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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

Psychiatric and Psychological Services On-Line


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, which is a free online service for video calls. allows clients to [...]

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

Back to School Planning…In October!


Our kids headed back to school over a month ago. And while a lot of children, had no problem at all getting their academic groove on, the back to school transition has been difficult for others. “He’s addicted to technology” and “She’s missing assignments” and “She doesn’t even try” and “I can’t get him up in the morning” are just a few of the many concerning parental statements made in my work as a psychologist from just this past week. Every parent wants his or her child to succeed academically, and here are some tips to consider to get your [...]

Back to School Planning…In October!2019-10-28T02:47:57+00:00

Happy Birthday iPhone: The Good and the Bad 10 Years Later


The iPhone is 10 years old this week, and it’s truly amazing how it (and smartphones in general) has revolutionized the way we function as a society and in so many positive ways — having instant access to information, increasing ways to communicate in real time, having multiple applications in the palm of your hand (e.g., a GPS system, a camera, etc.).  But the rise of mobile devices over the past 10 years has curiously coincided with the rise of some concerning problems. Smartphone overuse can actually lead to problematic behaviors and symptoms that are consistent with substance use disorders or [...]

Happy Birthday iPhone: The Good and the Bad 10 Years Later2018-11-20T00:59:54+00:00

Bad Clowns and Cultural Coulrophobia


Oct. 31 marks the annual celebration of Halloween, but for some the dressing up as anonymous and often scary characters has taken on a new meaning.  The fall has brought dozens of reports across America of “creepy clowns” disturbing the public, and Loudoun is not immune. In October alone, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) reported two unsettling clown sightings. On Oct. 16 a juvenile reported that while running in a group along a trail at the intersection of Plymouth Pl. and Shellhorn Rd. in Ashburn, he observed a man leaning up against a tree who appeared to be sick. The report [...]

Bad Clowns and Cultural Coulrophobia2018-11-20T04:04:09+00:00

Lessons of Trump-Clinton: All Mental Health Organizations Should Adopt the Goldwater Rule


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) takes a hard line position when it comes to psychiatrists asserting a public opinion about an individual’s mental health or mental illness. Since 1973, the APA has prohibited psychiatrists from offering professional public opinions or diagnoses of individuals they have not assessed.  This position, known as the Goldwater Rule, came about due to an incident that occurred in 1964 where thousands of psychiatrists were asked by a magazine to weigh in on Senator Barry Goldwater’s mental fitness as a presidential candidate. Many psychiatrists responded that Goldwater was unfit to assume the presidency, and some even offered clinical diagnoses [...]

Lessons of Trump-Clinton: All Mental Health Organizations Should Adopt the Goldwater Rule2018-11-20T04:13:12+00:00

The “Perfect” Coach For Your Boy*


As each Fall athletic season begins and boys are recruited into (or placed onto) various school and county leagues, my voicemail and e-mail Inbox receive an inevitable bombardment of concerns from pare nts about the “best coach.” Parents often have the same concern season-upon-season: “My sons’ coach is mean and I don’t think he can succeed with someone mean;” “His self-esteem is being harmed;” and of course, “What should we do?” I rarely hear from the parents who love their sons’ coaches: obviously, they have no complaints. In an effort to address the question of what makes a “perfect” coach, I turned to parents who love their sons’ coaches, talked with coaches, looked at the recent research on the effects of athletic coaching styles on boys, and sought the advice of a life coach (*I should note that while there are many similarities about coaching boys and girls, the differences illustrated in research literature are strong enough to separate the topics, and focus on only coaching boys in this article.)

The “Perfect” Coach For Your Boy*2009-09-20T18:41:06+00:00
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