“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.”

– Fred Rogers

Danielle Maizel, MA, LGPC, NCC

Clinical Degree/Training

Adams State University, Clinical Mental health Counseling
Synergetic and Adlerian Play Therapy Training

Clinical Interests

Lifespan Development, Dysregulation in Children, Life Transitions, Social Skills, LGBTQ+ Issues, Mind-Body Connection, Substance Use Disorder, Trauma

Professional Background

I have been fortunate to have had experiences in education, management, and healthcare before arriving at the field of therapy. These experiences taught me about the power of human connection and laid the foundation for the work I do as a therapist today.

I earned a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University. Throughout the duration of my education, I had the privilege of working in an emergency department and then as a behavioral therapist at a center for children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other behavioral disorders. I also had the opportunity to do my clinical internship at a wonderful private practice that specialized in LGBTQIA+ issues as well as Play Therapy. Working in private practice has afforded me the freedom to help clients of all ages begin to heal.

Today I work with individuals across the lifespan. You’re never too young or too old to experience the benefits of therapy. Life transitions are hard whether you’re 2, 15, or 80! I continue to enjoy working with young children, teens, and adults, including those who have been affected by substance use disorder. I am working towards my Registered Play Therapist credential and have advanced training in Synergetic Play Therapy, Adlerian Play Therapy, Infant Mental Health, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

My Therapy Style

One of my greatest skills is my ability to bring authenticity to the therapy room. I believe it is essential to find a therapist that you feel comfortable and safe with. Not every therapist is the right fit for every client and that’s OK! I like to develop an egalitarian relationship with my clients, in that we share equal responsibility for the success of the therapeutic process. The clinical tools and models of therapy I use vary based on the needs of the client. I often draw from CBT, Mindfulness, Reality Therapy, and Play Therapy.

A Little Bit About Me Outside of the Therapy Room

When I’m not working, I’m usually looking for a way to get outside. I love the beach, hiking, paddle boarding, and camping. My husband and I have one daughter named Emilia and a fur-baby named Jack.

Contact Information

Email: danielle@familytherapyllc.com
Phone: (202) 495-1569
*Please note that Danielle will be seeing clients at 4905 Del Ray Ave., Suite 508, Bethesda, MD 20814