Parenting Counselor Mc Lean 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.

Dr. Melissa B Sporn
(540) 923-0985
McLean, VA1489 Chain Bridge Road
Mc Lean, VA
Specialties
Parenting, Child or Adolescent, Anxiety or Fears, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Gallaudet University
Year of Graduation: 1999
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$140 - $200
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Dr. Jennifer Lager
(703) 594-1913
6832 Old Dominion Drive
Mc Lean, VA
Specialties
Attention Deficit (ADHD), Depression, Parenting, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Rutgers University- GSAPP
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$160 - $160
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Cigna

Annette B. Kielkopf
(703) 957-7793
1485 Chain Bridge Road
Mc Lean, VA
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Couples and Family, Parenting
Qualification
School: Virginia Tech, Post-Masters; Boston U, Masters
Year of Graduation: 1992
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Average Cost
$120 - $140
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: TRICARE

Dr. Neil K Makstein
(703) 957-7741
7700 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Parenting, Personality Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Maryland
Year of Graduation: 1983
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$150+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: out-of-network for all

M. Jane Ashley
(540) 860-0972
The Center for Well Being124D East Broad Street
Falls Church, VA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Depression, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: George Mason
Year of Graduation: 1991
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$120 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Dr. Deborah Cohen
(540) 491-4891
McLean, Virginia6723 Whittier Avenue
Mc Lean, VA
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Sleep Problems, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: George Mason University
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adults
Average Cost
$140+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Ms. Jennifer Weaver
(703) 468-8869
Weaver and Associates1487 Chain Bridge Rd
Mc Lean, VA
Qualification
School: Catholic University Of America
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Phyllis Miller Palombi
(703) 468-8617
Mc Lean, VA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Parenting, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: Hahnemann Medical School
Year of Graduation: 1973
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

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

Dr. Kelly Theis
(703) 957-7102
FamilyFirst Psychological Services, PC115 Park Street SE
Vienna, VA
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Anxiety or Fears
Qualification
School: University of Miami
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: 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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