ABOUT US

Parent Child Journey Dan ShapiroDan Shapiro, M.D.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician
Creator, Parent Child Journey

I came from my hometown of East Lansing, Michigan to attend medical school at George Washington University in D.C. My Pediatric Residency training was at Children’s Hospital in DC. Then I practiced Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland for 13 years before shifting my focus to Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. I enjoy seeing children and consulting with parents in my home office. I also observe children and collaborate with educators at dozens of area schools. I developed the Parent Child Journey and Excursions Programs, offering these behavior management training courses throughout Greater Washington and internationally online. I am the author of numerous articles and three books: Parent Child Journey: An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child, Parent Child Excursions: ADHD, Anxiety and Autism and a soon to be released children’s book on developmental difference. I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. I am married with 4 children and 2 grandchildren- all wonderfully different. My hobbies include music, reading and floating down the Potomac in a kayak.

Contact Dr. Shapiro for:

Parent Workshops
Parent Consultations
Train- the-Trainer Programs
Speaking Engagements
Professional Development Programs

11705 Magruder Lane
Rockville, MD 20852-4367
301.881.6855
drdan@parentchildjourney.com

Parent Child Journey Sarah WylandSarah C. Wayland, Ph.D.
Guiding Exceptional Parents, LLC

Special Needs Care Navigator
Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Consultant

I grew up in New Mexico and went to college at Rice University in Texas; then on to Boston where I received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at Brandeis University and postdoc training at Northeastern University. I was a research scientist at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine and the Center for Advanced Study of Language. After many years in research and industry, I decided to put my practical experience as a parent to use as a special needs care navigator and RDI Consultant. I help parents of children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities and other challenges that make it hard to function at school or home.

Contact Dr. Wayland for:

Parent Workshops
Parent Consultations
Speaking Engagements
Professional Development

4711 Sheridan Street
Riverdale Park, MD 20737-1123
301.768.8503
info@guidingexceptionalparents.com
guidingexceptionalparents.com

Jamell White, Ph.D., LCSW-C

Therapist, specializing in Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Special Needs

I am a therapist specializing in working with children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.  I graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in psychology.  I later obtained an M.S.W. from The Catholic University of America and a master’s degree in special education from Johns Hopkins University.  As a life-long learner, I went on to get a doctorate in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology from the University of Maryland. I have been an informal mentor to young professionals, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Child and Adolescent) at Georgetown University School of Medicine.  I have also taught undergraduate education students at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Through my private practice, I provide individual counseling, family counseling and support, sibling support services, as well as consultation services.  I am also a PEERS certified provider and run PEERS social skills groups for teens and young adults with ASD or related challenges.  I am fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with amazing professionals in my private practice work.  What I enjoy the most is spending time with my family and friends—and I always love a good laugh!

Contact Dr. White for:

Individual & Family Counseling
Sibling support services
PEERS social skills groups

301-613-1766
drjamellwhite@gmail.com

Melissa C. Goldberg, Ph.D.

Consultant, Developmental Neuropsychology and Learning Differences

I grew up in Rockville, MD, graduated with a degree in psychology from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, then went on to Harvard University to receive an Ed.M. degree in Counseling Processes. I then attended McMaster University for a doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology. I came back to the Washington D.C. area for my post-doctoral training in childhood neuropsychiatric disorders in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. I’ve held appointments as both a Research Scientist at The Kennedy Krieger Institute and as an Assistant Professor, Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. I was the Principal Investigator on NIH-funded research studies on executive function, reward, and brain mechanisms in children with autism and ADHD. My husband and I have 3 children who are all at excitingly different stages of development. My hobbies include enjoying time with my family, taking long walks, and teaching yoga.

Contact Dr. Goldberg for:

Parent Workshops
Parent Consultations

12912 Missionwood Way
Potomac, MD 20854-2365
240-423-1114
MelissaGoldbergPhD@aol.com

Christy Donley, LCPC, RPTChristy Donley, LCPC, RPT

Counselor and Play Therapist

Christy Donley is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with a background in elementary education. With 20 years’ experience working with children, Ms. Donley has spent the last 8 years working as a mental health professional in the Model Asperger Program at the Ivymount School in Rockville, MD with students in 1st-8th grade. She is currently working with the Center for Assessment and Treatment in Chevy Chase, Maryland where she provides individual therapy, parent training, Unstuck and On Target Group for kids 2nd-5th grade, and social skills group training.

Her eclectic approach focuses on child-centered play therapy and cognitive behavior therapy, with an emphasis on parent involvement and communication.  Ms. Donley is also a dog lover and is pursing licensure as an Animal Assisted Play Therapist.  Ms. Donley has also helped children and adults overcome their fear of water utilizing a combination of more traditional therapeutic strategies including behavior modification, self-actualization, relaxation techniques and exposure therapy.

Contact Ms. Donley for:

Parent Workshops
Parent Consultations
Child Therapy

christydonley@gmail.com

Jill Jerome, LCSW-CJill Jerome, LCSW-C

Play Therapist, Child and Family Therapist
Growing Minds, Center for Child and Family Therapy

I grew up in South Jersey and earned a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from Rutgers University. In addition to completing post-graduate coursework in Early Childhood Mental Health, I also have specialized training in play and expressive therapy methods; including, Animal Assisted Therapy, Theraplay, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Sandtray, Psychodynamic Play Therapy, Filial Therapy and Parent-Child Relationship Enhancement.

I find that the most effective way to connect, communicate, and create change with children is through movement and playfulness. At Growing Minds, I am a child and family therapist, social-emotional skills group therapy facilitator, preschool consultant and teacher trainer. I have a passion for working with young children and their families in various dynamics; including, siblings, parent-child, and parent support. I enjoy gardening, cooking, spending time with my family and taking long walks with my dog.

Contact Ms. Jerome for:

Child and Family Therapy
Early Childhood Group Therapy
Preschool Consultations
Parent Workshops
Professional Development

3204 Tower Oaks Blvd, Suite 180
Rockville, MD 20852
301-235-9927 x2

jill@growingmindstherapy.com
www.growingmindstherapy.com

Orly Zimmerman-Leizerov, LCSW-COrly Zimmerman-Leizerov, LCSW-C

Play Therapist, Child and Family Therapist
Growing Minds, Center for Child and Family Therapy

I grew up in Haifa, Israel. After moving to the Washington area, I earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland as well as a Masters in Developmental Psychology and Communication from George Mason University.

I provide therapy services to children and families at Growing Minds Center for Child and Family Therapy. In addition to individual sessions, I lead social skills groups and preschool mental health consultations, as well as coaching and training for teachers and parents. My approach to assessment and intervention is holistic, mindful, strengths-based, playful and expressive. I specialize in the early childhood to elementary school age-group. I use animal-assisted therapy, Theraplay, Child-Centered play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Sandtray, Psychodynamic Play Therapy and Parent Child Enhancement Therapy. I enjoy painting, cooking, baking, and spending time with my family and 3 dogs.

Contact Ms. Zimmerman-Leizerov for:

Child and Family Therapy
Early Childhood Group Therapy
Preschool Consultations
Parent Workshops
Professional Development

3204 Tower Oaks Blvd, Suite 180
Rockville, MD 20852
301-235-9927 x1

orly@growingmindstherapy.com
www.growingmindstherapy.com