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Abrams & Associates, LLC
For children who may struggle with impulsivity, immaturity, or difficulty reading the social cues of others leading to difficult peer relationships. This group will help children improve their interpersonal skills, make better choices, and develop more self-confidence. The weekly lessons will draw from the following skill groups: Making Friends, Keeping Friends, Problem Solving, Dealing with Strong Feelings, and Handling Stress and Conflict. Objective information regarding the children’s behaviors will be gathered before and after the group from parents to tailor the skills that will be taught and to measure the children’s progress. The group format will include modeling, role playing, and performance feedback. The children will be asked to practice the skills that they learn in group at home and parents will be provided with weekly updates to help reinforce the skills. One of two evidence based curricula may be used:
- Small Group Dinosaur Curriculum–The Incredible Years® evidence-based programs for parents, teachers, and children reduce challenging behaviors in children and increase their social emotional learning and self-control skills. The programs have been found to be effective in strengthening teacher and parent management skills, improving children’s social emotional competence, emotion regulation, and school readiness, and reducing behavior problems.
- Superflex Curriculum—Superflex®: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum provides educators, parents and therapists fun and motivating ways to teach students with social and communication difficulties. The three-part cognitive behavioral curriculum helps students develop further awareness of their own thinking and social behaviors and learn strategies to help them develop better self-regulation across a range of behaviors.ed anxiety and stress, increased sense of control and self-efficacy, a reduction in anger/hostility and better reported sleep.
Mindfulness for Upper Elementary Schoolers: This is a time-limited and skills based group that draws heavily from the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) approach. Mindfulness is the act of intentionally attending to one’s present moment-to-moment experiences in a open and nonjudgmental way. Through mindfulness strategies, one is able to calm the mind, and be less reactive and more purposeful in their responses. Mindfulness techniques have been heavily studied in the literature and have been found to have many benefits including reduced anxiety and stress, increased sense of control and self-efficacy, a reduction in anger/hostility and better reported sleep. The goal of this group is to teach upper elementary children how to better manage stress and anxiety and engage in more focused and intentional behavior through the use of empirically supported mindfulness techniques. Examples of the types of exercises include Body Scan, Mindful Stopping and Mindful Homework/Test Taking.
We are a family-friendly group practice offering assessment and psychotherapy for children, teens and adults. For more information or to set up a group intake appointment, please contact our intake coordinator.
Kay Abrams, PhD, Director
Contact: Intake Coordinator
301-949-2098, ext 1
3841 Farragut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895
Alvord Baker & Associates, LLC – Resilience Builder Program®
Rockville, MD and Chevy Chase, MD
Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC has been providing social competence groups for children and adolescents since 1992. The groups focus on enhancing resilience, which we view as the ability to adapt well to life and its challenges. Children’s social competence can be impacted greatly by one or several of the following factors: ability to regulate their behavior and emotions; anxiety; ADHD; learning disabilities; low self-esteem; organizational challenges; and/or transition difficulties. Our groups help children identify what they do well, and to build on their strengths. We use the Resilience Builder Program® which utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral framework (how one thinks impacts how one feels and subsequently, how one behaves with others) and empirically supported strategies.
We also offer specialized groups for children diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), Aspergers and High Functioning Autism. All groups are led by experienced licensed psychologists and clinical social workers. Didactic, process, and experiential activities, discussions and relaxation/self-control techniques are utilized. Boys, girls, and co-ed groups from pre-school through elementary grades.
Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC is also offers groups for children with selective mutism. The focus of these groups is on the continued practice and reinforcement of brave speech and social interaction with peers and adults in a fun and safe setting. Groups meet for 60 minutes each session and run for approximately 8 weeks. They are held at our Chevy Chase location at 8401 Connecticut Ave., Suite 1120, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Please email or call Dr. Veronica Raggi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-593-6554, ext 57 for more information
We also offer the CCC™ Kids Camp, which is a five-day half-day camp experience designed to provide intensive behavioral treatment for children between the ages of four and eight who are diagnosed with selective mutism (SM) and/or severe social anxiety. Our goal is to support the building of your child’s confidence and success in speaking with adults and children outside the home directly prior to their return to school. Participating in the CCC™ camp will give your child the opportunity for a more successful transition to the new school year. It is generally offered in August prior to school starting. The camp is a structured experience in which children participate in a variety of engaging activities including outdoor sports, arts and crafts, and music. We also simulate typical classroom activities such as circle time, morning meeting, and center work. These activities provide children with hands on practice in verbal participation in a safe, school-like environment. Children receive individualized support, positive feedback and rewards to increase their brave behavior in anxious situations. The camp is directed by Drs. Kelly O’Brien and Veronica Raggi, two psychologists with extensive expertise in the treatment of SM. Children who are interested in participating must first meet 1:1 with Dr. O’Brien or Dr. Raggi to ensure they are a good fit for our program. If interested, please contact our intake coordinator at 301-593-6554 x23. During the school year, we also offer half-day group opportunities in the community for continued practice with brave talking with children and adults in new settings. Please contact our intake coordinator at the number listed above for more information.
