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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.
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With Halloween right around the corner, picking the right costume -- and not the wrong one -- for your child is hot topic. We hope you enjoy (and benefit from) this article in the Toronto Sun. Dr. Michael Oberschneider, our director, was interviewed for the piece.
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We hope you enjoy (and benefit from) Dr. Oberschneider's advice column on the impact of Asperger's Disorder (High Functioning Autism) on marriage for the Blue Ridge Leader and Loudoun Today.
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Dr. Douglas Lipp is pleased to announce that he will be facilitating his four-week Positive Parenting Workshop focusing on parenting the “challenging” child. This small-group workshop will help parents develop the specialized skills required to best raise the child who is inattentive, hyperactive, impulsive, “spirited” or strong-willed. As a professional courtesy, if both parents sign up, the second parent is half-price.
The group will be held on Wednesdays from 7:15-8:15PM on October 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th.
The group is also being offered November 7th, 14th, 28th, and December 5th.
Spots are filling up fast, so please call our office manager, Christine Kutt, at: (703) 723-2999 to reserve your spot. Hope to see you there!
NEW PSYCHIATRIST AT APPS!
We are so very pleased to announce that Dr. Hind Benjelloun has joined our practice to evaluate and treat children, adolescents and adults. In addition to her outstanding professional pedigree and experience as a psychiatrist, Dr. Benjelloun cares deeply about her patients and work, and she is a very warm and engaging professional. Unlike some psychiatrists who rush their patient meetings during medication checks, Dr. Benjelloun takes her time to listen and learn about her patients needs in order to provide optimal care with optimal outcomes. It truly is an honor to have Dr. Benjelloun come on with us. To learn more about Dr. Benjelloun, we invite you to call our office manager, Christine Kutt, at (703) 723-2999. You will find her professional biography on our website at:
ashburnpsych.com EDUCATION: Eastern Virginia Medical School RESIDENCY: Georgetown University CREDENTIALS: MD, Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry TREATMENT POPULATIONS: Children, Adolescents and Adults SERVICES PROVIDED: Medication Management and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Individ...
Ashley Addiction Treatment offers a number of outstanding programs for the various addictions, as well as dual diagnosis and pain management treatment -- and it's only a couple of hours away from Northern Virginia! Their family wellness program is wonderful, and it appreciates and addresses the impact of addiction on family members. Our director has been referring patients to Ashley for over 15 years now, and with great success. Bravo also to Mr. James Flentje, Clinical Outreach Representative. James has wealth of knowledge on addiction and recovery and a heart of gold when it comes to supporting patients and families toward treatment. James can be reached directly on his cell at: 347-7426779.
Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D, NCCE, NCPC
Ashburn Psychological and Psychiatric Services
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loudountribune.com The World Health Organization (WHO) has made it official this Summer – digital games can be addictive, and those addicted to them need help. This isn’t surprising to me a bit since, as a psychologist in private practice, a good amount of my time these days is spent helping children and teenagers...
The World Health Organization has made it official this Summer -- digital games can be addictive, and those addicted to them need help. This isn't a surprise to us at the practice given that we are frequently contacted by parents in the area in response to their children or teens struggles with video game over use.
Does your child or teen grossly minimize and distort the amount of time he or she spends gaming?
Does your child or teen socialize exclusively on-line during games but rationalizes strongly that he or she has a social life and plenty of friends?
Does your child or teen no longer find joy in the activities that he used to find joy in?
Does your child or teen no longer participate in family activities because that would mean leaving his or her games?
Is your child or teen overly preoccupied with the games he or she plays?
Does your child or teen demonstrate irritability and even anger at times, especially when you interfere with his or her gaming?
Does your child or teen spend -- or try to spend -- a lot of money on games?
Has your child or teen's gaming caused significant problems across the important areas of his or her life -- academic problems, weight gain problems, social problems, hygiene problems and/or sleep problems?
If you answered yes, to any of the above questions, perhaps your child or teen needs help. We are pleased to announce that our practice is currently forming video game addiction groups for the Fall. We invite you to call our office manager, Christine Kutt, to learn more about the groups and to see if your child or teen is a good fit. Christine can be reached directly at: (703) 723-2999.
