Barnabas Center
Barnabas Center

COVID-19 Update – Appointments Available

The Barnabas Center for Counseling has served Savannah and the Coastal Empire for over 25 years. There is a great need for families to get help to deal with depression, anxiety, and stress as we all cope with the effects of the Corona Virus (COVID-19). We offer individual, marriage, and family therapy for all ages, all of our therapist are state-licensed. We are currently seeing clients face to face in our office. Please know we will continue to offer telemental health sessions for those who desire it. We will be following Covid-19 protocols as we make this transition. For more information or to set up an appointment give us a call at 912-352-7638. We look forward to seeing you!

Surviving the Holidays with Young Children by Cathy Clevenger, MSW, LCSW

Yes, you read the title correctly, “How to SURVIVE THE Holidays with young children.” While the holidays are crazy busy for all of us, I think that parents of young children likely have one of the toughest jobs in getting through the holidays and experiencing some of the joy, laughter, and precious memories. I am not a mother of young children, so I went to an expert, my younger sister. She has two boys, a two-year-old and a three-year-old. What I love about my sister is that she tells it like it is – the good, the bad, the ugly. She and her husband are going into their third year of holidays with little ones. I have made a list of her suggestions below. I hope that they are helpful to some of you.

  1. Schedule a calendar and talk about what is happening weekly with your spouse to keep on top.
  2. Let the children know the events coming up if they are old enough to understand.
  3. Stick to your children’s bedtimes and routines as much as possible.
  4. Plan for food items you will need to take so you can buy them weeks in advance. Otherwise, you will end up running to the store at crazy times.
  5. Buy gifts online.
  6. Teamwork with a spouse is key for EVERYTHING.
  7. It’s alright to say, “Sorry we can’t make it.” We are human and we can’t make everything.
  8. Plus, your family needs some downtime together over the holidays, not constant events and traveling.
  9. Plan a date night for you and your spouse to get a break.
  10. Accept the fact that it doesn’t have to be picture perfect to make wonderful memories.


Cathy Clevenger, MSW, LCSW