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.
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Do You know - thinking about what causes addiction is changing ?
The link below to the Huff Post article is excellent and really does help explain and put the notion of addiction in a different light: the reason for addiction is neither moral failing nor simply the chemical hook of an addictive substance ( or activity like gambling or porn). It is in fact more determined by the lack of the quality of life.
--Over the past half century a conflict has existed between some psychotherapy and some addiction treatment approaches. The crux of the conflict has to do with what the emphasis in treatment should be: sobriety or understanding the underling function that the "addiction" plays in the person's life.
--New studies along with older longitudinal analyses are showing that when a person's life or psychological deficits are address, dependency and abuse stop. Understanding the reason and context of the addiction is not only important but vital to successful recovery.
Rev. Michael Heath, LMHC 1 22 2015
Coming up Next: Check back soon to find out .
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Watch Rev. Heath's Bridge Street Mental Health segments below:
January 14, 2015
Emotional Triage and the Worry List
Having trouble with Anxiety ? Try Emotional Triage and making a Worry List
For those who suffer from anxiety, and who doesn’t, the key to finding relief is to convert a general and vague sense of dread into specific and defined problems. Going through each worry and defining and giving it a name often helps to relieve that amorphous sense of terror. Likewise, we often feel anxious when we become overwhelmed by the number of challenges threatening us and feel that we’re simply unable to meet the demands. In an upset state, all problems may feel equally urgent and as if they all need to be solved immediately. In fact this is rarely the case. A calm assessment of the relative significance of each issue can greatly help to calm things down and lower one’s sense of anxiety.
Conducting Emotional Triage and creating a Worry List are effective techniques that gives both definition and order to one’s problems and are helpful in restoring a needed sense of control to one’s life.
These methods are derived from Emergency Room experiences. Have you ever been in the ER of a hospital where there are lots of people wi…