Counseling by Julia Speer Receives 2020 Best of West Linn Award

West Linn Award Program Honors the Achievement

WEST LINN April 5, 2020 — Counseling by Julia Speer has been selected for the 2020 Best of West Linn Award in the Counselor category by the West Linn Award Program.

Each year, the West Linn Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the West Linn area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 West Linn Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the West Linn Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About West Linn Award Program

The West Linn Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the West Linn area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The West Linn Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: West Linn Award Program

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EMDR provides quick, effective, and lasting results.

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Our brains are tremendously skilled at learning; forming new connections and pathways based on the behaviors and habits we engage in regularly.  These pathways once formed are often permanent.  That’s why the phrase “Once an addict, always an addict”, is an accurate description and why someone after years of abstinence from a substance or alcohol can immediately return to addictive patterns upon engaging in the behavior.  Younger brains appear to be especially vulnerable; we know that most who are addicted to nicotine started this habit in their teen years.  This  places in question our society’s current trend in legalizing “recreational” drugs such as marijuana.  This excellent article further describes the “Habit Making, Habit Breaking” cycle from a Christian perspective.

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