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  Meghan Crosby Budinger, LCPC, LLC


My patients learn skills to manage their symptoms and lead more fulfilling lives. My approach is present focused, collaborative, and results oriented. If you are looking for a dedicated professional who will meet you or your child where you are and use evidence-based approaches, then look no further! 
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I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with more than 10 years of experience providing evaluation and treatment for children, adults, and families. I earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Sociology from Dickinson College and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. I have experience in various settings including treatment foster care, research, public health, and primary care. I spent the majority of my career at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health where I contributed to research investigating the treatment and prevention of childhood mood and anxiety disorders, and implemented statewide programs to prevent youth suicide and promote the integration of mental and medical health care. During my tenure at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, I underwent rigorous training to be able to evaluate, diagnose, and conduct cognitive-behavioral interventions for randomized, controlled treatment studies. I am a published author, have presented at national conferences, and provide peer review for academic journals. I hold post-graduate certifications in early childhood mental health, parent training, mindfulness, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention. I am experienced at collaborating with primary care providers, psychiatrists, schools, and other child serving agencies to provide comprehensive care. I am dedicated to providing the highest quality care for my patients using evidence-based techniques. I primarily use a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach along with complimentary interventions, including mindfulness and motivational interviewing.
I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience providing individual and family therapy. My areas of particular specialty include:
  • Child anxiety & related disorders including:
    • Selective mutism
    • Separation anxiety
    • Social anxiety
    • Generalized anxiety 
    • School refusal
    • Panic attacks
    • Phobias
    • Depression
  • Early childhood mental health
  • Parenting support for childhood behavior difficulties
  • Post-partum anxiety & depression
  • Adult anxiety & stress management
Please call me today for a free 15 minute phone consultation to see how I can help.
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What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy? 
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is the type of psychotherapy that has the most research supporting its efficacy, which is why it is often referred to as an "evidence-based" intervention. CBT is the psychotherapeutic treatment of choice for anxiety, mood and behavior problems. While some history gathering is helpful and important, for the most part the treatment that I do is present-focused, meaning that we will focus on the symptoms or problems that are currently bothering you or your child and finding solutions to help you lead a more fulfilling life. Patients will be asked to practice skills or techniques outside of the therapy session to support their treatment. I also use other evidence-based techniques, such as mindfulness or motiviational interviewing, as appropriate based upon my patient's symptoms, level of development, and preferences. 

Your First Visit
More time is alloted for the initial visit as I will be gathering important infomation about your reason for engaging in therapy. I may use standardized assessment tools and/or clinical interview to collect more details about your symptoms. This information will inform your treatment plan and help me to give you an idea of what to expect. I also want to be sure to allow adequate time for you to ask any questions you may have. I am aware that the therapeutic relationship is a key factor in successful treatment and want you to feel comfortable. 

Parking & Arrival
Please utilize the free off-street parking directly behind the building (access via Pennsylvania Avenue) and use the walkway to come around to the front door. When you arrive, please have a seat in the waiting area and I will look for you at our appointment time. Please do not knock as I am likely wrapping up with another patient and will be with you shortly. Please be aware that I share the waiting area with other professionals so your courteousness is appreciated. 

The section below contains forms you may choose to review and/or complete prior to arriving for your first session.  Completing them in advance will allow us more time to talk during your appointment. 

Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have about engaging in therapy. I look forward to meeting you!
Initial Phone Consultation (15 minutes) - Free
Initial sessions/evaluations (up to 90 minutes) - $200
Individual or family therapy sessions (50 minutes) - $125

Please note that payment is due at the time of service. Payment may be in the form of cash, check, health savings account card, or credit card. 
I am an out-of-network provider for all insurances. This allows for greater flexibility and privacy for my patients. You may be eligible for ​reimbursement for services by your insurance company. You can determine whether your insurance company will reimburse you by contacting the member services department at your insurance company to inquire about “out-of-network benefits” for mental health services. I am happy to assist you in navigating this process and, upon request, will provide you with the documentation you will need to submit a claim for reimbursement.
Lateness & Cancellations:
Your appointment time is reserved especially for you. If you arrive late, please understand that we will still need to end on time as other patients may be waiting. 24 hours notice of a cancellation is required to avoid being charged the session fee. Occasional exceptions occur if it is agreed that a late cancellation was unavoidable. 
9 South Hickory Avenue
Bel Air, MD 21014
by appointment only
(443) 961-1181 (ph/fax)
*Note: Voicemail and email are checked a minimum of twice per day, however in emergencies please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255, dial 911, or visit your local emergency department. Email is used only for administrative purposes (e.g., appointment making) and not a medium for clinical services.