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Facing the Black Holes of Your Life

Leanne Vaughan – Sheltering Oaks Counseling I can still see the woman’s face. I was speaking to a church women’s group several years ago. Though the topic escapes me, I remember saying something like, “For some of you, there may be a secret in your past. You may know it’s still affecting you, but not […]

What Does That Mean?

Yesterday, a friend called and told me his son had been diagnosed with a mental illness that does not typically go away, even with treatment. We talked for a while about symptoms, his relief at knowing a name for his son’s struggle, and ways to support his son. Then my friend asked, “So, what does […]

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month We at Sheltering Oaks are grateful for our partnership with the Children’s Cancer Center, in Tampa, which allows us to serve patients, siblings, parents, and caregivers affected by childhood cancers. This month, we will offer, “Loving Your Family with Cancer,” a time for extended family members – grandparents, aunts, […]

Three Action Steps Parents Can Take to Manage Technology Properly

1. Less is More As parents, it is important to monitor our children for technology overuse. This is important because of the negative effects of overuse. These negative effects include: lack of sleep, poor social skills, and a poor sense of identity. We simply have to turn off the easy fixes and make media something […]

Mrs. Harsh

Mrs. Harsh is a third grade teacher that runs a tight ship. She takes pride that none of her students speak out of turn, they almost always stay in the line in the hall, and the never bother her with silly questions during desk work. Most of her teacher friends secretly feel jealous because of […]

Shelter from the Storm for the Sexually Abused

I highly recommend this group to all those who have endured sexual abuse. Please open the attachment to view the brochure. DOWNLOAD Brochure


Adoption always involves loss. Many adoptive parents celebrate adoption day because their child is finally officially theirs. Some may celebrate adoption day annually as a secondary birthday for their child. Celebrations are great, but adoptions also mean loss, especially for the child. Most adopted children have a deep wound caused by adoption because in order […]

Parents- have you found the right school for your child?

Choosing the Right School: Finding the Best Fit for your Child and Family I am pleased to announce a free workshops to all parents. This workshop is from 7:30-9pm on April 10th. Be sure to register (see the link below). Dr. Marlene R. Bloom will address the many choices families have when it comes to […]

Why Play Therapy?

Many parents may wonder how playing at home may differ from play therapy in the office. The main difference is that play therapy produces therapeutic change and thus the reduction of presenting problems rather than just having fun at home. Play therapy builds on the natural way children learn about themselves and their relationships in […]

What is the Difference between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression?

Pregnancy is often physically draining, but filled with excitement, joy, and fear. Carrying a child for ten months creates an opportunity to fantasize about the joys of parenthood and the instant love you will poor on your child upon his or her arrival. You have decorated the nursery perfectly, the childbirth classes help you feel […]

Coping with Childhood Fears

I believe it is healthy to have fears to a certain degree about certain things. For example, you want your child to fear fast moving cars so they do not run out in traffic. However, sometimes children experience a high level of fear across many areas of their lives. These children are living in their […]

Does Your Child Need More Challenge in School?

As a parent of a bright and motivated child, you may wonder if your child is being challenged enough to maximize their potential. In recent years, parents considered promoting their child to the next grade level to impart new challenges. Skipping grades is legal in some counties (i.e. Hillsborough) and illegal in others. Newer research […]

Five Surprising Facts About the Education of Your Child and What You Can Do About it

Mainstream education sometimes does not meet the educational needs of children. A “one size fits all” education has difficulty helping children succeed academically when they have emotional and social issues, health issues, learning deficits, and sensory processing issues. If issues like these are impeding your child’s academic performance, a critical first step in helping your […]

Tips for Parenting a Strong Willed Child

Parents of strong-willed children often feel exasperated and guilty for the desperate parenting that ensues in response their child’s defiance. Sometimes parents feel guilty because they believe they are to blame for their child’s defiant nature. Although some parents may make critical errors with an extremely passive parenting style, others are only to blame for […]

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