Exciting News for Strong Solutions and Paramount Health Directions!!!

Hi all,

It’s been a busy and crazy 2014 with Strong Solutions being asked to join the clinical team at Paramount Health Directions in Cherry Creek!

Paramount Health Directions, of PHD as we call it, is the practice of Dr. Daniela Stamatoiu.  I’ve had the pleasure of coordinating cases with Dr. Stamatiou for years and am convinced that she’s the best psychiatrist in the Denver Area.  As Dr. Stamatiou put her clinical team together she decided that she needed some Strong Solutions and I was invited to join.  I’m proud and excited to be part of this excellent clinical team.  We are committed to providing the best mental health and psychiatric care in the front range.

Please call us at 303-393-1726 if you have any questions.  Or email me at billstrongsolutins@gmail.com

So please visit our website at http://www.paramounthealthdirections.com/

Bill Strong of Denver, Offering Solution Focused Therapy for Adults, Couples and Children and Families

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Marijuana/Cannabis Use By Our Teenagers. Harmless or Cause For Concern?

Joint(detail)Hi there Parents!

Bill Strong Denver Therapist here.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I’ve been a busy bee as I’ve been juggling my Strong Solutions practice with that of Paramount Health Directions.  I’m still working at Strong Solutions at 4770 East Iliff, Suite 114, Denver CO 80222 (Phone:  303-757-5390).  As I announced last year, I was asked to join Dr. Daniela Stamatiou at her Cherry Creek practice, which was not only an honor but it’s been a wonderful learning experience as well.  I have long though of Dr. Stamatiou as the best psychiatrist in Denver.  She has put together a group of mental health practitioners that is cutting-edge.  We are working providing the best comprehensive and integrative mental health services in the Denver area!

Elizabeth Huff, a nurse practitioner at PHD recently came across an important article in The Lancet Psychiatry re the effects of marijuana use on the teenage brain. Dr. Edmund Silins found that the more frequent use of pot highly correlated with negative events in an teen’s development. These negative outcomes were independent of socioeconomic factors, indicating that economic status does not protect adolescents from the adverse effects of daily marijuana use. Adolescents who used pot prior to the age of 17 had significant decreased rates of high school completion or college degree attainment, other illicit drug use, marijuana dependence (yes this is a real thing!) and suicide attempts. These outcomes were dose dependent, meaning that the more an adolescent smokes, the more likely he or she is of experiencing these negative outcomes. Daily users had up to a 63% decreased rate of high school completion than those who had never used cannabis. Daily users also experienced an 18 fold increase in marijuana dependence, 8 fold increase in other illicit drug use, and 7 fold increase in rates of suicide attempt. We can infer from the data that limiting exposure to cannabis use may prevent, or minimally, decrease the risk of these negative outcomes. It goes without saying that we as healthcare providers and you as parents can partner together to deliver a message of caution with marijuana use in your children while providing education about healthy brain development and future successes!

I found this to be very unsettling, yet it confirmed what we all see with habitual marijuana use.  I debate this issue a lot in my office, with the teen who smokes regularly but says his/her poor grades have nothing to do with their pot use.  It’s helpful to see some research that’s on-point to the effects of marijuana by our teens.  Let’s all work together in informing our teens about the negative effects their pot use puts them at risk for.

Please contact me at Paramount Health Directions:   303-393-1726

155 S. Madison St., Suite 328

Denver CO  80209

Or as usual at Strong Solutions:  303-757-5390

 

Bill Strong Denver’s Solution Focused Therapist

 

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A “Must Do List For Your Family This Summer?

Hi All,

I’m finally getting around to posting on my therapy blog.  I’ve been a busy guy as I’ve moved most of my practice to Cherry Creek to Paramount Health Directions upon the invitation of Dr. Daniela Stamatoiu.   I excited to bring Strong Solutions to Dr. Stamatoiu’s practice and have been very impressed with the team she’s put together there.  We are an integrated mental health team that offers the best assessment and treatment in the Denver area.  I consider Dr. Stamatoiu the best psychiatrist in Denver and am honored to be a part of her team.

On to my topic about a “Must Do” list for your family this summer (I just can’t call it a bucket list)…what are the activities you and your family would like to do this summer?  What accomplishments would you like to take on as a “team”?  If you’ve read my past blog on Family Therapy, you’ll know that creating your family’s “culture” as being kind, hard working, adventurous etc… is very important to helping your children launch onto a responsible and healthy adulthood.  Let’s teach our children that life is worth living by working hard and playing healthy!!!

