Ashburn Psychological Services

Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Therapists - serving Northern Virginia - call Ashburn Psychological Services today!

Dedicated to excellence in psychological and psychiatric practice, Ashburn Psychological Services (APS) offers a wide array of diagnostic, psychotherapy, medication and consultation services for children, adolescents, adults and families. APS is the premier clinical psychology and psychiatry practice in Loudoun County and serves several areas in Northern Virginia, including Ashburn, Leesburg, Purcellville, Great Falls, Lansdowne, McLean, Herndon, Fairfax, Middleburg, Reston and Sterling. At APS we effectively integrate the most recent advances in psychology and psychiatry with time-tested treatment approaches. We offer you the expertise you expect from a leading clinical practice in a supportive, nurturing and therapeutic environment. All of our doctors and psychologists have extensive experience in clinical practice, as well as training from some of the top institutions in the country.

5 Psychological Tips To Help You Get Through The Quarantine 5 Psychological Tips To Help You Get Through The Quarantine While no one knows for certain when the coronavirus will end, it appears that the virus and quarantine will continue on for now. This has been a very difficult time for us all; and, for many across the U.S. (and the rest of the world)

APPS is providing on-line psychological testing for an accurate diagnosis of ADHD and other mental health conditions, as well as intellectual assessments (i.e. IQ testing). To learn more about our on-line testing and assessment offerings, we invite you to call us at: (703) 723-2999 or email us at: [email protected]

Psychiatric and Psychological Services On-Line

APPS is now offering on-line psychiatric services (medication management) and therapy. For new and existing clients, we invite you to click on the image here to learn more about these services and how we can be of help to you. Psychiatric and Psychological Services On-Line The highly credentialed and experienced team of clinicians at APPS is available to support your needs online or by telephone on a consultation or ongoing treatment basis. Receiving psychological or psychiatric help through the Internet or by telephone c...


Cogmed is a 5-week, coached, research based and validated program completed on a computer or tablet.

The program specifically addresses attention/concentration and working memory, which are key areas for the brain's processing capacity -- areas vital for concentration, reasoning, learning and resisting distractions. If your child or teen has ADHD, ADD or focus struggles, Cogmed may be a great on-line treatment fit for you, and research has supported Cogmed's success for adults.

You can learn about our Cogmed psychologists by visiting Dr. Amy Gordon and Dr. Margaret Wong's professional biographies on our website at:

We invite you to contact us at: (703) 723-2999 or [email protected] discuss your needs.

How To Help Your Children (And Yourself) Get Through The Coronavirus Pandemic How To Help Your Children (And Yourself) Get Through The Coronavirus Pandemic To every child – I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy ~ Malala Yousafzai At a time of year when we as parents

Loudoun County Public Schools closed March 20 to prepare for coronavirus closures

It was announced this morning that Loudoun County Public Schools will be closed from March 12 until March 20 in response to the rapidly unfolding coronavirus pandemic. While there are no reported presumptive cases within the school system, the school system is taking the precautionary and planning measure of closing schools at this time. To read more about the school's decision, please click on the link here.

Also, please know that we at Ashburn Psychological and Psychiatric Services realize that this news may be impactful -- both logistically (e.g., working from home, getting a child or teen to an appointment, etc.) and emotionally, and we are here to support you as needed. If you would like to or need to reschedule an appointment, please call us and we will most certainly accommodate your needs. Several of our psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists are offering on-line and telephone meeting options during this time to support continuity of care; that is also an option at our practice. The coronavirus has quickly become an upsetting reality that is now more immediate for our community. We urge you to take care of your loved ones and yourself, per the CDC guidelines, until the virus's end. Following Fairfax County's lead, Loudoun public schools will be closed Friday, March 20, as a teacher workday to prepare for the possibility of school closures and distance learning.

Five areas of research every parent should know about By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. With all of the advances in medicine and science, raising children today should be easy right? I suppose in many ways the knowledge we currently have, and our imme…

Painless Parenting: How to Manage Your Child’s Screen Time

We hope you enjoy (and benefit from) Dr. Oberschneider's article on screen time management for the Free Spirit Publishing Blog By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D., author of Ollie Outside: Screen-Free Fun Technology overuse is a growing problem for children and teens, and one that I deal with on a daily basis as a psychologis…

Maggie Avedisian Ph.D.

