Child Therapists in Washington, DC

Photo of Anxiety Adhd Life Transitions Trauma Recovery Chauntia Postell, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
Anxiety Adhd Life Transitions Trauma Recovery Chauntia Postell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20003  (Online Only)
Inhale.Exhale & Relax your shoulders. You’re in the right place! As a licensed clinical social worker and recipient of D.C.'s 2023 School Social Worker of The Year, I'm fueled by a deep passion for guiding children, adolescents, and young adults towards empowerment and resilience. Life's transitions can be tough, but you don't have to face them alone. Whether you're struggling with interpersonal relationships, navigating major life changes, or coping with ADHD symptoms, battling anxiety and depression to conquering imposter syndrome and perfectionism, I'm here to help you break through barriers and embrace your full potential.
Inhale.Exhale & Relax your shoulders. You’re in the right place! As a licensed clinical social worker and recipient of D.C.'s 2023 School Social Worker of The Year, I'm fueled by a deep passion for guiding children, adolescents, and young adults towards empowerment and resilience. Life's transitions can be tough, but you don't have to face them alone. Whether you're struggling with interpersonal relationships, navigating major life changes, or coping with ADHD symptoms, battling anxiety and depression to conquering imposter syndrome and perfectionism, I'm here to help you break through barriers and embrace your full potential.
(877) 395-3209 View (877) 395-3209
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Capitol Hill Counseling and Resource Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
Our licensed professionals specialize in evidence-based therapy that integrates a Christian perspective for children ages 3 and up, teens, adults and families.
At the Capitol Hill Counseling and Resource Center, we know life isn't always easy. At some point, many of us need a little help to work through the challenges we face. Everyone has battles to fight and hurdles to overcome at some point. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship issues or something else, there is hope. Initially, you may be hesitant to seek help thru therapy. Most people are, but when you do, you can be confident you are taking a courageous first step towards getting to a better place and a better you. We are ready to help you become the person you want to be. We offer help, healing and hope.
Our licensed professionals specialize in evidence-based therapy that integrates a Christian perspective for children ages 3 and up, teens, adults and families.
At the Capitol Hill Counseling and Resource Center, we know life isn't always easy. At some point, many of us need a little help to work through the challenges we face. Everyone has battles to fight and hurdles to overcome at some point. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship issues or something else, there is hope. Initially, you may be hesitant to seek help thru therapy. Most people are, but when you do, you can be confident you are taking a courageous first step towards getting to a better place and a better you. We are ready to help you become the person you want to be. We offer help, healing and hope.
(202) 318-6595 View (202) 318-6595
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Debby Rager
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20002
I bring over fifteen years of clinical experience providing services to children, families, and adults.
I believe in the resiliency of people. Whether you face a relational issue, loss of a loved one, trauma, or ongoing mental health concern, I can work with you to create positive change and move you through a healing process by identifying your existing coping skills and building on your strengths and community. I have a collaborative approach-and expect that we will work together to create change. I like to work with adults as well as children and families as I believe that variety makes me a better therapist. When working with children, I work closely with the family.
I bring over fifteen years of clinical experience providing services to children, families, and adults.
I believe in the resiliency of people. Whether you face a relational issue, loss of a loved one, trauma, or ongoing mental health concern, I can work with you to create positive change and move you through a healing process by identifying your existing coping skills and building on your strengths and community. I have a collaborative approach-and expect that we will work together to create change. I like to work with adults as well as children and families as I believe that variety makes me a better therapist. When working with children, I work closely with the family.
(202) 684-2567 View (202) 684-2567
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Dr. Brooke Stroud
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD, MSc
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20007
I offer an integrative approach to therapy, incorporating Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy and mindfulness to achieve the change you seek. I am also trained in Play Therapy, SPACE for parents of anxious children, adolescents and young adults, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
I offer an integrative approach to therapy, incorporating Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy and mindfulness to achieve the change you seek. I am also trained in Play Therapy, SPACE for parents of anxious children, adolescents and young adults, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
(202) 972-7179 View (202) 972-7179
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Claire Lerner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
I help parents who are struggling with challenges with their young child (0-6 years) around any number of issues, including: sleep, feeding, potty learning, cooperation, getting through daily routines, discipline, challenges functioning in a group setting, developing positive peer relationships, learning to develop self-regulation, and managing sibling rivalry. I help parents understand what makes their child tick and how to meet their needs, especially when it comes to how to discipline using positive, not punitive approaches.
I help parents who are struggling with challenges with their young child (0-6 years) around any number of issues, including: sleep, feeding, potty learning, cooperation, getting through daily routines, discipline, challenges functioning in a group setting, developing positive peer relationships, learning to develop self-regulation, and managing sibling rivalry. I help parents understand what makes their child tick and how to meet their needs, especially when it comes to how to discipline using positive, not punitive approaches.