Although I’m older than I once was I have a good memory of my teenage years.  I remember watching my father work hard and come home unhappy.  He didn’t seem to have a lot of healhty fun outside or work so I remember thinking “What’s the point?”.   Let’s teach our children that the point of hard work is Pride, Rewards, and a Good Life!   If you want your son to put down the video game, or your daughter to dock the phone, what do you have to offer that’s better?  As a family?

Those who know me know that in the spring and summer I’m taking my family on river trips (go to this link to read my blog Bill Strong of Denver on Family River Trips).  You’ll see that the Strong Family is passionate about rafting.  So what is your families thing?  I’m a native Coloradan and am very outdoorsy so you’ll see that one of our things is all about roughing it.  Does your family have a thing?  If not, get one before it’s too late?

Feel free to email me for suggestions at bill@strongsoultionsonlin.com, or if you have some ideas let me know and I’ll post them here.

Besides rafting, this summer we hope to accomplish:

Taking the Cumbres & Toltec train (after rafting the Rio Chama of course).

Having a “Party at the Park” with all of our friends.

Teaching our kids how to change a tire on the car.

Hiking into the Lost Park Wilderness Area (a yearly event).

Water World

Going to Pugs in the Park (another yearly event).

Red Rocks Movies.

Well that’s a start anyway.  Have a great summer with your family!

 

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

William Strong, LCSW

To visit my web-page, to schedule an appointment, or to email me a question, please click here:  Bill Strong, LCSW Denver Therapist.  To see me in Cherry Creek please call 303-393-1726

Please go here for: Therapy Ideas for Adults and Relationships

Thanks!

Bill Strong of Denver

 

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How can we have a Happy Holiday with our loved ones?

Hi All,

It’s been a very busy time of  year for most of the therapists I know.   At this time of year, we deal with people who are stressed about their holiday events or are disappointed in how the holidays go in their family.  This time of year can also remind us of a loss, where we miss someone or something (a marriage perhaps) that brings up feelings of grief.  We are expected to be in the “Spirit of the Holidays”, and for those who struggle, this can be a painful time.

Let’s take control of this Holiday Season by having reasonable expectations.  Be honest with yourself about what is realistic.  If you come from a close family that shares wonderful holiday events, you’ll likely enjoy that again this year.

If you come from a disconnected family, or a family that shares upsetting holiday events, that will also likely be repeated unless you take steps to do things differently.   What steps can we take?   Here are some ideas:

Don’t do what you know doesn’t work!

Be honest with yourself about what hasn’t worked in past years.  Complicated meals, where you feel stressed and at whits end?  Forget it.  Plan something fun to cook and easy to clean up!  Toxic interactions?  Set some boundaries this year on how things will go.  Step in quickly if you see a problem and remind people that this is a time for celebration.  Our missteps are usually predictable as they’ve happened before.  Plan this holiday season out.  Don’t fall into the same trap!

Decrease Alcohol Use

For years we have enjoyed holiday meals and events with minimal alcohol use.  Let guests know that instead of bringing a bottle of wine, flowers would be appreciated.  Ask the problem drinker to help with implementation (running errands, helping cook etc.) so that there is less sitting around.  If necessary, set a boundary on the amount of drinking that is to take place.  Do that for yourself and your loved ones.  “You know, this year I’d like to see less drinking.  Let’s play games instead”.    Serve wine during the meal for a toast but don’t have an open bar sitting around.  Let’s have a sober and loving holiday!

Communicate your needs

Let your family and your guest know what you need.  Communication helps.  Whether we are talking about a gift you really want, or how you want the dinner to go, no one will read your mind. “What I’d like this year is…..” will help guide how the event will go.

Set Boundaries

I’m known in my work to encourage clear boundary setting.  I really want us to use boundaries during the holidays.  No your not being a bad sport if you say “No Thanks” to a plan that hasn’t worked well in the past.  Sure we want to share and have fun, but we also get to say “no” when need be.   Give some thoughts to what you would have changed about past holidays and make those changes for this one!

Get Active!!!

I think sitting around is over-rated.  Get active.   Have your guests up out of their seats to play games, take walks or to help with projects.  If you have family staying for several days, involve them in a household project.  Go sightseeing, even if you’re like me and are from Denver.   Go skiing now that we have some snow!

Most of all, enjoy your loved ones!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Feel free to email me:  bill@strongsolutionsonline.com

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

William Strong, LCSW

To visit my web-page, to schedule an appointment, or to email me a question, please click here:  Bill Strong, LCSW Denver Therapist.

Please go here for: Therapy Ideas for Adults and Relationships

Thanks!

Bill Strong of Denver

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What does Thanksgiving mean in our Families and to our Children?

Hi All,

After a busy summer and fall I’m back to blogging some of my thoughts and topics that have come up in my office with my hard working clients.

