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When Tragedy Strikes

March, 2011
Quote of the month:
 Loretta Scott said, "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Wouldn't this world be a
nicer place
 if everyone could
help another
person just a
little bit?"
 If this quote has stirred you, remember, it is never too late to start.
My Philosophy 

 My therapeutic philosophy is a combination of believing that discussions of the past can help you to understand where you have come from, which allows you to be able to define where you are today, which further aids in the creating of goals needed to help you reach your full potential. 


 I will treat you with compassion, understanding and respect, knowing that asking for help is not an easy thing to do.



Life is not always easy.  It doesn't come with a manual.  But it usually does come with an instinct to seek help when it is needed.


I welcome the opportunity to help you work through current issues and to look at your future with a sense of hope and purpose.



I hope you all enjoyed the 10 Areas of Self Exploration in the last two emails.  It was very exciting to write.  This month I hope to remind people that when tragedy strikes, there are those around you that can help.  Have a wonderful and successful month and please send me suggestions for future newsletters if you have an idea that you would like to see discussed.  Please also forward this email to anyone you feel may benefit from its content.







Maryellen Dabal, MA, LMFTA

420 North Carroll Ave Suite 140

Southlake, TX 76092



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From The Positive Perspective.......

Whether we are talking about the recent tragedies in Japan or the tragedy of Hollywood superstars in the headlines or the tragedy of losing a loved one, all these scenarios have at least one thing in common: there are people out there who genuinely care and want to help when tragedy strikes. 


Maybe you are the one that needs help.  So how do you know where to find it?  Think about those who have been there through the years, good and bad times, your thin days and your "not-so-thin" days; those are the people that will be there to help in times of tragedy.  Examples of those kinds of people may include your best friend, a family member, a neighbor, a co-worker, a religious organization, a government agency or even the authorities. Asking for help is nothing that should make you feel ashamed.  Asking for help is a very mature thing to do in the sense of realizing that you cannot do something alone or you are choosing to reach out for support in a matter of importance to help you get through a situation.  You are giving people the opportunity to give of themselves for someone they care about or respect. 


Maybe you are the one who wants to give help.  You see someone in pain.  You want to help but you don't know how.  In a situation like Japan, it's probably impossible for you to fly over there to give direct support, but you could organize a small fundraiser to raise money to send to the Red Cross or other humanitarian organization or simply make a donation.  In a situation with a friend, invite them out for coffee or a walk in the park.  Express your concern over an observed change in behavior and let them know you care.  Be prepared that people may not always want that help.  They may not know how to accept help, but they will know you care if they choose to ask for it at some time in the future.


May you always know that help is available if you need it and may you always feel confident in helping others in need.  It helps to look at it From The Positive Perspective.......



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