November 2023 at Tree of Hope Counseling
A Note from Kara🌳
A recent theme that seems to resonate with many is the tendency that the human brain has to make situations, thoughts, emotions, etc more complicated than they really are. Our brains are wired to analyze, understand, and make sense out of uncertainty, but often this results in catastrophizing and complex stories that evoke complex emotions. Not that some situations don't warrant an emotional response, but we sometimes lose sight of the real issue, the primary emotion, the original stressor. Sometimes I encourage my patients to lean into the big emotions, but other times when I hear irrational thoughts, I guide them to step back and simplify their view. This is not meant to minimize by any means, but to shift perspective and avoid getting stuck in assumptions and judgment.
Shifting is necessary in so many parts of life.
National Nurse Practitioner Week November 12-18, 2023
Tree of Hope Counseling, LCSW, PLLC SE CPE, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0322. We have also partnered with 716 CEU to offer LMHC CEUs.
Therapy Groups & Retreats
Winter Grief Retreat Screening Form
Kara Juszczak, LCSWR and Marj Smith, LCSW will be offering a Grief Retreat on Saturday December 2nd, 10am-3pm. This retreat will offer individuals on a grief journey after the loss of a loved one a space to learn about and process the complicated nature of grief, and also to learn and practice ways to honor loved ones during the winter season.
Parent Group of LGBTQIA+ Youth and Young Adults
This group is to provide information and resources on all things LGBTQ+ for parents/guardians and allies of LGBTQ+ youth/young adults. We will address any related parenting stressors and find support so that you can better understand and support your LGBTQ+ loved ones.
When: We will meet once a month on the second Saturday from 9-10am. Next meeting date: 11/11/23
Cost: $20/group meeting. (Reduced fee for more than one person per family.)
For more information or to attend please contact Gem for the link at email@example.com.
Join us on First Fridays for Group Sup - RSVP here!! Virtual Group Sup is an opportunity to connect with other mental health professionals, for support, consultation, case review, ethical dilemmas, and/or community/professional questions. These group supervision sessions are loosely facilitated by Tree of Hope Counseling licensed clinical social workers. Open to all community providers!
November 3rd, 11:30am-1:00pm
December 1st, 11:30am-1:00pm
We request that you RSVP in advance so we can take care of payment and email you the Zoom link. Please RSVP at www.tinyurl.com/treeofhopegroupsup
In the Community
Volunteers are needed for The Nurture Program at JFS Rochester!
We are looking for folks who:
● Understand the joys and challenges related to parenting an infant and/or growing a family
● Are comfortable visiting with families in their homes
● Can commit to supporting a family for up to 6 months
● Want to assure that parents are Nurtured so that they can in turn care for their families
The Nurture Program Coordinator will be offering two information sessions via zoom in November for anyone who might be interested in this meaningful volunteer opportunity. During these sessions, a brief overview of the program and the volunteer role will be provided. Current Nurture Volunteers will be available to help answer any questions about the role and families who have participated in the program will be present to share their experience.
Please complete the brief Google form below to register for the zoom information session. This will help us know how many people to expect.