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!

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Do You know  - that drinking alcohol interferes with getting a good night's rest?  As the holidays draw near, remembering to moderate the amount  you drink and not drinking late at night or right before you go to bed will help reduce these negative effects on your sleep.  Alcohol is anhydrous (it take the water out of the cells), therefore if you alternate drinking an alcoholic drink with drinking a glass of water, you can also minimize the drying out effects of the booze which wakes you up.  For more info check out:

Rev. Michael Heath, LMHC         12 18 2014


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.


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


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

December 10, 2014

Reducing Stress Around the Holidays

People are sometimes confused by the term pastoral counseling. They aren’t clear if it is religious counseling or if it is real therapy. Fortunately today’s segment provides perfect example of professional pastoral counseling perspective. In addition to addressing the common problem of stress around the holidays, it also demonstrates how familiar biblical stories can be used to augment and reinforce the lessons of psychological science.

Why are Holidays so stressful for some?

Since it’s the holidays, it’s a perfect time for a great story and the story of biblical story of  Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38) perfectly expresses the essence of holiday stress. For those who aren’t familiar, Luke 10:38-42

( …a woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." 41 But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; 42 one thing …
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