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Katrina Giries, MS, LPC, NCC

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Katrina Giries, MS, LPC, NCC Our hearts are broken.  We have lost a beloved friend and wonderful colleague.  Her clients have lost a skilled therapist and valued advocate.  Her husband has lost a faithful and loving partner, and her children have lost a devoted, nurturing mother. Katrina came to Preston Place Counseling five years ago […]

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A Word about Hate

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A Word about Hate I’ve never seen anything like it–and neither have you! I’m talking about the degree and intensity of the polarization in our country and in the world. Of course, people have always disagreed!  That is not the issue. Healthy disagreement can lead to healthy discussion in which each party respects the other, […]

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Practice Updates

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Sleep Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Motor Vehicle Crash Risk and ADHD

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A Word about Fred and Dottie

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A Word about Fred and Dottie I have known Dottie and Fred for more than 40 years, and over that time, they have blessed my life in many ways! They were married 54 years, have three children, 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. In 2011, Fred passed away. Dottie told me something I have shared with many […]

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A Word About The Cards You Have Been Dealt

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A Word About The Cards You Have Been Dealt 700 Sundays is an autobiography written by Billy Crystal. The title refers to the number of Sundays shared by Billy and his father, Jack Crystal, who died when Billy was 15. It is a powerful and heart-warming depiction of his growing up and adult years, his parents, siblings, extended family members […]

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A Word about Following your Dreams

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A Word about Following your Dreams Yes! A few weeks ago, I wrote a “Word” about following your heart.  In it, I advised that, when making the most important decisions in life, it is not wise to follow your heart, which is invariably fickle, but instead to follow you head, your logical, rational guide. An […]

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A Word about “Stuff”

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A Word about “Stuff” This is the house in which I grew up.  It was a great house on a 100-acre farm in East Tennessee.  It was built in the 1830s (pre-Civil War) with bricks that were made by hand on the premises.  The interior and exterior walls were 18 inches thick.  This picture conjures […]

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A Word about Following Your Heart

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A Word about Following Your Heart Don’t!   It’s the stuff of romance novels, love songs, poetry and romantic movies: the advice to “just follow your heart.”  It feels so good at first! However, it’s also the stuff of poor choices, doomed relationships and painful consequences.  Initially, we think, “Awwwww.”  Later, we say, “Arghhh!” Dr. James Dobson wrote, […]

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A Word about “The Longly-Weds”

The Longly-Weds Know  By Leah Furnas That it isn’t about the Golden Anniversary at all, But about all the unremarkable years that Hallmark doesn’t even make a card for. It’s about the 2nd anniversary when they were surprised to find they cared for each other more than last year. And the 4th when both kids […]

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A Word about Light

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A Word about Light I have never written an article in which I have quoted Plato and Three Dog Night, but here goes: Plato has said, “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Similarly, Three Dog Night, […]

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