We are still here and fully operational offering teletherapy sessions by HIPAA compliant video sessions or phone. Children have loved the video sessions and they are excited to show us their rooms, pets, and home art projects! We love meeting with parents and adults who are finding a private time for their session in their cars or sneaking out for a walk to talk to us! Teens love the privacy of the sessions and aren't worried about running into classmates in our waiting rooms!

We are working 7 days a week and welcome new patients!

Stay strong. We are here for you and you are not alone.

Dr. Pam McCaskill

P.S. See if you can find the saying that has gotten me through this so far (it is somewhere in this newsletter!)
McCaskill Family Services Newsletter
Term: Spring | Issue 4 | April 15, 2020
These days, it is nearly impossible to avoid negative news and scary headlines, quickly leading to challenging feelings such as depression, anxiety, guilt, grief, sadness, and anger. At McCaskill Family Services, we say it's time for some good news! We've decided to make a collective newsletter devoted to the power of positivity through feel-good news and some of our favorite tough time quotes. We're in this together, and we've got this!
10 Positive Things That Have Happened During This Pandemic

• Ford made 1 million face masks in only 13 days. They then distributed them to healthcare facilities around the United States.

• A 97-year-old man was seen dancing on his porch to Justin Timberlake's song, "Can't Stop the Feeling."

• A delivery driver was given sold-out personal care supplies by a complete stranger.

• A dog has been busy delivering groceries to elderly neighbors.

• A 104-year-old man not only recovered from Covid-19, but did so in time to celebrate his birthday!

• Himalayan mountain tops in India are now visible for the first time in 30 years due to a decrease in air pollution.

• Two New York City neighbors have begun dating during quarantine by exchanging numbers through a drone.

• The Boston Red Sox donated free tickets for life to all medical professionals at a local medical center.

• After a 12-year-old's father sent the message out on Twitter explaining his son was sad he could not go anywhere on his birthday, strangers from around the world sent greetings and well wishes.

• Animals shelters are reporting a boost in foster applications.
Tips For Positive Thinking Through the Most Difficult Times
By Emily Brzak, M.A., TLLP

The cycle of negative thinking can be a difficult one to break. When stressful events are happening or we find ourselves feeling down for a multitude of reasons, we tend to fixate on the negative emotion and/or stressor. Click the link below for some guidance in how to make the mental shift between negative emotions and a positive mind-frame.

If you and/or someone you know is experiencing difficult emotions and is having trouble breaking away from negative thoughts, please contact McCaskill Family Services. We have Licensed Psychologists certified to treat anxiety, depression, anger, and grief. We are currently conducting our sessions through secure video conference and/or telephone platforms and look forward to meeting you! You can schedule an appointment by phone at 734-416-9098 or by email at mccaskillfamilyservices.com.
Video Messages To You From The MFS Team!
Some Of Our Favorite Positive Quotes

"True positive thinking is not the absence of negative thoughts. It's the ability to feel negative when you have to and still maintain enough hope to keep on going. Life throws us twist and turns that can make us feel bad. You don't have to block negative feelings that simply show you are human. Just make the choice not to let them hold you back. A positive person never allows the reality of the moment to stop them from seeing a better future and climbing as many mountains as it takes to get there." - Don Shapiro

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses." - Alphonse Karr

"It's a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack." - Germany Kent

"The sun is a daily reminder that we too can rise again from the darkness, that we too can shine our own light." - S. Ajna

"I can handle tough stuff." -Dr. Pam McCaskill

"We all have an unsuspected reserve of strength inside that emerges when life puts us to the test." - Isabel Allende

Upcoming Zoom Groups

Session 1: Mon, Weds, and Fri, 9-10:30 AM
Session 2: Tues/Thurs, 5-6:30 PM
April 20/21 - April 30/May 1

Session 1: Mondays and Thursdays, 8-9:30 PM
Session 2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-10:30 AM
April 20/21 - May 7

Tuesdays and Fridays, 11 AM - 12:30 PM
April 21 - May 15

SURVIVAL STRATEGIES FOR PARENTS on Coronavirus Triple Duty: Teaching, Parenting, Working: Zoom Live Webinar*
April 24 and April 29 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

GRIEF Support*
Losing a Loved One to Covid-19 : Mondays and Fridays, 10-11:30am
Losing a Loved One During a Pandemic : Mondays and Fridays, 1:30-3 PM
April 27 - May 22

Dates and Times Coming Soon

Social Skills Training*
Dates and Times Coming Soon

Support Group for Parents of Children with ADHD (ChADD)
Virtual Meetings on April 16th, May 21st
6:30-8 PM

*Dates subject to change

Newsletter Editor
My name is Emily Brzak. I'm a masters level clinician at McCaskill Family Services who specializes in the treatment of child behavioral difficulties, depression, grief, and anxiety. I am also our monthly newsletter editor! At MFS, I work with people of all ages and backgrounds, and have experience working with a large array of presenting difficulties. If you or someone you know would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact our office at 734-416-9098 or email us at office@mccaskillfamilyservices.com. I look forward to meeting you!