Dan McCarthy Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in Columbia Maryland providing counseling via telecounseling.
Psychologist in Columbia, MD
I've been fortunate to have two terrific children, one gay and one bisexual. They (along with PFLAG) taught me so much about minority stress, resilience and advocacy. It was more than a decade ago but it mobilized me to learn how to be an effective political advocate for marriage equality in Maryland. I learned so much. Now the trans/nonbinary community is under an organized political attack and needs our support. I hope I can help.
Not unlike my education regarding LGBTQ issues, my family life brought me to understand the challenges of chronic pain and illness. I would have much rather learned this through formal education, readings or seminars, but unfortunately I was enrolled in the school of hard knocks. While I don't want to share too much detail online, I'm particularly focused and supportive of the challenges of "long haulers" or long-COVID/PASC, cancer and autoimmune disorders.
Throughout my career I've always had positive results in treating various anxiety disorders using a cognitive behavioral therapy approach. Whether it is panic disorder, social anxiety, generalized anxiety or PTSD I've found a number of CBT techniques very effective. Because CBT posits that our thoughts create our emotions and behaviors , CBT gives us a clear pathway to change. Post pandemic anxiety issues have spiked and these relatively brief but effective approaches are needed.
I was extensively trained in CBT in my Ph.D. program. CBT has the general characteristics of being transparent, briefer, focused more on the present than the past and being highly collaborative. I utilize CBT and its several sub-types such as rational-emotive, mindfulness-based cognitive etc. depending on the specific issue. I also completed the Albert Ellis Institute- Primary Certificate Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.