Dr. Emily Caster, Psy.D. Founder, Clinical Neuropsychologist
Emily Caster, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Caster completed her undergraduate degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her doctoral degree was obtained from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at New Orleans, School of Medicine. Her post-doctoral work included a two-year fellowship in neuropsychology in a multidisciplinary training environment in Northern Virginia (private practice setting and inpatient hospital setting), and included didactic training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC: 2-year Neuropsychology Fellowship Seminar).
Dr. Caster was the NFL Neuropsychology Consultant to the Washington Redskins for two years from 2012 to December 2014. She has also worked as the Palo Alto Division Neuropsychologist for the Polytrauma Network Site at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She is a contributing editor for the Scholastic Peer Review Journal – Violence and Gender, a MaryAnn Leibert Publication.
Dr. Caster is the former Director of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology at the VHC Physician Group and former Director of Education for Graduate Students – Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology. Her new practice includes individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and assessment services.
Dr. Caster approaches neuropsychological evaluation with a flexible diagnostic procedure instead of an exhaustive multi-day process. “I start off by seeking to first understand the patient’s chief complaint and how it may be affecting a person’s quality of life, ability to perform cognitively, and interact socially. By focusing the testing battery on the primary areas of concern and expanding outward; an optimal balance is struck between problem-focused and comprehensive that maximally benefits patient care. My approach is more fine-turned and it improves the recommendation capacity because its concentrated on the exact concerns of the patient and his or her loved ones.” Dr. Caster has a very hands-on approach to neuropsychological evaluations and guides her patients though each step of the process – whether it be testing, feedback, ongoing care, or repeat assessments.
In addition to specializing in neuropsychology Dr. Caster dedicates time in her schedule for individual and group psychotherapy. Dr. Caster seeks to remain accessible to individuals in need of mental health services, saying, “I believe that mental health is incredibly important and should be treated as such.”
“I see patients who come to me at different junctures in their lives with various presenting problems,” says Dr. Caster. “My philosophy is to meet my patients where they are, and then help them get to where they want to be.”
Dr. Abby LePage, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Abby LePage, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at The George Washington University Professional Psychology Program, where she received in-depth training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. While in her graduate program, she provided long-term psychodynamic therapy to adults with concerns including depression, anxiety, and trauma at the Center Clinic, a community mental health program serving individuals in the Washington, DC area. Dr. LePage also gained experience in forensic therapy at the Child Guidance Clinic in Washington, DC, where she worked with children and adolescents mandated for individual therapy through the DC Superior Court system. During this time, Dr. LePage additionally provided psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological assessments to children, adolescents, and adults in a private practice setting, working at Sterling Behavioral Health Services in Ashburn, Virginia.
Most recently, Dr. LePage has worked within a number of university counseling centers in the Washington, DC area, including the University of the District of Columbia, American University, and The George Washington University. She completed her predoctoral internship at American University, and is currently finishing her postdoctoral fellowship at The George Washington University's Counseling and Psychological Services. In these settings, Dr. LePage provided therapy to a wide range of students, from those experiencing homesickness and adjustment issues to individuals with severe mood disorders and those processing traumatic experiences such as abuse and assault. At this time she additionally gained experience providing group therapy for individuals experiencing general relational concerns as well as more specifically for individuals in a grief group seeking support and understanding following the loss of a loved one.
In her therapeutic work, Dr. LePage strives to create a feeling of warmth and acceptance as she listens to her patients' concerns. She believes in a collaborative approach to therapy, working with the patient to help them not only understand the problem that originally brought them into therapy, but also to gain a deeper knowledge of themselves and their place in the world. Dr. LePage also strongly believes in bringing in aspects of liberation psychology into her work, helping her patients explore the impact of societal and cultural discrimination and inequality in their lives. Her clinical style integrates psychodynamic and relational theories, as she believes that many of the problems that patients bring to therapy are the result of their early experiences. Dr. LePage’s areas of interest include group therapy, trauma and grief work, issues of identity development (including questions of gender identity, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation), social justice, anxiety, depression, and family and interpersonal dynamics.
Dr. Emily Caster, Psy.D.