Parenting Counselor Alexandria VA

Being in nature almost automatically connects us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and lets us disengage from day'to'day preoccupations. Not only can you provide opportunities for your child to be in nature, you can help her focus on fully engaging her senses.

Diana L Tracey
(571) 248-1937
8101 Hinson Farm Road
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Infertility, Relationship Issues, Parenting
Qualification
School: Unitversity Of Maryland School of Social Work
Year of Graduation: 1989
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$90 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: MHN/Managed Health Network

Claudia Niemtzoff
(703) 584-7565
3801 N Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Parenting
Qualification
School: School of Psychology - Univ. of Buenos Aires
Year of Graduation: 1987
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any, Latino
Gender: Female
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$140 - $140
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. Brenda Rozier-Clark
(703) 866-9999
5417-C Backlick Road
Springfield, VA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Career Counseling
Qualification
School: The George Washington University
Year of Graduation: 1989
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Ms. Louise Del Maestro
(703) 596-3295
Open Heart Counseling5150 Dodson Drive
Annandale, VA
Specialties
Child/Parent relationship, Child or Adolescent, Adoption, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Catholic University
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Average Cost
$100 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Out of Network

Dr. Amanda Van Emburgh
(703) 957-7819
8136 Old Keene Mill Road
Springfield, VA
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Trauma and PTSD, Parenting, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Argosy University/DC
Year of Graduation: 2007
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Average Cost
$150 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Mrs. Mary Jay Michel
(703) 957-7104
8101 Hinson Farm Road
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Child or Adolescent, Parenting
Qualification
School: University of Bridgeport
Year of Graduation: 1990
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$110 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: TRICARE

Mr. Todd A. Bennett
(202) 656-5918
6400-R Seven Corners Place
Falls Church, VA
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Depression, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Johns Hopkins University
Year of Graduation: 2006
Years In Practice: 2 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Average Cost
$110 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Mr. Jerrold L Zimmerman
(703) 642-1112 x5
7330 McWhorter Place
Annandale, VA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Divorce, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: Wayne State University
Year of Graduation: 1974
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Medicare

Ms. Roberta Rothstein
(202) 618-4387
1901 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Mood Disorders, Addiction, Parenting, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$120 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Mrs. Luann C Oliver
(703) 774-9137
405 N. Washington Street
Falls Church, VA
Specialties
Peer Relationships, Family Conflict, Parenting, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Missouri
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 3 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$60 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No

No Child Left Bananas

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By Elizabeth Marglin

Just like adults, children can feel completely out of control when they get stressed. Teaching them, by example, to stay present, quiet their minds, and check in with their gut feelings will help them learn to contain their emotions safely so temper tantrums don’t become their default mode of expression. With all the stimulation that bombards children, the new three Rs—rest, relaxation, and reflection—may prove to be as important as reading, writing, and ’rithmetic.

In response to the traumatic events of September 11, Linda Lantieri, author of Building Emotional Intelligence (Sounds True, 2008), developed a curriculum to help strengthen children’s ability to cope with stress. The following exercises can be taught to children 5 and older.

Create a peace corner.
Organize a special area where she can go to be quiet. You can include a photo of her favorite place, elements from nature, calming pictures, chimes, and quiet instrumental music.

Make room for silence.
While silence and kids may be a contradiction in terms, you can still try to
include silent breaks in your daily routine. For example, if you always listen to the radio or music when you drive, make it a family practice to have a few minutes of silence at the beginning and end of the car ride, and ask children to notice what they see, hear, and feel during that time.

Honor nature.
Being in nature almost automatically connects us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and lets us disengage from day-to-day preoccupations. Not only can you provide opportunities for your child to be in nature, you can help her focus on fully engaging her senses. For example, pick a place outdoors, and then observe, together, how that spot changes through the seasons.

Check in.
Young children are quite adept at tuning in to their bodies’ signals, but as they get older, cultural conditioning often diminishes this innate ability. Help your child recognize the signs of stress—jumpiness, fast breathing, tight feelings in the chest, tense muscles, and upset stomach—as a first step in teaching him how to release it.

—Elizabeth Marglin

Author: Elizabeth Marglin

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