Individual & Group Counseling

Could therapy help you?

Here is what a former client shared:

"Things for me are falling into place and am doing very well.  Kids are in a great place, work is busy but not too crazy, and I am in a relationship with the most amazing man who truly gets me.  And the kids love him.  Who knew life could be this happy?  Not perfect, but happy :-)
 
I am writing because I have a friend who I just gave your information to.  She really needs a good therapist so naturally I thought of you.  I hope she calls and is able to start the healing process.  
 
Thank you for helping me get my life back on track.  I haven't felt this unencumbered in over 25 years.  :-)"  -SG, Bethesda

 

Individual Counseling

Our personalized counseling services are offered by highly skilled and licensed mental health professionals. All services qualify for out-of-network benefits through your private insurance coverage. Rates vary based upon provider, all providers accept direct payment for services from the clients as out of network providers for services that are 60 (CPT code 90837) or 45 (CPT code 90834) minutes in length, usually meeting on a weekly basis.

Scroll down for a description of therapy techniques

Group Counseling

Also referred to as Therapy groups, Sequence offers this form of treatment as an addition to individual therapy, or in some cases as a stand alone service. Group therapy is insurance reimbursable, and offers a more complex and relational method of therapeutic support, enhancing the growth and development of participants in important ways that lead to long lasting positive effects. Our list of current groups offered is below, please scroll down for details and please contact the facilitator listed for more information and to arrange a pre-screening if required.

CONDITIONS TREATED

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Trauma
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief Counseling
  • Parenting Support
  • Assertiveness Skills
  • Increasing Self Esteem
  • Chronic Pain and or Illness
  • OCD
  • Anger and Emotional
  • Regulation
  • Young Adult Issues of Transitions
  • LGBT Related Issues
  • Cultural Adjustments

 

COUNSELING TECHNIQUES

The counselors of SEQUENCE are trained in a number of theoretical perspectives, many of which inform the ways they view a given situation or a set of symptoms. Your counselor will be happy to discuss these perspectives with you. At SEQUENCE, the most commonly applied techniques include:

PsychodynamicThis technique involves connecting past relationships and life events with similar, reoccurring issues in the present. By tracing the roots of certain roles, responses and behaviors – a deeper level of self-awareness leading to healthier, happier behaviors will emerge.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Patterns of thoughts become routine and may lead to unproductive and even destructive behaviors and feelings. The connection between your thoughts and your behaviors is analyzed, and new methods for thinking about your circumstances are outlined and practiced. This method of therapy is strongly augmented with the practice of mindfulness techniques designed to develop strategies for self-calming and management of personal emotions – all of which clear the way for more productive coping strategies.

Strength BasedIndividuals seeking counseling are often focused only on what has been going wrong. Through the strengths based techniques, the focus is shifted to what’s going right, what strengths and abilities each individual (couple or family) possesses that they can build upon to develop their own unique and successful coping strategies

Relationship Focused- Humans exist in relationships to others. The ones from our past that shaped us, ones we are struggling with or hope to strengthen, or the relationships which are still ahead for us. The therapists of Sequence are all trained at the Level 1 of the Gottman Institutes Couples Therapy program, with those who predominately see couples trained through Level 3. Several of our Staff are certified in and offer the Prepare/Enrich program for couples. Other areas of expertise include family systems expertise, domestic and interpersonal trauma, divorce coaching, parenting dynamics, sibling relationship, workplace dynamics and team building. Our goal is to help you develop and sustain constructive and nourishing relationships.

Mindfulness for Stress Reduction and WellnessOffered in individual sessions or incorporated into group therapy, the goal is to learn and practice mindfulness, and to then develop insight and the habit of using these methods through the moments of your daily life.  This service is offered to enhance the treatment provided to clients receiving on-going therapy. Current research strongly supports mindfulness as a remarkably effective and non-invasive technique to develop the ability to regulate our own emotional state and build emotional strength and resilience.

Expressive Arts and Other Methods- Several of the therapists at Sequence are trained in offering non-traditional methods for helping individuals express themselves, develop self awareness and practice emotional regulation techniques. These may range from poetry writing, journaling, music, or drawing and painting. In some instances a therapist may "prescribe" a book, article or video to check out and discuss. At this time one member of the team offers "Sand Tray" therapy, which allows for a tactile method to integrate verbal and non-verbal expressions of self narratives.