(202) 759-4480 View (202) 759-4480
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Stacey Karpen Dohn
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
I work with children, adolescents, and adults facing whatever challenges that arise in the many different chapters of our lives. In addition to general psychotherapy I also provide specialized care in the exploration of sexual orientation and gender identity with youth, teens, adults and their families as they navigate through the social and emotional aspects of life.
I work with children, adolescents, and adults facing whatever challenges that arise in the many different chapters of our lives. In addition to general psychotherapy I also provide specialized care in the exploration of sexual orientation and gender identity with youth, teens, adults and their families as they navigate through the social and emotional aspects of life.
(202) 759-4046 View (202) 759-4046
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Jeffrey Selman
Psychologist, PsyD, BCBA-D
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20007
I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and young adults presenting with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, mood disorders, and academic needs related to giftedness and twice exceptionality (2e).
My name is Dr. Jeff Selman and I am a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and a certified school psychologist. I offer evidence-based telepsychology services to individuals across the lifespan and their families. These services include autism screening and assessment, individual and family therapy, parent behavior management training and coaching, and consultation and training for schools and community agencies. My approach is grounded in cognitive behavior therapy and behavior therapy. My sessions tend to be active, goal-oriented, and engaging. I love the work and welcomes complex and challenging cases.
I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and young adults presenting with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, mood disorders, and academic needs related to giftedness and twice exceptionality (2e).
My name is Dr. Jeff Selman and I am a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and a certified school psychologist. I offer evidence-based telepsychology services to individuals across the lifespan and their families. These services include autism screening and assessment, individual and family therapy, parent behavior management training and coaching, and consultation and training for schools and community agencies. My approach is grounded in cognitive behavior therapy and behavior therapy. My sessions tend to be active, goal-oriented, and engaging. I love the work and welcomes complex and challenging cases.
(202) 221-4370 View (202) 221-4370
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Andrea Mattison Fisher
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20008
I have post doctoral training in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults.
"Picking up the telephone to make an initial appointment to see a psychologist, can be difficult for many people for various reasons. One may be feeling wounded, lost, or stuck. I am dedicated to helping children, adolescents, adults, and families begin to heal and get "unstuck" by freeing themselves of distressing and sometimes debilitating feelings such as depression, anxiety, and feeling out of control. I believe awareness and insight into your child's feelings and behaviors, and your feelings and behaviors, is the great gift of psychotherapy. At its best, psychotherapy is a rewarding, productive, and at times, fun experience."
I have post doctoral training in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults.
"Picking up the telephone to make an initial appointment to see a psychologist, can be difficult for many people for various reasons. One may be feeling wounded, lost, or stuck. I am dedicated to helping children, adolescents, adults, and families begin to heal and get "unstuck" by freeing themselves of distressing and sometimes debilitating feelings such as depression, anxiety, and feeling out of control. I believe awareness and insight into your child's feelings and behaviors, and your feelings and behaviors, is the great gift of psychotherapy. At its best, psychotherapy is a rewarding, productive, and at times, fun experience."
(202) 559-4850 View (202) 559-4850
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Elaina Vasserman-Stokes
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
I offer individual, couples, and play therapy to adults, children, and parents.
My clinical expertise is in issues related to emotional regulation, trauma, loss, and early life attachment experiences. I have a particular interest in supporting parents of young children (particularly at this time and in relationship to COVID-related school and care transitions). My approach can broadly be described as insight oriented and rooted in attachment, relational, and interpersonal theories as well as self-psychology. My expertise rests on meaningful personal experiences and on continuing rigorous training and teaching.
I offer individual, couples, and play therapy to adults, children, and parents.
My clinical expertise is in issues related to emotional regulation, trauma, loss, and early life attachment experiences. I have a particular interest in supporting parents of young children (particularly at this time and in relationship to COVID-related school and care transitions). My approach can broadly be described as insight oriented and rooted in attachment, relational, and interpersonal theories as well as self-psychology. My expertise rests on meaningful personal experiences and on continuing rigorous training and teaching.
(240) 607-5480 View (240) 607-5480
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Lisa S Oakley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I provide a positive and supportive approach to helping children, adolescents, adults and families who are navigating a variety of emotional or transitional challenges, including anxiety, mood disorders, school issues, family conflict and other sources of stress or disruption that may affect daily functioning or emotional well-being. I apply a person-centered and strength-based approach which involves respecting and encouraging a client's own goals and perspectives. I also work closely with parents to help identify practical and personalized strategies and interventions to address the many challenges that come with raising children and teenagers.
I provide a positive and supportive approach to helping children, adolescents, adults and families who are navigating a variety of emotional or transitional challenges, including anxiety, mood disorders, school issues, family conflict and other sources of stress or disruption that may affect daily functioning or emotional well-being. I apply a person-centered and strength-based approach which involves respecting and encouraging a client's own goals and perspectives. I also work closely with parents to help identify practical and personalized strategies and interventions to address the many challenges that come with raising children and teenagers.
