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.

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Did You know  -  that  many folks having trouble talking to their doctor about sex ? Also, did you know that that your sexual health needs to be a part of your routine physical exam?  While many sex difficulties stem from relational or psycholgical conflicts, other have an organic basis that require medical attention.  Being in good health includes being able to experience sex fully and without pain. Here is a link with some tips if you've been thinkng about talking to your doctor about a sexual issue but have been reluctant to do it or didn't know how to bring it up.


Coming up Next on Bridge Street: Check back soon to find out ! 


*note for Windows 8 users.

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

September 09, 2014

Lame Excuses - Why we make them. How to stop.

Not too long ago the internet lit up over the husband who became so exasperated at his wife’s excuses for not having sex that he printed out an Excel spread sheet detailing each one.  While very funny, this incident also provides an excellent opportunity to talk about a relational annoyance that everyone experiences, and which can cause serious problems in a marriage: Lame Excuses. Today we’re going to talk about excuses: Why we make them up. How to tell the difference between a sincere explanation an excuse. How you can be more direct and stop making excuses.

1. Why do we make them up ?
Excuses are plausible explanations which attempt to externalize and avoid personal responsibility for problematic behavior e.g. either something we did that was unwanted or didn’t do which was expected. The message of an excuse is some variation of  “I wanted to ( didn’t want to) but I couldn’t help it.” 

Lame excuses can become a serious problem in a relationship because they create a false impression which also leads to resentm

ent.  The underlying problem is fear. We make excuses  because we are afraid of  what will…
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