Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Hate come from misunderstanding and fear. Innocent lives are lost and families are torn apart. On this day, take a moment to challenge yourself to think about those different from you and think about how boring this world would be if we were all the same. We are all people, we all deserve to live life free of fear and hate.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
- Don’t make too many changes at once.
- Don’t expect to form immediate loving relationships with your partner’s children.
- Experience daily life with your partner’s children. You need to be able to spend time together when things get “real” versus only during fun events.
- Have a discussion with your partner BEFORE you marry and/or move your family in together. You will not be able to parent how you’ve always known, so have a plan in place of what parenting will look like in your new family. Remember, parenting styles can vary differently
- Remind all involved that you WILL NOT choose one over the other. You want to let everyone know you are committed to having a relationship with them all.
- Set the expectation for respect. People don’t have to like each other in order to show respect. Liking each other can take a lot of time, effort and energy. Don’t give up if it doesn’t happen quickly.
- Think of relationships in your new family as a bank account. You slowly put love, time, and energy into the relationships, which may one day yield quite a “fortune” for you and your partner.
- Make sure you and your partner have created a strong relationship. You are going to need to lean on each other and work closely together to make your family a success.
- Encourage family members to be kind to each other. This doesn’t mean family members have to be best friends; however, they do need to make an effort to respectfully interact with each other.
- Don’t forget to show the children in your family respect. Respect should not be given based on age. Children are people, too, and deserve respect and kindness.
- Respect where each family member is in understanding and accepting their new family. This goes for adults, children and adolescents alike. Each person may be in different stages of understanding and acceptance. This is okay! This is a natural part of blending your family together.
- Remember, there is always time to grow! It may take a few years, but your goal as parents and caregivers is for your family to get to a place where its members want to choose to spend time together.
- Create an environment that creates feelings of safety and protection. Going through the often traumatic situations that lead to the formation of new families is a lot for children to handle. They need to know they are safe and protected.
- Don’t be afraid to show affection. You have to remember to allow time for this process to be fully accepted by children.
- Make sure kids have a role within their new family and that they are respected. Everyone needs and has a job to do. This helps give children ownership over the change process.
- Try to understand children’s perspectives and let them know you understand. Validation can go a long way with children, especially during a lot of change.
- Don’t forget to say thank you. All of us like to know when we are doing a good job and to be encouraged by others. This can help children to better understand their role within their new family.
- Children need limits and structure. This helps them feel that they are cared for and will help them feel safe and secure. “Step-parents” need to take caution in being the one to discipline and set limits, initially; however, they do need to work with the child’s parent to discipline and set limits. This is part of making the parenting plan mentioned earlier.
- Kemp, G., Segal, J., and Robinson, L. (August 2015). Step-parenting and Blended Families. HelpGuide.org retrieved September 22, 2015 from http://www.helpguide.org/articles/family-divorce/step-parenting-blended-families.htm
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Within the past week our community was shaken by the WDBJ 7 on-air shootings resulting in the death of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Vickie Gardner is the sole survivor of the attack. PHR clinician’s and staff would like our community to know we stand in solidarity with you. The event of the past week has left feelings of confusion, anger, and fear in many of us.
Two of our PHR clinician’s, Dr. Bruce Sellars and Dorene Fick, had the opportunity to work with part of the media community affected by this tragedy. PHR often provides crisis response services in the wake of communal tragedy. PHR had a strong presence after the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. It is our honor and privilege to have the opportunity to provide support to our community.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
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.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
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
Monday, June 22, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
In late April 2015 the world was stunned by an earthquake in
We have members in our community directly affected by the earthquake in
Thursday, April 16, 2015
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Monday, March 30, 2015
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.
Psychological Health's Own, Dr. John Heil, interviews with WDBJ 7 - Upcoming Marathon
Click on the links below to see Dr. Heil's interviews:
Friday, March 13, 2015
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
John Heil, D.A., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, is both a clinical psychologist and sport psychologist- with a clinical practice focusing on pain and injury management, with a consulting practice in sport psychology, police and public safety. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, author of the Psychology of Sport Injury and numerous professional papers on sport, pain and injury. Dr. Heil is a lecturer in the University of Virginia Medical School Psychiatry Residency in Salem, and Instructor at the Roanoke City Police Academy.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
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