HELP Newsletter Archives
HELP’s December 2014 – January 2015 Newsletter
New at HELP: Telebehavioral Health
Video Session – Reasons why a client may use this service for counseling:
• No travel required to consult with a Help therapist • Ideal for patients with mobility challenges • Save time and expense – convenient! • Be in the comfort of your home when you speak with a Helptherapist • Stress-free and confidential
Featured Therapist – Rita Romero, PH.D.
Dr. Rita Romero is a licensed psychologist specializing in adult, and couples psychotherapy, and maintains a private practice in Poway, CA located in San Diego County. She is also licensed as a marriage and family therapist.
With over 20 years experience as a clinician, and expertise in treatment of depression, anxiety, health psychology, eating disorders and those with physical illness and pain empowering individuals to succeed in their transitions, teaching them effective communication abilities to utilize in both in their personal and professional relationships and the utilization of clinical hypnosis when appropriate. She also has specialized training working with trauma and those in military culture and the challenges facing active duty service members and their dependents…read more
How To Get a Good Night Sleep
Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealth and wise. An old saying that is often used as a proverb as well as a nursery rhyme has more relevance and significance today than when it was conceived and penned. Today, people across the world have developed a penchant to sleep late and naturally wake up late as well. Waking up early is indeed healthy and health is the most precious wealth for anyone.
There is a degree of disagreement among many people, including some biologists who otherwise should be preferring the biological clock of sleeping and waking up…read more
Just In Time For The Holidays…Modern Nutrition: Super foods Part 2
By Dr. Manny Kumar B.Sc., M.Sc., D.C. Modern Chiropractic
Acai Berry This powerful anti-oxidant “super food” comes from the regions of the world near the Amazon River (Brazil). Due to the unique climate, this berry is able to grow on trees and pack an uppercut like no other. Acai berries are rich in antioxidants (anti-aging) and help aid during free radical damage, immune system function, and cancer prevention (free radicals – more on this at the Nutrition 1.0 seminar). When consuming acai berries (bowl) remember that these berries contain fructose and will spike your blood sugar levels fast. Powder form or organic berries are always preferred when consuming these powerful berries….read more
HELP’s June – July 2014 Newsletter
Older Adult Falls
Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can lead to moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and are the leading cause of injury death among those age 65 and older. As a caregiver for an older adult, it is necessary to understand the leading risks for falls and take measures to help keep your loved ones safe. read more…
National Cancer Survivors Day 2014
a celebration of life
HELP would like to acknowledge National Cancer Survivors Day (June 1st) that is a celebration to honor cancer survivors and to show that there is life after a cancer diagnosis – and it’s something to celebrate. Come together to honor everyone who is living with a history of cancer – including America’s 14 million cancer survivors. “A ‘survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life,” according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, administrator for the celebration. read more…
Helping Educators Address the Development of Appropriate Curriculum For Headache Education
BACKGROUND More than 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurrent headache. Of this number, 28 million Americans have migraine. Headache is one of the 20 most common diagnoses seen in primary care physician offices. Nevertheless, the average medical school devotes less than 4 hours of curriculum time to headache, primarily targeted to learning about catastrophic but uncommon causes of headache. The national Helping Educators Address the Development of Appropriate Curriculum in Headache Education (HEADACHE) Project was initiated in Spring 2003 to support the development of educationally sound curricula to enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of medical students in the assessment, treatment, and support of headache patients. read more…
Men’s Health Facts
Depression and Suicide1
Depression in men is undiagnosed contributing to the fact that men are 4 x as likely to commit suicide. read more…
July 20th-26th is Healthcare Hospitality Week
Help Behavioral Health Counseling Services would like to recognize Ronald McDonald House Charities® for Healthcare Hospitality Week
Thousands of families & patients of all ages & walks of life have found a haven within warm, home-like environments. read more…
Melissa Marrs, LCSW
Hello and Congratulations on making a decision to improve your life! No matter what stage you have reached or how overwhelmed you might feel, it is never too late to find a sense of peace and joy. If you are reading this profile, it is likely you are feeling a desperate need for change. Or perhaps you hear a quiet voice whispering to you, “There has to be something more”. Life is too short to live with pain, fear, uncertainty, loneliness, and confusion. Just because you can’t see how to get there doesn’t mean it can’t be done. I would be honored to walk this path of healing and discovery with you. Hope is such an important part of healthy living and it may be something you have lost sight of. Borrow from my hope that things CAN be different! Whatever ache, worry, emotion, or block you might be experiencing is simply a signal that your body wants to heal and be free. Together we can interpret those signals into a healing dialogue. Suddenly, things that haven’t made sense to you about yourself will align with perfect clarity and you will begin to love and appreciate the glorious person that you are in a new fun and easy way.
