February 2012 ~ Heart Month

Stores and advertisements are full of reminders of this month’s dedication to Valentine’s Day around the world.  As love from the heart fills the air, we are focusing on the physical organ during American Heart Month.  According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States.  http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/  Research continues to highlight the impact of nutrition and exercise on the heart.  We encourage you to join us in putting that knowledge to action with small steps towards a healthy lifestyle to prevent health issues, including heart disease.

If your focus continues to be drawn to the emotional heart, you can also take small steps towards health.  If you are in a relationship, this is the perfect time to evaluate how healthy it is.  Is there anything within your control that you can do to communicate more clearly, let go of past hurt, interact more lovingly, push less buttons, demonstrate more self-control, or become more empowered?  If you are single, divorced, widowed, or in between relationships, this is the best time to focus on healing and loving yourself while becoming the healthiest you.  Have you identified your personal and professional goals?  Have you listed the qualities that your future partner will have?

Embrace this moment as the moment to take care of your physical and emotional heart, and the rest of your body will thank you.  Thank you for joining us in celebrating American Heart Month.  If you feel unprepared or unsuccessful in tackling any of our ideas, we strongly encourage you to consult with a professional (certified personal trainer, licensed psychotherapist, registered dietician, etc.).




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About Kimberly Rodgers, LCSW, RPT-S

Kimberly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor through the Association for Play Therapy. She also supervises clinical social work interns pursuing licensure. She has worked as a psychotherapist for twelve years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia and Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida.

Her experience includes foster care, adoption, youth shelter, youth related research, school-based counseling, and sexual assault crisis center settings prior to private practice. She specializes in counseling children, families, and adults struggling with stress, anxiety, trauma, and adjustment to life transitions. Kimberly is a current Board member of the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida and former Vice-President of the Southwest Florida chapter of the Association for Play Therapy. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers and EMDR International Association.

Kimberly is founder of Monarch Wellness (originally Monarch Therapy), an integrative center focused on empowering individuals and families through emotional and behavioral metamorphosis. In addition to counseling and play therapy, the center offers other supportive modalities to further enhance emotional healing and stress management including support groups, yoga, laughter yoga, breathwork, integrative relaxation, and sound therapy. Monarch Wellness' sister site eFitFamily.com offers health related information and inspiration for everyday families to live healthier every day. The center is also involved with House of Gaia community center and other community and service focused organizations. More information about Kimberly and her practice can be found online: www.MonarchWellness.net.

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