Bethel Church will host Anxiety Talk 2.0 on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. This event will feature multiple workshops about such topics as anxiety in children, techniques for dealing with anxiety, debunking medication myths, helping a loved one with anxiety, social anxiety, and more.

The Anxiety Talk 2.0 is free. Registration is not required, and childcare is not included.

Have questions? Contact Robin at 701.232.4476 or robinnoel@bethelfc.com.

1 – JUST BREATHE

Lori Bauer, LAPC

This breakout session will be an “experiential” approach as you will learn calming techniques that help with anxiety. Biblical perspective and encouragement will be offered as well as getting the opportunity to participate in specific exercises that involve breathing, muscle relaxation, and other techniques. Using these techniques can help us focus on “staying in the moment” and also teach us ways to “cope” with these heightened feelings.

2 – Releasing Your Anxious Heart

Heather Bjur, MA, LMFT

As beings created in the image of a loving, personal God, we have three distinct needs.  First, we long to be loved and known.  Second, we yearn for significance not based on our performance.  Third, we crave security, to know that no matter what, I’ll be okay.  But when these needs collide with a fallen world, the outcome is always pain.  Today we will ask ourselves the question: What Do I Do With Pain?  We will explore the difference between Ungodly despair and Godly despair.  You will leave this workshop with actionable steps to move from despair, anxiety and pain, towards surrender, God-dependence and release.

3 – Childhood Anxiety is Real, and so is HOPE

Elizabeth Conkins, LICSW

This break out session is designed to give a hope-filled overview of childhood/teen anxiety. The aim is to provide participants with a greater knowledge of symptoms to look for in childhood anxiety, how to identify if/when a child needs mental health treatment, and what caregivers can do to support a child with anxiety in the home and school setting.

4 – Anxiety  – The New ‘Normal’, An Inside Look Into the World of Gen Z

Shari Dunkel, FNP-C

Generation Z (those born between 1999-2015) are the most likely of all generations to report poor mental health.  Why do 1 in 3 teens and young adults suffer from an anxiety disorder?  Why are they considered the loneliest of all generations when they are connected 24/7 with others like never before?  We will get an inside look into the lives of those who are Gen Z, the unique stressors that impact them, and how culture, social media, and more have shaped their worldview.  How can we come alongside this emerging generation to offer support, hope and resilience to combat the anxiety they experience?

5 – Social Anxiety – Learn About Your “Book”

Sue Garfield-Nelson, MSW, LICSW, RN

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is Sue’s main treatment approach, and it just happens to be the treatment of choice for Social Anxiety Disorder. Sue is passionate about self-esteem work and enjoys watching clients make huge positive changes! You may ask yourself, “do I have Social Anxiety”?  We will discuss how we determine whether you do – what are the causes, and how, or if, it can be prevented or cured. Is it personality, is it inherited, are you an introvert, or is it learned?  Whatever it may be, when you experience it – it is very painful, and the fear is real. Deuteronomy 31:6  Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.

6 – Helping a Loved One With Anxiety

Adam Guilmino, Ph.D.
Kim Guilmino, LICSW

Our goal for this seminar is to have a discussion on ways we can encourage and support those around us who deal with anxiety. Practical tips as well as truths from God’s Word will be provided. Roundtable discussion to hear from others will help us all learn and grow from each other.

7 – Anxiety in the Workplace

Marcia Moberg, Ph.D.

This workshop will focus on work-related stress and how to effectively process it before it becomes anxiety that interferes with other areas of your life.  Whether you work alone or with other people, it is highly likely that there are a multitude of stressors that bombard you throughout the day.  How do you identify them?  How do you cope with them?  What is your default thought/feeling/behavior when “fight or flight” kicks in?  We’ll discuss ways to manage or prevent every day events from becoming chronic stress that ultimately turns into anxiety.

8 – The Management and Treatment of Anxiety 

Dr. Eric Tee, MD

Learn more about the mental and physiological effects anxiety has on a person. What exactly causes anxiety? What happens when your coping skills and other relaxation techniques are not helping? We will discuss the different types of anxiety as well as the different types of treatment options that are available for anyone who is struggling with anxiety.

9 – Talking Back to Anxiety: How to Quiet the Noise in Your Head

Kara Woodbury Fladland, M.Ed., LPCC

There is a certain amount of anxiety that is helpful such as the momentary racing of your heart that SIGNALS you to wake up when your alarm goes off.  And, then there is the NOISE!  Most of us know it as the “wakes you up at 2 am” kind of anxiety and worry.  What would you think if I told you there are tools and strategies we can all use to quiet this unhelpful, and often untrue, chatter of our minds?  Join me as we explore how to challenge the anxiety monster and learn to discern truth from lies.

Lori Bauer, MS, LAPC

Lori Bauer is a counselor with her LAPC license who lives in Fargo with her husband and 3 year old son. She went to Crown College in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, MN where she received her undergrad in Psychology through Crown College. Years later, she went on to receive her Masters in Mental Health Counseling through Capella University. She works as a Family Therapist at Lutheran Social Services in their Family Counseling Program, working with families who have children that are currently in the Juvenile Court System. In her free time, Lori loves spending time with her family and friends, watching movies, singing on the worship team and serving with the production staff at church.

