Psychological Practice in Maryland 

Paul Berman, Ph.D., Richard Bloch, J.D., Sarah Simpson, Ph.D., and Laura Steensen, Ph.D.

July 31, 2020 12 pm - 2:00 pm

Online via Zoom 

This workshop will provide an overview of psychological practice in Maryland during the state of emergency including telehealth waivers and requirements for reopening your office in Maryland. 

This is a free non-CE event for all psychologists who practice in Maryland. 


Paul C. Berman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Towson Maryland. Dr. Berman's private practice includes Parent Coordination, child forensic evaluations, fitness to parent evaluations, and custody evaluations. Since September 1993, Dr. Berman has worked part-time for the Maryland Psychological Association as Professional Affairs Officer. He serves as a liaison between psychologists, managed care/insurance companies, State agencies, and other professional associations. Dr. Berman has presented numerous workshops for MPA as well as at APA and other associations nationally.

Richard Bloch, Esq., is President of Shiling, Bloch & Hirsch, P.A. and has been in private practice in Maryland since 1972. He received his BA from the George Washington University and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. His practice focuses primarily on health law, estate planning and administration, general business law, trade association law, and civil litigation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Association, and the Baltimore County Bar Association. Mr. Bloch has been General Counsel to the Maryland Psychological Association since 1979.

Sarah Simpson, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist who received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She completed her clinical training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the San Francisco VA. Dr. Simpson identifies primarily with a cognitive behavioral framework, but also utilizes mindfulness, humanistic, and insight-oriented approaches as appropriate. Optimal well-being and quality of life are primary goals of therapy. Problems are explored and understood through a holistic perspective that considers biological, emotional, spiritual, and interpersonal/relational characteristics of an individual. Her practice specialties include depression, anxiety, coping with medical illnesses such as cancer or pain, weight and eating disorders, smoking cessation, grief/loss, trauma, relationship difficulties, and acute/chronic stress. In addition to her clinical role at GBCC, Sarah became Director in 2019 overseeing the Medication Management program.

Laura Steensen, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist, owner and Executive Director of the Greater Baltimore Counseling Center. She works with children, adolescents and adults ages 11 and up with individual therapy. As a member of GBCC’s LGBT Affirming Care Line since 2017, Laura provides an affirming space for those seeking a gender therapist. Other specialty areas include: ADHD, women’s issues, navigating life transitions and mood disorders.