Hi! I’m Dr. Ari Yares, The Innovative Dad.

I’m a licensed psychologist and father of four helping parents use innovation and psychology to make raising kids easier.

ONLINE COURSE: Dealing with Temper Tantrums and Other Behavioral Challenges

Temper tantrums can be hard to deal with. They stress us out and we get embarrassed when others see us and our child at our worst. Learn concrete strategies to help manage your child’s behavior when it goes off the rails.

The Innovative Dad

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

Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients 3 large sweet potatoes 1 egg 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup mini marshmallow (optional) Place the unpeeled sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot. Add 1 cup of water. Seal the pressure cooker and set it on high for 15 minutes.Use the...

That One Picky Eater: Meal Plan – Week of 11/21

That One Picky Eater: Meal Plan – Week of 11/21

Most families have at least one - someone who eats to the beat of their own culinary drummer. A picky eater can be the bane of your existence if you have limited time to prepare alternate meals and just want everyone to eat the same thing. Here are a few strategies to...

Dealing with the Tantrum Monster

Dealing with the Tantrum Monster

Nobody enjoys a temper tantrum. Not the kid, not the parent. They often end with everyone feeling more miserable than when they started. And that's just the best-case scenario. Our kids have meltdowns for three basic reasons. First, they are struggling with naming or...

Support for Children, Teen, and Parents

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

Now offering teletherapy for Maryland, DC, and Virginia  residents and more!

Individual Therapy

Therapy or counseling can help support a child or teen 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.

Hello! I’m Dr. Ari Yares

Licensed Psychologist

I am a licensed psychologist based in Maryland with offices in North Bethesda and Germantown. I trained as a school psychologist at Temple University and formerly supervised 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. 

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