Christmas Grief

14. December, 2011ArticlesNo comments

The holidays can be hard enough but when you have lost a loved one it can make things a lot harder.

I lost my husband to cancer 16 years ago and the holidays just have not been the same since. We have four children who were 16, 14, 6 & 3 yrs old when he passed. The first Christmas was hardest for our youngest. She missed her dad, knew he was with Jesus but wanted him home for Christmas. We all missed him, but she was the vocal one. The older kids didn’t say much but I could see the sadness in their faces. Those first few years I coped by giving them the “material wants”, thinking that would make them happy and not miss dad as much. That wasn’t the answer.

Just being together was what we all needed. I feel that people who know God have it a little easier-they know where their loved one is. It’s still a difficult time, but He will get you through it. People would ask if I was mad at God for taking him. My answer was always no, I’m not mad just wonder why now. There is no timeline for grief. Some years are better than others, but you will always feel the void they have left behind. Keeping the old traditions and adding new ones do help. We continue to have much to celebrate! Scripture tells us “rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, and character hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” Romans 5:3-5.

-Written By Pat Dorning

Copyright Tern Christian Counseling 2011

The Brains Response To Marijuana

9. November, 2011Adolescents, Articles, IndividualNo comments

Marijuana is often called pot, weed, grass, ganja, or skunk. Its chemical name is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. When some use this drug, the chemicals travel quickly through the blood stream and attach themselves to special places on the brains nerve cells, these cells are called receptors. They are called that because they receive information from other nerve cells and chemicals. When these receptors receive information it causes changes in the nerve cell.

In the case of marijuana, scientists have discovered that it can cause same people to lose focus of their surroundings and make others more aware of their physical sensations. Scientists have also discovered that marijuana’s effects can cause uncontrollable laughter one minute and paranoia.

One of the receptors it affects is the part of our brain that controls our emotions, the limbic system. This also contains the hippocampus, the part that processes memory. When marijuana attaches to the receptors in this area, it can affect our long and short term memory. Along with that, it can also affect the ability to process new information.

So although in some instances scientists are finding useful ways to use marijuana in the medical field, we do not want to take lightly using something that has also shown to have long lasting harmful effects on both young and old minds alike.

Our heavenly Father has blessed us with a very special gift in that our brains are capable of doing many great things. Out of love and respect for this gift we would never want to put something in our bodies that could cause potential damage to this gift.


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

2. November, 2011Seminars, Services, Speaking EngagementsNo comments

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

Dr. Denny Frederick spends considerable time in corporate circles addressing issues like conflict resolution, human resource planning, and strategic coaching.

Through his consulting firm, Frederick & Associates, Dr. Denny has spent the past 25 years collaborating with companies and organizations to effectively manage strategic change, postive conflict resolution, and employee personal development. Dr. Frederick’s goal is to see your objectives accomplished and maximized; to meet that goal, we employ industry tenured professionals who are dedicated to seeing your plans succeed, whatever they are.

Topic Specialties:

  • Management & Supervisory
  • Organizational Structure
  • Personnel Hiring
  • Communication
  • Effective Delegation
  • Motivation

  • Management Training (specialties)
  • Executive Coaching
  • Management Consulting
  • Conflict Intervention
  • Corporate and Individual Counseling
  • Employee Outplacement Counseling
  • Organizational Focus Groups
Past Clientele:

  • Moss Adams, LLP
  • Adaptis
  • LifeTouch
  • American Bankers Association
  • Oregon Bankers Association
  • National Association of Profess. Mortgage Women
  • World Vision
  • Bank of America
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Oregon Trial Lawyer’s Association
  • First Heritage Bank
  • Sterling Savings Bank
  • Puget Sound Bank

History/Mission Statement

9. November, 2010SexualityNo comments

Tern Christian Counseling is a subsidiary of Tern Ministries which was established in January 1987 by Dr’s Dennis & Glenna Frederick. For over 33 years, Dr. Dennis Frederick’s vision has been to keep Tern alive and thriving.

Our purpose is to provide genuine, caring, client-centered, directive, professional, Christian mental health counseling, which includes psychological assessment, training, and consultation to individuals, couples, families, and groups at a fair market value, in a manner that is glorifying to God.

Tern Christian Counseling continues to be a viable for profit ministry meeting the psychological and educational needs for the entire state of Washington.

Please feel free to contact us today to speak with a therapist or counselor.


5. November, 2010SexualityNo comments

Therapeutic Approach: Client-centered directive biblical cognitive behavioral therapy.


Here is a list of specialties handled at our office:

• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

• Life Coaching

• Sexual issues

• Eating disorders

• Anxiety

• Grief

• Depression

• Autism

• Personality Disorders

• OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

• Anger

• Self-Esteem

• Interventions

• Post abortions


• Adults

• Children

• Adolescents

• Marital counseling

• Family reconciliations


Don’t see what you are looking for? Contact us today to find out if it is something one of our counselors can help you with.

Korea Outreach

14. December, 2009SexualityNo comments

Tern  Christian Counseling and Cascade Christian Schools are heavily involved in the Korean exchange student program. We have students come from Korea and attend school over here as well as Dr. Glenna and Dennis Frederick have gone to Korea to teach at their schools and churches.

Dr. Denny’s book Conquering Pornography; Overcoming the Addiction  has also been translated into Korean and published. It is now being sold in Korea.

It is an amazing and growing connection.

Executive Coaching

14. December, 2009Services, Speaking EngagementsNo comments

Executive coaching is different from psychotherapy. It is working one on one, and groups with corporate executives on their need to improve areas, to be more effective, productive, and manage better.

Areas such as:

  • Communication
  • Inner Personal Skills
  • Motivation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Hiring/Firing
Each person has unique needs and the coaching is customized. Contact our office for a more in depth discussion on how this could help you and your business today.