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  • Circle in the Square Virginia

    Children’s Group: Relationship based developmental therapy groups; see website for information

    Relationship based developmental therapy groups; see website for specific groups available this year

    Children’s Group: Our InTune clinical groups for elementary aged-kids are mindfulness-based and relationship- focused. We offer a variety of groups for specific ages, and each group is tailored to participants’ individual needs and grounded in growing skills of emotional awareness and regulation, self and social awareness, and compassion for self and others. We emphasize positive coping and relational skills and developing a strong mind-body foundation. We draw on a range of activity-based therapeutic tools, including mindfulness, movement, expressive (art and play), talk, CBT, and Polyvagal-informed nervous system interventions — all aimed at growing participants’ skills and confidence within a peer community.

    4th- & 5th-Grade Girls In Tune: Riding the Wave – Coping, Communication, and Confidence Building
    Kate Kelly, MA, MSW, LICSW & Liz Liptak, MA, LGPC, RYT-200

    This in-person expressive play, art, talk, and activity-based group integrates mind-body practices (breathing exercises, guided visualizations, yoga, qigong & mindfulness) to offer participants opportunities to learn about—and regulate—emotions; manage worries; develop skills for building strong and healthy friendships; and growing authentic connections with themselves and others.

    Contact: Amy MurphyClient Care Coordinator
    Email: Amy@centerforfamilywellbeing.com
    202-660-1422

  • Expressive Therapy Center Rockville, MD; VA & NY

    Rockville, MD(in-person and virtual); Virginia and New York (virtual)

    Psychotherapy groups are offered for children with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, anger management, eating disorders, academic problems, ADHD, ASD, social skills, and more. Groups are designed to provide support for children in establishing coping skills to better handle their personal, environmental, and interpersonal stress; improving communication skills; identifying and expressing feelings; improving social skills; self-regulation; improving attention and focus; responding more effectively to verbal and non-verbal cues; managing frustration; improving self-esteem; recognizing boundaries; and active listening. Children are carefully assessed for group placement based on age, need, and developmental level. We utilize a variety of modalities including DBT, CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, Play, Art, Drama/Movement, and others. We also offer individual therapy, parenting support, family therapy, play therapy, and psychological/psychoeducational testing for ages 2 and up.

    Clinical Director: Stephanie Natter, MA, LCPAT, CGP
    Email: info@expressivetherapycenter.com

    Clinicians: Stephanie Natter, LCPAT, CGP, Clinical Director; Veena Datta, MS, LCPC, NCC; Shani Missner, MD, Phd, LMSW, CLCP; Greta Carlson, PsyD; Corine Crowley, PhD.; Emma Keskin, MS, LGPC; Peter Burchard, Phd; Shonna Biderman, MS, LGPC; Adria Grey, LCPC, NCC; Jacy Perkins, APRN, PMH; Susan Rail, LCSW-C; Andree Schillesci, MA, BC-DMT; Daniel Wagner, PsyD; Aaron Cooper, LCSW-C; Jason Moehringer, PsyD; Natascha Dillon, PsyD; Matthew Fishleder, MA, LCMFT; Christopher Michaels, LMSW; Dayna Goldsmith, LMSW; Heather Stemas, MEd, LCPAT; Kimberly Schlosser, LCSW-C; Jennifer Robertson, LCPC, NCC; Kristen Pilgrim, LGPC, RDT, RBT.

    Expressivetherapycenter.com
    10810 Darnestown Road Suite 103,
    North Potomac, MD 20878 301-869-1017 ext.

  • Growing Minds Washington, DC, Potomac, MD, and Rockville, MD

    Children’s Group: We offer in-person topics-based Social-Emotional Learning classes where feelings-insight and friendships-skills are introduced and practiced through playfulness within a safe and supportive environment. In these limited-sized classes, individual differences are accepted, affirmed and valued while enhancing the capacity for meaningful connections. Classes meet weekly for 60 minutes in a 7-week series. Parents of class members are invited to meet weekly as a group to learn about and discuss supporting their children within home and school situations and stressors.

    Group facilitators include: Jill Jerome, LCSW-C, RPT-S; Taylor Parks, CCLS; Jordyn Stokes, CCLS; Pamela Kaufman, RCYT, E-RYT; Rachel Siegel, MEd; Beth Adler, Early Childhood Educator; Mindy Kotz, Early Childhood Educator

    Contact: Intake@GrowingMindsTherapy.com

    Builders and Makers
    Pre-K and K-2nd
    Children love to build and to demolish! Each week offers opportunities to explore a variety of materials to build a collaborative structure based on a story or problem that the group will help solve together. We practice planning, problem-solving, turn-taking, frustration tolerance, compromising, communicating, fine and gross motor development and more!

