Oct 18 2010

Childbirth Education and Doula Services

Heartwork Therapy provides birth doulas to pregnant mothers from Orlando in their last trimester of their pregnancy. Birth doulas are trained professionals to facilitate couples during the birth process and assist the future parents by teaching and supporting mothers during the later time of the process. Doulas are also present during labor and birth to provide emotional support, comfort measures and education to both parents.

While leading up to delivery, Heartwork Therapy provides Childbirth Education Classes for expecting parents to learn and prepare for parenthood. Some of the classes are I’m a Little Bit Pregnant, Childbirth and Deliver Me, Support/Comfort Measures, Cesarean Awareness, and Motherhood 101. Each class varies in price.

To learn more about the Childbirth Services provided by Heartwork Therapy or to see what other services they can administer, call 407-323-9961.

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Sep 20 2010

Article On Two Soldiers Dealing With PTSD

VIDEO: Two soldiers deal with mental, emotional battle scars

Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010


LORAIN — If not for their disparate ages, you would think Bill Wenger and Rachel Ferrer fought in the same war.

Both came home from battle with clean bills of health, physically. But mentally and emotionally, war had taken its toll on both in the form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, psychological turmoil brought on by the horrors of battle that remain with soldiers long after the war has ended. READ MORE…
heARTwork Therapy and The Family Tree specializes in psychotherapy services in the Orlando area. For more information about heARTwork Therapy, call 407-323-9961.

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Aug 04 2010

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Affecting our Troops

Millions of Americans suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but it is becoming more and more prevalent in soldiers who have served multiple tours in both the Iraq & Afghanistan wars. The statistics of the men and women who have served in both wars is alarming.

– Nearly 2 million men & women have served in BOTH the Iraq & Afghanistan War.

– 40% of them have served at least 2 tours.

– 300,000 troops have served 3,4, or more tours.

With the Iraq war going on its 8th year, and the Afghanistan war going on its 9th year it is becoming more difficult for soldiers to return to the normalcy of the life they once lived. PTSD can effect a soldiers post war life in many ways: loss of sleep, heavy drinking, irritability, nightmares, flashbacks, and angry outbursts. Unfortunately, soldiers become depressed to the point of suicide.

As an American, we owe our lives to those who have proudly served for our freedom. If you, or someone you know is suffering from PTSD call HeARTwork Therapy today. There is hope. 407-323-9961.

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Jan 29 2010

Kudos for Toni Furbringer!

Published by under Uncategorized

Our very own Toni Furbringer was quoted in an article for The Daily Telegraph. Congratulations.

Sex addicts giving in to their most basic desires

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Oct 19 2009

Sexuality and Addiction

Published by under Sexuality,Twelve Steps


When I was growing up, I never even dreamed these two words could or would end up in the same sentence. But they have, and frankly it is quite scary.

Internet porn has been dubbed the crack cocaine of pornography and that certainly seems to be true. It is hard to admit you have a problem even if you have had legal consequences and it is very difficult to stop this behavior.

What may have begun as simple curiosity (especially with teens) can become a way of life which alienates you from your “real” relationships. That includes family  members as well as romantic partners and even co-workers or friends at school.

When teens dabble in this area, their immature brains do not handle the stimulus well and they may be “corrupting their love map and arousal template”.

This is a set-up for a lifetime of hurt and unhappiness.

Monitor your kids’ (both genders) internet use just as you do their opportunities for drug use. The symptoms for these addictions can be similar and the use of drugs and porn together is not uncommon. They  reinforce each other and make recovery even more difficult.

The consequences are different today… sexual exploration can lead to criminal charges which are difficult to leave behind when maturity arrives!

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Aug 17 2009

A Witness to Healing

Published by under Forensic,Twelve Steps

Have you ever loved someone… someone who was arrested or spent time in a jail o a prison?

This is becoming more common today and yet most of us are unprepared for this challenge in life.  The experience itself can feel like a death as the grieving process begins.

Grief includes anger, guilt and denial. But this grief is one with few support systems in place. There are no rituals to mark the passage of a dream, no circle of people who understand and are available to carry you forward. Instead this grief is surrounded by shame and forces many people into isolation and depression.

This guilt and fear can destroy your life as you watch the life of one you love crumble. Don’t let it! Join us on August 26, 2009 at 6:30pm to hear the story of  Travis Vining. 

He will share his experiences with his father who is currently on Florida’s death row. You may be surprised by his story and you will definitely be moved towards your own healing by his words.

For more information or to save a seat, call 407-415-3661 or email info@heartworktherapy.com



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Jul 30 2009

Twelve Steps to Peace

Published by under Twelve Steps

Reaching for help

Reaching for help

The Anonymous programs have done more to heal America than any other modern movement. They offer a place where we can experience honesty and integrity without judgement.