Psychologists: Mary Alvord, Ph.D.; Andrea Chisolm, Ph.D.; Anahi Collado, Ph.D.; Colleen Cummings, Ph.D.; Michelle Gryczkowski, Ph.D.; Keri Linas, Ph.D., Psy.D; Erin Lewis-Morrarty, Ph.D.; Heather Loffredo, Psy.D.; Elizabeth Malesa, Ph.D.; Kelly O’Brien, Ph.D.,Veronica Raggi, Ph.D.; Nina Shiffrin, Ph.D.; Candice Watson, Ph.D.; Susan Wilson, Ph.D.
Clinical Social Workers: Betsy Carmichael, LCSW-C; Thomas Verratti, LCSW-C; Lemuel Yutzy, Ph.D.
Contact: Group Coordinator
3200 Tower Oaks Boulevard, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852
8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1120, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
The Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change
Rockville, MD & McLean, VA
CABC offers a variety of evidence-based groups for children and teens experiencing anxiety and related disorders. These groups are generally separated into elementary, middle, and high school sections. For each age group, we offer multiple group options to best fit your child’s needs. One of the groups that we offer is a 15-week Social Effectiveness Therapy group for children and teens (SET-C) that is designed to teach specific social skills that have been found to be challenging for those with social anxiety disorder, such as initiating and maintaining conversations. We also offer groups for students struggling with anxiety-based school refusal. These groups are ongoing and focused on providing skills and support to children and teens as they re-enter and then sustain attendance in school. We also offer the group Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) which is a group that teaches mindfulness-based techniques, skills, and tools that will help teens to function more adaptively and improve their quality of life. In addition, we offer specialized groups for elementary and middle school students with anxiety and related disorders. For middle school students we offer a 12-week evidence-based group that teaches non-avoidant coping strategies, and in which group members practice “going on offense” against their fears (known as exposure therapy). “Exposures” are designed collaboratively with the children to challenge their fears and to help them remain in anxiety-provoking situations until the anxiety naturally reduces. By learning to “outlast” their anxiety, the group members learn how avoidance and fear are “teammates.” For elementary-aged children, we offer an evidence-based group that focuses on building specific strategies to cope with the anxiety that include identifying emotions, learning how to communicate about their feelings, develop tools for facing stressful situations, and build skills to generalize these techniques to their home and school experiences.
Clinicians: Jonathan Dalton, Ph.D., Director; Renee DeBoard-Lucas, Ph.D.; Lindsay Scharfstein, Ph.D.; Rachel Singer, Ph.D.; Christina Brooks, Psy.D.; Kristin Bianchi, Ph.D.; Caitríona Hayes, Psy.D.; Krishtine Rosenthal, Ph.D.; Taylor Wilmer, Ph.D.; Monique Reynolds, Ph.D.
Contact: Bridget Camardi, Clinic Coordinator
50 W. Montgomery Ave, Suite 110, Rockville, MD 20850
1487 Chain Bridge Rd #203, McLean, VA 22101
The Center for Family Well-Being, PLLC
The Center for Family Well-Being is a group of holistic therapists in NW DC who skillfully integrate Western psychotherapy with the deep wisdom of Eastern mindful-awareness practice, as well as other mind-body healing methods — both traditional and modern — for the optimal well-being of kids, teens, adults, couples, and families.
Our Girls In Tune™ program offers educational, experiential, playful, and developmentally appropriate mindful-awareness groups to help girls actively practice relational and self-regulation skills; reduce stress; increase joy and well-being; and strengthen connections to themselves and others. Groups are designed to help participants grow confidence while also learning positive coping and relational skills.
Our Boys In Tune™ mindfulness, play, activity, and skill-building groups emphasize flexibility, empathy, positive self-esteem, and growing self and social awareness. Boys will learn to gain confidence, grow their friendship skills, resolve conflict, and recognize and express emotions.
Girls In Tune™ and Boys In Tune™ groups are appropriate for boys and girls who need assistance with: coping and regulation skills; learning to “read” themselves and others (i.e., managing friendships); reducing anxiety, managing feelings; and developing self-appreciation, compassion, and confidence.
