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  • Abrams & Associates, LLC
    Kensington, MD

    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.

    The goal of this group is to teach upper elementary children or young adolescents 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

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  • Alvord Baker & Associates, LLC – Resilience Builder Program®
    Rockville, MD and Silver Spring, 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 pleased to offer groups for children with selective mutism this fall. 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 will meet for 60 minutes each session and run for approximately 8 weeks. They will be held at our Chevy Chase location at 8401 Connecticut Ave., Suite 1120, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Please email or call Veronica Raggi at 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;  Sharon Thomas, Ph.D.; Candice Watson, Ph.D.; Susan Wilson, Ph.D.

    Clinical Social Workers: Betsy Carmichael, LCSW-C; Thomas Verratti, LCSW-C; Lemuel Yutzy, LCSW-C

    Contact: Group Coordinator

    3200 Tower Oaks Boulevard, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852
    8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1120, Chevy Chase, MD 20815


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  • Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change
    Rockville, MD

    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 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.

    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.

    Contact: Valeria Cogliani, Clinic Coordinator

    414 Hungerford Drive, Suite 210, Rockville, MD 20850


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  • The Center for Family Well-Being
    Washington, DC

    The Center for Family Well-Being, PLLC is a holistic psychotherapy practice for kids, teens, adults, and couples — integrating specialized therapies of Western psychology with the deep wisdom of mindful awareness practices, including meditation, yoga, breath and sound awareness, and other mind-body approaches.

    The Center’s signature group program, Girls In Tune™, offers educational, experiential, and playful mindful-awareness groups to help girls reduce stress; increase joy and well-being; and strengthen connections to themselves and others. Groups are skill-based and friendship-focused with emphasis on developing confidence and learning positive coping and relational skills. Through meditation, yoga, art, “talk time,” play and more, girls learn to “tune in” to themselves and discover the power within to create calm and connection.

    Groups are appropriate for girls who need assistance with coping and regulation skills; learning to “read” themselves and others (i.e., managing friendships); reducing anxiety and managing feelings; and developing self-appreciation, esteem, and confidence.

    New offering Fall 2017: Boys In Tune group for 4th-, 5th- and 6th-grade boys. This 10-week mindfulness, play and friendship skill-building group will emphasize flexibility, empathy, and positive self-esteem, while boys grow confidence and self and social awareness. Boys will learn to initiate conversations, resolve conflict, and recognize and express emotions. Mindful awareness relaxation and self-regulation skills to calm body, mind, and emotions are taught and practiced each week.

    Other current groups include: middle school girls group; two high school girls groups.

    Kate Kelly, MA, MSW, LICSW; Elizabeth Ebaugh, MSW, LICSW; Lisa Oakley, LICSW; Lida Sunderland, MA.

    Contact: Kate Kelly, Director


    5540 Connecticut Ave., NW, 2nd Flr, Washington, DC 20015

  • Circle in the Square Child and Adolescent Group Programs
    Falls Church, VA

    Offering 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, PhD, CGP

    109 Park Washington Court, Falls Church, VA 22046

    703-533-5824 ext 5

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  • Crossroads Family Counseling Center, LLC
    Fairfax, VA

    At 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


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  • Expressive Therapy Center
    Rockville, MD, Bethesda, MD and McLean, VA

    Offering a variety of support groups for all children. Our groups offer a combination of process-oriented and social skills-building strategies and incorporate art, play, movement, and traditional “talk” techniques. For the past 19 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 skills, and more. These competencies may be effected by ADHD, Aspergers/Autism, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, learning challenges, anger control, and general relationship deficits. Children are carefully assessed for group placement based on age, gender, need, and developmental level.

    Clinicians: Stephanie Natter, LCPAT, CGP,  Clinical Director; David Drowos, Psy.D., Assistant Clinical Director; Joseph Bechhofer, Psy.D.; Chandni “Chunnu” Bhatia, M.S., LCPC, NCC; Corine Crowley, Ph.D.; Adria Grey, NCC; Heather Norden, Psy.D.; Jacy Perkins, APRN, PMH; Susan Rail, LCSW-C; Emily Ray, Ph.D., BC-DMT; Diana Sabados, MA, LCPC, LCPAT; Andree Schillesci, M.A., BC-DMT; Jessica Simon, Psy.D., LCPAT, ATR-BC; Daniel Wagner, Psy.D.

    Clinical Director: Stephanie Natter, MA, LCPAT, CGP

    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

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  • Family Compass Group
    Reston, VA

    We are an interdisciplinary group of child therapy and development specialists in the fields of psychology, neuropsychology, and social work.   For more than fifteen years, Family Compass has provided early intervention, individual and group therapy for children, and guidance for parents. 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 (2-6 children) groups 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; Mecca Burns RDT-BCT Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Drama Therapy Trainer; Brad Stoller MFA

    Director, Group Therapy: Larisa Perez deGraffenreid, LCSW

    11150 Sunset Hills Road Suite 150, Reston, VA 20190

    703-471-5517 ext.99

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  • Growing Minds, Center for Child and Family Therapy
    Rockville, MD

    Growing Minds offers expertise in social-emotional development for early childhood through adolescence. Our playful, experiential and evidence-based approach will engage your child and deepen your insight into your child’s behaviors and inner-world. We provide parenting support and guidance in concrete parenting strategies to both manage challenges and highlight your family’s unique strengths. Our integrative methods focus on the whole-child through individual, family, and group therapy modalities, along with collaboration with schools, specialists, and community resources.

