Parenting Therapists in Washington, DC

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Robin Schacht
Psychologist, PsyD, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Welcome. My practice focuses on supporting clients with difficulties that arise as they adjust to pregnancy, birth and parenting. I have a special interest in the communication and emotional needs of infants and toddlers and in helping parents who are struggling to enjoy their relationships with their young children. I also enjoy working with issues unrelated to parenting, including depression, anxiety, trauma, difficulties with transitions or problems in relationships, as well as working with people who would like space to think about who they are, what experiences have shaped them and how they want to live life going forward.
Welcome. My practice focuses on supporting clients with difficulties that arise as they adjust to pregnancy, birth and parenting. I have a special interest in the communication and emotional needs of infants and toddlers and in helping parents who are struggling to enjoy their relationships with their young children. I also enjoy working with issues unrelated to parenting, including depression, anxiety, trauma, difficulties with transitions or problems in relationships, as well as working with people who would like space to think about who they are, what experiences have shaped them and how they want to live life going forward.
(202) 410-9327 View (202) 410-9327
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Karen Coad
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20011
Do you worry too much about every possible thing? Are you ready to quiet your mind and stop the constant overthinking? Have you noticed that your worry is affecting your relationship with your partner, your job performance or even the way you parent? If you are feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities of our chaotic, noisy world- I get it and can help. I am licensed in Florida, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Do you worry too much about every possible thing? Are you ready to quiet your mind and stop the constant overthinking? Have you noticed that your worry is affecting your relationship with your partner, your job performance or even the way you parent? If you are feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities of our chaotic, noisy world- I get it and can help. I am licensed in Florida, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
(202) 875-5544 View (202) 875-5544
Mickie Simon, LICSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I work with individuals and families providing supportive psychotherapy to address life transitions, anxiety, depression, loss and parenting challenges. In addition, I also provide individual and group supervision for therapists and psychologists. After working at Johns Hopkins Child and Adolescent Clinic and then at Children's National Medical Center in Outpatient Psychiatry, I have been working in private practice for over fifteen years.
I work with individuals and families providing supportive psychotherapy to address life transitions, anxiety, depression, loss and parenting challenges. In addition, I also provide individual and group supervision for therapists and psychologists. After working at Johns Hopkins Child and Adolescent Clinic and then at Children's National Medical Center in Outpatient Psychiatry, I have been working in private practice for over fifteen years.
(202) 601-3272 View (202) 601-3272
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Meryl S. Heyliger
Psychologist, PhD, NCSP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
I specialize in anxiety, parenting, school difficulties, depression, and issues related to racial or ethnic identity.
Seeking help for yourself or a child can be daunting and requires courage. I want to partner with you as you work to gain the life that you envision, help open possibilities and promote a mindset of strength, resilience and competence to tackle what may be getting in your way. As a Licensed Psychologist, with 20 years of experience as a school psychologist and counselor, I am dedicated to helping others understand and potentially change behavior and mindsets for improved functioning in settings, including work and school, and in relationships with others.
I specialize in anxiety, parenting, school difficulties, depression, and issues related to racial or ethnic identity.
Seeking help for yourself or a child can be daunting and requires courage. I want to partner with you as you work to gain the life that you envision, help open possibilities and promote a mindset of strength, resilience and competence to tackle what may be getting in your way. As a Licensed Psychologist, with 20 years of experience as a school psychologist and counselor, I am dedicated to helping others understand and potentially change behavior and mindsets for improved functioning in settings, including work and school, and in relationships with others.
(202) 417-3054 View (202) 417-3054
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Kristin Pillay
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MEd
Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20015
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in the changing needs of families, children and adolescents from ages 4-14 including parenting, school challenges, life transitions, ADHD, anxiety, depression, relationships, self esteem.
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 specialize in the changing needs of families, children and adolescents from ages 4-14 including parenting, school challenges, life transitions, ADHD, anxiety, depression, relationships, self esteem.
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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Emily Griffin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20012  (Online Only)
Building self-awareness and developing a rewarding parenting perspective is a unique and sensitive process for each mother & father.
My practice prioritizes helping families to get off to a strong start, with a special focus on new parents and their babies. In-home services include: couples counseling, individual support around perinatal mental health for moms AND dads (aiming to prevent Postpartum Depression & Anxiety when possible), hands-on parenting support including my direct observation & modeling.
Building self-awareness and developing a rewarding parenting perspective is a unique and sensitive process for each mother & father.
My practice prioritizes helping families to get off to a strong start, with a special focus on new parents and their babies. In-home services include: couples counseling, individual support around perinatal mental health for moms AND dads (aiming to prevent Postpartum Depression & Anxiety when possible), hands-on parenting support including my direct observation & modeling.
(202) 760-4547 View (202) 760-4547
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Jalyn McDermott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LGSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
Thank you for considering my assistance during this time in your life. I have experience with children and adults, in school, correctional and community settings providing behavior support services, intensive in-home services, crisis support, couples therapy and parenting education. In my years of experience, I have become a person-centered, culturally competent, ethically sound therapist who uses a realistic approach to empower my clients and help them be intentional with how they are showing up for themselves and in their lives
Thank you for considering my assistance during this time in your life. I have experience with children and adults, in school, correctional and community settings providing behavior support services, intensive in-home services, crisis support, couples therapy and parenting education. In my years of experience, I have become a person-centered, culturally competent, ethically sound therapist who uses a realistic approach to empower my clients and help them be intentional with how they are showing up for themselves and in their lives
(844) 708-3937 View (844) 708-3937
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Alexander Ante Lupis
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Washington, DC 20006
