Specializing in Early Childhood Concerns
Behavioral Parent Training
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) including Exposure Therapy
Especially efficacious for younger children, this modality is ideal for targeting oppositional behaviors, behavioral issues associated with ADHD, sleep issues, and toileting concerns. We offer didactics in the form of parent only sessions and live coaching in parenting strategies to help change your child's problem behaviors. For children ages 2-7 with behavioral problems or anxiety, we provide a specific type of parent training called Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).
We offer individual CBT for older children, adolescents, and young adults, especially those with anxiety or depression. We provide validation and help them learn strategies to manage their emotions. We include exposure therapy or Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) when indicated to meet the needs of our clients. We actively involve parents of minors in the treatment process.
We offer phone and in-person consultation to understand and address emotional and behavioral concerns. We are able to visit school settings to provide more comprehensive feedback and recommendations. We also provide tips for advocating for your child to get the services he/she needs at school.
About the Maryland Parent Child Clinic
The Maryland Parent Child Clinic, LLC was founded in 2020 by Renée Smucker, Ph.D. to assist families in the greater-Baltimore and Maryland region. Dr. Smucker saw a need for more child therapists in this area that focus on behavioral issues in children and adolescents. We specialize in working with children, adolescents, and young adults up to age 25 with a variety of behavioral and emotional concerns including anxiety, OCD, selective mutism, depression, ADHD, sleep issues, toileting concerns, and oppositionality.
The clinic now has three staff therapists with a fourth therapist joining us in July. We are in network with Carefirst/Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance.
We welcome and value people of all races, sexualities, genders, religions, abilities, and political values. As a practice and as individuals, we are committed to providing culturally responsive care based in cultural humility. We seek to create a safe and welcoming space to promote the growth and wellness of those who join us.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are your fees? Do you accept insurance?
Fees depend on which clinician you are seeing, what insurance you have, and what type of appointment it is.
School visits and observations may be available for a separate fee. Insurance companies typically do not reimburse for school visits.
Clinicians are in-network providers for CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield in Maryland. We are "out of network" providers for some other insurance companies, and your plan may cover a significant portion of our sessions. Please be sure to ask your insurance company about co-pays, deductibles, and their reimbursement claim process.
Can you prescribe medication?
Unfortunately we do not have any prescribers on staff at this time.
Do you conduct psychological testing?
Unfortunately we do not conduct testing at this time. However, we can assess for some diagnoses during the interview conducted at the first session and we can provide referrals for more detailed testing if indicated.
What can I expect from our first appointment?
The first appointment will be up to 60 minutes with at least one caregiver and your child. This appointment will focus on gathering background information and getting to know you and your child. Subsequent appointments are 45-60 minutes long and may include your child only, you and your child, or caregivers only.
Do you offer telehealth appointments?
We currently offer telehealth appointments as a replacement for any in-person session. Please keep in mind insurance companies may change their policies on covering these services. We will keep you abreast of these changes and continue to offer these services out-of-pocket should insurance companies stop reimbursing. You must be in a state that your provider is licensed when the telehealth sessions take place. Currently, all clinicians are licensed in Maryland and Dr. Smucker is also licensed in New York.
Do you offer school observations?
We can offer school observations, as needed. Unfortunately these services are typically not covered by insurance and must be paid out of pocket.