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Dr. Carey Heller is a licensed psychologist and founding partner with The Heller Psychology Group LLC, which is a small private practice located in Bethesda, Maryland near Montgomery Mall. He specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families. Dr. Heller conducts play, individual, and family psychotherapy for a variety... Read more

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Need Winter Break Activities?

Dr. Carey Heller: Clinical Psychologist and founding partner of The Heller Psychology Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Carey Heller: Clinical Psychologist and founding partner of The Heller Psychology Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.

Wondering how to entertain your children during winter break? Here are some suggestions:


1)     Tackle a project you’ve been putting off with them (i.e., cleaning their room, reorganizing their closet)

2)     Plan “fieldtrips” to local museums such as The Air and Space, Spy, Crime and Punishment, Newseum, or American History museums.

3)     Take a day trip to places such as Annapolis, Richmond, Frederick, or West Virginia.

4)     Have a game day at home. Pull out board games and spend time as a family playing a variety of games. If needed, keep score and lay out prizes, but make sure there are multiple prizes given for different things so that all children receive one.

5)     Have a movie marathon. Have the family gather in front of the television and watch multiple movies from a series (i.e., Harry Potter), or let each family member pick a movie. Microwave or cook popcorn and other snacks, and make it a movie day at home.

6)     Go skiing at one of several places within about an hour’s drive of Washington, D.C.

7)     For children who get bored easily sitting at home, work collaboratively and create a schedule with them for the day (i.e., video game time, reading for fun, getting ahead on homework assignments).

8)     If you want something low key and need a change of scenery from your home, consider taking your children to the library for a few hours and having them read, or even play on a laptop or iPad.

I hope these suggestions are helpful.  Have a wonderful winter break and holiday season!

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*Disclaimer: The previous information is intended as general guidance based on my professional opinion, does not constitute an established professional relationship,  and should not replace the recommendations of a psychologist or other licensed professional with whom you initiate or maintain a professional relationship*


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Carey Heller, Psy.D.

About Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller is a licensed psychologist with The Heller Psychology Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. He works with children, adolescents, and young adults, providing psychological/psychoeducational evaluations and individual psychotherapy. Dr. Heller specializes in ADHD, executive functioning issues, and Autism Spectrum Disorder and is happy to answer questions and provide consultations for individuals who are considering pursuing treatment or an evaluation for their child, adolescent, or themselves. Dr. Heller can be reached directly at 301.385.2610 or For appointments, please call the office at (301) 385-2610 or email The Heller Psychology Group at with your contact information and availability for appointment times.


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