Bridge to Wholeness | Volume 2 Issue 8 August 2015

August 2015 Newsletter HeadingWelcome to the August 2015 Issue of the Agape newsletter, Bridge to Wholeness!

Our monthly newsletter is the best way for you to keep up with what is going on around Agape, with events and updates, and articles written by our counselors. We hope it will help bring you a little bit closer to emotional, mental, and spiritual wholeness!

In this issue (click to read individual articles):

  • Adolescent Girls: The Transition from Childhood to Adulthood by Megan Jung, MA, LPC
  • Sensory
  • Accentuate the Positive

    In the year 1944, during a dark time for families and the country, singer and songwriter Johnny Mercer wrote what would be one of the war’s most iconic songs of hope and inspiration: “Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative.” Why did this song become such an anthem of encouragement? Because through the power of music, the lyrics reminded the country that vision, hope, and inspiration  are achieved by dwelling on those things which are good, excellent and praiseworthy.…

    What Is Child Therapy and How Does It Work?

    By Carolyn Knarr, MSW, LCSW, Director of Children’s Therapeutic Services

    Behold, children are a heritage from the LORDPsalm 127:3

    Our children are a heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). They bring abundant joy, although, raising them is not without its challenges. Parents have a responsibility, not only to meet the physical needs of their children, but to also provide a safe haven that fosters emotional and psychological growth, and achieving that is no simple feat. Sometimes…

    The Power of the Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Stereotyping

    by Mary Singleton, MEd, PLPC

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been thinking about recent racial conflicts involving police officers and citizens.  We have all seen how an event, such as a police officer shooting someone, can inspire dramatically different reactions in people — reactions which often correlate to race and which elicit very different feelings and behaviors as a result of these thoughts.  Cultural messages and life experiences contribute…

    Getting A True Reflection: Challenging Unhealthy Thoughts

    Have you ever gone to the carnival and seen a fun-house mirror? Instead of revealing an accurate, true mirror image through the use of a  standard mirror, a fun-house mirror bends certain sections just enough to distort the image. Do you remember standing in front of the mirror, perhaps laughing with your friends, moving forward, then back, and enjoying the distortion? That’s because you knew the distortion was not reality. If you thought the distortion WAS reality, it …

    Byron D. Loy MA, LPC, LCPC, CRADC

    Byron Loy is licensed counselor and certified alcohol and drug counselor in Missouri and Illinois. Graduating from Wheaton College in Illinois, he utilizes cognitive behavioral and family systems interventions to assist those he serves. With over 20 years of counseling experience, he appreciates the honor of serving others at some of the most difficult times of their life.

    His specialties include:

  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • PTSD
  • Individual and Group