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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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By Rev. Michael Heath

Bursting the Gun Violence /Mental Illness Myth: What the Evidence Shows

Given the stigma which still exists concerning those who suffer from emotional problems, it is important that the problem of gun violence and our rush to find solutions not result in exacerbating the ongoing prejudice which exists toward the emotionally disordered community.
Specifically, three myths contaminate and distort rational discussions about the current epidemic of mass shootings:
Folks with psychological disorders are dangerous and violent.
Serious mental illness is the primary cause of gun violence.
People with serious mental illness are more likely to perpetrate violent crime than to be victims of it.

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Tips for Finding Romance in the Wake of #MeToo

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, a lot of folks are wondering about the impact #metoo is having on romance and dating. Many men have expressed anxiety not knowing if or how the rules have changed. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you navigate the romantic waters in this new era.

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Tips for Dealing with Other People’s Anger

While much attention is spent helping those who have trouble controlling their anger, folks who are the recipients of the rage also need help. Fortunately, there are some simple but helpful facts to keep in mind if you are confronted with an angry person … no matter what the age.

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Tips for Adding a Little Empathy to your Holiday Gift Giving

It is tough to be blue during the holidays. Amid the hustle and bustle of the pre – Hanukkah and Christmas hype are many folks for whom the season is nor joyous or bright. Although many of us look forward to Christmas as a time to gift and celebrate family and friends, there are many others for whom the occasion is difficult and even painful. … Here are some tips to help you improve your empathy skills for those who have the holiday blues :

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Intimate Communication: Tips for Talking to your Partner about Sex

Sex is a common problem for couples and while some difficulties are complicated, many are easily solved with better communication. Good communication about sex begins with understanding that men and women have quite different psycho/sexual arousal systems. With these thoughts in mind, here are some common communication mistakes and their solutions:

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