(202) 759-3472 View (202) 759-3472
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Meredith Gardner
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016
I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families on a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, communication, divorce, grief, relationships and behavior management. I am primarily cognitive behavioral and take an active role in therapy, challenging clients to explore alternative ways to deal with their issues while creating a trusting and caring environment. I am the founder and clinical director of District Therapy Associates, a psychotherapy practice with several diverse therapists who focus on child, adolescent, adult, family, marriage, and group therapy.
I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families on a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, communication, divorce, grief, relationships and behavior management. I am primarily cognitive behavioral and take an active role in therapy, challenging clients to explore alternative ways to deal with their issues while creating a trusting and caring environment. I am the founder and clinical director of District Therapy Associates, a psychotherapy practice with several diverse therapists who focus on child, adolescent, adult, family, marriage, and group therapy.
(202) 609-8914 View (202) 609-8914
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Joy Natwick
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
I'm a dedicated Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for fostering growth and resilience in individuals and families. My aim is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment where clients of all ages can explore their inner worlds, overcome challenges, and discover their innate potential for healing and transformation. Whether you're seeking therapy for yourself or your child, adolescent, or family unit, I tailor my approach to meet your specific needs and goals. I work with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, low self-esteem, trauma, drug and alcohol use and more.
I'm a dedicated Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for fostering growth and resilience in individuals and families. My aim is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment where clients of all ages can explore their inner worlds, overcome challenges, and discover their innate potential for healing and transformation. Whether you're seeking therapy for yourself or your child, adolescent, or family unit, I tailor my approach to meet your specific needs and goals. I work with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, low self-esteem, trauma, drug and alcohol use and more.
(202) 810-1153 View (202) 810-1153
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Justine Kalas Reeves
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, DPsych
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20008
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychoanalyst.
In addition to my work with creative and ambitious adults, I work with young children and adolescents to increase harmony, pleasure and satisfaction in life. I treat people who are underachieving in work or school despite clear talent; overachieving in work or school yet at a high price; people who are highly anxious; people who feel hopeless about change; people who are trying to achieve greatness in sports or career; and people who know they deserve so much more but for whom it feels elusive. Let's strengthen your capacity to hear yourself better so your relationships and creativity can continue to flourish.
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychoanalyst.
In addition to my work with creative and ambitious adults, I work with young children and adolescents to increase harmony, pleasure and satisfaction in life. I treat people who are underachieving in work or school despite clear talent; overachieving in work or school yet at a high price; people who are highly anxious; people who feel hopeless about change; people who are trying to achieve greatness in sports or career; and people who know they deserve so much more but for whom it feels elusive. Let's strengthen your capacity to hear yourself better so your relationships and creativity can continue to flourish.
(202) 796-6090 View (202) 796-6090
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Aisha Marie Martin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C, MSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20008
I work with children and adults.
I believe everyone has the ability to learn new ways to cope and view their personal situation differently. Therapy is a place where you can access your most authentic self and allow the therapeutic process to guide healing. Through creating a safe, comfortable and trusting environment clients will be able to share honestly and receive genuine feedback. My approach is supportive and client centered. You are the expert of your past and together we will explore patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors to establish improved ways of being and building relationships with others to help shape your future.
I work with children and adults.
I believe everyone has the ability to learn new ways to cope and view their personal situation differently. Therapy is a place where you can access your most authentic self and allow the therapeutic process to guide healing. Through creating a safe, comfortable and trusting environment clients will be able to share honestly and receive genuine feedback. My approach is supportive and client centered. You are the expert of your past and together we will explore patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors to establish improved ways of being and building relationships with others to help shape your future.
(301) 298-2537 View (301) 298-2537
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Kristin Pillay
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20015
Waitlist for new clients
I have extensive experience working with kids, adolescents, and families and use a strengths based approach to meet children where they are. You can show up now and be seen, known, and valued at our new office. As a former school counselor, I know that children have varying school experiences and show up with you to build community, partner with you, and to meet each child where they are. I am curious, not all knowing, and consider the impact of words and actions. Our creative therapeutic interventions to support and to increase self understanding for kids across developmental stages
I have extensive experience working with kids, adolescents, and families and use a strengths based approach to meet children where they are. You can show up now and be seen, known, and valued at our new office. As a former school counselor, I know that children have varying school experiences and show up with you to build community, partner with you, and to meet each child where they are. I am curious, not all knowing, and consider the impact of words and actions. Our creative therapeutic interventions to support and to increase self understanding for kids across developmental stages
(202) 933-8243 View (202) 933-8243
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Shamara Howze
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCPC, RPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20003
I hope to support you as a caregiver and your child on your journey. No matter how you got here, whether through adjustments, trauma, grief, attachment, divorce, anxiety or other mental health related challenges. I work with both caregiver and child/teen to establish realistic goals that don't lead to a perfect road but one that feels safe enough to travel. This means caregiver presence is important throughout the process as you both explore new ways of being.
