Lizzy Kosin, LCSW-C, LICSW

Lizzy Kosin, child and teen therapist

About Therapist Lizzy Kosin:

Hi! I’m Lizzy Kosin and welcome to a brief introduction of who I am and how
my brain works.

Firstly, I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Therapist at Montgomery County
Counseling Center in Rockville, MD and online throughout DC and MD. That is helpful information. But what is more helpful is who I am as said Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

To me, our relationship is most important. AND the research evidence agrees that the majority of what makes therapy effective is the therapeutic relationship. My hope is to create a space built on trust and collaboration. The goal is to help you find areas of growth and strength within your life. The therapeutic process should be adaptable, human, creative, and it should actually WORK in both the immediacy and in lasting healing. Therapy is the tool to find the common denominator between where you are now and where you want to go. I am transparent in my approach and want to transfer what’s in my brain over to you.

My approach is to bring awareness to how our brains, and thus our mental health, have developed over time. We need to work with, not against, the sticky and messy beautiful-ness that is within each of us.

I believe in an integrative approach that addresses the complexities of your individual life while also recognizing the impact of the environment around you. I can help look at how your choices serve you and also understand what is your responsibility versus that of others like family and community. As a social worker by training, I am always working to put your life into context within all the systems that impact you, from the chemicals of your brain, to the relationships you have with others, to broader societal expectations.

In addition, I value the importance of the mind-body connection and using experiential activities to keep the fun in building insight and motivating towards progress. I have a very casual approach to therapy. Because of this, I work very well with kids & teens, and also with adults who want the benefits of therapy without feeling stuffy or over-medicalized. I work well with people who are starting their journey of self-discovery. We will be a good fit even if you are just starting to shift from thinking about change to being ready for change.

Education and Experience as a Therapist

I have my AM degree (equivalent to an MSW) from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in many settings including schools, in-home services, and outpatient and community-based settings. My training includes Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

I am licensed in both Maryland and Washington DC so I can see clients online from either location!

Specialties

  • Children 7 and up
  • Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Anxiety or Stress
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Substance Abuse
  • Life Transitions
  • Self-Esteem

What Clients Say About Working With Lizzy

Firstly, my daughter loves her and looks forward to therapy. Secondly, she is organized, communicative and responsive which we appreciate. We have heard some bits and pieces of the work that is being done come through in conversations, our daughter will say ‘Lizzy said this’ or ‘we are working on that’. It definitely seems like the trials and hurdles our daughter experiences are seemingly more tolerated or at least not as disruptive and debilitating. She seems more open and positive.”

Personal Life

golden cat sleeping on a couch

I love my garden and have found that singing and talking to plants helps both you and the plant grow. My tomatoes have responded best to a medley of Talking Heads and Disney songs. I value exercising creativity so I encourage anyone to find the thing (or things) to help put that creativity into action. I write poetry and intensely analyze movies whether it is a classic or this year’s blockbuster. We humans need to bring humor and lightness into their lives so you can often find me tapping into the therapeutic goodness of watching comedy specials. Above all, I love to be curled up on the couch with my cat, Winston, who I view as a role-model of rest and relaxation.

Contact

Email: Lizzy@MCCounselingCenter.com

Blog Posts and Publications

How to Talk to Your Child About Starting Therapy

How Are You Feeling?

Another Day, Another Computer Meeting

Social Connection During Covid

Play Is Essential For Mental Health, Especially for Adults

Can DBT Skills Group Be Taught Online?

The Current Craze of Mental Health Podcasts