Bridges Therapy and Wellness Center

We provide therapy, testing and psychiatric services to children, adolescents and adults, including individual, family, couples and group therapy and medication management to those with a wide range of concerns such as anxiety, depression and trauma.

This page is open to the public to provide information about services offered as well as upcoming events, seminars, and groups offered at Bridges Therapy and Wellness Center. Bridges Therapy and Wellness Center is a comprehensive mental health practice that also focuses on mindful and healthy living. Caring for one’s mental health is an integrative, whole-body experience. Therefore, in addition to offering high quality psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and psychiatric services, we believe in helping clients integrate positive lifestyle practices into their daily lives. We incorporate opportunities to learn about nutrition, exercise, meditation and mindfulness. The practice was founded by clinical psychologists Erika Shilling, Ph.D. and Michelle Mullaley, Ph.D. Our clinicians offer comprehensive services to children, adolescents and adults. Please visit our website at to see a list of the full-range of therapeutic and psychiatric services offered.

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A Grateful Family is a Happy Family: 5 Gratitude Practices | Sunshine Parenting

You will surely get lots of reminders to be grateful this Thanksgiving, and we know there are likely changes to the traditional family gatherings you may cherish this year. You can still find things to be grateful for, and may want to try a few new ways to share the gratitude as you celebrate the holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving! Creating a grateful family culture is a challenge in our entitled, indulgent age. Yet research has confirmed what we intuitively know – Practicing gratitude and being grateful are keys to a happier life. It’s well worth our consistent and continued effort as parents to model and teach our kids t...

How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids

Children rely on their parents to help them learn to regulate - or co-regulate - the term for regulating their own emotions and neurological arousal alongside their parent who is calm and attuned to them. Calm parental energy and neurological systems generally promote children with the ability to calm their bodies and emotions. So what do you do if YOU have anxiety? Maybe you have irritable or overblown reactions to small setbacks, tend to be overprotective or worry about the "worse case scenarios?" How can you keep from passing your activated system on to your child? It IS possible, and you can start with these tips to calm yourself and teach your children to do the same. Witnessing a parent in a state of anxiety can be more than just momentarily unsettling for children. Kids look to their parents for information about how to interpret ambiguous situations; if a parent seems consistently anxious and fearful, the child will determine that a variety of scenarios are un...

How a Lack of Gratitude Kills Relationships - Mindful

You've heard how GRATITUDE has been shown to boost happiness, health and success (maybe because we've told you?) - but have you thought about how it might affect relationships? Most researchers had not either, but an early study is finding that varying levels of gratitude between marital partners can impact their marital satisfaction - for better or for worse! Read on to learn more. A new study suggests that couples who express gratitude are more satisfied with their relationship.

Kind Communication Is Easier Than You THINK - Mindful

In these days of political and racial tensions, "COVID-fatigue," and - well, all that 2020 has brought us - kindness may seem to be lost, at times. But it does not have to be - and you can make a difference right now with these tips on how to value relationships over being "right." Be a part of bringing kindness to your interactions with others. Chris Willard shares a few useful mnemonics that help us stay on course with speaking and communicating kindly and how mindfulness can help.

A Deeper Look at ADHD: The Know/Go Model

Did you miss our latest webinar? Well you're in luck, we've recorded the ENTIRE webinar for your family to listen in here. Listen and learn more about the ADHD brain from a true expert. Dr. Karin Varblow, MD will present on the ADHD diagnosis and its impact on the functional parts of the brain. She will share with you powerful ways you can help your child succeed to cut down on frustrations all around.

“I’ll Study Later! Really!” How to (Actually) Study Effectively with ADHD

Now that your kids are "studying" at home, are you noticing that many do not know HOW to study? Those with ADHD are likely to fall prey to ineffective study strategies, but most students can use a refresher if they fall into these "study" traps! Which ones do you notice in your students? Students with ADHD learn differently, so they should study differently, too. Unfortunately, many of our students detest studying because they've never been taught how their ADHD minds actually learn. Here are 8 common studying problems and solutions that really work.

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Nicotine Vapor More Rewarding for Adolescents Than Adults - Neuroscience News

There is a reason that teens tend to flock to vaping in a way adults do not seem to - and it's not just because it's a fad. Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the effects of vaping, making it hard to stop even when they want to or understand the dangers. Study shows adolescents find vaping nicotine more rewarding than adults, and do so after shorter exposure. The findings may explain why vaping is so popular in the teenage demographic.

Depression, Not Anxiety, Linked With Inflammation and Metabolic Change - Neuroscience News

Research continues to demonstrate that mental and physical health are intertwined and complex. A recent study reinforces this with new clarity about the role of inflammation and certain lipids in the brain are associated with depression, which may have new implications for treatment. Depression and anxiety have different biochemical links to inflammation and lipid metabolism. Those with depression have greater levels of inflammation and different types and amounts of lipids in their blood compared to those with anxiety. The metabolites associated with depression were linked to t...

