Parenting Counselor Sykesville 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.

Dr. Gina Santoro
(410) 988-5943
Santoro Psychological Services2850 North Ridge Road
Ellicott City, MD
Specialties
Divorce, Parenting, Anxiety or Fears, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: University of South Florida
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Dr. Anita Bajaj
(410) 305-9949
THRIVE Ctr. for ADHD and Comp. MH of Central MD10440 Little Patuxent Parkwa
Columbia, MD
Specialties
ADHD, Child or Adolescent, Parenting
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Ms. Julie M Kotler
(410) 927-5048
Thrive Center30 Corporate Center Suite 530
Columbia, MD
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Anxiety or Fears, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: George Washington University
Year of Graduation: 2011
Years In Practice: 1 Year
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Harper Fitzsimmons, LCPC
(443) 610-2345
Harper Fitzsimmons, LCPC
Catonsville, MD
Specialties
Family Conflict, Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Bryn Mawr College
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Dr. Thephani Allen
(410) 793-7905
1314 Bedford Ave
Pikesville, MD
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Divorce, Psychosis
Qualification
School: University of Louisiana
Year of Graduation: 2006
Years In Practice: 1 Year
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$90 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Continuum Counseling Kids/Services
(301) 852-6005
Continuum Counseling Kids/ServicesThe Thrive Center, 30 Corporate Center, S
Columbia, MD
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Anxiety or Fears
Qualification
School: Loyola College in MD
Year of Graduation: 1999
Years In Practice: 9 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$90 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Dr. Kimberly VanPutten-Gardner
(888) 737-3330
Affinity: Counseling and Family Life Services, LLC10632 Little Patuxent Par
Columbia, MD
Specialties
Depression, Relationship Issues, Parenting, Psychosis
Qualification
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Year of Graduation: 2007
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: African-American, Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$110 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Mrs. Harper Fitzsimmons
(443) 610-2345
Catonsville Counseling LCPC12 Locust Drive
Catonsville, MD
Specialties
Parenting, Family Problems, Child or Adolescent
Qualification
School: Bryn Mawr College
Year of Graduation: 1995
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$90 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Shonda Conyers
(410) 690-3305
D. Alridge and Associates LCSW-C20 Crosswinds Drive
Owings Mills, MD
Specialties
Trauma and PTSD, ADHD, Parenting
Qualification
School: Adelphi University
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 10 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Children
Average Cost
$80 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

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

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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