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The Dash

 March, 2013

Book Release

15 Local DFW Authors, including myself, share their individual stories of overcoming a challenge in their life  and turning 
that experience into 
an opportunity to 
help others.
Quote of the month


"Today we bury 

his remains 

in the earth 

as a seed of immortality. 

Our hearts 

are full of 


yet at the 

same time 

(full) of 

joyful hope 

and profound gratitude."


by Pope 

Benedict XVI 

My Services
Pre-Marital Counseling
Certified Prepare/Enrich Program Facilitator
Marital Counseling
Infidelity Issues
Self-Esteem Support
Problem-Solving Support
Renew Marital Excitement
Family counseling

Divorce Support
Collaborative Law Communications Facilitator
Redefining Life Purpose
Grief/Loss Support

Family Counseling


I welcome the opportunity to help you work through current issues and to look at your future with a sense of hope and purpose.


Masters Degree - Applied Psychology from Seton Hall University


Post-Masters Degree-Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall University


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Private Practice 

since 2008


NJ work experience totaling 5 years


Married 24 years


Mother of 2 teenage daughters 


Lived in Indiana, 

New Jersey and Texas


Passionate about 

what I do




At a recent funeral, a poem was read by family members entitled The Dash by Linda Ellis.  The main idea of the poem is to encourage people to make "the dash" between their birth year and year of death to mean something.  Check out www.lindaellis.net for the complete poem.


Life is not infinite.  Make the most of every day, for you may not have a tomorrow. How do you want others to comment on your "dash"?  Make changes in your life now so that your dash says what you want it to say. So much meaning in such a small line.


I dedicate this newsletter to the most amazing man in the world - my dad.  He inspired me to be my best and to love and appreciate myself for who I am.  He taught me to give to others and to value family above all else.  May he rest in peace with God.


Reflect on this simple recipe for making a great life for your "dash".


Enjoy the information below and as always, please pass it on to anyone you believe may benefit from its content.



Maryellen Dabal, MA, LMFT

Southlake Counseling & Neurofeedback Center

420 North Carroll Ave Suite 140

Southlake, TX 76092




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Positive Perspective.......



1  Lifetime to live

1  Desire to make a difference to others

1000 Memories

Daily Appreciation of life

Infinite respect of self and others



Take the ingredient base of a lifetime to live
and mix it with a desire to make a difference to others.  Let that mixture rise in the warmth of your heart until your mid-teenage years. 


Next, acquaint yourself with your life's passions and the 1000+ memories of a good childhood (hopefully) and fold them in a separate mixing bowl.  Set aside.


In early adulthood, take the first mixture and add in the daily appreciation of life and infinite respect of self and others that should be somewhat matured. Mix thoroughly.


Combine the two mixtures at the right time to create a person who can not only feel confident in who they are as an individual, but who can inspire others to be their best, accept that they are not perfect and allow themselves to make a difference in the lives of those they meet;  a person with a meaningful "dash".


For any ingredients that you do not possess, please give me a call and I can help you to use substitutes that will also work in this recipe.


May you use this moment to think about your future and your "dash"  From the Positive Perspective........





I welcome feedback regarding the newsletter or questions about my practice.  I can be reached at maryellen@dabalmft.com.  I cannot, however, give advice through email. For more information on my practice please visit my website: www.dabalmft.com

I wish you well...