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About ajb

I am clinical psychologist and academic coach with more than twenty years of psychotherapy, academic coaching, and training experience. I operate from my base camp in the Chesapeake Bay Country of Tidewater Virginia. I have a long-term interest in the relationship among public policy, education, mental health, poverty, and change language.

Opioid Dependency, Habit Disorders and Self-hypnosis for Those in Recovery

Hypnosis is sometimes called “an empty syringe,” and a properly-trained therapist can sometimes potentiate psychotherapy for opioid dependency and habit disorders via the supplemental use of self-hypnosis training. In other words, the contents of the syringe are given enhanced potency. Oyster … Continue reading

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Replacing Obamacare: Personal responsibility and common sense

When conservatives talk about replacing Obamacare with something that will “maintain coverage,” we should notice that they are talking about more big, paternalistic government that enables those among us who abdicate responsibility for our own circumstances. We need more personal … Continue reading

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National Child Abuse Month: Inter-generational Plunder?

April is National Child Abuse Month, and I am asking my friends to do three things: (1) think of deficit spending as fiscal child abuse, (2) get the term “inter…-generational equity” into the conversation and (3) hold elected representatives to … Continue reading

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Addictive relationships: Are therapists enablers?

Author, trainer, and therapist, John Bradshaw, speaks of addictive relationships during his presentation on the topic: Healing The Shame that Binds You. This presentation was made during his promotion of his book by the same title and was recorded by … Continue reading

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Muslims hate the United States?: Morning Joe thinks not!

On March 9th, Republican front-runner Donald Trump said that Muslims hate the United States, and former congressman and journalist, Joe Scarborough, devoted no small amount of time on his television program, Morning Joe, castigating Mr. Trump for putting forward such … Continue reading

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Clinical Hypnosis as an Empty Syringe

Knowing of my interest and training in clinical hypnosis, a friend recently asked, “Can you hypnotize and make me stop eating?” My (mildly obese) friend posed the question in a somewhat mocking and derisive manner. I smiled, and we soon … Continue reading

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Mary Tyler Moore Moments: Nancy Travers

When I first started out, just out of college, 28 years ago, I was working overnights at WOBR Beach 95. I filled in as needed for Uncle Rick (Greg Smrdel) doing 6-mid and occasionally morning news for Gregory Clark, all … Continue reading

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Medical Psychologists: What We Do

According to the Academy of Medical Psychology (AMP), there are two educational paths to becoming a medical psychologist. One is to complete medical school and earn a license to practice medicine in the United States. The other is to complete … Continue reading

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Psychologists and Healthy Communities

In my experience, we psychologists often discourage one another from discussing politics. We may wish to think about what paradigms for government (i.e., “politics”) best promote mental health among the citizenry and the growth of healthy communities. As the election … Continue reading

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Ackerman-Schoendorf Evaluations for Disputed Custody

Oyster Point Psychological is pleased to announce that it is resuming Ackerman-Schoendorf Evaluations (ASPECT) relative to child custody disputes. Call or click for details.   Share on Facebook

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