Through the Eyes of Mystery and Wonder: Requiem for the Homeless
Jun25

Through the Eyes of Mystery and Wonder: Requiem for the Homeless

One morning, as the heat of the day began to unfold, I took the necessary steps to get ready for work. My morning routine was about to get interrupted. Midway through downtown Tampa, cars were slowly grinding to a halt. I was eventually stuck in a massive traffic jam with no visible cause for it. No problem, I thought, and initiated the GPS on my cell phone. Without hesitation, I was directed to take a  detour at the next exit. It...

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I Just Want to Know If You Will Be There | Helping a Friend in Crisis

  It is hard to know how to help friends when they hit rock bottom. People in the midst of a crisis often feel that everything they worked so hard for is disappearing before their eyes. These emotions can be so overwhelming and intense that they make it hard to move forward. Many kinds of events can cause an emotional crisis, such as a job loss, foreclosure, divorce or a betrayal. If a friend, or relative, is going through a...

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A Season in Hell: Recognizing Compassion Fatigue
Mar15

A Season in Hell: Recognizing Compassion Fatigue

  Do you find yourself helping other people in difficult situations, such as taking care of a family member, or  someone recovering from an accident? As you might know, helping others can, over time, cause feelings of helplessness, anxiety, anger and irritability. This response is known as “compassion fatigue” and it is quite common among family caregivers, social workers, psychologists and counselors. Without...

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When We Were Kings: Are We Making the Elderly Feel Expendable?
Feb13

When We Were Kings: Are We Making the Elderly Feel Expendable?

They were kings when we were in diapers. They have seen more than we can ever imagine. Many of the them fought to keep America safe during World War II. They paved the road so we could live fruitful lives. They are 12% of the US population. They are the elderly. Yesterday’s heroes. However, over the years I’ve seen a rise in poor self-image and self-esteem among seniors. This made me wonder… are we, indirectly,...

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Women Tend and Befriend, Men Fight or Flee

The depressed financial state we lived in for the past few years has added considerable stress to many of our clients. According to the research, it happens to be the worst type of stress which left unattended can become debilitating. People typically have the ability to handle most crises when they are brief and the events that are occurring are not considered to be traumatizing. Chronic stress, as in the loss of a job and the...

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