Dr. Maggie Avedisian has received training and credentialing in Alpha-Stim, an FDA cleared treatment for anxiety, insomnia and depression. Cranial Electrical Stimulation (CES) is a very mild electrical stimulation which safely and effectively changes cell activity in the brain. In about 20 minutes, the Alpha-Stim increases alpha waves, which can produce a very calming and relaxed feeling...reducing anxiety. The initial response can last from 6-48 hours depending on the person and is effective for about 80-90% of individuals. Repeated use will provide longer lasting, cumulative and more sustainable results. Over 100 research studies with proven and safe results!

To learn more about Alpha-Stim at APPS, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Avedisian, we invite you to call us at: (703) 723-2999. EDUCATION: The Catholic University of America, Ph.D.; the George Washington University, Post-Doctoral Respecialization in Clinical Child Psychology INTERNSHIP/FELLOWSHIP: St. Elizabeths Hospital CREDENTIALS: Doctorate in Developmental Psychology with Post-Doctoral Respecialization in Clinical Child....

Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World | Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The National Museum of Natural History in D.C. currently has the exhibit, "Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World." Anxiety most often improves with exposure to the stressor, so if your child or teen is experiencing anxiety in response to the current coronavirus outbreak, this exhibit could be an excellent opportunity. By learning about viruses -- the various ways they're transmitted and what we can do preventatively -- your child or teen could gain a greater sense of personal control and mastery over the moment. Dr. Oberschneider's article on thd coronavirus for the Blue Ridge Leader and Loudoun Today may also be of some help to you. When people move into or change an environment, microbes that cause illness can "jump" from wildlife to humans and cause disease outbreaks that can spread internationally. Tracking down and responding to these outbreaks requires coordinated detective work from people in many professions.

Six signs your teen isn’t ready for college

Is your son or daughter ready for college? We hope you enjoy (and benefit from) Dr. Oberschneider's article on college readiness. By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. A number of high school seniors have already received their college application decision letters, while most will get the news by early spring. For those who are pl…

Talking to your Children about the Coronavirus: 4 Tips to Consider

We hope you benefit from Dr. Oberschneider's parenting article on the coronavirus. Older children and teens are starting to talk about the coronavirus crisis. Some thoughts on how parents can address their children’s anxiety. This week, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. Reported cases of human-to-human transmission of the ...

Make Humility a Priority for 2020

We hope you enjoy (and benefit from) Dr. Oberschneider's New Year's Resolution article. Happy New Year from all of us at APPS! By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Humility comes from the Latin word humilis, which literally means low. But as a virtue, humility is often misperceived as being something that is undesirable or un…

Ollie Outside: Screen-Free Fun | Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D., Guy Wolek | 9781631980688, 9781631981050 | Books

In our technology driven times, managing screen/technology time has become an additional – and sometimes not so easy -- parenting task. The research has shown that technology overuse can lead to a host of problems including: social problems, behavioral problems, emotional problems, learning problems, ADHD and obesity. Thus, early parental efforts for balanced screen time use for our children is extremely important.

With the holidays upon us, we invite you to consider Dr. Oberschneider's children's book, "Ollie Outside: Screen Free Fun" as a gift. Children enjoy the sweet story where Ollie and his family go through a challenging time with technology over use to finally learn that turning off technology, getting outside and spending time together is a much better way to be. Great message and great holiday gift for children ages 4 years to 8 years! Ollie’s family has too much screen time! So it’s up to Ollie to show everyone how summer is about fun in the sun.

To medicate or not to medicate

We hope you enjoy (and benefit from) this month's Ask Dr. Mike column for the Blue Ridge Leader and Loudoun Today. By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dear Dr. Mike, My 8-year-old son was recently diagnosed with ADHD. After an extensive questionnaire and the urging of his teacher, the doctor has recommended we med…

Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

We hope you enjoy (and benefit from) Dr. Oberschneider's article on Veteran's Day for the Blue Ridge Leader and Loudoun Today as a reposting here. We at APPS deeply appreciate and are so very thankful for the great sacrifices made by all those who have served and fought to keep our nation free. #veteransday #veteransday2019 By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and …

Upset in Loudoun

This month, "Dr. Mike" Oberschneider tackles the topics of autism diagnosis and teen social media concerns in his advice column for Blue Ridge Leader and Loudoun Today. We hope you enjoy (and benefit from) the column. By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently had a meeting with our son’s preschool teacher who told my husband and I that she thinks our son is autistic. She said that our son has socia…

Get your child back into the right mindset for the school year – in October By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Our kids headed back to school over a month ago. And while a lot of children, had no problem at all getting their academic groove on, the back to school transition …

DAG: Savior of AIDS Orphans

Dr. Joseph Novello, an APPS psychiatrist, recently published his seventh book: DAG Savior of AIDS Orphans. DAG is a biography of Angelo D'Agostino SJ, MD. Father D'Agostino was a dear friend of Dr. Novello's for over 30 years.

