February 2014
Supporting Parents. Fostering Change.


What is Drama Therapy and How Does It Work? 


At In Step we offer many types of therapy to help our clients. One of these is Drama Therapy. Drama Therapy is an active experiential approach to facilitating change. Through purposeful improvisation and performance, participants are invited to rehearse desired behaviors, practice being in a relationship, expand and find flexibility between life roles. Our drama therapist, Erica Craig, LCSW RDT, seeks to help clients become more comfortable with life's unpredictability and find joy in their own creativity and uniqueness. Want to know more about how Drama Therapy can help? In this video, Dr. Robert Landy, professor of educational theater and applied psychology at NYU, demonstrates his work with children who experienced the events of 9/11 firsthand.

Excerpt from Standing Tall
Excerpt from Standing Tall

Interested in our Drama Therapy Group or a different therapy group, please scroll down to see all group openings.




Cathi Cohen, LCSW, CGP 




Upcoming Workshops

Saturday, March 1 at 8:00 a.m. at the 9th Annual Special Education Conference

I've Had it! Six Surefire Ways to Keep the Peace at Home presented at Woodson High School, 9525 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
I've Had It! Six Surefire Ways to Keep the Peace at Home presented at Flint Hill Elementary, 2444 Flint Hill Road, Vienna, VA 22181
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Dear Cathi 

My 14 year old son has been texting another 8th grader who says she is bulimic and cutting. He has told her to tell her parents, and she says she won't because she doesn't want to "shame them." Do you have suggestions on how my son should respond to this girl? I'm very happy that he came to me with this problem, but I am not sure that I'm giving him the best advice on how to respond to his friend.

A Very Concerned Parent

Dear Very Concerned Parent,

When someone admits to self-injury or an eating disorder it can certainly be interpreted as a cry for help. Your son heard that cry and wants to help. How he handles it can be interpreted by his friend in different ways: if he reports it to a school counselor or teacher, she may feel he betrayed her trust; if he doesn't report it she may be angry with him because he didn't fulfill the "rescue fantasy" that self-injurers often hope for.

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Group Openings in February


Our groups meet weekly in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, and some of our younger kid's groups meet on Saturdays.



Elementary School Age Children:

    Sterling - Call 703-433-5771            Fairfax - Call 703-876-8480



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