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Abrams & Associates, LLC

Alvord Baker & Associates, LLC Group Therapy Center

The Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington

The Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change

Circle in the Square

Counseling for Contentment

Expressive Therapy Center

In Step, PC

JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)

Kate Kelly, LICSW, Girls In Tune

McLean Psychotherapy Practices

Mindwell Psychology Bethesda

National Family Resiliency Center

Laura Rubinoff and Associates, Speech/Language Pathologists

Allison Sibley & Associates, PLLC

Lisa M. Snipper, LCSW

TLC - The Treatment and Learning Centers

Daniel Turetsky, PsyD

The Wake Kendall Group


Detailed Children's Listings

Abrams & Associates, LLC
Social skills, coed, ages 5-6, 7-9, 10-12 for children with social shyness/anxiety, Aspergers/PDD, ADHD/LD, anxiety, SIDS and/or ODD. Children learn to conquer their fears and practice social skills in a small group setting. The group is run by a licensed psychologist with evidence-based interventions and is both didactic and experiential. Homework is assigned to both children and parents for building mastery and generalizing skills to home and school. Groups run weekly for one hour through the school year. Parents are informed of goals and progress identified by the psychologist running the group. Social skills groups work to promote confidence and resilience by offering skill development in how to make a friend and join a group, social-self awareness and perspective taking, coping with disappointment and frustration, identifying feelings and communicating needs, learning give and take, encouraging empathy, listening skills and assertiveness. We are a family-friendly group practice offering assessment and psychotherapy for children, teens and adults.

Kay Abrams, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

3841 Farragut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895
301-949-2098

www.abramsandassociates.com

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Alvord Baker & Associates, LLC Group Therapy Center
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.

Psychologists: Mary Alvord, PhD; Lynn F. Bufka, PhD; Julia Felton, PhD; Keri Linas, PhD, PsyD; Erin Lewis-Morrarty, PhD; Heather Loffredo, PsyD; Elizabeth Malesa, PhD; Kelly O'Brien, PhD; Veronica Raggi, PhD; Michael Reiter, PhD; Monica Robb, PhD; Jessica Samson, PsyD; Lisa Sanchez, PhD

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


Group Coordinator: 301-593-6554 x23
email: groups@alvordbaker.com

3200 Tower Oaks Boulevard, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852
301- 593-6554 ext. 23

11161 New Hampshire Avenue, Suite 307, Silver Spring, MD 20904
301- 593-6554 ext. 23

www.alvordbaker.com

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The Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington
Social Effectiveness Training: we offer a specialized evidence-based group for teens and children with social anxiety. These groups are designed to address common social skills deficits found in children with Social Anxiety Disorder including initiating conversations, maintaining conversations, inviting peers to join in activities, joining groups, phone skills, using appropriate assertiveness, and recognizing social cues. Each group consists of didactic instruction, modeling, behavioral rehearsals (role-plays), and corrective feedback from group leader and peers. We also provide “generalization sessions” in which prior “graduates” of the group return to serve as unfamiliar peers for the current group members when the group engages in typical age-appropriate activities that allow the current group members to practice their newly acquired skills in a more natural setting. The group meets weekly for 90 minutes for 12 weeks. BTC also offers occasional groups for children and teens who engage in problematic skin-picking and hair pulling.

Charles Mansueto, Ph.D., Clinic Director
Contact: Rina Pesce, Ph.D. 301-593-4040 X228 for program information

11227 Lockwood Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20901
301-593-4040

www.behaviortherapycenter.com

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Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change
We offer a specialized evidence-based group for teens and children with social anxiety. These groups are designed to address common social skills deficits found in children with Social Anxiety Disorder including initiating conversations, maintaining conversations, inviting peers to join in activities, joining groups, phone skills, using appropriate assertiveness, and recognizing social cues.  Each group consists of didactic instruction, modeling, behavioral rehearsals (role-plays), and corrective feedback from group leader and peers. We also provide “generalization sessions” in which prior “graduates” of the group return to serve as unfamiliar peers for the current group members when the group engages in typical age-appropriate activities that allow the current group members to practice their newly acquired skills in a more natural setting.

