Dr. Daniel Griffin, a licensed psychologist, has over 25 years of experience helping people improve their lives.
He is a widely respected and skilled therapist and a senior teacher and trainer of clinicians in a number of mental health settings.
Dan has extensive post-doctoral training in adult and family-based therapies and currently teaches family and child interventions to psychiatrists at Children's National Medical Center. He formerly taught professionals at New York University Hospital, George Washington University, Washington School of Psychiatry, and the Minuchin Center for the Family.
For family issues, Dan implements a family and child friendly approach to those struggling with behavioral, emotional and learning issues, but he brings that warmth and understanding to couples and adults as well. Warm, humorous, yet highly focused, Dr. Dan is strongly committed to working in a way that affirms the strengths and potential of those he works with.
He describes his approach: "My commitment is to create a safe, positive therapeutic environment that welcomes and respects individuals, couples and families, but above all, fosters growth and change. My approach is guided by identifying and achieving goals, while I’m mindful of the critical importance of each individual's unique history. I strive to assist people in generating solutions that emphasize strengths rather than pathology. I believe that interventions that incorporate personal resources and activate one's social supports are often most crucial to successfully resolving life's difficulties and achieving real growth."
Dan is committed to the incorporation of scientific and empirically based knowledge in his work.
In addition to a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Dr. Griffin was awarded a post-doctoral certificate in couples and family therapy from the Ackerman Institute for the Family (New York, NY), upon completion of an intensive three-year externship. Dr. Griffin is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and the Maryland State Psychological Association. He is currently a partner at Integrated Therapy Services for Children in Kensington, MD, and has an office in Takoma Park, MD.
"I have only the highest affirmations for Dr Danny Griffin, who has been a treasured teacher here at Children's National Medical Center for over 7 years! Danny has breathed life into our Family Therapy Seminar that our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows are required to participate in over their two years of training here at CNMC. I have served as the training director here at CNMC, and thus work closely with my seminar leaders. Under Danny’s watchful eye, his co-taught seminar has truly blossomed. He is a brilliant, thoughtful, witty and creative teacher, who is able to bring the subject matter alive, and create an evocative experiential learning atmosphere which in turn promotes a self-directed learning style. Many a fellow have shared case vignettes with me where a complex family with whom they are struggling is expertly interviewed in the seminar by Danny, allowing underlying unrecognized systemic issues to come to the surface so that the family and in turn the fellows begin to gain a better grasp of maladaptive forces impacting their daily lives. Such a case-based teaching style has made Danny amongst our favorite teachers.
Danny also has the intellectual capacity to ground such case-based teaching in literature and theory in a way that comes alive and makes sense to the learners. Most importantly, every fellow emerges from this experiential seminar with a profound respect for the importance of the family in their work with the child, as a child never exists outside of the family in which they are embedded. Danny helps our fellows step back and appreciate this bigger picture, so that a holistic treatment frame emerges which incorporates the family and the child or children within."
Peter Daniolos, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Director 2003-10
Children’s National Medical Center
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
The GWU School of Medicine