Heather Bjur, MA, LMFT 

Heather Bjur holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the states of Minnesota and North Dakota. She is passionate about meeting people in their brokenness and pain with acceptance and grace. The calling on her life to offer hope and healing through the Gospel stems from her personal experience of God’s restorative love and grace in her own brokenness. A firm believer that all people, made in God’s image, have gifts to offer one another, she focuses on the healing power of relationship.

Elizabeth Conkins, LICSW

Elizabeth Conkins is a therapist at Valley Christian Counseling Center who primarily works with children, teens and families. Her areas of interest include depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, self-esteem, behavioral disorders, divorce, children struggling with self-injurious behaviors, grief, and loss. Elizabeth has over ten years of experience working in a variety of mental health settings including outpatient counseling centers, group homes, inpatient hospital, and day treatment programs. She’s been a believer in Christ for over 20 years and loves sharing the hope and assurance of Christ through her counseling work.   

Shari Dunkel, FNP-C 

Shari Dunkel has been a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Fargo area since 1996.  She has practiced in a variety of primary care settings including OB/GYN, Family Medicine, and NDSU Student Health Services.  She also devoted several years of her career to youth ministry where she worked directly with teen girls.  Over her 20-plus years of practice, she has seen an ever-increasing rise in the number of patients requiring mental health care.  In her current role as a medical provider at NDSU Student Health, a large part of her practice focuses on caring for college students suffering with anxiety and depression.  She has a passion to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness and to enable hope and healing for all who suffer.

Shari has been married to her high school sweetheart for over 35 years.  They have two sons and a precious daughter-in-law.  Their older son Steven is the Pastor of Student Ministries at Bethel Free Church (Fargo) where he partners with his wife Sarah as Director of Student Ministries. Shari loves spending time with family and friends, playing piano, and enjoying a good cup of coffee (or several).

Kara Woodbury Fladland, M.Ed., LPCC

Kara Woodbury Fladland received her master’s degree from NDSU and has served the “hurting and healing” as a professional counselor for the past 24 years.  Trained in various helping approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, Kara imparts hope to her clients by sharing tools to challenge the distorted thoughts and behaviors that can lead to increased depression and anxiety.  She is also experienced in the treatment of eating disorders, which is the current focus of her work at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND.  When not at work, Kara enjoys the study of God’s Word, time with family and friends, travel, reading, crocheting and playing music with her husband.

Sue Garfield-Nelson, MSW, LICSW, RN

Sue Garfield-Nelson is a graduate of Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, and Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.  She has been a nurse for 30 years, and a Mental Health Therapist for almost 20 years. She has worked as a Mental Health Therapist in substance abuse, was an individual therapist and group facilitator for sex offenders, worked with agencies, and currently completes psychiatric/medical assessments at local hospitals and long-term care facilities. Sue currently is the therapist/owner of Anchor Counseling Services, PLLC , in West Fargo. Her office was named based on Hebrews 6:19, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.”

Dr. Adam Guilmino, Ph.D.

Dr. Adam Guilmino is a Counseling Psychologist working at the Fargo VA Medical Center. Although originally from New Orleans, he attended graduate school at UND in 2001, where he eventually married his North Dakota wife and stayed in the area. He has worked as an outpatient and inpatient psychologist for the private sector as well as Dept. of Defense. Since coming to Christ in 2014, he has emphasized God’s Word in working with hurting individuals and prays for them to have ears to hear. 

Kim Guilmino, LICSW

Kim Guilmino is currently working as a ministry assistant at Calvary Church at Village Green, Moorhead. Her background is in clinical social work where she has worked as an outpatient mental health therapist assisting individuals and families in gaining coping skills to help manage mental health concerns. She has great compassion for those who are hurting and want people to be encouraged by knowing there is great hope and help available to them, physically, mentally and spiritually. Jesus Christ provides a wonderful model for us in loving those who are burdened, discouraged, and weary. “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28.  

Marcia Moberg, PhD

Marcia Moberg graduated from Minot State University with a BS degree in elementary education and a BA degree in psychology. She also holds a Master’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in general experimental psychology from the University of North Dakota. She trained to be an academician but took a detour into the business world and realized that she loved the challenge of “teaching” in an applied setting. Her roles in high-tech, healthcare and manufacturing industries have focused on improving processes, enabling change and equipping others to be able to do their jobs more effectively.  After graduate school, she lived and worked in northern California and Minnesota until she moved back to North Dakota in 2013 to be closer to her family. In her free time, Marcia is preoccupied with training her dog Quincy (a Bichon-Shih Tzu mix) to behave, becoming a novice gardener and traveling.

Dr. Eric Tee, MD

Dr. Eric Tee completed his medical school and psychiatry residency at The Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, Illinois. After graduating in 2017, Dr. Tee relocated to North Dakota where he felt there was a great need for mental health professionals. He is a board-certified psychiatrist currently practicing at Prairie St. John’s. His approach to behavioral health and chemical dependency treatment is integrative. He focuses on examining the patient as a whole person and focuses on healthy lifestyle choices. His special clinical interests include anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depressive disorders, and electroconvulsive therapy.