About Us

Our Mission

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

Our first priority as a nonprofit organization is to ensure equity in education. We believe all families should have access to the psychological services that open the door to educational support systems. Let us share with you the problem and how we are working to resolve it.

The public education system is not well equipped to identify and evaluate students who are struggling in school. The process is slow and bureaucratic, and too often children fall to educational neglect waiting for the system to notice them. Families with the resources to hire independent psychologists are far more likely to secure educational accommodations than those relying on public school evaluations. These accommodations are crucial and can even include publicly funded tuition at specialized private schools. Families should have equal access to these support systems when they are necessary.

We launched as a nonprofit to ensure that psychological services - our services - are delivered to families who cannot afford them. We offer consultation to advise parents, therapy to build resilience, and comprehensive evaluations to identify learning needs and secure accommodations.

How do we do it? Our capacity to serve the community comes from multiple sources. First, we provide our services at the market rate to families who can afford them, and then we divert all profits to serving those who cannot. Second, we have a growing community of donors who believe in our values and mission. Last, we partner with other nonprofits to ensure that public dollars are reaching the families that need them most.

We invite you to join our community of donors and make a gift toward a more equitable education.

History

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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.

Our Team

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 specializes in psychotherapy and diagnostic testing for children and adolescents with learning and behavior challenges. She has worked in both school and outpatient settings, and is passionate about validating the experiences of kids and empowering them to understand and advocate for themselves. She believes that taking the whole of a child 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. 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. She worked at the Kingsbury Center for seven years before founding the Kingsbury Wellness & Learning Group.

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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. She 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. 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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Sarah Matthews, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Matthews is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and young adults struggling with behavioral, emotional regulation, and social challenges. She provides psychotherapy and consultation to help children and families navigate anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, mood disorders, ADHD, and behavioral issues. Dr. Matthews believes in using every individual’s unique strengths to overcome past failures and develop new skills that foster personal growth, self-confidence, and independence.

Dr. Matthews tailors therapy interventions using CBT, play therapy, trauma-informed, family, and relational approaches.  She has nearly a decade of special education experience, and is well-versed in adapting therapy techniques for those with special education needs.  Dr. Matthews received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Salisbury University in Maryland, and achieved her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC.  She completed her predoctoral internship at Loudoun County Mental Health Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at Sheppard Pratt.  Prior to joining the Kingsbury Wellness & Learning Group, Dr. Matthews worked as a child and adolescent psychologist at the Sheppard Pratt School (formerly The Forbush School at Glyndon) for nine years, with her last three years as a supervising psychologist overseeing the program’s clinical department.

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Jaime Fryburg, Psy.D.

Post Doctoral Resident

Dr. Fryburg is a Post-Doctoral Resident providing psychotherapy and diagnostic testing to children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Fryburg received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University, and she completed her internship at a community mental health clinic in New York. She has worked in a variety of outpatient settings, and provides treatment for stress, depression, anxiety, relational and family problems, and behavioral and attention issues. Dr. Fryburg utilizes a range of therapeutic methods based on the unique needs of the individual. She believes that building strong, positive relationships both in and out of therapy is an important aspect of managing many challenges faced by individuals and families.

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Hannah Russell

Administrative Assistant

Hannah Russell is the administrative assistant, providing support to the rest of the team. She earned dual bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Science & Technology from the University of Maryland- College Park and is dedicated to the mission of supporting learners and their families.

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