Koinonia Professional Coaching & Counseling Center 

Learn to Love the Life You Live. 

 
 

Pastor Jessi Furino~Christian Counseling
776 Mountain Boulevard, Suite 106, Watchung, N.J. 07069  
(908) 917-5593


KPC Family and individual resources:


Therapeutic Resources and Tools:





Dr. Axe www.draxe.com

My go to resource for functional medicine.  Wonderful resources and recommendations.

We all need help and resources for ourselves and our loved ones.  Here are some beneficial links.  Please contact my office if you need additional help or are seeking counseling.  [email protected] Jessica Furino


 Mental Health and Family Resources 

The following links are listed to provide you with additional online mental health care information and counseling resources.


Addiction and Recovery

Alcoholic's Anonymous

Center for On-Line Addiction

SAMHSA's Substance Abuse/Addiction

SAMHSA's Treatment and Recovery

Web of Addictions


Anxiety Disorders

Answers to Your Questions About Panic Disorder

National Center for PTSD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Mayo Clinic

International OCD Foundation

Calm Clinic


Associations & Institutes

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

American Counseling Association

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychological Association

Association for Psychological Science


Canadian Mental Health Association

Center for Mental Health Resources


National Institute of Mental Health

www.nami.org

Mental Health America

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADDA - Attention Deficit Disorder Association

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, NIMH


Child Abuse and Domestic Violence

Childhelp USA®

Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse


SAMHSA's (Women,) Children and Families

SAMHSA's Protection and Advocacy

The National Domestic Violence Hotline Website


Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Domestic Abuse Intervention and Prevention:

https://www.whengeorgiasmiled.org/aspire-curriculum/

This site and foundation is run by Robin McGraw. It provides apps for safety and protection as well as a wealth or resources and referrals.



Depression

Bipolar Disorder News - Pendulum.org

Depression and How Therapy Can Help

Depression Screening

Depression Test, Symptoms of Depression, Signs of Depression


Developmental Disorders

Asperger's Disorder

NeuroWeb

Yale Autism Program


Diagnosis

DSM-IV-TR: Diagnoses and Criteria


Dissociation and Traumatic Stress

Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute


Eating Disorders

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics



Focus on the Family focusonthefamily.com  A wonderful parenting and family resource.


Journals & Magazines


ADHD Report

Anxiety, Stress and Coping

Autism

Childhood

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Please click here for their link for Shepherd's Guide:


Dementia

Depression and Anxiety

Drug and Alcohol Review

Dyslexia

Early Child Development and Care

IEP and Learning resources:

www.Information.org

I Love this site!!! Information, articles, resources, templates, sample letters, protective rights and laws...you name it, this site is an amazing resource for parents, teachers and administrators to help each navigate and assist their children in getting the assessments they need to set up a program that provides accommodations and modifications needed to provide children with the tools to do well in school.


Eating Disorders

Educational Assessment


Grief Counseling article by Imagine. www.imaginenj.org

Imagine is a non profit grief counseling and education center that helps families and individuals of all ages cope and heal from their losses. They are located in Westfield, N.J. If you can support them or help someone you know who needs support in this area, please have them reach out to imaginenj.org



Journal of Gambling Studies

Journal of Happiness Studies

Journal of Mental Health and Aging

Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment


Language and Cognitive Processes


Loss, Grief & Care


Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities


Metaphor and Symbol

Neuropsychological Rehabilitation


Parenting

Personal Relationships


Personality and Individual Differences

Psychiatric Bulletin


Psychology Today

Stress and Health

Substance Abuse

Service and Care Links: Online resource for coordinating care for others. 

Mealtrain

Mealtrain.com allows you to organize meals for individuals in your community. Mealtain plus goes one step farther by providing you with the tools to organize overall needed care; rides, child care, grovceries, etc..These are wonderful and easy tools to help us take care of our loved ones.


Timebanks.org

Timebanks.org is a new organization that allows individuals to donate their services in their community in exchange for reciprocal services. For example, one participant drove other members to medical appointments for 20 hours and was able to exchange their 20 hours by having someone paint their home. What a wonderful way to provide services and network, tax free in your community.


https://www.caringbridge.com

Caring Contact for Crisis and Suicide Intervention and Prevention

24 Hour Crisis Hotline www.caringcontact.org 908.232.2880

Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs:

ACT How to help and intervene.

Grief

www.griefshare.org/hope



www.justserve.org A service coordinating site which promotes and supports non-profit organizations.


