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August 13, 2016. Attachment Disorder Maryland is very sad to announce that Larry B. Smith died a few days ago. We mourn the loss of a dear friend and colleague. Larry was a caring man and highly skilled therapist who helped countless families for many years. Larry’s clients are encouraged to contact other members of the ADM group for continued support and guidance.

You can now view Larry's memorial page which will allow you to sign his guestbook and leave condolences. Just Click Here.


I have 32 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, and their families.  Since 1995, I have been in full time private practice in Silver Spring, Maryland.  My training spans a range of theoretical and treatment methodologies:
Lawrence B. Smith LCSW-C
Attachment theory
Cognitive-behavioral treatment
Developmental theory
Neurolinguistic Programming
Object relations
Psychodynamic theory
Psychopharmacology for children
Self Psychology
Trauma theory and treatment

In 1992, I co-authored The Coping Skills Manual with a parent, as part of a statewide project in Maryland. This is a guidebook for parenting children with serious emotional and behavioral difficulties.  This manual is still being used in training programs in Maryland as well as other states.

Since 1992, I have specialized in working with children on the Attachment Disorder Spectrum.  This has necessitated additional specializations in Trauma and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).  I have written multiple training outlines for understanding and working with these children; and these outlines are being used by organizations, schools, individual  professionals, and parents around the country and internationally.  These articles were integrated into the website,, in 2001. The articles and website are being revised and expanded on an ongoing basis.  I have been doing workshops and trainings on Attachment Disorder, Trauma, FASD, and related topics across the Eastern half of the United States since 1997. 

June 15, 2014


Marianne Becker, LCSW-C, has been a psychotherapist since 1991. With a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, she works with children, adults, and families in her private practice. She has had special training in EEG Neurofeedback, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and play therapy. In addition, she has been an advocate for adopted children and families in agency settings, written articles for adoption publications, and has led children’s groups and parent workshops.

9051 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 3A
Ellicott City, Maryland 21042
Phone: 410-960-0191


To learn more about Ms. Becker's work, see her brochure.



Louise Fleischman is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years experience helping individuals, families, and children.  She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Howard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University.   She has completed post-graduate training in Attachment Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Reiki. 

Ms. Fleischman specializes in helping families provide a nurturing environment for children with histories of early trauma and attachment challenges.  As an adoptive parent of older-placed children, she has first-hand experience in helping children heal from early childhood misfortune.  Ms. Fleischman began her career in the public mental health system and later directed a treatment foster care program.  From 1998-2006, she served as program director for the Center for Adoptive Families of Adoptions Together. 

Ms. Fleischman is a nationally known trainer on attachment disorders, adoption, older child placement issues, and behavior management strategies.  She has designed numerous workshops on clinical issues and is a guest speaker for parent support groups in the public and private sectors.  She has been invited to present at numerous conferences across the country, such as ATTACh, NACAC, JCICS, and CWLA.

Ms. Fleischman works to restore and/or create healthy interpersonal relationships that promote self-esteem and more harmonious family functioning. Her counseling sessions explore the uncomfortable feelings that drive behaviors in order to consciously choose more positive ways of managing distress. Her approach is family-based, straight-forward, supportive, and interactive. She specializes in working with all families, including adoptive/foster families and non-traditional family constellations.  As a bilingual therapist (Spanish/Portuguese/English), she also has expertise in cross-cultural adaptation and other immigrant issues.

In 2008, Ms. Fleischman opened a private practice, Anchor Counseling & Training, LLC, providing therapy to children, families, couples, and adults.  She continues to provide training to public and private organizations, adoption consultations, and clinical supervision. 

Louise Fleischman, LCSW-C
Anchor Counseling & Training LLC
7566 Main St., Suite 301
Sykesville, MD 21784
PH 410.707.9676
FAX 888.389.9072

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2324 West Joppa Road, Suite 420
Lutherville, Maryland 21093

Kate Oliver, LCSW-C has been a clinician working with traumatized and attachment disturbed children since 2000. She is currently in private practice in Columbia, Maryland.

Ms. Oliver earned her BA from Goucher College in 1997 and her Master’s in Social Work in 2000. Following her internship there, Ms. Oliver first worked with The Sexual Trauma Treatment Advocacy and Recovery Center (The STTAR Center) working with abused and neglected children. While working for The STTAR Center, Ms. Oliver completed the first Attachment Training Seminar, followed by a year of supervision, sponsored by the Center for Adoptive Families of Adoptions Together, Inc, taught by Amy Grier, LCSW-C, Louise Fleishman, LCSW-C and Ann Haman, LCSW-C. Ms. Oliver found that the treatment model taught during this seminar was more effective for her attachment disordered clients than traditional therapy. She began working with an attachment based model of treatment and incorporating it into her practice but wanted to learn more.

Ms. Oliver went on to take a position with Tamar’s Children, a program that took pregnant women from prison to a treatment facility that worked on teaching the women to bond with and attach to their babies using a modified Circle of Security model, while also helping the women to heal their own broken attachments. Ms. Oliver was quickly promoted to Clinical Director of Tamar’s Children. The program was internationally recognized for having a successful evidence-based practice using an attachment model. In addition to the original Tamar’s Children program, Ms. Oliver added a component to help women involved in Tamar’s Children to be supportive parents in a way that was best for their older children including, biological parents giving children permission to love a new family or working toward reunification.

Recently, Ms. Oliver co-founded A Healing Place, a private group practice in Columbia, Maryland where she focuses on working with families with children who have attachment disturbances. Ms. Oliver is a board certified supervisor. She has been an invited presenter at several of the Adoptions Together Attachment Training seminars following the one she completed and continues to be dedicated to increasing her knowledge and practice experience working with attachment disturbed children.

Kate Oliver, LCSW-C
7050 Oakland Mills Rd.
Ste. 140
Columbia, MD 21046




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