POC Providers

We would like to feature a few mental health resources featuring POC.

Octavia Brown is an incredible influence in the Annapolis area. If you know her personally you get it when we say she is INCREDIBLE! She “specializes in racial trauma therapy, trauma-informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy, and behavioral modification. She received her MSW from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work in 2015, but has served in the urban community for over 10 years.” Her practice is Urban Institute of Mental Health.

Natasha Miller has been working in the greater Washington D.C. area providing counseling and case management services for the past fourteen years. She has experience building relationships with those experiencing homelessness to professionals serving as chief executives. She has a passion for social justice and grass roots advocacy” For more about Natasha visit her site here.

Another valuable resource for women of color is the website http://therapyforblackgirls.com

And for further resources and information on mental health and the black community please visit NAMI’s page here.

Summer Workshops For Teens With Anxiety

SUMMER WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS ON ANXIETY MANAGEMENT AND SELF-ESTEEM/LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT! SEE ATTACHED FLYERS. My name is Sam Straub, founder of Samantha Straub Consulting, LLC Support, Strategies and Straight Talk to Help Teens Thrive. Together with Waypoint Wellness Center, where I work part time as a therapist, I’m excited to bring these educational opportunities to our community. I have been teaching and supporting teens for over 23 years, first as a classroom teacher, then as an administrator, and now as a high school counselor and mental health therapist. In addition, I’m raising two teenagers of my own. The age group is near and dear to my heart. With love, humor, and nearly two and a half decades of training and learning, I find energy in helping teens reach their full potential This summer, I’ve designed several workshops to help address two of the most common issues I encounter in my work with teens: anxiety and low self-esteem. SLAY YOUR STRESS is all about providing participants with tools and skills to reframe stress as our body’s response to challenge, and giving teens the tools and skills to successfully and powerfully navigate periods of anxiety. Better TogetHER is a leadership development program for early adolescent girls. This workshop aims to empower young women at precisely the time in their lives when many will encounter a confidence drop. The focus of Better TogetHER is on leadership of the self: learning about our own strengths, developing positive communication tools that will help us connect with others, and tactically applying our unique gifts for the betterment of ourselves and our communities. I’ve included more info about each workshop on the flyers below. More info can also be found on Waypoint’s website under the “services” tab: https://www.waypointwellnesscenter.com/summer-workshopsPlease feel free to contact me through the link above, at sstraub@waypointwellnesscenter.com, or PM me at Samantha Straub Consulting, LLC with additional inquiries.COVID-19 Precautions:Each workshop will take place in the lower level conference room at the Conte Building, 130 Lubrano Drive, Annapolis. Workshops will be capped at 9 participants, and the meeting room provides ample space for social distancing. Participants will be asked to bring their own snacks and water bottles and to wear a mask. Materials will be cleaned and sanitized between uses and between users, and hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available. Upon arrival, participants will be screened for possible symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms or who may have been exposed to the virus will not be permitted to participate.

Mother’s Day How to Celebrate During Times of Social Distancing

With the current state of things it may seem difficult to celebrate in the ways we are used to. Brunch, pedicures, spa treatments, day trips… These all seem to be hindered by current restraints, regulations, and closings. Fear not, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day for yourself and the special women in your life. 

First, take a deep breath and remember that different is just that … different, it doesn’t have to be synonymous with bad. There is still much to celebrate and still much joy to be found. This year is different but different can be wonderfully memorable. Some resources are local to the Annapolis Md area, but many can be altered or adjusted regardless of location.

Below are some great ways to make this Mother’s Day the best one yet. 

Jewelry Making: Local Shops like The Twisted Bead are offering contactless shopping. Order beads and jewelry making supplies online or from local retailers or get creative with items you have in your own home (clay, pasta, old or broken jewelry, craft materials) come up with one of a kind wearable creations that will forever be a reminder that love is unstoppable. 

DIY Sip and Paint Experience: Youtube offers a wide range of guided painting videos that are perfect for any experience or ability level. Grab your favorite bottle of wine and create a new piece of art to treasure. My eight year old daughter and I enjoy the Art Sherpa videos on Youtube which are always vibrant in color and easy and enjoyable for adults and children. 

