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Abrams & Associates, LLC

Alvord Baker & Associates, LLC Group Therapy Center

The Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington

Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change

Center for Group and Family Therapy

Circle in the Square

Counseling for Contentment

Expressive Therapy Center

In Step, PC

Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington

JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)

Kate Kelly, LICSW, Girls In Tune

McLean Psychotherapy Practices

Mindwell Psychology Bethesda

Moving Forward, PLC

National Family Resiliency Center

Rathbone and Associates

Allison Sibley & Associates, PLLC

Lisa Maestri Snipper, LCSW

Daniel Turetsky, PsyD, Psychologist


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Abrams & Associates, LLC
Teen Girls Groups: ages 12-13, 14-15, 16-17. Washingtonian Top Therapist and columnist for the Washington Parent Magazine, Dr. Kay Abrams, runs 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. We are a family-friendly group practice offering assessment and psychotherapy for children, teens and adults. Dr. Kay Abrams is a 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

Kay Abrams, PhD
301-949-2098 ext. 1

3841 Farragut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895
www.abramsandassociates.com

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Alvord Baker & Associates, LLC Group Therapy Center
Resilience Builder Program® 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. We offer groups for teens in middle school and high school. We also offer groups for teens diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Aspergers and High Functioning Autism). Childrens social competence can be impacted greatly by one or several of the following factors: ability to regulate their behavior; anxiety; ADHD; learning disabilities; low self-esteem; organizational challenges; and/or transition difficulties. Our groups help teens  identify what they do well, and to build on their social 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. Our middle and high school groups address the social/interpersonal aspects of growing up and focus on: increasing confidence and self-esteem; dealing with issues such as "fitting-in" and setting limits; finding academic and social success and coping with the challenges they face. Groups also deal with social-skills deficits of anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and organizational/transitional difficulties. Didactic, process, and experiential activities, discussions and relaxation/self-control techniques. Boys, girls, and co-ed groups for grades 6 through 12. www.alvordbaker.com

Psychologists: Mary Alvord, PhD; Lisa Berghorst, PhD; Colleen Cummings, PhD; Lynn F. Bufka, PhD; Julia Felton, PhD; Keri Linas, PhD, PsyD; Erin Lewis-Morrarty, PhD; Heather Loffredo, PsyD; Elizabeth Malesa, PhD; Kelly O'Brien, PhD; Veronica Raggi, PhD; Michael Reiter, PhD; Monica Robb, PhD; Jessica Samson, PsyD; Lisa Sanchez, PhD

Clinical Social Workers: Betsy Carmichael, LCSW-C; Dorothy Moore, LCSW-C; Thomas Verratti, LCSW-C; Lemuel Yutzy, LCSW-C

Group Coordinator: 301-593-6554 x23
Email: groups@alvordbaker.com

3200 Tower Oaks Boulevard, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852
11161 New Hampshire Avenue, Suite 307, Silver Spring, MD 20904
301- 593-6554 ext. 23
www.alvordbaker.com

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The Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington
The Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington has been providing quality, evidence-based psychological treatment to the metro area for over 30 years.  We offer specialized, evidence-based groups for children, teens, and adults with social anxiety called Social Effectiveness Therapy (SET).  SET is designed to address common social skills deficits found in very shy people, including initiating conversations, maintaining conversations, inviting peers to join in activities, joining groups, phone skills, using appropriate assertiveness, and accurately recognizing social cues. Each group consists of a nuts-and-bolts breakdown of a particular social skill, modeling of that skill by the facilitators, and behavioral rehearsals (role-plays) by group participants.  Gentle corrective feedback from group facilitators and peers help with skill mastery.  Between sessions, participants practice skills in a goal-directed way in their day-to-day lives to build skill generalization.  The SET group meets weekly for one 90 minute session over the course of 12 weeks.

Charles Mansueto, Ph.D., Clinic Director
Contact: Rina Pesce, Ph.D. 
301-593-4040 X228 or rpesce@behaviortherapycenter.com for program information

11227 Lockwood Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20901
301-593-4040
www.behaviortherapycenter.com

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Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change
The Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change’s mission is to provide state of the art evidence-based behavioral treatment to individuals across the lifespan who are suffering from anxiety and related disorders through individual, group, and family therapy. We specialize in the treatment Social Phobia, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Specific Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Anxiety-Based School Refusal. We treat individuals using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), including exposure therapy. Group for Children and Teens with School Refusal: Approximately 5% of children have great difficulty attending school as a result of an anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, most children and families who experience this phenomenon do not know others also going through it and thus feel isolated and alone. This group is specifically designed for these children and adolescents whose anxiety interferes with their ability to attend school. This ongoing group meets once per week for 90 minutes and focuses on training in evidence-based coping skills specific to school attendance in a supportive environment of same-aged peers who are experiencing very similar difficulties. The children set their own weekly goals at the end of each session and discuss plans to reach their goals.

