Jaclyn Halpern, Psy. D.

Director/Co-Founder, The SOAR Program for Psychotherapy and Testing;

Licensed Psychologist & Clinical Supervisor

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Education

•   Brandeis University, B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Sociology and Certification in Elementary Education in 2000

•   George Washington University, Doctorate in Professional Psychology (Psy.D.) in 2008

Internship and Post Doctoral Training

  • APA approved internship at the Institute for Child and Family Health (ICFH), a community mental health center in Miami, FL.

  • Psychoeducational evaluation, child/adolescent therapy, school based therapy, and parent training. Private Group Practice with focus on individual, group, and family therapy in Rockville, MD.

 

Credentials

  • Licensed Psychologist in the State of Maryland

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia

  • Licensed Psychologist in Washington, D.C.

Membership

  • Maryland Psychological Association (MPA)

  •  American Psychological Association (APA)

  • National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

  •  MPA Public Education Committee.

Services Provided

  • Comprehensive Evaluation (Psychoeducational, Neuropsychological, Psychological, Developmental, Emotional, Giftedness, Adoption, and Admissions) with children, teens, and adults

  • Therapy with children, teens, adults, families, and groups

  • Parent Training & Consultation

  • Educational Consultation

  •  Supervision

  • Speaking Engagements

  •  Advocacy (attending 504/IEP meetings)

  •  ‘Next Steps’ Consultations

Expertise

  • ADHD

  • Executive Functioning

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Autism

  • Neurodiversity

  • Developmental Delays

  • Cognitive Functioning

  • Emotional and Behavioral Functioning (Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorder, Adjustment Disorders, Self-Esteem, Anger Management, etc.)

  • Parenting Skills

  • Coping Skills

  • School Support

Pronouns

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Bio

Dr. Jaclyn Halpern is a licensed psychologist in Maryland, DC, and Virginia, and the Director and Co-Founder of The SOAR Program for Psychotherapy and Testing. As Director, Dr. Halpern supervises our clinical staff and oversees general programming to ensure therapy and testing are based in up to date, evidenced-based neuroscientific and psychological research. Dr. Halpern has worked in private practice since she was licensed in 2010. She has extensive experience as a clinical director, evaluator, therapist, parent coach, and supervisor.

In her therapeutic work, Dr. Halpern focuses foremost on building a nurturing, supportive, honest, and empathic interpersonal therapeutic relationship with every patient. When appropriate, Dr. Halpern enjoys collaborating with family members, and other members of each patient’s support system (like teachers, tutors, other therapists, and doctors), to provide the highest level of care, and to promote health, growth, and stability. In therapy, Dr. Halpern similarly develops treatment plans based on the specific needs, strengths, vulnerabilities, and goals of the patient(s). It is imperative to Dr. Halpern that she meets her patients ‘in the moment,’ while also looking to the future (and to the past when necessary). Dr. Halpern incorporates ACT, psychodynamic, play, CBT, Self-Compassion, and Mindfulness based techniques into therapy. She particularly enjoys incorporating expressive therapies (like drama, art, music, writing) within sessions, based on her considerable training in the arts. Dr. Halpern provides individual, group, and family therapy for patients of all ages. Dr. Halpern also provides parent coaching, utilizing positive parenting techniques. Her approach is neurodiversity affirmative, strengths based, and inclusive and welcoming to all.

Dr. Halpern’s has specialized in evaluation over the course of her career. She designs and administers personalized assessments for patients of all ages and demographics. Dr. Halpern’s reports and recommendations are individualized in consideration of test data, and with the particular needs of each patient in mind. Dr. Halpern seeks to understand, integrate, and explain educational, social-emotional, cognitive, and adaptive strengths and vulnerabilities to support each patient as a ‘whole’ person, and to inform recommendations for every aspect of day-to-day life. Prior to returning to school for her doctorate, Dr. Halpern spent four years as an elementary school teacher. Her experience in the classroom helps her to craft realistic school-based recommendations. Having worked in the area throughout her career, Dr. Halpern has an extensive network for referrals across fields, and familiarity with local public and private schools. Additionally, since interactions with her patients and observations of their behaviors, emotions, and experiences during testing are a significant component of Dr. Halpern’s evaluations, she works directly with them throughout the duration of the testing process.

Dr. Halpern has spoken on NPR and on panels for WISER and Diamonds in the Rough. She has spoken at conferences and trainings for mental health providers, educators, and parents. Dr. Halpern’s presentations and workshops have focused on topics including ADHD, Anxiety, bullying prevention, positive parenting skills, the therapeutic relationship, cultural considerations, and sibling rivalry. Her most recent presentations include Positive Discipline Techniques for the home and at school, and Therapeutic Brain Breaks within the school setting.

In her free time, Dr. Halpern enjoys managing her husband’s music career, exercising, reading, drawing, writing, traveling, preparing vegetarian food, volunteering and advocating for animal rescue groups, and spending time with her husband, son, and dog. Fall is her favorite time of year, and blue is her favorite color.