Chester River Behavioral

Health and Wellness

 EST. 1997
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Enhancing Wellness.
Realizing Potential.
< one person at a time  >


On the Matter of Reopening

July 24 – September 18, 2020

Dear Clients and Friends of Chester River Behavioral Health,

As the drum of the pandemic beats on, the prime minister of Barbados invites workers weary of COVID-19 restrictions to come to the Caribbean island for up to a year and work remotely. As members of the ever-growing Society of Pandemic Weary, this has a certain appeal. But appeal and practicality do not always go hand-in-hand – like face coverings, for instance.

Face Coverings are practical, responsible, and a contribution to the greater good – say some, who will wear them though they may not find it so appealing. To others the face covering is an infringement on their rights and definitely not appealing.


We are a country where we have as many motives as people; a country where freedom of choice and self-expression are part of our foundation. We are also a caring country; a country who has the means to be Patriotic, to wear our masks, and work together to curb the pandemic that has impacted all our lives. Such a simple gesture – practical and even appealing to think that it could work.

So, what do we do about re-opening? Being back in the office, meeting face to face, getting to see the whole person and not just a talking-head is very appealing, even with masks on. Less reliance on technology and the issues that prevail is very appealing.

We are now four months and two seasons into this pandemic with no clear date on when it will simply disappear. Since March, we have monitored with diligence the ever-evolving information and recommendations. At present the recommendation continues to be to tele-work. While less appealing, it meets all the conditions of practical. It is doable, safe, and – we know – not forever.

On the 21st of March we began our virtual services and so we will continue through the third week of September. Until then stay safe, be smart, mask-up, and wash your hands. (Love, Mom)

As always, thank you for choosing Chester River Behavioral Health,

                       Drs. Schaefer and Wirtz, Staff and Affiliates of CRBH

Chester River Behavioral Health & Wellness

is a multi-disciplinary group practice comprised of highly trained and experienced mental health and substance abuse providers. These professional affiliates include: psychologists and masters' prepared professional counselors, clinical social workers, and psychology associates. For more information regarding our affiliates' training and areas of expertise please view our clinical provider's page. We offer a wide range of evaluation and therapy services for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Educational programs and group services are also available. For more specific information please view our services page. We participate with many private health insurance plans, as well as Medicare. Our administrative staff can assist you with information about your health coverage benefits, cost of services, and payment options. Please browse our website for more information. 

Reinvent Yourself:
Discover the Rewards of Emotional Health and Wellness
through the Six Dimensions of Wellness*


"Where we are able to feel emotionally strong or stable, our lives are richer; problems easier to solve or manage; and, health is better: We will enjoy the riches of personal relationships and find balance between work, leisure, family and friends."  ~~ Dr. Teresa M. I. Schaefer



The emotional dimension of wellness recognizes the value of awareness and acceptance of one's feelings. Emotional wellness is recognized in the capacity to manage feelings and behaviors, the development of autonomy, and the ability to cope effectively with stress.



Physical health and emotional health go

hand in hand. Feeling and looking good

result in improved self-esteem, self-control, determination, and direction. Nutritional awareness, substance control, and realistic physical health routines improve personal outcomes.



Spiritual wellness is found when feelings and actions are consistent with beliefs and values. The search for meaning and purpose is often characterized by harmony between internal personal feelings and behaviors and the experience of your path in life.



The intellectual dimension of wellness recognizes one's creative and stimulating mental activities. A well person expands his or her knowledge and skills while discovering the potential for sharing these gifts with others.



Social wellness is found in acknowledging the interdependence we have with others. Willful choices to nurture personal relationships and contribute to the community in which we live fosters our social health. 



The occupational dimension of wellness recognizes personal satisfaction and enrichment of one's life through work -- in and out of the home, paid and unpaid. Our ability to contribute our unique gifts, skills, and talents through work is both personally rewarding and meaningful.

*The Six Dimensions of Wellness Model was developed by Bill Hettler, MD copyright National Wellness Institute.



Outpatient Wellness, Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services

in a private and confidential setting

952 Washington Avenue   Chestertown, Maryland 21620


FAX 410-778-0984



Enhancing Wellness. Realizing Potential.

© 2014 by Chester River Behavioral Health, LLC.

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