Jonathan Dalton, PhD, Director
301-610-7850
Email: drjdalton@gmail.com

414 Hungerford Drive, Suite 210, Rockville, MD 20850

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Center for Group and Family Therapy
Groups for adolescents and young adults led by Group Psychotherapist with 30 years of experience leading groups in schools, outpatient, inpatient & residential settings and working with adolescents in individual and family therapy. Graduate of two-year postgraduate certificate training programs in both Group Psychotherapy and Family and Couples Psychotherapy through the Washington School of Psychiatry. Specializing in trauma and therapy with adolescents with complex presentations (e.g. borderline symptoms, bipolar and mood disorders, PTSD and dissociative disorders). Also offer more general adolescent groups focused on the challenges of the teen years in contemporary society and changing definitions of family. Groups that may be available: (1) High school girls group focused on general adolescent issues including healthy boundaries, self-care skills, recognizing abuse in relationships, healthy use of modern technology & media, managing & expressing emotions, broadening social & emotional resources, dealing with parental conflict, separation, divorce; (2) Group for adolescent girls ages 12-15 for problems in the areas of social skills, anxiety and depression, and self-esteem, including girls having difficulties adjusting to high school; (3) General therapy group for college/post high school individuals ages 17-22; (4) Trauma support group for girls age 13 to 17 who have received individual trauma therapy and could benefit from peer support and further emotional processing in a group setting.

Jan Freeman, MSW, LCSW-C, Director

4400 East-West Hwy. #427, Bethesda, MD 20814
301-657-2292
Email: vjfree@comcast.net

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Circle in the Square Child and Adolescent Group Programs
Offering 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, PhD, CGP
703-533-5824 ext 5

109 Park Washington Court, Falls Church, VA 22046
http://washingtonsq.org

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Counseling for Contentment

Adolescent Group for Girls:  Teen Talk - Beat The Blues - Stress Busting! Support Groups for Adolescent Girls - ages 14 - 18.  Focus of the groups is to gain support in managing stress, relationships, academic pressures, family dynamics, and other adolescent-related issues. It is discussion-based with some techniques of mindfulness and coping strategies incorporated.   The group will meet weekly, on-going, during the academic year for 75 minutes.  Groups available in Silver Spring and Bethesda locations.

Group Leaders:  
Marie Caterini Choppin, LCSW-C
301-625-9102
mchoppin@counselingforcontentment.com

Nickie Haine, LCSW-C (301-337-0612)
Gail Schumann, LCSW-C (301-906-3776)

10000 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
4405 East-West Highway, Suite 508, Bethesda, MD 20814

301-625-9102
www.CounselingForContentment.com>

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Expressive Therapy Center
Psychotherapy groups for adolescents with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, anger management, eating disorders, academic problems and more. We help adolescents with attention deficit disorder, learning disorders, divorce issues, and autism spectrum establish coping skills to better handle their personal stress. Social skills training is emphasized. Boys and girls, ages 10-22. www.expressivetherapycenter.com

Director: Stephanie Natter, MA, ATR, CGP

14808 Physicians Lane, Suite 111, Rockville, MD 20850
5910 Goldsboro Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
1320 Vincent Place, McLean, VA 22101

301-869-1017 ext 1 or 703-349-5225
www.expressivetherapycenter.com

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Family Compass Group
Family 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
Email: Larisa.deGraffenreid@familycompassgroup.com

11150 Sunset Hills Road Suite 150
Reston, VA 20190
703-471-5517 ext.99
www.FamilyCompass.com

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In Step, PC
In Step, PC - home of Stepping Stones - is a nationally recognized private mental health practice for adolescents and young adults, ages 13-24. For over fifteen years, our team of psychologists, clinical social workers, and professional counselors has been guiding teens and their families towards coping more effectively with life stressors. Our dynamic mental health professionals partner with you to develop a continuum of care plan, in order to ensure that the skills learned with us create long-lasting change. Some of our areas of specialty are: Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, Asperger's and Autism Issues, Anger Management, ADD/ADHD Issues, Young Adult Interpersonal Therapy Groups, Teen Interpersonal Therapy Groups (both mixes and same sexed groups) and Teen Drama Therapy Groups. www.insteppc.com

