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Forget-Me-Not Grief and Loss Coping Group

Expressive Therapy Center offers a group for children who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one.  This group provides an opportunity for children to connect with others to understand death, process their grief and the complex and intense feelings around it.  This eight session group helps children learn how to cope with their loss(es) and gain strength while enabling them to find a way to  remember and honor their loved one.

Summer Programs

ETC’s week-long summer programming offers children a chance to get a head start on developing skills that will benefit them all year long.
Our camp program is offered for children who will be entering Preschool through 8th grade in the upcoming school year. Children are placed in camp groups based on their age and needs.
Our Xpress Yourself social skills camp curriculum is designed to help children gain skills in:

  • Increasing Self esteem
  • Building strong and healthy peer relationships
  • Coping with bullying and other social challenges
  • Learning to identify and express feelings in a constructive manner
  • Creating organizational strategies for school and life

During camp, therapists work with groups of children using techniques such as role play, relaxation, art, games, and music along with other more traditional therapy techniques.

The week-long camps can serve as a starter or a booster to our ongoing social skills groups, or they can provide your child with a fulfilling experience.

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Welcome to Expressive Therapy Center!

About Us

Expressive Therapy Center (ETC) is a thriving multidisciplinary counseling center that provides a broad array of services for children, adolescents and adults living in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia areas. Our range of services include:

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Our Philosophy

We understand that there are many things in life that influence us and take a toll on our emotional well-being. We believe that with effective support, guidance and understanding, people have the ability to not only find the answers to their problems, but the strength to make positive changes in their lives.

Expressive Therapy Center offers a family-focused and individualized approach that is unique to each client and his or her family's needs. We consider the relationship between our therapists and our clients to be of the utmost importance in providing successful therapy and we strive to match our clients to the therapist who will best suit them.

Our therapists come from a variety of backgrounds, bringing their own distinctive experiences, strengths and specialties and utilizing a range of therapies, including art, play, movement and traditional talk therapy.

Our Process

expressive_therapy_centerWe prioritize the initial discovery phase to ensure that we meet your needs. You can expect to speak with our Director, Stephanie Natter, M.A. ATR CGP, or a skilled clinician, who will take the time to gain a full understanding of the challenges facing you or your family before you commit your time and resources. You will then be carefully assigned to a therapist whose clinical background matches your therapeutic needs.

An initial assessment will take place with your clinician. During that meeting, your therapist will gather additional background information, relevant history, and get to know you and/or your family member. We will then move forward to collaboratively develop an individualized treatment plan that works for you. We are a consortium of Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, and expressive therapists. In some cases, you and/or your family member may work with more than one clinician to address various concerns.

*although we are not currently paneled with any one insurance company, most insurers will cover a portion of our fees assuming you have out-of-network benefits. In addition, check with us regarding other affordability options if no benefits exist.

ETC does not follow the MCPS policy on snow closings and holidays.  Please check with your clinician as to whether sessions will be held as scheduled.


Asperger’s Support Group

A developmental disorder related to autism, aspergers  often affects childrens' ability to engage in reciprocal social interaction, engage effectively in verbal and nonverbal communication, and the ability to accept and adjust to change. No child with asperger's is exactly alike, and each has different areas and levels of impairment.  Children with aspergers are often bright, happy and loving - but they need support to engage socially, understand and communicate both emotions and thoughts, and adjust to change.  If your child has aspergers or is on the autism spectrum, Expressive Therapy has a group that can help them with these challenges.


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Montgomery County - North
14808 Physicians Lane, suite 111,
Rockville, MD 20850
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Montgomery County - South
5910 Goldsboro Road, Bethesda,
MD 20817
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Northern Virginia/DC
1320 Vincent Place,
McLean, VA 22101
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