Support for Children, Adolescents, and Parents

Psychological services for children and adolescents
and resources for the modern parent.

Individual Therapy

Therapy or counseling can help support a child or adolescent through a variety of challenges from dealing with depression and anxiety to supporting better executive functioning.

Parent Coaching

Raising children can be challenging and sometimes feels isolating. We’re often overwhelmed and unsure of where to look for support. If you are looking to feel more confident in your parenting skills, then parent coaching may be for you.

Psychoeducational Testing

Sometimes we need more information about our children to help us be better parents and support them in school. Psychoeducational testing can help provide that insight.

The Innovative Dad

A psychologist’s blog about raising and educating children through the lens innovation.

Making Gratitude a Habit

Making Gratitude a Habit

We all want our kids to be thankful for things, but it can be a struggle to get them to show some gratitude even just occasionally. The challenge is modeling it for them and setting the stage to make gratitude a habit.

Resources for Talking to Kids about Cancer

Resources for Talking to Kids about Cancer

Just days into the new year this past January, my wife was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I can remember vividly sitting in the car with her trying to figure out what was happening next in our lives. We were lucky. We had friends who were oncologists who were...

The Work Hour

The Work Hour

Creating the right environment for studying can be challenging. Thinking about the studying environment is important, though. What steps can we take to set a better atmosphere for learning? Can we get others involved in it? What would a work hour look like?...

Hello! I’m Dr. Ari Yares

Licensed Psychologist

I am a licensed psychologist based in Potomac, MD. I trained as a school psychologist at Temple University and currently supervises special education evaluations for preschool age children in the District of Columbia.

I have previously worked as the Head of School at Gross Schechter Day School, Upper School Principal of the Schechter School of Long Island, Head of Middle School at Krieger Schechter Day School, and a school psychologist for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. 

My Expertise

Helping Children with Academic and Behavioral Challenges

I have an extensive background in providing assessment and treatment services to children and adolescents who are facing challenges at school or at home. 

Parenting Support

Through parent coaching, I offer parents the opportunity to build successful strategies that help you become a more confident, positive parent and strengthen your relationship with your child.

Psychoeducational Evaluation

Testing can be used to explore a variety of concerns:

  • Academic problems
  • Executive Functioning
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Developmental delays
  • Psychological functioning
  • Emotional or behavioral problems
  • Intelligence/giftedness

Getting Started is Easy

Free 10 Min Chat

Schedule a time to chat and we can figure out what kind of services you will need.

Book Appointment

I am available Sundays and evenings during the week. Schedule an appointment for testing or therapy.

Explore Parenting Resources

Looking for a parenting strategy to help you out through a tight spot? Explore the videos and blog posts for helpful resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of testing do you offer?

I provide psychoeducational testing, emotional testing, admission testing for private schools, and testing for special education/testing accommodations. I work with each family to determine what the best approach will be.

How old does my child need to be for testing or therapy?

At the heart of my practice is the importance of early intervention. Research has shown that effective early intervention can prevent significant issues for children later in life. Psychoeducational testing can be conducted as early as two- to three-years-old. Therapy services can also be provided for the very young, but work best in conjunction with parent coaching to improve life at home.

Do you take insurance?

Currently, I am an out of network provider for insurance companies which means you are responsible for the full cost of the services. I can provide you with paperwork to submit to your insurance company to support reimbursement depending upon your out of network benefits.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Payment can be made by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover) in person or online. Three-month payment plans are available for psychoeducational testing.

What topics can be discussed through parent coaching?

Parent coaching can help provide you with support with:

  • Being an organized parent
  • Developing healthy responses to challenging behaviors
  • Stress management for kids and parents
  • Dealing with sibling rivalry
  • Supporting executive functioning in your children
  • Learning concerns
  • Educational placement
  • Special education process and services
  • Behavioral problems at home
  • Working collaboratively with school, camp, and other organizations
  • Building your confidence in your parenting skills

What is the process for testing or therapy?

Testing consists of a diagnostic interview, standardized assessments, and questionnaire. Prior to the scheduling of a session, we will schedule a short interview to provide information about your concerns. Upon scheduling, I will send the parent questionnaires to complete at home and bring with them to the testing session. After completing the testing, we will schedule a feedback session to review the results. The report will include recommendations for home and school.

Therapy begins with an intake interview with the parent and child to help determine what the best course of treatment will be.

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