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 and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She currently works in Naples, Florida as founder and therapist of Monarch Therapy, LLC, a holistic therapy center offering psychotherapy, yoga, and massage therapy. She specializes in counseling children and families, as well as adults struggling with unresolved trauma, stress/anxiety, and adjustment to life transitions. In addition to traditional “talk therapy,” she implements expressive approaches including play therapy, sand tray therapy, and art, as well as yoga, mindfulness, and EMDR (trauma specific therapy). Prior to private practice, Kimberly’s experience includes foster care, adoption, youth shelter, youth related research, school-based counseling, and sexual assault crisis center settings. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are both in social work, from the University of Georgia and the University of Central Florida, respectively. Kimberly also conducts home studies for prospective adoptive and surrogate families and supervises social workers pursuing licensure and play therapists. She serves as Vice President of the Southwest Florida Association for Play Therapy and is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers, The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida, and EMDR International Association. More information about Kimberly and her practice can be found online: www.MonarchTherapy.com.

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