Experiential therapy uses horses for emotional growth

Mon, 07/27/2009 - 8:35am
By: The Citizen

Straight from the horse’s mouth – what exactly is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?

The term Equine Assisted Psychotherapy may conjure up images of depressed ponies pouring out their childhood past in the minds of many people. “The true practice of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a little less imaginative, but still extraordinary,” said Flying Change Founder and Executive Director Lissa Corcoran, “Flying Change uses horses to improve people’s lives.”

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Local World Gyms launch third go round of ‘I Lost It At The Club’

Losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions that people make each year and by the end of February or beginning of March, the determination they felt at the beginning of the year is starting to wane. That’s where a program like “I Lost It At The Club,” at the three World Gym locations in Fayette County can help not only re-energize a weight loss campaign or kickstart getting healthy and fit but also start a lifestyle change that can be followed for years to come. 

Eye FAQ for Seniors

By John L Henahan, OD, FAAO
Special to The Citizen

• I have been diagnosed with cataracts, what does that mean?

Weight Loss Medical Clinic offers many options to patients

One of the unfortunate fallouts of the holiday season is weight gain. It is almost universal that no matter how careful one is during the rest of the year. All that wonderful food and beverages that accompany holiday cheer and love will make you fall off the wagon. It is also almost universal that attempts to lose weight are a very integral part of the New Year resolve. It is for this resolution that Weight Loss Medical Clinic can become an important aid.

Greg Moffatt: The Healthy Triad

The first month of the year is not yet up, but I'm guessing that many of your New Year's resolutions are already history. There isn't anything wrong with making resolutions and there isn't anything wrong with adjusting or abandoning them. Sometimes those goals are unrealistic or just plain wrong for you.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression now available in Peachtree City

Peachtree City recently became home to the first HealthChoice Center in Fayette County. The HealthChoice Center offers a relatively new technology called non-surgical spinal decompression, a treatment that offers new hope to sufferers of severe, chronic back pain.

Study shows chiropractic care helps patient suffering from Tourette Syndrome

Chiropractic care is often thought of by the public only in terms of relief from back and neck pain, but doctors of chiropractic have long espoused the health benefits received by patients for a wide variety of ailments.

Senoia Medial Clinic now offering specialized treatments for Fibromyalgia and Diabetic Neuropathy

Dr Bill Greening, a long time family physician in Senoia announced this week that he is expanding the services offered in his practice and will now offer the proven Outcome Medial pain treatment program. 

Outside the Box Kids

By Dr. Dana Spears
Special to The Citizen

Did you know that as many or more children in Fayette County participate in the arts as in sports? Community theater and dance companies, orchestras, choirs, bands, and private music and art lessons serve thousands of youth in our area. But after the school day, there are too few gallery, rehearsal, or performance facilities for the artistic, “outside the box” kids, while top-notch community sports complexes abound.

Seventh Annual Cattle Barons’ Ball brings a mission of hope

Why in this time of economic woes would the American Cancer Society ask their Southern Crescent Chapter to put on another Cattle Barons’ Ball? The answer is simple; cancer does not take time off. We all have a story of how cancer has affected our lives, because cancer is a part of our society. The American Cancer Society spends it days educating, preventing, and funding research for a cure. These programs are supported by events like the Cattle Barons’ Ball. This is the seventh year of the ball; therefore, we are focusing on seven faces of hope in the fight against cancer. These people from Fayette County, tell the story of why over 60 volunteers devote their time putting on the ball as well as golf and tennis tournaments each year. As a community, we can have a positive effect.

Piedmont Newnan Hospital presents Dessert & Discussion: “The Latest Trends in Surgical Options”

As technology and innovation advance through the years, the types of surgeries available to us expand. Piedmont Newnan Hospital invites Newnan and surrounding area residents to a Dessert and Discussion titled “The Latest Trends in Surgical Options” led by Sharon Davis, M.D., and Brad Battaglia, M.D., on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Newnan Country Club.

CVC putting patient info at fingertips


As the world of medicine continues to improve through technology, patients of a local cardiovascular practice will soon be able to take advantage of it from their very own homes.

Facts about backpack injuries

By Dr. Marilyn L. Durden
Special to The Citizen

Has your child been complaining about back pain over the last few weeks or months? If so, consider the following.

Students need complete eye exams before school

Vision is a dominant process in the growth, development and daily performance of children. In fact, 80 percent of what students learn is through vision. And yet, 86 percent of all school-age children have not had a complete eye examination. Ever. The American Optometric Association has estimated that “60 percent of students identified as ‘problem learners’ have undetected vision problems, meaning that some could see improvement in their school work with a pair of glasses or contact lenses

Glaucoma - Not just high eye pressure

By Dr. John Henahan, OD, FAAO
Special to The Citizen

Nearly 2.2 million Americans are estimated to have glaucoma. Worldwide, nearly 9 million people are blind from glaucoma and nearly 80 million people are expected to have glaucoma a decade from now.

