1. Social Anxiety Is Holding Me Back

    Originally published in the Lakelands Leader in our advice column the Laudable Life Q: As the weather gets warmer and friends start to invite me out more often, I am feeling a rise in my social anxiety. I would like to be able to spend time out with my friends, but the pressure of excruciating self-consciousness is really getting to me. How can I manage my feelings and allow myself to enjoy time w…Read More

  2. Nobody Is Going to Want Our Stuff

    Originally published in the Lakelands Leader in our advice column the Laudable Life Q: Over the last several years, three of my relatives have passed away leaving me their memorabilia and several pieces of antique furniture. My townhouse is now extremely cluttered and I feel like I’m suffocating. It breaks my heart to let these things go because of their sentimental value, but I don’t have the…Read More

  3. Is a DBT Group Right for My Daughter?

    Originally Published in the Lakelands Leader in our Laudable life advice column Q:  I have a teenage daughter with significant emotional issues. Her friendships at school can be so short-lived I have a hard time keeping track of who's in and who's out from week to week.  Our relationship is quite volatile as well; there's a lot of storming upstairs and slamming doors or sobbing at the drop of a …Read More

  4. Animal-Assisted Therapy

    Definitions and  Clarification Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) Animal-Assisted Therapy is occurring when a qualified, certified therapists and health care providers employs the use of their own animal, or another trained animal, as a part of a therapeutic treatment plan. Therapy Dogs and Facility Dogs can at times be included in this category. Riley at our practice falls into this category when he …Read More

  5. Practicing Mindfulness For Anxiety

    Mindfulness is a hot topic in the mental health community at the moment. You may be familiar with the concept of mindfulness from meditation or yoga. Mindfulness is simply the act of being present. There are studies that suggest that mindfulness-based therapies may be helpful for people with anxiety disorders. The theory behind this is that mindfulness allows you to be more aware of your physiolog…Read More

  6. Alpha-Stim a Safe Alternative in the Treament of Insomnia, Depression, and Anxiety

    At Kentlands Psychotherapy in Gaithersburg, MD, we are proud to offer Alpha-Stim as a treatment option to our patients. Alpha-Stim is a therapeutic device that uses cranial electrical stimulation (CES) to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and some pain disorders. The device is roughly the size of a cell phone. The patient clips the device to their earlobes and receives a low…Read More

  7. Exercise As A Treatment For Depression

    When you have depression, you may feel like there is no hope for you. However, there are many treatment options for depression now, and by taking active steps towards recovery, you can manage your mood disorder. One such treatment option is psychotherapy. If you need psychotherapy in Gaithersburg, MD, Kentlands Psychotherapy can help. In congruence with therapy, some patients choose to make lifest…Read More

  8. Facts About Anxiety Disorders

    While everyone experiences anxiety from time to time, people with anxiety disorders are more or less constantly in an anxious state. Over time, when left untreated, anxiety disorders can get worse and interfere with daily life, influencing such aspects of their lives as work, school, and relationships. Fortunately, anxiety is a very treatable condition with many options.  The Symptoms The term …Read More

  9. Common Mental Health Disorders In Teens

    The teenage years are marked by emotional turmoil, so it can be difficult to determine whether your teen is experiencing a mental health disorder, or just the normal ups and downs of adolescence. Here, we will go over signs that something more serious is happening that requires teen counseling, and the most common mental health disorders that teens develop. How Do You Know Something Is Wrong? Whil…Read More

  10. Common Misconceptions About PTSD

    In the media, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is generally presented as something that war veterans develop that makes them “crazy” and “violent,” but this is a dangerous misconception. PTSD can happen to anyone, and symptoms can manifest in a variety of different ways. As with many mental conditions, there are certain misconceptions about PTSD. Here, we outline some common myths you…Read More