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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...



The BeEdmond App: Connecting Teens to Support Close to Home

05 July 2015

If you know a teen or a tween, you know that there is only one thing more vital than oxygen, the essential, ever-present, possibly broken screened cell phone. It has become the primary mode of communication and connection with the world at large for the overwhelming majority of kids. If you were still clinging to the hope that we would some...



Family Roles

27 May 2015
By John Goetz, LPC


Families come in all shapes and sizes. They are unique systems that deserve respect and reverence. As systems, families have multiple levels of interactions and dynamics. These interactions and dynamics have long been a rich field for researchers to explore. Some of ...



In The Good Ol’ Summertime

08 May 2015

By Belinda Crosier, LPC, LADC

Oh, those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!  They’re almost here, & with them, come expectations by parents & children about what those days will render...



Teens and Smartphones

23 April 2015

By Quinton Ellis

Hey. Remember that societal conversation we never had about whether kids should be given that exact same technology as their parents simply because they all want it? Well, we really ought to revisit that discussion again for the first time.

The first IPhone was released in June of 2007. I remind you of this in o...



“Prevention is Key: Let’s Start with the Man in The Mirror.”

01 April 2015

By Chad McCoy, M.A.

Just like in any disease or illness: Early Prevention is key.  From cancer to depression, the earlier problems are identified, the more adept we can be in treating and addressing these problems.  Depression i...



What is the “right” way to parent?

09 March 2015

By Amanda Percival, M.A., LPC Candidate

Parenting can be a controversial topic.  What is the “right” way to parent?  Haven’t we all been quick to judge another parent at the supermarket or restaurant whose child is not behaving appropriately according to our standards?  I know I have, especially before ...



Marijuana Is Still Illegal in OK

11 February 2015

By Darcy McConnell, LADC, LPC

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form or another. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington have legaliz...



Kids and Entitlement

21 January 2015

Teen: “My sadness is infinite and beyond your understanding.”

Parent: “Uhhh…okay.”

Teen: “Also, I need mone...



The Rush to Normalcy

01 January 2015

By Chad McCoy, M.A.

It’s an odd thing, ya know? The first 18 or so years of our lives we do nothing but grow and, hopefully, achieve until the day we graduate high school.  Even then many of us spend much more time achieving through college to land that job that we will inevitably spend the rest of ...



State of the (Marital) Union

16 December 2014

By Belinda Crosier, LPC, LADC, Edmond Family Counseling

5 Tips to Have a Healthier Marriage in 2015

It’s easy to get so busy & preoccupied with daily life, not to mention the holidays, that we slip into patterns of behavior that can cause distance & discord between ourselves and the one we committed to “til death do ...



Positive Reinforcement

02 December 2014

By John Goetz

Ferguson, Missouri, Bill Cosby, a lack of a nuclear agreement with Iran, the rise of ISIS in the Middle East, and the threat of Ebola to name few of the ongoing local, national, and worldwide crisies and scandals. One might be tempted to see the world as a place of struggle, conflict, and crisis where...



Grandparents as Parents

30 September 2014

By Belinda Crosier, LPC, LADC 

Over 8% of Oklahoma children are being provided some level of care by their grandparents. For many, the “golden years” become just another cycle of childrearing. The number of grandparents who provide primary care for their grandchildren is growing for a variety of reasons; parental de...



Parenting through Divorce

10 September 2014

By John Goetz, LPC 

If you are a legal adult, a person who has attained the age of majority and is therefore regarded as independent, self-sufficient and responsible, you will immediately recognize my following statement to be true: life is hard.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Z...



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