DAG is the first-ever biography of Angelo D’Agostino SJ, MD, an American priest-physician who grew bored with his cushy life in Washington, D.C. as “the psychiatrist to the stars.” So, at the age of 61, he volunteered as a missionary to Kenya. Arriving in 1987 he unexpectedly landed in the middle of a deadly epidemic without a name. It would later be known as HIV-AIDS.

Dag, as everyone called him, was astonished to see gangs of children, the world’s first AIDS orphans, roaming the streets of Nairobi. When he learned that almost nothing was being done for them, he vowed to do it himself. In 1992 he founded Nyumbani (Swahili for “home”), Africa’s first orphanage for HIV+ babies and children. As pugilistic as he was pious, Dag could also be conniving and controversial. He made enemies in high places and battled them while struggling with his own failing health. Dag challenged the local government, then the giant pharmaceutical companies, USAID, and even the Catholic Church to help him obtain the life-saving ARV medications that were widely available in the U.S. and Europe but unaffordable in Africa. He was rebuffed.

In 2004, with no help coming and with his orphans dying, Dag, although threatened with imprisonment and put under 24-hour police surveillance, became the African equivalent of the Dallas Buyers Club. He was the first to import affordable, generic AIDS medications into Africa. His life-saving feat was hailed by the world press. His Nyumbani orphans were given life. Soon Kenya and the other Sub-Saharan Africa nations were importing the medications. Thousands of lives were saved.

Dag was honored by Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. At Dag’s funeral in 2006, the President of Kenya eulogized him and awarded him the Star of Kenya medal. Dag died a hero.

Dag’s inspirational legacy lives on. Nyumbani now serves over 5,000 children at the orphanage and clinics in Nairobi’s slums. A self-sustaining Village at Kitui, designed by Dag, is home to over one thousand children and adults. Nyumbani organizations in the U.S., UK, Italy, Ireland, and Spain remain active and involved in fundraising and volunteer services.

In 2017 initial steps were taken in Rome to consider Dag’s possible canonization as a saint in the Catholic Church.

DAG: Savior of AIDS Orphans is based on over 500 interviews and archival research in Kenya, Rome and the U.S. It is available currently at Amazon. Proceeds will go to Father D'Agostino’s orphanage in Kenya.

DAG: Savior of AIDS Orphans is based on over 500 interviews and archival research in Kenya, Rome and the U.S. It is available currently at Amazon. Proceeds will go to Father D'Agostino’s orphanage in Kenya. DAG is the first-ever biography of Angelo D’Agostino SJ, MD, an American priest-physician who grew bored with his cushy life in Washington, D.C. as “the psychiatrist to the stars.” So, at the age of 61, he volunteered as a missionary to Kenya. Arriving in 1987 he unexpecte...

Does your child or adolescent experience:

Problems reading and/or writing
Problems with math
Poor memory
Problems paying attention and focusing
Trouble following directions
Problems dealing with changes in schedule or situations
Problems understanding words or concepts
Delays in learning age appropriate tasks (e.g., telling time)
Problems staying organized
Problems with impulsivity and/ or acting out
Problems completing homework or with academic output

If you answered "yes" to any of the above, or if your child or teen is experiencing other problems in learning or in school, we recommend scheduling a consultation for neuropsychological testing. Neuropsychological testing is a comprehensive procedure that measures and identifies the interaction between cognition, processing capacities, and psychological functioning and their impact on academic and daily behavior. This sort of comprehensive testing is recommended for cases in which a detailed but general overview of functioning is warranted.

Neuropsychological testing provides quantifiable data about the following mental functions:

Short-term and long-term memory
Problem solving and conceptualizing
Ability to learn new skills and solve problems
Attention, concentration, and distractibility
Logical and abstract reasoning functions
Ability to understand and express language
Visual-spatial organization and Visual-motor coordination
Planning, synthesizing and organizing abilities
Functional impacts on learning and information recall
Academic achievement
Impact on the way a person thinks and feels as a result of the way their brain uses information

For children and adolescents, a neuropsychological evaluation will serve to confirm or identify diagnoses such as learning disabilities, attention/executive functioning disorders, developmental disorders and emotional or psychological conditions, to name but a few.

Testing results will offer specific recommendations to educators and schools, which can help a child or adolescent with learning and with adapting to the school setting.

We invite you to call us at: (703) 723-2999 to schedule a consultation with either Dr. Amy Gordon or Dr. Ben Williams of our practice. To learn more about neuropsychological testing or Dr. Gordon and Dr. Williams, please visit us at:

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