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Attachment and Healthy Relationships, EFT: A Series on Counseling Methods

Counseling is a clinical component of emotional, mental and social healing, and it makes use of a variety of methods for promoting that healing. In this series, Fountain Hill Center therapists explore the history and development of some of these methods. In this first installment,… continue reading Attachment and Healthy Relationships, EFT: A Series on Counseling Methods

Play Therapy Gift from Cornerstone Creative Therapy Students and Professor Nicole McDonald

Dr. Nicole McDonald a resident of Oceana County is always looking for a way to give back to the community. Last December, The Community Foundation for Oceana County’s Community Wish List brought her to our work, and our wish for play therapy supplies at The Fountain… continue reading Play Therapy Gift from Cornerstone Creative Therapy Students and Professor Nicole McDonald

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!?!