Giving Back This Holiday Season

By Nancy Stoops This holiday season Midnight and I with continue our volunteer work at the infusion center at St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton.  I think it’s very timely because to me the holidays are partly about giving back.  We take a lot for granted and working with cancer patients makes you really appreciate life.  […]

Depression and the Holidays

By Nancy Stoops   Did you know that suicide rates are among the highest during the holidays?  This may sound very strange to some of you, but it is true.  Believe it or not this isn’t a wonderful time of year for everybody.  I remember, as a little girl thinking how anybody could be sad […]

Free Counseling is Available

By Nancy Stoops For the past eighteen years I have had the honor of facilitating a free counseling group every Monday evening.  Our group meets at the Walnut Teen Center and Gymnasium located at 21003 La Puente road in the city of Walnut.  We meet year round from 6-8p.m. every Monday unless it is a […]

Traveling the World

By Nancy Stoops Ever since I was a very small girl I always knew that I wanted to travel around the entire world.  It really all began when I was seventeen I graduated high school a semester early and spent three months in Europe.  At that point I became addicted to wanting to see the […]

Deciding to Start Therapy

By Nancy Stoops Deciding to start therapy can be a very hard decision.  It’s hard to admit to ourselves that we can’t do it on our own and that we need some help.  The truth is even though we take care of ourselves sometimes we need the help of a good doctor or an antibiotic […]

Depression

By Nancy Stoops Do you seem to be always sleeping or not able to sleep at all?  Are you eating everything in sight or suffer from no appetite at all.  Have you lost pleasure in doing the things that once made you so happy?  Are you unable to focus and concentrate?  If you are able […]

A World Full Of Anxiety

By Nancy Stoops I have always been told that worrying is an insult to God.  I always had interpreted this as that we are in good hands and need to trust the plan for our life.  I believe being the best version of myself daily is really all I can do.  I have come to […]

Happiness

Nancy Stoops Most people believe that there is a road to happiness.  Most people believe that certain things need to occur to be happy.  Most people spend their whole life on a quest for happiness but never get there.  I believe happiness is a choice.  I believe happiness is a mindset.  I believe it’s about […]

Anxiety and Our Youth

By Nancy Stoops I have been a psychotherapist for sixteen years and have worked with people of all ages with various issues.  I’m constantly amazed when I have a child or teen brought to me for anxiety issues. We seem to have created a generation that feels very inadequate and struggles with growing up and […]

Midnight, The Therapy Dog

BY NANCY STOOPS Midnight’s amazing story is now available at amazon.com. My new book, Midnight, the Therapy Dog, will make you laugh and cry and delight your soul. The book is a beautifully illustrated story about how Midnight loses his family and himself for a while. My friend, April Cruz, a brilliant artist, did the […]

Mind Changing Meditation

BY NANCY STOOPS Since I was 17 years of age, I have been meditating. I think it is the healthiest and most effective way to clear one’s mind. Meditation can be done anywhere and anytime and does not require anything but discipline and a willingness to be patient, because to achieve total meditation takes years. […]

The Lovely Country of Ecuador

BY NANCY STOOPS Every year I go on a spiritual journey. As a psychotherapist I give all of me, and this is my way of filling my mind, body and spirit back up. This year, I decided to go to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands and I’m so very glad I did. I must start […]

Being on Probation

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

By NANCY STOOPS I have worked with many families that have had children on probation. This can cause a lot of stress on the entire family. There can be many responsibilities that go along with probation, depending on the crime. I have usually found that there seems to be some sort of private or group […]

Attitude Is Everything

BY NANCY STOOPS   Do you see a half-filled glass as half empty or as half full? Do you tend to see what’s wrong with your life, or do you focus on what is right with your life? Would you consider yourself a negative person or a positive person? Do you wake up everyday being […]

Taking Up Space Vs. Learning

BY NANCY STOOPS Every day that our children go to school they make a decision to either just take up space or to really learn. Most children are in school for the better part of their day. The law tells us our children need to get an education. Many children thrive and do very well, […]

Starting This School Year Prepared

BY NANCY STOOPS The return to school begins very soon and you need to help your children prepare. This is a good time to start having them go to bed a little earlier and to help them get organized. Make sure to buy them a good notebook with subject dividers, with folders in those dividers […]

Depression

BY NANCY STOOPS Do you seem to be always sleeping or not able to sleep at all? Are you eating everything in sight or suffer from no appetite at all. Have you lost pleasure in doing the things that once made you so happy? Are you unable to focus and concentrate? If you are able […]

Waiting for Some Relief

BY NANCY STOOPS Things happen in our lives that literally seem to make us feel as if we couldn’t possibly go on. When my brother, Rory, committed suicide, I thought that was the end of me; but I survived. Then my other brother, Jeff, was murdered, and once again I thought for sure I was […]

Designing Your Own Life

BY NANCY STOOPS  Why do you let everybody run your life? Why do you feel you have no choices and that life can’t ever get better? What is it that seems to keep you stuck? How many times have you asked yourself these questions? Let’s see if we can answer some of these questions. I […]

Staying Out Of The Negative

BY NANCY STOOPS Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? Do you focus on the good in your life or on what’s wrong? Do you take the time to count your blessings each and everyday? We all have things that go wrong in our lives, but I believe we create our […]