A New Choice at Chantilly

Dominion Hospital welcomed its newest outpatient location in January 2018, conveniently located just off Route 28 in Chantilly, VA serving Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties. Our program is situated within the Long and Foster building and offers two levels of care for adolescents ages 13 to 17, including a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

Our Philosophy

At Choices, both the PHP and IOP programs are rooted in evidenced-based clinical practice including cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and expressive therapies. Our multi-disciplinary team designs and implements an individualized plan of care to address and treat current symptomology and challenges that may be preventing your child from functioning successfully. Our goal is for both adolescents and their families to develop the practical skills needed to thrive while at home, school, and in the community by focusing on crisis stabilization, symptom management, positive coping strategies, and fostering family support. We believe that addressing the family system grants deeper insight into treatment for the individual, which is the reason family therapy sessions and multi-family night is at the foundation of our programs.

Key Components of PHP

  • Physician led multi-disciplinary treatment team
  • Treatment held five days a week
  • Group, individual, and family therapy
  • Medication stabilization
  • CBT, DBT Skills, Psychoeducation, and Mindfulness training
  • Healthy Emotional Actions for Life (HEAL) treatment track designed for individuals struggling with non-suicidal self-injury
  • Intersect treatment track providing a complete spectrum of care to address co-occurring mental health and addiction
  • Expressive Therapy (i.e. art, music, movement and dance)
  • Coordination and planning for transition back to school
  • Coordination and planning with established outpatient providers
  • Referrals for new outpatient providers

Key Components of IOP

  • Physician led treatment team
  • Treatment held three evenings a week
  • 3 group sessions each evening
  • Weekly individual session
  • Physician consultation available per request
  • CBT, DBT Skills, Psychoeducation, and Mindfulness training
  • Multi-family night every Wednesday in which one family member is required to attend
  • Expressive Therapy (i.e. art, music, movement and dance)
  • Coordination and planning with established outpatient providers
  • Referrals for new outpatient providers

Who Can Benefit

Choices Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program would be appropriate for individuals struggling with:

  • Crisis and symptom management
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Dual diagnosis (Intersect)
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (HEAL)
  • Depression, bipolar, and/or anxiety
  • Medication management and adherence
  • School avoidance and socialization
  • Distress tolerance
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Self-esteem and body image
  • Family conflict

Facility Features

  • Therapeutic and calming space
  • Natural light creating a lower stress environment for patients
  • Outside access to the courtyard, gazebo, and water fountain during Reflection Group and Mindfulness Practice  
  • Three spacious group rooms for group therapy    
  • Smart technology (TVs and laptops) to enhance treatment
  • Ample visitor parking
  • Call box for secure access inside of the building

Admission Process

  • To schedule an assessment for PHP, please contact First Step at (703) 538-2872.
  • To schedule an assessment for IOP, please contact (703) 227-8185.
  • For more information, or if you are unsure which program may be a better fit for your child, please contact our Program Manager, Dominique Agypt, at (703) 227-8170.

Meet Our Team

Dominique Agypt, MSW, LCSW, Program Manager, Adolescent PHP and IOP

Dominique Agypt

Dominique Agypt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Program Manager at Choices PHP and IOP located in Chantilly, VA. Dominique has over 7 years of direct clinical experiences with adolescents, adults, and their families both in the hospital and community settings. Dominique joined Dominion Hospital in 2014 as a discharge planner and transitioned to clinical therapist on both the adolescent and adult inpatient units. Prior to her work at Dominion Hospital, Dominique worked as an intensive in-home therapist providing support through Functional Family Therapy to at-risk adolescent youth and families in conjunction with the Department of Juvenile Justice. She incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solutions Focused Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, and Bowen Family Systems into her clinical practice. Her particular interests are, crisis stabilization and management, family therapy, and working with individuals with acute mental health diagnoses.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and urban studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Dominique is passionate about work with adolescents and fostering stronger family relationships as she believes these relationships are the key to facilitating positive change within the individual.

