Cable Show Offers Creative Counseling

October 21, 1990|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff writer

WESTMINISTER - Countians seeking answers to relationship problems will have some extra help, with the advent of "Counselor's Corner" at noon tomorrow on Prestige Cable Channel 55.

The show, created by Steven Mednick, a psychotherapist with the Carroll County Family Counseling Center, could reach about 18,000 households.

"If we can reach a few viewers and prevent people from being depressed or staying in a hopeless family situation, then we will have been successful," said Mednick, who received his postgraduate degree as a licensed clinical social worker from the University of Maryland at College Park.

"We want to help people find effective ways to communicate and identify their needs," he said. "We want to improve the quality of the relationship and increase the likelihood of it being more pleasing, more rewarding, more gratifying."

Often, Mednick said, people assume they are stuck with a person who will not change.

"Why not give an individual an opportunity to change instead of giving up and allowing our feelings to die for the person we love," Mednick said.

Each episode will discuss an issue -- such as substance abuse, exercising creativity or suicide -- and re-create potential conflicts between spouses, siblings, co-workers and others.

Episode one, which will air at noon on Mondays, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, and 7:30 p.m. Fridays, through Nov. 22, deals with improving communication through recognizing another people's point of view.

"Typically, we don't acknowledge the other person's point of view," Mednick said. "They get incensed and enraged, and then two people that love each other are tearing each other apart with words."

The scenarios feature a married couple discussing lending money to a relative and having a dispute over a traffic incident, said the show's producer, Paul LeValley.

"Through various communication techniques, we'll show how the conflict can be avoided and worked out," he said. "We'll do (the skit) without the technique, then do it with the technique and show the result."

In addition, Mednick plans to add a "Counselor's Mailbox" feature, where viewers will write in about their problems and he will offer a solution through discussing the incident or re-enacting it.

"We will invite everyone to write in and tell us what they'd like to see us do with the show," he said. "We want to try and be as responsive as possible to the needs of the community."

The second show, now in production, focuses on expressing creativity.

"We will interview accomplished artists about how they overcame physical or psychological barriers to expressing their creativity," Mednick said.

Joni Eareckson, a nationally known artist formerly of Sykesville who is paralyzed from the waist down and draws with her feet, and Ary Gradis, a New Yorker who pursued his art despite discouragement from family members, are scheduled to be interviewed, said Mednick.

Mednick said he is pleased to be able to combine his interests of explaining psychotherapy, acting and serving the community.

Among his acting credits, Mednick said he has had roles in "Moses the Lawgiver" with Burt Lancaster, "In Search of Noah's Ark" and "Liberty," which was filmed in Fell's Point in Baltimore.

"This community gives a lot to me, and this is my way of volunteering time back to the community," Mednick said. "This is a way of helping people as well as acting."

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