Playful Therapy Connections | Children, Teens & Parents | Individual & Groups
Creative Counseling for Children, Teens & Families

Laura Morlok, LCPC, RPT

Playful Therapy Connections

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, PTC provides 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.

Contact Playful Therapy Connections today to set up your free phone consultation to see how PTC can be there for you and your child or teen.


Is PTC for us?

PTC can help with:

  • Anxiety / Excessive worrying

  • Depressed mood

  • Low self-esteem

  • Irritability

  • Social skills deficits / Friendship building

  • Emotional dysregulation

  • Anger management

  • Behavioral challenges

  • ADHD / Learning differences

  • Limited coping skills

  • Family changes / Transitions / Divorce

  • Grief and Loss

  • LGBTQ concerns (PTC is LGBTQ affirmative)

treatment Approaches

  • Play Therapy

  • Expressive Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Laura Morlok, LCPC, RPT

Laura Morlok, LCPC, RPT


How Playful Therapy Connections Can Help


Are you concerned about the emotional wellness of your child?

Does your child need a safe space to connect, communicate and grow?

Ages 3+

Includes high levels of caregiver participation.

group therapy

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 8th Grade.

online parent SUPPORT

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.

clinical supervision

Looking for guidance in your journey to becoming an LCPC in Maryland?

Ready to become a Registered Play Therapist?

In-person or online.

Reduced rates available for LGPC’s!


Ready to see how PTC can help you and your family?


Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.
— Abraham Maslow (psychologist)