- New PTSD and Sand Therapy Support Group Coming Soon
- Telehealth Counseling Coming Soon
- HELP is now servicing Palm Desert
- Employment Opportunites! Please contact us if you are interested in employment opportunities with HELP. We are hiring licensed clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers.
- New Kidney Group – Starts July 9th
HELP’s December 2013 – January 2014 Newsletter
Dennis Dearie, MFT
Dennis Dearie has a Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity School of Graduate Studies and is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. He has a wide range of life experiences including working with elephants, training horses, world travel, practicing martial arts, junior high youth leader in church setting, being married for more than twenty years, and raising three children. Dennis has also been in the mental health field for more than two decades in San Diego working with a variety of populations…read more
What’s New from HELP:
Another year of growth for HELP. We are so excited to announce our partnership with Village Health/Scan1 (Located in Inland Empire). Together we plan to work on building a healthy community and continue our professional relationship. Company Overview: VillageHealth® understands the complexities of chronic kidney disease. Managing all aspects of care—health issues, lifestyle changes, emotional ups and downs, medical questions and financial concerns—can be overwhelming. VillageHealth partners with patients, physicians and healthcare professionals as well as payors to provide integrated care management for those with kidney disease…read more Dr. Diana Pickett, Ph.D. will be the new facilitator of the Kidney Support Group starting in January (date tbd). More information will be available on our website.
The 2014 Eldercare Guides are now available at no cost. You can pick one up at the HELP office, 3636 4th Ave. Ste. 302, San Diego, CA 92103. The Eldercare Guide is the premier resource for seniors throughout San Diego County and Temecula.
HELP will continue providing counseling services for a second semester at Palomar College starting January 2014. HELP will be providing counseling at Grossmont College in 2014 (dates tbd).
Welcome our newest providers:
Eric Pevney, Psy Roland Chabot, PhD Adrienne Blumberg, MFT Ramona Garretson, PsY Paula Jimenez-Safir, PhD Alyssa Steiger,PsY Rachel Viers, PsY Linda Gatto-Woitek, LCSW Eileen Shaughnessy, LCSW
Tips to Prevent Holiday Stress and Depression
When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.
- Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.
- Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships….read more
The Nutcracker in Balboa Park 1800 Village Place, San Diego, CA 92101 619.233.3060
Dates: December 11-22, 2013 Time: 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Show Times Vary Price: $10-15 Venue: Casa del Prado Theater, Balboa Park January 25, 2014 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Annual South County Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Norman Park Senior Center, 270 F Street , Chula Vista, CA 91910. The Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon is a big hit with our volunteers. This year’s theme, “South County Volunteers are mmm, mmm, Good”. We are sure to make our Volunteers feel special. There will be nice raffle prizes, entertainment and good food. RSVP to (619) 420-2782 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the December 2013 – January 2014 Newsletter here.
HELP’s August – September 2013 Newsletter
Kathryn Daly, LCSW, is originallyfrom the East Coast, where she receivedher Bachelors degree in Psychology with aminor in Family Issues from James MadisonUniversity, and her Masters Degree inSocial Work from Virginia CommonwealthUniversity. After graduate school, sherelocated to San Diego, California, where shepractices as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.She has extensive experience working withclients in the Areas of HIV/AIDS; death,dying and the grief process…read more
I am a Social Worker who enjoys his work and goes that extra mile to help someone in need. With over twenty years experience in various clinical settings, I enjoy working with adults, children and families….read more
What’s New from HELP:
HELP’s 20 Year Anniversary!
Celebrating 20 years of changing lives.
HELP Services providing counseling services for a new Pilot program
scheduled this fall 2013, at Palomar College in San Marcos.
https://helptherapist.com/index.php/blog/ Follow medicare insurance updates.
