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"Dating Drama" from a Dads seat in the House

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By John Goetz, M.Ed. L.P.C.

"He is a stupid jerk or a confused wimp". The words a 16 year old girl uses to describe a 16 year old male caught in the snare of dating drama. A situation which is obvious to the detached spectators sitting in the stands watching these scenes play out but... Read More...


The Five Truths of Life

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By John Goetz, M.Ed. L.P.C.

A few weeks ago, back in October, my youngest daughter shared a bit of wisdom she heard at Workcamp with our Church. The presenter was Father Geoff Rose and he shared “The Five Truths of Life” from Father Richard Rohr. I would like to touch ba... Read More...


Food Allergies

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By John Goetz, M.Ed. L.P.C.

Food is essential to life and, because of this, is at the center of our conversations and activities. In America we enjoy an abundant supply and mind numbing choices of what to eat. We also enjoy a mind numbing number of diet ideas. One which has gained a... Read More...


Panic, Don't Panic

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By John Goetz, M.Ed. L.P.C.

No, I am not writing about the economy. I am referring to an anxiety based disorder called “panic attacks”. Characteristics of a panic attack include a sudden feeling of intense fear or anxiety that may be characterized by shortness of breath o... Read More...


Satire

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By: Quinton Ellis, M.S.

Let's take a moment, here the end of another school year, with Memorial Day just passing and an interminably long summer beyond that, to put ourselves in the minds of too many of our children. Are they thinking about how they can't wait to get started on that ... Read More...


The Odyssey Years

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

By: Quinton Ellis, Masters of Science

I am pleased to report to all of you that our social scientists have been hard at work developing a name for the cloud that I and many others some ten years ago sprinted headlong into, clumsily navigated through, and emerged exhaustedly from only just ... Read More...


Varsity Blues

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By: Quinton Ellis, M.S.

One of my favorite conversations to engage in with my clients is the one that begins after I express my relief regarding that client s discontentedness with his or her teenage existence. Well of course you hate your life, why shouldn t you? I m liable to remar... Read More...


What Matters Most

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By: Quinton Ellis, M.S.

Some months ago EFC, in conjunction with Edmond s Character Council and our municipal juvenile courts, developed a community service alternative for teenagers dubbed the What Matters Most program. The purpose of the program would be to explore the concept of p... Read More...


Youth is Wasted on the Young

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

By: Quinton Ellis, M.S., LPC

“Youth is wasted on the young”. I enjoy asking teenagers to interpret this axiomatic quotation. Most don’t know what to make of it, which, one assumes, is confirmation of the quote’s wisdom. If I assign an adult the same task, I will alw... Read More...


And How Does That Make You Think?

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

By: Quinton Ellis, M.S., LPC

“I know right?”

Have you heard this fairly recent addition to our American lexicon? I can’t be the only one who’s noticed. It’s been around for a couple of years. It is apparently used by a listener to convey to the s... Read More...


"He's Got a Lot of Potential"

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

By: Quinton Ellis, M.S., LPC

I remember hearing that frequently when I was in elementary school and for some time after that. My parents, my teachers- they were all apparently very excited about all that I was capable of achieving- in the future. I remember finding it all incredibly satisf... Read More...


Deadlines & Skinny Jeans

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By Quinton Ellis, M.S., LPC

In my experience, deadlines are like the world’s worst ninjas. It’s not as though they just pop up in front of me, all black, silent, and awesome. No, it’s more like this particular ninja was following me all weekend, meticulously shadowi... Read More...


Idontcaratitis

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By Quinton Ellis, M.S., LPC

I keep hearing “I don’t care” from the kids. It’s usually followed by some variant of exhalation ranging from the anachronistic “harrumph” to the recently ascendant “Napoleon Dynamite”. Both responses are mea... Read More...


Putting Off is Easy

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By Quinton Ellis, M.S., LPC

Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible. ~George Claude Lorimer

I can’t say that I’m familiar with this George Claude character, but I see evidence of the wisdom of his insight on a d... Read More...


The Day After

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By Quinton Ellis, M.S., LPC

The day after Bedlam I went to 7-11 and picked up a newspaper. Mainly I was after the sports section, because really, who wouldn’t want to relive that glorious night? As I was rummaging through the various sections, my eyes fell upon the cover of Pa... Read More...


Love My Job

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By Quinton Ellis M.S., L.P.C.

I don’t know if everyone knows this already, but talk therapy with young people has a side-effect just as frightening as those from any pill. On occasion, a young person in therapy will experience the desire to become a therapist him or herself. Ye... Read More...


In Praise of Low Self-Esteem

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By Quinton Ellis

We need to clear something up about high self-esteem in our society. Many adults, and an even higher number of our kids, are actually suffering from a state of self-satisfaction that diminishes their ability and responsibility for self-improvement through reflection.... Read More...


The Unthinkable

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By Jackie White Shaw, MED, LPC, LMFT

For most of us, the idea of the sexual abuse of a child is "unthinkable". Although it is very painful to hear that a child may have been abused in this way, it is almost impossible to know that reality unless we acknowledge its existence and work ... Read More...


What Do You Call "Success"?

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By Jackie Shaw, Executive Director

Edmond Family Counseling, Inc. is celebrating 35 years of service to our community this month. Thousands of people from every type of background, every socioeconomic level, every age and circumstance have walked through our doors during those 35 ye... Read More...


Please Draw a Picture of a House, A Tree and a Person

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
By: Jackie Shaw, Executive Director

In the movies a “shrink” presents his patient with a series of “Ink Blots” on 8x11 cards and asks, “Tell me what you see”. This is known as a Rorschach test. At first glance this may not seem much different fro... Read More...


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