Resources

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

Note: Some of these also offer psychiatric services.

Neurobehavioral Associates
https://nbatests.com/
 410-772-7155
Columbia, MD
Out of Network Provider

Children’s National Neuropsychological Outpatient Evaluation
https://childrensnational.org/departments/neuropsychology-outpatient-evaluation-program
301-765-5430

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
childbehavioralhealthsolutions.com
410-525-5333
Out of Network Provider

Integra Mental Health
Neurodiversity-Affirming Autism & ADHD Assessment
https://www.integramentalhealth.com/autismadhd
[email protected]

Clarity Centers
Adult psychological testing: IQ Testing Blocks | Psychological Testing: Psychological testing at Clarity Centers is a process of trying to determine the core components of a person’s psychological or mental health problems, personality, IQ, or some other component. It is also a process that helps identifies not just weaknesses of a person, but also their strengths.
Address: 305 W. Chesapeake Avenue Suite 501, Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-498-7567
Email: [email protected]
www.claritycenters.com
Accepts BCBS and Cigna for testing

Core Counseling Services
Offer evaluations to include: ADHD for Children & Adults, Diagnostic, Educational, Personality, Pre-surgical, Neuropsychological, Vocational
https://www.corecounselingservices.net/our-services/psychological-testing/
9475 Deereco Rd. Ste 410, Timonium, MD 21093
p. 410.560.6135
[email protected]

Frederick Psychological Center
We provide psychological testing services for children ages six and older, as well as adults. Using the most current and professionally recognized tests, we can assess intellectual functioning, learning styles, academic achievement, social-emotional and psychological functioning. We also provide concrete and specific recommendations to support optimal functioning.
220 North Market Street, 3rd Floor / Frederick, Maryland 21701
(301) 695-6455
[email protected]
https://www.frederickpsychologycenter.com/


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.

Feel Better Behavioral Health
www.feelbetterbehavioralhealth.com
P: 410-941-8488
1005 S. Main Street, Suite 201, Hampstead, Maryland 21074, United States
[email protected]
They accept most insurance plans: Cigna/Evernorth, CareFirst/BCBS, Aetna, United/UBH, Medicare, MD Optum/Medicaid. They also offer a fee for service option for uninsured clients.

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

Maryland Centers for Psychiatry
https://www.marylandpsychcenters.com/
3290 N. Ridge Road, Suite 320, Ellicott City, MD 21043
P: 410-461-3760 | F: 410-461-0526

Joshi & Merchant, MD, PA
https://www.docjoshi.com/
5500 Knoll North Drive, Suite 290, Columbia, MD 21045     
Phone: 301-317-6575   

Silver Psychotherapy
https://silverpsychotherapy.com/
5970 Frederick Crossing Lane, Suite 100, Frederick, MD 21704 
(240) 647-9534

Linden Psychiatry, Dr. Ayesha Khan
Offers trans-affirming care.
Laurel, MD 20707
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/psychiatrists/ayesha-khan-laurel-md/737728
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5g22sl2kWGee93Metxn8UNrygFd18NVpiSCu60h29QpTnng/viewform

BRUNSWICK PSYCHIATRY AND WELLNESS SERVICES
15 North Court Street, 201, Frederick, Maryland 21701, United States
240-307-2300 | [email protected]
https://brunswickpsychiatry.com/

Waverly Psychiatry
https://www.waverlypsychiatry.com/
10709 Birmingham Way, Woodstock, MD 21163
Main 410-988-8083 | Fax 833-909-0051


Hospitalization

Most of the time, you will go through your local hospital ER for hospitalization, however there are two urgent care centers run by Sheppard Pratt as an option. They can evaluate clients to go to Shepherd Pratt for hospitalization.

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.

Sheppard Pratt has a list of their inpatient services here: https://www.sheppardpratt.org/care-services/inpatient-specialty-services/

Carroll Hospital has an inpatient behavioral health unit with only four beds, and also has a partial hospitalization program.

I am not familiar with these centers, but they offer hospitalization and/or partial hospitalization programs as well.

Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center
https://www.pathlightbh.com/recovery-centers/baltimore-md
101 Schilling Rd, Hunt Valley, MD 21030
877-825-8584
Accepts most commercial insurances and typical length of stay is ~six weeks. They do a screening assessment via phone to identify most indicated level of care. Adult, Child and Adolescent, Level of Care, On-site Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization. The on-site intensive outpatient program for teens involves quite a bit of group psychoeducation.

