About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to remove barriers and unlock potential for families with learning and behavior challenges. 

We help families gain access to the support they need to succeed at school, work, or home. Our comprehensive evaluation and treatment services are tailored to each individual. We take the time and effort to uncover each person’s strengths and challenges.

Kingsbury psychologists understand the uniqueness of each learner and go beyond formulaic testing to get to the root of the problem. We incorporate input from teachers and observations in the classroom to bring the numbers to life. A Kingsbury evaluation pulls together a comprehensive picture that provides a roadmap for the future with recommendations for evidence-based interventions and up-to-date technological supports.

History

The Kingsbury Wellness & Learning Group is built on a foundation of over 80 years of service to children and adults with learning and behavior challenges.

In 1938 Marion Kingsbury founded what was then called the Remedial Education Center to provide tutoring and diagnostic services to children and adults with learning challenges. Although she began her work at a time when learning disabilities were generally unknown and almost always overlooked, her vision blossomed into a nationally recognized nonprofit that launched two schools, a master tutoring training program, and an outpatient clinic. Marion Kingsbury’s legacy is that thousands of children and adults have achieved the most precious gift of reading and access to an education once unavailable to them.

In 2019 The Kingsbury Center announced that it would close operations due to financial hardship, and so the Wellness & Learning Group was established to pick up the baton and carry forth the legacy and mission of its founders.

Future

Accessibility is at the heart of why the Kingsbury Wellness & Learning Group was established. High quality assessment, therapy, educational, and advocacy services are expensive. We intend to make them affordable for everyone, and we aren’t willing to compromise on quality to do it. Our affordability strategy involves a combination of using supervised doctoral and educational trainees to deliver services where appropriate, partnering with public and charter schools to deliver interventions right in the classroom, fundraising, grant-supported programming, partnering with other nonprofits, and delivering full-price services to a portion of our clientele.

We have already begun partnering with local non-profits, schools, and law firms to improve access to ours services. Our training program is scheduled to launch in the Fall of 2020, and we are actively raising money to launch reduced price programs within the year.

You can help! We hope you will consider joining our campaign to improve accessibility with a donation. No gift is too large or small, and it will go to an organization serving families with learning and behavior challenges.

Leadership

Elliott L. Conklin, Psy.D.

Executive Director

Elliott L. Conklin, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist providing psychotherapy, psychological testing, and consultation to adults, children, and families. With a background in the study of personality, relationships, and neuropsychology, Dr. Conklin appreciates the complexity of human struggles and can employ an array of therapeutic methods to help people arrive at a feeling of contentment and stability. He provides treatment for depression, anxiety, relational and family problems, anger, aggression, childhood behavioral issues, and ADHD. He is also adept in helping people work through problems they don’t fully understand, such as feelings of emptiness or instability.

In his psychotherapy practice, Dr. Conklin carefully examines how individuals process and manage their emotions, thought patterns, and relationships. He employs an integrative therapeutic approach, which tailors evidence-based methods to meet individual needs and capabilities. He is well versed in relational psychodynamic, attachment, cognitive-behavioral, and family-based interventions. In his therapeutic work, he strives to create an individualized therapeutic space for people to explore their difficulties and change in ways that make sense to them.

Dr. Conklin earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology, where his research examined the relationship between adult attachment style and posttraumatic stress. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Loudoun County Mental Health, and previously received clinical training at Saint Elizabeths Hospital and Neuropsychology Associates of Fairfax. In addition to his studies in psychology, Dr. Conklin is a classically trained pianist with a Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University.

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Lauren Siegel, Psy.D.

Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Siegel is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been a part of The Kingsbury Center since 2012. She is the Director of Clinical Services, overseeing the assessment process that helps children, adolescents, and adults gain a comprehensive understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. The assessment team believes that taking the whole of a person into consideration – home environment, school and academic functioning, relationships, and interests – uncovers rich and nuanced information that promotes future success.

Dr. Siegel conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults, with a particular interest in school-age children. She also provides individual psychotherapy to children and adolescents with a range of presenting concerns, including attention and executive functioning challenges, emotional regulation difficulties, and social skills deficits. Her approach is informed by psychodynamic theory, but she also employs cognitive-behavioral, relational, and play therapy techniques. Dr. Siegel believes that meeting children where they are and allowing them to direct their experience is the hallmark of growth and change.

Dr. Siegel earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, where she studied psychology and philosophy. She completed her doctorate at the George Washington University, where she gained valuable experience working in public schools in Washington, D.C. and in Maryland. She also worked with young children at a preschool in Northern Virginia. Dr. Siegel’s predoctoral internship was at a community mental health clinic in Queens, NY, where she worked with a diverse population of children, adolescents, and adults.

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Ann Rowe, Ph.D.

Senior Psychologist

Dr. Rowe is a licensed clinical psychologist with over twenty years of experience in assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults at the Kingsbury Center. She provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, individual psychotherapy to children and adolescents, and parent consultation. Her extensive experience working directly in the special education classroom and participating in all aspects of the special education process provides insights into crafting an effective evaluation. She is also well versed in integrating social/emotional and personality assessment with neuropsychological test results. Dr. Rowe evaluates children, adolescents, and adults for learning difficulties such as dyslexia and ADHD, as well as autism and behavior and mood disorders. Dr. Rowe specializes in the assessment of gifted individuals with learning challenges and she is a co-author of the book Creating Effective Programs for Gifted Students With Learning Disabilities. Often called “twice-exceptional” or 2e, these students are perplexing to their parents and teachers, and they encounter considerable frustration in academic settings.

In her therapeutic work with children and families, Dr. Rowe strives for a collaborative relationship with parents and teachers. Behavior change requires collecting information about situations that elicit problem behaviors, as well as conditions where a child or adolescent has had success in handling a similar situation leading to the identification of personal strengths that can be built upon. Parents and teachers are encouraged to use emotional coaching strategies to help children build stronger “emotional” muscles through accepting and understanding the full range of their emotions. Following the work of John Gottman and Ross Greene, Dr. Rowe encourages the use of a collaborative approach to resolving difficulties rather than resorting to zero-sum solutions which eventually fail or lead to further conflict.

Dr. Rowe received her doctorate in Clinical Psychologist at the Catholic University of America. She received additional training in developmental disabilities at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development and in community mental health at the DC Commission on Mental Health Services.

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