- Fall 2019 Girls In Tune groups: Middle school girls group; High school girls group
- Fall 2019 Boys In Tune groups: Middle school boys group
Clinicians: Kate Kelly, MA, MSW, LICSW; Elizabeth Ebaugh, MSW, LICSW; Lisa Oakley, MSW, LICSW; Lida Sunderland, MA, ATR-BC, LGPAT, LGPC; Mali Jimenez, MSW, LICSW; Carmelita Naves, MSW, LICSW
Contact: Kate Kelly, Director
5039 Connecticut Ave., NW #7, Washington, DC 20008
Circle in the Square Child and Adolescent Group Programs
Falls Church, VAOffering relationship-based developmental group experiences for boys and girls ages 5-19 since 1990. Groups are designed to provide a safe yet challenging environment within which a full range of relationship skills and competencies can develop. Close collaboration with parents through monthly parent groups and individual sessions helps to support the changes the children in our groups and their families are working to make. Our groups work with a wide range of children’s issues including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, distractibility and impulse control issues, difficulties with the expression of anger, and disruptions to family life. Our groups are organized by age, grade, and developmental capacity while tending to be heterogeneous in terms of specific issues and problems. Our goal is to work on personal and social development in a reality-based context that will promote generalization of gains to the outside world.
Directors: David A. Beigel, LPC, CGP; David Flohr, Ph.D., CGP
109 Park Washington Court, Falls Church, VA 22046
703-533-5824 ext 5
Crossroads Family Counseling Center, LLC
Fairfax, VAAt Crossroads Family Counseling Center, LLC we specialize in working with children and adolescents for over 25 years. We use the latest, evidence based play and expressive therapies along with time tested cognitive behavioral in a group setting to teach children about feelings and help them navigate their way through difficulties with skills that last a lifetime.
We offer children social skills groups teaching children how to make friends, learn cooperative skills, identify social cues and work on emotional regulation and self-control skills in a fun experiential group using playful and CBT techniques to learn new skills.
We also offer focused groups on helping children with ADD/ADHD. We teach techniques to help manage self control and impulse control, learn coping skills to manage difficult feelings and learn social skills in a fun, interactive, playful way and an Anxiety group providing an understanding of “what is anxiety” in order to help children learn to conceptualize feelings, triggers and solutions. The group will work on teaching mindfulness, coping skills and Cognitive-Behavioral techniques in a supportive and fun environment.
Groups are schedule for 12 one hour group sessions after school. We offer a free group intake. Contact our Group intake coordinator.
Contact: Sheri Mitschelen, LCSW, RPT-S
3611- C Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030
Expressive Therapy Center
Rockville, MD, Bethesda, MD and McLean, VA
For over 20 years our team of psychologists, clinical social workers, professional counselors, and expressive therapists (art and movement), have been helping children improve their self-esteem, confidence, self-regulation, peer relationships, communication, interpersonal skills, and more. Our groups offer a combination of process-oriented and social skills-building strategies and incorporate art, play, movement, CBT, mindfulness, and traditional “talk” techniques. These skills may be affected by ADHD, ASD, anxiety, depression, learning challenges, emotion regulation, and general relationship difficulties. We offer a variety of support groups. Children are carefully assessed for group placement based on age, need, and developmental level. We also offer individual, parenting, family therapy, couples, parent groups, and psychological/psychoeducational testing.
Clinical Director: Stephanie Natter, MA, LCPAT, CGP
Clinicians: Stephanie Natter, LCPAT, CGP, Clinical Director; Ashley Williams, LGPC, Intake Coordinator; Joseph Bechhofer, Psy.D.; Chandni “Chunnu” Bhatia, M.S., LCPC, NCC; Corine Crowley, Ph.D.; Adria Grey, LGPC, NCC.; Jacy Perkins, APRN, PMH; Susan Rail, LCSW-C; Suzannah Ditcher, MA, LCPC, LCPAT; Andree Schillesci, M.A., BC-DMT; Daniel Wagner, Psy.D; Aaron Cooper, LCSW-C; Vicky Nogales, MFT; Jason Moehringer, Psy.D.; Danielle Boucree, MA, LMSW; Natascha Dillon, PsyD.
10810 Darnestown Road Suite 103, North Potomac, MD 20878
4400 East-West Highway Suite 28, Bethesda, MD 20814
1320 Vincent Place, McLean, VA 22101
301-869-1017 ext. 1
703-349-5225 ext. 1
Family Compass, PLLC
We are an interdisciplinary group of child therapy and development specialists. We offer over a dozen various Social Skills/Drama Therapy Groups. Our curriculum combines actual social experience through peer interaction and theater improvisation, with direct teaching. We emphasize not just what to do (behaviors), but why (understanding) and how (through practice). Our small groups (2-6 children) focus on each child’s individual needs, strengths, interests and goals. We focus on the enhancement of social skills such as flexibility, emotional regulation, social awareness, and cooperation through direct instruction, play and dramatic play. We hold periodic parent meetings to monitor progress and to discuss everyday opportunities to facilitate friendships and social interaction.