My psychotherapy practice focuses on: 1) working professionals (managers, lawyers, professors, graduate students) to improve their work/academic performance, emotional self-care, better managing difficult emotions and relationships, increasing understand of how past experiences are affecting current mood and performance; 2) working with parent and children/teens to improve the quality / flexibility of relationships and parenting skills (helping children better regulate emotions and behaviors), as well as understand how past family-of-origin experiences may be influencing their current parenting style (reflective parenting).
My psychotherapy practice focuses on: 1) working professionals (managers, lawyers, professors, graduate students) to improve their work/academic performance, emotional self-care, better managing difficult emotions and relationships, increasing understand of how past experiences are affecting current mood and performance; 2) working with parent and children/teens to improve the quality / flexibility of relationships and parenting skills (helping children better regulate emotions and behaviors), as well as understand how past family-of-origin experiences may be influencing their current parenting style (reflective parenting).
(202) 804-1078 View (202) 804-1078
Amy Killy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MSW
Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker providing psychotherapy services to individuals and families in the Washington metropolitan area. With an interactive style, I use a positive, solution-focused approach and provide a non-judgemental atmosphere that allows for opportunities to decompress, reflect and problem solve. My 20 years of experience as a high school counselor at local independent schools has given me necessary insights into the lives of emerging adults and those who parent them.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker providing psychotherapy services to individuals and families in the Washington metropolitan area. With an interactive style, I use a positive, solution-focused approach and provide a non-judgemental atmosphere that allows for opportunities to decompress, reflect and problem solve. My 20 years of experience as a high school counselor at local independent schools has given me necessary insights into the lives of emerging adults and those who parent them.
(240) 219-6778 View (240) 219-6778
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Therapeutic Links Behavioral Health Services LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
Are you navigating the intricate landscape of emotions and behaviors, seeking a safe space to explore life's challenges? Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, parenting struggles related to behavioral or cognitive issues, or facing the unique complexities of autism, I recognize the importance of addressing your specific needs. I understand that seeking support is a significant step, and I commend you for considering it. Your goals, desires, and reasons for seeking support are the foundation of our work together.
Are you navigating the intricate landscape of emotions and behaviors, seeking a safe space to explore life's challenges? Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, parenting struggles related to behavioral or cognitive issues, or facing the unique complexities of autism, I recognize the importance of addressing your specific needs. I understand that seeking support is a significant step, and I commend you for considering it. Your goals, desires, and reasons for seeking support are the foundation of our work together.
(888) 695-6528 x1 View (888) 695-6528 x1
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Rhetya Kelly Thompson
Counselor, LGPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20001
My services include Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for kids, tailored talk therapy for teens, and support for parents.
I specialize in therapy for children and teens facing behavioral and emotional challenges, as well as supporting their parents. If your child's intense emotions or behaviors are overwhelming, or if your teen is struggling with defiance, social challenges, or managing their feelings, know that you're not alone. My balanced approach focuses on helping your child or teen express and regulate their emotions positively, while equally empowering you as a parent with effective strategies for guidance and support. Together, we'll work towards building stronger family dynamics and individual emotional resilience.
My services include Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for kids, tailored talk therapy for teens, and support for parents.
I specialize in therapy for children and teens facing behavioral and emotional challenges, as well as supporting their parents. If your child's intense emotions or behaviors are overwhelming, or if your teen is struggling with defiance, social challenges, or managing their feelings, know that you're not alone. My balanced approach focuses on helping your child or teen express and regulate their emotions positively, while equally empowering you as a parent with effective strategies for guidance and support. Together, we'll work towards building stronger family dynamics and individual emotional resilience.
(833) 657-4006 View (833) 657-4006
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Keri Sartin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20008  (Online Only)
My name is Keri Sartin and I am the owner of Limitless Psychotherapy Services. I am really passionate about serving and helping people. I started my private practice in 2022 after practicing as a school social worker for 9 years and providing services to adults for over 15 years. I believe adults and children, do best when they feel heard and have supportive people in their lives. I enjoy working to address concerns of anxiety, depression, and general life changes. I also have a passion for helping parents better understand and connect with their children to transform and enhance the parent-child relationship.
My name is Keri Sartin and I am the owner of Limitless Psychotherapy Services. I am really passionate about serving and helping people. I started my private practice in 2022 after practicing as a school social worker for 9 years and providing services to adults for over 15 years. I believe adults and children, do best when they feel heard and have supportive people in their lives. I enjoy working to address concerns of anxiety, depression, and general life changes. I also have a passion for helping parents better understand and connect with their children to transform and enhance the parent-child relationship.
(202) 519-4927 View (202) 519-4927
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Monique J Douglas
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSW, LMFT, RPT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
It is important to include the parent into the therapeutic process, with such inclusion, both parent and child can restore attachment and find healthy ways to express their needs.
I have over 10 years of experience working with children and families to assist with the social and emotional well-being of children 0-5 years of age. My focus of treatment has been to allow children to express themselves in a way in which to be free and in a nonthreatening way.
It is important to include the parent into the therapeutic process, with such inclusion, both parent and child can restore attachment and find healthy ways to express their needs.
I have over 10 years of experience working with children and families to assist with the social and emotional well-being of children 0-5 years of age. My focus of treatment has been to allow children to express themselves in a way in which to be free and in a nonthreatening way.
(202) 519-7794 View (202) 519-7794
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Roberta Rothstein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Innovative approaches to depression, anxiety, ADD, Bipolar Disorder, Parenting, Work/Life Stress, infertility.
Do you feel stuck? Maybe you can't seem to shake the blues. Maybe it’s a loss. Or you can’t make a crucial decision. Perhaps jittery moods have reduced your functioning. Or you’re unable to control unhealthy behavior. Maybe every conversation with your spouse becomes an argument. Feel more confident, improve your relationships, move from illness to health, reconnect with your creativity, learn valuable coping skills, take control of your life and just feel better. I can help you move forward through obstacles, uncovering your true potential. Our work helps you feel resilient, so you can set and reach your goals.
