Families Counseling, Simi Valley, CA -- Feb 2009 Newsletter

Chronic Pain — Living with it, Living Well 

If you suffer from chronic pain, you know how difficult it can make everyday life.  You may not know how many tools there are that can help.  Deborah Tucker outlines steps you can take to learn new ways to feel better, in spite of the pain.

Anxiety, Stress, Fear?

It’s hard when your personal circumstances cause you stress.  Is it comforting when everyone else is in the same boat, or does it make it even more difficult to cope?  Learn some skills you can use right now to help calm yourself and regain your perspective.

It's All About Relationships

In stressful times, it’s the people in our lives that help keep us focused on what’s truly important.  Elizabeth Shannon Strull has some thoughts about the importance of relationships, and on how we can be a better person to those around us.

Parenting — The Big Picture

How to be a good parent is a big topic.  We all try our best, and no one gets it completely right.  There are lots of resources out there, and we’ll be pulling more together in the next weeks and months.  In this article, Deborah Tucker helps us see the forest, rather than the trees, asking “What are we trying to accomplish as parents?”

Meet our new therapists

We are pleased to welcome Andrea McGovern, MS, and Mark Emmitt, M.Ed.  Andrea is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and is on PPO panels for Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Aetna and College Health.  Mark is in on Fridays, and is a PPO for Blue Cross and Aetna.  You can learn more about them by going to our website, clicking on the Therapists link, and scrolling to the bottom.

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Our counselors are available 6 days a week, for morning, afternoon and evening appointments.  Many forms of insurance are accepted on an out of network basis.   Some of our counselors may be on your PPO panel.  Take a look at our Therapists page on our website.

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