Welcome to Starobin Counseling. My practice offers a variety of therapeutic services and provides the best professional care to help you address life’s challenges.
...to improve family connections and decrease family conflict.
In family therapy family members gain awareness of the context in which problems and strengths in families emerge. My goal is to help family members explore ways to change patterns of relating and communicating to reduce family conflict.
...for children, adolescents, and adults ages 10 and up. I welcome LBGTQ individuals. In individual therapy my goal is to attend to a client’s own understanding of him or herself in relation to the challenges he or she experiences. I help clients pay attention to their feelings, listen to their best thinking, see their roles in their relationships, and find acceptance and compassion towards themselves and others.
In individual and family therapy for people living with Autism, individuals learn relationship skills and tools for thinking with greater flexibility, and family members learn to interact with greater ease and compassion.
...to improve connection in committed relationships. I welcome interfaith and interracial couples as well as LGBTQ couples.
In couples therapy I strive to create a safe space to explore sensitive issues and conflicts. Couples learn to make room for each other’s differences, appreciate shared interests, and learn more effective communication. Couples learn to identify their negative and positive cycles of interaction in their relationship.
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PEERS ®: Social Skills Groups for Teens and Young Adults with High-Functioning Autism and Social Communication Challenges
In social skills groups, participants practice relationship skills with their peers, their families, and community members in a compassionate, playful, and calm environment. Participants also learn effective ways to gain emotional and practical support from their peers, families and community members by learning and practicing self-advocacy skills.
Parents Together: Support for Living with Autism
The parent support group offers parents information, resources, and emotional support and aims to strengthen the capacity of parents to navigate the maze of services for their children.
Parenting & Co-parenting Therapy
...for partnered, married, separated, and divorced parents.
In parenting and co-parenting therapy parents gain understanding of their children’s development, areas in their children’s home, school, and peer environments influencing behavior, and parents’ capacities for affecting change.
Education: University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Social Work, MSW;
St. Olaf College, BA
Post Graduate Study: Post-Graduate Program at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
Professional Affiliations: American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA),
National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Professional Member
In practice since 2000, Caron Starobin, LCSW-C is an individual, couples, family, and group therapist. Through a process of self-observation, clients find their vitality and resiliency and learn ways to take an active role in creating change in their lives. Caron creates an atmosphere of empathy, warmth, and acceptance in therapy. She draws from therapeutic approaches that are relational and encourage reflection and action to create change. These approaches include Bowen Family Systems Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness. Caron also uses social and communication training methods in groups for people living with Autism.
Life is an accumulation of highs and lows and of moments that expand and slip away. Experiences create memories, and a life is made. Each moment is in relationship to the next moment, sometimes with purpose and clarity and sometimes with uncertainty. How we live the moments in our lives can make all the difference in the world. I believe therapy is a space where we can repair broken moments, celebrate joyful ones, and be present with the moments we can’t understand. Therapy embraces all sides of a challenge and turns it on its head so we can see it from a different perspective. From that new perspective, a fresh moment can be created and a new narrative can come forward.
We all have families. Family and culture are always influencing lives even when we are unaware of this influence or distance ourselves from it. In therapy we can look at our family relationships and our cultural influences in the present moment, draw connections to the past, and move towards a future that strives to connect to family and culture. Therapy can help repair the ruptures in relationships that stand in the way of living fully and authentically. By working on integrating the broken aspects of ourselves and our relationships we emerge a more whole self and can bring that best self to our relationships in a more effective way. This work can be done individually or with others. There is more than one path to define oneself and make a meaningful life.
Workshops & Speaking Events
Designed for school teachers and administrators, medical providers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, parent groups on a range of subjects including:
Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: A Family Experience
In this workshop you will learn the stages to expect to experience when raising a child on the Spectrum from birth to independence, the stages of a family life cycle and how those affect how you support your autistic child, and ways to nurture you and your family’s emotional needs during the course of raising your child or children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In Sync Parenting:
Finding Your Rhythm with Your Parenting Partner
In this workshop you will learn markers in couples’ relationships that may predict challenges in co-parenting, a range of parenting strategies and factors informing those strategies, and ways you and your partner can sync your parenting styles and deepen your couples’ relationship in the process.
3413 Olandwood Court, Suite 104 Olney, MD 20832
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