Month: May 2014

Our Latest Newsletter…In Case you missed it!

Below is our latest newsletter.  If you would like to be added to our e-mailing list please shoot me an email and let me know!  You can send it to [email protected]

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Lianne Johnson, LPC

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Avenues Counseling is moving into our new office space in May.  We are excited to join the Richmond Heights community and to continue serving all of St. Louis in our convenient central location with our counseling services. Easily accessible from Interstates 64/40, 170, and 44, our new location allows us to provide a comfortable setting for the many people who come to us seeking healing, change, help, and support.  Thank you to all who donated your time, financial support, or your various household items to help us make this next step a reality.  We are looking forward to seeing how our new building allows us to continue toward, and even expand, our mission.  To read more about our mission, click here.  
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“Parenting my children has been one of the hardest things I have ever done.  The role I have taken on as “Mom” is daunting at times when I realize that it’s my job to teach them how to be people – regular ole’ human beings, it can often feel like one of the hardest tasks I have been given….”  To read more click here.
Welcome Melinda!Avenuesmelindafiltered_sq 2Melinda joined our team in February.  Melinda works with adults and teenagers dealing with issues related to eating disorders, depression, self-image, anxiety, grief and loss, family-of-origin, marital conflict, perfectionism, and anger. Learn More

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At Avenues Counseling, we offer avenues of care to our community for those seeking healing from the pains of life, as well as those seeking personal growth. We exist to offer you a safe, trustworthy place to ask difficult questions, share your life story, and walk with you as you seek restoration.
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Some Thoughts About Grief

After several years of learning about grief, and being reminded of its power recently through a painful experiences, I thought I would share some thoughts about grief with you that I have had.

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Here are some things I have learned about grief –

1.  It is powerful.  More powerful then you so don’t fight it.

2.  It must run its course.  You can’t make the pain stop and you can’t circumvent it.  You must go through it.

3.  The duration of grief is undefinable.  At first it will remain present for days or a week – a non-stop presence.  But then it may get a bit tricky because it will come and go as it pleases.

4.  It is exhausting.  You will likely have a headache, your chest will ache from the crying, your body will feel like you just ran a marathon.  You will walk slower, talk slower, think slower, BE slower because you are so tired from the grief.

5.  You won’t think clearly.  Your brain will feel foggy.  You may catch yourself staring at a wall for an unknown amount of time.  Its okay.  You’re okay.  Grieving won’t last forever even though it feels like it will when you’re in the midst of it.

6.  Your motivation will diminish.  Since you are so tired and worn out from your grief, doing normal mundane tasks will likely feel like someone just told you to go climb mount everest.  The laundry will stack-up, the dishes will sit in the sink, showering may happen less often.

7.  Reengaging in “normal” life will take time.

Be nice to yourself and don’t pressure yourself by saying silly things like, “I should be done grieving now.  I should really be over this loss by now.  I have got to stop being sad.”

By:  Lianne Johnson, LPC