7 Tools To Improve Mental Health

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Mental illness, specifically untreated depression, is the leading cause of suicide. You are not alone. Seek help.

Mental illness is real. You can survive and thrive.-Shanna A. Jefferson

7 Tools To Improve Mental Health

  • Celebrate the positives of your loved one experiencing mental illness as well as those whom have lost their lives.
  • Forgive yourself.
  • Keep It Real. “We must be honest and transparent”. –Shanti Das
  • Make the decision to be happy.
  • Engage in self-care.
  • Engage in physical activity.
  • Turn your pain into purpose.

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5 Warning Signs of Depression

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Are you depressed?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 16 million American adults—almost 7% of the population—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. (www.nami.org).

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It’s time to tell everyone who’s dealing with a mental health issue that they’re not alone, and that getting support and treatment isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength”.-First Lady Michelle Obama

5 Warning Signs of Depression

  1. A lack of interest in activities that the person used to be interested in. Typically, people who suffer from depression lose interest in doing things that they once enjoyed doing. This can range as anything from dropping out of social events like clubs and sports teams, to walling themselves off from outsiders with whom they once shared a hobby. This symptom of depression typically goes on to worsen the condition, because it hurts some of the social relationships that depression sufferers previously engaged in.
  2. A noticeable change in eating habits is another big warning sign of depression. While there are obviously a number of reasons why one might change their diet, big shifts in weight gain and/or weight loss typically signify a loss of interest in eating or a lackadaisical attitude towards making food. This symptom, in turn, can negatively impact a depression sufferer’s physical health.
  3. Suddenly noticing an increase in the number of headaches, stomachaches and physical symptoms is another sign of depression. While depression in itself is a mental condition, it is often accompanied by a number of physical discomforts like headaches and stomachaches.
  4. Constant fatigue or an inability to sleep is a big warning sign of depression. This can either come as a slight problem with sleeping enough to feel fully rested, or it can be full-blown insomnia. Waking up too early or constantly waking up during the night are other common signs of depression.
  5. The most serious sign of depression is thoughts of suicide or hurting oneself. Unlike the other symptoms, which on their own can be indicators of a number of conditions, this particular sign almost always signals depression.

(Source http://www.psyweb.com)

 

Help is Available

Speak positivity through your pain, through your tears, through your joy…speak positive affirmations into your life. -Shanna A. Jefferson, MSW, CFSW, LCSW

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Destination Greatness is now accepting new clients. Confidential sessions are available via telephone as well as our secured, online platform to residents of NC, SC, and GA.

Visit our website at http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org to schedule your appointment.

 

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7 Nuggets: Faith and Mental Health

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Are your spiritual or religious beliefs hindering your mental well-being? For some, there seems to be a dichotomy between mental wellness and religion.  “Prayer changes everything.” “Mental illness manifests because of sin.” These prophecies will only further compound and complicate the real struggles that those whom live with mental health challenges experience.  Mental health challenges are just as real as physical health challenges.

Faith Without Works is Dead.

Churches and other places of worship should take a more prominent role in the discussion, advocacy, and action as it pertains to dismantling the mental health stigma. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 4 Americans experience a mental illness. Thus, in any given congregation, you will have many that have experienced a mental health challenge.

A Candid Conversation

I recently had the opportunity to present on the topic “Faith and Mental Health” at Mt.Pisgah I.M.C. in Clyo, GA. Our candid conversation included a discussion of what mental health challenges are, what mental health challenges look like, and triggers of mental health challenges.

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Are you ready to commence the conversation on role of faith and the church in addressing mental health challenges?

7 Tips to Improve Your Faith and Mental Health

  1. Keep God first.
  2. Forgive yourself.
  3. Seek professional help.
  4. Make the decision to be happy.
  5. Engage in self-care.
  6. Never give up.
  7. Turn your pain into purpose.

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Professional Services

As a psychotherapist, I understand the many challenges those experiencing a mental illness encounter including shame, a lack of support, and denial. You are not alone.

Destination Greatness also offers convenient, confidential online and telephone therapy to residents of NC, SC, and GA. No insurance required. Limited office sessions available in Atlanta, GA and Greenville, SC.

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To arrange a confidential, online or telephone session, schedule your appointment online at http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org.  Or call 1-800-647-3345.