Jonathan Dalton, Ph.D., Director

414 Hungerford Drive, Suite 210, Rockville, MD 20850
301-610-7850
email: drjdalton@gmail.com

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Circle in the Square Child and Adolescent Group Programs
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

http://washingtonsq.org/

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Counseling for Contentment
Circles Groups (Children In Relationship Circles Learning Emotional Socialization): Social skills, coed, variety of groups for children age 4-8, separated by age-groups. Ideal for children with social shyness/anxiety, Aspergers/PDD, ADHD/LD, anxiety, SID and/or ODD.  These children often play by themselves; get into frequent conflicts with other children; fall apart easily in a group; require extra attention from teachers/ caregivers; seem overly competitive; and/or get bullied by other children.  This therapeutic play group for preschool aged children can help children work on social skills in a supportive small group environment. This group will focus on helping children to express themselves verbally, through play and with the help of a therapist. We will provide a structured environment that will help children feel comfortable and safe and which will allow them to work on relational skills with peers and adults. Initial child assessment required and parent participation with occasional meetings to develop goals and review progress. Our offices are family-friendly, comfortable and ideal for child play therapy groups. Please call 301-625-9102 or visit our website at www.CounselingForContentment.com for specific details. Groups are weekly, 60 minutes for 8 sessions. Locations in Silver Spring and Bethesda, Maryland.

Leaders:
Marie Caterini Choppin, LCSW-C (301-625-9102)
Elana Benatar, LCSW-C (202-276-1594)
Gail Schumann, LCSW-C (301-906-3776)

10000 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
4405 East-West Highway, Suite 508, Bethesda, MD 20814
301-625-9102
email: mchoppin@counselingforcontentment.com

www.CounselingForContentment.com

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Expressive Therapy Center
Offering a variety of support groups for children ages 3-13. Our groups offer a combination of process-oriented and social skills-building strategies and incorporate art, play, movement, and traditional "talk" techniques. For over a decade, 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, effective communication, and more. These competencies may be effected by ADHD, Apergers/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.

Director: Stephanie Natter, MA, ATR, CGP

14808 Physicians Lane, Suite 111, Rockville, MD 20850
301-869-1017 ext 1

5910 Goldsboro Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
301-869-1017 ext 1

1320 Vincent Place, McLean, VA 22101

www.expressivetherapycenter.com

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In Step, PC
Stepping Stones, is a nationally recognized social skills group therapy program for children, ages 3 1/2-12 and their parents.  For more than fifteen years, our team of psychologists, clinical social workers, and professional counselors has been guiding children and their families towards more effective social relationships. Our dynamic mental health professionals partner with you to develop a continuum of care plan, in order to ensure that the skills learned with us create long-lasting change. Some of our areas of specialty beside social development are Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, Asperger's and Autism Issues, Anger Management, Preschool Services, and ADD/ADHD Issues.

Cathi Cohen, LCSW, Director

In Step, PC
8320 Professional Hill Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031
703-657-810

In Step, PC West
6 Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 200, Sterling, VA 20165
703-763-2644

email: info@insteppc.com

www.insteppc.com

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Kate Kelly, LICSW, Girls in Tune
Girls In Tune offers educational, experiential and playful body/mind groups and short courses to help girls reduce stress, increase well-being and strengthen their connections to themselves and others. Th.rough yoga, art, brain-based integrative movement games, journaling, mindful eating, "talk time," music and more, girls will  learn to "tune in" to themselves and discover their power to become calm and connected.  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 developing self-appreciation, esteem and confidence. Current groups include: 4th- and 5th-grade girls; Middle school girls; and 9th- and 10th-grade girls (special focus on anxious teens).

