• Coping Skills

    Most adults feel stress in today’s world — at work, relationships, handling our finances and other responsibilities. Surveys show that younger people, including teens, also feel overwhelmed, depressed and sad. Too little sleep, too little exercise, and unhealthy foods only fuel the negative pattern, this, in turn, making the stress worse.

    In the midst of this stress, you don’t react well to everyday events. You may get angry and shout. You may park yourself in front of the TV with a huge helping of junk food. You toss and turn all night with worries on your mind. Day after day, night after night, this pattern takes a toll on your health.

    Learning to cope

    Coping Skills Counseling and Management, Leslie Terner, Chevy Chase, MD

    With a psychotherapist’s help, you can learn positive coping responses. You will discuss the stress in your life, and figure out a plan to take action to reduce it. With the right coping skills, you will be better able to stay focused on solving your problems. When you learn to reduce your reaction to stress, you sleep better and feel better. It’s in your best interest to take steps toward developing good coping skills.

    Here are a few tips to get you started:

    • Spend time with supportive friends and family members.
    • Get regular exercise, eat nourishing food and participate in activities you enjoy.
    • Stay focused on the positive, laugh more, get a pet.
    • Relax with sleep, yoga, meditation, and relaxation exercises.
    • Garden, write, paint or engage in other creative activities.
    • Practice spirituality: pray, read, attend uplifting services, volunteer.

    It’s important to keep your activities healthy and avoid drugs, alcohol, and drinking too much coffee. Also, avoid driving too fast or criticizing yourself. Any tendency to yell or hit are off-limits. You’re learning to cope — and those reactions are no longer your habits.

    A psychotherapist can help

    Many mental health problems begin when emotional stress triggers chemical changes in your brain. The goal of treatment and prevention is to reduce stress and restore normal chemical processes in your brain.

    With a psychologist’s help, you can gain clarity by identifying stressors — and taking steps to cope effectively. Developing good coping skills takes practice, but over time they can become part of your everyday life. In some cases, medication may also be necessary to treat anxiety and depression. The treatment is always tailored to the individual’s unique situation — to improve enjoyment of life.

    Contact the office

    To find out more about Coping Skills Services, contact Leslie Terner’s office located at 5480 Wisconsin Avenue Suite LL8 Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815. Leslie Terner provides Coping Skills counseling in Chevy Chase, MD, and its surrounding areas.

    Book an appointment by calling 301-718-1758

  • Our Location

    5480 Wisconsin Avenue
    Suite LL8
    Chevy Chase, MD 20815


    Mon-Thu 12:00PM-8:00PM
    Sat: 12:00AM-5:00PM
    Fri and Sun: Closed


    (301) 718-1758


    (301) 718-1767

    About Leslie Terner, MS, PMHCNS, BC

    I am a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in Chevy Chase, Maryland. I have been in private practice since 1999. I help clients to heal and gain insight into why they have developed their behaviors.