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Holly Hughes Stoner, LMFT, LMFT - Co-Director of the Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation

holly@samaritanfamilywellness.org

When I look back on it, I should have known years ago that I would eventually become a family therapist. Almost forty years ago I was a new teacher, and I was always drawn to the kids in my then- grade school classroom who were struggling for some reason or other. I realized then that I cared about them and how they felt about themselves more than I cared about the academic knowledge I was there to teach them. With this in mind, after several years, I went back to get my masters degree in Special Education so I would have more tools in my box to help the kids who were not finding school and childhood to be particularly enjoyable for whatever reason. I was beginning to realize there were many.

About this time my husband and I started our own family, with three kids in four years (a son and then twin daughters). I switched my focus. During the following years I focused my attention on two things: I spent considerable time supporting my family in the way mothers and wives do, and I also started my own tutoring business. Through the years I saw students of all ages who needed support for a wide variety of reasons. Those child-rearing years weren't always easy, but I learned a lot more about kids and families along the way, and as a result became even more passionate about helping kids and families be the best they could be.

As my own children grew I returned to teaching in a school, this time at a high school where my students were teens rather than little ones, and I fell in love with them. Many of them were struggling with issues that were bigger and more concerning than the ones I had seen as a grade school teacher, but I realized that, in a sense, some of them were the same kids I had been concerned about years earlier. Again, I began to realize that although I loved teaching and being in a school, I really wanted to help them and their families navigate the tricky teen years in a different, more personal way. So again I went back to school! This time was to work towards getting my license as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Now, several years later, I have left my job at the high school and I am just that - a therapist (and a tutor) who loves all sizes of kids and families and who gets a real thrill out of helping them live happier, more successful lives together. I should have seen it coming!

P. S. If you have never seen the movie "Parenthood" with Steve Martin or watched the TV series, of the same name, you should. They explain everything!

I would like to Suggest the following Resources . . .

  • Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Take Me to the Mall?
    by Dr. Anthony Wolf
  • Choices and Consequences: What to do when a Teenager Uses Alcohol and Drugs
    by Dick Schaefer
  • Hold Me Tight; Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
    by Dr. Susan Johnson

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