I work in an extremely stressful field in which I make life and death decisions every day. I've been doing it for a long time, and I have good coping mechanisms, but recently my exposure to death and suffering has gone way up. I'd like to connect with a therapist in the Northern Virginia area with experience with traumatic stress, who could help me adapt to the demands this is putting on me. Someone experienced in treating members of the military might be helpful, but is definitely not necessary. Mostly I'm looking for somebody who has worked with people who encounter a lot of death and need to build appropriate coping skills.
I'm trying to plan a last-minute backpacking trip this weekend. I'm looking for suggestions for a good 2-day (~12-16 mile) circuit hike that's within a 2 hour drive of Washington, DC. [more inside]
NOVA Mefites - I am looking for a reasonably-priced, non-chain place for two old friends to eat and hang out while catching up for a couple of hours. We'll eat almost anything...
I'm in Ontario, and my doctor wrote a note for my prescription which basically says "Copper IUD" on it, which means I get to decide which IUD to get of the kinds available here: the NOVA T ($200) or the Liberte ($80). [more inside]
Should I get a mortgage even if all the house I can afford right now in the Northern Virginia (NoVa) area is $120k to $150k (according to two different calculators)? [more inside]
Does anyone have recommendations for a voice teacher in the DC area, preferably Northern Virginia? I'm a 58-year old male lead singer in a band. The band does mostly rock and country, with bluegrass and Great American Songbook stuff thrown in for good measure. I'm interested in extending my baritone range (I don't have a head voice or falsetto at all) and increasing power and volume. A couple of years ago I bought Roger Love's Set Your Voice Free, and I practice the vocal exercises daily, but that's the extent of my formal practice.
My partner and I live in Capitol Hill in DC. She's been offered a job in Annandale. With our lease set to expire at the end of November, we're trying to figure out where we should live. Please help us decide! [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a stream/river/lake or two within an hour of Leesburg, VA to go fly fishing this weekend? Push comes to shove I'll just drive up to Harper's Ferry and wade into the Potomac, but something a bit more secluded and slower flowing would be better.
I need to get to NYC on a Friday evening. I work in Tyson's Corner, I live in Arlington, and I will have my car with me. I would rather not drive, and I don't live near the metro. What are my options if the earliest I can leave work is 4PM? [more inside]
Can someone recommend therapists for me, my wife, and a marriage counselor in Loudon County Virginia that takes Anthem BC/BS insurance? [more inside]
I have been obsessed with this building in Alexandria, Virginia for years. I want to know more about it - who designed it, when it was built, past tenants, and so forth. Should there be public records available somewhere and if so, where can I find them? [more inside]
DC/Northern Virginia experts: The other half and I have our first kid-free date night since, uh...too long. We're flexibile on dining options but I would like to find an awesome dessert place. We wouldn't mind driving someplace separate after dinner. The wrinkle is that this is for Sunday night (with a late start due to babysitting scheduling), and we'd like to avoid cupcakes. Hope us?
Moving just up the road in Arlington (Northern VA) but have quite a bit of stuff that I don't trust me and my friends to not mess up. So what do I look for in a professional moving company? [more inside]
Drivers of NoVA: Starting from the intersection of 123/Ox Rd. and 286/Fairfax County Parkway, picking a friend up from DCA/National Airport, flight arriving at 7am this Wednesday. Should I drive the whole way, stop at Franconia-Springfield and take the metro, or some other plan C? What will traffic, parking at F-S, and metro crowding be like and how early should I leave? What effect will the holiday have?
Northern Virginia apartment search 2013: What are the best practices for finding an ideal match for our situation? [more inside]
Looking for a pediatrician for a newborn near Reston, VA. [more inside]
CatFilter: My family recently inherited a bushelful of cats, including quite a few kittens who are getting to the age wherein they need to be fixed lest they start producing more (inbred, in this case) kittens with each other! There are a lot of cats, however, and minimal funding with which to fix them. Does anyone have any recommendations for the cheapest spayings/neuterings in the Northern Virginia area? Thanks!
I'm getting married in DC, or at least I'm trying to! A few questions regarding budgets and venues inside. [more inside]
Restaurant Recommendations in Vienna VA (near Jammin' Java)? My wife and myself have tickets for Willie Nile at Jammin' Java on Saturday night. We've decided to call this Saturday evening our Valentine's Day and make a night of it by getting a decent dinner before the show. I know there are a gazillion restaurants in the general area - what's a good non-chain choice for dinner for 2 in the $40-50 neighborhood? My wife doesn't like sushi, so that is out. I'm familiar with the chili at Jammin' Java, but hunched over a folding chair trying to eat chili without spilling it isn't the dinner scene we are looking for Sat night; no matter how damn good the chili might be.
