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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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Did You know - That June is Brain Awareness Month ?

June is Brain Awareness Month and here is a major  advance which is very cool and potentially very useful : an app that takes "brain vitals".
You know how when you go to the doctor, they take your "vitals" ( pulse rate, temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate) ?  Well, the army is exploring the use of an app which can measure "brain vitals" as part of a preliminary exam.
--The "brain thermometer" which is an app called DANA (Defense Automated NeuroBehavioral Assessment) is being tested for use with combat-related  problems such as physical exhaustion or emotional distress.  DANA is able to assist the providers with assessing fitness for duty but can also be useful with the general public to detect TBI, stroke as well as psychological disorders like depression. 
--Specifically the DANA presents and records responses to a series of brief tasks which measures mood, cognition, reaction time, spatial discrimination and memory which can flag  cognitive or psychological problems affecting brain health.
--If all goes well, this app could become part of a routine medical examination for the general public.  Very impressive.

Rev. Michael Heath  6/7/2015  



Taking a walk is a good first step to better health and physical fitness. 

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 and not the duration of or intensity of exertion.

-- The take away from these new studies is don't give up on exercise because you don't think you have the time or it sounds too hard . Something as simple as regularly taking a walk with your dog can be a path to better health.  

For more information check out these links:     6 24 2015


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

June 15, 2015

Sneaky Depression Triggers

Sneaky Depression Triggers

Here is a great link from Web M.D. that lists 18 triggers for depression that you might not have recognized and which become more potent as we age.

 1. Midlife 2. Overload 3. Low vitamin B 12  4. Low testosterone, lowered libido  5.Thyroid disorders

  6. Arthritic pain 7. Peri-menopause and Menopause  8. Empty nest  9. Type 2 Diabetes 

10. Problematic drinking  11. Poor sleep 12. Retirement 13. Heart problems 14. Hypertensive medication

15. Loneliness 16. Chronic and complicated medical and health problems 17. Memory problems 18.Loss and grief.

At the end of the slide show are 3 suggestions which boost your mood:

1) Pets

2) Laughter and

3) Volunteering to which I would ad a loving relationship .              Check it out.                     …
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