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Your First Time Experiencing Anxiety in a Pandemic

Your First Time Experiencing Anxiety in a Pandemic

Dear Therapist,
Since the coronavirus has taken over our lives, I find myself having a negative physical reaction to reading and watching the news unfold every day. Can I be experiencing anxiety even if I’ve never had it before?

COVID-19 Can’t Stop JFS

COVID-19 Can’t Stop JFS

NOTICE: As of March 18, 2020, JFS is not seeing any client in person. However, JFS is still serving clients via telehealth. Read below for more details. Along with the rest of the world, Jewish Family Service of San Antonio is quickly figuring out how to function...

Youth Meet with Congressman Will Hurd About Mental Health

Youth Meet with Congressman Will Hurd About Mental Health

  When Congressman Will Hurd asked two South San ISD students if there is stigma associated with mental health, Mark, a South San Antonio high school senior, immediately answered, “Of course. 100 percent.” He knows. Mark admitted that he used to be part of the...

The Power of Remembering

The Power of Remembering

The Power of Remembering By: Sofía De La Garza, M.S., LPC-Intern As human beings, we tend to suppress negative experiences. Trauma, criticism, ridicule, and rejection top the charts in this category. What happens when we suppress so much that we completely forget...

The Thinking Patterns that Shaped Us

The Thinking Patterns that Shaped Us

The Thinking Patterns that Shaped Us By: Sofía De La Garza, M.S., LPC-Intern Growing pains, we all have them. From the physical to the psychological, we have all experienced them in different ways. For some of us, our experiences lend from the hardwiring of our brains...

From the Desk of Talli: Wrapping up our First Mental Health Event

From the Desk of Talli: Wrapping up our First Mental Health Event

From the Desk of Talli: February's JFS Mental Health Event By Talli Dolge, M.S. - JFS CEO When I started my job as CEO of JFS San Antonio 10 months ago, I could never have imagined putting together a community mental health event with eleven partnering agencies,...

Communication as an Art Form

Communication as an Art Form

Communication as an Art Form By: Sofia De La Garza, M.S., LPC-Intern Communication is the greatest tool we possess. Words can explain and describe so much. The missing link to communication; however, is what the other person really means by what they are saying. We...

The Impact of Allostatic Load in Our Lives

The Impact of Allostatic Load in Our Lives

When was the last time you checked in with yourself? Taking inventory of our lives is important. The impact prolonged stress has on the mind and body equals to the allostatic load we are each carrying. This week’s blog post focuses on providing a framework for how prolonged stress affects each one of us.

Self-Care for the New Year

Self-Care for the New Year

Self-Care for the New Year By Tracy Hungate Each year, it seems like November through January is a blur. Between work parties, holiday celebrations with friends and families, cleaning (and dirtying) the house, and spending money on food, drink, and gifts – life is...

Schemas in Counseling

Schemas in Counseling

Taking a closer look at the basic building blocks of psychology helps to provide more awareness for mental health. Schemas are one of these building blocks. This week’s blog focuses on the importance of schemas, and how they influence hardships and the journey to attain healing through counseling.

Mental Health & the Holidays

Mental Health & the Holidays

The counselors at JFS have put together a list of tips for maintaining your mental wellness during the holidays.

Caring for Your Caregiver

Caring for Your Caregiver

Caring for Your Caregiver By Kathleen Jordan, LCSW, JFS Director of Social Services Are you a caregiver? Most of us are at some point in our life. Sometimes we have time to prepare and gather resources, but other times, we are thrust into the caregiver role suddenly....

Talking to Children about Hate Crimes and Anti-Semitism

Talking to Children about Hate Crimes and Anti-Semitism

The article below as pulled from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT HATE CRIMES AND ANTI-SEMITISM By Danielle Lewis The recent hate crime and aftermath at the Tree of Life congregation synagogue in the Pittsburgh area on...

Healing is Always Attainable

Healing is Always Attainable

Healing is Always Attainable By Sofia De La Garza, M.S., LPC-Intern Counseling is a great vehicle for healing. Each life experience is tied to human emotion. Emotions are very telling of any situation and are what make an experience something an individual needs to...

A Man I Know Who Eats Well

A Man I Know Who Eats Well

A Man I Know Who Eats Well A man I know who eats well, exercises and sees his doctor regularly was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. His family and friends expressed sympathy and support and tried to not tempt him with favorite, and now forbidden, desserts. They...

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