NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2017
Melissa Delanty, MA, LPC Retires!
Melissa Delanty, MA, LPC has officially retired as of August 30th. Melissa joined our site in September 2012, bringing her wisdom, clinical skills, warmth and humor to our group of clinicians and her to her clients. These five years working alongside of her has enriched each of us who have had this privilege.
If you are a past client – or someone who has been referred to Melissa recently – please feel free to reach out to any one of the clinicians at this site for follow up. Since we are each independent practitioners who share this site, we will not have any access to previous records but would be happy to come alongside you in any further work you would wish to do. We invite you to look over the biographical page of each clinician here and if someone specifically resonates with you, please indicate so in your email or phone message. You can email directly through this website by simply clicking on the Contact Us tab, put the therapist’s name in the subject line or body of your text and you can expect contact within 24 hours (or by Monday, if the message is sent over the weekend).
We wish Melissa all the very best in her upcoming adventures and our hearts are filled with gratitude for her collegiality and friendship.
A word from Melissa...
As I approach a new way of being as a mental health professional - once a therapist, always a therapist - I would like to thank my supportive colleagues and my amazing clients who have made my private practice such a wonderful experience over the last decade. It has been such an honor to work with all of you and witness the love and resiliency of the human spirit. Although I have given up my physical office space, I am still keeping my Oregon license to practice therapy. I am not sure what retirement will look like, so I'm keeping my options open. I will not be accepting new clients at this time, but would like to refer you to all my wonderful colleagues at Therapy And Counseling Services. I can continue to be reached on my direct number 503-973-8844 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clinician Pamela McManus, MA, LMFT-Intern to join us!
We are very excited to announce the addition of Pamela McManus, MA, LMFT-I to our site, beginning in October. Pamela is a graduate of the George Fox University, Marriage and Family Therapy Program.
Pamela has been serving clients in the local area for the past three years as she works toward her completion of licensure. We believe her warmth and insights will benefit all those she serves here and we look forward to her being part of our team.
Please check out her bio page on our website when it comes available, and if she looks like a good fit for you, be one of the first to get on her schedule here at our site.
Hurricanes Harvey & Irma: How to help & how to talk with kids about it
As I write this newsletter, Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc on the Houston area, southeast Texas and Louisiana and now Florida braces under the devastation of Irma. Perhaps you too have been checking the news constantly, watching in shock at the devastation. Perhaps you’ve wondered what Oregonians can do to help.
If you have children in your home, be mindful to how much exposure they have to the news. If they are seeing/hearing the coverage, open up conversation with them to help them understand the context of the where Texas is (in relation to Oregon), what a hurricane is, how flooding can occur and focus on both cognitive empathy (“Can you imagine having to leave home with just what you are wearing?”) as well as the emotional empathy (“How do you think you’d feel, riding a boat down our street with all of us?”). Then seek out ways for your child to be empowered about this devastation. Maybe that’s
sending coloring books or blank paper and crayons to the shelters in Texas so that small children have a way to express themselves while waiting out this long-lasting misplacement from their homes. Talk about the power of humans helping one another and see what your family comes up with as a way to shoulder this with those devastated.
Additionally, one can directly give financial support. When you do so, share with your children what, how much, and most importantly why you are giving.
Here are a few suggestions to consider:
*Donate to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, or local aid organizations such as Medical Teams International or Mercy Corps.
*Donate to the Humane Society, ASPCA, or area animal shelters to provide for the non-human family members that have been displaced by the flooding.
*Give blood; type O is always needed.
*Donate diapers, wipes, baby clothes, etc., for those in the shelters.