Lily Pernoud, MEd, PLPC, NCC, Certified K-12 School Counselor

Lily graduated from the CACREP-accredited Master’s of Education Counseling program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. To be able to serve a wide population, Lily completed the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track as well as earned School Counseling certification for both the Kindergarten – 8th Grade and the Secondary levels. Lily has a wealth of experience in mental health, as prior to joining Agape, she worked in the counseling field in a range of therapeutic…

12 Tips for Parenting Your Teenager

12 tips for parenting teenager - no title picby Janet Kontz, MA, LPC
My teenager just doesn’t listen to me! They’re always on their phone, texting or playing games. They sleep all the time. They never want to talk to me, and when they do, it’s so sarcastic! Help!

Does this sound familiar? We often hear from parents of teenagers that they find it difficult to connect with their kids when they reach the adolescent stage of life. Many parents feel that this is the most daunting time to be a parent. Helping your…

Empty Nest: Ambivalent Emotions

empty nest - no titleThis summer I watched a mommy bird build a nest in our back yard. Never before had I witnessed such a cycle of nature. This mommy bird was very nurturing and protective. Every day she sat on her little eggs with a watchful eye. When her babies hatched, she was faithful to care for them. She guarded them, she nourished them and she taught them. Then, as is God’s design, one day the nest was empty.

Empty Nest and Mixed Emotions

Like the mommy bird, as parents, we are nurturing and protective.…

 A Hello From A Million Miles Away

a hello said a million miles away

by Dwain Sliger, MDiv, MA, LPC, CRAADC

This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.Psalm 118:24

I want to start with a question: Do you greet the day or does the day greet you? What was your first thought? Maybe a little explanation on my part is needed by using an example: when the alarm clock sounds, some may think, “Oh, good morning!” Others may be more likely to change the emphasis and think, “Oh, good. Morning!?”

When I was stationed…