Thursday, August 13, 2015

Healing With Nature

Sometimes when we think of nature, we think of bugs, snakes, and sweat. In the world we live in today, we often find ourselves far removed from nature. We forget about the solomness of walking under the shade of trees on a sunny fall day. Or, the sounds of a nearby creek or river flowing. If we allow ourselves the opportunity, we can find a lot of relaxation in what our natural world has to offer. Not only can we find beauty we would see anywhere else, we also give ourselves the opporutnity to termporarily disconnect from the stresses of daily life. So, the next time you think things in nature that may gross you out, try to picture those parts of our world that can help us get in better touch with life. And remember, you don't have to spend hours hiking to get this benefit. A picnic in a local park by yourself or with family and friends may do this trick!

Perhaps the below film will help motivate you to take advantage of what we have around us.

On September 2, the film adaptation of Bill Bryson's bestseller "A Walk in the Woods" will open in theaters nationwide. With an award-winning cast that includes Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson, this movie will likely result in a surge of hikers along the Appalachian Trail.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How Athlete's Can Excel After Injury

Association for Applied Sport Psychology. (2015). How athletes can excel after injury: the advantage of sport psychology during rehabilitation [Press Release-Interview: Heil & Podlog]. Retrieved from

Be Careful of Self-Diagnosis

With access to the internet, it is easy for us to find many different resources for help. The hard part is, we can't always trust what we read. Please click on the link below to see a review of commonly used internet-based "symptom checkers."

Though the internet can be used as a helpful tool, it does not replace a face to face meeting with a professional. If you, a family member or friend needs to speak with someone about the potential of mental/ emotional/ substance abuse issues, please call our office at 540-772-5140.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

PHR and the Roanoke City Police Department

Work this week with Roanoke City PD on De-Escalation Training - Simulation training focused on defusing tension and hostilities with citizens whose behavior is escalating toward violence, and putting others at risk. Part of continuing efforts toward more effective policing and a safer community.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Commitment to Training Equals Commitment to Care

Wesley Brusseau, LCSW, began a journey to further develop his skills as a Play Therapist in April 2015. Every other month Wesley travels to Norfolk, VA, where he participates in 25 hours of classroom training at Old Dominion University (ODU). Wesley's continued education and training is with ODU's Registered Play Therapy Program. Though Wesley has been extensively trained and supervised in providing play therapy, and becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) is not a requirement, Wesley is committed to his practice and those he serves; therefore, continued training is at the top of Wesley's priorities. After completing the classroom training, Wesley will be eligible to obtain the RPT creditial.

Dealing with Injury

Fencing World Champion Iris Zimmermann on dealing with injury -- and carrying the lessons forward as an athlete and coach.

Click on the link below!

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Mulitude Of Little Can Do Alot

PHR is aware of the need to provide assistance locally and world wide. As mentioned in a previous post, there are people living in the Roanoke Valley who have been directly affected by the April 2015 Earthquake in Nepal. If you would like and are able, please click on the link below to support the efforts of a former PHR employee, Ellison Heil, and his students. A small contribution from many will make a world of difference!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Natural Disasters

You don't have to be in the middle of a disaster to be affected...

In late April 2015 the world was stunned by an earthquake in Nepal. Frequently, around the world people face devastation from natural disasters. Events like this leave uncertainty in our minds and concern in our hearts. With today's social media it's not easy to disconnect from frightening events brought on my mother nature. We are reminded of the universal truth that we are all human and we all feel fear and pain, and, at times we all need help.

We have members in our community directly affected by the earthquake in Nepal and other natural disasters around the world. Even if you haven't been directly affected by a natural disaster, you still may experience concerning thoughts and feelings just by being exposed to the information. PHR wants OUR community to know we are here to help!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

PHR Remembers VT

An event that affected many remains on our minds, especially today. Today marks the 8th year of commemoration of the men and women lost April 16, 2007 on Virginia Tech's campus. PHR clinicians were active in providing community support during an event that rocked a nation of people. Our clinicians provided direct support to families of victims and were active in many other ancillary ways. PHR would like to extend sincere condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy. We would like to also reaffirm our committment to our community! We are PHR and We Remember!

Please see the link below for VT's website:

Monday, March 30, 2015

Adoption Competency Trained Clinician

After one-year of intensive training, Wesley Brusseau, LCSW, one of Psychological Health's Child and Adolescent clinicians, has completed training and received a certificate by the Center of Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.). Wesley will continue to receive consultation from C.A.S.E. over the next few months in order to receive an advanced certificate in adoption competency.  


This continuing education has further developed Wesley's skills in working with foster care and adoptive children and families (Including birth families). It is extremely important to see a clinician with this specialized education and experience, not only for the wellbeing of children, but for families as a whole.   

Dr. John Heil Interviews with WDBJ 7

Psychological Health's Own, Dr. John Heil, interviews with WDBJ 7 - Upcoming Marathon

Click on the links below to see Dr. Heil's interviews: