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Reaching Out!

Sometimes it's not easy to reach out to someone for help. Yet the sooner you do the better you feel!

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." Albert Einstein

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“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Albert Einstein
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Dr. Darlene DeStefano, PhD

     

Did I Make a Mistake Marrying the Love of My Life?

Posted 9/18/2016

Dear Darlene,

We are in our early twenties and just recently married. My husband is from a culture where the men are very controlling with their women. When we were courting he was terrific and showed no signs of this part of his culture. Only three weeks after returning from our honeymoon we were sitting having dinner and he burst out screaming at me that I was to throw out all my

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Father’s Day Reflections

Posted 9/18/2016

Dear Darlene,

 

It’s that time of year as we approach Father’s Day when I wish I still had my Dad. He was my hero. My Dad was always there for me. He taught me to be proud, to be strong and to be courageous. He helped me renovate my first condo, welcomed my wife into the family, stood by me and helped me

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We Fear Our Son is Contemplating Suicide

Posted 5/24/2016

Dear Darlene,

My son is severely depressed and we are really worried about him. He is in his early twenties, finished high school, did not continue his education, has been in and out a of a few labourer jobs, recently lost his girlfriend and has been out of work for the past two months. He is in bed more than half the day and spends most of the rest of it on the couch watching television. He is miserable, has a decrease in appetite, seems to be

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My Partner Overreacted . . . My Flirting is Innocent

Posted 5/24/2016

Dear Darlene,

My partner and I are having some relationship difficulties that started a few months ago. Finally, I learned my partner was reading my text messages on my phone after my partner exploded accusing me of having an affair. Our relationship has been

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Afraid the Plane will Crash

Posted 5/14/2016

Dear Darlene

I have an extreme anxiety problem about going on a plane for our upcoming vacation. Last time almost seven months ago we, my husband, two children and myself were booked for a vacation. We were at the airport in the waiting lounge for the plane to arrive. The kids were so excited and I was getting more and more anxious by the second. The plane finally arrived and boarding began. As we neared the entrance to the plane I became extremely distraught to the point I could not put my foot onto the plane. I shook, 

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Feeling Disconnected From Organized Religion

Posted 5/8/2016

Dear Darlene,

I have been introduced to a new way of thinking about God. It has been many years since I have gone to church. I just don’t believe in organized religion anymore and what they preach no longer feels right. I don’t believe there is a hell or the devil because 

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LONELY IN RURAL WELLINGTON

Posted 4/29/2016

Dear Darlene,

     I’m stuck. I have just moved to this community about six months ago. Totally settled in my new place with everything the way I want it except I have not made any friends. I’m wondering if I have made a mistake moving here. Having recently separated and moving 

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