Group Therapists: Larisa Perez deGraffenreid, LCSW; Jarred Sharar, RDT — Registered Drama Therapist; Rebecca O’Neill, MSW; Elena Zaklis M.A., BCBA, LBA; Billie Harber, M.A., BCBA
Director, Group Therapy: Larisa Perez deGraffenreid, LCSW
11150 Sunset Hills Road Suite 150, Reston, VA 20190
703-471-5517 ext. 199
Growing Minds, Center for Child and Family Therapy
A sense of belonging is one of the most crucial factors of resilience building. Through playfulness within a safe and supportive environment, children in our therapy groups learn skills to make and keep friends, carry two-way conversations, take turns, read social cues, handle teasing, show empathy, solve problems, manage emotions and use positive self-talk. Our highly experienced clinicians implement child-centered, strengths-based approaches which create opportunities for successful experiences in social settings and lead to promoting a positive self-image and social confidence. Within small groups of 3-6, children learn to interact using friendly behaviors while also working on regulating their own impulses and emotions. Individual differences are accepted and valued while enhancing capacity for meaningful social relationships. Children served include those with ADHD, anxiety, social-emotional and self-esteem struggles, and learning and behavior difficulties. Groups are weekly 60-minute sessions for 10-12 week series. Parent group meetings are held to discuss ways to enhance progress, reinforce skills, and support their children within home and school situations.
Social Skills and Relationship-Building Therapy Groups:
- Co-Ed Early Childhood Play-Skills Groups: Ages 3-5, Grades K-1st
Play-skill and feelings vocabulary building through toys, songs, books and activities
- Boys Groups: Grades 1, 2-3, 4-5, middle school
Relationship and social competence building through games, targeted skill practice and self-reflection
- Feelings and Friendships Girls Groups: Grades 2-3, 4-5, middle school
Relationship and self-esteem building through art, crafts and movement
Special Topic Therapy Groups and Workshops:
- Accidents Happen: Co-ed, Grades 1-3
For children who experience toileting accidents
- Kindergarten Ready: Co-ed, For children feeling nervous about the unknowns of beginning Kindergarten
- Girls Transitioning to Middle School Workshop: For girls preparing for middle school, no diagnosis required
Group Clinicians: Stanley A. Fagen, Ph.D.; Jill Jerome, LCSW-C., RPT-S; Orly Zimmerman-Leizerov, LCSW-C; Stephanie Tyler, LCPAT, LCPS, ATR-BC
Contact: Anne Zgorski, Intake Coordinator
3204 Tower Oaks Blvd., Suite 180, Rockville, MD 20852
- Co-Ed Early Childhood Play-Skills Groups: Ages 3-5, Grades K-1st
In Step, PC
In Step has offered comprehensive counseling and consultation services to families in the metro DC area since 1995. We offer a full range of services including individual, family, parent consultation, and psychological testing services, and our primary specialization is working in groups with kids, teens and adults.
Our elementary school age groups include: Girls Social Confidence, Stepping Stones® Social Skill Development for kids and their parents, Early Childhood Social Development for kids, and LEGO® Social Development for Kids on the Spectrum
Cathi Cohen LCSW, Director
8500 Executive Park Avenue, Ste 204, Fairfax VA 22031
McLean Psychotherapy Practices
The clinicians at McLean Psychotherapy Practices offer numerous ongoing Social Skills groups for children of varying ages and developmental levels. Each group is specifically tailored to address the challenges faced by the group members. We use a variety of therapeutic interventions, including expressive, art and play techniques. Groups typically run from September to June, with additional summer groups offered as well. In addition, we work collaboratively with parents, schools, and other treatment providers to ensure positive treatment outcomes. The primary goals of adolescent groups are to provide a safe environment for preadolescents and adolescents to talk about peer pressure, process their feelings about social interactions, develop and maintain friendships, increase self-esteem, and improve family relationships. These groups are tailored to address specific issues raised by group members. Past topics have included stress reduction, anxiety management, dream analysis, body image and mood swings. A Young Adult Group (ages 18-25) meets to work on issues related to post-high school/college/career decisions, connecting/maintaining friendships with peers, mood disorders/anxiety and how that impacts their experience as a young adult, and dating/romantic elationships.We are excited to now be offering DBT Skills Groups. Please contact Nicole McGarry, LPC (202) 641-8429 for more information or visit our website.
