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Glenn Brynes PhD,MD

Carol Watkins, MD

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Northern County Psychiatric Associates:

Our Philosophy and Services

Each phase of life...
Presents a new set of challenges

At Northern County Psychiatric Associates, we see challenges as opportunity for growth. 

Day after day, we try to be strong, no matter what we face. Depression. Anxiety Illness. Confusion. Growing up. And getting older. And often we mask our troubles with smiles or withdraw into a world of our own. But there is another way. 

With care, compassion, and clinical expertise, we can give you the help you need to face the challenges that lie before you, so you can find the strength and confidence to reclaim and rediscover life. 



From childhood through adulthood to our golden years, we are faced with a series of challenges. For some, these challenges stem from biological disorders which, if undiagnosed, can lead to years of pain for the individual and family. For others, the stress of dealing with losses or life’s transitions leads them to seek help. 

At Northern County Psychiatric Associates, we understand the issues you and your family are facing and the roller coaster of emotions you are experiencing.

We provide a warm, friendly environment where you can feel safe, comfortable, and confident with your care. We are dedicated to helping you gain the strength and tools you need to turn your challenges into opportunities for growth.



As a cum laude graduate of Cornell University, holding a Ph.D. from Harvard and medical doctorate from Harvard and medical doctorate from the University of Virginia, Dr. Glenn Brynes provides the clinical knowledge to accurately diagnose and treat a variety of mental disorders in people of all ages. And as a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist, he has an advanced understanding of the mental disorders most commonly experienced by mature adults.


Dr Carol Watkins provides help not only to adults, but as a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, she also has an in-depth understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of emotional and behavioral difficulties of children and adolescents. As a magna cum laude graduate of Davidson College, earning her medical doctorate from the University of Virginia, Dr. Watkins also extends the clinical expertise that comes with prestigious credentials. And as a Clinical Assistant Professor and supervisor of psychiatry residents at the University of Maryland Hospital, she extends this knowledge to future psychiatrists.



As psychiatrists, Dr. Watkins and Dr. Brynes are qualified to assess your concerns from both a medical and psychological standpoint. They have been specifically trained in general medicine, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and the effect of mental illness on your physical health. Dr. Watkins and Dr. Brynes use their clinical expertise to evaluate biological factors, mental processes, family interactions, and behavioral patterns to get to the root of your problems.


We offer diagnosis and treatment for:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • Dementia
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Behavioral Problems and Family Conflicts

In addition, we provide specialized services for children, adolescents, and adults coping with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD or ADD). Both Dr. Watkins and Dr. Brynes have an in-depth understanding of AD/HD and have earned a respected standing in the medical community for their work with Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD). 

Using proven medications, behavior-changing therapies, and educational options, they are able to help patients with AD/HD move past frustration, focus their attention, build self-esteem, and express themselves in positive ways.



Treatment of mental disorders is an ongoing process. Throughout the course of your care, we will continually monitor your progress and alter your medications and therapy as your condition improves. However, no treatment will begin prior to a comprehensive examination, including a psychiatric evaluation and, in some cases, psychological testing to determine the cause of your problem. Only then can we develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.


You can rest assured that our in-depth examination and diagnostic process allow us to give you a range of treatment options. Medication may be one of these, but often it is not the only answer. We help you interface with schools, employers, and other outside professionals.


We offer a variety of therapy options. Your treatment may include: 

  • Psychotherapy—Through a variety of effective short-and long-term therapies, we can help you end anguish and bring out your areas of brilliance. We may use dynamic psychotherapy to help you gain a deeper awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and actions, to help you understand their impact on your sense of self and your relationships with others. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help you actively redesign your thought patterns and behaviors for lasting, positive change. Play therapy is a unique type of therapy that opens hearts, heals hurts, and helps children and adolescents share feelings, so they can effectively heal from severe depression, low self-esteem and anger. 
  • Family therapy and parent behavior management—Help the entire family group become stronger and grow together.
  • Medication—The intelligent use of medication brings balance to many lives. This permits individuals to feel more in control and better able to live a productive life. And it can catalyze progress in other therapies.
  • Hypnosis—Specialized techniques provide treatment of phobias, psychosomatic disorders, anxiety, pain, obesity and other conditions.
  • Bright-light therapy—This treatment can be effective in people with conditions such as seasonal affective disorder.