Testimonial

This young lady speaks from the heart and with God on her side. Give her your ear to receive a much needed word of encouragement.-Sebrena Holmes Gibson

For bookings, contact pr@shannajefferson.com.

Shanna A. Jefferson

7 Nuggets: Faith and Mental Health

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Are your spiritual or religious beliefs hindering your mental well-being? For some, there seems to be a dichotomy between mental wellness and religion.  “Prayer changes everything.” “Mental illness manifests because of sin.” These prophecies will only further compound and complicate the real struggles that those whom live with mental health challenges experience.  Mental health challenges are just as real as physical health challenges.

Faith Without Works is Dead.

Churches and other places of worship should take a more prominent role in the discussion, advocacy, and action as it pertains to dismantling the mental health stigma. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 4 Americans experience a mental illness. Thus, in any given congregation, you will have many that have experienced a mental health challenge.

A Candid Conversation

I recently had the opportunity to present on the topic “Faith and Mental Health” at Mt.Pisgah I.M.C. in Clyo, GA. Our candid conversation included a discussion of what mental health challenges are, what mental health challenges look like, and triggers of mental health challenges.

MtPisgahChurchImage

Are you ready to commence the conversation on role of faith and the church in addressing mental health challenges?

7 Tips to Improve Your Faith and Mental Health

  1. Keep God first.
  2. Forgive yourself.
  3. Seek professional help.
  4. Make the decision to be happy.
  5. Engage in self-care.
  6. Never give up.
  7. Turn your pain into purpose.

Faith&MentalHealth

Professional Services

As a psychotherapist, I understand the many challenges those experiencing a mental illness encounter including shame, a lack of support, and denial. You are not alone.

Destination Greatness also offers convenient, confidential online and telephone therapy to residents of NC, SC, and GA. No insurance required. Limited office sessions available in Atlanta, GA and Greenville, SC.

DG Logo.jpg

To arrange a confidential, online or telephone session, schedule your appointment online at http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org.  Or call 1-800-647-3345.

Testimonial

This young lady speaks from the heart and with God on her side. Give her your ear to receive a much needed word of encouragement.-Sebrena Holmes Gibson

For bookings, contact pr@shannajefferson.com.

Shanna A. Jefferson

A Spiritual Journey through Journaling

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By: Kristen Pettaway, MA Student at Liberty University; Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC

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(Yahoo, 2017)

When times get complicated for me I have often found relief in writing down my thoughts and feelings.  Often times it brings out many emotions that I have been unable to share with anyone else.  Journaling is personal yet profound.  Journaling it is a form of expressing oneself on paper that can be easier than talking face to face with someone.  The paper does not care who you are or where you come from. The paper is there simply to be a tool used to obtain mindfulness.  To release built up feelings and emotions.

Journaling

(Start at 60 writers, 2017)

Journaling is powerful.  Journaling can take just a few minutes or as much time as it takes to complete a thought.  There are no rules. No judgement. No obligation to journaling. The only thing needed is writing material, a quiet place, and a desire to express yourself.

Journaling is a way to:

  • Express your Fears
  • Express your Emotions
  • Express your Dreams and Desires
  • Acknowledge your failures
  • Document your prayers
  • Document your Goals
  • Document your Decisions
  • Record your thoughts

Some people use alcohol, drugs, sex, even religion as a way to escape from feeling.  Some use all of these in combination in order not to feel.  Journaling is a way to find relief without causing self-harm or causing harm to others.  Through Journaling you can commune with God by pouring out and calling out to Him.  Through journaling burdens and yolks are lifted.

A Spiritual journey through journaling happens when you look back over your life and realize how far you have come.  Your Spiritual journey can be both rewarding and daunting at the same time. By keeping a journal you can revisit it at any time to survey where you are currently, your accomplishments and goals yet to accomplish.

Revisit your journal often to track:

  • How you concurred your fears
  • How you managed your emotions
  • How you accomplished your Dreams and Desires
  • How you regrouped and moved past your failures
  • When God Answered your Prayers
  • When you accomplished that Goal
  • If the decisions you made were helpful
  • how your thinking and behavior have changed

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

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(Christianbook.com, LLC, 2017)

Journaling helps identify areas in which to focus your attention.  Journaling helps put your thoughts, feelings, behavior, and spirituality in alignment with the will of God.  Your Spiritual journey through journaling is a powerful tool of self-awareness and future endeavors.

