Disrupting diet culture

By Samantha Shepherd, MSW, LICSW • JFCS Therapist Food brings people together, gives us sustenance, plays an integral role in both secular and religious traditions, and is even seen as medicine. While food is used in so many connecting and healing ways, diet culture has interrupted this connec[...]

What is my therapist reading?

What is my therapist reading By Natalie Quiring-Oleson, MSW, LICSW • JFCS Therapist, with the support of the JFCS Counseling team The world is full of books on every topic. This includes mental health. With so many options to pick from, how can you know what to choose? The JFCS Counseling team wanted to highlight a few of[...]

Walk and Talk Therapy: Moving the body, quieting the mind

nature path By Samantha Shepherd, LICSW • JFCS Therapist Part of my clinical practice as a psychotherapist at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis focuses on supporting the mind-body connection. The biomedical model treats the body and mind as two separate entities, when other frameworks [...]

Ambiguous loss: A type of grief that is present even without death

african american woman fetal position on bed By Michel Rousseau • JFCS Therapist A large part of my clinical practice as a psychotherapist at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis focuses on supporting those who are grieving. Even though everyone faces experiences surrounding death and dying at some point in their lives, [...]

988 is the nation’s new Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

988 - Holding phone The future of crisis response By Samantha Shepherd, MSW, LICSW • JFCS Therapist According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2020, someone in this country died of suicide every 11 minutes. In addition to this, over 12 million adults seriously considered suicide, with over [...]

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

988 suicide and crisis lifeline By Jill Kozberg • JFCS Mental Health and Senior Services Director September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is a critical topic for all of us to know about, think about, and talk about. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), suicide affects people of all ages and is co[...]