1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. What Is Postpartum Depression?

    When you give birth, it is typical to experience what is called “the baby blues.” The baby blues last only a few days after your child is born, and may cause you to experience moodiness, sadness, anxiety, irritability, trouble sleeping, and difficulty concentrating. These feelings are normal, particularly when you have experienced such a huge life change. After a week or two, however, these fe…Read More

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. The Benefits of Alpha Stim

    You may never have heard of Alpha Stim, but it is an incredible tool that is gaining prominence in the medical community. Alpha Stim is a device that is used worldwide to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, and chronic pain. It works by electrically stimulating the nerve cells that produce the neurotransmitters associated with mood. Over time, this improves sleep, decreases anxiety, and lifts moo…Read More