Call 315.637.0605   Rev. Heath Can Help!

Hi! I am Michael Heath and this is the Pine Ridge Pastoral Counseling Web Page. Pine Ridge is a place for folks who are looking for the best mental health care but who are turned off by large clinics or impersonal facilities.

Since 1994, Pine Ridge has offered a distinctive and more personal alternative for mental health needs while providing a comprehensive range of psychological services to help individuals, couples and families deal with a wide range of emotional, relational, crisis related, life phase and spiritual problems.

Since I am both a state Licensed Psychotherapist and a nationally Certified Pastoral Counselor, I offer a comprehensive therapeutic approach which can relate to both the psychological and spiritual dimensions of life's difficulties .

This web site is a great place to learn about my areas of expertise and to find answers to questions you may have concerning psychotherapy, marriage counseling, couples counseling, and other counseling related issues. If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact me and I'll be glad to help.

Serving the people of Central New York since 1978!

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Did You Know :  that trust can be rebuilt after an affair ?

An affair is a devastating breach of trust in a marriage but it doesn't have to result in divorce.  If both partners are sincere about wanting to be married to one another and are willing to put in the effort, trust can be rebuilt and bad marriages can be re-made into good ones.  Here are some questions to help you determine if genuine reconciliation is possible:

1. What was the affair all about ?  Not all affairs are the same.  Some are habitual and based on a characterological flaw. Most however, are desperate attempts to deal with pain anxiety.  Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done for habitual offenders. However, if the affair is a one-time thing, there is hope.

2. Does the offender blame the spouse or take responsibility for his/her infidelity?  If the person having the affair admits that s/he was wrong and doesn’t try to blame his/her partner and if the offended partner is willing will to acknowledge that it takes “two to Tango”, then discovering the dysfunctional relational patterns and finding a workable solution is possible.  

3. Do both partners have realistic expectations for healing ?  While fixing problematic marriage patterns is a very effective way for most couples to recover from an affair, it takes time.  As long as bother partners make the effort and have the patience to learn new skills and are able to give the new ways of relating a chance to take effect, counseling can re-establish trust and create new and lasting relationships.

Rev. Michael Heath 7 20 2015 

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The "Emotional Cigarette" Can Help You Relax without Having to Use Tobacco or Electronic Vaping (Nicotine)?

The "Emotional Cigarette"
Everyone knows that smoking cigarettes is dangerous for your health but, did you know that there is a way to get the relaxation that many smokers enjoy without actually having to use tobacco or electronic cigarettes (nicotine) ? 
--Research has shown that the breathing patterns of cigarette smokers and those who engage in intentional diaphragmatic breathing is similar enough to trigger a neural physiological response in our bodies which lower stress-hormone levels and helps us to feel more relaxed.
-- Here are the thee steps to taking an emotional cigarette break:
1) Get in a quiet and relaxed posture and slowly breath in for a count of 5.
2) Hold your breath for a count of 5.
3) Exhale slowly and completely for at least a count of 5.
If you like, you may even mimick the motions you would make if you actually had a cigarette in your hand. The key to the exercise is the full  release of tension as you breath out .     
--Two or three times is all you need and you will notice that you feel less anxious and in a better place. Be careful, though,  if you do more than that as you might hyper ventilate and feel light headed if you stand up.   Enjoy  (without lighting up) !

Rev. Michael Heath 7 5 2015




Watch Rev. Heath's Bridge Street Mental Health segments below:

June 24, 2015

Good News for Work Outs

Good News for Work Outs: You don't have to work as hard as you thought !


Even though some health organizations recommend an hour of vigorous physical exercise every day, new studies show that  these recommendations are grossly exaggerated and are not necessary if you want to reap the health  benefits of being physically active. 

--It is not that working out a lot is bad for you but if you are intimidated by the numbers or you don't have the time for an hour a day, don't be discouraged. Taking just a few minutes a few times a week can still provide great results.   

--In fact, research has found that as little as 15 min. 5 times a week  can greatly reduce the risks diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as lower risks of heart disease. 

--In addition the to physical health benefits,  moderate exercise greatly helps reduce stress, increase energy levels  as well as improves mood and an overall sense of wellness.

--And .. it doesn't even  have to be strenuous. If you don't like to run, walk.  The key to better health is reaching a threshold of  movement a…
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