As a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Watkins has helped thousands of children find their way back to childhood joy and a brighter future. By listening closely to your child and offering emotional support, she can help them resolve conflicts, understand their feelings and problems and find effective solutions.


By looking at your child’s full medical history and interviewing family members, teachers, and primary care providers, she is able to gain valuable insight into your child’s emotions, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. She can then use this information to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.


To further treatment success, Dr. Watkins works with parents to help them understand that parents are usually not to blame for their child’s condition. However, this does not mean that parents are powerless. Dr. Watkins shows them that there is much they can do to help. And she is always willing to teach effective parenting techniques for dealing with difficult behaviors.



Growing older can be stressful, not only for the individual, but also for his or her family. And it can be further complicated when anxiety, depression or dementia take hold.


As a board certified psychiatrist with added qualifications in geriatric psychiatry, Dr. Brynes understands the unique issues facing mature adults. He takes into account existing medical conditions and medications to develop a treatment plan that addresses their concerns without jeopardizing their health.


Through a combination of medications, psychotherapy, and counseling, he can help mature adults and their families create a happy environment for many years to come.



We understand that in order to feel comfortable with your care or the care of a family member, you must understand the illness affecting you. That is why we take the time to educate you about the challenges you are facing and the variety of treatments available.


It is our policy to keep al patient records strictly confidential. We release a patient’s records only when he or she requests it or if required by law. And because we don’t want anything to stand in the way of your treatment, we offer morning, afternoon and evening appointments, and gladly accept Visa and MasterCard.


Take the first step in getting the help you need. Call 410-329-2028 today. 

Northern County Psychiatric Associates has offices in the Monkton and Lutherville sections of Baltimore County, Maryland.


The skills to help…


CHILDREN express themselves and enjoy the process of growth and discovery


ADOLESCENTS understand their changing selves and create a sense of belonging and acceptance.


WOMEN honor their uniqueness and share their gifts with the world.


MEN discover the strength and courage to face the challenges and responsibilities in their lives.


MATURE ADULTS rediscover the passion of life, love and family, to find the strength within themselves to embrace change.


FAMILIES understand each other, end dysfunctional behavior, mend broken relationships, and grow together as a family unit.


YOU and those you love create the life you want, the life you deserve.

More About Our Services...


  Our goal is to provide high quality psychiatric care to our patients. We start with a careful evaluation of the individual or family. At the end of the evaluation, we try to present patients with a range of possible treatment options. We like for our patients to be well informed and play an active role in planning treatment. Treatment options may include counseling, play therapy, medication, family therapy, hypnosis, light therapy, or behavioral interventions. We maintain strict confidentiality, and do not release records without permission. We will work with primary care physicians, clergy, family members or schools if the patient requests it. We offer outpatient consultations to physicians, and consultations to schools and mental health professionals. In some limited situations, we can offer forensic psychiatric consultations. Each of our professional staff has had a number of years of experience in the mental health field. We are active in our professional societies and keep up with new information in our fields.


Anyone can feel overwhelmed by depression, work, relationship problems, or other difficult life circumstances. Often, family and friends can help work it out, but sometimes, you need something more. Our qualified psychiatrists and psychologist can help. We offer brief, solution-oriented counseling as well as more in-depth, intensive therapy. Counseling can teach you to use creative problem-solving to help you handle future problems.

Play Therapy

Children and some adolescents may feel more comfortable expressing their feelings through the metaphor of play. A child may use puppets or dolls, or play dough to work through difficult feelings. A child may talk about a doll's problems rather than to directly acknowledge his or her own hurt. Some children mix direct talking therapy with play therapy.

We provide outpatient services. In the rare situations when psychiatric hospitalization is necessary, we will help arrange the admission and will help coordinate services with the inpatient psychiatrist. We will provide follow up after discharge.

Family Therapy

Our clinicians have all had training in family therapy. This technique is often a powerful way of producing lasting change. We help families build on their strengths and develop clear lines of communication. We work with couple's issues and parenting issues. Dr. Brynes has experience working with families who are dealing with difficult situations involving aging parents or relatives.

