by Dr. Kevin Downing, Turning Point Counseling
It was over twenty years ago that I had my first job working at a Psychiatric Hospital. A young 16 year old gal came to the hospital after trying to kill herself through a drug overdose. I was assigned to be her counselor and we hit it off very well until her family came to visit.
During our first family counseling session her mother, step-father and aunt all had nose bleeds. I thought this was so unusual and wondered how three adults could have this happening at the same time (I was so naive!!!).
by Frances J. Harvey, Director of Operations Turning Point Counseling
Have you ever been in a situation that made you get in someone’s face, scream at the top of your lungs and complain how unfair or wrong it was and let it been known
“You are upset”?
I am almost positive that at some point everyone has had
that experience. I want to share some great tools on “how
to handle” complaining in a positive way and get something accomplished as well.
by Maisha Florance, M.A. Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with Turning Point Counseling
Suzie and Sam are constantly fighting. They have what I call “rightitis” and this condition makes you deaf and blind to the validity of the feelings of others. It is very harmful to relationships it literally cuts off the bloodline which is open and honest communication, eventually causing the relationship to die.
In my professional life I meet couples like Suzie and Sam all the time, and most often by the time they are in my office the relationship is in critical condition.
I usually open with this: “You know I have no problem with you fighting, as a matter of fact a fair fight every now and then is a good thing - it keeps us passionate”.
by Edith Pont, M.A., Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with Turning Point Counseling
The past two months have been difficult for our family. We welcomed an 8½-year-old girl to our home. Although we have experience as foster parents, we were not expecting the challenges that a child with higher level of care requires. We were under the impression that we were providing respite care (a couple of days minimum), but God had His plan. Regardless, we decided to take the additional training to get certified as Intensive Treatment Foster Parents. Taking those 40 hours felt like a huge inconvenience. My plans were to continue studying and preparing for my licensing exam and we had some other things we are working on as a couple. With this new goal in mind, all my plans were put aside.
Turning Point Counseling
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