1) Clients are seen on their own turf rather than what they report to you in the sterile office environment. 2) Meet important members of the family who might not attend an office session, or are reluctant to seek psychological treatment for fear of being stigmatize….read more
From American Psychological Association Stress in America Study Stress and mental health not being addressed by health care system Los Angeles residents, like Americans across the country, are finding a disconnect with what they want from their health care provider and what they actually receive, according to a new survey….read more
Care Giving at Home
Aug.17th, Saturday, 9am to 1pm
Location: Sharp Grossmont Hospital Brier Patch Campus 9000 Wakarusa, classroom 13/14 La Mesa. Registration required call 1-(800)-827-4277
The U-T Successful Living Expo
Sept.7th, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Pala Casino Spa Resort, 11154 Hwy 76, Pala 92059 in North County
Living with Chronic Illness Conference for older adults and families
Sept 18th, Wednesday, 8:30a.m. to 2:30 p.m
Location: Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, 2128 Chatsworth Blvd. San Diego 92107. Sponsored by Sharp and Elmcroft. Free continental breakfast and lunch provided. RSVP required. Call 1-900-827-4277 or register online at Read HELP’s August – September 2013 Newsletter
HELP’s April – May 2013 Newsletter
Kathryn Daly, LCSW, is originallyfrom the East Coast, where she received her Bachelors degree in Psychology with aminor in Family Issues from James Madison University, and her Masters Degree inSocial Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduate school, she relocated to San Diego, California, where she practices as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.She has extensive experience working with clients in the Areas of HIV/AIDS; death, dying and the grief process.
What’s New from HELP:
KIDNEY SUPPORT GROUP
This group welcomes candidates who are on dialysis or waiting for a kidney transplant. The facilitator for this group is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. We welcome you in a warm, caring, and confidential setting. • Offering practical approaches and suggestions to help and support you in improving your quality of life…read more
TELL ME A STORY
Journalist and family historian Lillian Cox is on a mission to engage young people in American history – a goal, she says, that can yield therapeutic rewards for every family member, young and old, who wants to get involved. “American history begins with the stories of every American family and this begins with us as individuals,” she said. “The process of capturing our stories, and those of loved ones who have passed, is a gift to future generations. In doing this work, we experience a sense of completeness which is an unexpected gift to ourselves….read more
Narciso Delgado-Cruz, Esq.
Attorney Narciso Delgado-Cruz was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. His family immigrated to the United States in the early1980’s. The hardships he and his parents encountered throughout their route to Naturalization motivated Narciso to become an attorney. Narciso has a deep-seated interest in immigration and naturalization law and helping families, businesses and individual immigrants in realizing their dream of coming to America and/or legalizing their status in America, and advocating for their rights. He has been actively involved in his community since he graduated from High School…..read more
ANNOUNCING THIS YEAR’S SAN DIEGO COUNTY NAMIWALK 2013 5K WALK SATURDAY,APRIL13,2012 LOCATION: NTC PARK IN LIBERTY STATION 2455 CUSHING ROAD, SAN DIEGO CA 92106 TIME: 9:00AM WALK BEGINS REGISTER AT www.namiwalks .org/sandiegocounty 18th ANNUAL RSVP VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION EVENT MAY 9TH, 2013 10:00AM TO 2:00PM TOWN AND COUNTRY CONVENTION CENTER EAST COUNTY 14TH ANNUAL SENIOR HEALTH FAIR FRIDAY MAY 17,2013 10:00AM TO 1:00PM SANTEE TROLLEY SQUARE (NEAR AMPHITHEATRE & FOOD COURT) 9850 MISSION GORGE RD, SANTEE Sponsored by: EAST COUNTY SENIOR SERVICE PROVIDERS Read HELP’s April May 2013 Newsletter
HELP’s February – March Newsletter
Dr. Dawn Dilley, Ph.D.
DR. DAWN DILLEY, Ph.D. has over 10 years of experience assisting those with chronic illness to experience a more fulfilling life, feel more productive, and find a sense of purpose once again. She has a special interest in children and adolescents, offering play therapy and age appropriate tools for success. Read more….
Dr. Deborah Cosmetis, Psy.D.
