Happy Labor Day!!

Labor Day is a very special day for me. It was 19 years ago today September 3rd, 1995 when I landed at LAX as an international student. Days, weeks, months have turned to years. I cannot thank God enough for His faithfulness and goodness. I have labored over the past nineteen years, but it has been rewarding. As you read this blog, maybe you have labored in different ways, however, learning how to live your life and profitably is important. Life is full of ups and downs depending on which side you would like to stay for long. Wishing all our readers, clients, friends & colleagues – Happy Labor Day!IMG_0749IMG_0830

Happy Mother’s Day

IMG_1461CreekOur relationship starts with our mothers. If we have a healthy and a good relationship with our mothers, it will pay off somehow. Today I thought of how growing up in a full house was like-being the first-born of twelve children. I look back and thank my mother for being there. My mother never complained about anything. She never told us that we were poor. She always believed something good is going to happen, and that we should expect it. More than a half a century later, I still believe something good is going to happen. What do you believe is gong to happen to you on these two roads?


As I talk to people daily, one thing that I am learning is – the power and strength to forgive as a major concern. Forgiveness is healing to the soul and mind. Sometimes it is difficult to forgive same mistake over and over, but, for the sake of your and my sanity, it is necessary.IMG_0829IMG_0831

How is Your Job? Less or More Stressfull?

This article below will help you realize what your job stress level is. Mine is listening to people’s relationship issues:

Want a high-paying job in a low- stress environment? We reached out to Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., a career information expert, to find out which jobs fit the bill. Shatkin compared average salaries and stress levels of the 747 occupations identified by the U.S. Department of Labor to identify jobs with that perfect combination of high pay and low stress. The stress tolerance for each job is a rating on a scale from zero to 100, where a lower rating signals less stress. It measures how frequently workers must accept criticism and deal effectively with high stress on the job. The data was gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Occupational Information Network (O*NET).

1. Dental Hygienists Stress tolerance: 71.3 Average annual salary: $70,210 What they do: Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care. Education requirements: An associate’s degree in dental hygiene and a license in the state they practice in

2. Engineers Stress tolerance: 69.5 Average salary annually: $92,030 What they do: Engineers use science and mathematics to come up with economical solutions to technical problems. Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree

3. Technical Writers Stress tolerance: 69.3 Average annual salary: $65,500 What they do: Technical writers produce instruction manuals and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree

4. Urban and Regional Planners Stress tolerance: 69 Average annual salary: $65,230 What they do: Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for the use of land. Education requirements: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees

5. Art Directors Stress tolerance: 69 Average annual salary: $80,880 What they do: Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions. Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree or previous work experience

6. Audiologists Stress tolerance: 67.5 Average annual salary: $69,720 What they do: Audiologists diagnose and treat a patient’s hearing and balance problems using advanced technology and procedures. Education requirements: A doctoral degree and must be licensed in practicing state.

7. Orthodontists Stress tolerance: 67 Average salary annually: $186,320 What they do: Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance. Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree, four-year dental school, and one to two years of residency training

8. Optometrists Stress tolerance: 65.5 Average annual salary: $97,820 What they do: Optometrists perform eye exams to check for vision problems and diseases. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed. Education requirements: Bachelor’s, four-year Doctor of Optometry program, and a state license

9. Computer and Information Systems Managers Stress tolerance: 64.3 Average annual salary: $120,950 What they do: These workers help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing the appropriate computer systems to meet those goals. Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree

10. Actuaries Stress tolerance: 63.8 Average annual salary: $93,680 What they do: Actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty. Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree and a series of exams to become certified

11. Economists Stress tolerance: 63.3 Average annual salary: $91,860 What they do: Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services. Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree

12. Law teachers Stress tolerance: 62.8 Average annual salary: $99,950 What they do: Teach courses in law. Education requirements: Bachelor’s and law degrees

13. Astronomers Stress tolerance: 62 Average annual salary: $96,460 What they do: Observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems. Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree, but most astronomers go on to get a master’s and Ph.D.

14. Political Scientists Stress tolerance: 60.1 Average annual salary: $102,000 What they do: Political scientists study the origin, development, and analyze the structure and operation of political systems and trends. Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree, followed by master’s or Ph.D in political science, public administration, or a related field

15. Mathematicians Stress tolerance: 57.3 Average annual salary: $101,360 What they do: Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods. Education requirements: Bachelor’s or masters degree for those who want to work in government, and a doctorate may be required to work for private companies Stress tolerance is measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Occupational Information Network, with lowers score indicating less stress on the job.


Seeking Help

IMG_1748IMG_1461Seek Help While There is Still Time. Free initial consultation to first 5 callers! (a $100 value)

There are times in life when we can figure things out. Other times, we may need

professional help. There can be a real danger to your mental health when you

wait too long or merely wish for things to disappear on their own.

Professional Marriage and Family Counselor Betty Odak, MA, LMFT, specializes

in treating Emotional Eaters/Eating Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Self

Esteem or Relationship Issues including those complicated by Cultural Diversity/

Ethnicity. She works with Overweight people, College Students, Blended Families,

Parents of Teens, Teenagers in the System (DCFS), Foster Children and

Foster Parents. She also has over 15 years experience working with Abused and

Neglected Children & their families.



Start a brighter future today! Call for an appointment—


Betty Odak, MA, LMFT- MFC52001


REDLANDS (O) 909-335-9700 – FAX 909-335-5991

(C) 562-846-1269 (TOLL-FREE) 855-824-2999

3117 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104. 619-800-2053


Poverty and Mental Health

I work mostly with people in low-income areas. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish whether the psychosocial stressors are greater than mental issues at hand. Well, it is better to seek help while there is time and energy. I am now working with San Bernardino Medi-Cal and the challenges cannot be ignored. San Diego clients face the same dilemma but in a different way. All in all, poor or rich, we all need mental health help. I am here to help. Call me @ 909-335-9700 or 562-846-1269 or 619-800-2053.

Depression and Exercise

Researchers in Northwestern University’s Department of Neurobiology and Physiology reported that sedentary adults who got aerobic exercise four times a week improved their sleep quality from poor to good. These former couch potatoes also reported fewer depressive symptoms, more vitality, and less sleepiness in the daytime. Be sure to wrap up your workout several hours before bedtime so that you’re not too revved-up to get a good night’s sleep.