Until next time, enjoy the journey to your Destiny!

LogoDestination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provides individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

References

Bible Gateway. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.biblegateway.com/

Christianbook.com, LLC. (2017, October 14). Bibles NIV, KJV, ESV, NLT for study and outreach. Retrieved from Christianbook.com, LLC: https://www.christianbook.com/page/bibles?kw=cbd%20bible%20marking%20kit&mt=b&dv=c&event=PPCSRC&p=1165909&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand%20CBD&utm_term=cbd%20bible%20marking%20kit&utm_content=cbd%20bibles

Start at 60 writers. (2017, October 2). Why journal writing is good for me. Retrieved from Bing: https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.RykTS6InHkyDH14o3qH2lgEsCo&pid=15.1&P=0&w=298&h=169

Yahoo. (2017, October 14). Images of journals. Retrieved from Yahoo.com: https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?p=images+of+journals&fr=uh3_news_web_gs&imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fi.kinja-img.com%2Fgawker-media%2Fimage%2Fupload%2Fs–I4E1BkV5–

7 Self-Care Tools for Entrepreneurs

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There is no substitute for self-care.  As a clinical social worker and life coach, self-care is perhaps one of the most conveyed tools for my clients as well as myself. Self-care cultivates wellness such that it rejuvenates the mind, body, and soul. If you do not take care of yourself, then all your dreams and aspirations will be fruitless.

Feeling overwhelmed? Tired? Unfocused? Burnt out?

You are not alone.

As entrepreneurs, we are so driven by our passions to build our respective empires that at times we neglect the most important variable to our success…our well-being. Thus, it is imperative that we make a habit to take care of ourselves.

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Self-care should become routine. Practice self-care daily.

7 Self-Care Tools for Entrepreneurs

  1. Sleep. Research suggests that adults should sleep an average of 7 hours each night. Establish your sleep routine to
  2. Unplug. Put up your “Do not disturb” sign. Unplug from social media. Unplug from your cell phone. Unplug from technology. Take at least 15 minutes each day to unplug.
  3. Nourish your body. Eating and drinking water will only fuel your physical wellness but it impacts your overall level of functioning. Eat at least 3 meals a day to keep your metabolism going. And drinks lots of water.
  4. Laugh. Laughter is truly good for the soul. Laugh at yourself. Laugh with a friend. Read something funny. Whatever you do, laugh!
  5. Exercise. What has held you back from exercising? Transcend that obstacle today and just do it! Exercise is beneficial for your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Commit to exercising at least 30 minutes for 5 days.
  6. Journal. Need to unleash your frustrations, then journal. There are many benefits to journaling. Research suggests that journaling also increases our gratitude.
  7. Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people. Enjoy the company of others unleashing positive vibes.

Psychotherapy for Entrepreneurs

According to a survey conducted by The University of California, 49% of entrepreneurs experience at least 1 mental illness. Please know that your mental health matters! If you are experiencing challenges which interfere with your normal level of functioning, it may be time to seek professional help.

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Make the commitment to take care of you today. You will appreciate it!

7 Nuggets: Faith and Mental Health

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Are your spiritual or religious beliefs hindering your mental well-being? For some, there seems to be a dichotomy between mental wellness and religion.  “Prayer changes everything.” “Mental illness manifests because of sin.” These prophecies will only further compound and complicate the real struggles that those whom live with mental health challenges experience.  Mental health challenges are just as real as physical health challenges.

Faith Without Works is Dead.

Churches and other places of worship should take a more prominent role in the discussion, advocacy, and action as it pertains to dismantling the mental health stigma. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental illness. Thus, in any given congregation, you will have many that have experienced a mental health challenge.

A Candid Conversation

I recently had the opportunity to present on the topic “Faith and Mental Health” at Mt.Pisgah I.M.C. in Clyo, GA. Our candid conversation included a discussion of what mental health challenges are, what mental health challenges look like, and triggers of mental health challenges.

MtPisgahChurchImage

Are you ready to commence the conversation on role of faith and the church in addressing mental health challenges?

7 Tips to Improve Your Faith and Mental Health

  1. Keep God first.
  2. Forgive yourself.
  3. Seek professional help.
  4. Make the decision to be happy.
  5. Engage in self-care.
  6. Never give up.
  7. Turn your pain into purpose.

