Finding Acceptance in COVID-19

By Jessica Kilpatrick, MA, LPC-S | STARRY Chief Program Officer In times like these we can choose to fall into feelings of depression, or we can we can be grateful, or we can be a bit of both. AND THAT’S OKAY. We can hold onto two opposing thoughts at the same time....

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What Really Matters?

By Ashley Sleaper, LMSW | STARRY Community Education Specialist Parental performance is a very real and very stressful thing in the 21st century. Our grandparents were considered good parents if they kept their children quiet while adults were talking. Our parents...

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Using Playful Engagement To Get Kids To Wash Their Hands

by Laura Lanford, M.A. LPC Intern -STARRY Fatherhood Counselor Supervised by Nidal Pascoe, M.A. LPC-S “Why?” asked 2-year-old Everett again. “You need to wash your hands because they have germs on them,” I insisted, using up large quantities of my dwindling patience...

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The Art of Modeling

By Ashley Sleaper, LMSW – Community Education Specialist As a counselor who primarily focuses on parenting issues, I am often asked how someone can get their children to behave or respond in a certain way. Parents want to know how to help their child handle...

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Grief During the Holiday Season

By Ashley Sleaper, LMSW – Community Education Specialist For those of you facing the holidays after a loss, you are not alone. It can sometimes be hard to put into words what we feel and how we process our grief. I was in graduate school taking a grief...

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The Connected Father

By Mindy Spruill M.MFT, LMFT-S – Director of Clinical Services Yesterday, my husband took our two young children to the grocery store to stock up on what we needed for the week. This is not an uncommon occurrence in our family. He is a fantastic cook and I...

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10 Strategies for Increasing Family Connection

By R. Renee Cameron-Hernandez, MA, LPC, LMFT, NCC We know that a feeling of connection to your family is really important but sometimes we lose sight of that importance when other tasks and responsibilities are draining our energy and mental resources. Below, you will...

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