medical Systems in Baltimore.
The National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC) exists solely to promote
evidence-based treatment for social anxiety, and education about social anxiety.
NSAC is not a group psychotherapy practice, and does not provide any psychotherapy services.
NSAC assumes no liability for it’s regional clinics’ work or practices.