Douglas Gotel, LICSW, RPT-S

Counseling for Children, Teens and Grown-Ups

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a credentialed Play Therapist with over 9 years of experience working children and families.  

I have a deep respect for a child’s ability to solve his/her problems and I give children the opportunity to do so.  I specialize in child-centered play therapy, sandtray therapy and cognitive therapy.  I have helped children, adolescents, families and adults cope with the experience of grief and loss and trauma. I have helped clients work through identity and self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression and family relationship problems.

In previous positions, I led a school-based mental health team, and my team and I provided behavioral support services and case management to over 400 children and families during my tenure. 

I have presented on school-based mental health at The Center for School Mental Health National Conference and the Mental Health Association of the District of Columbia, and I have led child-centered play therapy trainings at National Center for Children and Families and District of Columbia Public Schools.

Additionally, I am a volunteer clinician at the William Wendt Center's Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin, a summer camp program that provides recreation and grief support groups for children. 

In all life domains that are the focus of our work together, I will help you or your child(ren) to gain new insights, bolster your strengths and abilities and build adaptive strategies to cope with life’s challenges and changes.

Howard University - Master of Social Work
Georgia State University - BA, Journalism

District of Columbia - Licensed Clinical Social Worker #LC-50078782
Maryland - Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical #17816

Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (S2052) - Association for Play Therapy 
Sandtray Therapy Certification, Level I - Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars 
Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Experiencing Chronic Stress (SPARCS)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

Association for Play Therapy