Drama Therapy & Social Skills

Designed for rising 1st and 2nd graders!


Now offering a Drama Therapy & Social Skills Group!

Designed for children in rising grades 1st & 2nd, this group will use the theories of play and drama-based structure to learn and practice social skills for use in the classroom, as a part of a team, or additional extracurricular activities.

When: June 26th - June 30th, 2022

Time: 9am - 11:30am

Cost: $499

All groups will be held at our Alexandria office located at

2850 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 105
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Team Building Strategies

To help build overall confidence in managing emotions to increase self-awareness and coping skills.

Social Skills & Self-Confidence

This group will boost your child's self-confidence while interacting with like-minded peers.



To promote team building and bonding with like-minded peers.

About The Wise Family

We are here to guide and inspire families to build resilient communication and emotional intelligence.

The Wise Family is a Northern Virginia-based counseling and assessment practice with over 30 years of training and experience in the field of child and adolescent development.

Our focus is to support the emotional and intellectual strengths in children, teens and families. Through individual and group counseling, strategic psychoeducation with families, and educational assessment, The Wise Family works to encourage the growth of emotional intelligence, flexibility, resilience and family connection in order to ensure success both at home and in life.

Meet the group facilitator below!

Allyson Markussen

Resident in Counseling

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Allyson is a Resident in Counseling for The Wise Family! She is currently a School Counselor in Northern Virginia, where she works with children ages 3-13. She has over a decade’s worth of experience working with young children and adolescents in various arenas. 

Allyson earned her B.S. in Sociology and B.A. in Music, Theatre, and Film from Saint Joseph’s University (Go Hawks!). She continued her graduate studies at Seton Hall University, where she earned her M.A. in School Counseling. Allyson currently integrates a child-centered approach, alongside a cognitive-behavioral approach when working with clients and their parents. She also incorporates music and other creative arts strategies to help children express their thoughts and feelings in a therapeutic environment. She hopes to become a registered play therapist. 

In her free time, Allyson can be found at the ice rink figure skating, reading a book, or taking “Gidget” (her very energetic Golden Retriever) for a walk. She also enjoys going to concerts, sailing, and playing tennis. A fun fact to know – Allyson has been sailing for over 12 years! She looks forward to meeting you and your child in the office.