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Meet Amber Dopler!

Mental Health

Posted on August 21, 2020

Amber Dopler, LISW, has joined the Lutheran Family Service Christian counseling team as a master’s-level prepared and experienced mental health and marriage counselor. Her office is located in Bettendorf, Iowa and can serve clients in-person throughout the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities area. Amber can also serve clients located anywhere in the state of Iowa through telehealth/distance counseling via smartphone, tablet or computer.

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Caregiver Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Eldercare

Posted on May 19, 2020

“There’s the anxiety of caregiving for their loved one. But there’s also their own anxiety around falling into the high-risk category for catching COVID-19 themselves.”

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Helping High School Students Cope With Loss

Mental Health

Posted on May 7, 2020
by Toni Larson, LISW

High school students, especially seniors, are likely going to experience feelings of loss as they miss out on having a “normal” senior year. Things like homecoming, prom, graduation, year-end parties, award ceremonies, senior plays, sports competitions, state meets and even classes will all be different than what they had envisioned as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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See Something Say Something

Mental Health

Posted on April 23, 2020

What we are facing in these days of COVID-19 pandemic requires the same vigilance when it comes to our relationships with other people. Social distancing may make it more difficult, but at the same time, more demanding that we are aware of other people in our lives and how the stress of the situation is affecting them.

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Take a Deep Breath

Mental Health

Posted on April 7, 2020

Take a deep breath. We may need to speak it to ourselves because of growing concerns about our health and the health and safety of our loved ones.

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Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health of Elderly

Mental Health

Posted on April 1, 2020

Social distancing doesn’t have to mean isolation or loneliness. We need to keep older adults safe, but also keep in mind that social isolation can have a negative impact on older people’s immunity and mental health…

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Hope and Help during Tough Times

Mental Health

Posted on March 31, 2020

With people finding themselves isolated at home and uncertain about the future, stress can increase, and thoughts of suicide may make their way into your days.

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Growing in Faith when Sheltered in Place

Mental Health

Posted on March 23, 2020

How do we grow in faith while “sheltered in place”?  The Holy Spirit gives us two simple things to consider through Paul’s letter to the Philippians.  “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (2:4). 

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Five Ways to Help your Family Cope with Quarantine

Mental Health

Posted on March 18, 2020

In a whirlwind of events, families are finding themselves quarantined at home with their children for an unknown period of time due to the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

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Five Steps to Overcome Pornography Addiction

Posted on February 21, 2020

Pornography has been known to devastate marriages, cause personal physical problems, wreak havoc on emotional well-being, present inaccurate portrayals of women, and undermine spiritual relationships with God and others.

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