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Some thoughts on depression – Q&A

I was honored to be recently named as a Top Doc. It’s always gratifying to be recognized for good work, and this kudo comes with the bonus of having an active Q&A section on their website, where readers (and potential patients) can anonymously ask questions.  I’ve tried to find time to answer a bunch of…

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Anxiety Toolkit

1.  Mindfulness Exercise Start by taking a few deep breaths … breathing in through your nose … and then out through your mouth … in through your nose … and then out through your mouth. Then, while you continue to do so, gradually try to make yourself aware of: 5 Things You Can See:  For…

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What is Executive Functioning?

Executive Functioning has become a catchphrase in psychology, parenting, and, increasingly, education.  Executive functioning is mediated by the frontal lobe. You can think of it as the conductor of the orchestra. Or the chef of a bustling kitchen. You can have very talented musicians, but the orchestra doesn’t do so well without the guidance and…

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Black Mental Health

Black history month and psychology: A quick look at research into disparities in need for services and access to mental health treatment. 1946 In the 1940s, psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark designed and conducted a series of experiments known colloquially as “the doll tests” to study the psychological effects of segregation on African-American children. Drs. Clark…

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Nine Tips for Dealing Calmly with Criticism

We can have a very hard time being criticized, corrected, or accused – even of the smallest mistakes. One client succinctly said: “it feels like an attack on my character, my very person”. Here are some of the strategies to use to accept criticism. Listen to what a critic is saying. Really listen, try to…

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Dearest Loved One: A Letter About My Depression

Many people find it nearly impossible to talk about their depression, especially to their loved ones. I’ve found that for some of my patients, it helps to put it in writing. I’ve drafted this letter for anyone and everyone who thinks it might be useful. Customize and share as you wish. Dearest (loved one), It…

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A Year of Growth

Just 14 months ago, my vision of a company providing multi-tiered mental health services for the widest range of people in the DMV came to life. Since that time, we have opened two offices, with a third location on the way next year, served the community through psycho-education and consultation for teens in Fairfax County…

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