Family therapy help a couple avoid separation or divorce. If a couple have decided that separation is inevitable, family work can help minimize stress and help the mother and father work out parenting issues.

Family therapy can be either short or long term. Some situations can be improved within a few sessions by helping each family member clearly communicate with the others about a particular issue. Other family situations may require an integrated team approach. In this situation, one therapist in our group might see one family member for individual therapy and medication and another therapist in the group would see the family.


A number of psychiatric illnesses have a biological basis. In the past two decades, the psychiatric field has witnessed a great increase in knowledge about biologically based brain disorders. We now have more specific, effective treatments for mental illnesses. We treat depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, dementia and other related conditions. We also treat a number of adults and children with attention deficit disorders.

Before starting medication, we do a careful psychiatric evaluation. Sometimes, we suggest that the patient be evaluated for physical conditions which can mimic or complicate psychiatric illnesses.

We try to look at the biological mental illness in the context of the whole person and his surroundings.

If the individual is in therapy, we like to keep in close communication with the therapist. If a prospective patient is seeing an outside clinician for psychotherapy, we prefer to keep active communication with the therapist so that we can gain a greater understanding of how internal and external events affect each individual. 

Otto Learns About his Medicine by Matthew Gavin, Magination Press, New York, 1988. explains medication for ADHD so that a five to eight year old child can understand.


Medical hypnosis is quite different from the amateur or "stage" hypnosis. Medical hypnosis requires advanced studies during or after medical or mental health training.

We can use hypnosis to help treat phobias, psychosomatic disorders, and anxiety. We also use hypnosis and visualization to augment psychotherapy in certain situations. We prefer not to use hypnosis for memory retrieval or legal cases.

Bright Light Therapy

Many people suffer from varying degrees of fall and winter depression. This type of depression is often accompanied by sleep changes and weight gain. The medically supervised use of a bright light source, such as a light box, can often cause significant improvement. Light therapy is also sometimes used for other forms of depression and for pHs. If we feel that light therapy is indicated, we can often lend out one of our light boxes so that the individual can try one out for a month before deciding to buy one. 

Consultation to Primary Care Physicians

  • Sometimes a primary care physician wishes to treat a behavioral problem in his own office. We will be happy to see the patient for a single consultation or discuss the case by phone. Our staff can give a second opinion on psychiatric medication management issues.
  • We can see an individual or family to help clarify issues related to medical treatment non-compliance.
  • If you have a number of patients who are having difficulty coping with a particular illness, we would be willing to set up a short term group at our office.
  • We also provide ongoing outpatient psychotherapy for children, adults and the elderly.

Consultation to Schools and Mental Health Professionals

  • We are happy to perform a single or short-term psychiatric evaluation for another mental health professional.
  • If we recommend on-going medication, we will also be willing to interface with the physician who will be doing the medication management.
  • We do our best evaluations when we receive, prior to the evaluation, background information and specific questions.
  • We will consult to schools on a programmatic or an individual basis. If we are consulting on a specific student, we need prior written consent from a parent. If possible, we prefer to contact both parents of the individual student.
  • If scheduling permits, we will be willing to attend an ARD meeting, either in person or by telephone. This must be arranged on an individual basis, and is usually not covered by health insurance.

Legal (Forensic) Consultation

  • Although we primarily do diagnostic and therapeutic work, we will sometimes perform a forensic evaluation.
  • If a forensic evaluation is desired, we need to know before the first interview. Payment is different from therapeutic sessions and must be arranged in advance. These evaluations are generally not covered by health insurance.
  • In the case of custody evaluations, we need to meet with both parents. Multiple sessions are usually necessary.
  • We prefer not to do a forensic evaluation on someone who is already under our care. lf one of our established patients requests a forensic evaluation, we will help him or her find another mental health provider for the evaluation.
  • We abide by the Custody Evaluation Practice Parameters of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Phone: 410-329-2028,  410-357-4448
Fax:     410-343-1272
Email:  [email protected]
(Please do not use email for emergencies or medical questions)

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 Northern County Psychiatric Associates
Last modified: February 03, 2008














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