Faith&MentalHealth

Professional Services

As a psychotherapist, I understand the many challenges those experiencing a mental illness encounter including shame, a lack of support, and denial. You are not alone.

Destination Greatness also offers convenient, confidential online and telephone therapy to residents of NC, SC, and GA. No insurance required. Limited office sessions available in Atlanta, GA and Greenville, SC.

DG Logo.jpg

To arrange a confidential, online or telephone session, schedule your appointment online at http://www.destinationgreatnesspllc.org.

Testimonial

This young lady speaks from the heart and with God on her side. Give her your ear to receive a much needed word of encouragement.-Sebrena Holmes Gibson

For speaking engagements, contact pr@shannajefferson.com.

A Spiritual Journey through Journaling

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By: Kristen Pettaway, MA Student at Liberty University; Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC

Journal

(Yahoo, 2017)

When times get complicated for me I have often found relief in writing down my thoughts and feelings.  Often times it brings out many emotions that I have been unable to share with anyone else.  Journaling is personal yet profound.  Journaling it is a form of expressing oneself on paper that can be easier than talking face to face with someone.  The paper does not care who you are or where you come from. The paper is there simply to be a tool used to obtain mindfulness.  To release built up feelings and emotions.

Journaling is powerful.  Journaling can take just a few minutes or as much time as it takes to complete a thought.  There are no rules. No judgement. No obligation to journaling. The only thing needed is writing material, a quiet place, and a desire to express yourself.

Journaling

(Start at 60 writers, 2017)

Journaling is a way to:

  • Express your Fears
  • Express your Emotions
  • Express your Dreams and Desires
  • Acknowledge your failures
  • Document your prayers
  • Document your Goals
  • Document your Decisions
  • Record your thoughts

Some people use alcohol, drugs, sex, even religion as a way to escape from feeling.  Some use all of these in combination in order not to feel.  Journaling is a way to find relief without causing self-harm or causing harm to others.  Through Journaling you can commune with God by pouring out and calling out to Him.  Through journaling burdens and yolks are lifted.

A Spiritual journey through journaling happens when you look back over your life and realize how far you have come.  Your Spiritual journey can be both rewarding and daunting at the same time. By keeping a journal you can revisit it at any time to survey where you are currently, your accomplishments and goals yet to accomplish.

Revisit your journal often to track:

  • How you concurred your fears
  • How you managed your emotions
  • How you accomplished your Dreams and Desires
  • How you regrouped and moved past your failures
  • When God Answered your Prayers
  • When you accomplished that Goal
  • If the decisions you made were helpful
  • how your thinking and behavior have changed

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

765x250_BibleLandingPage_1_1496266423

(Christianbook.com, LLC, 2017)

Journaling helps identify areas in which to focus your attention.  Journaling helps put your thoughts, feelings, behavior, and spirituality in alignment with the will of God.  Your Spiritual journey through journaling is a powerful tool of self-awareness and future endeavors.

 

References

Bible Gateway. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.biblegateway.com/

Christianbook.com, LLC. (2017, October 14). Bibles NIV, KJV, ESV, NLT for study and outreach. Retrieved from Christianbook.com, LLC: https://www.christianbook.com/page/bibles?kw=cbd%20bible%20marking%20kit&mt=b&dv=c&event=PPCSRC&p=1165909&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand%20CBD&utm_term=cbd%20bible%20marking%20kit&utm_content=cbd%20bibles

Start at 60 writers. (2017, October 2). Why journal writing is good for me. Retrieved from Bing: https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.RykTS6InHkyDH14o3qH2lgEsCo&pid=15.1&P=0&w=298&h=169

Yahoo. (2017, October 14). Images of journals. Retrieved from Yahoo.com: https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?p=images+of+journals&fr=uh3_news_web_gs&imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fi.kinja-img.com%2Fgawker-media%2Fimage%2Fupload%2Fs–I4E1BkV5–

4 Tips: Mental Wellness & The Entrepreneur

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Mental Health and the Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are bold and audacious people pursing their passions.  The day to day activities of the entrepreneur are often solo.  Most start-ups are one-person machines.  The contrast between leadership and being alone in the journey can often leave entrepreneurs overly stressed.

