Off to Antarctica My Final Continent

By Nancy Stoops At the age of seventeen I started my travels around the world and spent three months in Europe.  My love for travel has taken me to six of the seven continents.  On December the 6th I will leave for Antarctica my 7th and final continent.  I’m really excited about being able to […]

Thoughts on Gratitude

By Nancy Stoops I can’t believe the holidays are here already.  Thanksgiving is truly one of my favorite holidays.  I love the gathering of my special family and friends.  I think about having a whole lazy day with my favorite people and I get very happy.  We are all usually so rushed but on Thanksgiving […]

Finding Support During The Holidays

By Nancy Stoops The holidays for many of us are joyful and fun but that isn’t the case for everybody or every family. I think especially with the way our economy is this holiday season may be hard for many families.  I wanted to let you all know that I run free support groups.  I […]

Are You Living to Die or Dying To Live?

By Nancy Stoops Our lives are truly about our mindset and how we view our lives.  I must ask you if you are living to die or are you dying to live.  These two ways for which people live sure do look and sound the same but they couldn’t be more different.  Take a look […]

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 […]

Be Grateful if You Know How to Love Well

By Nancy Stoops Believe it or not, not everybody is raised with knowing how to love well.  My patients sometimes wish they had a different kind of heart that wouldn’t cause them so much pain.  I always tell them how lucky they are to have the capacity to love with such depth and compassion.  They […]

Fighting Depression with Gratitude

By Nancy Stoops I work with many people suffering from depression.  It seems like their minds are filled with what is wrong with their lives and lots of self –pity.  Having lost most of my family I understand what feels like paralyzing sadness.  I’m referring to the kind of emotion that makes you feel like […]

Finding Some Wonderful In Our World

By Nancy Stoops  We sit in our homes and we turn on the news and all we hear about are all of the horrific events happening in our world.  Having had a brother murdered my heart goes out to the loved ones of the victim’s friends and families of the recent incident in Las Vegas.  Many […]

Visit My Booth at the Walnut Family Festival

By Nancy Stoops Can you believe fall is here and we are getting ready for Halloween?  One of my favorite things about this time of year is the Walnut Family Festival.  This year I will not only have a booth but Midnight the therapy dog and myself will be in the parade.  The date of […]

An Invitation for All Natural Healers

By Nancy Stoops Last year I facilitated and ran a very successful wellness event for the city of Walnut.  We had a hundred people attend this event.  Due to the success of this event I have been asked to do four wellness events for 2018.  I’m so honored and very excited and looking for healers […]

Balanced Parenting

By Nancy Stoops   Our children are one of the few things in our lives that don’t come with a manual and definitely can’t be returned.  Parenting is the most important job you will have in this world.  I work with many parents trying to teach them how to be balanced and more effective.  Balance […]

Free Counseling is Available

By Nancy Stoops For the past twenty 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 […]

What Ever Happened To Play?

By Nancy Stoops It is frightening how many children are brought to me each for anxiety.  When did children start taking meds for anxiety? When I was growing up I didn’t even know what that word meant.  It was play that saved me from my hard days and that was how I worked through my […]

Being Back In School

By Nancy Stoops   I work with so many young people that have recently started school again.  They are all feeling a lot of stress due to the transition from summer to school.  The homework is coming at what seems to be a rapid pace. It’s important for these students to take one day at […]

Feeling Overwhelmed

By Nancy Stoops We tell ourselves that we are given what we can handle.  Sometimes it sure does feel like we are given way more then we can or should have to handle.  I laugh to myself and think my creator must think I’m superwoman and must think so much of me to give me […]

As Good As It Gets

By Nancy Stoops   Have you ever had a moment that just feels totally perfect?  Do you ever go through chunks of time feeling so in sync with the world?  Isn’t it just wonderful when you feel that blissful momentum just carrying though.  These are the times I believe that things feel as good as […]

Calling For Responsible Pet Owners

By Nancy Stoops   It is on behalf of dogs everywhere that I write this article.  Being the proud owner of Midnight, the black lab/black shepherd mix shown with me in my photograph is truly a joy and honor.  Midnight is nine-years-old and very healthy.  Midnight and I take lots of long walks in our […]

Anxiety And Our Youth

By Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T. I have been a psychotherapist for seventeen 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 […]

All Great Things Are Possible If You Believe In Yourself

By Nancy Stoops What is it that seems to set you apart from somebody you consider a successful human being?  Do you find yourself always doubting your capabilities?  Are you really willing to always settle for less than you really deserve?  Don’t you understand that you have wings and that you really could fly if […]

Celebrating the Simple Things

By Nancy Stoops I believe each day that we have the honor of being alive is call for celebration.  Every morning as I awake and see the sun rising and filling the sky with majestic colors I am reminded of how lucky we are.  As I step out in the morning with Midnight my therapy […]