Seminar – Parenting Teens with Anxiety and Depression

Seminar – Parenting Teens with Anxiety and Depression

Please join us for a free seminar on the impact that anxiety and depression have on our teenagers.  We will speak on some of the major causes of these disorders in teens today, coping strategies for dealing with acute episodes, and how to best coach our children and take care of ourselves.  There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. When: Thursday […]

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Summertime Blues

Summertime Blues

We’re a couple weeks into the summer now and I’ve seen an increase in something that I see every year:  anxiety and/or depression about the change of routine, more commonly known as the summertime blues.  It’s funny, we normally think of the summer as a time of rest and relaxation, and for many it does bring that.  But there is also a number of folks […]

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Working with Troubled Teens

Working with Troubled Teens

In the wake of the suicide of a Glenelg teen last month I have had the opportunity to talk to a couple local youth workers about how to take care of troubled teens and at risk youth.  It reminded me of why I got into counseling in the first place.  When I was in youth ministry I found myself faced with a couple situations where […]

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Dealing with stress: It’s ok to not be ok

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post, and my promise to start blogging more regularly.  Truth is, this has probably been the hardest month of my professional counseling career.  I’ve been busy, very busy.  This is a tough time of year in general for a lot of people.  The doldrums of winter, being stuck inside and short days start to […]

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Merry Christmas to all…

…oh that it were so. For many of us, especially those of us who are kids at heart, or get to enjoy the company of children during this season, it is one of the most wonderful times of the year.  I have been very much enjoying watching my kids reactions to christmas lights, Santa Claus, advent traditions, and so many other unique and fun things […]

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In Our Weakness

In Our Weakness

Sometimes it seems like no matter how hard you try there is no one around who understands.  Or if they are life gets in the way.  You can’t catch a break.  Life keeps throwing curveballs. I wish I could tell you that it will all be alright.  That a friend is waiting.  Or if not that call a pastor, or a therapist.  Somehow though, when you […]

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Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung

If you are anything like me the day or two, here and there, of nice weather we’ve been having on the east coast has been a bit of a tease. Looking at the forecast, I think we can now say that spring is finally here. Anticipating the nice weather, a client canceled a session with me this week because he planning on spending some time […]

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For a Moment

For a Moment

For a brief moment I deserted you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing anger for a moment
I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
says the Lord, your Redeemer.
Isiah 54:7-8

This seemed like a good verse to start this year with, especially considering the recent shootings in Arizona. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming those shootings on the wrath of God, or his desertion of us. It’s just, there are days, weeks, months, even years sometimes where you feel like life is coming apart at the seams. Our best laid plans start crumbling around us and we wonder “where is God in this?”

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Back to School Blues

Labor day weekend is over, and schools around the country are back in session. While many parents are breathing a sigh of relief, there are also a number of stay-at-home parents who have seen their kids off and are in mourning. Sure on the one hand it’s exciting to see the new school year start with all the optimism that brings, but it also brings […]

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Feeling your way through the darkness

Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? Psalm 10:1 I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard it. I’ve heard it from clients, pastors…even myself. “Why God, won’t you take this darkness from me!” I’ve talked in the past couple posts about how sometimes all we need to do is put our trust in […]

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