1. What’s the difference between DBT Programs and DBT Informed Therapy?

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is Dr. Marsha Linehan’s adaptation of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with the primary goal of providing individuals with relevant coping skills for their daily lives. With radical self-acceptance at the core of DBT work, all-or-nothing thinking patterns are discouraged. Instead a middle path of thinking patterns, behaviors, and approaches to life is fostere…Read More

  2. Role-play Games Build Confidence and Keep Kids Connected

    Are you worried the stay-in-place efforts to keep our community safe are leaving your kids lonely and isolated? You’re not alone. In a study on the impact of social isolation and loneliness on the mental health of children and adolescents, Dr Loades and her researchers found that children and adolescents can experience high rates of depression and anxiety during and after forced isolation, addin…Read More

  3. Two Self-Care Techniques for Dealing with the Trauma of COVID-19

    Q: I think I’m depressed. I’m not sure if it’s the coronavirus epidemic itself or cabin fever with the stay at home orders, frustration with MoCo online school, or fears about the future of our economy, but I am definitely not in a good place. I have more time than ever to finally clean out my closets or do some other home projects, but am I doing them? Nope. I see my neighbors power washing…Read More

  4. Rediscovering your holiday spirit

    Originally published in our Laudable Life advice column in the Lakelands Leader Question: I’m having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit. Every year I’m so stressed. I seem to do all the shopping for my own family, and my husband’s family; as well as most of our kids gifts as well. Then there’s all the teachers gifts, the white elephant event at work. The cookie exchanges. The holi…Read More

  5. Alpha Stim Treating: Anxiety, Insomnia, and Depression

    Little known device is treating symptoms of depression, anxiety, Insomnia without medications and almost no side effects. Safe non-invasive technology could help you to reduce your symptoms without medications and the risks or side-effects and withdrawal that come with their use. Information on a research project done by England's National Institute for Health Research research project of the Nati…Read More

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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