Creative Counseling for Children, Teens & Families
in Damascus and Mount Airy, Maryland
Counseling in Our Community
As the parent or caregiver of a struggling child or teen, you’re not looking at therapy as your first course of action - you’ve already tried everything you can think of (and everything every well-meaning person has suggested): reading a parenting book or blog, using rewards, ignoring, yelling, meeting with your child’s pediatrician, emailing their teacher for help and consulting with their school counselor. You may have even tried working with another therapist.
And so far, these steps haven’t resulted in long-term relief of the challenges you and your family are facing. Each morning is a fight, maybe even from the moment their eyes open. Your child continues to come home from school, defeated by their day and seems to be taking it out on the nearest family member. You aren’t able to enjoy your time together like you used to and you and/or your partner might even be feeling resentful towards your child or one another.
So here you are. And you’re not looking for just any therapist, you’re looking for the therapist who is finally going to get it. Who isn’t going to lock themselves in a room with your child for an hour and then send you on your way without a clue about what happened. The therapist who is going to get to know you and your child, who can connect with their personality and quirks, and draw out their honest selves, without judgement. You’re ready for a therapist who won’t just nod their head at you but who will be an active participant - giving you support, feedback and suggestions.
Playful Therapy Connections is here in our community, ready to offer creative, conscientious and smart support to children (ages 3+), teens, parents and families.
By combining Play Therapy with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I provide evidence-based treatments that research shows to be effective in working with many of the concerns you may have.
With two locations, PTC is easily accessible from Damascus, Mt. Airy, Clarksburg, Germantown, Gaithersburg, Olney, Laytonsville, Urbana, Ijamsville, New Market, Frederick and surrounding areas.
Groups are held at Stop Drop and Play Children’s Museum, right on Main Street in Damascus.
Is PTC for us?
PTC can help with:
Anxiety / Excessive worrying
Social skills deficits / Friendship building
ADHD / Learning differences
Limited coping skills
Family changes / Transitions / Divorce
Grief and Loss
LGBTQ concerns (PTC is LGBTQ affirmative)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
How I Can Help
THERAPY FOR CHILDREN & TEENS
Are you concerned about the emotional wellness of your child?
Does your child need a safe space to connect, communicate and grow?
Includes high levels of caregiver participation.
Is your child struggling with peer connections?
Would your child benefit from a positive, playful environment in which to improve their social skills?
Social Skills Group Therapy: PreK through 3rd Grade.
Wondering what else you could do to differently support your child or adolescent?
Want to see what changes you can effect at home?
Parent support is a separate service from psychotherapy and is not insurance reimbursable.
Looking for guidance in your journey to becoming an LCPC in Maryland?
Need consultation or support as a fully licensed mental health professional?
In-person or online.
Reduced rates available for LGPC’s!