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'Clinicians' Chats' open door to psych queries

Local agency hosting mental health info sessions

Psychologist Sarah Cavanaugh Ferguson. (click for larger version)
November 16, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Ever had the feeling you or someone you know has the symptoms of every mental health issue you've read about?

Well, they probably don't, but you can raise such concerns — about almost anything — Thursday at 7 p.m., as Community Connections is hosting what it hopes will be the first of a series of Clinicians' Chats.

"People are always Googling their own symptoms, and there's a lot of misinformation out there," said the first participant, psychologist Sarah Cavanaugh Ferguson. "We want this to give people a chance to ask some general questions. We won't be getting too personal."

Cavanaugh has been a licensed therapist since 2007, but worked for several years before that with Harrington's emergency mental health staff and forensic issues (criminals), but particularly likes working with children. Regarding the latter, she said she sees they tend to need "social skills, and to get away from the computer and video games," which "disconnect" them from nature and other people.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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