Child & Family Counseling Washington DC
- Does your child have ADD or ADHD?
- Does your child’s anxiety get in the way of school performance and social relationships?
- Is your teen angry, distant or depressed?
- As a parent, do you sometimes feel at your wit’s end?
We can help.
Kathy Richardson, LICSW, has been providing child and family therapy for more than 30 years. She has helped hundreds of children and their families regain control of their lives. Mari Clemson-Hines, LMFT, provides counseling for teenagers and their families.
Mrs. Richardson’s areas of specialty are anxiety, worries or fears, school phobia; ADD and ADHD; peer problems and difficulties making friends. She works with children 3 to 11 years old. Mrs. Clemson-Hines’ area of specialty is teen girls and self-esteem. She works with 12 to 17-year-olds.
After making a thorough assessment of the child, which involves active participation from the parents, Mrs. Richardson develops a treatment plan that involves either play therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for the child and concrete strategies and guidance for the parents.
The use of play therapy can be particularly effective, especially for younger children, as it often enables the child to develop a greater understanding of feelings, enhance problem-solving skills and work through conflicts – all while the child is enjoying playing a board game or with toys.
Mrs. Richardson uses CBT to identify triggers of anxiety and develop effective coping skills. CBT focuses on the relationship between our thoughts and our resulting emotions and behaviors. So, changing the way that a child thinks about an event can have a significant impact on the way he or she then feels and behaves.
In addition, Mrs. Richardson offers a 5-week parenting group aimed at providing parents with effective techniques and skills that help maintain the child’s progress.
Both of our therapists offer afternoon and evening appointments. Mari Clemson-Hines also offers Saturday appointments.