Cathi Cohen, LCSW, Director
Email: info@insteppc.com

In Step, PC: 8500 Executive Park Ave., Ste. 204, Fairfax, VA 22031
703-876-8480

In Step, PC West: 6 Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 200, Sterling, VA 20165
703-433-5771

www.Insteppc.com

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Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington
We are a practice of psychologists and social workers 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, 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. Mindful Teens: A group for teens that combines mindfulness, guided imagery, relaxation, yoga, and traditional talk therapy (Thursdays at 5pm). College Transitions: A group designed for those that have left for college, only to come back prior to completion (Thursdays at 6pm).

Julie Bindeman, PsyD; Nanci Brown, LCSW-C; Kari Moskowitz, PhD; Dahlia Topolosky, PsyD

Contact: Julie Bindeman, PsyD
Email: jbindeman@greaterwashingtontherapy.com

5818 B Hubbard Drive Rockville, Maryland 20852
301-468-4849
www.GreaterWashingtonTherapy.com

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JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)
Psychotherapy and social skills therapy groups for children, including those with anxiety, ADHD, emotional and behavioral self-control, autism spectrum disorder, other related disorders. Social skills therapy groups focus on taking turns, friendly behaviors, reading social cues, self-control, handling teasing, working cooperatively, social conversation, building self-esteem and solving problems. JSSA also offers anger management workshops, social clubs for teens with autism spectrum and related disorders  as well as support groups for siblings of children with disabilities, children coping with separation or divorce, and parents of children with disabilities. JSSA leads a children’s summer BFF Camp (Building and Fostering Friendships) at the McLean School of Maryland. JSSA offers groups for boys, girls, preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school. JSSA programs are non-sectarian.

Lise Bram, Chief Marketing Officer
Email: lbram@jssa.org

More than 100 (part-time and full-time) Credentials include LCSW, LICSW, LSCW-C, LCPC, LGSW, MSW, MS, PhD, MD

200 Wood Hill Road, Rockvlle, MD 20850
301-610-8312
www.jssa.org

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Kate Kelly, LICSW, Girls in Tune
Girls In Tune offers educational, experiential and playful body-mind groups and short courses for 'tween and teen girls to reduce stress, increase well-being and strengthen their connections to themselves and others. Girls In Tune groups are mindfulness-based, body-mind centered, and friendship-focused with a particular emphasis on growing girls' "tuning in" and positive coping and relational skills through yoga, movement games, healthy and mindful eating, attentive breathing and other present-moment practices. Groups integrate cognitive behavioral techniques (eg; affirming "self-talk" skills), positive psychology/learned optimism strategies, expressive art and play, relaxation skills and "talk time." Girls In Tune groups are appropriate for girls who need assistance with: coping and regulation skills; learning to "read" themselves and others (i.e; managing friendships); reducing anxiety; and developing self-appreciation, esteem and confidence. Current groups include: 4th/5th grade group, Middle School group; High School mindful-awareness stress-reduction group with emphasis on learning the mind-body connection and positive coping skills that are introduced, practiced and processed each week..

Kate Kelly, LICSW
Email: Girlsintune@gmail.com

5540 Connecticut Ave., NW, 2nd Flr, Washington, DC 20015
202-230-9307

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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.

Clinicians: Lisa Elkin, PsyD, 571-238-6524; Anne Fleury, LCSW, 703-282-5937; Cynthia Mathis, LMFT, 703-401-5394; Nicole McGarry, LPC 202-641-8429

1483 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 301, McLean, VA 22101
703-401-5394
www.mcleanpsychotherapy.com

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Mindwell Psychology Bethesda
Mindwell Psychology offers groups for adolescents, including: a group for younger teenaged girls (12-14) coping with anxiety or social stressors; and a group for older teens (15 and up) coping with anxiety or social stressors. All groups will be lead by a licensed psychologist or master's level psychotherapist with expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy. Our therapists are warm, compassionate and highly skilled in group therapy. Your teen will be in excellent hands. www.mindwell.us

Dr. Jaclyn Halpern, Group Coordinator
301-581-1120
drhalpern@mindwell.us

Psychologists: Dr. Jaclyn Halpern, Dr. Talisha Lee
Clinical Social Worker: Susan Rail, LCSWC

