Monica Neel, Psy.D

Dr. Neel is a licensed psychologist who has been practicing in the Baltimore area since 2002. She obtained both her master's and doctoral degrees from the Clinical Psychology program at Loyola University in Maryland. Following graduation, she completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship through the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University where her primary appointment was to the Baltimore Regional Burn Center. This position, in addition to her pre-doctoral internship at the Veterans Administration Medical System, were formative to her clinical approach. In addition to providing counseling services, Dr. Neel has been an affiliate faculty member at various colleges in the Baltimore area.

Her philosophy when working with individuals is to empower them and build a foundation for future resilience. Drawing from principles of mindfulness, acceptance, and emotion regulation, she believes that individuals possess a unique capacity to connect with their own internal wisdom and path to wellness. Her therapeutic perspective has been informed by her prior work with individuals exposed to trauma and those experiencing chronic pain or consequences associated with health conditions. She currently works with emerging adults in a college setting where she witnesses, on a daily basis, the wonder of self-discovery that is hallmark to this stage of identity development. Her work has also been enriched by her personal journey as a wife, parent, and breast cancer survivor.   




Aimeé O'Grady

Aimeé O'Grady is a freelance writer who lives with her family in Warrenton, VA. She enjoys the creative process of writing and being outside in nature.










Kim Tapper, Associate Director/Life Coach, ACC, CPCC

With over 20 years as a teacher, director, choreographer, life coach, and mentor, Kim Tapper is credentialed as an ACC through the International Coach Federation, CPCC (Coach Training Institute), as a Life Strategies Coach (Spencer Institute), and holds a BA in Dance Movement Therapy from Goucher College.

As the co-Artistic Director of the Crossroads Dance Project, Kim choreographed over 20 musical theater productions which received multiple nominations from the Metro DC Dance awards.

Today, as Associate Director of "A Place To Be" in Middleburg, VA., Kim coaches individuals to reach their personal goals. She believes in the power of the arts as a strong coaching tool and specializes in working with people with medical challenges, family counseling, and women from ages 13-adult focusing on self esteem issues and building confidence. At INOVA Loudoun Hospital's Oncology Department, Kim leads "Life Beyond Diagnosis" coaching workshops and has been a guest speaker and teacher for Life With Cancer.

In 2013 she published "A Place to Be: Behind the Label", a book of poetry inspired by the clients at APTB and illustrated by one of her teenage clients.  Her book can be purchased here.


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