October Letter from the Editor

Join us this month in honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Depression Screening Day on October 11, 2012.  Did you know that 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer are estimated for 2012?  125.7 per 100,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. (http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/Statistics.html)

Early detection is critical with any health condition.  Experts recommend monthly breast self exams to check for any abnormalities, including lumps or change in breast tissue or skin.  The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. proposes that in addition to regular screenings, you can also lower your risk with a healthy weight, physical activity, well balanced diet including fruits and vegetables, limited alcohol consumption, and no smoking  www.NationalBreastCancer.org

If you or a loved one have experienced health issues of any kind, it is not surprising to hear that 10-15% of all depressions are related to other medical conditions or medications. What is more shocking is that Major Depressive illness is estimated to be the leading cause of disability in the world for women and children by 2020!   www.mentalhealthscreening.org  It is also well known that the number one way to conquer symptoms of depression is EXERCISE!  Get up and MOVE, even if it’s finding a moment to stretch in the office, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking the dog around the block rather than just letting him out in the back yard.  Thank you for joining us and we invite you to explore our site for other tips to live healthier each day. :)



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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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