 

 

CURRENT THERAPY GROUPS OFFERED

 

Parenting Well When You Are Depressed Or Anxious

This holiday season, connect with your children in a healthy and rewarding way.

 

Format: This 6 session group is open to parents who are coping with their own anxiety and depression and would like to learn techniques to manage and mitigate the effects of this on their children. Understanding children at different developmental stages, discussion of how anxiety or depression might impact or parenting techniques, and ways ensure we are able to be present and healthy in our parenting roles will be discussed. Participants will be offered homework and healthy practices to promote optimal learning.

Membership: is limited to 6 participants, and a pre-screening phone call is required to ensure the group is a good fit. This group is offered 3 times per calendar year. This is a co-ed group, and can include parents of children of different ages, which enhances the learning experience for all.

Facilitator: This group is led by Kathleen Landers, LCSW-C. A therapist with 30 years of experience working with children and their parents and skilled in the treatment of anxiety and depression, Kathleen offers information, techniques and a safe place to practice and consider news ways of coping and interacting in the role of parent.

Day & Time:
6 Sessions Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm
Fee:
75.00 per session, 6 session group.
Facilitators:
Kathleen Landers, LCSW-C
Contact:
Women's Therapy Group: Express Yourself!

 

Format: This group combines traditional talk and insight oriented group therapy with an opportunity to create via a selection of expressive experiences ( water color, collage, writing). Participants will be able to connect with each other on a variety of important topics such as mind, body, health, family and romantic relations: past, present and future.

 

Membership: The group runs in 8 week sessions, with membership limited to 6. A complimentary pre-screening with the facilitator is required.  The group meets every Thursday evening unless other wise noted.

 

Facilitator: Group will be led by Ms. Sumi Holman LCSW-C, A skilled therapist at Sequence, Sumi has led numerous groups and has a deep interest in helping women navigate complex life transitions and develop stronger relationships to themselves and others. She brings a depth of skill combined with a fresh and positive spirit to her work. Her extensive psycho dynamic training combines with her play therapy and creative expression training in this women's group.

 

 

 

Day & Time:
Thursday Evenings 5:00-6:20pm
Fee:
$75.00 per session, Insurance Reimbursable, Free Parking
Facilitators:
Sumi Holman, LCSW-C
Contact:
240-200-5401 ext. 705 sholman@sequenceservices.com
Grief Therapy Group

This holiday season, wrap yourself in extra care and support.

 

This group is for adults who have lost someone dear to them, and who are finding the grieving process to be complex. They may be having difficulty on their own moving forward towards healing. The group process allows individuals to share pain in a safe and accepting place. Members strengthen their own coping mechanisms using the stages of grief lens to understand their own process, while employing such techniques as mindfulness to provide emotional regulation. The goal of the group is to preserve the love and commitment to the individual who is gone, while engaging in a life that has moments of peace and joy.

 

Membership: This group is offered weekly, members are welcome to join the group following a pre-screening with the facilitator. If membership in this group is not an appropriate fit, referrals to other services will be made. 

 

Facilitator: This group is led by Gabriel Chernoff, a skilled therapist with 18 years’ experience. Gabriel models warmth and direct communication, and is comfortable being with individuals in pain and respecting the full range of their feelings and experiences. His goal is to guide them safely towards emotional healing. 

 

 

Day & Time:
Monday evenings 5:30-6:30 pm
Fee:
$75.00 per session, Insurance reimbursable
Facilitators:
Gabriel Chernoff, LCSW-C
Contact:
240-200-5401 ext. 706 gchernoff@sequenceservices.com
Seasons of Change: A Separation & Divorce Women's Group

Add and extra dose of support to your holiday wish list this year...... 

 

This 6 week group is intended for women who are coping with the life transition experienced as they separate from a spouse or long term partner.

 

This group creates a safe and accepting environment where members can offer support and guidance to one another at whatever point along this journey they may be. Individual situations will certainly differ, but the need for community and a safe place to express emotions and develop coping skills is universal to anyone experiencing the life transition that comes with the end of the relationship. Grief and loss, anger and betrayal, guilt and worry, all of these emotions can become overwhelming, and this group provides the space to express and move through these emotions to a place of security y, confidence and hope for the future.

