Bridges Therapy and Wellness Center

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

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Children with ADHD Need Positive Reinforcement (& Other Interventions That Work) 10/12/2021

Children with ADHD Need Positive Reinforcement (& Other Interventions That Work)

Are you seeing hyperactivity and impulsivity in your child and wondering, ”Is this age appropriate?” This article highlights developmental milestones related to ADHD for ALL ages that might help answer your questions! If your family is in need of a psychological evaluation, call us at (703) 865-4900 ext. 0 to schedule before the end of the year.

https://www.additudemag.com/adhd-in-children-signs-challenges-positive-reinforcement/

Children with ADHD Need Positive Reinforcement (& Other Interventions That Work) ADHD in children shows up at school, in behavior, and with friends and siblings. For the ADHD symptoms that collide with developmental milestones in childhood, positive reinforcement is almost always the best parenting solution. Read on for pinpointed solutions for common organization problems, emot...

10/11/2021
Why Your Out-Breath is Connected to Your Well-Being 10/08/2021

Why Your Out-Breath is Connected to Your Well-Being

Have you ever felt “in sync” with the people around you? Research has shown that your brain is changing in positive ways while you’re interacting with others around you. Read on to learn just how smart and adaptive your brain can be!

https://www.mindful.org/why-your-breath-is-connected-to-your-well-being-2/

Why Your Out-Breath is Connected to Your Well-Being Learn all about the key messenger of the nervous system, the vagus nerve, and the role it plays with our breathing and emotions.

10/07/2021
A 12-Minute 4-7-8 Breathing Meditation 10/06/2021

A 12-Minute 4-7-8 Breathing Meditation

Has anyone ever told you to take a deep breath when things are seeming to go wrong? Breathing meditation has proven helpful in situations where you may be anxious, stressed, or having difficulty falling asleep. Join Dr. Ni-Cheng Liang in this guided breathing meditation together!

https://www.mindful.org/a-12-minute-4-7-8-breathing-meditation/

A 12-Minute 4-7-8 Breathing Meditation Dr. Ni-Cheng Liang, leads us in a breathing practice to release stagnant air and find calm, helpful for those with chronic lung disease.

10/05/2021
4 tips to help ease kids' back to school anxiety 10/04/2021

4 tips to help ease kids' back to school anxiety

The past year and a half has put school-aged children into unprecedented situations for learning. This school year is a step towards normalcy with in-person learning resuming in most locations, but students are still needing support adjusting back to school. Read on for some helpful tips to ease their school anxiety!

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/wellness/story/tips-ease-childs-back-school-anxiety-79629955

4 tips to help ease kids' back to school anxiety One in five kids in the U.S. has experienced anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic.

[10/01/21]   Is it difficult for you to make decisions? Do you notice that it’s gotten harder during the COVID pandemic? This article by Robyn Brickel, LMFT highlights some possible reasons why, with suggestions on HOW to make decisions comfortably.

https://brickelandassociates.com/5-tips-for-making-decisions-in-life/

Photos from Bridges Therapy and Wellness Center's post 09/21/2021

FREE Mood and Food Webinar Next Monday! - https://mailchi.mp/044375165916/free-mood-and-food-webinar-8410780

Photos from Bridges Therapy and Wellness Center's post 09/09/2021

Free Mood and Food Webinar, Group Therapy, and Testing Availability! - https://mailchi.mp/9fb286f3d18b/free-mood-and-food-webinar

08/14/2021

Knowing how to be with your child when they are struggling with big feelings can be hard - and especially so if you didn't have parents who were able to sit with you in yours.

Knowing how to be with your child when they are struggling with big feelings can be hard - and especially so if you didn't have parents who were able to sit with you in yours.

Nurtured by nature 08/13/2021

Nurtured by nature

Need another reason to get outside, soak up some sun, and breathe in the fresh air? Research shows that doing so helps your mental health! So go enjoy the great outdoors!

Nurtured by nature Psychological research is advancing our understanding of how time in nature can improve our mental health and sharpen our cognition

Exaggerated Emotions: How and Why ADHD Triggers Intense Feelings 08/11/2021

Exaggerated Emotions: How and Why ADHD Triggers Intense Feelings

The interplay of emotions and ADHD can be complex, as the executive functioning challenges of working memory and mental impulse control leave emotional reactions without filters at times in how emotions are experienced or expressed. Want to know more about why you or a loved one reacts the way they do? Read on.

Exaggerated Emotions: How and Why ADHD Triggers Intense Feelings "Challenges with processing emotions start in the brain itself. Sometimes the working memory impairments of ADHD allow a momentary emotion to become too strong, flooding the brain with one intense emotion." Thomas Brown, Ph.D., explains why (and how) ADHD sparks such intense anger, frustration, and....

