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How to create a positive relationship

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Several weeks ago, my husband and I adopted a dog from the shelter. Though both of us grew up with dogs, we were new to adopting an older dog, with an unknown history. The counselor at the shelter recommended obedience classes, specifically positive reinforcement training. Positive reinforcement is based on the idea that any creature – dog, cat, or human – is more likely to learn and repeat behaviors that result in consequences it desires and enjoys. Sounds obvious, right? When I ask my dog to “stay” and she complies, she gets a treat....

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Running Uphill

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

My favorite form of torture, I mean exercise, is running. I have found nothing quite as satisfying as running outside in the fresh air and being able to just step out my front door to exercise. As anyone who exercises knows, exercise gives you time to clear your mind and think a lot.  Sometimes I do my best thinking while I am running which has led to me coming up with some great running analogies.  So, humor me a bit while I share these gems! I want to let you in on a secret about running – I sometimes hate it.  I literally feel...

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DIVORCE AND FOUR-LEGGED LOVED ONES

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As a couples counselor, I meet with couples who are often struggling with their relationship and need a third party to help bring clarity to the situation. Sometimes, though, ingrained relationship problems can result in the end of the relationship or divorce, in the case of married couples. There is a lot to be determined when it comes to the best way to amicably separate. The often unheard story is how to manage the pets. Below, our friend and contributor Brandy Austin, Esq. gives us some insight into this emotionally difficult, all too...

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Break Up with Stress for a Happier, Healthier Life

Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Break Up with Stress for a Happier, Healthier Life

Individual Therapy Bethesda, MD If I asked you to pinpoint your stress level on a continuum between “Life is full of sunshine and rainbows” and “Oh my gosh, I am staggering under the weight of all of my responsibilities and obligations,” what would you say? Go ahead, think about it for a minute. I’d venture to guess that most people fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum (i.e., “I’m juggling a lot of things but I can still function relatively well”), but there are far too many others who are tottering dangerously close to that...

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Managing Expectations in Relationships

Posted by on April 12, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Managing Expectations in Relationships

Couples Counseling Bethesda, MD I don’t know how many of you have seen 500 Days of Summer, but the scene that juxtaposes expectation and reality is one that has always stood out to me. This three-minute scene perfectly captures the disappointment we often feel when our reality does not meet our expectations. Sometimes we set ourselves up with lofty expectations that would probably never truly happen, other times our idea of how something should be is so firmly entrenched, that there is little wiggle room for any departures from this picture....

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How Personal Injury Lawsuits Can Affect Your Relationship

Posted by on April 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Litigating a personal injury case, as well as dealing with the injury itself, can cause stress in many areas of the victim’s life. Pursuing a lawsuit against the liable party to get compensation for the serious injuries they caused can be a difficult process. There are state and federal laws to consider, procedural protocols to follow, and other concerns. Additionally, a concern that most victims don’t consider is how a personal injury claim might affect their personal relationships. You may be the one who suffered an accident, but the...

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Is it Just Dinner?

Posted by on April 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Is it Just Dinner?

Couples Therapist in Bethesda MD Media and social media were busy this week responding to a Washington Post article that said Mike Pence chooses not to dine with any women other than his wife or attend an event that serves alcohol unless his wife is by his side. The response to this revelation ranged from supportive to critical, humorous to mean.  Some commended him for such strong marital values. Others ridiculed him for not having the self control to be alone with a woman.  Many expressed that they were offended by a viewpoint that perhaps...

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The key to practicing self-care

Posted by on March 27, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The key to practicing self-care

Individual Therapy Bethesda, MD Most of us are familiar with the concept of self-care. A simple internet search yields hundreds of articles detailing the benefits of practicing self-care and ideas of how to incorporate self-care into your daily routine. The problem is that while most of us can agree that self-care is important, this insight doesn’t necessarily translate into actually practicing self-care. One major reason why incorporating self-care into our daily routine is hard is because we don’t always experience pleasure when we practice...

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State Forensic Psychological Evaluations

Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It seems like I represent a lot of mentally ill criminal defendants.  Some cases are too small to involve a mental health expert, such as where a cognitively impaired defendant steals from her group home.  Prosecutors are likely to recognize what is truly happening and, if not, a judge is likely to straighten them out.  However, when the charges are serious, a defendant’s mental health status can be key and requires special preparation. First, understand the ground rules. Criminal defense lawyers Bangor ME residents rely on representing...

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The Power of March 21

Posted by on March 14, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Power of March 21

Individual Therapy Bethesda, MD If I were to ask you what’s special about March 21, what would you say? Would you tell me that it’s the second full day of Spring? That’s it’s the day after the Spring Equinox? That it’s a Tuesday? If you did, I would agree that all of those things are true. But something else makes March 21 even more unique. In several countries around the world, March 21 is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD). It’s possible that you’ve never heard of IDERD. That actually wouldn’t surprise me...

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