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Surviving the Summer: Family Reunions
Adjustments in the Early Years of Marriage
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Dear Friends, Welcome to our summer edition of the CFI Newsletter.  We hope that you find our articles and announcements helpful.
Featured Articles:
  1. Ms. Krista Caveny, LPC, brings us an article about Surviving the Summer: Family Reunions.  She highlights some important self-care concepts to remember as we engage with friends and family this summer.
  2. Mrs. Lois Trost, LCSW, helps those in the early-marriage season of life to continue adjusting in healthy ways.
  3. We continue our series of FAQ's regarding Christian counseling, mental health, spiritual health, and overall well-being.

Surviving the Summer: Family Reunions

Summer is a time for "baseball and apple pie", for relaxing and being outdoors. Children are out of school and families take vacations. It's also a time for family reunions. Although these reunions are exciting, they can also lead to increased stress for individuals and families. Whether it's trying to maintain a happy facade when your marriage is struggling or enduring Uncle Bob's lengthy stories, these gatherings can be highly emotional. If there has been discord or abuse in the family, reunions might reignite uncomfortable memories. It's important to be aware of your own state of mind and emotional well-being prior to entering this possibly stressful situation.

The Mayo Clinic recommends strategies to help you thrive.

To see the strategies and read the full blog article: click here.

Krista Caveny, M.A

Adjustments in the Early Years of Marriage

When couples realize marriage is not what they expected, they often think life would have been better in a different marriage to a different person.  Many couples experience some level of disappointment while adjusting to the first year of marriage.

Spouses may accuse each other of changing after marriage, but more likely, they are now seeing each other without the benefit of "rose colored glasses."  Once a spouse accepts the other for who they are, a bond that is durable, secure, and rewarding begins to develop.  Click here to see Mrs. Trost's suggestions for what you can do to keep the relationship on solid ground.

Lois Trost, M.S.W., LCSW

Featured Frequently Asked Questions

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From time to time, we are asked questions about the field of mental health, families, communication, etc.  In this newsletter we are featuring two FAQ's written by our staff.  We hope you find these useful and will check our website for further FAQ's.
  • Why do Christians get depressed?   

Take a look at our answer.

  • Will medication help?

Click here for answer.  

For these and more FAQ's, please take a moment to visit our site.

If we can be of service, please contact CFI to set up a time to consult with one of our counselors.  We also provide psychological assessments and evaluations for ADHD and educational needs as well as pre-marital evaluations and counseling.  To view our full range of services, please visit
Dr. Tim Doty image Timothy Doty, Psy.D. on behalf of Christian Family Institute Our Staff includes: Dale R. Doty, Ph.D. William B. Berman, Ph.D. G. Bowden McElroy, M.Ed. Eric L. Clements, M.S. Salley Sutmiller, M.S. Lois K. Trost, M.S.W. Jamie Brandon, M.S. Amber R. Sherrell, M.S. Timothy D. Doty, Psy.D. Krista Caveny, M.A. Stephen Harnish, M.D.  
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