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 07, 2014

Reducing Stress for Seniors : Tips for Dealing with Everyday Worries and Finding More Joy in LIfe


Reducing Stress for Seniors

 Tips for dealing with everyday stressors and finding more joy in life

By Rev. Michael Heath, LMHC

 

What Stresses you out ?

Here is a list of common senior worries : Money, Boredom, Pain and Health Issues, Loss of Physical or Mental Capacity, Loss of Friends and Family ... Dying.

 Tips for Reducing Stress

Exercise

Nutrition

Taking your meds … as prescribed.

Journaling

Social Media  (means you can connect with folks even if they live far away)

Socializing and staying active.

Communicating with your Doctor.

Letting people know when you need help

How to know when something is important enough to mention ?

Anything that is getting in your way and not letting you do what you want is important enough to mention and check out.

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