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Distress Tolerance

We all have to deal with difficulty
At different points in our lives, we all have to cope with distress and pain. This pain can be physical, like a bee sting or a broken bone. Or it can be emotional, like sadness or anxiety.
Minimizing suffering
While pain can’t always be avoided, suffering can be minimized. One […]

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Normal Business Hours

Please consult my upcoming schedule for changes to these normal hours. 

My Communication Policy

My communication policy is outlined in the Informed Consent Agreement that you received and signed when we first met. I have provided a copy of this section below for your convenience.

If you are experiencing an emergency or crisis, please consult the following article: How to respond to a mental health emergency or crisis

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Distress Tolerance: Distraction

If we are in the middle of difficult situation and, for whatever reason, cannot make things better right away, then distraction may be a helpful tool to consider using.
Distraction skills are important because they temporarily stop us from thinking about situations that are causing emotional pain. This briefly interrupts our contact with painful […]

What is mental health?

What does it mean to be mentally healthy? What goals should psychotherapy set its sights on? This article discusses.

Mental health hotlines

A number of local and national hotlines exist to support individuals experiencing mental health crises. Most take calls immediately and are open 24 hours per day.
Local Hotlines

Baltimore County Crisis Hotline for Emergency Mental Health: 410-931-2214
Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc.: 410-433-5175

National Hotlines

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
Self-harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT-CUT
LGBT National Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
Suicide […]

How to respond to a mental health emergency or crisis

What is a mental health emergency? What is a mental health crisis?
A mental health emergency is a life-threatening situation in which someone has become an immediate danger to themselves or others, is in severe distress, has lost the ability to function independently, or is extremely disorientated or out-of-touch with reality.

A mental health crisis is […]

Safe-place Visualization

Safe-place visualization is a powerful stress-reduction technique. Using it, you can soothe yourself by imagining a peaceful, safe place where you can relax.

Openness to Experience

This article examines the Openness domain of personality and its six facets: fantasy, aesthetics, feelings, actions, ideas, and values.