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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Did you know ? As a state licensed Psychotherapist and nationally certified Pastoral Counselor, I participate in continuing professional education. For example, since 2006 I have completed over 22 courses in vital areas of human sexuality, psychology, psychotherapy and marriage counseling.
This process of ongoing clinical development assures you, the consumer, that I am up to date with the latest research and techniques in the field and that I will provide you with the most effective treatment.
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Watch Rev. Heath's Bridge Street Mental Health segments below:
June 17, 2013
PTSD and YOU: Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Living so close to Fort Drum, most of us have heard of PTSD. We’re aware of the serious problems PTSD has caused for families and individuals but we may not be clear about what it is. June is PTSD Awareness Month and so today we’re going to: Explain what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is, its common symptoms, common misconceptions and what’s new about our understanding and treatment.
PTSD is a psychological disorder which results from exposure ( experience or witness) to physical or psychological trauma.
People with PTSD experience three different kinds of symptoms. --The first set of symptoms involves reliving the trauma in some way such as becoming upset when confronted with a traumatic reminder or thinking about the trauma when you are trying to do something else. --The second set of symptoms involves either staying away from places or people that remind you of the trauma, isolating from other people, or feeling numb. --The third set of symptoms includes things such as feeling on guard, irr…