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Newsletter January 2012

  1. 1. `xÇàtÄ [xtÄà{ TááÉv|tà|ÉÇ Éy fÉâà{ãxáà YÄÉÜ|wt Educating Southwest Florida on Mental Wellness since 1957 55 Years ofproviding Services January 2012 throughout SWFL A New Year Has Begun We are proud that our ProfessionalComing Events: Membership has increased by 35% for 2012. I certainly also want to♦ January 7, 2012 Thank our Professional Members whoPutting Children First joined us this year not only as mem-♦ January 21, 2012 bers, but giving their time byPutting Children First performing pro bono work, writing articles, and helping us meet the needs♦ February 11, 2012 It’s hard to believe it is 2012 already. of the community. Also the businessesPutting Children First The Mental Health Association of and individuals who support us♦ February 25, 2012 Southwest Florida is grateful for such a financially and through volunteeringPutting Children First successful year. It has been a year of make it possible for us to continue our change. At the MHA there has been a work.♦ March 3, 2012 great deal of change as well. We Ex- Diversity Festival We are committed throughout 2012 panded our Gollee Gator Program. to provide services that enhance our We also have strengthened our community, are culturally diverse, and Caregiver for Seniors Program and are progressive. we are looking forward to seeing a continuation of a valuable service toSupport Groups: the community. We continue to revise our present programs to be of a• Here for Life timely and cost effective nature. We 1st Tuesday every Month are proud to say we have kept 7:00 PM expenses down and by owning our• Veterans office space we were able to provide Wednesday many programs for our Professional 7:00 - 8:30PM members and the public at no cost.• Depression We have enhanced our web site and Thursday published 12 newsletters to keep our 10:30AM - Noon members and the public informed.
  2. 2. Page 2 Mental Health MattersWelcome New Member Hannah Waterman She is trained in individual, Hannah’s experience is that family, and group every individual has psychotherapy, including untapped strengths and adjustment to life transitions resources, of which they may and grief counseling for not yet be aware. It is traumatic loss. She also has through the therapeutic experience in working with a relationship she believes that sexual assault response team these strengths can be and crisis hotline. In addition, discovered and employed to she facilitated family help foster true healing andHannah Waterman, MSW advocacy, trained parents growth in a clients life. of peer support groups, andHannah Waterman, MSW is coordinated the services of I am conveniently located at:a Registered Clinical Social a family resource center.Work Intern in the State of Further knowledge includes 4500 Executive Dr Ste 100Florida and is currently in pregnancy counseling andtraining with Kimberly infant adoption services, Naples FL 34119Rodgers of Monarch consisting of adoptive Phone: 239-325-9210Therapy, LLC to complete parent preparation,her licensure. education, and support.Welcome Dr. Daniel A. Deutschman Reserve University and has Psychiatry.Daniel A. Deutschman MD been on the medical schoolis a board certifiedpsychiatrist and faculty of Harvardaddictionologist. University. He has been anHe specializes in differential examiner for the Americandiagnosis and Board of Psychiatry andpsychopharmacology. Neurology. He is BoardHe is field testing the Certified in GeriatricAmerican Psychiatric Psychiatry, AdolescentAssociation’s new diagnosticsystem (DSM V) which is Psychiatry,due for launch in 2013. Psychopharmacology andHe is Clinical Assistant Addiction Medicine inProfessor of Psychiatry at addition to GeneralCase Western Psychiatry and Addiction Dr. Daniel A. DeutschmanDr. Deutschman is on the staff of Naples Community Hospital and PhysiciansRegional Medical Center. He has been Medical Director of Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center, Naples, FL and hasbeen on the staff of David Lawrence Center Mental Health Center. He has lectured for the Collier County MedicalSociety and Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida (MHASWFL).Dr Deutschman’s practice is patient focused. His practice employs many features of concierge medicine. He providesextra time and focus for his patients and is available 7 days a week by phone. He does not take Medicare or Medicaid.Phone: (239) 591-6736Address: 1415 Panther Lane #219 Naples, FL 34109Website: Email:
  3. 3. January 2012 Page 3 Welcome Dr. Patrice C Mack I am a Board Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist in private practice in Naples for 34 years. I trained as a pediatrician and did fellowships in medical genetics and child develop- ment. I am a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Life Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I am conveniently Located at: 801 Laurel Oak Dr, Suite 618 Naples FL 34108 239-254-0535 Patrice C Mack, MD Welcome New & Returning Members Ashley Allain, LMHC Audrey Boxma, LMHC Leo D’Anniballe, LCSW Michelle Hamilton, LMFT Elaine Hankin, PhD Peggy Jones, LMHC Nolan Katz, PhD Brent Lovett, MD Miguel Mandoki, MD Maxine Russell, LMHC Jane Schwartz, LCSW Peggy Thompson, LCSW Jill Wheeler, LMHC
