Below are some available resources for therapy, psychiatric care, and other services in the state of Maryland. Most of the resources will focus around the Howard County area as this is closest to our location. I cannot personally attest to the quality of services from most of these providers, although I will try to remove providers if I receive negative feedback about them.

If this is an emergency PLEASE DIAL 911, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CRISIS SERVICES or GO TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM. If you think you might hurt yourself or someone else, that is a psychiatric emergency and you should not wait for a therapy appointment. The emergency room can help you get medication and/or services so that you are not a danger to yourself or others. Psychiatrists often have long waiting period for appointments so they’re generally not a viable option if you’re in crisis.

Emergency and Crisis Services

Crisis Response Services:

  • Howard County: Phone Number: (410) 531-6677
  • Anne Arundel County: Phone Number: (410) 768-5522
  • Montgomery County: Phone Number: (240) 777-4000
  • Baltimore County: Phone Number: (410) 931-2214
  • Baltimore City: Phone Number: (410) 433-5175
  • Frederick County: Phone Number: (301) 662-2255
  • Prince George’s County: Phone Number: (301) 429-2185
  • Harford County: Phone Number: (410) 638-5248

Crisis Walk In Center (CWIC) at Sheppard Pratt Hospital:

Psychiatric Urgent Care – Baltimore/Washington
Address: 7220 Discovery Drive • Elkridge, MD 21075
Phone number: 410-938-5302
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Closed on Sundays.

Psychiatric Urgent Care – Towson
Address: 6501 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21204
Phone number: 410-938-4357
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Closed on Sundays.

Psychological Testing

Neurobehavioral Associates
Columbia, MD
Out of Network Provider

Children’s National Neuropsychological Outpatient Evaluation

Child Behavioral Health Solutions
11350 McCormick Road, EP IV Suite LL 10, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 | 30 East Padonia Road, Suite 202, Timonium, MD 21093
Out of Network Provider

Psychiatric Care

Therapists provide weekly therapy to help clients develop coping mechanisms and talk out difficult experiences or situations. While therapy or psychiatric medication can both be helpful by themselves, they are often best used together. The medication can help reduce a person’s symptoms while the therapist helps the person develop new skills and coping mechanisms to manage their symptoms.

Therapists cannot prescribe medication. If you’re interested in getting medication, these are some local psychiatrists that you can contact.

Gladstone Psychiatry and Wellness
Offices in Columbia, Bethesda, Baltimore, and Hunt Valley
To request a new patient appointment, please phone 443-708-5856.
Email: [email protected]

Joshi & Merchant, MD, PA
5500 Knoll North Drive, Suite 290, Columbia, MD 21045     
Phone: 301-317-6575   


The Legacy School: The Legacy School curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the dyslexic learner.
115 Terrapin Drive Sykesville, MD 21784
[email protected]

Children’s Magnet Montessori School

Maryland International School

Mater Amoris Montessori School

The Journey School

Educational Advocates

There are both lawyers and also advocates who can help you through the IEP process for your child and ensure that their needs are being met.

The Steedman Law Group
Bel Air Square
260 Gateway Drive, Suite 11-12 B
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
PHONE: 410-645-0625

Law Offices of Nicole Joseph
[email protected]
(410) 701-0322
Pikesville, MD 21208

Advocates In Education
6 North East St. Suite 200
Frederick, MD, 21701, US

LMR Eductional Consulting
[email protected]

Annie McLaughlin Consulting, LLC
Baltimore MD 21231
(410) 630-1209
[email protected]

Special Kids Company, INC

Maryland Coalition of Families Central Office
8950 State Route 108, Suite 223
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: 410-730-8267
All of our services are confidential and free to families regardless of income. To connect with one of our staff, email us at [email protected] or call 410-730-8267.

Service Animals

Are you interested in acquiring a service dog? This can be a lengthy and expensive process, but potentially a good fit for some individuals. Here are a few local options to consider if you want to research the possibility. For many people, having a pet at home is sufficient and a service dog is unnecessary. For others, being able to bring a service dog with them to locations where they need assistance with physical or mental health concerns may be beneficial.

Understand that service animals are not the same as a therapy animal. The job is different. Service animals receive intensive training. Due to concerns about the human’s safety, the animal is trained to override some natural instincts for the benefit of their human partner: i.e. a search and rescue dog runs into danger for their job, even when their instinct may be to run away. There are benefits to this, but there are also benefits to having an animal who has the autonomy to be their own self. The natural of animal assisted therapy (in the context of how I practice) allows for that autonomy because it’s a part of the therapeutic process.

Canine Companions: DC and Chesapeake Chapters

Fidos for Freedom

Therapeutic Camps/Summer Camps

The Collective Healing Center
Offers: July 15-19, 2024, 9-12:30pm Camp Collective is a unique camp experience inspired by our popular Nurtured in Nature groups. This summer camp is distinct in that it runs all morning, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and includes nature exploration, experiential activities, collaborative art, imaginative play, and therapy animals. This camp is 100% immersive, meaning that it will be held outside at our outdoor office during the camp hours listed. Campers will engage in nature-based and expressive arts activities that encourage creativity, sensory awareness and body-based therapies that calm the nervous system and encourage nature bonding like using clay, paint, movement, and more.

Other Therapists Locally

Finding the right therapist is important: a healthy relationship between a therapist and client is vital for the success of treatment. If I don’t have availability, if you want to interview several therapists before choosing someone, or if we aren’t a good fit, here are some other therapists in the community.

