Support for Children, Adolescents, and Parents
Psychological services for children and adolescents
and resources for the modern parent.
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.
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.
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.
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Hello! I’m Dr. Ari Yares
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
Ask a question or book an appointment below. For emergencies call 911 or visit your nearest hospital.