Specializing in Early Childhood Concerns
Behavioral Parent Training
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Especially efficacious for younger children, this modality is ideal for targeting oppositional behaviors, ADHD symptoms, sleep issues, and toileting concerns. We offer didactics and live coaching in parenting strategies to help change your child's problem behaviors.
We offer individual CBT for older children, especially those with anxiety or depression. We help them learn strategies to manage their emotions and actively involve parents in the treatment process to support your child in the use of these strategies.
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.
Renée Smucker, Ph.D.
Dr. Smucker founded the Maryland Parent Child Clinic in 2020 to assist families in the greater-Baltimore and Maryland region. Most recently, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD from 2018 to 2020 where she worked with children aged 2 to 12 in the Behavior Management Clinic, providing outpatient therapeutic services to children and their families.
Dr. Smucker graduated with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY in 2018, focusing on therapies for children and adolescents. She has worked with children and families in various outpatient clinics, an inpatient unit, and a residential treatment facility during her career. Dr. Smucker has been providing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) since 2013 and is currently a certified PCIT therapist.
Frequently Asked Questions
What precautions are you taking for COVID-19?
Telehealth or in-person appointments are available based on the patient's preference. For those who wish to visit the office, we are taking the following steps:
Temperature checks are being performed for all patients and family members.
Masks must be worn by patients, family members and staff while in the office.
Hand sanitizer is available. Staff, patients, and family members are expected to use it before each session.
Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of the office space and toys is performed between each in-person session.
What are your fees? Do you accept insurance?
The initial intake appointment is $180, and each subsequent 45-minute session is $150.
School visits and observations may be available for a separate fee. Insurance companies typically do not reimburse for school visits.
I am an in-network provider for CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield in Maryland. I am an "out of network" provider for many 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.
What can I expect from our first appointment?
Our first appointment will be 60 minutes and will include 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 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. Dr. Smucker is currently licensed in Maryland and 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.