08/10/2021

In what ways did YOUR past bring you to where you are today?

In what ways did YOUR past bring you to where you are today?

Food for Thought: Does What My Kids Eat Affect Their Mental Health? 08/09/2021

Food for Thought: Does What My Kids Eat Affect Their Mental Health?

We know you may have heard that "food is medicine" but do you know how nutrition impacts your child's mental health (and yours)? The key is nutritional impact on your gut health, and your body's ability to make "feel good" chemicals for your brain!

Food for Thought: Does What My Kids Eat Affect Their Mental Health? Could the old adage ‘you are what you eat’ have more to it than we may realise? Could looking more closely at what our children eat help to support their mental health and wellbeing?

08/06/2021

Our experiences change the brain both chemically and structurally - for worse and for better.

Our experiences change the brain both chemically and structurally - for worse and for better.

The Building Blocks of a Good ADHD Diagnosis 08/05/2021

The Building Blocks of a Good ADHD Diagnosis

There can be a lot of confusion about who can diagnose ADHD, or how to do so accurately. Learn more about what an effective evaluation might entail, and when digging a little deeper might make sense. Bridges has August appointments to meet with a psychiatrist available, and we are scheduling testing for Fall of 2021 - call us if we can help!

The Building Blocks of a Good ADHD Diagnosis Clinical interviews. Physical exams. Rating scales and teacher input. Learn how to get diagnosed with ADHD — and what options don't reliably help, like SPECT scans and genetic tests.

This is how to feel emotions without overwhelm - Brickel & Associates 08/03/2021

This is how to feel emotions without overwhelm - Brickel & Associates

So often we put pressure on ourselves with expectations that we think or feel certain ways, which can make it hard to allow yourself to feel things that may not fit this expectations. Guess what? Both can be true - you can feel two seemingly opposing emotions that are both valid. Read more to learn the magic word that helps you allow both emotions!

This is how to feel emotions without overwhelm - Brickel & Associates How to feel emotions fully - even conflicting ones? This is how one little word - "and" - gives you space to hold more of your feelings.

08/02/2021

Sometimes "no" is self-care.

Sometimes "no" is self-care.

07/30/2021

Some people may think that "trauma" has to be a certain event - and yet there are so many experiences - big, small, chronic, familial, societal, intergenerational - that are traumatic and valid.

Some people may think that "trauma" has to be a certain event - and yet there are so many experiences - big, small, chronic, familial, societal, intergenerational - that are traumatic and valid.

Living With OCD During the Coronavirus Crisis | McLean Hospital 07/28/2021

Living With OCD During the Coronavirus Crisis | McLean Hospital

For many people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the thoughts and feelings associated with the coronavirus pandemic are nothing new - they have long been worried about invisible threats to their safety. For others, the fears of germs and illness, and the loss of control that has been inherent in the way peoples' daily lives have changed with the pandemic have triggered increased anxiety, obsessive thinking, and/or new compulsions. Finding balance between being careful or obsessive is a key to making it feel manageable. And seek support, if needed.

Living With OCD During the Coronavirus Crisis | McLean Hospital Do you have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)? McLean experts offer coping strategies to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/27/2021

Learning to be aware of and express emotions and opinions starts young - can you make space for this with your children, so they can speak up for themselves when they branch out into the world?

Learning to be aware of and express emotions and opinions starts young - can you make space for this with your children, so they can speak up for themselves when they branch out into the world?

Photos from Bridges Therapy and Wellness Center's post 07/27/2021

UPDATED COVID-19 Policy - and meet Dr. Russell Hunter! - https://mailchi.mp/be34a480d522/updated-covid-19-policy-and-meet-dr-russell-hunter

How ADHD Ignites Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria 07/26/2021

How ADHD Ignites Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

"No one likes to be rejected, criticized or fail," and yet those with ADHD are more likely to be corrected for lapses in focus or follow through, or to be given messages that they are not meeting others' expectations - which for some can lead to being sensitive to these messages in painful ways. Learn more about this experience, it may sound like you or someone you know.

How ADHD Ignites Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria For people with ADHD or ADD, Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria can mean extreme emotional sensitivity and emotional pain — and it may imitate mood disorders with suicidal ideation and manifest as instantaneous rage at the person responsible for causing the pain. Learn more about potential treatments h...

07/24/2021

Pleasing others can help you feel better in the moment, but can cause you to lose yourself along the way.

Pleasing others can help you feel better in the moment, but can cause you to lose yourself along the way.

07/23/2021

It's easier to notice when someone drains us in our lives, but do you notice who in your life is healing and supportive to have in your life?

It's easier to notice when someone drains us in our lives, but do you notice who in your life is healing and supportive to have in your life?

