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Abrams & Associates, LLC
Kensington, MDParent Group: Mindful Parenting with Confidence. For moms who are working with children who are hypersensitive, oppositional and/or who have been diagnosed with SID, ODD, ADHD and/or PDD. Gain perspective and insight along with greater skill for your specific parenting challenges. An individualized and affordable approach to help mothers find greater clarity and balance as they face a myriad of challenges and potential overwhelm working with the challenging child. Supportive, didactic and experiential, this group utilizes parent-child scenarios to introduce new tools for how to manage yourself and your children with less reactivity, guilt and inconsistency. Learn to think in terms of nature-nurture so you can cultivate a parenting approach that is most suitable to your child’s temperament. Learn to redirect, remain mindful and “hit the pause button” so you are less drained, more energized and confident.
Dr. Kay Abrams, the facilitator, is a clinical psychologist and Director of a family friendly group practice, Abrams & Associates, LLC, offering assessment and psychotherapy services to couples, families, children, teens and adults. She has served as a parent consultant on NBC4 news, is a public speaker in the metropolitan area and a columnist for the Washingtonian Parent Magazine. In 2003, Dr. Kay published her educational CD series, “Parenting with Confidence” which you can access on the website, www.abramsandassociates.com. For more information or to set up a group intake appointment, please contact our Intake Coordinator.
Kay Abrams, Ph.D., Director
Contact: Intake Coordinator
301-949-2098, ext 1
3841 Farragut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895
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
Center for Family Well-Being, PLLC
Parents In Tune™ individual sessions, groups, and workshops are offered to parents both independently and as part of the Girls In Tune™ and Boys In Tune™ group programs, and are designed to provide support and on-going practice “tuning in” to themselves and to their child or teen at home. These mind-body groups are collaborative, supportive, educational, and experiential. Parents will learn specific mindful-awareness and movement practices to help decrease their own reactivity and respond more skillfully, confidently, and effectively with their kids— even in the presence of difficult thoughts and emotions. Parenting challenges and developmental issues are discussed.
Fall 2019 Parents In Tune group: Six-week parenting group for parents with children with learning challenges and/or self-regulation issues (emotional and behavioral).
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
Falls Church, VA
The ParentCircle therapeutic groups focus on providing opportunities for Support, Education and Personal Growth. A small group of 10-12 parents meet regularly over time with Dr. David Flohr. The group format is designed to help parents discover how to help themselves as well as help one another learn to grow. The ParentCircle is designed to “outlive” the need for a therapist. Groups may choose to continue to meet as peer based parent groups without a therapist, thus providing ongoing support for one another through the child rearing years. ParentCircle sessions are reasonably priced with spaces available at reduced fees and may be insurance reimbursable. Connected Parents, Thriving Kids, 8 weekly classes in Imago Parenting, is a a series of 8 classes for parents, delivered by Certified Imago Therapists and Educators. Imago Parenting provides a practical way to understand what your children are trying to say to you and their behavior. We teach you how to listen to their underlying message. As you become more tuned-in to your children’s underlying experience, you will be able to respond to them in a way that they can easily understand and respect. This becomes an essential element in the ongoing process of the parents own development over time.
Directors: David A. Beigel, LPC, CGP; David Flohr, Ph.D., CGP
Contact: Dr. David Flohr for information and/or to register
(703) 533-5824 ext. 6
109 Park Washington Court, Falls Church, VA 22046
703-533-5824 ext. 5
Expressive Therapy Center
Rockville, MD, Bethesda, MD and McLean, VAGroups for adults and young adults with a variety of issues including: parenting, divorce, depression, anxiety, life transitions, substance abuse, interpersonal relationships, and social skills. Groups are also offered for emotion regulation and adult ASD support groups. We also offer individual, parenting, parent groups, couples, 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
Reston, VAWe are an interdisciplinary group of child therapy and development specialists. We offer workshops for parents, ongoing parent education/support groups, and free monthly Parent Coffees for parents of children with Developmental Differences. Please see our website for more details.
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
Rockville, MDGrowing Minds offers “pay-as-you-can” support groups with a suggested range per meeting of $15-$35.
Support Group: Parenting a Child on a Gender Journey
This group is for parents of children who are on a gender journey, exploring gender identity and expression outside of a traditional binary definition.The group is facilitated by a parent who has a child of her own who is currently on his own gender journey. Group will provide an opportunity for parents to come together and support each other through the shared experience of parenting a child on a gender journey.
Group Facilitator: Elana Premak Sandler, LCSW. Read Elana’s articles on Parenting a Child on a Gender Journey: Psychologytoday.com Little Boys Wearing Dresses
Support Group: Parenting an Adolescent or Young Adult Who has Ongoing Thoughts of Suicide
This group is for parents with adolescent children who have active or passive suicidal ideation, meaning children who are thinking about or talking about taking their lives. The group will offer support and practical strategies for coping with the emotions and life demands of parenting a child who has suicidal thinking as part of their everyday life. This group may include parents who have adolescent children who have made suicide attempts. Group Facilitator: Elana Premak Sandler, LCSW.