During this time of year we all prepare for Thanksgiving.  My clients discuss their plans, sometimes looking forward to the annual gathering of family and friends, and sometime dreading the drama that goes along with it.  With that, I ask just what does Thanksgiving mean in your family?

I always remind my clients just how important being “Thankful” is.    Feelings of gratitude have shown to be a healthy way to combat depression and feelings of dissatisfaction.

Everyone who knows me is aware of my love for Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is truly my favorite holiday for a multitude of reasons.  A gathering of loved ones centered around the concept of gratitude couldn’t be more important to individual and family health.

I will continue to blog on Bill Strong Denver ideas for yummy recipes and family events designed to enhance a shared holiday experience.  Let’s play games, eat great food and have discussions that foster closeness.  Let’s show our loved ones how THANKFUL we are for their existence in our lives.

Let’s all focus on what we are celebrating this Thanksgiving.

There’s no doubt that being thankful is healthy and healing for the body, mind and spirit.  Recent research shows that being grateful helps people:

  1. Gratitude allows us to be 25% happier
  2. Gratitude has shown to help people sleep 1/2 hr more per evening
  3. We exercise 33% more each week
  4. Blood pressure reduction by up to 10%
  5. Decrease their dietary fat intake by up to 20%
  6. People who live with gratitude can live up to 7 years longer with frequent positive thoughts.

So let’s have a great Thanksgiving!  Let’s increase our Gratitude!!!

Feel free to email me:  bill@strongsolutionsonline.com

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

William Strong, LCSW

To visit my web-page, to schedule an appointment, or to email me a question, please click here:  Bill Strong, LCSW Denver Therapist.

Please go here for: Therapy Ideas for Adults and Relationships

Thanks!

Bill Strong of Denver

 

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Help for the recent tragedy in Aurora Colorado

Just a quick link were you will find a list of where you can find help for the recent mass shooting at the movie theater in Aurora Colorado.

Please go here if you or someone you love is in need of assistance.

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Crisis Response for Mass Theater Shooting

Please go here for information pertaining to our professional response to the recent shooting.  We are in a rush to offer help.  Seek assistance if needed, or offer help if you can.

 

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So how’s it going finding out about your spouse’s “love language”???

Hi Readers and Clients,

Let’s play our cards right and do what works in our primary relationships!

 

I’m checking in with everyone asking how they are doing identifying their partner’s “Love Language”.  Go here to read my last post about the book “The 5 Love Languages”.

As we already know, whatever your “Top Two” love language is, it’s unlikely that your partner’s is the same, so there will be some missed signals.  Most of us are providing loving acts for those we care about, but sometimes it’s in the wrong manner.  Maximize your efforts by doing things in a manner that feels loving to that person!

One of the things I often see in couples therapy is a certain stubbornness by each person about how things are going.  It’s almost as if they need to keep doing what we know isn’t working, to prove they are right.  Forget that.  Find out what works better for that person, and then start doing that.  That’s true whether we are talking about how you handle your finances, household chores, communication or your interactions within the bedroom.

Do what feels more loving to the other person and quit arguing a losers point that it’s “going fine the way I do it”.    I’ve heard a million times “But I’m already doing that” once a need is expressed.   That never works.  Find out what the person wants and ask “how would that look”… or “can you give me some ideas on how I might do better at that?”

Then just do it.

Bill Strong of Denver

 

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More on my new website!

Hi Clients and Readers,

Thanks for those of you who informed me that my email link on my new website was broken.  It’s fixed and up an running!

I want to thank Michael at 51 blocks for his assistance.   I can’t recommend his services enough.  Thanks Michael!

Feel free to email me:  bill@strongsolutionsonline.com

I welcome any feedback or suggestions.  I’ll still be blogging here my ideas on therapy for adults and relationships.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

William Strong, LCSW

To visit my web-page, to schedule an appointment, or to email me a question, please click here:  Bill Strong, LCSW Denver Therapist.

Please go here for: Therapy Ideas Children and Families

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Thanks for all the feedback about my new website!

Hi Clients and Readers!

Thanks so much for all of the helpful feedback about my new website!  Go here to look it over strongsolutionsonline.com

There are still a few issues we are working on (like my email link not working)…emails can be sent to me at:  strong.w@att.net

I’ll be blogging on my site so feel free to email me questions or topic suggestions!  Thanks to Andy for his feedback about my blog re boundaries and what is “too much self disclosure”.  I’m glad it helped.  Go here to read that blog.

I’m looking forward to blogging my thoughts and what are hopefully helpful ideas!

Thanks all!

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

William Strong, LCSW

To visit my NEW web-page, to schedule an appointment, or to email me a question, please click here:  Bill Strong, LCSW Denver Therapist.

Please go here for: Counseling ideas for Children and Families

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