 

Members are pre-screened by the group facilitator. A consultation prior to beginning the group will be scheduled at no charge.

 

This group is facilitated by Anchal Khanna LCMFT. Anchal is a skilled individual, couples and group therpapist. She offers warmth, compassion and a strong work history of helping women in complex transitions move forward successfully, with a  special interest in assisting women through the divorce transition.

 

2017 Meeting Dates: November 13,20,27 and December 4,11,18

 

Day & Time:
Monday mornings, 10:00-11:00am
Fee:
$75.00 per session, Insurance Reimbursable, Free Parking
Facilitators:
Anchal Khanna, LCMFT
Contact:
240-200-5401 ext. 711 akhanna@sequenceservices.com
SUPER HERO DADS

This monthly group for new fathers won’t actually confer super powers, but it will help to build a stronger and more joyful new dad. Meeting monthly on Wednesday evenings for 90 minutes, this ‘guy’s only’ space is a place to learn about babies, and spouses, and the changing relationships this transition brings. This is also a space to discuss the financial and emotional pressures that come with fatherhood. Breadwinner to co-parent to stay-at-home Dad, the options and expectations on fathers are at an all-time high. Rarely do men get a private space to check in with one another and develop strategies for thriving in this new role. This group is the place to give and receive that support.

The group is led by Gabriel Chernoff, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (and father) with many years working with individuals, couples and groups. Mr. Chernoff is also a trained educator of the renowned Gottman Institute's "Bringing Baby Home" program which he offers with his co-facilitator Anchal Khanna LCMFT at the Sequence offices and in the community. Helping individuals and couples navigate the transition to parenthood is an area of skill for Mr. Chernoff, with a special emphasis on the often overlooked critical role of fathers in the experience of creating and nurturing an emotionally healthy family.

The frequency of this group is intended to prevent scheduling burdens on fathers, while providing a space for true connection-a bit of a balancing act to create! To support this effort fathers are asked to participate in a pre-screening phone call prior to group attendance, and to commit to attending a minimum of 3 groups per quarter ( at least 3 out of 4 groups) to ensure membership continuity. Members may continue to commit in 4 month blocks through their child's first 18 months. These sessions may be insurance reimbursable, please discuss this option with Mr. Chernoff when registering.

Fathers are welcome to bring their infant to any meeting as needed, whatever works for each participant at any given time is fine.

Day & Time:
TBD
Fee:
$85.00 per session, Insurance reimbursable
Facilitators:
Gabriel Chernoff, LCSW-C
Contact:
240-200-5401 ext. 706 gchernoff@sequenceservices.com
MOTHER'S MIND

The transition to motherhood is a remarkable yet complex process. This therapeutic support group offers participants the opportunity to process the details, nuances and emotions of the experience. Therapist led, this group offers educational information such as discussions about best practices and techniques around relationship changes, self care and parenting. However this group also offers the opportunity for deep emotional exploration and support in a non-judgmental setting. Coping strategies including mindfulness techniques are incorporated into the groups experience. Postpartum depression screenings are conducted regularly, and participants are given the therapeutic support needed to process the full range of feelings brought about by this significant life transition.

 
The group leader, Anchal Khanna, is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist with many years experience, skilled in individual, group and couples work. Ms. Khanna also is a trained educator of the renowned Gottman Institute's "Bringing Baby Home" program which she offers with her co-facilitator Gabriel Chernoff LCSW-C at the Sequence offices and in the community. Helping individuals and couples navigate the transition to parenthood is an area of skill to which Ms. Khanna holds a deep commitment, ensuring the best emotional health of parents and their children.
 
Participants are required to undergo a pre-screening with the group leader to assess if this group will be a good fit. Participants are asked to make a commitment to group membership for at least a three month period of time, the minimum amount of time considered to help create a truly therapeutic experience.
Day & Time:
TBD
Fee:
$70.00 per session, Insurance reimbursable
Facilitators:
Anchal Khanna, LCMFT
Contact:
240-200-5401 ext. 711 akhanna@sequenceservices.com