Welcome Dr. Laura Groft, Licensed Psychologist

With great pleasure Arundel Psychological welcomes a very talented Licensed Psychologist to our practice.  Dr. Laura Groft specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families to facilitate positive change and growth.  She has much experience working with children who struggle to regulate their emotions and behaviors and are seen as oppositional, explosive, or defiant, causing difficulties at home and school.  Laura has worked extensively with children and adolescents with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, trauma and grief/loss experiences, depression, anxiety, and other social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.  Through patience, dedication, and skill, Laura collaborates with families and individuals to effect change and growth with the goal of improving relationships, as well as home and school functioning. Laura’s families appreciate her genuine empathy for what they are experiencing, strengths-based approach, and easy-going, approachable manner.

When working with clients, Laura considers each family’s and individual’s needs and draws from research-based approaches using a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) framework.  Depending on the individual’s needs, Laura also incorporates components of play therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, and positive psychology, such as mindfulness.

Laura earned her doctorate degree from the University of Maryland (UMD) and has worked in public school systems in Maryland and Virginia since 2012.  She has co-authored articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and academic texts, and has worked as an adjunct instructor at UMD teaching and supervising advanced doctoral-level students in counseling.  She is also specially trained to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and has extensive experience assessing young children.   

 Reading this is the first step to reaching out for support.  Laura looks forward to working with you as a team to help make the changes you’re looking for and deserve.

Exciting New Adult Autism Social Group

A very needed opportunity for adult individuals with Autism is coming to Arundel Psychological.  A Social Group is being formed and it will give these adults opportunities to interact with others, to improve their social skills and to experience the fun and pleasure of being around people.  This group is being created and led by two experts in working with autism, Rachel Hunter, M.A., LCPC, and Richard Von Hagen, M.A., LCPC.  These leaders have many years of social skill training and are dedicated to opening new avenues for people with autism to gain social opportunities. 

This Social Group will be meeting every other Thursday evening from 5:15 until 6:00pm.   The dates of the meetings are as follows:  1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, 5/31, 6/14 and 6/28.

The Cost of this Social Group is very affordable and priced at $25 per meeting.  If applicable, insurance will be billed for the allowed amount for each group meeting.  Join us and begin to experience more happiness and joy in your social life.

Experts in Psychotherapy with Children, Teens and Adults!

imagesArundel Psychological Associates has therapists chosen for their expertise and knowledge in working with various age groups and with individuals experiencing a wide range of educational, social and emotional issues.   Psychotherapy addresses a broad range of emotional conditions and issues including the most common depression, anxiety and self-esteem.  Staff members have expertise in autism spectrum disorders, ADHD/executive functioning disorders, borderline personality disorders and oppositional/defiant disorder.  Family and relationship therapy is available as is substance abuse counseling.   The most current techniques are utilized and considerable attention is given to evidence based outcomes.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Relaxation Training, and other approaches are geared toward each individual’s needs.  Contact Arundel Psychological Associates and learn how our staff can help you achieve your goals.