About Aspire

What We Do

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

We are located in the Shady Grove Professional Building in Gaithersburg, Maryland. 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 under resourced people within our community access the mental health care they need.

Aspire Counseling also offers educational opportunities for mental health professionals through our Training Institute. Most importantly we help people recover and move on with their lives. Read our testimonials and stories of recovery.

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 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.

Aspire History

Our Founder, Maryrose Rogolsky, known to the world as “Posey,” founded the agency in 1978. Posey 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. Posey was the Director for 35 years. She retired in 2014, at the age of 83. In March 2018 Posey passed away. She was our “founding mother” and animating force. She cared passionately about using therapy to change and enrich people’s lives. In an interview with the Washington Post in 2013, she said, “The very first day that I saw a patient I thought, ‘This is it.’ I knew what I wanted to do.” She trained generations of other therapists to do the same.

Importantly, Posey envisioned a place that focused on children as well as adults at a time when there was little recognition of children’s mental health needs. She did battle with insurance companies that questioned how five- and six-year old children could have emotional problems, and why their parents needed to be seen. She began a tradition of running weekly therapy meetings for therapists to consult about cases. Importantly, she created a sense of family that is central to the identity of Aspire today.

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.

Today, 40 years later, including two name changes from ‘Child Center’ to ‘Child Center and Adult Services Inc’ to our current name, Aspire Counseling – we remain committed to Posey’s vision – to provide quality mental health care to children and families of Montgomery County.

The very first day that I saw a patient I thought, this is it! – this is what I want to do.

Maryrose "Posey" Rogolsky

Founder of Aspire Counseling, 1978

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In 2018 Aspire was awarded both the Maryland Counseling Association 2018 Organization Achievement Award for our Integrated Behavioral Health/Primary Care program, and the 2018 Diversity Achievement Award for our Clinical Director, America Caballero, LCPC.

Aspire therapist Dr. Gary Saltzman, who has worked at Aspire for over 30 years, received a Top Vote Getter award for best child psychologist in the 2018 Best of Bethesda’s Readers Poll. In 2015 we were awarded Best Family Therapist in the 2015 Best of Bethesda Readers Poll.

We are a 2018/19 Catalogue for Philanthropy non-profit. We were one of 77 local non-profits chosen from a competitive field of 219 candidates. Click here to view the Catalogue.