Trauma, Violence & Abuse


Medications and Health Supplements

Drug Interactions, Drugs.com

Drug Interactions, DIRECT


Medical Dictionary

Medications, FDA

Medications, PDR

Medline, Comparison


Multivitamins


Mental Health Care General Links

CounsellingResource.com

Mental Health Counselor Resources, About.com

Mental Help Net

PsychCentral.com

Psychiatric Hotline (908)668-2599

Social Security/Medicare (800)772-1213


University of Michigan Health Library

Personality Disorders

Mental Help Net - Personality Disorders


Suicide Awareness and Hotlines

SAMHSA's Suicide Prevention

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Suicide: Read This First


Additional Mental Health Care & Counseling Resources

Disaster/Trauma

HIV/AIDS

Interpretation of Dreams

Keirsey (Myers-Briggs) Temperament Sorter

Signs of Menopause, Symptoms of Menopause

Note: Not responsible for the content, claims or representations of the listed sites.



 

Domestic violence:


https://www.whengeorgiasmiled.org/aspire-curriculum/ 
 This site and foundation is run by Robin McGraw.  It provides apps for safety and protection as well as a wealth or resources and referrals.
 
https://www.theraveproject.org 

IEP and Learning resources:

www.Information.org
I Love this site!!! Information, articles, resources, templates, sample letters, protective rights and laws...you name it, this site is an amazing resource for parents, teachers and administrators to help each navigate and assist their children in getting the assessments they need to set up a program that provides accommodations and modifications needed to provide children with the tools to do well in school. 

Stress reduction and relief for panic attacks:


Good lifestyle habits are crucial in reducing our stress.   Some these habits are  good nutrition, healthy sleep habits, relaxed walks, affirmative self talk,  breathing exercises,  and making sure you physically well.  

SLEEP: A full 7 hours of sleep.

DIET: Good nutritional eating habits (reduced or no sugar or caffeine,)  stop eating processed foods, triglycerides, etc.  Eat foods with tryptophan (as they naturally relax your body..turkey, chicken, basil, tomatoes, warm milk.)  Most of us don't get the recommended 8 servings of vegetables,  4 servings of fruit and 4 servings of protein a day. 

VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS:  It is important to take a good daily vitamin, and needed  supplements ( such as Vitamin D3.)  A complete physical should show what minerals and vitamins you may need to supplement. 

EXERCISE: Moderate exercise, a 30 minute walk 3-4 times a week.  

HYDRATION: Good hydration (6-8 glasses of water each day.)  

SELF TALK AND PRAYER:  Positive self talk...dispute those negative injunctions.  I believe in prayer, I am a pastor.  I firmly believe that everything isn't under our control.  That God is a loving, caring and protective Father who willingly will help us through are difficulties.  Faith is a gift, one you can ask for.  Asking Him to take on your burdens and helping them through will ease your stress and burden.   

COUNSELING:  Talk therapy with a counselor to help find the source of your anxiety and to help relieve it. Relaxation techniques and focus on a single word (calm, peace, etc..)  Please contact me if you would like to come in for a  session on my technique.  I can also help you on Face time or Skype.   

BREATHING EXERCISES:  Breathing exercises (breathe in through your nose, slowly to the count of 7 and breathe out, deeply, to the count of 7...7 x.)  Remind yourself that this is only a feeling and it will pass with in a short period of time, probably within 10 minutes.  As you breathe you are telling your body that there is nothing to fear, to relax and be calm. When you focus on one word, ie calm, you are only able to think of that one thing.  This will help with those  what if and panicky thoughts. 

NATURAL AND WARMING DISTRACTIONS:  Music, animals, nature,  writing, drawing, crafts, and other activities are wonderful and healthy distractors.  

HAVE A SAFE SUPPORT PERSON WHO YOU CAN REACH OUT AND TALK WITH: If you are feeling badly, have a safe support person who you can speak with.  As you practice these steps, you will find that your attacks should eventually diminish 

HELP SOME IN NEED:  Service heals us and focuses our attention on someone else.  It brings you together with other loving, caring persons. 

GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK:  Love yourself!  Have your expectations for you based on your goals, not  others.  Relax, enjoy and grow.  Surround yourself with others who are positive, solution oriented and loving.  Learn how to be assertive and say no.  You do not have to please others. Write down your goals and figure out how to achieve them.  Live, love, learn and enjoy this life.

HAVE A FULL PHYSICAL AND CONSULT WITH A PROFESSIONAL:  If you continue to experience these episodes, please consider seeing me  or another qualified counselor and see your physician for a complete physical.    


www.justserve.org  A service coordinating site which promotes and supports non-profit organizations.  

