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Dr. Wahi is an Oxford-educated Developmental Psychologist. She obtained her Post-Doctoral Respecialization Clinical Psychology training at the Mayo Clinic, MN and the Neuropsychiatric Institute, UCLA.

When working with children, Dr. Wahi uses both play therapy as well as evidenced-based therapies such as, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help children alter their maladaptive thought and behavior patterns. An essential component of her work includes parent coaching and instituting a behavioral reward system in the home.

In addition to working with children, Dr. Wahi also specializes in women’s health issues. These include: mood and anxiety disorders, prenatal and postpartum adjustments, eating and weight disorders/body image issues, coping with cancer and issues related to cancer genetics, stage of life transitions, relational issues, adjustment to major change/work-life balance and grief/loss throughout the life cycle.

Dr. Wahi is also trained to provide psychological and psycho-educational evaluations for children, adolescents and adults.

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Ashburn Psychological Services is expanding its team, and we invite interested psychologists and therapists in the area to apply. We are seeking:

  1. A therapist with a minimum of 5 years experience
  2. A therapist licensed in the State of Virginia
  3. A therapist with advanced training and experience in working with children, teens, adults and families
  4. A therapist who can work evening and Saturday hours
  5. A therapist who enjoys working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team assessment and treatment model

If you meet these requirements, and are interested, please fax your resume to our director, Dr. Michael Oberschneider, at: (703) 723-4144 for consideration.

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Dr. Albert Jerome was invited by the Discovery Network to appear as a treatment expert on an episode of the popular show, Hoarding: Buried Alive. The episode was filmed in 2010 and will be shown on the Discovery Learning Channel in early 2011. Dr. Jerome is an outstanding psychologist who specializes in anxiety and mood disorders,individual therapy, group therapy and couple’s therapy, as well as behavioral medicine.  He works with children, adolescents and adults.  His biography is posted below.  You may contact our office manager, Rita Meredith, at (703) 723-2999, if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jerome.

Albert Jerome, Ph.D.
Dr. Jerome is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University after completing internship training in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at the West Virginia University School of Medicine.  Further post-doctoral training was completed at NeuroScience, Inc. in Herndon, VA.

Dr. Jerome’s clinical practice focuses on anxiety disorders, health psychology, problem behaviors among children and teens, and couples therapy.  In the area of anxiety disorders, Dr. Jerome specializes in treating panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social phobia, specific fears, (such as fear of flying), and childhood anxiety disorders. His work in Health Psychology includes treatment of headache and chronic pain, health anxiety, and tobacco and drug use. A wide range of problem behaviors among children and teens are addressed through a combination of individual therapy, behavioral reward systems, and parent training.

Dr. Jerome’s work with couples focuses on patterns of conflict and communication styles, and he employs a broad range of effective evidence-based therapeutic techniques such as Integrated Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT) that incorporate an ongoing dialectic between change and acceptance.

In all of his clinical work, Dr. Jerome employs the latest in evidence-based therapeutic interventions, blending Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with mindfulness training, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and solution-focused therapy.  A tailored, individualized treatment approach is developed through an active collaboration with each client or family who seeks his services.

Dr. Jerome has been the recipient of more than 20 research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) for the design, development, and evaluation of self-help and minimal contact behavior change programs, and he is a recognized expert in the area of gradual reduction techniques for tobacco cessation.

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Published in the Ashburn Patch, December 23, 2010

By: Taghrid Barron

How to Beat the Holiday Blues

If you’re suffering from depression, grieving the loss of a loved one or coping with a recent divorce, the holidays can be anything but happy. People struggling with a loss are especially vulnerable to feelings of depression during the holidays, according to Dr. Michael Oberschneider, director of Ashburn Psychological Services and a clinical psychologist.

“These are the people that I worry about the most,” Oberschneider said. “They are most vulnerable around the holidays because of the nature of their situation … they want to reflect and remember. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing, but when you experience a loss, nostalgia can quickly become melancholia and take you to a very, sad place.”

Here are some of Dr. Oberschneider’s tips on how to cope, if you’re grieving a loss of some sort during the holidays:

  • Accept where you are in the grieving process
  • Don’t drink alcohol–it’s a depressant
  • Don’t spend a lot of time alone. Spend time with loved ones or friends. If you know you’re going to be off of work for a week, keep busy. Plan a trip to the store or a museum and have your social calendar filled with activities
  • Shift your mindset by volunteering to help someone else. “Get out of your own mindset or funk by volunteering. Caring for or giving to others is very rewarding and increases the likelihood of feeling good about yourself and feeling appreciated,” Oberschneider said.

There’s no shame in getting some extra support from a counselor if you need it, Oberschneider said. People have a lot of misconceptions about getting therapy. It isn’t just for people with mental health problems, and it doesn’t have to take years, he said. You can go to a therapist for four or five sessions to help you process your feelings and get some closure or get a little extra support during a particularly difficult time, he said.

“The majority of people that go to a counselor aren’t mentally ill,” he said. “They are fully or partially functional. There’s just some aspect of their life that hasn’t worked out well.”

If you develop these classic symptoms of depression, definitely seek help.

