December 10th, 2015
"The Other Side of the Coin.”
It’s that time of year. Instead of sugar plums and puppy dog tails, our heads are full of giving…who is on my list? Who have I forgotten? What do they want? Almost every other piece of mail we open is a solicitation for support. Our attention and resources are pulled in many directions. This time of year can be exhausting. During this month, more than any other, we are focused on Giving with a capital G!! The good news is that human beings are hard-wired to give. When mammals first appeared on this planet, about 2 hundred million years ago, they had to develop their capacity for bonding, emotion, and generosity in order to survive. Our social abilities continued to evolve and now our brains have tripled in size to make room for necessary interpersonal skills: language, empathy, attachment, romance, cooperation, altruism. Giving comes naturally to us human beings. However, there is another side to giving that is often not discussed. We hope you will join us as we explore "The Other Side of the Coin.”
Lynn Motley, MSSW has more than 40 years of experience in the social work profession. Since 2013, she has served as an owner/partner of Empower Behavioral Health, a private mental health counseling practice that focuses on providing services to individuals, couples and families. Prior to opening Empower, she worked as the Employee Assistance Program Coordinator at Marshall Space Flight Center from 2004 to 2013. She has worked for Alabama Psychiatric Services, the Huntsville-Madison County Mental Health Center and the Madison County Department of Human Resources. Ms. Motley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1973 from Rhodes College and a Master of Science in Social Work degree in 1981 from the University of Tennessee.
Alissa Cohen Lapidus, MSW has been working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families for 8 years and is comfortable addressing a variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, problems during childhood, grief and loss, family and relationship conflict, work life balance and more. Alissa has certifications in Grief and Loss and Positive Psychology. These two certifications have proved to work together beautifully in helping clients visualize the life they want to live, and heal and overcome obstacles in the way of achieving their desired outcomes and dreams. After working in agency, school based mental health, and private wilderness teen programs; Alissa became a founding partner of Empower Behavioral Health. Together with partner Lynn Motley, she has worked hard to form a behavioral health agency that would enable her and the Empower team to facilitate the empowerment of families and individuals using evidence based frameworks to achieve the lives they desire.
Nikki Heidelbach, PsyD works as a Clinical Psychologist with Empower Behavioral Health where she provides psychological assessment and therapy services to individuals, couples, and families. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings, from an elementary school to a Veteran’s Administration Hospital. The majority of Nikki’s experience was with a community mental health center in Clarksville, Tennessee where she worked as an Outpatient Therapist. She received her Doctorate in Psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky; a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of South Alabama; and a Bachelor of Arts from University of West Florida.
Tracy Harris, MS is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 16 years of experience in the profession. Ms. Harris has been in private practice since 2014 and provides individual, marital, and family counseling. Prior to beginning her practice, Ms. Harris served as a Program Manager and therapist for an Intensive Outpatient Program with The Bridge. She has also worked for Bradford Health Services and Crestwood Behavioral Health. Ms. Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in 1992 and a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (Alabama A&M) in 1999.
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