I'm looking for recommendations for a tattoo artist in Northern Virginia or DC. [more inside]
May in Nova Scotia. Cold? Buggy? Wet? [more inside]
Is there an excellent all-day summer camp in Northern Virginia either inside or just a bit outside the Beltway?
Is there an excellent all-day summer camp in Northern Virginia either inside or just a bit outside the Beltway? [more inside]
Northern Virginia Filter: I need a therapist. Who has evening hours. Who accepts Aetna or will not cause me to go broke. [more inside]
Can you recommend a therapist (Cognitive-Behavioral) in Alexandria, VA? I suffer from agoraphobia, so distance is an important factor.
Still looking for an apartment in the D.C/NOVA area [more inside]
I need an orthopedist in northern Virginia. I have Anthem insurance. No pain but abnormal hip x-rays. Rate MDs says orthopedists all kinda suck. Did you like your orthopedist? [more inside]
Need a recommendation of a good, preferably non-marriage-centric, relationship counselor in the Northern Virginia / DC Metro area. [more inside]
What's a better fall vacation spot: New England or Nova Scotia? [more inside]
After years and years of house parties, I'd like some ideas as to how myself and a small group of (largely nerdy/artsy/pseudohipster) friends can spend our New Years Eve out and about in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. [more inside]
Help me find a photographer for a small wedding near Front Royal, VA - in less than two weeks. [more inside]
I just discovered that I like hiking! What are some good hiking trails in the Washington DC/Nova/MD area? [more inside]
What is the best dive bar in Alexandria, VA (or the NoVA area, in general)? [more inside]
What is the bus service situation in western Cape Breton? [more inside]
I'm looking for someone you know and trust to do dress/costume (but not wedding) alterations in the NoVA-DC area. [more inside]
Help me plan a multi-generational bachelorette party in Courthouse/Clarendon (Arlington, VA)! [more inside]
Recipe Filter: We have over a pound of smoked salmon in our fridge. Looking for suggestions on what we can do with it! [more inside]
Renting out a house in the NoVa/DC area. Seeking referrals and advices/warnings on locating and hiring property management companies. [more inside]
Where can I buy Lucques Olives in Northern Virginia? [more inside]
Looking for a recommendation for a good CPA or accountant in the DC, NoVA, or Southern Maryland area to field a set of somewhat-complicated questions about taxes. (Read: H&R Block is not going to cut it here.) The problem? All my close friends use TurboTax, and I'm reluctant to mass e-mail my entire contact list for recommendations, since I think the type of CPA (or accountant--is there a difference?) might matter in this situation and figuring out what flavor I need means disclosing more personal financial details than I'm comfortable with. [more inside]
Due to a craptastically crappy situation, I need a new doctor (in DC or NoVA). I don't know whether to look for a GP or an OB/GYN. Advice and specific recommendations are very much appreciated... I haven't done this (look for a new doctor) in a long time (~10 years). [more inside]
Asking for a Friend: Wedding Dress Alterations in the DC Area? [more inside]
I'd like to watch a good educational film about the development of early man. [more inside]
Need Church Recommendation in NOVA/DC area with active 20/30/40 single congregation [more inside]
I just moved to Northern Virginia for a new job- how likely is it that my car with out of state plates will be ticketed or towed? [more inside]
Classic cocktails in Northern Virginia/DC? Tonight? [more inside]
Can you recommend a good locksmith in Northern VA? [more inside]
I am nearsighted with a slight astigmatism, have about $2,000 to spend, and a desire to never wear glasses again. [more inside]
Is there anywhere in the DC area I, being relatively broke, could practice on a real piano? [more inside]
I'm a male in my early twenties who has washed out of college and is looking for a mental health professional of some sort in Northern Virginia. Issues I feel are likely to come up are my (long-ago diagnosed) attention deficit disorder, depression, and some form of OCD - I have a deep and (likely irrational) fear of psychosis and other impairments of cognition. I am deeply wary of psychiatric drugs, and want to work with someone who shares my attitude toward them, but would recommend them as a last resort. So what I'm after is some sort of talk therapy, preferably with a medical doctor (as oppose to "just" a PhD). [more inside]
Does anyone have any recommendations for vegetarian options/restaurants in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Charlottetown, PEI? We love seafood, but have a vegetarian teenager. I hope someone can prevent her from starving.
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