Families for Depression Awareness’ Facebook Live event aired on Tuesday, August 11th!

In our “Ask the Expert” event, FFDA Co-Executive Director Valerie Cordero talks with Child and Adolescent Therapist Khristine Heflin, LICSW, about the relationship between teen depression and substance use and what parents can do to support their teens.

CLICK HERE to go to Facebook and watch the event!


Khristine Heflin, MSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, LICSW, is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing since 2006. Licensed as an Independent Clinical Social Worker in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, Ms. Heflin is currently in practice as a Child and Adolescent therapist at a community practice in Largo, MD.  She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Social Work with a clinical concentration in families and children from the University of Maryland. Ms. Heflin has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in both individual and group treatment. Therapeutic work settings include psychiatric emergency department, inpatient hospital, outpatient mental health clinics, forensic and school settings.

Ms. Heflin’s theoretical framework uses a holistic approach and integrates key components of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, expressive arts, trauma informed care and mindfulness.  Specialty areas include crisis intervention, anxiety, depression, substance use and co-occurring substance abuse and mood disorders.

Her work experience includes serving as Clinical Manager for the Department of Behavioral Health Urgent Care Clinic located at DC Superior Court. She provided clinical oversight of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse treatment and weekly supervision for licensed graduate-level social workers and certified addictions counselors. Additional experience includes providing psychiatric consultation to the emergency department at Children’s National Medical Center as well as serving as a Field Instructor at University of Maryland School of Social Work, Howard University School of Social Work, and Catholic University School of Social Service Field Education Departments.