Read Elana’s articles on suicide prevention: Psychologytoday.com Why Belonging is a Key to Suicide Prevention
Support Group: Parenting Grandchildren
This group is for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and/or serving as guardians. The group is facilitated by a highly experienced therapist and will provide an opportunity for members to come together and support each other through the shared experience of parenting a child at this stage of life and the unique challenges that this experience brings about. Group Facilitator: Dale Koch, LCSW-C.
Contact: Anne Zgorski, Intake Coordinator
3204 Tower Oaks Blvd., Suite 180, Rockville, MD 20852
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 adult and parent groups include: Stepping Stones® Parent Groups, LEGO® Social Development Parent Groups, Raise Your Parenting IQ Parent Coaching Groups, and Parent Feedback.
Cathi Cohen LCSW, Director
8500 Executive Park Avenue, Ste 204, Fairfax VA 22031
McLean Psychotherapy Practices
The primary goal of the parenting group is to provide parent support. The group meets for 12 weeks, with each session beginning with a check-in/networking support period, followed by an educational component. The group covers a variety of parent/child topics including: improving structure in your home and setting limits, helping your child build social skills, strengthening your attachment with your child, understanding your child’s temperament, exploring ways to handle tantrums, and helping your child cope with nightmares and sleep issues.
Lisa Elkin, Psy.D. 571-238-6524
Anne Fleury, LCSW 703-282-5937
1483 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 301, McLean, VA 22101
Quince Orchard Psychotherapy, LLC
Rockville, MDWe 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 Parents:*
Navigating the Section 504 Plan and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Process: This structured and supportive workshop series will focus on providing a guide for parents of students needing accommodation in K-12 special education. This workshop aims to help parents become engaged participants in the development and implementation of an effective 504 Plan or IEP for their child.
Parent Education and Support: A structured and supportive group that will provide parents an opportunity to meet and talk with other parents in a supportive environment. Group sessions will focus on parent education related to the characteristics of a child’s diagnosis (such as, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Learning Disability) and how it impacts communication, social development, behavior management, and school services. Parents learn about their child’s unique learning style and effective strategies that will enhance learning at home.
Personal and Relational Growth (Adult Process Oriented): This group provides a safe and supportive environment that allows participants to better understand themselves and to practice more effective ways of relating to one another. This group will offer opportunities for participants to experience giving and receiving interpersonal feedback, becoming more comfortable with having personal conversations with others, and establishing relationships grounded in authenticity and trust. *Group available and appropriate for adults.
*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
9707 Key West Avenue, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850
Rathbone and Associates
Rockville, MD and Bethesda, MD
Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Group Therapist” and “Top Adolescent Therapist”. Psychotherapy groups, Social Skills Groups and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Skills Groups for adolescents. Rathbone & Associates specializes in the treatment of adolescents and typically has 20 different groups meeting weekly for adolescents in middle school, high school, and college/post high school. Issues addressed in groups include mood disorders, anxiety, social anxiety, learning disabilities, ADHD, social skills, and the full range of adolescent issues. Specific groups include social skills training for Asperger’s Syndrome, DBT Skills Group for young people who engage in self-destructive behavior when emotionally overwhelmed, PEERS social skills group for adolsecents and young adults, as well as many ongoing general psychotherapy groups. Rathbone & Associates provides the highest quality service for teenagers and their families. Additional information and a current listing of all groups available on our website: www.rathboneandassociates.com.. Additional information and a current listing of all groups available on our website: www.rathboneandassociates.com
Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C, CGP (Certified Group Psychotherapist); John Dunn, LCSW-C; Phyllis Pomerantz, LCSW-C; James P. Marsh, Jr., LCPC; Carla Pappas, LCSW-C; Betty Bae, LCSW-C; Kharod France, LCPC; Chris Taylor, LCSW-C; Jeannette Campbell Bjorklund, LCSW-C; Laurie Nelson, LCPC; Jamell White, Ph.D., LCSW-C; Kate McSpadden Leinweber, LCSW-C; Debbie Goldstein, LCSW-C; Rawn Martin, LCSW-C; Samantha Ascanio, LCSW-C
5942 Hubbard Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20852
4701 Sangamore Road, #210N, Bethesda, Maryland 20816
Daniel Turetsky, Psy.D., Psychologist
Parent groups provide a supportive environment to discuss the stresses of parenting and to develop more effective strategies to help our children navigate through the developmental challenges of childhood and adolescence. Groups provide the opportunity to strengthen our partnering as well as our parenting.
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