Innovative approaches to depression, anxiety, ADD, Bipolar Disorder, Parenting, Work/Life Stress, infertility.
Do you feel stuck? Maybe you can't seem to shake the blues. Maybe it’s a loss. Or you can’t make a crucial decision. Perhaps jittery moods have reduced your functioning. Or you’re unable to control unhealthy behavior. Maybe every conversation with your spouse becomes an argument. Feel more confident, improve your relationships, move from illness to health, reconnect with your creativity, learn valuable coping skills, take control of your life and just feel better. I can help you move forward through obstacles, uncovering your true potential. Our work helps you feel resilient, so you can set and reach your goals.
(202) 618-4387 View (202) 618-4387
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Leslie C. Kilpatrick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MEd, LCSW
Verified
6 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
If you’re considering therapy, you may be in a time of stress or transition. My goal is to ease your access to psychotherapy by providing you or your family with confidential online therapy, from the comfort of your own home. While I work with clients of all ages in any stage of life, my specialties include teen and family LGBTQIA issues, prenatal/postpartum challenges, parenting children with special needs and working with women who feel “stuck.”
If you’re considering therapy, you may be in a time of stress or transition. My goal is to ease your access to psychotherapy by providing you or your family with confidential online therapy, from the comfort of your own home. While I work with clients of all ages in any stage of life, my specialties include teen and family LGBTQIA issues, prenatal/postpartum challenges, parenting children with special needs and working with women who feel “stuck.”
(571) 350-3289 View (571) 350-3289
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Claire Lerner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Washington, DC 20016
Parenting a young child can be incredibly joyful but also stressful.
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.
Parenting a young child can be incredibly joyful but also stressful.
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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Oron G. Gan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
The challenges of early childhood are sometimes overlooked. Common, age appropriate behaviors could be quite difficult to deal with. Moreover, when a child presents highly disruptive and even destructive behaviors, parents may experience helplessness, anxiety and even shame. Loving and caring parents may try to do all the right things and a child might still show signs of struggle. Managing difficult behaviors could become like a second job and increase levels of distress in the family. I utilize Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to help children and parents to enjoy their time together.
The challenges of early childhood are sometimes overlooked. Common, age appropriate behaviors could be quite difficult to deal with. Moreover, when a child presents highly disruptive and even destructive behaviors, parents may experience helplessness, anxiety and even shame. Loving and caring parents may try to do all the right things and a child might still show signs of struggle. Managing difficult behaviors could become like a second job and increase levels of distress in the family. I utilize Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to help children and parents to enjoy their time together.
(202) 499-7446 View (202) 499-7446
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Jonathan Farber
Psychologist, PhD
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20007
I've learned volumes about parenting from my own children, though no lesson is learned soon enough.
I work with individuals and couples, as well as children, in both DC and Chapel Hill. I do best with adults who are educated or reflective: many are scientists, artists, health and business professionals, or psychotherapists, and some are not pursuing conventional achievement.Some see me for family or work problems, some for help dealing with a chronic health issue or a loss, some to change longstanding emotional and interpersonal patterns involving anxiety, anger, or intimacy. We may try quick and simple approaches first, because sometimes they work, but if not we can go more deeply into the individual's unique personal narrative.
I've learned volumes about parenting from my own children, though no lesson is learned soon enough.
I work with individuals and couples, as well as children, in both DC and Chapel Hill. I do best with adults who are educated or reflective: many are scientists, artists, health and business professionals, or psychotherapists, and some are not pursuing conventional achievement.Some see me for family or work problems, some for help dealing with a chronic health issue or a loss, some to change longstanding emotional and interpersonal patterns involving anxiety, anger, or intimacy. We may try quick and simple approaches first, because sometimes they work, but if not we can go more deeply into the individual's unique personal narrative.
(919) 351-1352 View (919) 351-1352
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Molly Louise Mattison
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Verified
Washington, DC 20016
Life is full of challenges and sometimes we can get support from friends and family but often that comes with well intentioned but sometimes unsolicited advice or you need to choose what you say or not say in order to protect loved ones feelings. Sometimes you want and need to externalize your thoughts and feelings without having to filter them. I offer adult therapy that is strengths based and solution focused in a warm environment. I can help you identify the root causes of your struggles and implement changes so you feel more content. I also offer parenting work that strengthens parents skill sets.
Life is full of challenges and sometimes we can get support from friends and family but often that comes with well intentioned but sometimes unsolicited advice or you need to choose what you say or not say in order to protect loved ones feelings. Sometimes you want and need to externalize your thoughts and feelings without having to filter them. I offer adult therapy that is strengths based and solution focused in a warm environment. I can help you identify the root causes of your struggles and implement changes so you feel more content. I also offer parenting work that strengthens parents skill sets.
(202) 883-5909 View (202) 883-5909
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Kirsten Chadwick
Psychologist, PhD, CGP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016
I specialize in working with depression, interpersonal relationships, parenting concerns, the motherhood transition, college transitions, loss and grief. I help clients think through strategies to enable them to better navigate transitions and the difficult circumstances they encounter. I also work with individuals to identify and interrupt patterns that are preventing them from succeeding, building and maintaining satisfying relationships and experiencing happiness. It is my experience that working hard in therapy, with honesty and openness, can lead to lower stress, better relationships and rewarding changes in your life.
I specialize in working with depression, interpersonal relationships, parenting concerns, the motherhood transition, college transitions, loss and grief. I help clients think through strategies to enable them to better navigate transitions and the difficult circumstances they encounter. I also work with individuals to identify and interrupt patterns that are preventing them from succeeding, building and maintaining satisfying relationships and experiencing happiness. It is my experience that working hard in therapy, with honesty and openness, can lead to lower stress, better relationships and rewarding changes in your life.
(202) 643-7901 View (202) 643-7901

