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How to Promote Independent Play

11 March 2021

Audrey Woods, Staff Therapist, M.A., NCC, Edmond Family Counseling

Whether your kiddo is a toddler or a teenager, we all need a few minutes to get stuff done throughout the day. Have you ever been trying to cook dinner while your toddler desperately grasps at your shins as though they are being ripped away from you...

Coping Through the Winter Blues

04 December 2020

By Amber Walter

Edmond Family Counseling

Isn’t it interesting how different people are? Different likes, dislikes, opinions, wants, needs, tastes, personalities…the list goes on. Something as natural and predictable as the seasons changing can trigger different reactions in people. With winter comes colder weather, shorter days,...

Ways to Help Your Child Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

04 December 2020

By Lisa Kadavy

Edmond Family Counseling

As we enter into the Thanksgiving season, I reflect on how fortunate we are to be living the life we have and the importance of teaching children to be grateful. By learning gratitude, children become sensitive to the feelings of others, by developing empathy and other life skills along t...

Parent Power II

04 December 2020

In past articles I have mentioned a book, Parent Power by Dr. Logan Wright. Logan was the president of the American Psychological Association at the time he wrote Parent Power and he summarized or condensed what we knew at that time empirically regarding parenting. I am going to apply some of this information to young adults as they transit...

What is Attachment?

12 November 2020

By: Audrey Woods, M.A., LPC 

You’re sitting with your newborn, it’s 4 o’clock in the morning, neither of you have slept very much, and yet here you are: awake. Those first few months with a baby are, shall we say, challenging. In the sleep deprived stupor, there can also be a profound sense of...

Edmond Family Counseling Assists Community

24 October 2020

By Lisa Kadavy

Are you aware Edmond Family Counseling (EFC) is located in the heart of Edmond, Oklahoma, at 1251 N. Broadway, and has been serving the community of Edmond since the 1970’s? Although Edmond Family Counseling shares a building with The Hope Center of Edmond, we are a completely different entity. While both organiz...

Relationship Woes and Mental Health

30 September 2020

By Jamie Prisco-Rudolph

Often times when interacting with young adults on the topic of dating abuse and intimate partner violence, they will state "relationships suck!” and "why do we need to talk about this?!” These are all valid comments considering their age. To my surprise, as I start my talking points, some of the young adult...

Trauma and the responsibility of change

12 September 2019

Chad McCoy, M.A., LPC   

Traumatic events are horrible. Often they are the extreme closing of the gap between the malevolence of what I know can happen within the world and what has happened to me within my life. For instance: Many of us won't maybe say this aloud, but your loved ones are one car ride away from never ...

A Diet for Your Brain??

12 September 2019

Monica Whitten, Edmond Family Counseling Practicum Student

Most of us think about our physical health quite a bit, whether it’s wishing you were a few pounds lighter, thinking about your blood pressure, trying to fix chronic tummy trouble, etc. In an attempt to remedy these concerns, many people resort to a va...

My Privilege

31 August 2018

By: John Goetz

Webster’s dictionary says a privilege is a right or immunity granted as a particular benefit, advantage, or favor. It is time that I address two of my privileges in life. First is I married a great cook. Yes due to no skills of my own I married an individual with generations of food knowledge. Why is this...


27 July 2018

By: Audrey Woods, LCP Candidate

I’m reading this novel about a man who was born in the 16th century and is still alive today. With lifetimes of experience the main character, Tom, observes “what defines a human being is being a human.” I believe we are too often picking apart or overthinking new people or experiences to an unhelpful ...

Sheila’s Self Care Quarterly Check Up

19 April 2018

After making a commitment during 2018 to actively participate in self-investment by finding two days per month to specifically devote to meeting my own needs, I feel compelled to provide a first quarter report on my progress.In part, it’s this stems from the need to hold myself accountable and make sustainable strides in self-care.To ...

Parkland Shooter

09 April 2018

By: Quinton Ellis, LPC

As a person, I can offer you no comfort about events like the recent school shooting in Florida, As a therapist, I may, in some respects, be able to offer even less. I have a master’s degree in counseling psychology and years of experience in my field – but in many regards, your guess is as good as mine a...

The Nature of Domestic Violence

09 April 2018

By: John Goetz, LPC

As the survivors of the Florida school shooting head back to school and the nation focuses its attention on the why and how of this tragic event, I would like to suggest we pull ourselves away from the headlines and place some of our focus on a type of violence that literally strikes people in ...

Invest in Yourself

25 January 2018

by Sheila Stinnett, Executive Director

I have recently become focused on the idea of investment. Maybe it’s because I am in my fifties and my thinking has shifted toward retirement or maybe it’s the intense focus our society places on monetary security as we age. Financial investing is pro-active, it’s future focused an...

Dodging Your Therapist? That’s Okay!

05 January 2018

Audrey Woods
Staff Therapist

It’s a beautiful day! You’re at a local event, maybe Heard on Hurd or the Farmer’s Market. You’re enjoying the sunshine and breeze; Oklahoma’s best! But hark, who goes there? It’s your therapist over yonder. You freeze with a whoosh of jumbled thoughts going through your head: my therapist has...

Happy Holidays

04 January 2018

by John Goetz, LPC

Hello all. I was listening to NPR one morning and heard a story about the development of Facebook.The discussion was about the algorithms that went into the creation of Facebook and how it was designed to ensure its users would continue to engage with the program by eliciting a small dopamine response in our...

Is Counseling Forever?

30 November 2017

By: Audrey Woods, Staff Therapist

Perhaps you are considering starting counseling. You’d really like to work on some life issues, but you have questions. For example, how long will this take? Days, weeks, months, years? The answer to your questions is, of course, it depends…

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Teens are more depressed because they’re more isolated

28 September 2017

Chad McCoy, M.A., LPC

Edmond Family Counseling

There are some things that you cannot live without. Food, water, air, relationships, safety, belongingness, just to name a few. Without these things, we literally cannot survive. Of course, outside of the biologically imperative needs, we also have psychological and soci...

The Panic Button

03 August 2017

By: John Goetz, LPC and Quinton Ellis, LPC

Each year, millions of Americans suffer from panic attacks. By the numbers, the problem looks like this:

  • About 1.7% of the adult U.S. population ages 18 to 54 - approximately 2.4 million Americans - has panic disorder in a given yea...

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