    Story Tellers
    Pre-K and K-2nd
    Does your child love books, stories, performing or creating their own plays and shows? In this class, children are engaged in social-emotional and literacy development through familiar and self-created stories. They get opportunities to practice a range of skills such as cooperation, turn taking, problem solving and emotional regulation as well as body movement and verbal language to communicate their thoughts and ideas.

    Friends of Nature
    Pre-K and K-2nd
    From pet rocks to dirty socks, this group immerses children in nature! The outdoors invites us to practice mindfulness, create art, be curious about bugs and birds, and even experience the life cycle. As nature nurtures and deepens our inner peace, connections with others are cultivated!

    Teddy Bear Playdates
    Pre-K and K-2nd
    Children engage in dramatic play with their own stuffy! Each week involves a new opportunity for play expression on topics such as visiting the doctor, getting ready for bed, saying goodbye, caring for someone who is sick, or celebrating a birthday. We practice sharing about feelings (their own and others), nurturing, frustration tolerance, self-regulation, and mindfulness.

    *Offered as both groups of children AND parent-child groups

    Dr. Teddy Bears’ Adventure Club
    Pre-K and K-2nd
    Therapeutic medical play for children who are navigating chronic or acute medical needs to help normalize doctor visits and provide playful exposure to assistive and medical devices, hospital visits and medical procedures such as blood work, shots, radiology and medication.

    *Offered as both groups of children AND parent-child groups

    Lil’ Monsters’ Playdate
    Pre-K and K-2nd
    Children engage in play to promote their sense of mastery and control over the world around them, especially things that may seem big, scary, and unpredictable. Each weekly session provides new opportunities for developing tools that help children process, express and learn how to navigate commonly anxiety producing situations (such as monsters, the dark and saying goodbye). We practice talking about feelings and building inner resources to gain a sense of control and mastery.

  • LMJ Counseling, LLC Virginia

    Children’s Group: LEGO Group for Elementary School age children. Through building LEGO kits children learn a variety of pro social skills.

    LEGO Group – 6 – 11
    Liz Mathews Jolley, LCSW.
    Liz Mathews Jolley, lizmjcounseling@gmail.com
    571-218-9210
    LEGO GROUP is a wonderful group where children learn and improvement positive communication and social skills through cooperatively building LEGO kits.

  • McLean Psychotherapy Practices McLean, Virginia

    Children’s Group: The primary goals for our process-oriented school age groups are to help children develop and maintain friendships, learn to read social cues, identify and process feelings, build confidence, develop empathy, establish better boundaries, strengthen play skills, better self regulate, and explore feelings about social inclusion and exclusion.

    • Co-gender Preschool Group
      TIME: Tuesdays, 1:30-2:20 pm *Lauren & Laura
    • Boys Groups, 1st-8th grades
      TIMES: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:20 PM (1st – 2nd grades) *Lauren & Laura
      Thursdays, 3:30-4:20 PM (2nd-3rd grades) *Lauren & Abby
      Thursdays, 4:30-5:20 PM (3rd grade) *Cindy & Lisa
      Mondays, 4:30-5:20 PM (4th-5th grades)* Alison & Tuleen
      Mondays, 5:30-6:20 PM (4th-5th grades-) *Anne & Tuleen
      Thursdays, 4:30-5:20 PM (6th-7th grades) *Lauren & Alison
      Thursdays, 5:30-6:20 PM (6th-7th grades) *Lauren & Alison
      Mondays, 3:40-4:30 PM (7th-8th grades) *Anne & Cindy
    • Girls Groups, 2nd-8th grades
      TIMES: Tuesdays, 4:30-5:20 PM (2nd-3rd grades) *Laura & Abby
      Thursdays, 5:30-6:20 PM (3rd-4th grades) *Cindy & Laura
      Tuesdays, 5:30-6:20 PM (5th grade) *Lauren & Laura
      Tuesdays, 4:30-5:20 PM (6th-7th grades) *Lauren & Tuleen
      Mondays, 5:30-6:20 PM (5th-7th grades) *Cindy & Abby
      Thursdays, 6:20-7:10 PM (6-8th grades) *Lauren & Alison
      Tuesdays, 6:20-7:10 PM (7th-8th grades)*Lauren & Alison

    FACILITATORS: Lisa Elkin, Psy.D. 571.238.6524
    Anne Fleury, LCSW 703.282.5937
    Cindy Mathis, LMFT 703.401.5394
    Alison Cariello, LPC 571.932.3252
    Tuleen Hajoun, MA 703.870.0857
    Laura Marean Harrington, LPC 703.660.4477
    Lauren McBride, LPC 571.766.8123
    Abby O’Leary, MS 703.375.9234

  • Moving Forward PLC Alexandria, VA

    Children’s Groups:
    All the therapists in our practice are trained in group therapy and our practice focuses on children and adolescent groups working on social skills. We have curriculum that we build to meet the needs of each individual groups needs. Our curriculums are not boiler plate, instead the therapists thinks of what each individual needs in the group and then works to integrate all the skills into the curriculum to best help foster growth and development in the areas most needed for the group members.