DR. DEBORAH COSMETIS, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA. She has worked in a variety of settings, including: private practice, residential crisis house, residential eating disorder and substance abuse treatment program, non-profit community based outpatient mental health, and multidisciplinary functional restoration program for chronic pain.
REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program
REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program is a non-profit therapeutic riding center in Fallbrook, CA. Their mission is “to provide physical, mental, and emotional therapy to a wide range of disabled children and adults through the use of carefully supervised horseback riding.” This is actually an intense form of therapy that enables their students to hold up their own head, sit up on their own, stand and even walk when doctors said it would be impossible. Read more…
PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS IN PAIN
Pain researchers now recognize that psychological factors interact in complex multidimensional ways with physiological factors to produce an individual’s personal experience of pain. Assessment and treatment of these psychological factors is important for successful resolution of pain conditions. Read more…
HELP’s October – November Newsletter
Diana Pickett, M.A., M.D., Ph.D. has had a variegated career spanning a breadth of disciplines and over 5 continents over the past 30 years….
Stephanie J. Shaffer, LCSW isa Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 14 years of experience helping patients and families face their life challenges….
For Seniors, Few Better Places To Ask For Help By Agnes Herman, North County Times, Nov. 3, 2010
HELP’s August – September Newsletter
In this issue of our Newsletter:
Here’s link to HELP’s August September 2012 Newsletter.
HELP’s June/July Newsletter
In this issue of our Newsletter:
Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease
Here’s the link to HELP’s June July 2012 Newsletter.
April – May 2012 Newsletter
in this issue of our Newsletter: Featured Article by by Stuart Soensen, RMN:
Here’s a link to HELP’s April-May 2012 Newsletter.
February – March 2012 Newsletter
in this issue of our Newsletter:
Reported by the American Psychological Association (APA), January 11, 2012 And
Featured Therapist: Delia Silva
Here’s a link to HELP’s February-March Newsletter.
October – November Newsletter
In this issue of our Newsletter:
Introducing Cynthia A.Cotter, Ph.D.
Announcements & Community Events
Here’s a link to HELP’s October – November Newsletter.
Written by Ruth McKercher, Psy.D.
Here is a link to HELP August – September Newsletter
March/April 2011 Newsletter
Dr. Susannah Feder, PSY.D., expands HELP services to the San Francisco Bay area
Featured article by Stephen Scherer, Ed.D., on some helpful frameworks for understanding psychology
Short biography of Ernest L. Lotecka, PH.D., one of our HELP Therapists
Here is a link to the March/April HELP Newsletter.
December/January 2010-2011 Newsletter
Introducing Marilyn Ruman, PhD., who will be creating the HELP team in Los Angeles/Beverly Hills
Susannah Feder, Pys.D., who will be providing mental health counseling for HELP in the San Francisco area
North County Times review of HELP
Stress in America, Los Angeles: APA survey findings
Read it by clicking on Our December/January Newsletter.
October/November 2010 Newsletter
Introducing Linda Charles, PhD.
What’s new: offering class to teach relaxation & meditation techniques: Kathy Agnew, LCSW
Guest Biography: Ernest L. Lotecka, Ph.D.with a presentation of pragamatic psychological counseling.
Read it by clicking on Our October/November Newsletter
July/August 2010 Newsletter
“Building Emotional Wealth”, by Rochelle Perper, Ph.D.
“9 Ways To Get Happy In The Next 30 Minutes”
Guest Biography: William M. Shannon, Ph.D.
Organizations that use the professional services of HELP
Read it by clicking on Our July/August Newsletter
April/May 2010 Newsletter
Introducing Judy Schreiber-Mosher
What’s new: Comforting others in grief: suggestions for friends and family By Rochelle Perper, Ph.D.
Guest Biography: Stephen Scherer, Ph.D.
Read it by clicking on our April/May Newsletter.
February/March 2010 Newsletter
A biography of Rochelle Perper, PhD.
Read it by clicking on Our February/March 2010 Newsletter.
December 2009 Newsletter
Helpful information on misunderstandings about anger.
The APA’s 2009 Stress in America Los Angeles report with helpful tips for dealing with stress,
A short biography of John Venn.
How to place a referral and more.
Plus – Announcements
Here are links to Winter 2011-2012 Newsletter (pdf) and HELP’s June July 2012 Newsletter.