Articles

Below are some useful articles written by past & present employees.

Do you have the holiday blues?

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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Assertive Communication: A Path to Genuine Connectedness

Monday, September 16th, 2013

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Helpful Tips – Healing After Loss & Tragedy

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

We have all been touched in different ways by the recent tragedy in Aurora. It may be very difficult to navigate through your thoughts and feelings. These are some tips that may make it easier to cope: Normal responses to trauma can include: Fear, anxiety, worry, apprehension Depression, tearfulness, numbness Anger, irritability Trouble sleeping Loss […]

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Parenting Positively Through Transition

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Keeping your parenting positive may be hard enough. But in months like August, with school starting and stress levels high as families transition back to routine schedules, positive parenting may seem near impossible. At Pennock Center for Counseling, we work with parents on parenting tools and techniques to create a more positive atmosphere at home. With the school year fast approaching, here are four important aspects of positive parenting that can make the transition back to school a positive one for you as well as your child.

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Finding Joy

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

The holidays often include times of stress, fatigue, and challenges of all kinds.  At the same time, we have great expectations of happiness during the holidays and the television images, magazine images and store advertising all reinforce this.  Unfortunately these expectations are frequently not satisfied.  We see stories of hope, love, fulfillment; but may feel loneliness, grief, and pressure.  Adjusting our expectations and changing our view of happiness can lead to a truer sense of joy.

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Substance Use in Our Families

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Are you, your family, or a family you know dealing with anger, fear, frustration, and powerlessness brought on by the substance use of a loved one? Have you found yourself and your family members frantically screaming at one another? Are you constantly asking yourself what you and your family are doing wrong?

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Counseling & Untangling Knots

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Been depressed? Has your get-up and go gotten-up and went? Anxious and panicky when you think you know better? Feel like no one understands you, perhaps getting into trouble? You and your spouse living on different planets and colliding in space? Haunted by your dreams? Starting to worry that an addiction is getting the better of you? Feel like your life is tied up in knots? Well, counseling might be described as the art of untangling knots.

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Change: Inevitable & Survivable

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

At Pennock Center for Counseling we often see clients in an emotional crisis that is provoked by some kind of change in their lives:  unexpected, painful or unwanted. We all can have difficulty in coping, even with positive changes. When you experience profound grief after the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, or the loss of a spouse to divorce, you may feel devastated. After a crisis or loss, you are left to cope with the aftermath. You are better able to cope, even the most painful changes, if you have and use both internal and external resources. Resilience is another word for your ability to cope; the ability to bounce back, recover and move beyond an event, change or crisis. Positive changes also create stress and difficulty, because any change requires adjustment and your life feels unpredictable.

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Mental Health: So What’s the Big Deal?

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Jody Pierce, LCSW The Mind/Body Connection. The Mental Health Association of Colorado has declared the month of May as Mental Health Month!  The emphasis this year is on spotlighting the mind/body connection as we now have a greater understanding of the link between physical and mental health. We know that stress is linked to the […]

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Power Struggles: Avoiding Power Struggles with Your Children

Monday, June 7th, 2004

All parents face resistance and struggles for power with their children. It all starts generally with the two-year-old and the frequent “no” and “mine” that we hear. Passive resistance in the form of ignoring our requests can also trigger power struggles. As frustrating as these situations can be, power struggles are not necessarily a sign of a troubled or defiant child or adolescent, as children often vie for power as a part of the developmental process. These struggles can intensify however, depending on the child’s temperament, activity level and the level of stress in the family. It is up to us as parents to learn to stay calm and creatively disengage from the struggle. If you have children, you know that there are many opportunities for power struggles. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent some of these from occurring.

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