Kate Kelly, LICSW

5415 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20015
202-230-9307
email: Girlsintune@gmail.com

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JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)
Psychotherapy and social skills therapy groups for children, including those with anxiety, ADHD, social-behavioral disorders, Asperger's Syndrome and other related disorders. Social skills therapy groups focus on taking turns, friendly behaviors, reading social cues, self-control, handling teasing, working cooperatively, social conversation, building self-esteem and solving problems. Other JSSA groups include anger management, social clubs for teens with Asperger’s Syndrome and related disorders, siblings with disabilities, coping with divorce, parent toolboxes, and parents of children with disabilities support groups. JSSA also provides a BFF Camp (Building and Fostering Friendships), a summer social skills camp program. Boys, girls, preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school. Non-sectarian.

Victoria Hervitz, LGSW, Groups Coodinator 
301-610-8412 
vhervitz@jssa.org

Rockville: Laura Baer, LCPC; Alison Dorsky, LCSW-C; Laurence Fabre-Welmond, LCSW-C; Stanley Fagen, PhD; Stacie Feldman, LGPC; Jennifer Firestone, LCSW-C; Christy Gragg, LCPC; Caryn Harris, LGPC; Vicki Hervitz, LGSW; Sarah Gubits, LCSW-C; Scott Kreeger, LCSW-C; Zach Lehman, LCSW-C; Ju Liu, LCSW-C; Caron Starobin, LCSW-C; Jamell White, LCSW-C
Fairfax: Michal Berkson, LCSW; Larisa Perez deGraffenreid, LCSW; Sarah Ince, LCSW; Ravleen Kandhari, LCSW; Dawn Kaye, LCSW; Andrea LoBalbo, LCSW; Andrew McGahan, LCSW; Melissa Morrow, LCSW; Jennifer Newman, LCSW; Rebecca Porter, MSW; Elliott Schwartz, LCSW

Maryland Location:
200 Wood Hill Road, Rockville, MD 20850
301-838-4200

Northern Virginia Location:
3018 Javier Road, Fairfax, VA 22031
703-204-9100

www.jssa.org

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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 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 silbing diagnosed with a spectrum disorder.

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

1487 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22101

www.mcleanpsychotherapy.com

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Mindwell Psychology Bethesda
Mindwell Psychology offers three groups for children, including:a group for elementary school girls who need help with friendships and managing anxiety/stress; a group for 3-4 year olds who need to practice social and play skills; and a group for boys in grades 3-5 who need help coping with daily stressors. All groups will be lead by a licensed psychologist or master's level psychotherapist with expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy. Our therapists are warm, compassionate and highly skilled in group therapy. Your child  will be in excellent hands.

Psychologists: Dr. Jaclyn Halpern, Dr. Talisha Lee
Clinical Social Worker: Susan Rail, LCSWC
Group Coordinator: Dr. Jaclyn Halpern 301-581-1120
Group Coordinator Email: drhalpern@mindwell.us

5602 Shields Drive, Suite A
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

www.mindwell.us

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National Family Resiliency Center
Four different age specific group programs are offered twice yearly for children pre school through grade 8. Groups run from 8 to 12 weeks; 90 minutes per group session. Children learn techniques for identifying concerns, labeling and expressing feelings, problem solving and effective communication around family transition and divorce related issues. Parents are closely involved through individual and multiple family sessions.

Risa J. Garon, LCSW-C, BCD, CFLE; Susan Bilchik, NBCC, Julieta Macias, PhD.’, LCSW-C, Ellen Levin, LGSW,  Elaine Drewyer, LCSW- C, Hilary Campodonico, LCSW-C, Barry Frieman, LCSW-C, Carolyn Wohnsigl, MEd; Thomas Vassil, PhD, LCSW-C

451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 225, Rockville, MD 20850
301-384-0079

10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 121 Columbia, MD 21044
410-740-9553

14350 Solomons Island Road, Suite 202B, Solomons, MD 20688
410-474-8500

www.nfrchelp.org

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Laura Rubinoff and Associates, Speech/Language Pathologists
Interactions with Pals! A Whole Mind and Body Experience! (PAL Program). These groups are designed to improve social thinking , social problem solving and pragmatic language functions. Our leaders (speech pathologists teamed with actors of improvisation) use performing arts, improvisation, video modeling and authentic conversational exchanges to improve social cognition. We introduce Michelle Garcia Winner strategies for recognizing your own and others' social minds, learning behaviors that make others feel good and internalizing how behaviors and words affect emotions across different social networks. The groups meet weekly for 90 minutes for 16 weeks. Co-ed and exclusively boys and girls groups, ages 5-10, grouped by age and skills level.

