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Summer 2009  
In This Issue:

GUDRUN ZOMERLAND'S article, "The Dangers of Internet Porn", explores the obvious and hidden dangers of this new phenomenon.

SHONNIE BROWN discusses "Recession Depression: What it is and How it Affects You".

BARBARA BOWEN, in "The Power of Intention", encourages speaking from the heart, even when you don't know exactly what you want to say.

SHOSHONA PASCOE speaks about her work with the Drug Abuse Alternatives Center's Perinatal Program in "Working With Pregnant and Parenting Women in Recovery".
Who We Are:

We are individual private therapists who practice psychotherapy in the same location: 405 Chinn Street in Santa Rosa. We are not part of a business partnership, group or association, but are sole practitioners. As individual therapists each of us offers years of experience in different areas of therapeutic focus. The array of services offered range from brief solution focused counseling to in-depth psychotherapy. While each one of us cooperates with different existing insurance and managed care companies, we each follow a "fee for service" orientation that allows clients the freedom to choose the therapist with whom they feel most comfortable.

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Chinn Street Newsletter Archives

The Dangers of Internet Porn
Gudrun Zomerland, MFT

"In recent years, the obvious and hidden dangers of internet porn have risen to the surface as more and more partners complain, more addicts come forward and talk honestly about their experiences, and as more research into this phenomenon have taken place."

Gudrun gives an overview of what we know about internet porn and its affects, books and support groups that deal with the problem, and a self-assessment questionaire. Read more...

Recession Depression: What it is and How it Affects You
Shonnie Brown, MFT

"The term 'recession depression' is currently being used to describe feelings of depression and anxiety that are directly related to our national and local economic crisis. Feelings include but are not limited to excessive stress and worry, shame, feelings of demoralization, helplessness and hopelessness."

Shonnie describes the symptoms of recession depression and how it impacts individuals and families, and ten strategies for mitigating feelings of hopelessness and despair. Read more...

The Power of Intention
Barbara Bowen, LCSW

In this article, Barb describes the struggle of a divorced father trying to connect emotionally with his teenaged daughter.

"...when all our focus is on saying it right, it's easy to miss how much power we have to get where we want to be if we put our whole-hearted intention into our efforts. Getting hung up on having to say it the right way, or holding back because we fear we won't express it well, leads to missed opportunities for gaining what we often most desire: being heard, being understood, and making connections with others." Read more...

Working With Pregnant and Parenting Women in Recovery
Shoshona Pascoe, MFT

"Attachment deficits are common in women with histories of abusive or neglectful families. The substance abuse recovery process may bring memories of childhood trauma and neglect to the surface. To mother when you have not been mothered, to create safety when you have not experienced it, these are the common circumstances our clients bring to the recovery program."

In this article, Shoshona explains how Santa Rosa's Drug Abuse Alternatives Center (DAAC) Perinatal day treatment program supports mothers in overcoming drug and alcohol addictions. Read more...

Chinn Street Groups:

Astrology Group: meets on the last Wednesday of every month. Facilitated by Shoshona Pascoe, MFT, 707-573-9575.

Recession Depression Workshops: 2nd Tuesdays each month: Recession Depression: Seeking Help Through Peer Support; 4th Tuesdays: Effects of Recession Depression on Marriage and Family. Facilitated by Shonnie Brown, M.A., MFT, 707-526-4353.

Separation/Divorce/Transition Group for Women: ongoing weekly support group for women in any stage of separation from a long term relationship. Facilitated by Shonnie Brown, M.A., MFT, 707-526-4353.

Co-Parent Empowerment Group: six week class focusing on shared parenting issues: managing and diffusing anger, de-escalation of conflict and effective communication skills. Facilitated by Shonnie Brown, M.A., MFT, 707-526-4353.

Ongoing Men's Support Group: open to men interested in working on recurrent relationship issues including anger, addiction, communication and parenting. Meets Tuesdays from 6-7:30 PM. Facilitated by Kevin Cooper, MFT; 707-566-7742.

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Chinn Street Counseling Center  •  405 Chinn Street  •  Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Barbara Bowen, L.C.S.W.
707-575-5300 / 925-934-8661

Shonnie Brown, M.A., M.F.T.

Kevin Cooper, M.F.T.

Shoshona Pascoe, M.F.T.

Milton Woolley, M.F.T.

Gudrun Zomerland, M.F.T.
707-575-8468 / 415-446-5532

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