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A start-up is exciting and fills the entrepreneur with purpose and passion.  However, it can quickly lead to depression, leaving many entrepreneurs confused.  Shouldn’t turning your passion into a business fill you with energy and happiness?

The feelings of isolation can be like a slow and steady pain that grows overtime and saps entrepreneurs from the inside out especially when their mental health needs are neglected.

Releasing stress after work with co-workers, a spouse or anyone that can relate is a great way to unwind.  The challenge with many entrepreneurs is that the day-to-day activities aren’t normal.  Most people can’t relate or have no idea what you’re talking about when you try to vent.  It’s difficult to explain and can be even more taxing to have to lay the groundwork to talk about an issue you’re having.

My challenge for all my fellow entrepreneurs is to take control of your mental health. Your success depends on it.

4 Mental Wellness Tips for the Entrepreneur

  1. Engage in Self-Care.
  2. Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People.
  3. Complete a personal and business inventory.
  4. Seek professional help.
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Shanna A. Jefferson, MSW, CFSW, LCSW, LISW-CP/S

About The Author

Shanna A. Jefferson, LCSW, is a firm believer that everyone can transcend adversity and achieve greatness.  As a Woman of God, Change Agent, Business Executive, Life Coach, Philanthropist and Author – she is inspired by her late father and Civil Rights Activist George M. Jefferson to strive towards greatness while serving others. Having achieved a Bachelors of Public Policy and Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she is currently a Doctor of Social Work Candidate at Capella University.

In addition to her academic achievements, Shanna is a thriving entrepreneur as well. She is CEO of Destination Greatness, Founder of The Destination Greatness Foundation, COO of 1929 Enterprises, CEO of Divine Vision Coaching and Consulting and Chief Visionary Officer of Shanna A. Jefferson, Inc. She is also an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Financial Therapy Association.  At age 32, Shanna became a self-published Author with the release of 32 Shades of Greatness and thereafter The Greatness Toolbox: 33 Tools for Success and Be Bodacious: A 30-Day Challenge for Entrepreneurs to Elevate Your Life.

Connect with Shanna

Website: http://www.shannajefferson.com

Facebook: facebook.com/entrepreneurshannajefferson

Fighting Cancer and Mental Health: A journey that will forever coincide.

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As October commences, so does Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many of us wear shades of pink frequently throughout the month of October, donate to the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen organization to raise money for cancer research, along with numerous other activities.

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According to Breastcancer.org, 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. This is about 12% of the American female population. While many of us have mothers, aunts, and sisters who suffer from this horrifying disease, not many of us think about a cancer fighter’s mental health. Not just women who are fighting breast cancer, but all people who are fighting cancer in general.

Cancer knows no race, no gender, no age. It simply will affect everyone at some point in their life.

Early in 2015, my sweet step-father was diagnosed with Stage Four Esophagus Cancer. Our journey fighting cancer was the hardest thing our family has ever gone through. Though, his initial prognosis was not as good as we hoped, there was never a day our Scotty did not fight.

I was told from the very beginning that he would not be considered a victim. He would only allow people to consider him a fighter, that is exactly what he was, a Cancer fighter. Many times, throughout our family’s battle with cancer, I wondered how our Scott was mentally holding up.

In the beginning, when he was still able to eat and go out comfortably we would meet for lunch weekly at a little diner near my college apartment. We would discuss things from politics to sports, to how things were going in each of our lives.

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Once he was not able to go out anymore, I called him weekly to check on him, being that I was away at school I could not get home every week. I would ask him questions like how are you feeling and how are you

feeling and how are you holding up?

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No matter what, he would always tell me he was fine. Even when I knew he was exhausted from fighting.  I learned that he would write about his journey with cancer and that seemed to be how he kept his mental health in good shape. He was trying to be strong for our family, he was still setting an example of what a good father and husband was to look like.

This story, is not to make one feel sympathy for myself or my family, or take attention away from Breast Cancer Awareness month, but to encourage people who are quick to wear pink or walk a 5K for Cancer Awareness, to call someone you know who has cancer. Ask that fighter how they are doing. I challenge you to Volunteer your time at a local cancer center. Be an ear to listen to a fighter, sometimes, that’s all they may need.

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

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In loving memory of our sweet Scotty. Forever Bigham Strong, Powered by Prayer

 

 

About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

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