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Dr. Samantha Rodman: Rockville Psychologist

Anxiety

 

Depression

Dr. Rodman treats a wide range of issues, but these are the most common problems that she sees in her practice.  Note: Dr. Rodman does not work with children or teenagers under the age of 17.

Individual Therapy​

Depression is one of the most common reasons that individuals seek counseling.  When struggling with depression, you can feel sad, tired, overwhelmed, irritable, angry, hopeless, and frustrated.  Through therapy, it is possible to change your perspective and learn different and more adaptive ways to cope with the stressors in your life.  Therapy for depression can be brief and symptom-focused, or of longer duration to tackle the deeper origins of your patterns of viewing and responding to life's challenges.

Anxiety is highly treatable with cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented techniques.  Dr. Rodman is trained in exposure and response prevention therapy, one of the most scientifically validated ways to treat anxiety.  You may have learned to be anxious in your family when growing up, or your anxiety may have been triggered by a stressor in your adult life.  Either way, anxiety sufferers often make very motivated and responsive patients.  Don't allow your anxiety to continue to constrict your life without seeing if therapy can work for you.

Adult children of alcoholics and adult children of other types of dysfunctional families often have particular difficulties with knowing what is "normal" and what healthy relationships are.  If your parents struggled with substance abuse issues, anger, depression, anxiety, hoarding, impulsive and reckless behavior, or any other issue that caused you pain as a child, it may be difficult to "get over it."  This does not mean we "blame" your parents, but rather try to help you, possibly for the first time, to recognize and grieve for the difficult aspects of your childhood.  You can process and grow from these experiences without letting them predict the way that you feel for the rest of your life.


 

Relating to others in effective ways can be challenging, whether you are having difficulty with partners, coworkers, siblings, parents, children, or adult children.  Therapy can help you explore the reasons why you may find it difficult to confront others,  express your true thoughts and feelings, or identify and end toxic relationships.  Counseling can provide you with tools to make these relationships more fulfilling.

In more complex cases, people feel as though there may be deep-seated personality issues affecting their ability to interact successfully with others, particularly within intimate relationships. Personality disorders, such as borderline and narcissistic personality disorders, can be underlying causes of these difficulties.  These  can improve as well, with therapy that focuses on root causes and helps the individual learn and practice different behavioral patterns.

Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families

Relating to Others and Personality Issues