Favorite quote: "One day or day one. It's your decision" - Paulo Coelho

Brittany Aponte, MS, Clinical Therapist, Adolescent IOP

Brittany Aponte

Brittany earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Hartwick College and then her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from St. John Fisher College. Brittany began her career working in outpatient mental health working with children, adolescents, adults, families and groups. Currently, she works with adolescents and their families at Dominion Hospital’s Choices Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

Brittany utilizes an integrative approach, incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Reality Therapy, Psychoeducation and Psychodynamic approaches to help each adolescent in the way they need. She is invested in working closely with families to build stronger connections between adolescents and their caregivers. Brittany believes that when an adolescent and family are able to work together, everyone is able to engage in positive change.

Favorite quote: "You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging." - Brene Brown

Jessica Attas, MSW, Clinical Therapist, Adolescent IOP

Jessica Attas

Jessica completed her BA in Psychology at Indiana University in 2015 and received her Master's in Social Work from The University of Chicago in 2017. Jessica has worked with individuals and families in a variety of settings including residential substance use facilities, community mental health clinics, and in home crisis intervention services. Jessica takes a strengths based and client centered approach to treatment and strives to help her clients achieve their goals.

Jessica is currently completing her supervision in clinical social work with the hopes of becoming a licensed clinical social worker in the future. Jessica is passionate about providing mental health services to adolescents and their families because she believes that all teens are resilient.

When Jessica is not at work, you can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, spending time with animals, traveling, or reading a good book.

Favorite quote: "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." - Charles R. Swindoll

Caren Carter, PRN Clinical Therapist, Adolescent IOP

Caren is a Resident in counseling currently working part-time with Dominion Hospital Intensive Outpatient Program. Caren earned her Master’s in Counseling and Development at George Mason University, School of Education.

She has worked as intensive in-home specialist at Crossroad Counseling. There working with at-risk children and adolescents with anxiety, anger, depression and behavioral issues. Helping clients to maintain stability within the home and community using psychoeducational methods. She worked as a mentor at Youth for Tomorrow, working with youth to provide a solid support system, be reliable trusted adult in the youth’s life, foster positive peer relations, setting short and long term goals.

Her approach to therapy is person-centered, allowing the client to lead the way as the counselor guides through the therapeutic journey. Also using a Holistic approach to counseling by embracing the complete person and showing the connections between a person’s emotions, thoughts, and physical experiences. She believes that our youth is our leaders of tomorrow, so investing in their well-being and stability is a sacrifice worth the journey.

Favorite quote: "Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen"

G. Rose Chidaushe, MPP, MSN, RN, Adolescent PHP

G Rose Chidaushe

Rose completed her master’s degree in nursing from DePaul University and is an active member of the American Nurses Association and American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Rose is a registered nurse with 9 years’ experience working in ICU, pain management, hospice and adolescent mental health. Rose is working on completing her Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner post graduate certificate at George Mason University.

"Working with adolescents has given me a fresh outlook on living, life’s challenges & successes, community and how we need each other to make change. I learn from them daily and they inspire me to do my best and continue learning."

Favorite quote: "Having courage does not mean we are unafraid." - Maya Angelou

Andrea B. Givens, Unit Coordinator and Registration, Adolescent PHP and IOP

Andrea B Givens

Andrea is a graduate of Rutledge College in Charleston, SC and also attended University of Hawaii, in Oahu, Hawaii. Prior to Dominion Hospital, Andrea worked for over 5 years at Medical Diagnostic Labs in Belleville, Illinois in the Histology and Cytology Department and St. Elizabeth Hospital. She also worked in Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri where she did Insurance Verification, Registration, and CSR Patient Accounts.

Andrea enjoys working with adolescents because "I like how every day is different. I enjoy how they open up an join conversation. It’s awesome, seeing how they slowly, come from a dark place to sunlight!"

Favorite quote: "Treat others the way you want to be treated."

Uma Goraya, RN, Adolescent PHP

Uma Goraya

Uma Goraya, RN, earned her Nursing degree in 2010 from St. Paul’s School of Nursing and Bachelors of Arts concentrating in Social Sciences and Political Science in 2000. Uma started in the field of Accounting and Finance in New York. Once, Uma and her husband started a family of their own, she decided to go back to school and pursue her degree in Nursing. Uma’s husband’s job brought them to state of Virginia. They have 3 children and a black, lab-pointer mix. Uma has been working in Mental Health since 2013.