Enjoy a living room concert: Create a playlist of your favorite artists and enjoy an array of snacks while you get lost in the music that speaks to your soul. Each member of the family can create their own playlist and share why it is meaningful or maybe even share songs they would dedicate to each other. 

Virtual Tours and Vacations: Where is some place you would absolutely love to travel to? What destination is on your bucket list? Enjoy online tours of these exotic destinations (google, youtube, travel blogs…) or better yet have your family put together a slideshow of your dream vacation and enjoy a front row seat to daydreaming while snacking on themed food and drink options. Sometimes when the real thing just isn’t an option, a mindful experience can be the next best thing and lead to fun dreams and planning for future adventures. 

Organize Family Photos and Create Custom Albums Together: How many photos do we all have stored on our phones and computers? Sometimes just looking at these photos and reliving the memories together can brighten our mood and remind us just how much good there is in life. Work together to relive these memories and organize them into keepsake albums. Use sites like shutterfly to design your custom albums.

At home spa days: DIY spa days can be as luxurious as you want them to be. Dim the lights, play soothing music, and order your favorite spa products online or create DIY salt scrubs, sugar scrubs, and facemasks. Seek out local moms who may have inventory for Mary Kay, Avon, or Arbonne and see if they can help put together an at home spa package. Sip on lemon water or iced tea, and relax with a good book, a hot bath, or an indulgent podcast. 

Family Fashion Shows and Photo Shoots: Make the most of your time together and create lasting memories and laughs by doing a themed fashion show and photo shoot. High fashion, evening wear, color coordinated, movie characters, halloween, or any theme you desire. 

Family Bake Off: Who’s the best baker in the house? Have everyone pick a recipe and let the competition begin. Friendly competition is made even more fun by getting to enjoy homemade treats when its time to judge the final products. 

Illustrate and Share a Favorite Family Memory: Have every member of the family come up with their favorite memory or two. Have them write about why it is so meaningful or illustrate the memory and create a keepsake book of family favorites. 

 To-Go Goodies: Brunch or lunch to go and socially distant picnics can be a great way to indulge in fine foods and spend time with those you love. Some of my local favorites are wine pairings to go from Luna Blue, the Mother’s Day Tea menu from Reynolds Tavern, and the ever delicious to go brunch boxes from Cafe Mezzanote. If possible enjoy a social distance picnic from a safe distance with the special women in your life, or utilize services like zoom for a virtual celebration. 

No matter how you choose to celebrate this year, remember you are loved and we are all in this together.

Occupational Therapy For Children Via Telehealth

This is a stressful time for all of us. And for parents of children with special needs this can be even more challenging. Parents want to ensure that their children are receiving the care and intervention they need and are striving to ensure that they receive continuity of care. Fortunately businesses like Children at Play in Annapolis know that the show must go on! They have found ways to successfully offer occupational therapy to children and families in their own home using many unexpected items they may already have in their households. Listen to owner Samantha Hyali give tips on continuity of care and even talk about a sensory bin delivery service!

Dr. Bubnik-Harrison with Kennedy Krieger Talks About Helping Families Through Stressful Times

During times of stress we can all use a little guidance. Dr. Bubnik-Harrison with Kennedy Krieger talks openly with me about how families can work through times of stress with compassion and understanding for each other. Whether that be dealing with current events like Covid-19 or any stressful situation such as the death of a loved one, the loss of a pet, a big move, etc. There are professionals at Kennedy Krieger available to help guide you through long term scenarios or those random curve balls life likes to throw at us. Advice and insight for children and juveniles from ages 5-20. (Telehealth services available)

Insight for how to address and work through trauma, how to address behavior issues that may arise from stress or anxiety, and how parents and caregivers can make sure they are meeting their own needs while caring for others.

Below is some helpful information from SAMHSA about talking with children during infectious disease outbreaks. For more publications on this topic and other valuable insight, please visit their website.

Telehealth Services During COVID 19

During the COVID-19 crisis many health insurance companies are offering coverage for telehealth services. Here is a list of local mental health providers offering telehealth.

