Embolden Psychology is a new, innovative practice lead by Dr. Ronnie Siddique with offices in the DC metro area, Fairfax, and Montgomery County. Dr. Siddique works eclectically to help clients understand their strengths, have a clearer understanding of obstacles that hold them back, and to help promote a sense of satisfaction, courage, and joy. She deeply respects the individuality of her clients and targets problems using strategies and treatments that speak best to each person.
She values working collaboratively with parents, families, educators, and other treatment providers to make recommendations to enhance every client’s personal strengths and goals. Finally, she believes in the importance of between session support services by text, email, and phone, as needed. Dr. Siddique is trained in psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as mindfulness/meditation. She has advanced training in neuropsychology and administers comprehensive psychological test batteries to help clients understand their patterns of cognitive, academic, social-emotional, behavioral, and executive functioning.
Dr. Siddique has been selected as one of the “Top 100 Doctors in the DMV,” by Northern Virginia Magazine. She is certified in Mindfulness-Based Contemplative Psychotherapy and DBT. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Siddique by email or phone to ask questions, describe goals and desires of therapy or assessment, or for a brief consultation.
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Loss is a universal experience. Grieving takes many forms.Many people truly want to help a friend or family member who is experiencing a severe loss. Words often fail us at times like these, leaving us stammering for the right thing to say. Some people are so afraid to say or do the wrong thing,...
We can have a very hard time being criticized, corrected, or accused – even of the smallest mistakes. One client succinctly said: “it feels like an attack on my character, my very person”. Here are some of the strategies to use to accept criticism....
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I have occasional days where it feels overwhelming just to leave my house. I want to have the quiet solitude of no interactions. This is a microcosm of the life of someone with a social anxiety disorder. Even though I do not suffer from social anxiety, it is the second most commonly diagnosed...
Yes absolutely. Mental health workers have some of the highest burn out and that includes rates of depression, substance abuse, and anxiety. Self-care is crucial. It used to be done that social workers and psychologists were required to be in therapy as part of their training, and although that cannot be mandated by programs, I believe it’s a good thing to be in treatment at various stages of our own professional and personal lives. READ MORE
Hello, it really depends on how long you’ve been depressed, and what the other circumstances are that may be occurring. If you’ve had recurrent episodes- Therapy, possible medication consultation, and a self care regimen are absolutely essential to address it. The good news is that there are proven strategies that do work to help with distress and symptoms. READ MORE
The most common explanation for why some children chew is because of stress and/or anxiety. Chewing provides proprioceptive input to the jaw that is very calming and organizing. It’s similar to how some people might bite their fingernails when they’re nervous, or pace back and forth, do deep breathing, rock back and forth, tap their foot, etc. These are all mechanisms for how we cope with stress. The stress we’re talking about could be everyday stress - when kids are frustrated, mad, or tired. Chewing will typically increase relative to the amount of stress, AND relative to how well children deal with stress. Chewing is inherently calming for kids. It’s a known motor plan. There is always something nearby that they can chew on (whether or not it’s safe/appropriate) - a shirt, pencil, toy, something picked up off the floor, etc. They can also control what goes in their mouth, which is something that many kids don't get to do very often. READ MORE
Hello, and dreams, we are often working through the residue of the day. Without a larger context of your life, it could mean that there is something that you would like to escape, a situation or relationship perhaps. Was the dream upsetting to you? Some people like to keep a dream journal and jot down their dream experience, which can be interesting, and also therapeutic. READ MORE
If the crying has been recent, it could be a response to stress or loss. Often we are so busy in our every day lives, we may not have time to think about grief or a sense of loss. Some recent research has shown that crying is therapeutic and can create a release of emotion. It might be worthwhile to get a therapeutic consultation. READ MORE
Behavior therapy is very useful, because it helps delineate what might be a stimulus for feeling anger or aggression, and replacing the angle response with some thing that makes you feel more in control. Exploring anger triggers is always useful. It’s also important to have compassion and what might be underlying reasons for it. READ MORE
Exposure therapy, which is a form of behavioral therapy, and cognitive therapy,Have been shown to be helpful for OCD. Coming up with a plan with the therapist that you can implement and practice can be very useful, especially if you feel that the OCD is getting in the way of relationships or daily living. READ MORE
