Wellness Resources

What is Trauma?

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What is Trauma? How Does it Affect Me and My Family? By Janet Siry, LCSW, LCC Psychotherapist What do you think of when you hear the word “trauma”? Perhaps you think of a recent major disaster caused by man or nature. Maybe you remember something that happened in your own life that changed your perceptions of the world around you. Do you remember a recent visit to the emergency room or hospitalization for yourself or a loved one? Did someone you cared deeply about die recently? What images come to mind for you when you visualize that memory? Physiological and psychological stress occurs for...

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Nothing New Under the Sun

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By Mrs. Danita Wright, LCSW-R, LCC Counselor  Today’s society appears to be overwhelmingly in emotional pain and distress. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, 17.3 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2017; 11 million had a depressive episode that impaired their daily life. 19.1% percent of the population of the United States has had difficulty with anxiety. These numbers are staggering but let’s look at some of the causes: bullying, depression, physical and sexual abuse, infertility. Statistics show that 49% of children grades 4-12 have been...

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Aging Gracefully

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“DON’T YOU PAST TENSE ME!”—-AGING GRACEFULLY By Rev. Dr. David Elseroad, LMFT, LCC Counselor Lydia, a vivacious seventy-five year old, was already a decade into retirement after a career as a teacher when she sought out counseling. She missed her work and felt rather useless; she was also still grieving her husband’s sudden death two years earlier. Ellen, on the other hand, was adjusting to having her spouse around all the time; retirement, she quipped, is twice as much husband on half as much money! Harry came worried about having enough money with Social Security and a meager pension...

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Protecting the Innocence of Children: Teaching Resiliency

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By Janet Siry, LCSW, LCC Counselor People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.  Mark 10: 13-15 NIV Every Sunday, when I watch the children come forward for children’s sermon, I cannot help but smile. As I look at their faces, I see curiosity, innocence, eagerness and...

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The Vital Marriage of Mind and Body Wellness

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By Craig Canfield, LP, LCC Psychotherapist In the past, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, has proved a Muse to inspire my articles because the place screams of health: the grace of Nature’s canopy of good air descending on the parkers, exuberant dogs with their owners in winded tow celebrating early morning release from their penned up circumstances, people of all kinds and ages circling around and around the 3+ mile circumference of the park.  Whether biking, running,  jogging, race walking, just walking or in wheel chairs, deep breathing yoga practitioners out in the great lawn under the sun or...

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Big Hug For You

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A Big Hug Just For You DO YOU HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH YOURSELF?  By Rev. Dr. Ronald Lehenbauer, LMFT, LCC Pastoral Counselor We all know that good relationships are a very important part of life.  Close friendships and relationships, including our marriage relationship, make for much of the joy we experience in our lives.  A relationship that becomes conflicted, strained and disconnected can be the source of much unhappiness and misery.  Perhaps you’ve heard the well-known quotation of Nelson Mandela: “Holding onto resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill your enemy.”...

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