  4. 4. Page 4 Mental Health Matters Join us in Celebrating 55 Years of Service to Southwest Florida!! The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida identifies unmet needs and develops culturally sensitive services and programs to improve the lives of those facing the many challenges of today’s world in our community. We pride ourselves on being the “link” for mental health and mental wellness. “We’re Making A Difference”
  5. 5. January 2012 Page 5Monarch Therapy, LLC expanding “Just when the Caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a Butterfly.” ~Unknown Monarch Therapy, LLC embraces the New Year with further expansion and growth. Their transformation includes the addition of more services to em- power children, adolescents, and adults to “Transform, Emerge, Become” through emotional and behavioral metamorphosis. In addition to professional counseling and play therapy, the practice has teamed up with behavioral consultant, Jill Emmerich, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. Jill offers on-site applied behavior analysis of challenging individual or group behaviors, treatment utilizing positive approaches to improve problem solving, communication, and skill development, and parent and organizationaltraining and support. Monarch Therapy’s expansion into a holistic healing center includes yoga classes for families, children,adolescents, adults, and couples. Massage therapy will also be available for more comprehensive healing ofbody, mind, and spirit. Founder Kimberly Rodgers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor,and Hannah Waterman, MSW and Registered Clinical Social Work Intern, continue to offer counseling ser-vices, including traditional talk therapy and specialized therapeutic interventions such as play therapy(counseling using a child’s natural language of play), sand tray therapy (building a visual “world” in sand usingminiatures to process one’s reality), and EMDR (trauma specific therapy). They also continue to work withadoptions, including pre and post placement counseling and home studies, and are adding a support groupfor birth parents. Kimberly continues to serve as the Vice-President of the SWFL chapter of the Association for PlayTherapy and Editor-In-Chief of, a website providing practical information and inspiration toeveryday families to live healthier every day. Monarch Therapy also looks forward to further collaborationwith Naples’ new non-profit community center, House of Gaia. Monarch Therapy, LLC specializes in resolving stress, anxiety, trauma, and assisting with adjustmentto life transitions. As a butterfly transforms through its metamorphosis, the therapeutic healing process em-powers one to emerge with freedom, a positive perspective, and motivation to fulfill his/her life purpose.Research demonstrates the effectiveness of treatment that facilitates whole brain integration for completehealing. More information, including schedule and upcoming open house, is available at,,, and (239) 325-9210.
  6. 6. Page 6 Mental Health Matters Gollee’s Tip Talking to Kids about School Safety Encourage children to talk about their concerns and to express their feelings. Some children may be hesitant to initiate such conversation, so you may want to prompt them by asking if they feel safe at school. When talking with younger children remember to talk on their level. For example, they may not understand the term “violence” but can talk to you about being afraid or a classmate who is mean to them. Empower children to take action regarding school safety. Encourage them to report specific incidents (such as bullying, threats or talk of suicide) and to develop problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Encourage older children to actively participate in student-run anti-violence programs. Seek help when necessary. If you are worried about a child’s reaction or have ongoing concerns about his/her behavior or emotions, contact a mental health professional at school, your community mental health center, or Discuss the MHASWFL at 261-5405. safety procedures with your child.
  7. 7. January 2012 Page 7 Support Group: Grandparents Caring for their Grandchildren The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida in partnership with Tim’s Kids is providing a free support group for Grandparents caring for their grandchildren.The schedule is as follows:1st and 3rd week of each month Mondays starting at 10am,and 2nd and 4th week of each month Mondays starting at 6:30 pm.Please contact Peggy Thomson, LCSW at (239) 287-2862for further information.Groups will be held at:Therapeutic Integration Services2960 Immokalee Rd Suite 3 Naples, FL 34110.