Lisa Elkin, Psy.D. 571-238-6524
Anne Fleury, LCS 703-282-5937
Cynthia Mathis, LMFT 703-401-5394
Nicole McGarry, LPC 202-641-8429
1483 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 301, McLean, VA 22101
Quince Orchard Psychotherapy, LLC
We are a team of psychologists who enjoy helping a wide variety of clients through
psychotherapy and psychological testing. Our specialties include the treatment of anxiety,
depression, relationship problems, self-defeating patterns of behavior, ADHD, and identity
concerns. We will work together to define your personal goals and explore how you can
strengthen your resources to reach them. Some typical outcomes of therapy are improved
self-confidence, greater ability to maintain mutually satisfying relationships, and even increased
productivity in one’s work or academic environment. We maintain an active referral network and
can put you in touch with local allied professionals (physicians, nutritionists, etc.) should the
need arise. We are in-network with BCBS, Cigna, and Tricare for therapy groups (but not for
workshops or classes).
Groups that we offer for children:*
Superhero Club for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: This group will help children
with Autism Spectrum Disorder further develop social skills through a fun and inviting
curriculum that includes creating their own superhero. Through this group, participants will
learn social communication skills with an emphasis on improving pragmatic language. This
group will be a structured 12-week group adapted from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
and the Superflex curriculum.
Enhance your Focus: This group will provide support for children diagnosed with
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Participants will meet others facing similar
challenges, learn strategies for academic and personal success, and practice new behaviors.
Topics to include: time management, organization, procrastination, problem-solving,
relationship issues, building attention span, reducing distractibility, and valuing unique
Coping with Anxiety: In this group, participants will be encouraged to think about their anxiety
in new ways, learn many Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, and engage in
self-reflection to better manage their anxiety.
*These groups will be based on interest and are subject to change.
Clinicians: Sasha Hileman, Psy.D.; Erik Mann, Psy.D.; Emily Stano, Psy.D.
Contact: Dr. Sasha Hileman, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Group Therapy Director
Address: 9707 Key West Avenue, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850
Rebecca Resnik and Associates Psychological Care
Bethesda, MD and Rockville, MD
If you or your child are experiencing challenges with social skills, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, family changes, medical issues or life transitions, Resnik and Associates can help! From pre-school age through young adults, group members are carefully matched to their peers based on specific areas of concern, goals and personally fit to form small groups of 2-5 members. Clients can expect to enjoy a variety of approaches that may include cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy and expressive therapies, such as art and drama.
Clinicians: Laura Morlok, LCPC; Helen Ehlers, Psy.D; Jennifer Fleming, LCPC; Jaclyn Halpern, Psy.D; Susan Rail, LCSW-C; Simone Schwager, LCSW-C; Elizabeth Picciotta, Psy.D.
Contact: Laura Morlock, LCPC, Director of Psychotherapy
5602 Shields Drive, Suite A., Bethesda, MD 20817
11510 Old Georgetown RD, Suite F, Rockville, MD 20852
Daniel Turetsky, Psy.D., Psychologist
Activity based groups focus on the development of social skills within an enjoyable, engaging, supportive and therapeutic environment. Goals include improving children’s self-esteem and regulation, social interest and confidence, and awareness of self and others to facilitate more successful interactions and positive relationships with both peers and adults.
4809 Saint Elmo Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
The Wake Kendall Group, PLLC
The Wake Kendall Group is a team of experienced psychologists and psychotherapists who provide individual, couples, group and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults. We do psychoeducational, neuropsychological and independent school admissions testing, as well as school consultations. We offer groups for adolescents for anxiety and MBSR-T (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens). We will be offering this program for children as well. We are also offering again this fall our Mindful Parenting Program for parents of all ages.
Clinicians: Anne Wake, Ph.D.; Anne Kendall, Ph.D.; Margaret Isenman, M.A.T.; Janell Schweickert, Ph.D.; Katherine Nitz, Ph.D.; Sunita Duggal, Ph.D.; Frances Brookner, Psy.D.; Lenette Gimple Snyder, LPC; Sarah Mintz, Ph.D.; Alexandra Cargo, Ph.D.; Courtney Conn, Ph.D.; Anna Rosch, Psy.D.; Kimberly Wolfe, LICSW; Margo Genderson, Ph.D.; Sara Geisser, Ph.D.; Amber Groomes, Ph.D.; Rachel Altvater, LCPC, RPT, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate.
Contact: Lenni Snyder, LPC
5247 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Suite 4, Washington, DC 20015