For anxiety that is so debilitating that it feels like it’s taken over your life, the best approach is therapy, combined with medication, combined with a consistent self-care routine. It’s important to have all three. Types of therapy for anxiety include cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, and interpersonal. Having a trusted professional who can help you balance all of these things until it feels more comfortable implementing anxiety reduction strategies is certainly very important. READ MORE
The best strategy is consistent self-care, including good sleep, nutrition, exercise, social support network, and making sure to find time for some activity that brings you a sense of calm, whether it’s being outdoors, spending time with a companion animal, or going to a museum. READ MORE
Some therapists are not psychologist. They might be social workers, counselors, or pastoral counselor’s. Psychologists also practice therapy, and may use a variety of tools, such as psychological testing and assessment to help with the process of diagnosis and coming up with a treatment plan READ MORE
Counseling works very well for anxiety. There are several approaches that are used, and a great therapist will help you come up with strategies to manage symptoms, combined with self-care skills to help reduce the overall level of anxiety. READ MORE
Job transitions and changes can be very stressful. A psychologist will help you come up with strategies that can be used during an actual anxiety attack, but also help you set up a self-care plan that will help gradually reduce the anxiety that you are feeling. Therapy may include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, or a combination of several approaches READ MORE
The best strategies for managing stress include self-care, such as good sleep, good nutrition, exercise, and a support system of people whether it’s friends or family. Managing stress is important, because chronic long-term stress is hard on the body, and can develop into an anxiety disorder. READ MORE
Yes, psychologist can certainly treat mental disorders and help Individuals come up with a plan that includes diagnosis, treatment, and follow up. READ MORE
Stress is the response to getting overwhelmed by responsibilities and external demands. Stress management prevent stress from becoming something more serious like an anxiety disorder. Working with a therapist, you can come up with a plan to manage things before they increase. It sounds like you are already aware that stress should be carefully monitored, which is very important. READ MORE
Mindfulness, cognitive therapy, and a self care plan. Stress can become an anxiety disorder and it’s great that you’re monitoring it. READ MORE
In psychology there is a list of daily stressors or daily hassles. Going through a divorce or separation is one of the top stressors. Unfortunately, divorce is usually also combined with financial stress, location changes, shifting of social groups, family related issues, and at times issues related to children. It’s essential to make sure that you fit in time for self-care, and do some consults with a therapist to come up with a plan for coping and support. READ MORE
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Get to know Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Hoorie Siddique, who serves patients in Maryland and Virginia.
Selected as one of “Top 100 Doctors in the DMV,” by Northern Virginia Magazine, Dr. Siddique is a licensed clinical psychologist who leads an innovative practice, Embolden Psychology, with offices in Chantilly, Virginia & Silver Spring, Maryland. She works eclectically to help patients understand their strengths and have a clearer understanding of obstacles that hold them back, as well as to help promote a sense of satisfaction, courage, and joy.
Respecting the individuality of her patients, Dr. Siddique targets problems using strategies and treatments that speak best to each individual. She values working collaboratively with parents, families, educators, and other treatment providers to make recommendations to enhance every patient’s personal strengths and goals. Finally, she believes in the importance of between session support services by text, email, and phone, as needed.
With over two decades of experience in her field, some of her areas of focus include: child and adolescent psychiatry, coping skills, grief, learning disabilities, marital and premarital issues, men’s issues, parenting, racial identity, relationship issues, self-esteem, stress, and traumatic brain injury. She is also a mental health consultant for Doctors Without Borders.
Among her academic background, Dr. Siddique earned her Doctorate (PhD) degree in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is trained in psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as mindfulness/meditation and dialectical behavior therapy. She has advanced training in neuropsychology and administers comprehensive psychological test batteries to help patients understand their patterns of cognitive, academic, social-emotional, behavioral, and executive functioning.
Clinical psychology is a broad branch of psychology that focuses on diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Some of the more common disorders that might be treated include learning disabilities, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Licensed clinical psychologists, like Dr. Siddique, meet with patients to identify problems – emotional, mental and behavioral – in their lives. Through observation, interviews and tests, they aim to diagnose any existing or potential disorders.
In addition to English, Dr. Siddique speaks French, Hindi, and Urdu.
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- Relationship Issues
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- Traumatic Brain Injury
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