Call 315.637.0605   Rev. Heath Can Help!

Hi! I am Michael Heath and this is the Pine Ridge Pastoral Counseling Web Page. Pine Ridge is a place for folks who are looking for the best mental health care but who are turned off by large clinics or impersonal facilities.

Since 1994, Pine Ridge has offered a distinctive and more personal alternative for mental health needs while providing a comprehensive range of psychological services to help individuals, couples and families deal with a wide range of emotional, relational, crisis related, life phase and spiritual problems.

Since I am both a state Licensed Psychotherapist and a nationally Certified Pastoral Counselor, I offer a comprehensive therapeutic approach which can relate to both the psychological and spiritual dimensions of life's difficulties .

This web site is a great place to learn about my areas of expertise and to find answers to questions you may have concerning psychotherapy, marriage counseling, couples counseling, and other counseling related issues. If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact me and I'll be glad to help.

See Rev. Heath Live on 9 WSYR's Bridge Street!

11/9/2014 

Sorry ... for the way the with the Reducing Stress for Seniors post looks.  

We are having problems with our web site. Until we get things fixed, those who would like the Power Point presentation (complete with graphics) that I gave at Maple Downs on November 7th can receive it by simply dropping me a line at mheath1@twcny.rr.com 

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Do You know  - the most common probems couples have in bed ?

Here is a list of the most common things that can mess up a couples love life.

1.  Unresolved anger and resentment. 2. Over-packed schedules 3. Health conerns 4. ED. 5. Declining or loss of libido. 6. Pain during sex.  7. Lack of trust and initimacy 8. Fatigue. 9. Unequal sexual desire.   

If any of things are getting in the way of your marital bliss, there is good news. Couple's therapy is a very effective way to address and resolve them.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/03/common-sex-problems-experts_n_5978560.html

 Rev. Michael Heath, LMHC         11 08 2014

                                                          
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Coming up Next: The Holidays !

Even though it's not even Thanksgiving yet, with all the hype in the stores and in the media, the winter holidays are on our minds. While these are wonderful times for many, for others, they can be very difficult and trigger the blues. Stressors like:

-- the pressure to be with family,

-- media hype to spend more than you have,

-- unreal expectations about having to have the perfect holiday,

-- being socially isolated and even

-- less sunlight can trigger depression.  If you've been feeling out of sorts and not clear why, here is a great link to raise your awareness of why the holidays can be so stressful.  Again, seeing your doctor or a therapist can help address mood disorders before they become disruptive.

http://www.webmd.com/depression/holiday-depression-8/slideshow-depression-triggers?ecd=wnl_dep_110714_image&ctr=wnl-dep-110714-image_nsl-ld-stry&mb=muriSIMfZGij3rkGTPAyf%40HnVev1imbCLBciOilqj%40A%3d

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*note for Windows 8 users: MS still has some compatability problems with the 9wsyr website video streaming. It is not your computer.

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Watch Rev. Heath's Bridge Street Mental Health segments below:


November 23, 2014

Feeling Grattitude When Times Are Hard


Here is segment we've had many requests for and so we post it again as we as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thankgiving everyone !

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, our thoughts turn to Black Friday, football and overeating. While it's tough to compete, if we can put those concerns aside for a moment, I'd like to take a few minutes and talk about the deeper meaning of our fall feast and the importance of feeling gratitude in our lives. Research has shown that the more folks are able to be thankful, the happier, healthier and more energetic they are.  Besides the practical benefits, giving thanks is a deeply spiritual experience which helps connect us with our deeper purpose and reminds us of what is really important in life.  

Unfortunately, we don't see a lot of gratitude being expressed in the media lately. Many may not feel grateful because their lives have been bruised or worse by the bad economy.  Nonetheless, I believe that the joy expressed in the original Pilgrim Thanksgiving is relevant for us all. Today we're going to tell you how you can both deepen your experience of thanksgiving and express appreciati…
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