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Sharon L. Ward, MS, LPC, NCC

Clinical Mental Health Counseling for Adolescents and Adults
Serving Aledo, Weatherford, Fort Worth and surrounding areas  

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Caregiving for Alzheimer's/Dementia

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)
I have been a caregiver [both in state and out of state] for a family member since 2011. I wrote this piece for a panel presentation and have decided to share it with you here. This is a list of things that I wish I had known when I started this journey. I hope you find it helpful. If you use it for other than personal use, I do ask that you cite me as the source. I wish you peace and patience on this journey. What I Wish I Had Known??? (about caring for someone with dementia/Alzheimers) 1.... Read Full Post »

Boundaries in Dating by Cloud and Townsend

Posted on May 9, 2018 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)
Drs. Cloud and Townsend have written many books on boundaries, but this is the one I refer to the most. I find it helpful for parents whose children are moving into the world of dating [it gives them some good questions and ways to talk about the dating process] as well as adults who are want to improve their dating experiences. It highlights red flags to watch for both within themselves and those they are dating. Please note that the newest edition has a rather aggressive cover of a big red lip... Read Full Post »

An Altar In the World by Barbara Brown Taylor

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

For those who are weary of or struggle with some of some aspects of organized religion, this book provides a welcome refreshing view of God and God's presence in our lives and our world.

http://www.amazon.com/Altar-World-Geography-Faith/dp/0061370479/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1455645904&sr=1-1&keywords=an+altar+in+the+world

Who Was That Person By Rich Edler

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Who was that person? He looked like me. He talked like me. But I don't think I know him anymore.

Who was that person? He had so many friends. He was popular at cocktail parties and told good jokes. Today, he seeks out one person he can really talk to and that is enough. His telephone Rolodex is a lot smaller, but so much more important.

Who was that person? He had such different priorities. He skated over life, like an ice skater on a frozen po...

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For Grieving Parents

Posted on July 13, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

We have had more than one teen die unexpectedly in our area recently. For the parents of those children and the many others who have lost a child, prayers and thoughts are with you this day.

Sharon

Book Review: The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers Test

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman [ISBN 978-0-8024-7313-4] has many strengths and a few weaknesses, [just like parents and teens!] I like the idea of tuning in to what resonates with kids as a way to form better connections. I am wholeheartedly in support of the first four as ways to connect with kids. Their love languages change over time and this book provides options to consider when the tried and true ceases to be effective.

Chapman lists 5 ways to connect with t...

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The Mindfulness Solution by Dr.Ron Siegel

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I had the unique opportunity to see Dr.Ron Siegel speak in Dallas a couple of years ago. His book is written with the same humor and down to earth practicality presented in his workshop.

Rather than expecting people to sit quietly and meditate, Dr. Siegel's book gives active, engaging exercises to help people understand and experience mindfullness. The practice of being present in the moment is helpful in a multitude of arenas: work, parenting, relationships, spiritual growth and str...

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Welcome

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Sharon Ward, MS, LPC, NCC: 

Welcome, I hope to use this blog for ideas, quotes and comments that I have found helpful and hope will be helpful for you as you navigate life's journey.

I have had reason to consider the difference between Happiness and Contentment this week. Happiness was described to me as something that is temporary and usually the result of some experience outside the self [watching a child play, winning the lottery, getting a gift etc]. Contentment s...

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