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What Does Twice Exceptional Mean? Identifying and Nurturing Gifted Children with ADHD

Growing up in the mind and body of a "twice exceptional" youngster is challenging - they are gifted smart, yet struggle with learning or attention in ways that make it hard to demonstrate all of their capabilities. Learn more about what it means to be "2e," and how to find out if that could explain YOUR child's experience.

Bridges Therapy and Wellness Center offers comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations to better understand your child's intellectual functioning and learning, and get them on the path to optimizing their performance. The intellectual potential of twice exceptional youth is great but sometimes difficult to recognize and cultivate due to a co-existing condition like ADHD, a learning disability, sensory issues, or other conditions that complicate learning — and teaching.

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Understanding the stress response - Harvard Health

Stress is NOT just an emotional response - it is a very physical "fight or flight" response in the body in reaction to our experiences, thoughts and emotions, and it feels really uncomfortable. Learn more about what is happening in your body, and a few ways to help counteract this response and return to a calmer state. A stressful situation can trigger a cascade of stress hormones that produce well-orchestrated physiological changes. A stressful incident can make the heart pound and breathing quicken. Muscles tense and beads of sweat appear. This combination of rea...

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23 Resilience Building Tools and Exercises (+ Mental Toughness Test)

Resilience allows us to adapt and even grow from challenges - it does mot prevent us from facing difficult times. It allows us to develop an adaptive mindset and confidence that we can handle what comes our way, allowing us to come out the other side of life's trials stronger and mentally healthier. Read on to learn strategies to build resilience for yourself and your family. This outline blends resilience building research and tactical activities to spark new ideas, foster empowerment, and help you develop resilience.

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For Good Communication, Timing Is Everything

Studies show that marital satisfaction can be impacted when one partner has ADHD, and communication can be one of the barriers that impacts marital happiness. As the article states, "You could have the best intentions for clear communication, but if it's not timed right, the spouse with ADHD may never get the message. It's like sending mail that never gets opened." Sound familiar? Follow these tips for improving the chances your message will get received! If you want to listen, be heard, and connect in your ADHD marriage, context matters — so try these tips for choosing a time to share what's on your mind.

Nourishing the Mind, Body and Soul During the Pandemic | Emerson Hospital

As we go through the change to another season living in the current pandemic, many people are experiencing burnout and fatigue - it's hard to live in a "crisis" stage for months on end, with no return to normalcy with school, work, travel or recreation on the horizon. Follow these tips to help your mind and body cope with the prolonged stress, and notice that this self-care leads to improved mood and functioning. It's easy to feel overwhelmed or stressed these days, so self-care is crucial to good mental and physical health. Use these tips to help nourish your mind, body and soul.

Be kind. You never know what someone else is going through. Always know you are not alone if it’s you that is struggling. Reach out to a friend, family or therapist. You are not alone.

Last chance to register for a FREE webinar this upcoming Monday & tips on tackling online learning! -

Helping Children Deal With Grief

Watching your child grieve the loss of a loved one is painful for us as adults, no doubt. Following these guidelines for supporting your child through their grief may help to ease some of their pain, and give you all a path toward healing. You can't protect your kids from the pain of loss of a loved one, but you can help build healthy coping skills which will serve them well in adulthood.

Don’t give up, it’s a new day. 🧡 #happyoctober

Saying ‘No’ Is Self-Care for Parents

“For parents, a healthy approach to self-care does not mean adding more tasks to your family to-do list - it means firmly deciding what you will not do and setting boundaries." A healthy use for "no! Facing parental burnout? Use the magic word. | Parenting Tips for Anxious Kids

Need some tips for helping your child manage anxiety? We have some for you. Quick tip: Be aware of and manage your own anxiety so it does not "leak" into your little one. It's important that you have the same expectations of your anxious child that you would of another child (to go to birthday parties, make decisions, talk to adults). However, understand that the pace will need to be slower and there is a process involved in meeting this end goal. You can help your c...

Give yourself some credit because you’re doing great. #mondaymotivation

Parent's Guide to Teen Depression -

With the stress and isolation of the past few months, adolescent depression is on the rise. Know what to look for and start a dialogue with your teen. You'll be glad you did. Learn what teen depression looks like in teens and what you can do to help your child.

How to Help Your Middle/High School Student With Learning Differences Conquer Distance Learning

Did you miss our webinar on How to Help Your Child with Learning Differences Conquer Distance Learning? No worries, we have it recorded for you right here! If you're looking for additional support for your family to navigate online learning, please contact us at (703) 865-4900 x0.

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Depression and anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms

Getting moving will lift your mood and help you manage your depression - it's one of the best medicines! Read more to find out why. Research on depression and anxiety shows that exercise and other physical activity can help improve mood, reduce anxiety and improve other health problems.


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