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Empty Nest Reflections

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LIFE TRANSITIONS: ‘EMPTY NEST’ REFLECTIONS By Elizabeth Geiling, MSEd, LCC Psychotherapist  My heart is heavy tonight and sleep is not likely to happen. I used to sit in this room in the wee hours of the night to comfort and feed crying babies.  It seems like yesterday.In a few short hours, we pack up the car and bring our fourth and last child to college. You see, she is our family’s true baby. She is gentle and sweet and oh, so pretty. She has a nice way about her and I will miss her energy in the house. As the youngest, she went along for the ride more times than I care to admit....

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#BeThe1To – Suicide Prevention

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It is estimated that 36,000 Americans commit suicide every year and that over 800,000 attempts of suicide occur in a year. These attempts might be avoided through education, understanding, and professional help. Unfortunately, many who make suicide attempts never seek the professional care needed and may believe that there is no way out of his/her situation. Survivors of those who die from suicide are left with so many unanswered questions. When a friend is depressed or shows symptoms of being suicidal, many people are still afraid to ask the direct question, “Are you thinking of hurting or...

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The Ambiguities of ‘Being Special’

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By: Mr. Craig Canfield, MA, LP, LCC Psychotherapist “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”   Proverbs 13:4 “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”  2 Thessalonians 3:10                                                                                 We have heard…”We are all special in the eyes of God.” What exactly does this mean? If we are, are we any more or less special depending on the amount we try to help ourselves? But we are told that God helps those who cannot help...

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Internet Safety for Children

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Preventing Cyberbullying , Ages 7 to 11 By Mrs. Elizabeth Geiling, MSED, LMHC, LCC Psychotherapist  Being a Savvy Parent September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Children’s and teen’s suicide statistics have almost doubled in the last decade. There are many reasons for this increase but one predominant theory is cyberbullying and other predatory internet actions, considered especially dangerous because of the potential for anonymity. Be a savvy parent by using these guidelines: If you are technologically limited, make an effort to learn and continue learning. Most communities offer...

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Outrage and Hope – Side by Side

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  Cheated. That’s how I felt this past week at the memorial service of a close colleague of mine. In life, she was a vibrant force of nature. She led, we followed. She was also unlucky. She had colorectal cancer that had metastasized. Why hadn’t she been screened for it? Well, that’s the tragic part. Screening for colon cancer typically begins at age 50. She was 48.  For me, a handful of funerals and memorial services stand out for a singular reason: they died too young. In some cases, way too young: a 35 year old, a 48 year old, a teen, an infant. Each time I felt cheated. The person...

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Bullying by Proxy

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In my practice as a therapist and as a youth leader, I have many times seen youth being targeted and bullied by parents, teachers and others unknowingly.  Jamie (name changed), a 10-year-old girl, was known to have some issues in school, but was able to get along well with others in her class.  A mother of another child in the class became involved when her own child, the ‘real bully’, told her that Jamie was a “bad kid”.  Based on what her child told her, this mother started organizing friendships away from Jamie.  Therefore, Jamie was excluded from birthday parties, play dates, and...

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