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Parenting Therapists

What does therapy for parenting look like?

Therapists may work with parents individually, together, or include the whole family to find solutions for the problems a parent faces. Many parent-based therapies work on a parent’s relationship with their children, problem-solving within the family, and analysis of family dynamics. Therapy conducted remotely by video may be helpful in allowing a therapist to observe how families interact in their own homes.

When should a parent seek therapy?

When behavioral problems begin to disrupt the healthy functioning of a family, it may be a good time to look into therapy. If parents find that children are acting out in school, have started using drugs or alcohol, have developed eating disorders, or other similar red flags, a therapist may be able to help.

How long does therapy take for parenting problems?

Depending on the severity of a family’s challenges and the type of treatment utilized, therapy for parenting can last from weeks to months. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a pragmatic therapy type that can be brief, most often ranging from between 5 and 20 sessions. Structural family therapy, which inspects family dynamics, often takes several months. Parent-child interaction therapy is typically shorter-term, lasting between 10 and 20 sessions. For any therapy, the duration will depend on the progress made and results realized.

Can therapy help parents dealing with burnout or stress?

Parenting is difficult. Parents may dismiss or conceal feelings of exhaustion, overwhelm, or escape ideation—imagining withdrawing from their parental obligations altogether. but left unattended, these feelings can have negative effects on the whole family. A therapist can help parents work on the skills they might need to better cope with the burdens of parenting and help them be the best parents they can be.