Parenting Counselor Montgomery Village MD

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.

Mr. Mario Lagman
(301) 278-8190
927-B Russell Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Child or Adolescent, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: The Johns Hopkins University
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 3 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$120 - $140
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Adventist Health Care Insurance

Dr. Alfred J Amado
(301) 278-8034
Zinna & Amado Psychological Consulting4 Professional Dr.
Gaithersburg, MD
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Anxiety or Fears, Parenting, Thinking Disorders
Qualification
School: Texas A & M University
Year of Graduation: 2003
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Latino
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Children
Average Cost
$110 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Ms. Lisa Makstein
(301) 485-6939
9053 Shady Grove Court
Gaithersburg, MD
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Trauma and PTSD, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Maryland
Year of Graduation: 1979
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$130 - $140
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Ms. Lois Hartman
(240) 392-1852
103 S Adams Street
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: Johns Hopkins University
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Mrs. Monica R Berger
(240) 848-3845
Therapy for Families6218 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Maryland
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$110 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Medicaid

Zinna & Amado Psychological Consulting
(301) 278-8034
Zinna & Amado Psychological Consulting4 Professional Dr.
Gaithersburg, MD
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Anxiety or Fears, Parenting, Thinking Disorders
Qualification
School: Texas A & M University
Year of Graduation: 2003
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Latino
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
Average Cost
$110 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Amy H Gates
(240) 813-9054
8929 Shady Grove Court
Gaithersburg, MD
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Parenting, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Maryland
Year of Graduation: 1998
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$140 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Johanna Smoot
(240) 507-5046
9037 Shady Grove Court
Gaithersburg, MD
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Multicultural Issues, Assimilation, Psychosis
Qualification
School: Argosy University/American School of Professi
Year of Graduation: 2003
Years In Practice: 3 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$110 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. Bernard M Raiche
(301) 244-9922
Olney Psychiatric and Counseling Center2915-B Olney-Sandy Spring Road (Rt.
Olney, MD
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Relationship Issues, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Year of Graduation: 1982
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$100 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Ms. Patricia Wolff Hartman
(301) 299-1128
Potomac, MD
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Anxiety or Fears, Parenting
Qualification
School: Catholic University
Year of Graduation: 1976
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$140 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
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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