MSA: The Child & Adolescent Center
https://www.msachild.com/
Office: 443-259-0400
Admissions: (443) 936-8566
10005 Old Columbia Road, Suite L-260, Columbia, MD 21046
Email: [email protected]


Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP): Psychiatric Day Hospitals

Hopkins Medicine: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Day Hospital
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/psychiatry/specialty-areas/child-adolescent/patient-information/inpatient
Accepts 5th grade & Up

The Child and Adolescent Day Hospital, also know as partial hospitalization, serves as a ‘step-up’ program for patients in outpatient programs who need more intensive treatment and as a ‘step-down’ program for patients on inpatient units who are transitioning back to outpatient care. Youngsters arrive in the morning and spend the day involved in individual and group therapeutic activities, attend school on site, and then return home each afternoon.

The service is designed for youth between the ages of 5 to 17 and focuses on combining individual therapy, family therapy, behavioral interventions, occupational therapy, medication management, school advocacy, and systems coordination to facilitate keeping the child at home, in school, and in regular outpatient treatment. Intensive aftercare planning is a core component of the program and family participation is a critical element. Staff work with youngsters and families to optimize a transition back home.

Location: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Bloomberg Children’s Center, 12th Floor
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-5335
Hours: 8am-5pm

LOTUS PSYCHOTHERAPY & REFUGE LLC
107 Ridgely Ave Suite 13 B, Annapolis, MD 21401
[email protected]
(443) 949-5322
Email: [email protected]


Education

The Legacy School: The Legacy School curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the dyslexic learner.
115 Terrapin Drive Sykesville, MD 21784
410-549-1717
[email protected]

The Park School of Baltimore: The Park School of Baltimore is a Pre-K through Grade 12 Progressive School. At Park, we have an unshakeable belief in a student’s capacity to enjoy learning, to act rationally, and to grow when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers.
https://parkschool.net/
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
(410) 339-7070

North Carroll Community School is a non-profit, co-educational, nonsectarian, independent school serving Preschool through Middle School. Founded in 2005, NCCS provides a “whole child” approach for students living in Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania.  NCCS strives to meet each child where he/she is and to provide multiple ways to gain knowledge, as well as demonstrate learning. Using a curriculum based on college and career readiness standards, students gain a solid foundation to prepare them for their high school careers.
https://www.nccs.school/
401 Stone Road
Westminster, MD 21158
[email protected]
(410) 386-0655

Children’s Magnet Montessori School
https://childrensmagnet.com/

Maryland International School
https://childrensmagnet.com/elkridge/

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
https://steedmanlaw.net/

Law Offices of Nicole Joseph
[email protected]
(410) 701-0322
Pikesville, MD 21208
https://nicolejosephlaw.com/

Advocates In Education
6 North East St. Suite 200
Frederick, MD, 21701, US
202-597-8702
https://advocatesineducation.com/

LMR Eductional Consulting
https://www.lmreducation.com/
410.456.1109
[email protected]

Annie McLaughlin Consulting, LLC
Baltimore MD 21231
(410) 630-1209
[email protected]
https://specialedguidance.com/educational-consulting/

Special Kids Company, INC
https://www.specialkidscompany.com/

MARYLAND COALITION OF FAMILIES
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
https://canine.org/service-dogs/is-a-dog-right-for-you/

Fidos for Freedom
https://fidosforfreedom.org/


Therapeutic Camps/Summer Camps

The Collective Healing Center
https://www.thecollectivehealingcenter.com/
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.

Odyssey Teen Camp helps teenagers build meaningful relationships with their peers while embarking on their unique journeys of self-discovery. Located in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts, this overnight camp for 13-18 year old teens is LGBTQ+ friendly, has an artist in residency program, and has a strong commitment to social justice.
https://www.odysseyteencamp.com/
(844) 239-6882
[email protected]


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
http://www.slowdownpsych.com
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.
https://www.genuineconnectionspsychotherapy.com/
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
https://www.thecollectivehealingcenter.com/
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
https://www.healingpathcounselingcenter.com/
Email: [email protected]
Specializations: Children and Adults 5+ years old, Maternal Mental Health, Survivors of Sexual Assault

Montgomery County Counseling Center
https://mccounselingcenter.com/
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.
https://playfultherapy.net/
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
https://www.marylandpcc.com/
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
https://www.brighthorizonsfc.com/
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
https://www.anchorcounselingcenters.com/
Locations in Columbia, Cumberland, Sykesville, Eldersburg, Frederick, Westminster
New patients: [email protected]
Phone: 443-328-4946

