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Laurie Weitzman, MS, LCSW-C

Children, Adolescents & Young Adults

Laurie Weitzman is a dedicated psychotherapist specializing in working with children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs. She holds a Masters in Clinical Social Work from The Catholic University of America, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to her role at A Step Forward. Laurie's professional journey includes serving as a Care Coordinator in wraparound services throughout Montgomery County and as a school-based Mental Health Therapist at a specialized institution for students with social, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

Currently Accepting New Patients
In-Person / Virtual

Education and Approach:

Laurie's academic background is complemented by her commitment to ongoing training in various therapeutic interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness techniques.


Her approach is rooted in strength-based principles, ensuring that she tailors her interventions to the unique needs of each individual client.

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Professional Experience:

Laurie has acquired extensive experience working with clients of all ages, both in individual and family settings. Her specialization includes addressing issues related to anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, trauma, and family/relationship dynamics. Laurie's passion lies in promoting adaptive socio-emotional functioning and developmental growth among special needs children and their families.

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  • Assessments and Psychotherapeutic Treatment:

    • Laurie is adept at providing comprehensive assessments, using play therapy and parent collateral work to enhance socio-emotional functioning in special needs children.

  • Parent Support and Communication:

    • A passionate advocate, Laurie actively participated in parent support groups, fostering communication among families dealing with the unique challenges of raising special needs children.

  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: 

    • Laurie played a pivotal role in developing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) through collaborative efforts with interdisciplinary team members, ensuring a holistic approach to each child's needs.

  • Crisis Management:

    • Trained in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Laurie has been a reliable support for classroom staff during crises, including instances requiring physical restraint. She communicates changes and crises outside the school environment proactively.

“Through joint collaboration and exploration, we will work to heal wounds, identify your personal strengths, and develop new coping skills unique to you.”


                                                     - Laurie

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