Hello! I just wanted to thank all my clients for their patience and understanding this past month. I had a family crisis in my life and my communication and client contact has not been so good with you. My sincere apologies. The last few weeks have been spent in the hospital with my older brother. He passed away yesterday and I am slowly transitioning back on track to my "regular life". Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. I am resuming regular counseling appointments tomorrow, Tuesday, 3/21/17.
There will also be a little more transition coming up in the near future about which I wanted to let you know. By the beginning of June I will be transitioning to 2 days a week (primarily Tuesdays and Wednesdays)... and counseling out of my home in the North Cole and Ustick area of Boise. Please let me know if that will not work for you. I am hoping that it will not be too much of an inconvenience for you; for some clients it may be more convenient.
Here are a few more books I'd like you to know about: Nasty People--How to Stop Being Hurt by Them without Stooping to Their Level by Jay Carter, Psy.D.; The Mindful Teen--Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time by Dr. Dzung; and Quiet Your Mind byJohn Selby.
I'd like to introduce you to a new (oldie but goodie) CBT book: Talking To Yourself--Learning The Language of Self-Affirmation by Pamela Butler. It is a great book to help us all look at the self talk we say to ourselves everyday that is oftentimes self-defeating and self-deprecating... and leads to depressive and anxious moods. This book helps us to identify that negative self talk and turn it into positive and self-supportive self-talk. It also helps us to find our natural "intrinsic self"...the self we were always meant to be.
Again, please keep tucked away this important phone number: 1-800-273-8255: THE NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE & VETERAN'S CRISIS LINE. Someone you know and care about (including yourself) may need it some day.
Just a reminder: If you want to schedule your own appointments on this website, you certainly may. Many clients have found it quite convenient--even new clients. If you have any problems, please tell me so I can help. You can of course phone to arrange appointments too at 344-7800-- or make appointments within the counseling session. Whatever is most convenient for you! I encourage you to schedule ahead several visits if you're able. That helps you to have consistency on the days and times that you need. My usual counseling hours will be : Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00am to 8:00pm. If you need an appointment outside those times, please let me know. Also, if you want to communicate scheduling messages safe and private through Hushmail, please let me know and I will give you a code word. A final word (or two):
Think DEV for healthy development: (1) DRINK LOTS OF WATER, (2) EXERCISE BY POWER-WALKING, 3) VEGGIES--EAT 1 or 2 SERVINGS OF THEM AT EVERY MEAL (3-5 small meals a day...low sodium V-8 juice works for breakfast).
Think LUV for effective and loving communication: (1) LISTEN WITHOUT INTERRUPTION OR JUDGING (2) SHOW YOU UNDERSTAND BY REFLECTING BACK THE OTHER PERSON'S FEELINGS & THOUGHTS (with words, facial expression, body language, and tone of voice); (3) VALIDATE THE OTHER PERSON BY INDICATING THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND HOW THEY MIGHT FEEL/THINK THAT WAY. Be sure to do LUV before you say how you feel and think...and try to get to those important feelings. Think "heart to heart"... the most intimate level of communication. Whew! That's a lot to remember, but it's worth it!
Take Care! --Terrie