    Our social skills therapy groups are conducted by highly experienced therapists modeling a child-centered, strengths-based approach which creates a trusting relationship allowing for practice and coaching in desirable behaviors and correction of social mistakes. In small groups, the children learn to interact with friendly behaviors while also working on regulating impulses and emotions. While individual differences are accepted and valued, emphasis is on enhancing strength for positive social relationships. Children served include those with ADHD, anxiety, learning, behavior, social-emotional and self-esteem difficulties. Priorities for skill development include two-way conversation, taking turns, reading social cues, handling teasing, giving compliments, showing empathy, solving problems, managing emotions, and positive self-talk.

    Groups are scheduled for 10-12 one hour after school sessions. Groupings include mixed diagnosis with average or higher intelligence and normal social potential. Because parents have a key role in supporting and reinforcing their child’s social skill development, parent group meetings are held to discuss ways to enhance progress and apply skills to home and school situations.

    Stanley A. Fagen, Ph.D.; Orly Zimmerman-Leizerov, LCSW-C; Jill Jerome, LCSW-C.

    Contact: Orly Ziimmerman-Leizerov,

    3204 Tower Oaks Blvd., Suite 180, Rockville, MD 20852

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  • In Step, PC
    Fairfax, VA and Sterline, VA

    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: Conquering Anxiety and Building Resilience, Girls Social Confidence, Stepping Stones® Social Skill Development for kids and their parents, Early Childhood Social Development for kids and their parents, LEGO® Social Development for Kids on the Spectrum and their parents, and
    Improv Social Development groups.

    Cathi Cohen LCSW, Director

    8500 Executive Park Avenue, Ste 204, Fairfax VA 22031

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  • Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington
    Rockville, MD

    We are a practice of psychologists and social workers that use an integrative approach to mental health. Conveniently located in Rockville, Maryland (near Montrose Road) our practice serves infants to retirees using individual, couples, and group psychotherapy.  Our clinicians are able to adapt to what is needed at a given moment and are approachable with their warm and friendly demeanor. Our clinicians have spoken at numerous schools and events around the area and have contributed to parenting periodicals, blogs and conferences. CHAT: Children Have A Lot to Tell – A group for kids that helps with friendship building and understanding emotions (day and time in Rockville: TBD).

    Julie Bindeman, Psy.D; Nanci Brown, LCSW-C; Kari Moskowitz, PhD; Dahlia Topolosky, Psy.D, Sam Allen, MS., LGMFT; Karen Epstein, LCPC

    Contact: Julie Bindeman, Psy.D

    5818 B Hubbard Drive Rockville, Maryland 20852


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  • JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)
    Rockville MD and Fairfax VA

    JSSA offers psychotherapy and social skills therapy groups for children with anxiety, ADHD, emotional and behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, and other related disorders. Social skills therapy groups focus on taking turns, friendly behaviors, reading social cues, self-control, handling bullying and teasing, working cooperatively, social conversation, building self-esteem, and solving problems. JSSA also offers anger management workshops for adolescents, as well as support groups for siblings of children with disabilities, children experiencing separation or divorce, and children coping with the loss of a parent. Early childhood services are available for toddlers and young children, including counseling, psychosocial evaluation, and skill development for managing challenging behavior.

    Group Therapists: Jill Jerome Parsons, LCSW-C, LCSW-C; Zach Lehman, LCSW-C; Elliott Schwartz, LCSW; Suzanne Adelman, LCSW-C; Ellen Lebedow, LCSW-C; Irene Mednick, LCSW-C; Heidi Cohen, LCSW-C


    200 Wood Hill Road, Rockville, MD 20850
    3025 Hamaker Court, Suite 450, Fairfax, VA 22031

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  • Kate McClain Social Skills
    Falls Church, VA and Baltimore, MD

    Kate McClain Social Skills provides social skills groups, camps, internships, and mentoring for children, teens, and young adults with a variety of social and communication challenges, including those with a diagnosis of Autism, PDD-NOS, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, and sensory issues, as well as those without a diagnosis who are having trouble with peer and adult relationships. In addition to social and communication skills, we work on sensory, speech, fine, and gross motor skills. Kate McClain Social Skills groups allow children to improve social, communication, and play skills in a small group of similar-age peers. The main goal is to help children and teens feel confident and successful in social situations by providing a structured and supportive environment. We believe that generalization occurs best when skills are practiced in “true to real life” situations. Therefore, group lessons and activities are designed to replicate as many “real life” situations as possible. Each week, kids from Pre-K through 6th grade play seated and active games, eat snack together, have a lesson/group discussion time, and go out to the playground or field for outdoor play (weather permitting). Teens work on collaborative projects and go on outings in the community.

