1. Why You Should Be Ready to Confess Your Affair When Asked

    Should you tell your partner about the affair you've had? If you ask a philosophy professor they will likely give you an ethical decision making theory like in this article from Psychology Today. But philosophers work in theory, they don't work with people in crisis. On the other hand, if you ask 100 couples therapists, "Should your client tell their partner about an infidelity or affair?" you mi…Read More

  2. Animal-Assisted Therapy

    Definitions and  Clarification Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) Qualified, certified therapists and health care providers that employ the use of their own animal or another trained animal as a part of a therapeutic treatment plan. Therapy Dogs and Facility Dogs are included into this category. Dogs, like Riley, at our practice would fall into this category. To learn more about how Riley and Dr. Carr…Read More

  3. When Your Family Is a Bunch of Scrooges

    Q: It's early December and as usual I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the things I needs to get done; school parties, work parties, neighborhood parties, gift shopping, family travel, and decorating the house before we go away for the holiday. It's too much! Worse yet I can't seem to get anyone to help. My husband and kids are full of excuses why they aren't able to assist and when those excuse…Read More

  4. Stepping Back from Parenting Your College Student

    Question: Our oldest child is leaving for University of Maryland next year.  She's excited, but I'm nervous.  I won’t be there to wake her up for her 8am classes and I won’t be there when she needs me.  What if she doesn’t like her roommate?  What if she gets sick?  And the idea of frat parties scares the hell out of me! Answer: It is a parent’s job to love and worry about their child…Read More

  5. 3 Tips For Communicating With Your Teen

    It is no secret that communicating with teenagers can sometimes be difficult. As an adolescent, your priorities and experiences are just different than those of an adult. It can be easy to fall into a pattern of not really communicating with your teen; it may seem like you’re speaking two different languages, and you each end up speaking at each other as opposed to with each other. At Kentlands …Read More

  6. Young Adults and Mental Illness

    Mental illness can manifest at any age. However, certain mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression, tend to become symptomatic in the late teens to mid-twenties. It is not exactly understood why these disorders tend to appear during this time of life, though there is some research that suggests that it may be related to hormonal changes. Certain people are at greate…Read More

  7. 4 Signs Of Trauma in Children

    As much as we would like to, we cannot completely shield our children from trauma. Whether it is disturbing event or a tragic loss, no one can completely avoid trauma. However, with the right tools, we can help children to healthily cope with their feelings of loss, fear, and sadness. At Kentlands Psychotherapy in Gaithersburg, our Licensed Clinical Social Workers have extensive experience helpin…Read More