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Lynn Rider, LCSW, MDiv

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Masters degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University

Provides clinical consultation to preschools and elementary schools

Special training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) which is an evidence-based intervention for younger children

20 years experience working with young children and families

Lynn Rider, LCSW, MDiv, is a Licensed Clinical Social worker who has worked with children and families for three decades, specializing in infant and early childhood mental health.  She received her MSW from the University of Connecticut, her MDiv with a concentration in Social Ethics from Yale University, and her undergraduate degree from Carleton College in MN. 


Since interning at the Yale Child Study Center, she obtained specialized training in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE), and Perinatal Mood Disorders from Postpartum Support International (PSI).  In addition to working with families in Child Guidance Clinics and with adults and adolescents in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), she worked as both a Clinical Supervisor and a Developmental Mental Health Clinician for Child First, a national, evidence-based, two-generation model that works with very challenged young children and families providing intensive, mental-health, home-visiting services.


Anxiety or depression often shows up as difficult to manage or troubling behavior in young children.  Lynn works closely with parents to make sense of their child’s concerning behavior and help their child grow new ways of showing up each day.   She meets with families in office, at home or in schools to strengthen children’s ability to express and regulate emotions, tolerate uncertainty, frustration, or distress, and develop strong, sustaining connections that help them thrive.

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