  8. 8. Page 8 Mental Health Matters
  9. 9. January 2012 Page 9 Schizoaffective DisorderSchizoaffective disorder symptoms look like a mixture of two kinds of major mental illnesses that are usuallythought to run in different families, involve different brain mechanisms, develop in different ways, and respondto different treatments: mood (affective) disorders and schizophrenia.Symptoms of Schizoaffective DisorderThe two major mood disorders are unipolar depression and bipolar or manic-depressive illness.Seriously depressed people: Feel constantly sad and fatigued Have lost interest in everyday activities Are indecisive and unable to concentrate Sleep and eat too little or too much Complain of various physical symptoms May have recurrent thoughts of death and suicidePeople experiencing a manic mood are: Suffering from sleeplessness Compulsively talkative Agitated and distractible Convinced of their own inflated importance Susceptible to buying sprees Prone to cheerfulness turning to irritability Indiscreet sexual advances, and foolish investments Paranoia, and ragePeople with chronic schizophrenia: Appear apathetic Are emotionally unresponsive Have limited speech Have confused thinking May suffer from hallucinations and delusions Perplex others with their strange behavior And inappropriate emotional reactions
  10. 10. Page 10 Mental Health MattersPeer Counseling CornerMargot Escott, LCSW Training CoordinatorAs the year ends and a new one begins, we are happy to report that the Peer Counseling forCaregivers program has continued to grow and thrive. Although we had to say “goodby” tosome wonderful volunteers, we have been blessed with two new volunteers in training andbeginning this January.The growth in our client population has been very significant too. In just one week we receivedeight phone calls from caregivers interested in our program. In most cases these heroiccaregivers are appropriate for our program. Occasionally people call that do require helpfrom some of the other agencies that we work with. In those cases, we help with referrals andfollow through with these clients. Our case load is now higher than it’s been in over two years.We still need volunteers that want to help others, having been a caregiver is helpful, but notnecessary. Having compassion and commitment to our clients is the most important qualities avolunteer needs!We are not too busy to take new clients as well. If you know a caregiver of a person over 60years of age, let them know that we are here for them!
  11. 11. January 2012 Page 11Volunteers Needed:“Peer Counselors Find Meaning in Retirement”By Margot Escott, LCSW, Senior Peer Counseling Coordinatorfor the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida Learn about Peer Counselors and a Vital Community Project Give Purpose to Your Retirement Years Make a Difference in Someone’s Life TodayPeer counselors are men and women from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are selected fortheir warmth and caring for others. They receive extensive training and earn a Peer CounselingCertificate after successful completion of the training program. Ongoing supervision and continuingtraining is also an essential part of their experience. These counselors utilize their skills and lifeexperiences to provide emotional support and guidance to their peers. The target population for thePeer Counseling Program is caregivers and seniors. Please contact The Mental Health Association to learn more, Call 239.261.5405 or email “We Are Making A Difference”
  12. 12. Page 12 Mental Health Matters
  13. 13. January 2012 Page 13Depression: Yes you can!Daniel A. Deutschman MD, DLF APADepression affects many. It can be subtle or profound. It saps a person’senergy and takes the joy out of everyday pleasures. The diagnosis isbased on two major symptoms: 1) depressed mood/blue/down/moody and2) anhedonia, i.e. things aren’t fun (not as much fun as before/as they oughtto be). If either or both symptoms are present for a significant period oftime the individual is depressed. Grief and response to loss don’t qualify asdepression unless they are intense or persistent.Treatments for depression and their outcomes are improving all the time!Medications can be very effective. Literature studies report success rates of 29%. This hides the fact that re-sults with knowledgeable clinicians approach 100%! Family genetic information is beginning to help us choosethe antidepressant that will work for a specific patient.Initial medication approaches are Serotonin antidepressants. They are all equally effective but the side effectburdens vary. Zoloft, Prozac and Lexapro have the smallest burden of side effects; Celexa, Paxil and Effexorhave the largest.Doses often have to be increased over the first few weeks to maximize benefit. The stair step increase in doseis called a “titration”. Depression may improve after a few weeks but might take one to two months from thefull dose to be fully improved. If weight gain or sexual side effects appear (10% of patients) Wellbutrin orother antidepressants can be used to eliminate these.Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be very useful. This approach requires the patient to spend significant timeon a daily basis working on the drills and behaviors that their clinician has outlined for them. Patients with se-vere depression may not have the energy and focus for this approach until medications have relieved the worstof their symptoms.Current national guidelines state that depression should be completely improved before the medication adjust-ment is considered complete. This ensures a good prognosis, i.e. guards against future relapse. We have bor-rowed the US Army slogan “Be the best you can be”.Depression not only takes a toll on the individual, it also burdens her/his loved ones.If you or someone you love is depressed, contact you doctor or mental health professional.Daniel A. Deutschman MD, DLF APAClinical Assistant ProfessorCase Western Reserve UniversityExaminerAmerican Board of Neurology and Psychiatry
  14. 14. January 2012 Mental Health Matters Page 14 Our Mission To Advocate for Mental Wellness through Education, Prevention, and Support The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida identifies unmet needs and develops culturally sensitive services and programs to improve the lives of thoseIf you are interested in becoming a member, e-mail us at Or Simply fill out the application and mail a checkpayable to MHASWFL or donate online using a credit card. Your contribution is tax-deductible and crucial to helping us continueour work. If you have any questions about Membership please contact our office by phone at (239) 261-5405or mail The Mental Association of Southwest Florida 2335 Tamaimi Trail N, Ste 404, Naples FL 34103.