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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) CARETAKER groups forming SOON! (Omaha, NE)

Do you suffer from MS?  Do you know someone, a friend or a family member, that has had to endure the MS diagnosis?  Do you know someone who is “just tired” of dealing with the circumstances that accompany this degenerative disorder?

We are here to help. Anticipated group every 1st and 3rd THURSDAY of the Month, 6:00PM-8PM (tentative, will be solidified shortly)
Hosted by : Daryl Kucera of MS Fast Forward.

Phone:  402-330-6292

8802 S. 135th St.  #300
Omaha, NE  68138

Professional Facilitated by Kent Brooks, MS, PLMHP of Community Chest Counseling, PSC

Anticipated Start Date: Mid October

Maximum number of participants per group = 12

COST: Donations only~

Call for more info:

Daryl Kucera 402-330-6292

Kent Brooks 402-889-6509

Quick Definition of Mental Health

In looking at mental health criteria I came across this definition.  From an article in the Encyclopedia of Public Health, titled Mental Health says:

Dianne Hales & Robert Hales define mental health as the capacity to think rationally and logically, and to cope with the transitions, stresses, traumas, and losses that occur in all lives, in ways that allow emotional stability and growth.  In general, mentally healthy individuals value themselves, perceive reality as it is, accept its limitations and possibilities, respond to its challenges, carry out their responsibilities, establish and maintain close relationship, deal reasonable with others, pursue work that suits their talent and training, and feel a sense of fulfillment that makes the efforts of daily living worthwhile.  (Rosenfield, 2002, p. 2)

I think this definition supports what is written in the “Psychopathology Defined in Context” because in this document one requirement of mental health is “being able to function comfortably on a day-to-day basis”.  I understand these definitions to mean that a person who is mentally healthy will be able to progress in life within what is understood to be normal limits.  They will not have any extreme stressors that cause them to stop their mental growth because they will be able to deal with any stressors they come across productively.

This document also mentions four dimensions in which to look at mental health.  In taking a look at these dimensions, and an article from the Mayo Clinic titled, Mental health: What’s normal, what’s not, I was able to identify and recognize them.  The dimension of comfort and discomfort are, when you are comfortable, your behaviors, feelings, and thoughts are within what is considered ‘normal range’.  Excessive behaviors such as cleaning even when there is nothing to clean, or feelings that don’t seem to go away would make a person uncomfortable.  Another example of discomfort would be abnormal thoughts.  Abnormal thoughts would include believing something is controlling you, or considering killing yourself.

The next dimension mentioned in the document is efficiency and inefficiency.  All of the actions mentioned above would also demonstrate this dimension.  If the symptoms are severe enough or uncomfortable enough they would disrupt any kind of routine a person has in place, thus, causing everything to take longer or to not happen at all.

The third dimension is potential and actual.  The disruption of a mental illness causes any potential growth to cease.  Many times the person does not realize this and believes things are very different than what is actually happening.  The person’s perception is often a key factor in determining the correct treatment.

The final dimension is acculturation and bizarreness.  When a person’s behavior becomes disruptive or is considered to be out of the norm, other people’s perceptions can be used to help determine what diagnosis is appropriate.  This could be useful when the person does not see anything wrong with the way they are behaving.

Hopefully this quick look at the different dimensions of mental health will aid in the search for information on this topic.


Rosenfield, Paul J.; Stuart J. Eisendrath. “Mental Health.” Encyclopedia of Public Health.The Gale Group Inc. 2002. Retrieved September 02, 2009 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3404000537.html

Mayo Clinic Staff. (2009). “Mental health: What’s normal, what’s not.” Retrieved September 02, 2009 from MayoClinic.com: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mental-health/MH00042

Personal Motivations for a Career in Counseling

I have a couple of different motivations for becoming a counselor.  The first one is, I know what it’s like to suffer from something you feel devastated about and to feel like you have no one on your side to help you.  I also know what it’s like to suffer from something you feel devastated about and to have a great support system.  It seems like one person should not have such a different experience when it comes to things that are happening to them or around them, but I think everyone goes through experiences where they have people who can relate, and then experiences where the people around them cannot relate at all.  When you have the support system, it is still never going to be easy, but to have someone you can talk to and tell your true feelings to, someone who won’t judge you, the healing is able to come faster.

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The second motivation I have is also my reward; I have people who often come to me so I will listen to them, and also for advice.  When they come to me and I see the light bulb come on, or they come back and say, “you know I tried that, and it’s working” or “I feel a lot better now”, it makes me feel like I’ve made a difference in that person’s world.  It makes me feel good to know that I’ve helped them in some way.  The smile or the look that someone gets when they realize it’s not too much, that they can pull through and they are not alone, that there is someone who understands.  It makes me very happy that I can be there for that person to help them come through whatever challenge they are facing at that time.

I have learned a few things about myself, one thing is that I have a talent and a purpose on this earth, and that is to help people get where they need to be.  I have also learned that I have more patience than I ever thought possible and that all the experiences I have been through in my life have been to help me understand what other people are experiencing.

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As I think about what my motivations are, I would say that I am so new to this field and even to the notion of becoming a counselor, that my motivations have not had a chance to change; I have only just found them.  I do feel that as I move along my journey my motivations will change and grow along with my goals.  If these things do not change and grow with you, then it seems you will go stale in the career and lose site of the reason you became a counselor in the first place.