These groups have successfully tackled problems that have haunted humans throughout recorded history. And although they are most famous for the the healing opportunities they bring addicts of all types they are also responsible for offering hope to those of us who love the addict.

Parents, children, brothers, sisters and extended family have sought the comfort of these groups. In the family groups we learn to apply spiritual solutions to previous hopeless situations that have tormented our lives.

The words I am using are strong…haunt, torment, solution and spiritual and they are accurate. If they resonant with you and you have yet to experience the peace of which I speak, find a group and attend.

Go to at least two different groups (they have personalities just like people) and attend at least six sessions…yes even on the days you don’t want to go. Even if your mind does not want to listen, take your spirit and be willing to see what happens!

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Jun 24 2009

Kudos to Mark Sanford for his Integrity!

Published by under Sexuality

Bravo Mark Sanford! Your integrity is incredible. 

As a previous resident of South Carolina, I am proud, not of your actions, but of your honesty!

Real men, good men stand up and admit errors. Humans make errors and then, when they are people of faith, they ask for forgiveness. That is exactly what you did in your press conference.

Followers of the Christian faith profess forgiveness is given, a gift from Jesus, I hope that each and every South Carolinian will remember the tenets of their faith and remember that ” there but for the grace of God…go I”.

And thank you for the information that allowed us to realize that this was not a “just” sexual fling. You honored women as human beings in your confession.

Families throughout our nation face this type of crisis every day and  many of us in the family therapy profession appreciate the example of responsibility and honesty you have provided to other men.

In every life there are deceptions. The measure of a person is in their ability to stop the lies, “come clean”, then ask for and accept help.

Thank you for your courage.

I wish you well and will hold hope in my heart for you, your boys and your wife.

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Jun 09 2009

Trauma and the Legal System

Published by under Forensic

Trauma is not commonly associated with the legal system…unless you have personally been through the process of  arrest and incarceration. Or you have had the experience of watching a loved one or family member move through the system.

The pain of  the  family is difficult to express in words. Usually when asked about the experience, family members become quiet, wordless or tearful. Anger is also a common reaction.

These are also symptoms of trauma. Powerless is the feeling that is often shared quietly. Families frequently find it difficult to share with anyone the pain they feel…others may not understand and they may be met with the anger  about the crime their relative committed.

Does this fit for you or someone you know?

These concerns (and others) are the topic of discussion planned for

June 20,2009@8:45am at Mary Magdelene church in the Orlando area.

For more information about this group for families of inmates contact jeancanatsey@cfl.rr.com.

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May 29 2009

Comprehensive SEX Education

Published by under Sexuality







Yesterday, I heard the news, no more money for Abstinence Education. Instead we will focus on Comprehensive Sex Education…yeah! As a Clinical Sexologist ( a sex therapist/counselor) the news is exciting.

 There’s only one problem, no matter how many “facts” we teach, the teen pregnancy rate may not go down and sexual activity certainly will not go down. The biological brain(not the mind) and our  built in sex drive  just doesn’t respond to reason or facts.

Please don’t misunderstand, I support sex education and in fact am a teacher and counselor of healthy sexuality. And this is not a new interest, it has been my passion for 30 years. I am painfully aware of the number of teen pregnancies and the sorrow that this situation can bring for all members of a family and dedicated to changing our statistics. *

What I am saying, is that we are just beginning to understand sexuality and it’s connection to the brain. What we have confirmed is that the brain is the largest sex organ we have, and it is very powerful. Both hunger and sexual desire are primitive drives, designed to keep us alive and to make it probable that we will multiply. Given that information…what can we do?

Learn, listen, teach, encourage, support, and question our children.

LEARN about healthy human sexuality… what needs to happen in a relationship in order to assure that  both partners are respected. Healthy is always safe, what is required for “safe sex”. (Condoms are not the whole answer)

LISTEN to your children, your parents, but most of all yourself. How do you want your sexual partner to treat you…is that what you want for your children?

TEACH the facts…(you may need a refresher course, let me know) and gear the information to the age of the person you are teaching. ALSO teach VALUES!

ENCOURAGE  awareness in others. What do you hear and see in the media? What is it teaching you? Do the messages support respect of others and of yourself?

SUPPORT others who are teaching, as they may be protecting your children.

QUESTION the media’s teachings, the use of the computers in your home and your children. Softly, inquire about their hopes and dreams so that they will know that you are available to support their inquiries.

Most of all question yourself. Are you passing your values by your actions, on to your children. Trust your heart and prepare your mind. Sexuality  and it’s outcomes are to important to entrust to government programs.

*  in my practice, the children of  single parents often

 show up for counseling, with sexual and relationship problems of their own


Visit our website heartworktherapy.com for more information or call 407-323-9961 to make an appointment or to talk about a teaching event  for your group.

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