Category Archives: Counseling

Being a victim but rejecting a victim’s mentality

A woman in her early forties acknowledged that she finally began to overcome the effects of growing up in a violent home when… Continue reading

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Looking back to move ahead

1. True or False? Most people understand that their upbringing affects their lives.
2. True or false? – Most people understand how (and how much) their upbringing affects their lives. Continue reading

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Summer reading worth your time

“I did not want to disappoint others so I created a false image of myself. I tried to look normal on the outside when everything within me was chaotic.” Continue reading

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One of the most challenging tasks of my life

What made it a difficult task was my decision to write it without “Christianese” and with only two Bible verses at the end of the book. Continue reading

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The expanded role of medical doctors

Although doctors are primarily charged with caring for physical health, over the last three to four decades, doctors have been called to take the role that was once reserved for a different profession. Continue reading

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My first funeral (a suicide)

There was standing room only at the funeral parlor as I faced some rather austere men and women dressed in the old black garb common to conservative Mennonites. Continue reading

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Liabilities in my work

Good words for those who use many words! Continue reading

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