You hold the light

By Greg Moffatt
Special to The Citizen

A good friend of mine and I were working together once and I asked him if he worked on his own vehicles. “Not really,” he said. His father worked on cars so I was surprised that his father never taught him. When I asked him why he said, “I didn’t like working on things with him because all I ever got to do was hold the light.” My friend’s well-intentioned father had not only failed to teach his son, but even more importantly, he created an environment where his son didn’t want to participate.

A New Start Counseling Center - Transforming one's trials into triumph

The name of an organization or business can say a lot about its outlook and its intent. That is the case with A New Start Counseling Center, Inc., whose wide array of services is geared to meet needs and help transform life’s trials and into life’s triumphs.

It’s great to live in America

By Greg Moffatt
Special to The Citizen

Independence Day is just a few days away. In the difficult times we live in right now, it is easy to be discouraged. Our retirement accounts are looking meager with the trouble in the stock market, the national debt is out of control, housing values are down, and there are troubles overseas with our allies and enemies alike. No matter what one’s political orientation, there are things to be discouraged about - conservatives are unhappy with the current administration and liberals are discouraged with the huge challenges they believe they inherited from the previous administration.

Durden Chiropractic Clinic celebrates milestone

By Dr. Marilyn Durden
Special to The Citizen

The patients and staff at Durden Chiropractic Clinic (DCC) are so glad to be settled into our clinic. It has been a productive year since we made Grove Park Commons our home in June 2008.

Tips for checking your blood pressure at home

You don’t need to wait until a doctor’s visit to keep tabs on your blood pressure. Home monitoring is important, particularly if your doctor has suggested you check your blood pressure regularly.

Hearing - Use it or Lose it!

By Dr. Andrew Waits
Special to The Citizen

We’ve all heard the saying “use it or lose it.” It applies to hearing as well as your mind and other parts of your body.

Summer eye safety tips

By John L Henahan,

Just as we take extra care to protect our skin from the intense sun of summer, we need to protect our eyes from the unique conditions of summer.

SKINaesthetics uses technology to provide new services to patients

Dr. Neil S. Gladstone, a local Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist, has practiced since 1975. He recently opened SKINaesthetics, which is, in part, a dream come true, in that he has fantasized through the years about offering spa services to his mothers-to-be while they sat in his waiting rooms.

How can we deal with the persons, places and things that are a “Pain in the Neck”?

By Dr. Marilyn Durden
Special to The Citizen

Many of us have experienced intermittent neck pain that surfaces when we are under stress. Our patients, who come in due to chronic neck pain, usually started out that way. Looking below the surface (at x-rays), we usually find spinal joints with wear and tear from an old injury. After an accident the body miraculously compensates and the spinal joints shift to protect our nerves. This biomechanical shift often causes premature aging of the joints that shows up years later as degenerative disc disease.

Dr. Thomas joins A New Start Counseling Center

A New Start Counseling Center, Inc., a privately owned outpatient counseling center located in Fayetteville, Ga., in the metro Atlanta area, is proud to announce that Damafing Keita Thomas, Ph.D. has joined our professional staff. Damafing is originally from Mali, West Africa, and she grew up mostly in southwest Georgia. She earned her Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University in 2008.

Vision, the most important school supply

John L Henahan, OD, FAAO
Special to The Citizen
20 percent of school-aged children have an undetected vision problem that can hinder their school performance. Since 80 percent of everything your child learns will be through their eyes, healthy eyesight is crucial for academic and sports success.

A hero in his own right: PTC resident’s book gives hope to those needing organ transplants

Peachtree City resident Allen Russell was scared to death when he learned he was suffering from Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, a genetic disorder that can cause liver and lung disease in children and adults, and would need a liver transplant. What he found on the internet from people who had suffered from the same disease or had organ transplants did nothing to calm his fears.

Naturopathic doctors begin seeing patients in PTC

Dr. Elizabeth Cantrell and Dr. Brenna Murphy of Elements Alternative Health Solutions are Board Certified Naturopathic Medical Doctors. They are the only two Board Certified Naturopathic Medical Doctors in South Georgia.

Video Culture

By Gregory K. Moffatt, Ph.D.
Special to The Citizen

A study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project was released this month that showed nearly all children play video games.  As the story was reported in many news outlets, the conclusion was that these children were not the loners and social outcasts as they have often been portrayed to be.  They are very “social people” one researcher was reported as saying.

I was wrong

By Greg Moffatt
Special to The Citizen

One afternoon several years ago, my daughter noticed something at home that my wife had done which my daughter knew was an irritation to me. More than once she had heard me fuss about it. She made a sarcastic comment about the issue and then looked at me for approval. Sadly, she thought that a way to win my favor was to be critical “like Dad.” My response to her was this: "Sweetheart, do you know who you sound like? You sound like daddy when he is being unkind to mommy."

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