If you are
between the ages of 9 and 15, and have always had the feeling that you were
different, this is the group for you!You may have feelings of anxiousness and feel that you are “uber-aware”
of the feelings of others.Perhaps you
love to be creative and have difficulty focusing in school.This is the group for you!Come
and learn that your sensitivities and intuition are a actually GIFTS!
Through meditation, the arts, and your imagination,
you will learn tools to set healthy boundaries, build self-confidence, and
importantly, meet others who share your creative inspiration.
When:Every other week.
Where: Healing Circles
Who:Kids of all ages!
Cost: $110.00 for
all 4 classes, or $35.00 per class.
For information/Reserve a space:
Contact Christy Van Horn: 443-896-3058 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Living with fibromyalgia
creates many challenges both physically and emotionally. This 8 week support group
will provide an opportunity for participants to explore the challenges of
fibromyalgia in a supportive and safe environment. If you would like to gain
support and understanding while learning new strategies to manage symptoms,
increase resiliency and improve your quality of life, then this group is for
Start date: Monday March
March 11th (space is limited)
Cost: $50 per session
For more information or
to register contact Kristi Hallman, LCSW-C at 301.712.9015 x 1012 or
Therapists are skilled at activity analysis, and coming up with adaptations of
activities and environments, so that people can do the things they need to do
or want to do, better. When life gets hard due to illness, disability, or
even stress, modifying the expectations for oneself AND the activities one is
expected to do every day, becomes essential. With knowledge of how the
brain and body interact to accomplish every day tasks, including self-care and
other activities of daily living, occupational therapists have the skills to
make recommendations about HOW to do activities, the TYPES of activities to do
that will promote recovery & optimal function, and how to change WHERE the
activities are being done. Simple principles of energy conservation,
biomechanics, and sensory processing may be applied to every day life to
improve a person’s daily experience so they “feel” better. When people
“feel” physically better they may become less anxious and may be more motivated
to participate in their every day activities. Occupational Therapy offers
practical strategies and can be a way of supporting people of all ages to live
their lives to fullest.
Kelly Beins, OTR/L can be contacted at 301.712.9015, ext. 1028, or email@example.com, www.otc-frederick.com
The end of winter is in sight, even if a last snowstorm
fights a rearguard battle. Within a couple of weeks, nature will start its
annual spectacular rebirth. It will take just two months for it to come out of
hibernation and bring new life, colors and a bristling activity into our world.
One can just imagine the black bear coming out of its den
with a yawn, stiff legs, blinking eyes, and sniffing left and right to make
sure the time has come.
Satisfied, the black bear returns to its lair, sniffs again
and says: "Wow, time to let some fresh air in!"
For most of us, winter is a long period of seclusion, with
thick layers of clothing, little outdoor activity, heavy food, darkness, closed
doors and windows, and the constant humming of the heating system.
Let's get ready to come out of hibernation! Let's take the
greatest possible advantage of spring, that blessed season when we can shut off
heating and air conditioning, dust off the house, get rid of dispensable junk,
and start our annual self care of body
Here's what I suggest you do and, if you are remotely like
me, you will feel happy and energized in no time:
clean" your body: Give your system a break from rich and heavy foods
by cleansing for a short period. Cleansing will tune up your body to
"spring and summer" mode. Make green juices and smoothies, drink lots
of warm water with lemon, and eat vegetable soups for dinner, hot or raw.
Eliminate your alcohol intake for a while, and watch as an easier digestion
boosts your energy level.
Open the windows:
Literally. The same stale air has been going around in a closed circuit for
months. As the black bear says, time to let some fresh air in. Even if your heating
system is still working, shut it off, every day; open the windows on every floor,
in every room for about 10 minutes to create a draft. Also, keeping your
bedroom window open at night will help you breathe better in your sleep and
feel decongested as you wake up.
Get out of your den:
Stiff limbs? Take a walk every day and you will see how fresh and cold air
stimulates your blood circulation and clears your mind. Excellent for your
health and essential if you feel down.
Schedule time for
You: We are all overwhelmed, except for a few precious moments when we
decide not to be. You can't keep running on the same batteries for ever, you
need recharging. This means time for you, and no one else, in a secluded place.
It could be music, a book, meditation, a hot bath, yoga, crochet or a walk in
the woods (watch out for bears!). Shut off your computer, cell phone, IPods, spouse
and children for a few moments every day. You deserve it.
Watching nature get back to life is fascinating, even if you
live in an urban environment. Birds are busy like never before, they have a lot
on their plate. Daffodils are sprouting everywhere. Even if our way of life tends
to shield us from seasonal changes, let nature's rebirth enter your home, your
body and mind. Open the windows and shake off the dust.
Incorporating meditative moments into your
life can be as simple as a walk in your neighborhood where you silently observe
nature, sitting quietly with a cup of tea or coffee—and savoring every sip,
pausing to acknowledge your blessings at the beginning or end of your day, or
having a joy-filled laugh with family or friends. You may also want to set
aside 10-15 minutes a day to sit quietly with yourself in a more formal
meditation practice. It is the quality of your attention that makes these
activities a meditation: When you focus on the present moment and bring your
full awareness into your everyday acts, you are doing an active meditation. Meditation
is the conscious act of bringing your awareness to your senses and thoughts and
feelings with acceptance, compassion and non-judgment. It is the experience of
being fully present with yourself and your inner world.