5602 Shields Drive, Suite A
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

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Moving Forward, PLC
We provide individual psychotherapy, psycho educational and social skill building groups for children, adolescents, adults, families and couples.  Included in our groups are those struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, ADD, social-behavioral disorders, separation/divorce, parenting challenges, Aspersger’s Syndrome and other related disorders.  Our groups are short term and can be 4-5 weeks or lasting up to 12 weeks.  In our social skills and middle school groups we work on role plays, joining into groups, communication and conversation, looking for the friendly face, making and keeping friends, what to say and how to say it, self-control, self esteem building, anger management, problem solving and changing negatives to positives.  During the groups, members can bring up related topics that can be integrated into the group so everyone’s needs are met.  Our group members leave feeling changed and are able to transition what’s learned in our practice into everyday life.  We have enough staff that after the group is concluded you can come in if needed for individualized tune ups.

Contact: Michele Cole, BS, BSW, MSW, LCSW/Director, Group Coordinator
Email: mcole@movingforwardplc.com

Therapists: Michele Cole, LCSW, Amy Lehman, LPC, Bonnie Martin, LPC, Lisa Layman, LCSW

113 S. St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
117 S. St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
571-483-0306
www.movingforwardplc.com

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National Family Resiliency Center
TEENCONNEX:  A one evening educational group is held throughout the year for teens ages 13-17.  TeenConnex provides a sense of hope and a practical guide to handling family transitions through normalizing a family transition and teaching skills to help teens cope with family change. GROUP THERAPY: A teen group program is offered for teens ages 13-18. Groups run from 8 to 12 weeks; 90 minutes per group session. Adolescents learn techniques for identifying concerns, labeling and expressing feelings, problem solving and effective communication around family transition and divorce related issues. Parents are closely involved through individual and multiple family sessions.

Risa J. Garon, LCSW-C, BCD, CFLE; Susan Bilchik, NBCC, Ellen Levin, LGSW,  Elaine Drewyer, LCSW- C

451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 225, Rockville, MD 20850 
301-384-0079 

10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 121 Columbia, MD 21044
410-740-9553
www.nfrchelp.org

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Rathbone and Associates
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, 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; Lisa Behrens, LCSW-C; Julie Baron, LCSW-C; JoJo Gaul, LCSW-C;Anu Lukk, 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; Craig Windham, LCPC; Jeannette Campbell Bjorklund, LCSW-C, Laurie Nelson, LCPC

5942 Hubbard Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20852
4701 Sangamore Road, #210N, Bethesda, Maryland 20816

301-230-9490
www.rathboneandassociates.com

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Allison Sibley & Associates, PLLC
We comprise a group of specialized therapists in NW DC who provide counseling and therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. In our work with clients, we create arenas in which to practice learned relationship skills. We offer a range of services including individual therapy, parent/couples therapy, family work, and group counseling, all of which are catered toward each person’s or family’s unique needs for growth. Groups for teens offer an arena in which to practice personal and relational skills related to making and keeping friends. Groups provide opportunities for social skill building and processing experiences in an educational and engaging setting. Emphasis is on “playing out” and “talking through” friendship experiences, which may be influenced by a variety of issues including adjustment issues, self-esteem, ADHD, and emotional factors. Current high school girls group and middle school girls groups are available (6th-8th, 9th-11th, and 10th-12th).

Allison Sibley, PhD, Clinical Social Worker; Amanda Good, MSW, Clinical Social Worker; Jacquelyn Horton, MSW, Clinical Social Worker; Molly Mattison, MSW, Clinical Social Worker; Gregg Moses, MSW, Clinical Social Worker; Lori Seifter, MSW, Clinical Social Worker

Contact: Allison Sibley or Amanda Good

5236 44th Street NW #4, Washington DC 20015
202-237-1196 (office)
202-744-1086 (cell)
www.allisonsibleyassociates.com

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Lisa Maestri Snipper, LCSW
Lisa Maestri Snipper, LCSW is a group practice in Reston, Va, that provides, individual, group, couples and family counseling to children through adults. We run two adolescent High School Girls group (14-18 ) that are process oriented focusing on the development of healthy interpersonal relationships through peer feedback in a safe environment. This group is driven by the developmental needs of the teens within the group and will explore topics related to friendships, family, peer pressure, dating, self esteem, and body image issues. Check out our website for dates and times.

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 6, Reston, VA 20191 
571-230-2349
www.atherapistforyou.com

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Daniel Turetsky, PsyD, 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
301-913-5947
Email: danisaact@aol.com

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