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  Meghan Crosby Budinger, LCPC
Cultivating bravery to help children face their fears and thrive.


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I love working with children and families! When I work with your child, I will adjust my approach to your child's developmental level and individual pace. I will teach your child skills that will help them overcome anxiety and reach their potential. I collaborate with parents, schools, and other treating professionals to provide the right support for your child. 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! 
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with 12 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 adept 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. 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 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 bothering you or your child now, and finding solutions to help you lead a more fulfilling life. You 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 your symptoms, level of development, and preferences. 

Your First Visit
More time is alloted for your child's initial visit as I will be gathering important infomation about your reason for engaging in therapy. I use questionnaires and/or clinical interviews to collect more details about your child's symptoms. This information will help me create their individualized treatment plan. I also want to be sure to allow adequate time for you to ask any questions you may have. I know that the quality of the relationship patients have with their therapist is a key factor in successful treatment and want you and your child 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!


I have extensive experience integrating behavioral health interventions into primary care and school settings. I can review your medical office's model of care, electronic medical record, assessment schedule, and referral process and make concrete recommendations on taking your behavioral health intergration to the next level. I can provide guidance and technical assistance on implementing universal and targeted interventions in the school setting. I can provide professional development for teachers, medical professionals, and support staff. Call me to see how I can help your school or medical office enhance your approach to behavioral health.
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. Checks are preferred but payment may also be in the form of cash, 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 potential reimbursement.
Lateness & Cancellations:
Your appointment time is reserved especially for you. 24 hours notice of a cancellation is required to avoid being charged the full session fee as the slot may not able to be filled on such short notice. Occasional exceptions occur if it is agreed that a late cancellation was unavoidable. If you arrive late, please understand that we will still need to end on time as other patients may be waiting.
9 South Hickory Avenue
Bel Air, MD 21014
by appointment only
(443) 961-1181 (ph/fax)
[email protected]
*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.