  • Sleeping too much
  • Lack of interest in enjoyable activities
  • Feeling most comfortable when you are dwelling on feelings of pain or a problem
  • Not sleeping well
  • Feeling restless or anxious
  • Feeling overwhelmed and not able to manage your time well
  • If friends and family notice a shift in your personality
  • If you can’t manage your behavior or thoughts

Here’s to a happy and mentally healthy holiday!

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Published in the Ashburn Patch, December 22, 2010

By: Taghrid Barron

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Professional Advice on How to Cope with Stress During the Holidays

Organizing the office holiday party, going to four stores to track down the last item on your son’s list to Santa, trying to figure out how you can afford to get your kids the latest $300 gadget, baking several dozen cookies for your daughter’s school, and sending out 50 holiday cards in your spare time. Sound stressful?

Well, that’s what a lot of us have to cope with this time of year, and it can leave you feeling far from jolly. According to a 2006 study conducted by the American Psychological Association, 61% of respondents said they felt stress during the holidays.

Dr. Michael Oberschneider, director of Ashburn Psychological Services and a clinical psychologist said people have a difficult time during the holidays for several reasons. Conflicts between work and family responsibilities; financial stress; disruptions in eating, sleeping and exercise routines; and increased use of alcohol, all contribute to negative feelings.

“If you don’t take good care of yourself, all these factors play out as to how well someone gets through the holidays,” Dr. Oberschneider said.

So how can you put the joy back into your holidays? Here are some of Dr. Oberschneider’s tips:

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Continue to eat healthy and exercise.
  • Be realistic. Take on only what you can manage. Learn to say “No.” Tackle one activity after work, instead of several.
  • Minimize your financial stress by discussing your budget with your kids. Together, decide whether you will buy one expensive present or several smaller gifts.
  • At the first sign of stress, identify what’s making you anxious and come up with a game plan on how to confront it. Don’t let it build and become overwhelming.
  • Give to yourself. “Do something that puts you in a mindset that fosters calm,” Dr. Oberschneider said. Take a hot bath, drink a cup of hot tea, go out for a walk, listen to some music or leave the office on time.

Even kids, especially children with special needs, can feel anxious during the holidays. Children are twice as likely to suffer from stress during the holidays, probably because their parents are more stressed, Dr. Oberschneider explained. If you have a child with autism, ADD or other special needs, the holidays can be particularly difficult because these children need a lot of structure.

Here’s how to help kids, especially those with special needs, manage their anxiety when routines are disrupted during the holidays:

  • Be prepared. Have a schedule of activities and general expectations. Let the kids know what they are expected to do and how they are expected to behave.
  • Structure the day as much as possible. Continue normal routines and let them know what special activities are planned for the day.
  • Balance fun/playtime with downtime.
  • Model good behavior. Manage your stress calmly and model responsible and respectful problemsolving.
  • Model self care. Let your kids see you eating well, sleeping well and exercising.

Here’s hoping your holiday is a stress-free and joyful one!

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Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Novello for being recognized in the 2010 Washingtonian Magazine “Top Doctors” edition as a leading psychiatrist in the areas of child and adult psychiatry.  Dr. Novello is a nationally renowned psychiatrist and his bio is listed below for your review.  Dr.  Novello is the only psychiatrist in all of Loudoun County to receive this esteemed honor.

Joseph R. Novello, M.D., practices adult and child/adolescent psychiatry and is also a qualified expert in forensic psychiatry and has participated in a wide range of civil and criminal cases. Dr. Novello also practices and is a leading expert in the field of hypnosis. He received his M.D. from the University of Michigan and his B.A. from University of Notre Dame. He has served as the director of child and adolescent services at The Psychiatric Institute of Washington and was founder of the Gateway, a residential treatment program for alcohol and drug abuse.

Dr. Novello has authored two textbooks on psychiatry and has contributed several scientific papers to the medical literature. In addition, he has written three popular books for parents. His featured column, “You and Your Child”, appeared each week in Woman’s World magazine for many years. Dr. Novello’s most recent book, The Myth of More, is about finding happiness in life by overcoming character flaws called “lifetraps” and discovering spiritual values.

Dr. Novello has received numerous awards, including election to the American College of Psychiatrists and Fellowship in the American Psychiatric Association. He has also received a Best Doctors in America Award and the Medallion of the US Surgeon General. Georgetown University, where he is a member of the clinical faculty, has honored him with its Vicennial Award.

Dr. Novello has been a consultant to the National Naval Medical Center and the Inter-American Development Bank and has served as health issues advisor to US Senator John Warner of Virginia.

Dr. Novello is well-known to the general public through his media activities. In Washington, he has hosted his own daily radio call-in program on WMAL and his regular feature “The Family Doctor” has appeared on WJLA-TV News. Dr. Novello has also been active in the media on the national level. His syndicated radio program Healthtime has been heard daily in over 300 cities and he has often appeared on network and cable TV news programs and talk shows as well as programs such as Nightline, Good Morning America and The Today Show.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Novello, please contact our office manager, Laura Cusumano, at (703) 723-2999.

Dr. Oberschneider, Director

Ashburn Psychological Services

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