6505 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817
301 493-4695
laurarubinoff@gmail.com

www.lraspeech.com

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Allison Sibley & Associates, PLLC
Activity-based groups for children offer an arena in which to practice personal and relational skills related to making and keeping friends. Groups provide opportunities for social skill building and processing experiences in an educational and engaging setting. Emphasis is on “playing out” and “talking through” friendship experiences, which may be influenced by a variety of issues including adjustment issues, self-esteem, ADHD, and emotional factors. Current co-ed [k-1st], boys [3rd-4th], and girls [4th-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-11th/10th-12th] groups for school-aged children and middle/high school girls group are available.

Allison Sibley, PhD, Clinical Social Worker; Amanda Good, MSW, Clinical Social Worker; Jacquelyn Horton, MSW, Clinical Social Worker; Molly Mattison, MSW, Clinical Social Worker; Gregg Moses, MSW, Clinical Social Worker; Lori Seifter, MSW, Clinical Social Worker

5236 44th Street NW #4, Washington DC 20015
202-237-1196 (office)
202-744-1086 (cell)

www.allisonsibleyassociates.com

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Lisa M. Snipper, LCSW
Lisa Snipper and Associates PLLC is a group practice in Reston Va, that provides, individual group and family counseling to children through adults. The social skills groups at Snipper and Associates provide the opportunity, in a small structured setting, for children to develop, practice, and enhance their interpersonal skills. Groups are kept small (5 at most) to maximize opportunities for the children to develop/practice the necessary skills that are needed to make and keep friends, as well as increase self esteem, and enhance emotional regulation. Groups are structured to provide opportunities for children in a play based setting. 2012-2013 groups offered: Social Skills group for boys (7-10yrs old). Children of Separation and Divorce: This co-ed group is designed for children  (6-8) and (9-11) whose parents are separating or divorced.  

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 6, Reston, VA 20191 
571-230-2349
www.atherapistforyou.com

 

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 6, Reston, VA 20191 
571-230-2349

www.atherapistforyou.com

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TLC - The Treatment and Learning Centers
TLC - The Treatment and Learning Centers Saturday Sensory Integration Groups are designed for children ages 4 ½ to 6 years who are experiencing sensory processing and motor planning difficulties.  An occupational therapist and assistants lead this series of fun-filled, small group sessions.  Participants work on self-regulation and sensory problems, play skills, motor planning, abstract thinking, sequencing, and socialization. The Kiwanis Clubs of Montgomery County Interaction Groups are designed for children ages 2 ½ to 6 years.  Utilizing strategies and techniques from the DIR® Floortime ModelT, the Interaction Groups are led by a licensed and certified OT and SLP, a licensed psychologist, and assistants. Materials, toys, and equipment are chosen based on each child's individual sensory and learning preferences.  Facilitated play is used to foster children's engagement, communication, and problem solving.  Parent coaching and parent support groups are part of the program for young children.
The Pencil Pals handwriting program is a small group experience to enhance handwriting skills, using a sensory-integrative approach to fine motor skill development. Outdoor Adventures is a series of fun-filled, small group summer activities held outdoors at area parks.  The activities are designed for children experiencing difficulty in the areas of sensory processing, motor planning, communication, and interaction. TLC also provides individual speech and occupational therapy services, audiology services, psycho-educational testing and academic tutoring, and summer camp programs for children with speech and occupational therapy needs, as well as parent education and support groups.

Director of Outpatient Services: Janet Graves-Wright, MM, MSEd, CCC-SLP
Director of Administrative Services:  Julie Bobrow

2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850
301-424-5200

www.ttlc.org

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Daniel Turetsky, PsyD, 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
301-913-5947
email: danisaact@aol.com

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