Health & Wellness

Keeping Children Healthy: Life Beyond the Pandemic

Many parents are asking what they can do to ensure that their children remain safe as we move forward from a year-and-a-half of social isolation. The answer to this question takes me back to the basics, as a healthy lifestyle will prepare our children to maximize learning and growth while minimizing days missed and the spread of illness.


Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year

The beginning of another school year can be a pretty invigorating time. Looking for new school clothes and shoes, picking out that ideal new backpack and appreciating those last fleeting days of summer before that first school bell rings can truly be something to anticipate. In addition to school shopping and holding on to those last few seconds of summer, parents are preparing their children for a post-COVID-19 school year.


Taquila Smith

Taquila Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works full-time at Parkwood Behavioral Health System and part-time at Counseling Associates, LLC, in Olive Branch. Smith’s interest in her field sparked when she was a child.

“I’ve always been intrigued by the behaviors of other people as a kid,” she said.


John Rasberry

John Rasberry went to school in the late ‘60’s, “which was the time of the hippies, and so I still am (a hippie), but I don’t have as much hair as I used to have,” he joked. That’s where he first found a class his roommate was excited about: group therapy. Looking for an easy A, Rasberry signed up, and “took to it like a duck to water.” He changed his major, and hasn’t looked back since.

But Rasberry wasn’t looking for a career in the standard talk therapy; in fact, he doesn’t really believe talk therapy is effective.