About Alethia

The Greek word for “counselor” is “Paraklete.” Think “two pairs of shoes.”It literally refers to a person who comes to walk alongside. Too many people attempt to journey down all the paths alone. There are times, and paths, when we need someone alongside to encourage, support, and help us. Our symbol at Alethia is the…

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Speaking your child’s language through creativity

  There are so many types of children, each with their own unique way of experiencing and expressing their world. Listen to these little snippets of the children we get to see every day. Which child sounds like one of yours?   Creativity in many forms Hannah believes in music.  She sees it as the…

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How often should a married couple have sex?

How often should a married couple have sex? 16 Ok, just kidding. I know that most people are looking for a number, and even though you knew that I wasn’t going to offer one so easily, I know you are hoping for an easy answer even though you know one doesn’t exist. Answers? Yes. Easy…

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Social media and your kids

Social media and what it means to your kids   The more that I work with teenagers and parents, the more that I realize that I grew up in a brief and important time in the changes of technology.  I remember the days without text messaging, Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook.  I remember using my college-ruled…

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Anxiety and the brain

How our mind reacts to anxiety (This is part 2 of a series on how our minds work when we experience anxiety. You can view part 1 here)   Some people feel medium and even high levels of anxiety all the time… Which means they are ALWAYS in the state of looking for a threat…

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Coping with anxiety and other emotions

I have a new way of understanding emotions that has been working itself out in my head for a while… Emotions are a way for our body to communicate with itself, specifically about the allocation of energy, I now think. This would make sense from a design perspective – the usage of energy is vital…

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Talking with your kids about kidnapping

This article is written to be a resource for how to talk with our kids about tragedies such as kidnapping or others that they may hear about in their lives. If you would like to gain some insight into how to talk best with your children about death, here is our video series on that subject.   What to…

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Saying no in a “yes” world

Saying no Over the last few years,  one of my great passions  has been the topic of rest. Someday, I will write an article made up of my notes from a year of research on rest… As I have spoken recently on various topics, it keeps coming up!  It doesn’t seem to matter what the…

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The church and mental illness

Cape Coast Castle is located on the Gold Coast of West Africa in Ghana. Today it is a busy tourist attraction. Over 250 years ago it was the hub of the slave trade out of Africa. Slaves were held in dungeons before entering the “Gate of No Return” which took them to ships sailing across…

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The danger of expectations

Dealing with high expectations I hear and read about people who talk about the role of expectations… a lot. Marriage counselors talk about how spouses should be clear in their expectations.  Business leaders tell us to communicate our expectations   clearly.  Relationship experts even tell us that we should be clear about  our sexual expectations –…

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Are you becoming emotionally numb?

When emotions turn off I wonder how many of the behaviors that we struggle with in our personal lives have roots in emotional numbing?  Eating too much?  Not eating enough? Drinking every night?  Keeping our home perfectly ordered?  Creating a schedule that allows no time for rest?  I’m sure there are others… Some of these behaviors…

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