If Your Brain Feels Foggy And You're Tired All The Time, You're Not Alone 07/22/2021

If Your Brain Feels Foggy And You're Tired All The Time, You're Not Alone

Chronic stress - and especially collective stress and trauma like we have witnessed over the past year with the coronavirus pandemic - takes it's toll on our brains and bodies. Our body's "fight or flight" system designed to protect us wears us down when it's active for so long. But there are ways to help give your protective systems a break, to refuel your mind and body, and facilitate your natural resilience.

If Your Brain Feels Foggy And You're Tired All The Time, You're Not Alone The pandemic has done a number on us, in too many ways to count. Our bodies are responding with feelings of fatigue and lack of focus, experts say. Here are some tips to help you feel better.

07/21/2021

Do your children struggle with any of these aspects of writing after about second or third grade? If so, it may be time to explore the possibility of dysgraphia.

Do your children struggle with any of these aspects of writing after about second or third grade? If so, it may be time to explore the possibility of dysgraphia.

Mental health toll from isolation affecting kids on reentry 07/20/2021

Mental health toll from isolation affecting kids on reentry

Teens and young adults, like many of us, have spent the last year + isolated from social activities that are developmentally normal for them. Now that it's time to begin creeping out into the social world again, many are finding that the comfort of home is hard to leave, bringing more anxiety and depression. Stay in touch with your children about how they are doing, and seek help if needed.

Mental health toll from isolation affecting kids on reentry After two suicidal crises during pandemic isolation, 16-year-old Zach Sampson feels stronger but worries his social skills have gone stale.

02/27/2021
What Is Executive Dysfunction? 02/26/2021

What Is Executive Dysfunction?

Many children and teens struggle to organize themselves to get through activities and daily life, unable to regulate their thinking and behavior, which can be a frustrating experience both for them, and for parents to need to remind or support the process of getting things done. We are seeing greater difficulties for many children while trying to adjust to virtual school Learn more about what is meant by "executive functioning" - and see!

What Is Executive Dysfunction? Executive function skills enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and manage multiple tasks. Up to 90 percent of kids with ADHD struggle with executive dysfunction, which impairs goal-directed behavior.

Parenting stress: 12 evidence-based tips for making life better 02/25/2021

Parenting stress: 12 evidence-based tips for making life better

The key to helping your children manage stress? Managing your own. Liken it to flying with children, and the flight attendant reminding you that in an emergency, you are supposed to put your own oxygen mask on before placing your children's on them - you are not much help to them if you can't get your breath. Read on for evidence-based tips for staying calm and taking care of yourself first.

Parenting stress: 12 evidence-based tips for making life better Overwhelmed by parenting stress? Try these research-based tips.

02/25/2021

Come Join Our Clinical Team!

Bridges Therapy and Wellness Center is looking to hire a Licensed Clinical Psychologist for virtual therapy and in-person psychological evaluations. Experience working with OCD and/or certified in EMDR/trauma-infored strongly preferred!

With locations in Fairfax and Gainesville, VA, Bridges is a well-established, diverse and integrative psychotherapy group practice that offers a range of clinical, assessment, psychiatric and wellness services.

We value teamwork and community, and seek clinicians interested in the collaboration and support of our group. Our ideal candidate is a warm and professional psychologist interested in individual and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. Group therapy and supervision to psychology externs, are also available.

COME JOIN OUR TEAM!

Learn more on our website!
http://bridgestherapyandwellness.com/training-programs/

Trauma and Dissociation: Beyond Your ‘Window of Tolerance’ - GoodTherapy.org Therapy Blog 02/24/2021

Trauma and Dissociation: Beyond Your ‘Window of Tolerance’ - GoodTherapy.org Therapy Blog

When you've been through something traumatic, you may be prone to feeling overwhelmed or shutting down when the memories or emotions are too great. The experience of dissociation that keep you from being present is a means of protecting you, and learning to return to an intensity level you can handle - within your "window of tolerance" - can help you to stay present and heal.

Trauma and Dissociation: Beyond Your ‘Window of Tolerance’ - GoodTherapy.org Therapy Blog When a trauma survivor’s nervous system is in hypo- or hyperarousal, it is outside what is known as the “window of tolerance”—the zone where healing can occur.

Don't Let The Pandemic Winter Get You Down: 9 Creative Ways To Socialize Safely 02/22/2021

Don't Let The Pandemic Winter Get You Down: 9 Creative Ways To Socialize Safely

It may be cold out, but that doesn't mean you have to be alone and inside. Read on for ideas for staying connected despite the weather.

Don't Let The Pandemic Winter Get You Down: 9 Creative Ways To Socialize Safely With bad pandemic news and endless social distancing, it can already feel like the longest winter ever. But keeping up nourishing bonds of human connection is possible with a little ingenuity.

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