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The “Social Distancing” Blues by Summer Scott, MA

Summer Scott, M.A., ALC, NCC Research tells us in abundance that isolation has a negative impact on mental health after certain periods of time. So, what do we do when the isolation is government-mandated?   Here are some tips on how to manage the depression, anxiety, irritability, fear, or boredom that may come along with…

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The Face Safety Game: Habit Reversal Training for Covid-19

People touch their faces an average of 23 times an hour. At Behavioral Sciences, we use habit reversal training (HRT) to teach people with tic disorders, including thumb sucking, lip biting, skin picking, and many other habits to significantly reduce the frequency of those behaviors. You can use these techniques to reduce your face, mouth,…

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Phone and Video Alternatives for Counseling and Medication Follow-ups

To our valued clients: In the spirit of “social distancing”, Behavioral Sciences of Alabama is offering an alternative to traditional face-to-face therapy (and medication management). Though we may provide in-person services under some special circumstances, please be aware that you can instead schedule a video or phone call sessions with the following providers: David Barnhart, EdD…

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Rev. Dr. Dave Barnhart Joins Staff

Couples who participate in premarital preparation are more likely to stay married. Those who do pre-engagement education have even better outcomes. Unfortunately, most couples who marry do not participate in premarital work. While we require licenses for driving and practicing medicine, the most important relationship of our lives requires no education at all! Rev. Dr.…

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Should I Be Afraid of My Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts

Our next webinar will be broadcast on July 24, 2019. See the registration link on our Facebook page (Behavioral Sciences of Alabama). Should I Be Afraid of My Thoughts? Should I be afraid of unwanted, intrusive thoughts about hurting someone or experience thoughts that go against my values, moral system and make me anxious? What…

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MIND. BODY. SPIRIT WORKSHOP

MIND. BODY. SPIRIT WORKSHOP LED BY DR. DAVID AND ANGELA BARNHART, SAINT JUNIA UMC Sunday, Sept 9 . 4:30 pm Spiritual experiences are brain experiences: explore how the practices of discipleship connect individuals to each other, God and the world. Includes chair yoga portion on mindfulness, breathing and more. This is free, but registration is…

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WHAT’D I SAY?

“WHAT’D I SAY?” When a former counseling client says, “I’ll never forget what you said. It’s always stuck with me,” I hold my breath praying, “please God, let it be something I wouldn’t regret saying or at least let it be helpful.” The conversations between counselor and client make up an important piece of the…

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PLANNED SPONTANEITY

Some of us are more relaxed about going with the flow when plans change or a partner comes up with an adventurous plan on the spur of the moment. Some find it difficult to go with the flow and need a plan. If the ends of a continuum stretch from spontaneous to planned, where do…

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OVER-SCHEDULED CHILDREN

While having my hair cut, my barber was talking with me about over-scheduled children. He wondered how parents keep up with all of the activities. Parents wonder the same thing. In my office parents question whether they should be taking kids to soccer practice, music lessons, robotics, church and Sunday school. If their child is…

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