Why is meditation important? Researchers are finding that
practicing meditation on a regular basis can promote relaxation, increase
energy, support the immune system, activate higher brain function, and increase
There are lots of ways to meditate and it is easy to learn.
Some of the clinicians at Healing Circles integrate mindfulness practices into
their work with clients. Pam McDonald, LCSW-C, offers a 30-day meditation
coaching program to support clients in getting started on a meditation practice
that fits their needs. The coaching series and an ongoing drop-in meditation
group are offered regularly at Healing Circles.
Reiki is a gentle, hands-on energy healing modality that
helps the body and mind relax, release stress, and promote healing. You may
receive a Reiki treatment from a trained Reiki practitioner or learn Reiki
through a class and give yourself the healing energy. A Reiki treatment is
usually about 45-60 minutes in length and involves receiving the healing energy
through your hands or from a Reiki practitioner. The Reiki energy promotes deep
relaxation and stimulates the body’s natural healing capacity.
Reiki is a wonderful modality for self-care because it is
easy to learn and use for self-healing and relaxation. It is gently soothing
and calming to the mind and the body. Kristi Hallman and Pam McDonald are Reiki
Masters at Healing Circles. They are available to help you experience and learn
this healing system.
Pam McDonald, LCSW-C can be contacted at 301.712.9015, ext. 1022, or firstname.lastname@example.org, www.therapywithpam.com
Kristi Hallman, LCSW-C can be contacted at 301.712.9015, ext. 1012, or email@example.com, www.kristihallman.com
1) Facial steam. Combine raspberry leaf, calendula blossoms, chamomile blossoms, comfrey leaf, and a bit of lavender. Pour very hot water over 1/2-1 cup of herbs in a small bowl. Put a towel over your head, close your eyes, inhale the steam, and relax. Enjoy until the heat dissipates. Splash with cold water to close the pores.
2) Soak your feet in epsom salts. Add ginger or cayenne powder to the water to really heat things up.
3) Massage your body with oils. Give yourself one or beg one from someone. Use almond or olive oils and add 5 drops of lavender or sandalwood essential oil.
4) Drink Holy basil tea if your spirit needs lifting. This tea is calming, helps balance the body, and gently lifts the spirit.
5) Passionflower, hibiscus, skullcap, valerian, and lemon balm may help relax muscles and lower blood pressure.
6) Nettle tea contains calcium and magnesium, which helps to relax muscles and induce sleep. It also contains minerals to replenish the hair that fell out from stress.
7) If you are so stressed and anxious that you can't sleep, try ashwagandha caps, or passionflower tincture to lull you to sleep.
8) If you have a heavy cloud over your head and can’t see the light, St John’s Wort may be able to bring some sun rays into your life.
9) Hawthorn leaf and flower, rosehips, raspberry leaf, and roses are all in the rose family, and help to support the heart muscle, ease anxiety, and soothe grief.
10) When in dire straits with anxiety and panic, kava kava can step in and totally change the game! It's not for long term use, but can really help when you're in a bind!
Stress - everyone has
it. Whether it is managing the details
of happy events, handling day to day tasks, experiencing relationship
difficulties or dealing with loss or trauma, stress can have a profound impact
on the way people feel and experience life. Often people tell themselves that stress is a
part of life, so they should just be strong and carry on. The reality is that
everyone needs support at one time or another and psychotherapy can be a
wonderful resource for individuals wanting to reduce the stress in their lives.
A psychotherapist offers a safe and confidential place to explore your thoughts
and feelings. Through this relationship, you will have the opportunity to identify
and understand the stressors in your life, identify negative thinking patterns
that may contribute to your stress, develop positive communication skills to
improve relationships and reduce conflicts, develop coping skills which can
strengthen your resiliency, and learn to prioritize yourself while you develop
self-care and stress management techniques.
Kristi Hallman, LCSW-C can be contacted at 301.712.9015 x 1012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Michie is delighted to be with Healing Circles
Wellness Center.Laura is a certified
speech language pathologist who treats both children and adults who present
with communication disorders due to stroke, head injury, Alzheimer ’s disease,
autism, cerebral palsy, speech and language developmental delays, and progressive
neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.Laura strongly believes that communication is
vital for a fulfilling life and that speaking, hearing, understanding speech,
reading, and writing connect us to what is most important – our families, friends,
jobs, schools, and communities.
Laura earned her M.Ed. in speech language pathology in 1984
from the University of Virginia.As a
graduate student, she completed an externship at the Veteran’s Hospital in
Richmond, Virginia.Her Clinical
Fellowship Year was completed at the Northern Virginia Easter Seal’s
Society.Laura has 28 years of
experience including employment with the INOVA Fairfax Hospital System, Johns
Hopkins Home Care and Pediatrics at Home, and the Copper Ridge Institute.She was a Senior Therapist at the Kennedy
Krieger Institute and, while at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, she served as a
Faculty Instructor for the Pediatric Series.In 2006 Laura completed a second Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins
It is Laura’s goal to provide quality, compassionate
treatment that is designed to meet the needs of the individual in a safe and
nurturing environment. As a licensed
speech language pathologist, her professional services qualify for reimbursement
through most insurance plans. Please
visit Laura’s website at www.frederick-slp.com.
You may contact Laura with any questions that you may have regarding her
practice at LauraMichieSLP@comcast.net, 301-712-9015 (ext 1030) or