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Mental Health Minute

In our Mental Health Minute series, counselors from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center share insights on a variety of mental health topics. Click on each title to see a short video on the topic.

In this week's Mental Health Minute, we're excited to introduce our revamped postpartum support group- Loving Hearts & Little Feet! This five-week series (September 28th to October 30th) will consist of educational videos released each Monday, followed up by a live online support group meeting from 9-10 am each Friday and facilitated by Ann Miller and Dr. Natalie Brei from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center.

We're excited to announce the launch of our "Partners on the Journey" program! The Partners on the Journey marriage enrichment series combines a Catholic theology of marriage with the findings from scientific research to offer married couples both inspiration and practical help. Our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center is providing this wonderful series through our agency YouTube channel. You will need to purchase a workbook in order to access the video series (each couple needs just 1 notebook). Watch this week's Mental Health Minute for more details!

Now that school is back in session (whether in the classroom or at home), our time is once again more structured, with tasks and deadlines. Dr. Natalie Brei from our ImmaculateHeart of Mary Counseling Center provides useful guidelines and tips for implementing a rewards system that motivates and teaches our children how to reach their goals in a positive manner.

Our careers, friendships, family connections, and romantic relationships are all impacted by our ability to communicate. The good news is, improvement is possible and doesn't have to be a complex process! In this Mental Health Minute, Nicolette Machado from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center shares a set of effective communication strategies to follow in our daily lives.

In this week's Mental Health Minute, Dr. Courtney Miller from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center shares insight into post-abortive care for those affected by abortion and highlights the important work of Project Rachel- a Catholic resource for services (hopeafterabortion.com).

Everybody wants to have a happy life but really, what does that mean? In this Mental Health Minute, Dr. Jeff Vance from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center explores three types of happy lives: the pleasurable life, the good life, and the meaningful life.

In this Mental Health Minute, Ann Peters Miller from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center shares encouraging words for those grieving the loss of an infant through miscarriage, neonatal death, or stillbirth.

Nicolette Machado from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center introduces us to 5 foundational components we can use in our homes to establish a connection between children and parents: PLACE (playfulness, love, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy).

Isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges to the elderly. In this segment, Ann Peters Miller offers insight and ideas to help support the elderly.

What is leisure and its relationship to our mental health? In this mental health minute, Dr. Peter Martin from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center defines, explores, and offers insight into the important connection between leisure and our mental health.

Nicolette Machado from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center discusses the impact of technology on our children and offers guidance to ensure that it has a positive effect on their behavior and development.

Dr. Natalie Brei shares insight into our invitation to be more "in the present" and the value of God-centered mindfulness and "being in the moment".

Dr. Peter Martin from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center shares a special message for fathers on "their" special day!

Evan Divis from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling center discusses the ways that exercise can help us not only physically but mentally.

Much like our spring, summer 2020 will be like nothing we've ever experienced as parents. How can we best support our children during this time? Dr. Courtney Miller from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center provides key guidance by suggesting 3 P's: predictability, positivity, and presence.

Have you ever considered loneliness as a warning signal? In this Mental Health Minute, Dr. Jeff Vance shares how to recognize, understand, and respond to our loneliness.

Have you ever thought of downtime as an invitation to reflect on our priorities and then rearrange our lives to match our values? In this episode, Dr. Natalie Brei from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center talks about finding and pursuing your values during downtime.

Social media. It's a useful tool to communicate and connect with each other. Have you ever stopped to consider its effect on our mental health? In this episode, Nicolette Machado from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center discusses the connection between our time on social media and our mental health.

Did you know that about 1 in 9 new mothers will experience postpartum depression? Ann Peters-Miller, M.S., Licensed Mental Health Practitioner at our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center, shares insight and tips to help new mothers dealing with postpartum depression.

Happy Mother's Day!
On this special day, Dr. Courtney Miller, IHMCC director of clinical services, shares with us a beautiful reflection on the joys, challenges, and blessings of motherhood

Dr. Courtney Miller shares insight and tips regarding the importance of maintaining our mental health during the pandemic.

We're excited to introduce our new #MentalHealthMinutes feature, which we're launching during Mental Health Awareness month. Click to watch Dr. Miller's introduction and welcome. #MentalHealthMatters

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