Ability Resources:


Low Vision Internet Access
Filtering Sensory Processing Issues At Home
Cleaner Indoor Air & Chemical Sensitivities Campaign
Home Modifications for Disabilities - Checklists and Funding

Low Vision Internet Access




Union County Help and Outreach Numbers:


Adult protective services (908)497-3902

American Association of Retired Persons (866)542-8165`

Consumers Affairs of Union County (908)654-9840

Disabled, office of Union County (908)527-4807

Elizabeth office of aging (908)820-4044

Hispanic Services (908)497-3950

Home Energy Assistance Program (908)351-7727

Homeless Emergency Services/ Domestic Violence (908)355-1500

Medicaid (732)777-6977

Medicare (800)633-4227

NJ Nursing Home Information (safe) (908)497-3950

Elderly Abuse Hotline (877)582-6995

Psychiatric Hotline (908)668-2599

Social Security/Medicare (800)772-1213

Union County Division on Aging: Day Care, Home Care, Education,

Employment, Counseling, Financial Assistance, Housing,

Legal Assistance, Prescription Help. (888)280-8226

Grief Counseling article by Imagine.   www.imaginenj.org

Imagine is a non profit grief counseling and education center that helps families and individuals of all ages cope and heal from their losses.  They are located in Westfield, N.J.  If you can support them or help someone you know who needs support in this area, please have them reach out to imaginenj.org

An article listed by their Director of Clinical Services:

10 Things Grieving Children Want You to Know 

#1 – Grieving children want to be told the truth.  Tell grieving children the truth with these considerations in mind:  The age of the child  The maturity level of the child  The circumstances surrounding the death  Answer questions as honestly as you can 

#2 – Grieving children want to be reassured that there will always be someone to take care of them. Grieving children spend a lot of time worrying about another person in their life who might die.  To help alleviate this fear, it’s important to reassure them that there will always be someone in their life who will take care of them.  Enlist the aid of their parent or caregiver to determine a plan for the children.  Let the children know what the plan is.  

#3 – Grieving children want you to know that their grief is long lasting.  Children will grieve the person who died for the rest of their life.  Grieving kids don’t “just get over it”.   They will often be bewildered when other people in their life have seemed to move on.  Their grief changes over time as they grow and change overtime. 

#4 – Children often cope with grief and loss through play.  Children grieve through play.  Typically, they cannot sustain prolonged grief.  Children use play as a way to cope with their grief and to take a break from the grief. 

#5 – Grieving children want you to know that they will always miss the person who died.  People die, but love doesn’t die.  Grieving children will miss the person who died for as long as they live. 

#6 – Often, grieving children want to share their story and talk about the person who died.  Having an opportunity to tell his or her story is often beneficial to a child’s healing process.  Sharing memories about the person who died is also very important.  Grieving children don’t want to forget the person who died – they are also worried that others will forget their person. 

#7 – Every child grieves differently.  Every child has his or her own grief journey and own way of grieving.  Some children might be more expressive with their grief.  Some children might keep it all in.  Siblings grieve differently.  Just because children come from the same family doesn’t mean that their grief will be the same.  It is important to honor each child’s story, even if it is different than his or her sibling’s story. 

#8 – Grieving children often feel guilty.  Grieving children will often feel pangs of guilt.  Even if the guilt is not justified and has no basis in reality. 

#9 – Even though I might be acting out, what I’m really feeling is intense emotions of grief.  Grieving children frequently feel sad, angry, confused, or scared.  Since they might not know how to express all of these emotions, they often end up acting out instead. 

#10 - If you’re not sure what a grieving child wants, just ask him!  When in doubt, ask a grieving child how you can help.  Check in with the child – do they want to talk about the person who died? Maybe not.   Expect myriad answers.  Do they want to write about their grief or do some other activity to express their grief?  What do they need? 

You can help grieving children by: 

 Listening Really hearing them when you’re listening Following their lead   Validating their feelings. Answering their questions. Seeking out additional resources, as needed 
Written by: Pamela Gabbay, M.A.

Family Health and Nutrition:


Gut Brain Connection-

Dr. Sears Pediatrics Please click here

**Please see our Autism & Vaccine Safety page  for additional services to assist families in our community who have children or adults who have Autism.

Vaccine friendly and safe physicians in the U.S (vaxtruth.org):

Dr. Sears list of vaccine friendly doctors in the US:

Vaccine friendly & safe doctors in the tri-state area:

Looking for a home church?
 Shepherds guide and Star99.1 have search engines for your local zip code. 
Please click here for their link for Shepherd's Guide:

Mealtrain 

Mealtrain allows you to organize meals for individuals in your community.  Mealtain plus goes one step farther by providing you with the tools to organize overall needed care; rides, child care, grovceries, etc..These are wonderful and easy tools to help us take care of our loved ones.

Timebanks.org is a new organization that allows individuals to donate their services in their community in exchange for reciprocal services.  For example, one participant drove other members to medical appointments for 20 hours and was able to exchange their 20 hours by having someone paint their home.  What a wonderful way to provide services and network, tax free in your community.

Please click here:

Young Life and Wild Life Organization:

Spectacular Christ centered middle school and high school recreational activities and a seperate bible study program.  This charity also has a phenomenal program for single moms.  The high school and college leaders are dynamic, fun, positive compassionate with these children. What a great place for our children to learn, grow and develop good friends.

Akiana Kramarik

A 12 year old Christian artist and prodigy who uses her gifts to give others a glimpse of Heaven and our Lord.  She has a devoted foundation that helps children in need.