Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner joins Olney Counseling

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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner joins Olney Counseling Center

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Grace Manglet is Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive privileges. She used holistic approach to Psychiatric and Mental health issue and focuses on helping teen and adult patients create and maintain meaningful changes in life. Ms. Manglet integrates mindfulness, meditation, exercise & healthy nutrition along with pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.
Starting July 14, 2017
Call to make you appointment today!

Couples Communication Classes in Olney, Maryland

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Couples Therapy Workshop Olney MD

About Couples Communication Classes in Olney, Maryland

By Micah Brady, LCSW-C, Gottman Educator & Therapist

Do you want more love and affection from your lover with less arguing? Do you want to have more fun, and be less frustrated? Do you know how to get out of some of the typical relationship traps and ruts that all couples deal with?

As a therapist who specializes in romantic relationships, I know couples want and deserve lasting relationships. They want engaging conversations, enduring passion, unwavering support, more peace, and steadfast trust. They want to recapture part of that honeymoon period without all of the things that may have bogged them down.  

How do you get there? Is it possible? What about all of the well-intended but often confusing or conflicting advice?

Yes, it is possible, and I can offer you a road map. Have you heard of a psychologist who has been able to predict with 91% accuracy which couples will stay together and which won’t? His name is Dr. John Gottman, and he’s the mack daddy of relationships. Together with this his wife, he founded the world-renowned Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington. Based on 40 years of evidence-based research, Dr. John Gottman has figured out the answers to many of our burning questions.

I can offer you a roadmap to some of the most common challenges and issues in relationships in just two hours. The Couples Communication Workshop feedback that I most frequently get is “I wish I knew about this earlier, I would have saved myself so much heartache,” “This is extremely eye-opening,” and “Everyone should take this.”

A positive learning experience without any pressure.

What I like about workshops is that it is a learning experience without any pressure. It is not group therapy, so no one is required to disclose anything about themselves or their relationship. They get the benefit of learning the skills and having some take home exercises to try, but no pressure to share anything. In fact, I usually just ask participants for their first name and what they want to get out of the workshop. I keep the size to 8 couples, so everyone gets personalized attention if they want it.

You can attend solo, no partner required to attend.

Another thing I like about the workshop experience is that you don’t have to wait for your partner to be ready, or even be in town. You can attend solo, or Skype your partner in if you have hectic schedules. If you are processing a breakup and trying to figure out if you want to date again, want to beef up your skills and ask some questions, go ahead and come solo. 

This introductory workshop is a great way to save time, money, energy, and heartache! 


  • SCHEDULE: Workshops are typically offered once per month, based on enrollment
  • ENROLLMENT FEE: Starting at $129* per couple, depending on program offerings
  • FOR MORE INFO: Call today for an updated schedule of class offerings and pricing – 301-570-7500.

*Pricing and classes are subject to change without prior written notice, call 301-570-7500 to confirm the latest offerings and details.

Couples Communication Classes – Now Enrolling

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Couples Communication Classes at Olney Psychiatric & Counseling Center in Olney, Maryland

Do you want to improve communication with your significant other? Do you want more understanding, support, and intimacy without all the arguing, miscommunication, and talking past each other? Then this workshop is for you!


By Micah Brady LICSW, LCSW-C with the Gottman Institute of Relationships Presenter and Educator


  • The Concept of the Emotional Bank Account by Dr. John Gottman
  • Most Common Ways to Add and Subtract From the Emotional Bank Account
  • 4 Communication Patterns that Make Your Relationship Worse and What To Do Instead
  • How to Have a Conversation Instead of an Argument
  • 13 Tips to Help You Develop Your Emotional Intelligence
  • The Emotionally Intelligent Formula for Stating what you Need or Want
  • The Emotionally Intelligent Formula for Declining Requests in the  Nicest Way Possible



Call to inquire about upcoming workshop dates.


Olney Psychiatric & Counseling Center
3430 N. High Street
Olney, MD 20832 


$129 Per Couple

Limited to 8 Couples Per Session


$25 – Gottman Listening Guide

Materials available day of workshop


Credit Cards Only (No Cash or Checks)


New workshops now enrolling, call for dates and times.


Holiday Stress Management

By - Stress Management


Turkey with a Side of DBT

The holiday season is upon us, and with that come the common stressors, whether it’s cleaning, cooking, and hosting or packing, traveling and visiting. This year, in particular, Thanksgiving comes on the heels of a tough election. Regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, chances are, somebody at your Thanksgiving table was rooting for the other side. And that can make a meal tense if feelings are not managed carefully.

Enter DBT, which stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Created several decades ago by Dr. Marcia Linehan, this well-researched and widely used branch of psychotherapy deals with emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness. Here’s how it can help us enjoy our turkey without the unnecessary stress this year.

Among other things, DBT teaches us that our interactions usually have three possible priorities. Knowing what you want from an interaction determines how to enter into and maintain a dialogue.

Ask yourself how important is it for you to:

  1. Get what you want?
  2. Keep the relationship?
  3. Maintain your self-respect?

We don’t always get to have all three, but we get to choose at least one.

Pursuing the first goal means being assertive in having your rights respected and your wishes met. This is the objective you are after if your dinner guest insists that anyone who voted for your candidate is ignorant, or uses racial slurs to describe the current President. DBT approach would be to describe what is going on (“You are implying that I am uneducated and uninformed, and you are doing so in front of my children”); express your wish (“Please refrain from using labels that hurt my feelings and are disrespectful to me”); assert yourself (“I would really like it if we could have a civilized discussion about this, or changed the subject”); and reinforce your request by stating why it’s in your guest’s best interest to do so (“We will have a much more pleasant meal and fonder memories of this holiday if we show more respect for each other”). Repeat this as often as necessary until your wish is granted. If it doesn’t work, go to Number 3.

If your top priority is the second goal, you may choose to ignore the comments and explain to your children later why you did so. “Kids, your Grandpa is getting older, and he has very strong opinions. I did not like some of the things he said at dinner tonight, but I prefer to stay peaceful and not argue on those rare occasions when we get to be with each other like this. Sometimes letting a comment go by without a response makes it go away faster and takes power away from the person making it. He is not going to change, and I’d like to get along with the only father I have.”

Finally, if you feel that the person is not likely to stop the behavior you find upsetting, and the relationship is not something you want to preserve or improve, the third goal, self-respect, becomes the most important priority. This is where you may choose to take a stand, debate the subject you feel passionate about or make your opinion known. “You know, Uncle Joe, I find your political views and actions deeply offensive. Normally, people who think the way you do are not welcome in my house. I can’t tolerate the use of racial slurs, from you or anyone else. Please apologize. Otherwise, we’ll be happy to call you a cab.”

Of course, the third example is a bit extreme, but it’s helpful to know the full range of your options before deciding what your next step should be.

Whatever you choose to do, stay mindful and do whatever is the most effective in helping you remain calm and in control of your emotions. DBT has plenty of tips to offer on this, so if you’d like more information or resources, please feel free to contact Olney Psychiatric and Counseling Center.

From this author and the rest of our staff, here’s hoping your turkey is moist, your Grandpa is open-minded and your Uncle Joe has an Uber app on his phone!