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Abrams & Associates, LLC
Teen Girls Groups: ages 12-13, 14-15, 16-17. We run teen girls groups that serve to empower and strengthen teens as they address academic stress, mood instability, social belonging, peer pressure, body-image and anxieties. Didactic, processing and experiential techniques are integrated into sessions while girls learn coping and relational skills effective for family and friendship. Techniques including guided insight, peer sharing and feedback, mindful meditation and social self-appraisal exercises help girls with social-emotional maturation, self-acceptance, communication and interpersonal competence.
Mindfulness for Middle Schoolers/High 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 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.
Contact: Intake Coordinator
301.949.2098, ext 1
Kay Abrams, PhD, Director
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.
We also offer the Cool, Confident and Courageous Group: Building Speech and Socialization Skills in Adolescents with Severe Social Anxiety and/or Selective Mutism Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC is excited to offer a new, 8-week, weekly therapeutic group to help adolescents with severe social anxiety and/or selective mutism practice initiating and building social interactions with their peers in a fun and relaxed setting. Evidence-based techniques for encouraging and building speech and conversation skills will be utilized in the context of structured activities. There will be a total of 8 weekly sessions offered on Monday at 6:45pm starting September 24, 2018. Groups will be held at our Chevy Chase location at 8401 Connecticut Ave., Suite 1120, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. An intake is required prior to enrollment. If you would like to register, please call 301-593-6554 x23 or contact our firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can send the group leader, Dr. Veronica Raggi, an email at email@example.com.
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program (MBSR-T) is a research-based course designed to help teens 14-19 years of age learn simple yet effective mindfulness practices that they can use to increase their focus, manage stress, and enjoy life. Mindfulness means noticing your thoughts, emotions, and sensations in the present moment without judgement. This group will help stressed teens learn to recharge, be kind, and grow wise through the practice of mindfulness. For more information, contact our intaker coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or the group leader, Dr. Erin Lewis-Morrarty at 301-593-6554 x12 or email at email@example.com.
Teen Perfectionism Group: Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC is pleased to offer a 12-week group for high school students with perfectionism. The focus of the group is on cognitive-behavioral strategies to reduce perfectionistic thoughts and behaviors and increase confidence and self-worth. Academic-oriented perfectionism will be emphasized, though skills can be applied across all domains. If you are interested in more information about the group, please contact our intake coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or the group leader,l Dr. Michelle Gryczkowski at email@example.com or leave a detailed message with your name and contact information at 301-593-6554, ext 56.
Psychologists: Mary Alvord, Ph.D; Andrea Chisolm, Ph.D.; Anahi Collado, Ph.D; Colleen Cummings, Ph.D; Ryan DeLapp, 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
The Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change
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 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.
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
50 W. Montgomery Ave suite 110 Rockville, MD 20850
Center for Family Well-Being, PLLC
The Center for Family Well-Being is a group of highly trained holistic therapists located 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. The benefits of combining psychotherapy with mindful awareness are clear: reduced anxiety; increased focus and attention; happier relationships; and greater calm, creativity, and well-being.
Now in its 8th year, the Center’s signature group program, Girls In Tune™, 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, vibrancy, and voice, while also learning positive coping and relational skills.
Groups are appropriate for girls who need assistance with: coping and regulation skills (emotional and behavioral); learning to “read” themselves and others (i.e., managing friendships); reducing anxiety, managing feelings; and developing self-appreciation, compassion, and confidence.
We also offer, now in their 2nd year, Boys In Tune™ groups. These 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.
Fall 2018 Girls In Tune groups: Middle school girls group; two high school girls groups. One group, specifically for high school seniors, helps teens navigate the developmental, social, emotional, and practical challenges of their final year of high school.
Fall 2018 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, LGPAT, LGPC; Mali Jimenez, MSW, LICSW
Contact: Kate Kelly, Director
5039 Connecticut Ave., NW #7 , Washington, DC 20008
Circle in the Square
Falls Church, VA
Circle in the Square Child and Adolescent Group Programs offer 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
703-533-5824 ext 5
109 Park Washington Court, Falls Church, VA 22046
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 group settings. The groups for Middles School Tweens and High School Teens provides support with a unique opportunity to develop and practice interpersonal and relationship skills including improved communication, empathy, awareness of others, problem solving and stress reduction.
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
Psychotherapy groups are offered for adolescents with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, anger management, eating disorders, academic problems, ADHD, ASD, general social skills deficits, substance abuse, and more. Groups are designed to provide support for adolescents in establishing coping skills to better handle their personal, environmental and interpersonal stress. Teens are carefully assessed for group placement based on age, need, and developmental level.
