Young Adult Services

Young Adult Group Therapy (ages 18-28)
Individualized Treatment Services

Our Mission:

In order to more effectively meet the needs of our young adult clients and families, we have expanded our Young Adult Therapy Services. In addition to offering our original 20
hour/week Ascend Program, we are also offering integrated treatment services that will allow us to better meet the individualized needs and goals of our clients. These services are for clients who need more than 1-2 times/week of therapy and who need less than 20 hours/week of treatment.

To schedule an intake assessment, please contact Amye Fried, LCSW-C at or Caryn Harris, LCPC at

The following groups will be offered programmatically. Rates for each group are noted.

Groups for Young Adults

DBT/Process Group

DBT (Dialectical and Behavioral Therapy) is an empirically-based treatment proven to help people develop skills to manage overwhelming emotions and challenging relationships more effectively. Skills are divided into 4 modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. This group adds a process component for clients who have previously completed all 4 modules and are seeking further skill development and opportunities to apply their skills to real life situations.  Cost: $150/group + 1-time $35 DBT book fee


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Art Therapy

Art therapy provides a forum for self-discovery that uses art to increase a client’s self­-awareness and ability to recognize, express, and manage emotions. Participants use an art prompt that is related to his/her treatment goals to create such a visual expression. The first half of the group focuses on visual expression through art and the second half focuses on understanding and sharing the art with group members. Chris Whitaker, LCSW-C, ATR leads all art therapy groups.  Cost: $150 per group + 1-time $25 art supply fee.


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CBT for Social Anxiety

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term therapy technique aimed to help people become aware of how one’s thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs impact feelings and behavior.  Participants will learn specific tools and strategies as well as more productive ways for thinking and behaving to address social anxiety.  Participants will learn how to identify/challenge cognitive distortions, explore beliefs/interpretations that often lead to anxious thinking, and use exposure therapy to practice engaging in social situations.  Cost: $150 per group


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Contact Us

7201 Wisconsin Ave
Suite 700
Bethesda, MD 20814

Phone/fax 301 654 7770