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Life After Ashley Madison – 7 Tips to Help Move Towards Relationship Restoration After You Have Been Caught
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Life After Ashley Madison – 7 Tips to Help Move Towards Relationship Restoration After You Have Been Caught

If you find yourself in the terrifying position of being caught (be it after an affair, online chat/hook-up, pornography, etc.), I want to tell you that it is possible to make it through. It won’t be easy. It will require diligence and intentionality, but there is hope - not only for yourself, but for your spouse, family and marriage as well.

Lessons from Mr. Spock
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Lessons from Mr. Spock

The recent passing of Leonard Nimoy brings a profound sense of loss not only for the man himself, but also for the beloved half-human, half-vulcan he portrayed for so many years in television and film. Mr. Spock is truly an American icon, curiously evoking so much love and emotion for a character who was supposedly the pinnacle of...

In need or being needy
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In need or being needy

It’s 6:45 a.m. and I am sitting in the terminal. Problem is, my flight departed at 5:30. My destination is the snow-capped mountains of Fraser, Colorado where I will be spending the next 4 days at a Ransomed Heart boot camp. My prayer to this point has been that I would be open to what...

Grief and Groundhog Day
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Grief and Groundhog Day

I remember hating the movie Groundhog Day when I was younger, mainly because it felt like the movie would never end – which was the point as far as I can tell. It dawned on me recently that this is very much like grief. The process often feels so slow it’s like you’re waking up...

Anxiety!
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Anxiety!

Anxiety is the only mental problem with which I KNOW I’ve ever been diagnosed.  (How’s that for an opening line?)  As such, I’m intimately aware of how exhausting it can be.  For example, I used to fill my plate with food, then proceed to eat only one item at a time. I’d sooner walk across hot...

Cultivate Your Child's Worldview
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Cultivate Your Child's Worldview

I was the kid who was constantly on his bike, and when I say constantly I mean it. I was also the kid who could never quite manage to make it home on time – after all, what shade of ‘dark’ did my Mom mean when she said ‘Be home by dark’? At some point...

Donate to TSS
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Donate to TSS

The Shepherd’s Staff is a 501c3 non-profit organization. This sets us apart from many other counseling groups in that we are not sustained by a parent company, state funded organization or grants. All the administrative, marketing and financial responsibilities are met by our group of therapists, with a board of directors who meet quarterly to...

Play Therapy – What is it?
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Play Therapy – What is it?

So what exactly is play therapy? How is a child sitting with a trained therapist and engaging in play a helpful resource? Landreth and Bratton summarize it well: “Because children’s language development lags behind their cognitive development, they communicate their awareness of what is happening in their world through their play. In play therapy toys are viewed...