Dr. Rachel Schuchart is a clinical psychologist at APPS who is trained in the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP). This program was developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, and research has shown very positive and significant results for helping children and adults with social and emotional difficulties, auditory sensitivities, anxiety and trauma related challenges, inattention, and stressors that impact social engagement. As an evidenced based therapy, SSP is a five-day auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. To learn more about SSP, and its fit for you, we invite you to contact our office manager, Christine Kutt, at: (703) 723-2999.
Dr. Rachel Schuchart is a clinical psychologist and an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) therapist. EMDR is an evidence-based therapy treatment approach that originated in the 1990s. EMDR serves to help individuals who are experiencing significant emotional distress and/or trauma. EMDR can reduce fears, anxieties, unwanted urges/impulses, and extreme reactions to others. While EMDR is primarily a treatment for trauma, research has shown that it can effectively treat depression, anxiety disorders, addictions, complicated grief, eating disorders and personality disorders. We invite you to call our office manager, Christine Kutt, at: (703) 723-2999 to learn more about EMDR and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schuchart.
loudountribune.com The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released its findings from a large-scale study on suicide and the findings were both disturbing and intriguing. According to the CDC, suicide rates have risen about 30% across the nation between 1999 and 2015. This is true for all ethnic....
We hope you enjoy (and benefit from) Dr. Oberschneider's article for Free Spirit Publishing on modeling healthy screen time as parents for our children.
Dr. Doug Lipp is pleased to announce that he will be facilitating in the Fall a four-week Positive Parenting Workshop focusing on parenting the “challenging” child. This small-group workshop will help parents develop the specialized skills required to best raise the child who is inattentive, hyperactive, impulsive, “spirited” or strong-willed. Please call the office for further information regarding dates and times and costs. Space is limited, so call soon to reserve your seat. As a professional courtesy, if both parents sign up, the second parent is half-price.
loudountribune.com Dr. Mike, Our daughter did not get into the gifted program through the public school system because we were told that her test scores “disqualified” her. My husband and I were shocked because she is an extremely intelligent child. But we also know that she’s super sensitive and becomes anxious...
Colleen Mosely, the Director of Admissions and Outreach for Fusion Academy, visited with us this past week. Fusion is a great private school here in Loudoun County, and our practice has enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with them since their opening this past year. Fusion offers a very unique and individualized educational approach and a host of programs and summer camps. To learn more about Fusion, please click on the link here.
loudountribune.com Our son is 16 and he doesn’t apply himself at school at all. He’s smart, but he doesn’t try and isn’t motivated to do anything. He’s pretty much been a C and D student (with some F’s) all through middle school and high school and he tells us that he “hates school” and that he
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loudountribune.com Dr. Mike, Our son has depression, which he’s being treated for with Zoloft and therapy. He also has really bad facial acne and his dermatologist recently recommended Accutane. Our son was very excited when he heard the dermatologist say that Accutane will “clear everything up.” My husband and ...
loudountribune.com Dr. Mike, Our son is 7 years old and he and his friends love their Nerf guns and they especially love having Nerf gun battles in the neighborhood. This past Sunday one of the mom’s in our son’s friend group emailed the entire neighborhood listserv to ask that neighborhood children no longer be a...
Dr. Joseph Novello of our practice was invited to participate as a forensic psychiatrist expert for "The Trial of Hamlet" at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC last night. The Honorable Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States presided over the Trial performance. The Trial was argued by defense attorney Abbe David Lowell, with U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie K. Liu, serving as the prosecution. What a fun and entertaining evening, and congratulations on the great job Dr. Novello!
We invite you to click on the link to learn more about the event.
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loudountribune.com For many, divorce is an unavoidable reality. Put plain and simple, some marriages – short or long lived – just don’t work. Research on divorce has shown infidelity, lack of communication and financial problems to be the top reasons for marriages ending. Marrying too young, abuse, changing indi...
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Novello, a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with our practice was recognized in the Best Doctors in America database. What a great honor, and congratulations to Dr. Novello, who is not only a highly credentialed and knowledgable psychiatrist, but also a caring and compassionate one. Dr. Novello is accepting new patients, and we have provided his professional biography here for you review.
Dr. Novello 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 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 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. In 2010 and 2016, Dr. Novello was awarded the esteemed “Top Doc” ranking in the Washingtonian Magazine for his outstanding work as a child, adult and forensic psychiatrist. Dr. Novello is the only psychiatrist in all of Loudoun County to receive this honor.
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