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Being Prepared

 September, 2012

Quote of the month


"Dig a well before you 

are thirsty."


Chinese proverb


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


Masters Degree - Applied Psychology from Seton Hall University


Post-Masters Degree-Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall University


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Private Practice 

since 2008


NJ work experience totaling 5 years


Married 23 years


Mother of 2 teenage daughters 


Lived in Indiana, 

New Jersey and Texas


Passionate about 

what I do




There are some things in life we can be prepared for, like a vacation that we have planned or our retirement.  We do the best we can to anticipate what we need and take care of those needs to the best of our abilities. 


But, there are also things in life that we cannot prepare ourselves for, such as going to the doctor for a routine physical and being told we have a debilitating disease or getting in a car accident on the way to work or the grocery store.  How about that unexpected meeting that the boss calls to order and you wonder if it's about something you did or didn't do?  How do you handle those situations?  Read some tips below for helping to be prepared in an unexpected situation.


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Maryellen Dabal, MA, LMFT

Southlake Counseling & Neurofeedback Center

420 North Carroll Ave Suite 140

Southlake, TX 76092




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From The Positive Perspective.......


  • Approach each day with the idea that you are confident to handle whatever comes your way and you will do what you can to anticipate your own needs to the best of your ability.
  • Be sure you are aware of your anticipated needs for the following day before you go to sleep at night.  This will help mornings to not be so rushed and you will be less likely to forget something.
  • Gain knowledge about your community and your surroundings so you know where to go in an emergency such as the nearest hospital that is on your insurance plan.
  • Be sure to have a support system in reach at all times, whether that be by phone or in person. Have those numbers in your cell phone or handy in another location. 
  • Be sure to have arrangements made should you become incapacitated and not be able to speak for yourself.
  • Get plenty of rest and good nutrition on a daily basis.  A fit body equals the best opportunity for a fit mind.
  • Be sure someone knows where you are at all times.  Kids, especially teenagers, don't like this one but it is not to be nosy, it's just to be aware of where your children are, should you need to get in touch with them in an emergency.
  • Remind yourself to stay calm to the best of your ability if something unexpected occurs.  Review your options and choose the best one for right now.  Seek help from others if you are unable to do so. 
  • Carry identification on you at all times along with a few dollars, should you need a taxi to get home.
  • Be sure your cell phone is fully charged when you know you will be gone for an extended period of time.
  • Do what you can right now as far as chores, errands and keeping up to date on bills, so that if something unexpected should arise you won't be caught behind.
  • Most of all, if you can go to sleep every night being able to say you did everything you could today to be your best and gave 110% to whatever it is that you did, this should help you be able to be confident that tomorrow can be the same, too.

I hope these tips have been helpful to you.  I welcome other suggestions and will publish them in next month's newsletter.  Remember to look at the topic of being prepared From The Positive Perspective........

I welcome feedback regarding the newsletter or questions about my practice.  I can be reached at maryellen@dabalmft.com.  I cannot, however, give advice through email. For more information on my practice please visit my website: www.dabalmft.com

I wish you well...