Her previous experience includes working with adults, children and adolescents in the inpatient setting in treatment of anger, trauma, depression, and anxiety. She has also worked with the adult partial hospitalization program.

Uma prefers working with the adolescent population because they are going through a unique transition between childhood and adulthood. New issues arise at this time of their lives. We have the opportunity to help guide them through this transition and make positive choices in the future.

Favorite quote: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Tati Hernandez, MS, Clinical Therapist, Adolescent PHP

Tati Hernandez

Tati completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at James Madison University and then her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Tati has three years of clinical experience providing crisis intervention, therapy, psychoeducation, and case management services for adults and minors across treatment settings such as: crisis stabilization units, psychosocial rehabilitation centers, and outpatient programs. Tati joined Dominion Hospital as a Clinical Therapist at the Chantilly Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program in December 2017, where she has enjoyed working with the fluid and flexible demands that are particular to this population being that the cognitive, emotional, and social world of an adolescent is profoundly different than that of a child or adult.

Tati has experience working with individuals struggling with various challenges including, but not limited to: suicidal ideation, non-suicidal self-injury, depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, trauma, sexual orientation, gender identity, peer relationships, and family conflict. Tati utilizes an integrative approach, incorporating Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies, Person-Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, and Psychoeducation modalities into her practice to build rapport and assist individuals with transcending their presenting challenges. Her particular expertise and interests are working with individuals with acute mental health diagnoses and and/or struggling with LGBTQ+ related issues.

Favorite quote: "As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others." - Audrey Hepburn

Paria Maghsoudi, MSW, PRN Clinical Therapist, Adolescent PHP

Paria recently graduated in May 2018 with her Master’s Degree in Social Work and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University. Paria has grown an interest in working with adolescents as it has enabled her to find her purpose in connecting and helping them reach their goals. She enjoys helping teens explore their own identities, find purpose in their lives, and is impressed by their level of resiliency.

When Paria is not working, she enjoys teaching and taking dance lessons as one of her major hobbies and loves to read a good book ever so often. Paria’s area of interest in social work is the ability to connect with individuals from all backgrounds and learning about their stories that make them unique. Paria utilizes CBT, DBT, Strength-based/humanistic perspective, and motivational interviewing as her primary approach toward treatment.

Favorite quote: "When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." - Viktor Frankel

Tiffany Ngo, BS, Education Coordinator, Adolescent PHP

Tiffany completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with a Minor in Medical Humanities, at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has had experience working across a variety of settings including psychological research, structured outpatient programs, and nonprofit treatment centers. Tiffany’s goal is to provide best quality of care for correspondence with schools and for transition back to school. She is invested in providing patients better school resources and accommodations so that they are able to learn at their full potential.

Tiffany loves working with the adolescent population because they are a community with crucial needs in regards to forming their identity and learning skills necessary for a successful future as an adult. She strives to teach adolescents how to practice self-advocacy, learn empathy, understand effective goal setting techniques, and adopt self-efficacy principles so that they have the tools they need to do well in school.

Favorite quote: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." – Winston Churchill

Matt Raymond, MSW, PRN Clinical Therapist, Adolescent PHP

Matt Raymond completed his Master degree in Social Work from George Mason University. Matt has three years of clinical experience providing therapy, psychoeducation, and case management services for youth, adults and their families in foster care and community based settings. Matt joined Dominion Hospital as a Clinical Therapist in the Chantilly Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program in August 2018.

Matt has experience providing individual, family, and group therapy for youth and families struggling with the following challenges: suicidal ideation, childhood trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, parent-child conflict, and family transitions such as adoption, divorce, and foster care. Matt believes that a strong therapeutic alliance between patient and therapist is the critical center piece in providing therapy that drives positive outcomes for his patients. Matt utilizes modalities such as Dialectical and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies; Motivational Interviewing; and Narrative Therapy.

Matt especially likes working with adolescents because he believes that during this stage of development the transition takes place in which a child, who has been dependent on his or her parent’s strives to become a self-reliant and independent adult. This transition encapsulates a very dynamic time period in which the adolescent is experiencing biological, physical, psychological and behavioral changes.

Favorite quote: "No act of kindness, no matter, how small, is ever wasted." – The Lion and the Mouse, Aesop’s Fables