Posted on June 4, 2021
by Toni Larson, LISW
Church workers don’t enter their vocation without bringing along their personal histories. This is the case with many helping professionals; they enter service professions having experienced their own issues. These issues could be personal or family trauma (abuse, substance abuse, loss of a parent or sibling, etc.); they may be genetically or biologically predisposed to depression, anxiety disorders, or addictions; they may develop, due to their circumstances and personality, depression, anxiety, addiction issues, etc.; and they may encounter current stressful life issues with their own spouse or children, congregations, transitions in life such as empty nest and retirement, and community conflict.
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.
Posted on May 15, 2019
This day we honor the fallen, but we do so cautiously and with deliberate intention. How can you best recognize this important day? Here are a few options for reflection.
Posted on April 25, 2019
Mike brings twenty-eight years of pastoral counseling experience and eighteen years of Navy chaplaincy counseling experience. Mike’s unique background enables him to offer a wide range of expertise to a variety of clients, and also specialize in areas that relate to active military and veterans such as assimilating back into society, PTSD, and more.
Posted on December 10, 2018
The New Year is here! With it comes excitement and anticipation for what is to come. However, many feel overwhelmed and unable to handle what life throws at them. Do you have those feelings? If so, you’re not alone. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, millions of Americans are affected by mental health […]
Posted on December 22, 2016
by Wanda Pritzel
What does a life of mental wellness into old age look like? While almost any life well lived into old age will include a variety of losses including changes in health or strength, or loss of eyesight, hearing, memory or independence, most do not have to struggle with emotional or mental health problems. Being Active Maintaining an active, […]
Posted on July 1, 2016
by Gerry Bruhn, LISW
The question that takes work to answer. One of the age old questions that I get from clients who are looking for a new partner is, “What should I be looking for in a new spouse?” The question is an appropriate one, but often times what’s not being taken into consideration, is all the necessary […]
Posted on June 20, 2016
by Lynnette Aschinger, LISW
Many of us have “been there”. A traumatic event, a death or situation, injury, or illness causes persistent and ongoing physical, emotional and mental pain that does not subside. When this happens we feel helpless, hopeless, discouraged, and overwhelmed. We feel defeated. Whatever the situation or circumstance, people can be weakened by the darkness of […]
Posted on May 6, 2016
Recovering or Cured? Many years ago, I attended a multi-day training at the Village, a mental health recovery community in Long Beach, California. Although I was utilizing recovery principles by that time as a therapist, the immersion training helped me understand how to apply the term “recovery” to persons with mental illness. Previously, the term “recovery” […]