    Coed Young Children’s Group Ages 4-5 – led by Katie Bly, LCSW
    Contact – Francis Parra, fparra@movingforwardplc.com, 571-483-0306
    This is an open social skills group for children ages 4-5. We work to build interpersonal skills to include effective communication, personal space, assertiveness, impulse control, and turn-taking through stories, interactive games, and play.

    Coed Young Children’s Group Ages 6-7 – led by Katie Bly, LCSW
    Contact – Francis Parra, fparra@movingforwardplc.com, 571-483-0306
    This is an open social skills group for children ages 6-7. We work to build interpersonal skills to include effective communication, personal space, assertiveness, impulse control, and turn-taking through stories, interactive games, and play.

    Coed Elementary Group Ages 8-9 – led by Katie Bly, LCSW
    Contact – Francis Parra, fparra@movingforwardplc.com, 571-483-0306
    This is an open social skills group for children ages 8-9. We work to build interpersonal skills to include effective communication, personal space, assertiveness, impulse control, and turn-taking through stories, interactive games, and play.

    Boys Group Age 10-11 – led by Mary Cole, LMSW, Social Work Resident
    Contact – Francis Parra, fparra@movingforwardplc.com, 571-483-0306
    This is an open social skills group for boys ages 10-11. The group is structured to help boys work on turn-taking, conversation starters, self-control, and having positive social interactions.

    Coed Group Ages 10-12 – led by Katie Bly, LCSW
    Contact – Francis Parra, fparra@movingforwardplc.com, 571-483-0306
    This is an open group for children ages 10-12. We work to build interpersonal and communication skills to include reflective listening, assertiveness, impulse control, and empathy using introspective prompts, interactive games, and team-building activities.

  • Playful Therapy Connections MD, DC, VA

    Children’s Groups: Minecraft (2nd-5th Grade)
    MD, DC & VA Groups

    Minecraft Groups for neurodivergent elementary schoolers at Playful Therapy Connections are a place where children and tweens can connect in the ways that are most natural for them, with peers who have similar interests and overlapping neurotypes.

    We do not ‘teach social skills’. Instead, we honor each child’s way of being by offering a supportive space where they can be themselves and explore the ways in which they want to show up in the world. Instead of providing a set curriculum intended to teach kids how to mask or “pass as neurotypical”, group members join a Minecraft realm where they can show up as the experts in their own stories.

    Our neurodivergent licensed therapists and clinical interns focus on building up your child’s strengths and do not operate from a deficit-based model.

    Contact: New Client Coordinator
    Website: www.playfultherapy.net/groups

    Minecraft (6th – 8th Grade)
    MD, DC & VA Groups

    Minecraft Groups for neurodivergent middle schoolers at Playful Therapy Connections are a place where children and tweens can connect in the ways that are most natural for them, with peers who have similar interests and overlapping neurotypes.

    We do not ‘teach social skills’. Instead, we honor each child’s way of being by offering a supportive space where they can be themselves and explore the ways in which they want to show up in the world. Instead of providing a set curriculum intended to teach kids how to mask or “pass as neurotypical”, group members join a Minecraft realm where they can show up as the experts in their own stories.

    Our neurodivergent licensed therapists and clinical interns focus on building up your child’s strengths and do not operate from a deficit-based model.

