Janelle McCarthy, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor


Janelle McCarthy, LGPC, earned her Masters of Arts in Counseling. While interning at Washington Behavioral Medicine Associates’ SOAR Program for Psychotherapy and Testing, and Playful Therapy Connections, she provided evidence-based, individualized play-therapy interventions for children and teens and co-led themed virtual social skills groups. As Janelle pursues her LCPC, she works under the supervision of SOAR’s director, Dr. Jaclyn Halpern. Before pursuing her masters in counseling, Janelle spent two years as an elementary special education teacher in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. In this role, she wrote individualized positive behavior support plans, promoted emotional awareness and regulation, and facilitated the use of developmentally appropriate interventions. She incorporates bibliotherapy and mindfulness practices into sessions and uses her knowledge of school culture to craft appropriate and realistic suggestions so that patients can thrive in all settings. Janelle believes that counseling is vulnerable work and does everything she can to convey unconditional positive regard and respect for the patient. Janelle works with patients of all ages, provides positive parent coaching, and is an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. Janelle provides support through neurodiversity affirmative, trauma informed, patient-centered lenses.


Janelle shared, “In both therapy and educational consultation, I pull from the relational neurosciences and a neurodiversity affirming mindset to decrease shame and increase positive self-concept, which (like a domino chain) increases motivation, follow-through, and resilience. I am a creative problem solver who brings expertise in adapting social-emotional supports across environments (e.g. home, extracurriculars, school, etc.) so that patients can thrive. I am uniquely positioned to support kids, teens, adults, and parents with my expertise in ADHD, Anxiety, Learning Differences, and profound cognitive/medical needs.”


Outside of counseling, Janelle loves to read, play games with her family, and go for walks.