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Finding Strength in the Midst of Loss

Missing YouDuring our last gathering, the ladies of the MGS Sister Circle shared their struggles with grieving loss.  Through the materials we shared, we came to understand that grieving does not only apply to losing someone to death.  It also applies to the loss of who someone was to you or the loss of their functioning in their life or relationship.  The Sisters shared personal experiences of how they were able to grieve and how they continue to struggle with making sense of their loss.  Some even came to realize that they are in a perpetual state of grief as they struggle with understanding the loss of who their loved one was to them even as they fear one day losing them to death.  One of the more effective ways that we discussed of working through the loss involved letter writing.  Specifically writing a two-way letter; one to our loved and one back from our loved one with how we imagine they would respond.  The other way was through offering and accepting support from others.  Sometimes all it takes is a kind word or a hug!

If you are struggling with grieving loss in your life, I would like to help.  Call Shari at (754) 999-0716 to schedule your appointment.

MGSSisterCircleThe MGS Sister Circle meets every other Wednesday evening at 6:30pm.  Call Shari at (754) 999-0716 for this month’s dates.  Like MGS Counseling and Therapy Services on Facebook for information and updates on future gatherings, topics and guest speakers.

Shari Warner, JD, LMFT is a Therapist, Attorney and Public Speaker in South Florida.  Shari works with individuals and couples to find their inner strength and resolve interpersonal and relational conflicts.  To schedule an appointment with Shari call (754) 999-0716 or email her at shari@mgscounseling.com.

Step Out Of Your BOX!

Step Out Of Your BOX!

Hi!  I am Shari Hines Warner, Therapist, Attorney and Speaker in South Florida.  Welcome to my Blog!  I must admit that sharing my thoughts on issues that I relate to my practice as a therapist is a bit foreign to me, but just as I ask my Patients/Clients to stretch themselves and move beyond their comfort zone, so too must I stretch myself.

think-outside-the-boxI have found that in my practice as a Therapist, I have become more comfortable moving beyond the borders of the tidy box that I created for myself during my practice as an attorney.  That box, in my mind, kept me safe and “protected” me from the imagined terrors that wound themselves through the practice of law.  In fact, what the box did was keep me from spreading my wings and experiencing life at its best.

As I work with my patients in substance abuse or my clients dealing with life’s issues, I wonder what box they’ve created for themselves and what story they’ve told themselves to keep them in that box.  In substance abuse, the story is most often titled “Fear”.  Fear of acceptance, rejection, abandonment, loneliness, the unknown.  Strangely enough, the fears are the same among non-addicts and also keep you ‘stuck’.

I challenge you to step beyond the borders of your box!  Be willing to open yourselves up to new possibilities.  Climb out of your rut and try something different!  I know, I know…easier said than done.  Try it.  But if you need a little help, you know where to find me.  Until then…BE WELL!

Shari Hines Warner is a Therapist, Attorney and Speaker in South Florida.  Shari works with individuals and couples to find their inner strength and resolve interpersonal and relational conflicts.  To schedule an appointment with Shari call (754) 999-0716 or email her at shari@mgscounseling.com.

Family Involvement is Important in Substance Abuse Treatment

Family Involvement is Important in Substance Abuse Treatment

Sub Abuse Tx for FamiliesMany believe that the addict is the only one affected by substance abuse and would benefit from treatment.  The truth is that the family members of addicts suffer just as much as the addict themselves and can also benefit from treatment, i.e. counseling/therapy to help them learn more about addiction and how to help their loved one while they themselves heal.   For more information on how I can help you and your family heal, call me at (754) 999-0716 or email me at shari@mgscounseling.com. (more…)