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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
We are happy to offer an 8-week group for parents of children with anxiety and related disorders. This group is designed to teach effective, evidence-based skills and techniques (many of which are counter intuitive) that parents can use to help their child experience less anxiety and distress.
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
Center for Family Well-Being
Parents In Tune workshops, groups, and short courses are offered to families both independently and as part of the Girls In Tune™ group curriculum to help promote and support the success and sustainment of “tuning in” skills at home. The groups are mindfulness-based, educational, experiential, and supportive — designed to help parents increase their skills and capacities for “tuning in” to themselves and their kids/teens. Parents will learn the neuroscience of the “anxious” brain and practice mindful-awareness skills to decrease their reactivity and increase their capacities to respond more skillfully and effectively with their kids— even in the presence of strong emotions. Developmental issues are also discussed.
Kate Kelly, MA, MSW, LICSW; Elizabeth Ebaugh, MSW, LICSW; Lisa Oakley, MSW, LICSW, Lida Sunderland, MA.
Contact: Kate Kelly, LICSW
5540 Connecticut Ave., NW, 2nd Flr, Washington, DC 20015
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 x6
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: transitions, parenting, divorce, depression, anxiety, and social skills. Also offering anger management and adult ADD support groups.
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.
Director: Stephanie Natter, MA, ATR-BC, 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
Family Compass Group
Reston, VAFamily Compass Group is 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
Visit our website at www.FamilyCompass.com
In Step, PC
Fairfax, VA and Sterling, 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 adult and parent groups include: Support Group for Parents of Kids and Teens, Stepping Stones® Parent Groups, LEGO® Social Development, Parents of Challenging Children groups, Parent Feedback and Skill Building Groups.
Cathi Cohen LCSW, Director
8500 Executive Park Avenue, Ste 204, Fairfax VA 22031
Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington
We are a practice of psychologists, social workers and marriage and family therapists 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, families, 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 an numerous schools and events around the area and have contributed to parenting periodicals, blogs and conferences. MoCo Parents Club–a time-limited group that supports parents (Tuesdays at 9:15am). Gone but not Forgotten–Pregnancy loss group for those that suffered a perinatal loss in their second or third trimester (monthly on the first Tuesday at 12pm). Parenting/Pregnancy After Loss is a group for those that are expecting or raising children born after loss and meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at noon. Additionally, we have other pregnancy/fertility related groups.
Julie Bindeman, PsyD; Nanci Brown, LCSW-C; Kari Moskowitz, PhD; Dahlia Topolosky, PsyD; Sam Allen, MS, LGMFT; Karen Epstein, LCPC
Contact: Julie Bindeman, PsyD
5818 B Hubbard Drive Rockville, Maryland 20852
Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)
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
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. Kate McClain Social Skills also offers monthly Parent Coaching facilitated by a skilled professional as part of our program.This group will show you how to speed up the absorption of social skills, without disrupting what’s already going well at home. This group will help organize and streamline the processes for building social skills at home. Because there’s so much more that can be done on a daily basis to help kids improve social skills, but that only works if you have the proper support system in place – for the whole family.
We’ll also provide a safe space for venting (my kid said what?!?!) and you can get advice from parents and professionals who are on your side. Parent support groups meet once per month, at the same time as your child’s social group. Topics are tailored to your child’s age.
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
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, PsyD 571-238-6524
Anne Fleury, LCSW 703-282-5937
1483 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 301, McLean, VA 22101
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 ASD (PEERS), DBT Skills Group for young people who engage in self-destructive behavior when emotionally overwhelmed, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T), 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
Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C, CGP (Certified Group Psychotherapist); John Dunn, LCSW-C; Phyllis Pomerantz, LCSW-C; JoJo Gaul, LCSW-C; James P. Marsh, Jr., LCPC; Carla Pappas, LCSW-C; Betty Bae, LCSW-C; Ben Pleasure, LCSW-C; Kharod France, LCPC; Chris Taylor, LCSW-C; Jeannette Campbell Bjorklund, LCSW-C; Laurie Nelson, LCPC; Gale Greenstein, LCSW-C; Iris Mersky, LCSW-C; Debra Goldstein, LCSW-C
5942 Hubbard Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20852
4701 Sangamore Road, #210N, Bethesda, Maryland 20816
The Sibley Group
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.
Divorce Support Group for Parents: Our parent therapist at The Sibley Group, Molly Mattison, has joined efforts with a local certified divorce coach, Cherie Morris trained as a lawyer and writer, to create a series of Divorce Support Groups for parents pre-, post- and during the process of divorce.
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
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
Daniel Turetsky, PsyD, 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 have a fully adherent adolescent DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) program as well as 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