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; Diana Sabados, MA, LCPC, LCPAT; Andree Schillesci, M.A., BC-DMT; Daniel Wagner, Psy.D, Aaron Cooper, LCSW-C; Vicky Nogales, MFT, Jason Moehringer, 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
Family Compass. PLLC
We are an interdisciplinary group of child therapy and development specialists in the fields of psychology, neuropsychology, and social work. For more than twenty 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 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; Julie Liddle, M.A., ATR – Registered Art Therapist
Director, Group Therapy: Larisa Perez deGraffenreid, LCSW
11150 Sunset Hills Road Suite 150, Reston, VA 20190
703-471-5517 ext. 199
McLean, Reston, Arlington, Alexandria, Manassas, VA
At Granato Group, we believe in a holistic approach to healing that addresses the multiple physical, emotional, relational and environmental factors that shape your sense of well-being. Let our team of compassionate, experienced professionals partner with you to help you feel better, live better, and enjoy more fulfilling relationships at home and at work.
We currently have 25 and growing practitioners who are listed on our website www.granatogroup.com/our-team/
There are a variety of Psy. D, Ph D., Psychologists, LPC, LCSW, and LMFT
Contact: Patient Care Specialists at main number or email below
Main office: 1630 Beverly Rd. Suite 200, McLean, VA 22101
Reston: 1800 Michael Faraday Dr. Suite 201, Reston, VA 20190
Arlington: 1655 Ft. Meyer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209
Alexandria: 1800 Diagonal Rd. Suite 649, Alexandria, VA 22314
Manassas: 9300 Forest Point Circle, Manassas, VA 20110
Growing Minds, Center for Child and Family Therapy
Growing Minds offers expertise in social-emotional development for preschool through middle school ages. Our playful, experiential and evidence-based approach will engage your child and deepen your insight into your child’s behaviors and inner-world. 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 or missed cues. In small groups, the children learn to interact with friendly behaviors while also working on regulating their own 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 weekly 60-minute sessions for 10-12 weeks. Groupings include mixed diagnosis with average or higher intelligence and typical 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.; Jill Jerome, LCSW-C.; Orly Zimmerman-Leizerov, LCSW-C; Amy Pelletier, LCSW-C
Contact: Anne Zgorski,
3204 Tower Oaks Blvd., Suite 180, Rockville, MD 20852
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 middle and high school groups include: Girls Social Confidence, Boys Social Development, LEGO® Social Development for Middle Schoolers on the Spectrum, Mixed Gender Interpersonal Development Groups, Adopted Teen Support and Understanding, Anger Management, and Improv Social Development groups.
Cathi Cohen, LCSW, Director
In Step, PC: 8500 Executive Park Ave., 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 at numerous schools and events around the area and have contributed to parenting periodicals, blogs and conferences. Teen Groups Offerings: LGBTQ Teens: This group assists teens with discerning any questions that might exist around sexuality. The group combines traditional group therapy techniques with mindfulness practices and yoga. Adolescent Boys: This group is geared for older male teens that might be struggling with fitting in, anxiety, or depression. Mindful Teens: This group is open to any high school aged participant and combines mindfulness techniques, yoga and therapy. Young Adults: A group for those that are college aged or in their early 20’s and struggling with mood issues. Co-ed High School: A group that works with social issues, attentional problems and mood disorders. The group is for Juniors, Seniors, and rising Freshman in college and takes the approach of support, education and skill building.
Clinicians: Julie Bindeman, Psy.D; Nanci Brown, LCSW-C; Kari Moskowitz, PhD; Dahlia Topolosky, Psy.D, Karen Epstein, LCPC, Kelly Theim Hurst, PhD
Contact: Julie Bindeman, Psy.D
5818 B Hubbard Drive Rockville, Maryland 20852
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. We offer Mentored Internships for teens and young adults ages 13-18. An internship is no longer an optional benefit, but an essential stepping stone for collegiate and career success. We help your teen gather those workplace wins, identify them, and then learn to talk about them. Additionally, we are right there with your teen, each day on the job, learning to decipher the unwritten rule book of the workplace so the transition from the school world to the work world is as smooth as possible. The program has 3 main goals: social skills, independent living skills, and on-the-job skills. When a family applies, we review the application and call the parent to ascertain whether the program might be a good fit. Then, we have an intake meeting where we do a personality, interest, and ability inventory. We take into account the teen’s career, academic, and extracurricular interests, as well as their current level of executive functioning and independent living skills. Then, we begin looking for internships. We communicate with each family about internship possibilities and work tirelessly until the perfect internship match is achieved. All participants who display a willingness to work and a positive attitude will be accepted until the program is full. Interns will be accompanied to the internship by a Mentor, who will shadow the interns and provide constructive feedback throughout the entire process.
