Talya Knable, LCPC

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, working with adults and adolescents. With 13 years of experience, I have spent my career working to help others become the best form of themselves they can be, and I take great joy and pride in this.  I’ve spent most of my career thus far with The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, where I provided individual and group therapy in both the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs, as well as coordinated professional and educational workshops and lectures on the topic of eating disorders and body image.  Most recently I have worked as a psychotherapist in the outpatient department, working with individuals, couples and groups. In 2018, I made the decision to go into private practice to allow myself to broaden the populations that I am working with, as well as continue my passion of outreach within the community.   With experience treating individuals with depression/anxiety, life cycle transitions, self-esteem issues, body image concerns, and relationship issues, to name a few, my goal is to help you develop positive coping skills which will allow you to better navigate whatever it is you are going through, now or in the future.


Muhlenberg College, B.A. Psychology

Loyola University Maryland, M.S. Counseling Psychology

The Johns Hopkins University, Post-Grad. 


Michal Adler, LCSW-C  

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working with adolescents and adults. I earned my Master’s Degree from University of Maryland School of Social Work. I have spent most of my career working at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt providing individual, family and group therapy in the inpatient, partial and intensive outpatient settings. My clinical experience includes working with individuals struggling with eating disorders and body image concerns; anxiety, depression and other mood disorders; and life transitions and interpersonal issues. With a compassionate and collaborative approach, my goal is to help clients navigate challenges in their lives and achieve their goals. I enjoy partnering with clients to identify a therapeutic approach that is specific to their needs and that will support them in reaching their goals in therapy. I use a variety of therapeutic modalities in my approach with clients, incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness as well as various modalities that encourage client growth and success.

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Lauren Anderson, LCSW-C

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, working with adolescents and adults. I have spent most of my career working within the Sheppard Pratt Health System. I started on the Child and Adolescent Day Hospital and made my way to the Center for Eating Disorders, where I have practiced for the past five years. I provided individual, family, and group therapy in both the inpatient and partial hospitalization settings. At the same time, I also counseled patients on the Trauma Disorders Unit. In 2021, I decided to make my goal of working in private practice a reality. Through an empathetic, genuine, and supportive style, I treat individuals with eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating, and ARFID), body image concerns, self-esteem struggles, anxiety, depression, life transitions, and trauma. My goal is to partner with my clients in developing the necessary tools in their journey for growth and healing. 

Jemel Johnson-Smith, LCSW-C

I am a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Social Work. I specialize in individual, group, family and couples therapy and treats clients ages 5 through older adulthood through the use of Solution-Focused Therapy and other therapeutic models. Common concerns include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, self-esteem issues, grief and loss, anger management, family conflict, peer conflict and relational difficulties. In addition, I have many years’ experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, doing inclusive therapy and providing Gender Affirmation Surgery graduate-level letters. I understand the value of change through counseling and growth; my greatest reward is helping clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope.  I believe that everyone desires someone to talk to, to understand them and to accept them without judgment. I pride myself in providing a safe environment to explore the issues that may be preventing you from living the life you desire.