There is so much happening in the world around us. Our daily routines have been all but shattered, and in their place sometimes it seems all that is left is chaotic uncertainty. Many parents are worried about the lasting effects of unstructured days, lack of schooling, lost time with friends, and excess screen time are going to have on their children. While these cares and concerns are valid, the short answer is, it will all be ok. Breathe, and repeat after me, it will all be ok. This is a temporary curve ball, a temporary detour to our daily lives. It is definitely a time of uncertainty and heavy doses of anxiety, but this is not forever.Whether we are talking about widespread illness like COVID 19 or any other potentially difficult circumstances we may face at any point during our lives, any time of change, uncertainty, struggle, fear or sadness can have a big impact on our quality of life. During difficult times it is important to remember that our internal dialogue is just as important as the messages we are receiving from the world around us. Take time to be mindful and present. Acknowledge that you don’t have to have it all figured out. Tell yourself, I am enough, I am safe, I am loved, I am not alone, and we will get through this together. As far as schedules, parents should not stress themselves out trying to recreate the perfect school environment at home. Every moment of your child’s day does not need to be filled with magic and creativity or planned out perfectly by the hour. However, having a general layout or plan for the day can help keep everyone feeling a little more centered and focused. Don’t feel guilty about a little extra screen time during these difficult periods, many parents have found themselves being full time caregiver, housekeeper, teacher, and working from home. This is a lot of hats to wear and you don’t need to meet any expectation of perfection. Give yourself grace, you are doing the best you can. Allow your children to use the available technology to stay connected with friends and loved ones.

Even with a calm approach to uncertainty in the home, sometimes it’s helpful to get insight and advice from a professional. If you or a family member could use someone to talk to throughout this time of uncertainty there are many mental health providers offering telehealth services to aid those in need while keeping in accordance with social distancing. Listed below are several local providers offering telehealth services. Many are in network with all major insurance carriers including Medicare.

Greater Baltimore Counseling Center (counseling and med management)

Annapolis Child and Family Therapy CenterSafe Harbour Christian CounselingHealthwaves Counseling LLC

Amanda Fincher (specializes in teen and pre teen girls)

Spectrum Behavioral Health

Together Couples Counseling

PDG Therapeutics

Chesapeake Bay Psychological Services

Kennedy Krieger Institute behavioral psychology department 443-923-7508

Baltimore Annapolis Center for Integrative Healing

Mirror Mental Health

Bridgewater Psychology

Anchored Hope Therapy

Innovative Therapeutic Services

Park Wellness Group

Baltimore Washington Counseling Center

Argo Counseling

Solace Family Counseling

Align Counseling & Wellness

Anne Arundel Counseling

Sara Pula

Shawna Bohn Lindberg 410-913-6211

Marie Burgess Marie@thompsonchildtherapy.com

Sue Knight LCSW-C 410-349-6371

Eileen Martini Eamartini@aol.com

Don’t Stop Celebrating

In difficult times of widespread uncertainty it can be hard to find a reason to celebrate. I assure you, if you look hard enough ways and reasons to celebrate are bountiful. Now more than ever, we need to remain positive. We need to remember that life can still be beautiful. We need to seek the joy in every moment. The joys might be hidden, but look harder, I promise they are there.

I wanted to share with you today a positive morning thought: though my celebrations may be smaller, their significance is no less meaningful. Today is Saint Patrick’s day and while we may have some disappointed children that they are not doing fun activities at school…. (and maybe even disappointed adults at the lack of festivities) let us still find ways to celebrate at home. My children had sprinkles in their milk this morning, my attempt at ‘magic milk’ when I realized we were out of green food coloring. We participated in a neighborhood wide activity of coloring shamrocks and taping them to our front doors so whoever goes on a walk this afternoon can see how many they spot. It’s the little things that spark excitement. It’s the little things that remind us that while we may be socially distant, we are still very much connected. Morning FaceTime chats with friends, virtual wine dates, afternoon crafts… these are all moments to find joy in and reasons to celebrate.

Many people are celebrating birthdays, anniversary’s, births, and other exciting events. Life does move forward even though it feels as though everything has come to a screeching halt. Don’t stop living, don’t stop loving, don’t stop celebrating. Use this time to celebrate in your home with those who mean the most to you. Have FaceTime parties, play games, seek meaningful ways to let your loved ones know you care. Yes our celebrations may be smaller but we still have much to celebrate. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️