    Contact: New Client Coordinator
    Website: www.playfultherapy.net/groups

    Elementary & Middle School Groups Facilitators:

    Maryland Therapists: Mallory Simmons, LGPC; Aliza Ifrah, LGPC; Harleigh Robbins, LGPC; Tracey Biagas, LGPC; Laura Morlok, LCPC, RPT-S; Clinical Interns

    DC Therapists: Aliza Ifrah, LGPC; Harleigh Robbins, LGPC; Tracey Biagas, LGPC; Laura Morlok, LCPC, RPT-S; Clinical Interns

    Virginia Therapists: Alex Jones, LGPC; Laura Morlok, LCPC, RPT-S; Clinical Interns

  • The Center for Family Well Being Washington, DC

    Children’s Group: Our InTune clinical groups for elementary-aged kids are mindfulness-based and relationship-focused. We offer a variety of groups for specific ages, and each group is tailored to participants’ individual needs and grounded in growing skills of emotional awareness and regulation, self and social awareness, and compassion for self and others. We emphasize positive coping and relational skills and developing a strong mind-body foundation. We draw on a range of activity-based therapeutic tools, including mindfulness, movement, expressive (art and play), talk, CBT, and Polyvagal-informed nervous system interventions — all aimed at growing participants’ skills and confidence within a peer community.

    4th- & 5th-Grade Girls In Tune: Riding the Wave – Coping, Communication, and Confidence Building
    Kate Kelly, MA, MSW, LICSW & Liz Liptak, MA, LGPC, RYT-200

    This in-person expressive play, art, talk, and activity-based group integrates mind-body practices (breathing exercises, guided visualizations, yoga, qigong & mindfulness) to offer participants opportunities to learn about—and regulate—emotions; manage worries; develop skills for building strong and healthy friendships; and growing authentic connections with themselves and others.

    Contact: Amy MurphyClient Care Coordinator
    Email: Amy@centerforfamilywellbeing.com
    202-660-1422

  • The Ross Center DC, VA, NY

    Children’s Group: Resilience Builder Group ages 8-12; Space groups for parents of kids K-8

    Resilience Builder Group- age 8-12 (In Person)
    Lauretta Brennan, PsyD
    vainfo@rosscenter.com
    based on Mary Alvord’s Resilience Builder Program

    SPACE groups for parents of kids ages K-8th grade (Virtual)
    Facilitated by Avy Stock, PsyD, Abigail Romirowsky, PhD, Stacy Coyle, PsyD and Lauretta Brennan, PsyD
    Based on the Eli Liebowitz program and runs 7 weeks with parent phone coaching
    Vainfo@rosscenter.com or DCinfo@rosscenter.com

  • The Sibley Group Washington DC

    The Sibley Group is a team of over 20 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 on such topics including the following:

    • Groups for Teens and Parents – Balancing Act, Support/Education, Online
    • Groups for Parents–SPACE, Support/Education, Online

    SPACE – (Parents) – Led by Danielle Birx-Raybuck, LICSW, LCSW-C
    For more information please email danielle@thesibleygroupdc.com
    The Sibley Group is forming a group for parents who want to be more confident in parenting their child with anxious emotions and develop tools to effectively address their child’s anxiety at home without having to involve your child in the process.  This group will run virtually on Tuesdays weekly. To register, please contact info@thesibleygroupdc.com

    Balancing Act (Parents and Teens) – Led by Alex Chan, LMFT
    For more information, please email alex@thesibleygroupdc.com
    The Sibley Group is forming a group that will work with parents and teens to cover some of the most common relationship issues, teaching practical skills that are essential in order to begin to restore a more regular, healthy flow of communication.  This group will run virtually on Mondays weekly. To register, please contact info@thesibleygroupdc.com

    Clinicians: Allison Sibley, PhD, MSW, LICSW; Cristina Alba, MSW, LGSW; Su Balasubramanian, LGSW; Justin Barrasso, MS, LPC, NCC; Ceyda Baysal, MA, LGPC, NCC; Danielle Birx-Raybuck, LICSW, LCSW-C; Alexander Chan, PhD, LMFT; Kristin Drouin, MSW, LCSW, LICSW, AOHSW-C; Amanda Good, MSW, LICSW; Alexis Herschthal, MSW, LICSW; Jules Hartsfeld, LPC, LCAS, CCTP; Sarah Jones, LICSW, LCSW-C; Aaryn Kopp, LGSW;  Meagan Mitchell, MSW, LICSW, MED; Ashley Parker, Graduate Intern; Sarah Perrin, MSW, LGSW; Michelle Pittman, MSW, LICSW; Georgette Saad, MSW, LICSW; Laurel Tobias, MSW, LICSW; Lottie Walker, MSW, LGSW; Rachel Yutzy MSS, LICSW

    Referral Contact: Sherri Eichberg, Assistant to the Director
    Email: info@thesibleygroupdc.com

    301-679-8827

    Program Contact: Justin Barrasso, MS, LPC, NCC
    Email: justin@thesibleygroupdc.com
    202-744-1086

    5039 Connecticut Avenue, NW #5, Washington DC 20008
    331 8th Street NE, Washington DC 20002

    Visit our website www.thesibleygroupdc.com