Psychiatric Services - Obesity Management ProgramOnsite Mental Health Evaluation and Support
All Comprehensive Obesity Management Program patients must undergo a psychological evaluation in preparation for Weight Loss Surgery. This evaluation is necessary to assess mental well-being and overall readiness for the life changes resulting from bariatric surgery. Each patient must have a thorough evaluation to increase the success of the surgical experience as well as care for your mental health before and after your surgery.
Issues to be addressed in the psychiatric evaluation:
- History of present illness
- Past psychiatric history
- General medical history
- History of substance use
- Social history
- Occupational history
- Family history
- Review of Systems
- Mental Status Examination
- Functional Assessment
Our Mental Health Team
Greater Baltimore Counseling Center (GBCC)
Marsha D. Somers, PhDPhone: 410-760-9079
Dr. Somers is a Licensed Psychologist with 20 years of clinical, research and teaching experience. She has performed approximately 300 evaluations over the past five years for patients at GBMC and other surgical hospitals in the Baltimore-Washington area. Since Fall of 2009, she is on-site Thursday afternoons between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. providing evaluations exclusively for GBMC patients (in affiliation with the Greater Baltimore Counseling Center). Her experience includes co-leading the Eating Disorders Support Group at Washington Adventist Hospital, eating disorder groups at Towson University Counseling Center, as well as individual therapy with those struggling with eating concerns. In addition, Dr. Somers currently works with a diverse clientele of individuals and couples in private practice in Silver Spring, Md. She received her master's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her PhD from Temple University. Dr. Somers has worked on numerous research studies at Johns Hopkins University, Temple University, the University of Maryland, Towson and Georgetown Universities and was formerly a full-time Professor at Montgomery College. Patients find her to be very personable and down to earth and that any "fears" about having a psychological evaluation were quelled once the interview began. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 410-760-9079, ext. 500 and asking for an evaluation to be set up at GBMC in Towson.
Kevin Brady, PsyD
Dr. Brady is a licensed psychologist who joined the Greater Baltimore Counseling Center in October 2007. He earned his doctoral degree from Loyola College in Maryland and completed his clinical training at the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center. Prior to that, he earned a master's degree in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his undergraduate degree from Seton Hall University. He has over 10 years experience in providing counseling services to teenagers and adults.
Cynthia Bourret, PhDAppointment Times: Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dr. Bourrett is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who is currently practicing at the Greater Baltimore Counseling Center where she provides therapy to adults of all ages. She also conducts pre-surgical psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery candidates at GBMC and other local hospitals. She is onsite at GBMC on Mondays. Dr. Bourret specializes in working with people suffering from acute and chronic medical conditions. She focuses on helping them cope better with their illnesses and regain a sense of control, stability and meaning in their lives. She also works with people who have mood and anxiety disorders, weight concerns, relationship problems, grief and who are struggling with difficult life transitions.
Dr. Bourret has more than 18 years of experience in clinical work, research and teaching. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Washington University and completed her postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her training focused on treating the needs of medical patients by helping them eliminate unhealthy habits, lose weight, improve their sleep, decrease pain and address psychological difficulties such as depression and anxiety. She was also trained to conduct pre-surgical evaluations for several groups of medical patients.
Christine Marshall, PhDDr. Marshall is a licensed psychologist who earned her PhD from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and completed her clinical training at the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center. She has more than 10 years of experience providing clinical services in outpatient and inpatient settings to adolescents and adults and has worked at Greater Baltimore Counseling Center since 2006.
Dr. Marshall concentrates on treating problems related to adjustment, self-esteem, relationships with family members and significant others, substance abuse/addiction and anxiety. She focuses in particular on treating eating disorders and body image/weight concerns and spent several years working at the Renfrew Center, an internationally recognized residential eating disorders treatment center located in Coconut Creek, FL.
Dr. Marshall is experienced in working with pre- and post-surgery bariatric patients on issues related to binge and emotional eating in both individual and group therapy. Her eclectic approach to therapy allows clients to explore and understand the complex underlying causes of their problems so that they can succeed in making lasting positive changes in their lives.
Maryland Counseling Services Therapists
Darina Alban, LCSW-C
Alison Humphreys, MS, LCPC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Maryland. Ms. Humphreys received her degree in clinical psychology and has many years of experience in providing psychotherapy and conducting psychological evaluations. Ms. Humphreys has specialized in evaluating and treating disordered eating behaviors in the bariatric population. Prior to forming Maryland Counseling Services with Ms. Alban she co-founded the Obesity Psychiatry Program at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center with Ms. Alban.
Ms. Alban and Ms. Humphreys presented on Psychological Aspects and Management of Disordered Eating Behaviors at the 2007 Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Annual Meeting. Ms. Alban and Ms. Humphreys presented on Treating Emotional and Binge Eating Disorders in Bariatric Patients Utilizing a Cognitive-Behavioral Approach at the 2008 National Association of Social Workers Annual Clinical Conference. Ms. Alban and Ms. Humphreys developed a workbook for the treatment of pre- and post-bariatric patients.
GBMC Physician Pavilion North I
6535 N. Charles Street, Suite 125
Baltimore, MD 21204