March 2009

Dear Friends-

These days there is plenty of stress to go around.  We feel it here, too, at Associates and I have provided a brief update to let you know how we are doing.  In addition, you will find some very helpful information, for couples and people of all ages about dealing with stress using the best ideas from both the science and faith perspectives.

In His grace,
Dr. Joe Verga
Executive Director


A Word About Associates from
            Dr. Joe Verga

2009 Banquet

Stress 101

Our Staff on Stress

Eight Proven Stress-Busters

Book Reviews

Speakers Bureau

A Word About Associates from Dr. Joe Verga

Dear Friends,

Many have asked how we are fairing during these challenging times. 

This can be better understood if you remember that our funding is composed of 65% from fees for services, and 35% from donations.  Since our intakes and productivity have remained close to last year’s level, the 65% piece is holding up pretty well.  On the donation side, the hard fact is that giving to nonprofits in general is down 20-30% this year.  This was confirmed by Scott Wierman, president of the Winston-Salem Foundation, at a workshop I attended recently on fundraising. 

To remain good stewards, we have cut back wherever possible on operating expenses and are continuing our outreach efforts.

We ask our supporters to please stand with us through this difficult time.  We understand that for some of you your level of support may need to be reduced in consideration of reduced income from investments and other changes in personal finances and businesses. 

We believe that if everyone does what they can, that together we will come through this without reducing our staff or services.

All of us at Associates deeply appreciate your concern and your faithful support.

Dr. Joe

Stress 101

Although the first dictionary entry for the word stress is not for the emotional use of the word, it is, perhaps inadvertently, the perfect word picture—“force exerted upon a body, that tends to strain or deform its shape.” With the current economic realities, many are feeling strained or deformed under the stress on their lives today.Read More

Our Staff on Stress

Six of our clinicians share their thoughts on the different ways stress impacts women, men, marriages, adolescents, children and may lead to domestic violence. Read More

Eight Proven Stress Busters

1.  Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.

2.  Avoid coffee, or any form of caffeine, as it will overstress your body.
3.  Exercise frequently, but not for long.
4.  Increase human contact with people you enjoy.

5.  Take time to dream and let your imagination fly.

6.  Think before you eat.

7.  Be a kid again!

8.  Laugh..and laugh until you are rolling on the floor.

From Christian Counseling Today Vol. 16 No. 2 p.27 

Book Reviews

My Journey to Contentment
Linda Dillow
NavPress Publishing Group, 2007
Helps the reader focus on growing in contentment and faith as they learn to trust God completely.

Stress Less
Don Colbert, MD
Siloam Press, 2008
Using scientific evidence, stories, Biblical principles and more, Dr. Colbert helps you address stress in your life from a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual standpoint.

The Hidden Link Between Adrenaline and Stress
Dr. Archibald D. Hart
Thomas Nelson, 1995
Explains how adrenaline gets going, how to monitor your adrenaline arousal and how to live a more peaceful, healthy life.

Speakers Bureau

Members of our staff are available to speak to your civic organization, women’s or men’s group, or church function on stress.  Other topics areas include:

  • Common problems such as anxiety, depression, and grief
  • Marriage
  • Men’s Issues
  • Women’s Issues
  • Parenting
  • Self-care
  • Spirituality & Mental Health
For more information about Associates in Christian Counseling’s Speakers Bureau, contact


Thoughts on Stress

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matt. 11:28

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