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 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
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
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; Jamell White, PhD, LCSW-C; Kate McSpadden Leinweber, LCSW-C; Debbie Goldstein, LCSW-C; Rawn Martin, LCSW-C
5942 Hubbard Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20852
4701 Sangamore Road, #210N, Bethesda, Maryland 20816
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
The Ross Center
Washington, DC & Vienna, VA
For over 20 years, The Ross Center’s multidisciplinary team of therapists and psychiatrists has delivered short-term, evidenced-based treatment for anxiety and related disorders across the age-span. The practice is nationally recognized for its high quality of services, offering comprehensive care using a team approach that includes individual and group therapy, psychological testing, and psychiatric medical care.
The Ross Center offers a variety of group programs for children and adults, as well as community events focused on parenting. Groups are structured, supportive, weekly programs led by a licensed therapist based on principals of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Therapists employ the use of behavioral “exposures” to actively address anxiety-provoking situations, and also draw from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to teach mindfulness strategies. Participants will gain self-confidence and learn practical skills to manage their anxiety and fears.
Free parenting programs are offered to parents of various age groups, and teach concrete behavioral techniques to improve communication and reduce conflict within the home. Parents will learn practical, proven strategies to improve their child’s behavior and methods to effectively set limits and develop appropriate reward systems.
Group therapy is held in our Washington DC office:
5225 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20015
Parenting Programs are held in our Virginia Office:
1595 Spring Hill Road, Suite 520 Vienna, VA 22182
Visit our website at www.rosscenter.com
The Sibley Group
The Sibley Group is a team of 14 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.
High School Boys Group: The focus of this group is to give teenage boys a space to talk about their struggles with depression. Often, teenage boys find it difficult to talk about their feelings, which can leave them feeling alone and isolated. And if they do talk about how they are feeling, they can often encounter well meaning friends and/or parents who wish to help them “fix” whatever is ailing them without validating what they are experiencing and being attuned to their emotional state. This group however, aims to provides a space for teenage boys to recognize the universality of their feelings along with a supportive and attuned group of peers in which they can be heard and ultimately heal.
Middle School Core Skills Groups: This middle school core skills girls group aims to help increase self-esteem and security in relationships and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. It targets three main areas of development for skill training: competence, confidence and connection.
Middle School Boys Groups: This group targets middle school boys who need help with social and interpersonal skills because they may be having trouble making and keeping friends, interacting in groups, or projecting confidence in groups or on their own. These boys will get a chance to practice their leadership and interpersonal skills through their collaborative work on an innovative project together.
High School Groups for Girls with Anxiety and Depression: Our high school groups for anxiety and depression provide girls with weekly skills and experiential actions that are designed to help them build a stronger core self. The primary goal is to help girls become their strongest and most balanced emotional selves and this will serve to increase self-esteem and security in their relationships, and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Creativity Groups for Middle School and High School Girls: We also run a summer or school-year creativity group for middle school and high school girls who have issues with self-esteem, anxiety, or mood, and who would benefit from using art to express and work through issues as they create thoughtful, insightful arts and crafts. It is based on the concepts of self-exploration and the importance of making room for and developing one’s ability to be mindful and curious in a creative way.
College Transitions Group Seminar: We offer a college transitions group seminar for 12th graders and first-year college students who could use support coping with the transition from high school to college. This group is specifically a goal-setting accountability group for young adults who are working on developing greater responsibility for their own self-care—especially around issues of depression, eating issues and anxiety.
Clinicians: 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, Abi Manning, MA, LPC, Alexander Chan, Ph.D, LMFT, Jocelin Bailey, MSW, LICSW
Contact: Amanda Good, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Director
Contact: Sherri Eichberg, Assistant to the Director
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., and associates
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
Psych and Life Skils: 703-490-0336
Social Skill Center: 571-285-1403
Therapy and Mindfulness Practices, LLC
Bethesda, MDTherapy and Mindfulness Practices LCC offers support to adolescents and young adults who are struggling with mental health concerns including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, self harming behaviors and substance abuse. Cognitive behavioral therapy for tweens, teens and young adults. Mindfulness practices including yoga, meditation, and other coping skills can be taught and incorporated into sessions. Private yoga instruction available upon request.
Tween and Teen Groups for Girls:
• Open and ongoing psychotherapy group for high school girls
• Psycho-educational groups for anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns.
• Monthly mindfulness workshops for tween girls.
Contact: Meghan Renzi, LCSW-C, RYT-200
4405 East West Highway Suite 502, Bethesda, MD 20814
Daniel Turetsky, Psy.D, Psychologist
Psychotherapy groups focus on the development of successful interpersonal relationships and ways to effectively cope with the emotional and social challenges of adolescence. Groups are designed to improve social interest and skill, self-esteem and regulation, and awareness of self and others. Particular attention is directed to facilitating healthy emotional development including how to effectively work through anger, independence, dependence, shyness, depression and anxiety.
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