What We Do

We offer individual, couples, family and group therapy to help you cope with many of life’s challenges including divorce and loss, school and work-place difficulties, parenting and caregiving, in addition to depression and grief, anxiety, stress, phobias, and managing medical conditions.

Located in the Shady Grove Professional Building, Gaithersburg MD our diverse and experienced therapists create a warm and welcoming environment for you and all members of your immediate or extended family. Outside of the office we provide Community-Based Programs to help many underserved people within our community access the mental health care they need. Aspire Counseling also offers Continuing Education workshops for mental health professionals.

We accept many insurance carriers and can help you with your insurance claims and have alternative payment options if you do not have insurance.


Our Therapists

Our Therapists have a profound appreciation for children and family, and a core commitment to prevention and early intervention. We respect clients’ religious, cultural, and ethnic values, and shape our services to support them.


Our Vision

Aspire Counseling strives to be an active partner in a community in which all people have access to needed, effective, evidence-based mental health and wellness services.

Our Mission

Aspire Counseling is committed to helping all clients transform their lives and achieve their mental health and wellness goals by developing the skills they need. Our experienced staff offers high quality, evidence-based therapy, holistic services and training in a warm, welcoming and safe environment

Pedro Martinez, MD Aspire Board Chair

Dr. Martinez is the Chief of the Reproductive Psychiatry Clinic at NIMH where he undertakes groundbreaking research into new postpartum depression (PPD) treatments, specifically the pathophysiology of perinatal mood disorders and alternative treatments. He is a huge asset to Aspire’s Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program, which provides home-based therapy to low-income women with perinatal depression. Dr. Martinez has served on the Aspire Board since 2013 and will take over from Ms. Carol Bloomberg who served as President from 2014-2016.

Ms. Karen Zilcoski, LCSW-C, CAS Executive Director

Ms. Zilcoksi has vast experience in the field of Social Science, Behavioral Health and Integrated Health Care. She holds a doctorate in Social Science, a Master Degree in Clinical Social Work and an advanced certification in treatment of addiction and trauma. Aspire Counseling is extremely fortunate to have ‘found’ Karen, a.k.a. Carrie.

Carrie ran a private practice in Bethesda, Maryland for fifteen years, followed by ten years working for military bases overseas and stateside, assisting military members and their families. Reintegration, trauma, stress from multiple deployments, suicide, grief and loss were some of the challenges that Carrie helped individuals and families to overcome. In addition to her work with the military, Carrie has extensive experience working with adolescents. She has taught courses for mental health professionals and community members including, “Parenting Through the College Years” and “Teen Brain: Why They Don’t Use It”. She has written and published articles on adolescent development, the adopted adolescent, and military life for adolescents. Carrie has presented at several conferences throughout her career including the Annual National Social Work Conference.

Prior to Aspire, Carrie was the former Division Director for Family Services Inc., a large non-profit based in Maryland. She was instrumental in developing, funding and implementing many programs supporting integrated health care in order to bridge the gap between somatic and behavioral health. For several years Carrie has worked with community leaders from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and local non-profits to identify emerging needs, and worked collaboratively to develop solutions for the individuals and families who are experiencing hardship in Montgomery County. Carrie says she is, “passionate about making communities healthier”, and she brings that passion to Aspire!

Carrie is married with two grown child, one “adorable” granddaughter and her second grandchild on the way. She also loves to cook!

Aspire Board

The Aspire Board of Directors are a fully engaged team of professional community members, providing the Organization with strategic leadership, stewardship, and financial sustainability.

Dr. Pedro Martinez, MD
National Institute of Health

Merci Bowie
Treasurer, Finance Committee/Chair

Dr. Diane Laurin, MD
Capitol Women's Care

Michael Campbell Esq.
Miller, Miller and Canby
Goverance Committee/Chair

Vilas Wright
Wright Real Estate

Krista Atteberry
Capitol Hill Staff

Liz McBride
US House of Representatives

Colleen Robichaud
Private Practice

Christian Genovese
Mortgage Banker

Carol Bloomberg

Dia Martin, MA, MBA
Overseas Private Investment Corp

Carrie Zilcoski, PhD

  • Maryrose Rogolsky Founder

     “The very first day that I saw a patient I thought, this is it! – this is what I want to do”. Maryrose “Posey” founded the organization in 1978.

Our Founder

Maryrose Rogolsky, had a vision to start an agency specializing in low cost, high-quality mental health care, to children in need. When she found an empty room in the Rockville Seventh Day Adventist Church and an agreeable Deacon, her vision became a reality – this was in 1978.

More than 35 years later including two name changes from ‘Child Center’ to ‘Child Center and Adult Services Inc’ to our current name, Aspire Counseling – the organization remains committed to Posey’s vision --to provide quality mental health care to children and families of Montgomery County.

Dr. Rogolsky, affectionately known to staff as ‘Posey’, retired in June 2014 at age 83. For 35 years she served as co-director and director of clinical services. The County Executive presented her with the Pathways of Achievement Award in recognition of a lifetime of service to the mental health community. Posey’s legacy is her commitment to meeting the needs of the local community. This is her legacy.

Annual Report

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Financial Information

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2014-19 Strategic Plan

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Aspire Brochure

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Supporters and Partners

We are very grateful for past and present Government and Foundation Support:
  • CareFirst Commitment
  • City of Gaithersburg
  • ​The City of Rockville
  • ​Giving Together
  • Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • Healthcare Initiative Foundation
  • Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Leonard and Helen R Stulman Foundation
  • Meyer Foundation
  • Montgomery County Council
  • Montgomery County Executive
  • The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
  • Quality Health Foundation
  • The Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Sharing Montgomery Fund
  • ​Venable Foundation
  • William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation


In 2018 Aspire was awarded the Maryland Counseling Association '2018 Organization Achievement Award' and the '2018 Diversity Achievement Award’ for Aspire Clinical Director, America Caballero, LCPC. Aspire therapist Dr. Gary Saltzman received the "Top Vote Getter" award for best child psychologist in the 2018 Best of Bethesda's 2018 readers poll. In 2015, Aspire was awarded the Best of Bethesda's Readers Pick, ‘Best Family Therapist’. Aspire has a 2017 GuideStar Gold Seal Level of Transparency and we are a 2018-19 United Way Combined Federal Campaign Approved Charity. We have been included in the Catalogue for Philanthropy since 2005-6 and again in 2010-2011, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The catalogue showcases high-quality small charities in the Greater Washington Area.

Aspire has been included in Bethesda Magazine's 2015 and 2011 Guide to Giving, which features local charities selected by the Montgomery County Community Foundation's Sharing Montgomery Fund. The Sharing Montgomery Fund makes grants to local nonprofits through "a rigorous annual selection process, evaluating each organization's effectiveness, including the quality of its programs, management and governance."

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, an Aspire community program received the Maryland Psychiatric Society's Foundation's Outstanding Merit Award, given each year to one Maryland program for effectively reaching out to the community and reducing the stigma of mental illness. In 2004 the program was awarded the Washington Area Women’s Foundation leadership award in 2004.

The County Executive has honored our Founder and former co-director, Maryrose Rogolsky, presenting her with the Montgomery County Pathways of Achievement award for a lifetime of distinguished service in the workplace. In addition, The Montgomery County Women’s Fair presented us with its “Agency Award” in recognition of our services to low-income women.