Providing mental health services for children, adolescents, and families.


results-oriented therapy

How We Can Help

Focusing on the Whole Family

We understand that challenges can arise at any time – and at any age. Our professional staff members apply their broad range of results-oriented therapy skills to counseling children, adolescents, and adults. Through an integrated approach, we can effectively address a wide variety of complex challenges that are often inter-related and inter-generational.

Results-Oriented Therapy

The Family Center takes a results-oriented approach with each of our clients. From the start, we work closely with you to identify family and individual problems. Together, we choose the most effective and direct therapeutic approach. In addition, we can coordinate with other professionals to create a comprehensive treatment plan. We are committed to helping you find solutions.

Support for Every Family-Related Challenge

The Family Center offers child and family therapy services to help you cope with the following situations:

  • Family challenges
  • Separation and divorce
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Single-parent child problems
  • Step-family relationships
  • Cross-generation problems

Group Counseling and Support Groups

The Family Center coordinates and leads the following therapy groups:

  • Social skills groups for children
  • Teen girls groups
  • Teen boys groups
  • Clergy support groups
  • Teen girls body image groups
  • Support groups for parents of teens
  • Stress management groups for teachers

We also lead the Mind/Body Program for Infertility.

Child and Adolescent Therapy Solutions

The Family Center’s child and adolescent therapy helps young people cope with these conditions and situations:

Adult Therapy Challenges

The Family Center offers adult therapy to treat the following conditions:

Approaches to Child and Family Therapy

After an in-depth assessment, your therapist will recommend the most beneficial approach that will help you achieve your goals. These approaches can include the following:

Counseling Experience that Makes a Difference

At The Family Center, our success largely stems from the experience of our staff and our founder, Dr. Gail K. Walter, who created The Family Center in 1984.

A licensed psychologist, Dr. Walter received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1976. Since then, she has focused her professional skills on helping the families of Howard County live more fulfilling lives through therapy for individuals and therapy for families.

Dr. Walter supervises a staff of licensed, trained professionals, all of whom provide the highest quality of service to The Family Center’s clients.

Therapy When You Need It

When you and your family face critical problems, you deserve help right away. From your first contact, you’ll receive immediate, responsive support from our professional staff of clinicians, as well as reliable follow-up in a timely manner. From our first meeting with you to our last, we aim to ease your concerns and identify solutions.