Author Archives: ajb

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.

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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Happiness via Willful Stupidity

It sometimes seems to me that the happiest people I know are people who choose not to know (i.e., those who have embraced willful stupidity). They don’t know how we are protected from tyrants by the Constitution. They don’t know … Continue reading

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Developmental Arrest Issues Regarding Adult Children in Parental Homes

Parents sometimes call me to discuss an adult child who lives in the parental home and how best to motivate his/her leaving the nest. Developmental psychologist Erik Erikson is worth a read. Erikson speaks of eight developmental stages through which … Continue reading

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Forgiveness, Challenges, and Opportunities for the New Year

The issue of how best to address past injuries (physical and/or emotional) may be the most common element of what motivates emotionally-damaged individuals to seek therapy, and the how, when, and in-what-form forgiveness might be possible. I saw a poster … Continue reading

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Workers Compensation at Oyster Point Psychological

Oftentimes, workers compensation clients have suffered traumatic injury on the job and demonstrate symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder such as intrusive imagery of the incident (i.e., flashbacks), chronic sympathetic activation (i.e., flight-or-fight syndrome), and catastrophizing thoughts that compromise their safety … Continue reading

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Does Liberalism Promote Mental Health?

I watch “The Five” occasionally and admit that Bob Beckel gets under my skin at times — as does Juan Williams as they put forth liberalism as a paradigm for sound governance. In listening to their liberalism for a while, it … Continue reading

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