Center for Nature Informed Therapy
https://www.natureinformedtherapy.com/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
https://imebehavioralhealth.com/
Location: 8840 Stanford Blvd., Suite 1600, Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: 240-512-0141

Balance Point Wellness
https://bpointwellness.com/
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
http://www.thecounselingrenaissance.com/
Locations in Frederick, Sykesville, and Ellicott City, MD
Phone: 410-970-6964

Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center Incorporated
https://www.trrcmd.org/
3750 Shady Lane, Glenwood, MD 21738
Phone: 410.489.5100
[email protected]

vR Growth and Learning Center
http://vrtherapycenter.com/
13425 Forsythe Road, Sykesville, MD 21784
[email protected]

Rock Creek Forest Counseling
Therapist: Rachel Narrow, LICSW, LCSW-C
Website: www.rcfcounseling.com
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
Website: https://www.caremattersforyou.com/
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

Coming soon!


Housing

Coming soon!


Apps

  • Quitzilla: Track a bad habit that you’re trying to quit.
  • Focusing/Task Completion:
    • Joon: App for chore tracking for kids (adults sometimes use this for themselves too)
    • Habitica
    • Routinery
    • FocusPlus (timers)
    • Gift List: Helps track gifts/gift ideas purchased for holidays for people in your life.

Books

I have read most of these, but a few are on my to-read list.

General Feel Good Books:

  • Girl of the Limberlost, Gene Stratton Porter
  • James Herriot’s series: All Creatures Great and Small

Autobiography/Biographies about Living with a Mental Health Diagnosis:

  • Stick Figure, Lori Gottlieb (Anorexia)
  • The Year I Didn’t Eat, Samuel Pollen

ADHD

  • ADHD 2.0, Edward M Hallowell MD and John Ratey MD

Autism

  • Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome in Children: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals, Phil Christie, Margaret Duncan

Grief and Loss:

  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life Paperback, Ira Byock MD 

Relationships and Intimacy:

  • Fair Play, Eve Rodsky: There is a book and audiobook, but also a game and DVD.
  • Come as You Are: Emily Nagoski PhD

Parenting:

  • 1,2,3 Magic (Book, audiobook, DVD- usually the library has it)
  • Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges,Mona Delahooke (Paperback)
  • Low-Demand Parenting: Dropping Demands, Restoring Calm, and Finding Connection with Your Uniquely Wired Child, Amanda Diekman

Other

  • The Art of Money Workbook: A Three-Step Plan to Transform Your Relationship with Money, Bari Tessler
  • Refuse to Choose! Use All of Your Interest, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams, Barbara Sher
  • Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed, Lori Gottlieb

Kids Books

  • Do You Have a Secret?: A Children’s Mental Health Book to Keep Kids Safe (Classroom Books, Emotions) (Let’s Talk About It!), Jennifer Moore-Mallinos (Author)
  • We Don’t Eat Our Classmates: A Penelope Rex Book,  Ryan T. Higgins
  • My Mouth Is A Volcano: A Picture Book About Interrupting, by Julia Cook
  • Enemy Pie : (Reading Rainbow Book, Children’s Book about Kindness, Kids Books about Learning), Derek Munson
  • Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are, Maria Dismondy
  • THE INVISIBLE STRING, Karst, Patrice, Stevenson, Geoff, DeVorss & Company
  • What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming OCD (What-to-Do Guides for Kids Series) A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming OCD What-to-Do Guides for Kids Series, Huebner, Dawn, Matthews, Bonnie
  • All Birds Have Anxiety, Hoopmann, Kathy
  • All Dogs Have ADHD, Hoopmann, Kathy
  • All Cats Are on the Autism Spectrum, Hoopmann, Kathy
  • Ninja Life Hacks Mover and Shaker 8 Book Box Set (Books 25-32: Patient, Organized, Smart, Confident, Stressed, Hopeful, Communication, Funny), Mary Nhin
  • A Little SPOT of Emotion 8 Book Box Set (Books 1-8: Anger, Anxiety, Peaceful, Happiness, Sadness, Confidence, Love, & Scribble Emotion), Diane Alber
  • A Little SPOT of Emotion 8 Plush Toys with Feelings Book Box Set, Diane Alber

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.


Physical Items that May Be Good Tools

  • Sunrise alarm clocks/lights: Help improve the process of waking up by offering a slow progression vs. going straight to the beeping.
  • Paint By Sticker Books: Excellent for children and adults if you need a mindless busy task that is satisfying.
  • Reverse Coloring Book: The colors are on the page, you draw the lines!

Howard County Health Department’s Searchable Service Directory