So far 2015 has been very eventful for us. On January 1st we moved out offices across the hall to a bigger suite that will allow us to continue to grow. We also welcomed two members to our staff—Nancy Gorelick and Paul Jannakos. Both Nancy and Paul are licensed professional counselors and dedicated to helping their clients work through difficult issues. Nancy specializes more in working with families and teens and has a special interest in depression and helping families develop plans to assist children with ADHD symptoms (see her blog on ADHD for more information). Paul works with a variety of clients and in addition to anxiety and depression, he specializes in helping clients work on issues related to addiction, mood disorders, and faith related issues. We are very pleased to add Nancy and Paul to our staff. Dr. John Canine also joined our staff in January, and his area of expertise is helping individuals cope with grief and loss. We are honored to have the man who “wrote the book” (The Psychological Aspects of Death and Dying) on grief as part of our team.
January also saw the release of a book written by another one of our therapists. After the Smoke Clears: Surviving the Police Shooting–An Analysis of Post Officer-Involved Shooting Trauma, Second Edition was written by Dr. Adam Pasciak and is intended as a resource for helping officers cope with trauma and improve peer support among fellow officers and administrators, particularly following a police shooting. The book is based on years of research and personal experience and blends the views of police officer and psychologist.
The book was a long-time project that had many stops and starts to it. As with many difficult projects, there was avoidance and procrastinating involved and a fair amount of second-guessing and self-doubting. What helped to get it done was setting small, manageable goals and challenging those negative thoughts when they did creep up. As it turned out, as is often the case, once things got moving forward the project became easier and it was easier to stay focused on getting it done. Maybe you have had some goals or projects like this where you got stuck or had trouble seeing it through. You are not alone.
If you are thinking about working on something this year, give us a call—don’t let the temptation to procrastinate keep you from getting some things done.