Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Support Group for Mothers

New Mom? 
Mother To Be?
Postpartum Concerns? 
Mom Fatigue?

MONDAYS FROM 10:15AM – 11:00AM Starting in April! 

Join us in a supportive environment at
Baltimore Washington Counseling Center
8258 Veterans Hwy #13, Millersville, MD 21108

This group is for mothers of different parenting stages who are feeling overwhelmed with the demands of being a mother while managing your own needs. Connect with other mothers in a supportive and trusting environment where you can share experiences, engage in parenting discussions, gather valuable resources to help make motherhood an even more enjoyable experience.

This group is for mothers of different parenting stages who are feeling overwhelmed with the demands of being a mother while managing your own needs. Connect with other mothers in a supportive and trusting environment where you can share experiences, engage in parenting discussions, gather valuable resources to help make motherhood an even more enjoyable experience.

For more information or to join the group please contact:

Amy Smith  410-768-6088 ext. 125
amy.smith@bwcc-counseling.com

Brittany Cook 410-768-6088 ext. 132
brittanycook@bwcc-counseling.com

Infants 12 months and under welcome.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Life Skills Group for Adults

Life Skills Group
Co-Ed Adults 18 and older
  • Six weeks, 1-hour sessions
  • Starting at the end of January
  • Tuesdays at 6pm
  • All Major insurances accepted including Medical Assistance, Reach, and Tricare
Goals
  • Empowering individuals by examining the present and building skills for the future
  • Enhance social learning tools
  • Develop peer relationships
  • Develop positive self esteem  
  • Skills for career development and enhancement 

To sign up, contact Lisa Kane at 410-768-6088 Ext 118

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Current Groups: Early 2014

New Year, New Me Group (adults co-ed) lead by Tamara and Chardia, Mondays 7:30-8:30pm

Adult Social Skills Group (Co-ed) lead by Latashia, Brian and Marisa, Tuesdays 6-7pm

Weight Loss and Overeating Support Group (Adult Women) lead by Brooke, 1st & 3rd Wednesday 6-7pm 

Tween Girls Self Esteem & Social Skills Group (Middle school aged Girls) lead by Meaghan and Adrienne,  Wednesday 5-6pm 

High School Girls Social Skills Group (High School aged girls) lead by Rachel, Thursday 5-6pm 

Separation and Divorce Group for children lead by Shareese, Thursday 6-6:45pm 


Adult Depression & Anxiety Group (Adult Co-ed) lead by Shareese, Thursday 6:45-7:30pm 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Group: New Year, New Me!

Are you tired of making new year’s resolutions that don’t stick? Join us for weekly psychoeducational support groups to help you achieve your new year’s goals, by discussing topics such as: relationships, financial goals, physical health, mental well-being, overcoming barriers, and more!
Mondays, 7:30pm-8:30pm, BWCC’s conference room


 Call Lisa Kane at 410-768-6088 Ext. 118 to enroll. 


Weight Loss and Overeating Support Group

Join us if you struggle with your weight, eating habits, or have had weight loss surgery and are having difficulty keeping off the weight.                                                        
                                                           
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6:00PM
8258 Veterans Hwy., Suite 13 Millersville, MD 21108

For more information please call 410-768-6088 Ext. 136 or email Brooke at brooke.schetgen@bwcc-counseling.com

Friday, December 27, 2013

New Group: Self-Esteem and Social Skills for Tween Girls

Self-Esteem & Social Skills Tween Group
A counseling group for middle school-aged girls

Some examples of topics to be covered are:
  • Self-esteem
  • Emotional understanding and expression
  • Healthy relationships
  • Peer pressure
  • Stress management
  • Body image
  • Any other concerns the group members present


The group will be held at Baltimore Washington Counseling Center on a weekly basis, starting Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm. For more information or to join the group, please contact Lisa Kane at 410-768-6088 ext. 118.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

There's an iPhone App for That!

By Danielle Pientka, LCSW-C

I like to find iPhone apps for everything. I wanted to share a few that are related to health and mental health if anyone is interested. Some are free applications and some are not. I have no financial (or otherwise) ties to these companies.

If you know of an application that might be helpful to post, please email it to me for review at danielle.pientka@bwcc-counseling.com.

iPhone Applications for Health
  • Fooducate: This application gives you the ability to scan foods that you purchase to see how they "rate." I believe it also has a function similar to MyFitnessPal for tracking diet. I use it to tell me nutritional facts on food only, as well as warnings. For example, I found "Maruchan Soup, Ramen Noodle, Beef Flavor" and these two screenshots give a brief glimpse of what the program says about it. There was a lot more, but you can check it out on the website:


  • MyFitnessPal: This application seems primarily focused on meeting weight loss goals, but I've also used it to track foods for other purposes. I've found it helpful to track food when trying to identify food allergies, for helping track my sugar, protein, and iron consumption, and for tracking exercise. I also think it would be helpful if you're trying to gain weight as you can give yourself a calorie goal and then work towards meeting it each day. This is a free program and it's available on several devices, and they also have a website. Healthy eating and exercise, as well as making sure you are meeting all of your nutritional goals, is important for both your physical and mental health. 
   
  • Sound Machine Applications: I have used these for my baby, but if you are having trouble sleeping and need white noise to help, then there are a lot of applications that are available to help with that. Sleep Pillow and Sound Sleeper are two of them that I've used. I believe Sound Sleeper has a free version, but you can upgrade to a paid version that allows you to set a longer duration on the white noise. 
iPhone Applications for Mental Health
  • iCouch CBT: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the more well known and respected modalities for therapy. This application allows you to apply CBT techniques on the application, similar to written homework that you might receive from a therapist. It might be easier for some people to do than written homework, just because of how often we have our phones on us. The app has you track a situation that was upsetting for you, how you feel about it, your thoughts about the incident, the distortions you had (there's a description of each), and has you come up with a better thought and better plan for next time. Then you record a new thought and your final emotion. I think this is a pretty neat option to help apply what you learn in therapy on your own. Here are some screen shots.

  


  • Moody Me: This application allows you to track your moods. This is helpful if you want to see if there's any situations that trigger mood changes in yourself. It may be helpful too if you plan to start or change medication for psychiatric symptoms and want to track if there are any improvements. It's fairly basic program. I haven't played around with it too much. 

  • Love Maps: This application is based off Gottman's Love Maps and it is a list of questions to help you get to know your significant other better. It's fun to do with your spouse... my husband and I were playing around with it and I found out his favorite tree. 
  • Therapy Buddy: Appointment reminders, homework area, and an area to write what you'd like to discuss at your next session.


These two looked interesting, but I haven't tried them:


I hope these are helpful! I found them searching through the app store on my phone. There were lots and lots of other applications available as well.