Greetings St. Joseph Parishioners!
My name is Andrew Hey and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. For the last year or so I have been contracted to do some mental health support at St. Joseph’s school. This year, Father Stan has asked me to extend some of those services to the parish. 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, to say the least. From financial difficulties to public and personal health fears to social isolation, there is no shortage of mental health stressors in our lives right now. If you, a family member, or a friend needs a safe place, free of judgment to talk, I would be happy to help. Relationships and families too have been strained more often this year than in the past. I am very happy to work with these groups as well. My approach to counseling is to create a safe, supportive, and relaxed/informal environment to explore these difficult areas. But I am also a firm believer that spending time discovering and growing our strengths is key to overcoming our weaknesses. So, I try to strike a healthy balance between both strengths and challenges. Finally, as a practicing Catholic myself, I am fully comfortable exploring and growing the spiritual side of ourselves and leaning on our faith to find the peace we need. If any of this sounds helpful to you, please do not hesitate to reach out and know that I am glad to help. I look forward to meeting you!
Here is how it will work:
Make your own appointments with Mr. Hey. His contact information is just above. This will be on Tuesdays, beginning October 6, from about 4:00-8:00 pm. Sessions will normally run 50 minutes, with 10 minutes between sessions. You do not have to have insurance; we are investing in the mental health of our parishioners. We will try this for three months and assess whether it should continue, be expanded, or determine that it has run its course.
Who can avail themselves of this?
Any registered parishioner. (there may be some cases where those not of age will need parental agreement.)
Who should use it?
Anyone who would benefit from exploring how to navigate difficulties right now. Going to counseling is not frightening. It does not mean you are crazy. You are getting advice and help from someone who knows about these issues. And it is free, at least for a few months until we assess whether it merits continuation or even expansion. It makes sense to try it. You can see Mr. Hey in some videos he made for our students last Spring on Youtube.com. Search for Andrew Hey.