Slow Down Psychology
Offers: “Therapy for angry kids and the people who raise them.” Stephanie Olarte offers both virtual and home-based therapy throughout Montgomery County and parts of Howard County, MD.

Genuine Connections Psychotherapy, LLC 
Offer: Provides virtual, as well as nature-informed in-person sessions, with specialties that include parents who have experienced the loss of a child and individuals with chronic health conditions. A Certified Grief Educator.
Email: [email protected]
Group: Pushing Daisies is a grief support group for parents who have experienced the death of their child.

The Collective Healing Center
Offer: Nature based therapy, therapy groups and summer camps,
Phone: (703)828-5147
Email: [email protected]
Location: 1460 Ritchie Hwy, Suite 201, Arnold, MD 21012

Betsy Rosenbaum-Cassel, LCSW-C at Healing Path Counseling Center
Email: [email protected]
Specializations: Children and Adults 5+ years old, Maternal Mental Health, Survivors of Sexual Assault

Montgomery County Counseling Center
Location: 3202 Tower Oaks Blvd, Suite 260, Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 240-772-1199 
Email: [email protected]
Offers: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Family Therapy, Parent Coaching, Couples Counseling, Individual Therapy, Therapy for Children, Teens and Adults, Groups and Workshops, Online Parenting Classes for Parents of Struggling Teens and Young Adults, DBT Skills Group

Playful Therapy Connections
Offers: We specialize in supporting neurodivergent children, teens, adults & families with a focus on anxiety, depression, & navigating a neurotypical-world while being Autistic and/or an ADHD’r as well as related parenting support. By combining the power of Play Therapy with the innovation of digital therapy tools and techniques, we can bring our virtual counseling services directly into your home.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202.750.1028
Location: 10 N Jefferson Street, Suite 203, Frederick, MD 21701
Recommended for: Virtual Therapy Groups around Minecraft™, Virtual Tabletop Roleplaying Group Therapy (Dungeons & Dragons), and Pop Culture Group

Maryland Parent Child Clinic
Located in Timonium, MD
Offers: Behavioral Parent Training including PCIT & SPACE for children as young as 2. This model focuses on working with the parents to address oppositional behaviors, behavioral issues associated with ADHD, sleep issues, and toileting concerns.
Email: [email protected]

Bright Horizons Family Counseling
Location: 9093 Ridgefield Dr., Suite 206, Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 301-514-2359
Email: [email protected]
Offers: Therapy for children and adults, 4+ years old, Sand Tray Art and Play Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Walk and Talk Therapy, and Horizon Adventures (outdoor adventure therapy)

Anchor Counseling Centers
Locations in Columbia, Cumberland, Sykesville, Eldersburg, Frederick, Westminster
New patients: [email protected]
Phone: 443-328-4946

Center for Nature Informed Therapy
Offers: Nature Informed Therapy, groups and retreats
Location: Some of their outdoor office locations include Irvine Nature Center, Talmar at Cromwell Valley Park, Camp Puh’tok, Ladew Garden, Kysing Croft Nature Center.
Phone: 410-567-1117 Ext 1
Email: [email protected]

IME Behavioral Health
Location: 8840 Stanford Blvd., Suite 1600, Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: 240-512-0141

Balance Point Wellness
Phone: 410-800-2169
Email: [email protected]
Address: 11350 McCormick Rd, Suite 800, Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Offers: Adventure Therapy, Biofeedback, Group Workshops. Balance Point Wellness Offers A Variety Of Mental Health Counseling/Psychotherapy, Psychiatric, And Wellness Services To Meet Your Treatment Needs
Insurance: Medicare, Medicaid (Priority Partners, Kaiser, UH Community Plan, Medstar Family Choice, MD Physicians Care, Amerigroup, Jai), Tricare, Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield, BCBC, Carefirst, Cigna, US Family Health (USFHP), Hopkins EHP, Cigna EAP, Care First Medicare Advantage, Evernorth, and United Health Care/Optum.

The Counseling Renaissance
Locations in Frederick, Sykesville, and Ellicott City, MD
Phone: 410-970-6964

Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center Incorporated
3750 Shady Lane, Glenwood, MD 21738
Phone: 410.489.5100
[email protected]

vR Growth and Learning Center
13425 Forsythe Road, Sykesville, MD 21784
[email protected]

Rock Creek Forest Counseling
Therapist: Rachel Narrow, LICSW, LCSW-C
Phone: (301) 597-7665
Email: [email protected]
Location: 2632 Colston Drive, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Populations: Children and Adults
Partnered Animals: Dogs
Special Notes: AAPT Training, Registered Play Therapist™

Care Matters for You
Therapist: Tova Jussim, LCSW-C
Phone: 410-645-0010
Email: [email protected]
Populations: Grief and loss, bereavement, aging life care.
Groups: Free Caregiver Support Group on the second Wednesday of every month from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm virtually.
Special Notes: Tova Jussim, LCSW-C, has spent over 20 years helping people to age-in-place, guiding them towards advanced care planning and long-term and short-term care planning. She has facilitated family meetings, caregiver support, and counseling for grief and bereavement. She is a recognized expert in her field, regularly teaching classes to other professionals about how to help people in medical crises. She is a coach who uses a holistic approach to provide clients and families help with physical, emotional and spiritual support. Tova is an Aging Life Care Manager.  

Domestic Violence

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Coping Mechanisms to Try

YouTube Videos with Savasana for Relaxation: Savasana is a 5-10 minute practice that generally ends a yoga session where you lay down and try to clear your mind. This can be helpful for relaxing and releasing tension, particularly right before bed.

Howard County Health Department’s Searchable Service Directory