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Welcoming New Counselors, Counseling Services

The Fountain Hill Center is pleased to welcome new counselors into our staff of therapists. This year, Blake Kooi, Ted Wohlford, Ben Burgess, and Lesley Menhart join us to continue The Fountain Hill Center tradition of providing a boutique of excellent counseling, therapeutic, and psychological… continue reading Welcoming New Counselors, Counseling Services

Goals: Achieve by Telling Your Own Story

Yesterday Otha Brown joined students of Muskegon Community College’s College Success Seminar for “Midterm Motivation.”  Otha talked to students about achieving their long term goals by overcoming the negative stories we inherit about ourselves. The event was organized by Bart Demeter, professor of the course. “During… continue reading Goals: Achieve by Telling Your Own Story

Laughing Matters Sponsors Change Lives

Laughing Matters is about growing dynamic, vibrant communities by making sure that individuals have the wellness, wholeness and mental health support they need to flourish, regardless of their budget. This event supports our work in Oceana County where kids face the 5th highest rates of… continue reading Laughing Matters Sponsors Change Lives

Communicating Well: A Shared, Intimate Perspective

When couples come to my office, it is really common for them to arrive with the complaint that they have trouble communicating. When this happens, my hypothesis is it’s not the choice words, perhaps not even the body language or tone, but more so the… continue reading Communicating Well: A Shared, Intimate Perspective

Laughing Matters Brings Your Neighbors Joy

Laughing Matters is an annual fundraiser that supports our work at the Lakeshore Counseling Office in Oceana County. With one of Michigan’s highest rates of poverty and lowest rates of counseling access – the need for our work there is great. And the benefits of… continue reading Laughing Matters Brings Your Neighbors Joy

You Can’t Look in a Mirror if You Are Riding on It’s Back

Horses have always mesmerized me. They are dynamic and social creatures, and inspire me towards awe and wonder. When my husband gave me a package of horse riding lessons to celebrate my thirtieth birthday I was excited even though I had little experience with horses. When… continue reading You Can’t Look in a Mirror if You Are Riding on It’s Back

The End of Summer Balance

We are all feeling it. The nights are late, the mornings are slow and there is an endless ringing of “I’m BORRRRRRRED” through the house. We are feeling the exhaustion of summer while trying to cram in every last ounce of it we can. Our… continue reading The End of Summer Balance

Pokémon Go and Mental Health…WH@T!?!

The Executive Coordinator of the Fountain Hill Center, Amy Van Gunst, asks her 17 year old son, “Hey what do you hear about Pokémon Go?” He responds, “Well, I hear it gets people up and moving around.” “I thought it was interesting,” Amy says, “That… continue reading Pokémon Go and Mental Health…WH@T!?!

Talking Can Help You Be Healthy

As winter mostly recedes and the warm weather brings our bodies into a world of near constant chatter – birds warbling around in their nests, wind shaking up budding leaves, insects returning, people moving about again – we want to think about the act of… continue reading Talking Can Help You Be Healthy

Stacked Trauma

Stacked Trauma Most traumas aren’t simple, they involve many levels and types of experiences. Gail Johnson calls this “stacked trauma,” and has this advice for sorting through trauma and discovering balance in the aftermath of trauma:    Think visually about traumatic experiences: Ever see a server… continue reading Stacked Trauma