The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Competitive Youth Sports

2021-05-01T15:37:53+00:00

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Competitive Youth Sports As a psychologist, I frequently work with children and teens involved in competitive team sports, and while there are certainly advantages to being a great athlete at a young age, there can also be a number of challenges. The Good. The positives of youth sports are manifold.  Research studies have shown that highly athletic children and teens do better academically, socially and emotionally and are more physically fit when compared to those who do not participate in competitive organized sports.  According to Niko Eckart, Founder and Technical Director of [...]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Competitive Youth Sports2021-05-01T15:37:53+00:00

Give Your Kids A “Yes Day!”

2021-03-28T00:28:40+00:00

“Yes Day!” is a recent movie that involves a mom and dad that usually say “no” to their children, but agree to a 24-hour period where their children get to do whatever they want (with some reasonable ground rules).  The family goes on an adventure with all sorts of twists and turns, and the story unfolds with fun, impulsive, and at times difficult emotional moments for them all.  In the end, the children and parents grow from their whirlwind day, and they become closer and better off as a family for having had the experience.  The movie is adapted from [...]

Give Your Kids A “Yes Day!”2021-03-28T00:28:40+00:00

 Meet Me in the Middle: What You Need to Know to Really Know your Middle Schooler

2021-02-19T01:56:50+00:00

Meet Me in the Middle:What You Need to Know to Really Know your Middle SchoolerWhere Did My Child Go? When many of us think back to the age we wish we could take a redo, the tween and pre-teen years of middle school often come to mind. It’s a time when most kids live in the whirling limbo of two different worlds, with one foot still planted in childhood and the other tripping into all of the messiness of puberty. Change best defines this phase of life, and as we know, change is not easy…  for any of us. Parenting a middle schooler [...]

 Meet Me in the Middle: What You Need to Know to Really Know your Middle Schooler2021-02-19T01:56:50+00:00

Healing yourself and your relationships after the election

2021-02-19T02:02:23+00:00

Healing yourself and your relationships after the election By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Mindfulness is the concept of being 100 percent present in the moment, while accepting all aspects of what that moment is – without criticism, blame, or judgement.  But with this presidential year being so contentious, and with such heated vitriol between the two major candidates and political parties, it hasn’t been easy to be mindful.  Throw into the mix the emotional weight and upset of COVID-19 along with the civil unrest of recent months, and the Nation has never felt more divided. While people [...]

Healing yourself and your relationships after the election2021-02-19T02:02:23+00:00

The Psychology of Your Vote 2020

2021-02-19T02:03:09+00:00

The Psychology of Your Vote 2020 A person’s political beliefs are determined by several factors.  How you were raised, your life experiences, your current circumstances, your age, and other things, all contribute to your values and beliefs and the choices you make in life – including how you vote. But what if political issues, or at least how you feel about them, are actually not entirely in your control?  What if the vote you cast on November 3rd turns out to be influenced more by your gray matter than by campaign ads, debates, career records or bus tours?  Scientific research [...]

The Psychology of Your Vote 20202021-02-19T02:03:09+00:00

Divorce Rates Spike after COVID-19: Some Tips for Couples

2021-02-19T02:04:13+00:00

Divorce Rates Spike after COVID-19: Some Tips for Couples  COVID-19 has had a profoundly negative impact on many married couples.  The combination of working from home, virtual learning for our children, social distancing, financial hardship, stress, less quality time to relate, illness or the deaths of a loved one, etc., has been difficult for a lot of people with divorce rates spiking as a result. Research has shown that divorce rates typically increase in response to natural disasters and crises, and even the strongest relationships can fail during unprecedented, unpredictable and overly stressful times. According to the research group Legal [...]

Divorce Rates Spike after COVID-19: Some Tips for Couples2021-02-19T02:04:13+00:00

5 Tips to Managing Parental Anger During COVID-19

2020-07-07T01:13:25+00:00

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

2020-06-22T23:59:19+00:00

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

Psychiatric and Psychological Services On-Line

2020-04-04T13:21:26+00:00

Psychiatric and Psychological Services On-Line The highly credentialed and experienced team of clinicians at APPS is available to support your needs online or by telephone on a consultation or ongoing treatment basis.  Receiving psychological or psychiatric help through the Internet or by telephone can be done as an alternative to traditional face-to-face therapy, and your APPS clinician will discuss your needs, goals and objectives prior to beginning. Online consultation, therapy and psychiatry (i.e. medication management) is easy to use and can be very helpful. APPS uses Doxy.me, which is a free online service for video calls. Doxy.me allows clients to [...]

Psychiatric and Psychological Services On-Line2020-04-04T13:21:26+00:00

How To Help Your Children (And Yourself) Get Through The Coronavirus Pandemic

2020-03-27T01:22:18+00:00

How To Help Your Children (And Yourself) Get Through The Coronavirus Pandemic To every child – I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy ~ Malala Yousafzai At a time of year when we as parents are supposed to be getting ready for Spring Break, SOL’s, yard work, graduations, organized sports and other activities for our children with the weather warming up, we are instead hunkered down in our homes to protect ourselves from COVID-19.  Within a very short time period, and globally now, COVID-19 has essentially changed the way [...]

How To Help Your Children (And Yourself) Get Through The Coronavirus Pandemic2020-03-27T01:22:18+00:00
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