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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Recognition - Aspire Counseling


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.

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.

Mercedes Bowie

Mercedes Bowie

Aspire Board Chair

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Practical joker and mother of two, Merci Bowie and her husband enjoy convincing the children that 80’s Pop is the current hot music and watching them become true fans of the Miami Sound Machine. In her spare time, Merci serves as a Director with BDO’s Nonprofit & Education Practice, focusing on audit and consulting services for domestic charities whose programs include support of women’s health, environmental initiatives, public broadcasting, performing arts, and historic preservation, interpretation, and education. In addition to client work, Merci also provides mentorship and career coaching, develops and presents coursework on the ever-changing financial landscape of the nonprofit world, and provides education for nonprofit Boards to help inform and empower them in their leadership roles of charitable organizations.

Carrie Zilcoski, LCSW-C, CAS

Ms. Carrie Zilcoski, LCSW-C, CAS

Executive Director 2016 -2019

Read More About Carrie Zilcoski

Carrie officially retired from Aspire Counseling in July, 2019, following the death of her husband in June, 2019. We are sorry to see Carrie leave the Aspire family, but we wish her all the best in the next chapter of her life. Mrs. Samantha Dellosso, Director of Operations since 2015, is currently overseeing the day to day operations at Aspire. 

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!

Dr. Pedro Martinez, MD

National Institute of Health

Dr. Diane Laurin, MD

Capitol Women’s Care

Michael Campbell Esq.

Miller, Miller and Canby
Goverance Committee / Chair

Vilas Wright

Wright Real Estate
Fundraising / Development

Krista Atteberry

Capitol Hill Staff

Liz McBride

US House of Representatives

Colleen Robichaud

Private Practice

Christian Genovese

Mortgage Banker

Dia Martin, MA, MBA

Overseas Private Investment Corp