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Early Childhood Education Professional Development


Early Childhood Education Professional Development 3 Part Series and Free of Charge to Participate Shifting Sands: Stress in the Time of COVID-19 26 SEPT: 10 AM - 11:30 AM REGISTER NOW VIEW DETAILS So it's Virtual. Now What? 24 OCT: 10 AM - 11:30 AM REGISTER NOW VIEW DETAILS You All Need A Break: Seriously. 21 NOV: 10 AM - 11:30 AM REGISTER NOW VIEW DETAILS

Early Childhood Education Professional Development2020-09-24T23:14:21+00:00

When Politics Ruins Friendships


Dr. Mike, My husband and I have watched politics ruin many of our closest friends’ relationships and now it’s happening to us.  I’m wanting to unfriend certain friends on-line because of what I see them posting, and I also don’t even want to have some people in my life anymore at all because their views are so different from ours.  My husband and I are Christians, and we’ve always tried to be non-critical and patient in God’s light, but it’s getting harder to do with everything that’s happening in the US right now.  This has also been very painful for [...]

When Politics Ruins Friendships2020-09-15T01:12:49+00:00

Managing Coronavirus Depression


Dr. Mike, The last few months have been hard for me with coronavirus.  I work in my home office all day now and haven’t been to work since late March.  I haven’t seen a single friend. I’ve gained 15 pounds.  I’m drinking too much, and I can’t even remember the last time I worked out with my gym closing.  I’m around my children and husband (who also works from home) all the time, which I guess should feel good but it doesn’t way too often.  I don’t have energy.  I feel sad most of the time, and I lay awake [...]

Managing Coronavirus Depression2020-09-15T01:14:57+00:00

Back to School:  Preparing your child for virtual learning


Back to School:  Preparing your child for virtual learning To the dismay of many parents, the hybrid option to the academic school year for our children is no longer an option in Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS).  But what does that mean and is exclusive virtual learning truly the best option?  While parents in our community are split over the decision, I don’t think there really is a best option; we’re in a global pandemic, and as we’ve all learned over the past several months, living with restrictions and compromises is the new normal. There’s no denying that our children [...]

Back to School:  Preparing your child for virtual learning2020-07-29T22:36:45+00:00

5 Tips to Managing Parental Anger During COVID-19


5 Tips to Managing Parental Anger During COVID-19 While new cases for COVID-19 in Northern Virginia are reportedly lowering, the stress of the pandemic on parents still weighs heavy.  Sure the school year has ended, but our children and teens have started the Summer off without camps, swimming pools, movie theaters, bowling alleys, play dates, etc.  This has in turn put a lot of pressure on parents (many working from home) to keep everyone on schedule.  Add to the mix, the additional demand to be there more – physically and emotionally – for our children, to be living together so [...]

5 Tips to Managing Parental Anger During COVID-192020-07-07T01:13:25+00:00

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures effective June 22nd


Ashburn Psychological and Psychiatric Services Updated COVID-19 Policies and Procedures effective June 22nd Navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic these past few months has been challenging for us as a nation and for the global community.  While the pandemic has not lifted completely, we remain hopeful for continued positive news and its eventual end. As we gradually resume in-office appointments, we have instituted several safety measures based on guidelines from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). Please keep in mind that we will continue to offer psychiatry, psychotherapy and evaluation services virtually [...]

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures effective June 22nd2020-06-22T23:59:19+00:00

How to Discuss the George Floyd Tragedy and Racism with your Children


How to Discuss the George Floyd Tragedy and Racism with your Children On May 25th, George Floyd, an African American man, was killed by a white police officer during an arrest over Floyd allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a market.  This moment of police brutality and the tragedy of Floyd’s death has caused tremendous civil unrest with protests, rioting and looting occurring for over a week now across the country. As a child psychologist in private practice, the topic of Floyd’s murder, and all that has followed since, has entered the psychotherapy space for many of the parents [...]

How to Discuss the George Floyd Tragedy and Racism with your Children2020-06-04T13:02:01+00:00



PREGNANCY & COVID-19 Navigating pregnancy during a global pandemic Join licensed professional counselor Victoria Madden, MEd, EdS, NCCE, NCPC, and expecting mothers and fathers for a weekly support group that offers participants the chance to: Communicate with people who get it Gain support and connection while pregnant amidst the unique challenges faced by those expecting during this time Receive updates on prenatal care and labor and delivery, including what to expect and how to stay safe If interested, please contact our office today at 703-723-2999.

PREGNANCY & COVID-192020-05-28T23:03:48+00:00

Upset in Loudoun


Dr. Mike, Our children are having a very difficult time with the quarantine.  Our 9 year old son has ADHD, and his behaviors are much worse and his ability to focus on school work is just not there…thank goodness the school year is almost over!  It’s too bad because he was doing great academically and with his behaviors before all of this happened.  Whatever we ask of him now, if it doesn’t involve Minecraft or YouTube, he won’t do it or he’ll only do it only after a lot of fighting.  Then there’s our 18 year old daughter who is [...]

Upset in Loudoun2020-05-20T01:51:17+00:00

Upset Parent in Loudoun


Dr. Mike, Our 6 year old daughter needs to sleep with us every night now.  It’s 100% because of the coronavirus since she’s been sleeping by herself for years with no issues.  She started by coming into our room at night crying about “nightmares” and “scary dreams” a few weeks ago and now she needs to stay with us every night.  When we’ve tried to get her to stay in her own bed, she cries non-stop.  She’s also resorting to baby talk when expressing herself, which is a new thing for us.  When we try to correct that, she also [...]

Upset Parent in Loudoun2020-05-20T01:37:09+00:00
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