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Non-Verbal Communication

21 March 2017

By: Sheila Stinnett

“The body says what words cannot”. This simple quote from the famous American dancer Martha Graham speaks volumes about significant impact of non-verbal communication in our relationships with those in our lives. Whether we intend to or not, we are constantly broadcasting non-verbal cues to those aro...



THE ART OF SELF-SABOTAGE

21 March 2017

By: Belinda Crosier, LPC, LADC

A fascinating, but frustrating, phenomenon that therapists witness much more than we would like is that of the self-sabotage syndrome. You’ve probably observed it in someone you love – or maybe even yourself – even though you may not have realized it at the time. It’s very common in p...



Depression Can Be Hard to Spot in Children

09 January 2017

By: Amanda Percival, Staff Therapist

 

There are some words that individuals use in regard to mental health that are used to communicate a wide range of symptoms. “Depression” is just one of those words. I frequently have clients that say they are depressed. Or on the flip side, I may have a client that veh...



What Grandma Said or Eat your Beets

09 January 2017

By: John Goetz, LPC

First and foremost, I must wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. It has been an interesting end to 2016. Between the elections, fall semester finials, the holiday season, bedlam football, and looking forward to a New Year, this can be a very hectic time of year. During Thanksgiving, ...



Try to be an “8” Percenter in 2017

09 January 2017

By:  Chad McCoy, M.A., LPC


Christmas has come and gone. The relatives dispersed, the kids satiated with gifts, and the credit card bills have not yet arrived. What’s next? New Year’s Resolutions of course! Before you put pen to paper to craft yours, I have a few thoughts to consider. ...



Nothing is as it seems; or at least how it seems to you or me

13 October 2016

By Chad McCoy, M.A., LPC

Now more than ever, I am increasingly impressed by the power of perception. Time after time, event after event, I find myself leaving a situation with what I believe to be the “truth” of the situation only to find out later that it was not at all as it seemed. We’ve all been there, and it makes ...



Parents Helping Parents

13 October 2016

Quinton Ellis, LPC, Edmond Family Counseling

Here’s a ‘thought experiment’ question I can’t quit asking people. A college has only one spot left for two applicants. The first has a 3.5 GPA and no criminal record. The other has a 2.9 GPA but has overcome drug/alcohol addiction. Who will the school admit? By what rationale?

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Have You Make Your Summer Memories Yet?

21 July 2016

By Amanda Percival, Staff Therapist, Edmond Family Counseling

As I’m writing this article, I am counting the days until school begins again. Didn’t school just let out? I remember being so ready for summer time when my children were little. Of course, I also remember being equally ready for school to begin again; to occupy them and...



Parenting Shouldn't Be Forever

13 May 2016

By Belinda Crosier, LADC, LPC

So we get to the blessed, anticipated stage of having raised & launched our children, looking forward to doing some things we’ve always looked forward to – or maybe just doing nothing except whatever the mood inspires – and then what to our wondering eyes behold, but an adult child on the doorstep ...



Do You Know Your Teen’s Love Language

14 April 2016

By Amanda Percival, Staff Therapist

One of the reasons that I pursued a career as a therapist was my desire to help strengthen others' relationships. I love to work with couples and families. Although the majority of the clients I see are teens, one common thread many of the teens have is a lack of feeling loved and acc...



Prom Night Parenting? Yes, Please!

07 April 2016

By Darcy McConnell, LADC

Prom night has sure changed over the years. After listening to teenagers talk about their plans it’s reminiscent of a mini trip to Las Vegas. The stuff that teenage dreams are made of! Hundreds of phones calls and thousands of text messages will be exchanged about plans and attire. Girls wil...



Do it Yourself Marriage Counseling

08 March 2016

By John Goetz

The idea of self-help and self-improvement has been around as long as I can remember. Dale Carnegie wrote The Art of Public Speaking in 1910 and followed it up with a series of self-help books through 1990. This past weekend I changed brake pads on my car after first consulting a You Tube video. Americans spend their w...



Unemployment: Next Steps to Recovery

18 February 2016

Belinda Crosier, LPC, LADC

“It was the best of times – and the worst of times.”  So reads a quote from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, which could accurately describe the current economic climate in Oklahoma.  We have enjoyed a mostly thriving economy in Oklahoma for some time, as evidenced by ...



Micro-aggression on the College Campus

08 February 2016

by Quinton Ellis, LPC

There was a time in my young life when the only thing I knew for sure about college was that they had toga parties. These days, the only thing I know for sure about toga parties is that they will result in your expulsion from college. Much like Christmas, (also not welcome on campus), college seemed a lot cooler ...



Your Teen Might Be Entitled If…

23 December 2015

By Darcy McConnell, LPC, LADC

What are a teenager’s rights? Hopefully we can all can agree that teens have the right to be treated as a human being by friends, family and associates. While every family is different, each teen deserves someone to provide support, comfort and to remain safe from physical and emotional violence. The...



How to Talk to Children about Grief, Loss and Tragedies

25 November 2015
By Sheila Stinnett, LPC 


Over the last several weeks I have been trying to process the significant number of tragic situations that have occurred in our community and in our world. Multiple reports and pictures of violent crimes, terrorist acts and deadly accidents have become the norm on the news. Unfortunately, a...



THIS WAX DOESN’T LEAVE A SHINE – AND IT’S DANGEROUS

28 October 2015

By Belinda Crosier

It seems there’s never an end to what people will try, in order to take the effects of a mind-altering substance to the next level. Something we’ve been hearing about that is now making news headlines, is “wax”, a highly concentrated form of marijuana, obtained through a dangerous process inv...



A Movie to see With your Teen? Yes!

28 October 2015
By Quinton Ellis, LPC 


When the internet pulled me aside to tell me that several Americans who went to see The Martian thought it was based on a true story I had two thoughts simultaneously: 1. The internet is a dirty liar, and 2. This story is obviously true. My second thought then grew friends- all of whom were sev...



Being a Chronic Procrastinator

13 August 2015

By Sheila Stinnett 

As the last days of summer are upon us,  I would like to discuss a behavior which continually haunts me,  is unproductive and generally just makes me feel bad,  my urge to procrastinate.   When I glanced at my refrigerator this morning, I saw plastered to its front, my ambitious list of...



Heroin Crisis

23 July 2015

By Darcy McConnell 

The United States Drug Enforcement Agency figures show a four-fold increase in heroin seizures along the southwest border since 2008:  4,653 pounds of heroin was confiscated in 2013, with the amount of pure heroin more than doubling. The National Drug Threat Assessment Summary reported: “The increase...



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