I hope to support you as a caregiver and your child on your journey. No matter how you got here, whether through adjustments, trauma, grief, attachment, divorce, anxiety or other mental health related challenges. I work with both caregiver and child/teen to establish realistic goals that don't lead to a perfect road but one that feels safe enough to travel. This means caregiver presence is important throughout the process as you both explore new ways of being.
(202) 952-5678 View (202) 952-5678
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Strengthening Prides Mental Health Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, ADHD-CP, CDBT, CSAM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
​ I started Strengthening Prides to passionately service the children, adolescents and their families in Washington, D.
Strengthening Prides uses evidence based treatments designed to empower youths and help them acquire the tools needed to fortify cohesiveness within home, school, and the community.
​ I started Strengthening Prides to passionately service the children, adolescents and their families in Washington, D.
Strengthening Prides uses evidence based treatments designed to empower youths and help them acquire the tools needed to fortify cohesiveness within home, school, and the community.
(202) 933-9722 View (202) 933-9722
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N.E. Beautiful Mind
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA , LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20037
Are you a parent of a child who is experiencing a change in their mood, level of stress or anxiety? Maybe you are a young adult who is uncertain about the future. Perhaps you are an athlete or entertainer that is experiencing performance anxiety. If that is the case, you've found the right place. N.E. Beautiful Mind has been established as a dedicated mental health organization, unwavering in its commitment to normalizing the profound benefits and transformative impact that therapeutic support can have on individuals.
Are you a parent of a child who is experiencing a change in their mood, level of stress or anxiety? Maybe you are a young adult who is uncertain about the future. Perhaps you are an athlete or entertainer that is experiencing performance anxiety. If that is the case, you've found the right place. N.E. Beautiful Mind has been established as a dedicated mental health organization, unwavering in its commitment to normalizing the profound benefits and transformative impact that therapeutic support can have on individuals.
(202) 335-7140 View (202) 335-7140
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Active Psychotherapy Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
I have an extensive and unique clinical experience with more than 15 years in inpatient and outpatients settings. I have helped many individuals with assorted emotional problems, including PTSD, mood and adjustment disorders, grief, anger, ADHD, and borderline personality disorder. I also serve as a mental health consultant for childhood and early childhood programs in Fairfax where I provide play therapy for young children with emotional and behavioral problems and parents' consultations.
I have an extensive and unique clinical experience with more than 15 years in inpatient and outpatients settings. I have helped many individuals with assorted emotional problems, including PTSD, mood and adjustment disorders, grief, anger, ADHD, and borderline personality disorder. I also serve as a mental health consultant for childhood and early childhood programs in Fairfax where I provide play therapy for young children with emotional and behavioral problems and parents' consultations.
(202) 796-5839 View (202) 796-5839
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John W Cornelius
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
With children, adolescents, and young adults, I combine relationship and calming skills to reduce ADHD and family discord and increase self-efficacy.
I help individuals work on life issues tied to anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties, stress symptoms tied to childhood trauma, and families struggling with behavioral challenges. I teach communication skills that help with difficult relationships. These skills include helping my clients improve their power, voice, and contact with significant others. I employ many approaches in psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, gestalt, somatic experiencing (SE), accelerated experiential dynamic (AEDP), cognitive behavioral (CBT) and emotionally focused couples therapy (EFT).
With children, adolescents, and young adults, I combine relationship and calming skills to reduce ADHD and family discord and increase self-efficacy.
I help individuals work on life issues tied to anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties, stress symptoms tied to childhood trauma, and families struggling with behavioral challenges. I teach communication skills that help with difficult relationships. These skills include helping my clients improve their power, voice, and contact with significant others. I employ many approaches in psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, gestalt, somatic experiencing (SE), accelerated experiential dynamic (AEDP), cognitive behavioral (CBT) and emotionally focused couples therapy (EFT).
(202) 600-9053 View (202) 600-9053
Child Therapists
Child psychologists in Washington, DC provide mental health therapy to children and are experts in child development.

Every comprehensive review of therapy with children shows that all credible approaches, when performed by a competent mental health clinician, produce almost the same results. About half of all kids will get better. Of those that improve, 80% will show progress in a relatively short time, while the remaining 20% will need longer-term support.

The best child therapists in Washington build great relationships with the child and the parent. They also see the child's strengths and are open to hearing the child's possible solutions to the challenges the child faces. Finally, a good therapist appreciates the child's culture and is sensitive to the values of the child's community.