    Clinicians: Kate McClain, BA, certified K-12 Special Education Teacher, former ABA and Floortime therapist; Amanda Reisz, LCSW-C, licensed in VA and MD; Sharon Zajc-Mergler BS, M.Ed; Audrey Awa, BS; Gina Ferrara, M.Ed, Jenna Clifton, BS; Natalie Miller, B.A., Nicole Mastin, B.A., Krysta Koubek, M.A.

    Contact: Kate McClain, BA

    210 E. Broad St., Falls Church, VA 22046
    205 E. Melrose Ave., Baltimore, MD 21212


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  • McLean Psychotherapy Practices
    McLean, VA

    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 our preschool groups are to assist with school preparation, encourage collaborative play, help children label and identify feelings, establish boundaries, develop and maintain friendships, read social cues, and improve imaginary play skills. These play oriented groups incorporate a variety of therapeutic approaches including the Floortime or DIR method, expressive play therapy techniques, and behavioral approaches. The primary goals for school age groups are to help your child develop and maintain friendships, learn to read social cues, identify and process feelings, build confidence, establish better boundaries, strengthen outdoor play skills, and explore feelings about social inclusion and exclusion.  These groups also incorporate a variety of therapeutic approaches including the Floortime or DIR method, expressive play therapy techniques, and behavioral approaches. Additionally, we offer a Sibling Support Group for school age children with a sibling diagnosed with a spectrum disorder.

    Anne Fleury, LCSW  703-282-5937
    Lisa Elkin, PsyD  571-238-6524
    Cynthia Mathis, LMFT  703-401-5394

    1483 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 301, McLean, VA 22101

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  • 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

    Contact: Laura Morlock, LCPC, Director of Psychotherapy

    5602 Shields Drive, Suite A., Bethesda, MD 20817
    11510 Old Georgetown RD, Suite F, Rockville, MD 20852

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  • The Sibley Group
    Washington, DC

    The Sibley Group is a team of 11 specialized therapists who provide positive psychotherapy for families, adults and couples in the DC area. We offer groups for parents, children, teenagers, and young adults. Coed Pre-K and Kindergarten Readiness Group: Our Pre-K skills group prepares children for success in kindergarten. Using a fun, hands-on approach, children will learn social skills and practice positive behaviors that help in the classroom, on the playground, and beyond. Groups for Boys: We teach social skills in our groups for school-age boys. and teach boys how to understand their own thoughts, feelings, and actions and in order to “think about,” “feel about,” and understand other’s thoughts and feelings. Groups for Girls: In a safe and expressive environment, young girls can experience a sense of acceptance, validation, and growth with their peers. The girls practice skills to navigate social interactions, increase their sense of worth and self-esteem as well as learn how to create boundaries for themselves and others.

    Allison Sibley, Ph.D, LICSW; Amanda Good, MSW, LICSW; Molly Mattison, MSW, LICSW; Lori Seifter, MSW, LICSW; Maggie Noojin, MSW, LICSW; Georgette Saad, MSW, LICSW; Alexis Herschthal, MSW, LICSW; Justin Barrasso, MS, LGPC; Lisa Wilson, MSW, LICSW; Hahva Gallagher, MSW, LICSW, Lindsay Tiell, MSW, LICSW

    Contact: Allison Sibley, Ph.D, LICSW, Director
    Contact: Amanda Good, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Director
    Contact: Kendra Smith, Executive Assistant

    5236 44th Street NW #4, Washington DC 20015

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  • The Social Skills Center, PC
    Oakton, VA, Woodbridge, VA, and Fredericksburg, VA

    We are unique in what we do! The vast majority of Social Skills programs are “educationally” based. They rely on a manual that teaches a specific skill each week. The main intervention that this approach uses utilizes role-playing. Role-playing is unnatural and does not allow for real-life interactions among participants. Unfortunately, this generic, “one-size-fits-all” approach does not focus on specific needs of each participant. Instead, we encourage natural, free-flowing communication among group members. We truly understand the importance of relationships and we highly value the experience of “connectedness.” We encourage developing positive relationships with others, especially with fellow group members. The main intervention in our real-life groups is called “Incidental Teaching,” where Social Skills are taught in the moment – when the situation, feeling, or behavior occurs. Using this strategy, multiple skills are taught during each and every group meeting, and each Incidental Teaching moment is specifically made for that particular group member.

    Clinicians: Christopher T. Haley, Psy.D.; Aneta Leczycki, Ph.D.; Peter Thaxter, Ph.D.; Jessica Taylor-Pickford, LCSW; Alaina Mazer, LPC; Beth Taft, MAEd, LCSW

    Contact: Christopher T. Haley, Psy.D.

    2960 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200
    Oakton, VA 22124

    13885 Hedgewood Drive, Suite 233
    Woodbridge, VA 22193

    601 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 101
    Fredericksburg, VA 22401


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  • Daniel Turetsky, PsyD, Psychologist
    Bethesda, MD

    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