Mrs. Texas International Visits Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in South Carolina

Your Mrs. Texas International Farabe’ Algor recently visited with veterans and professionals at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Here, she shares what she learned about therapy for PTSD:

Recently, I had the pleasure of traveling to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. While there, I spent the day at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). The hospital is 5 stories and is home to a newly designed CLC with an entire floor dedicated to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) research and its patients.

I was able to meet one-on-one with Dr. Peter Turek who is leading the way in a therapy called Prolonged Exposure Therapy. Cognitive Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy is a type of behavioral treatment that focuses on decreasing symptoms of PTSD. It is an individual therapy that addresses the common causes and symptoms of PTSD in four ways: education about treatment and common reactions to trauma, controlled breathing training, in vivo exposure and imaginal exposure.

Prolonged Exposure works by allowing you to work through painful memories in a safe and supportive environment. It also allows you to engage with activities you have been avoiding as a result of the sustained trauma.

Prolonged Exposure is most effective when you are committed and motivated to engage with all aspects of the treatment. You can expect treatment to last anywhere from 8-15 sessions, with each session being approximately 90 minutes in length.

Prolonged Exposure therapy has proven results!! 80% of patients experience significant improvements in coping with PTSD after 9-12 sessions. Prolonged Exposure therapy also improves daily functioning by reducing the debilitating mental and physical impacts Depression, Anxiety and Anger.

Dr. Turek encourages all individuals with PTSD or PTSD symptoms to inquire about Prolonged Exposure Therapy at your local VA. Many VA providers throughout the country have trained staff members that have experience in Prolonged Exposure therapy.

For more information on Prolonged Exposure therapy, please visit www.PTSD.va.gov

Until the Mission is Complete,

Farabe’ Algor

Mrs. Texas International 2015

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Miss Texas International Elise Banks Teaches How to Deal with Stress in Houston Woman Magazine

Is stress affecting your well-being? Miss Texas International Elise Banks, who in addition to being a beautiful queen, is also a licensed therapist, was recently profiled in Houston Woman magazine.  She offers tips for dealing with stress.

Houston Woman

Click here for the full article: http://www.houstonwomanmagazine.com/index.php/issues/1046-coming-back-from-the-edge-dealing-with-stress

Mrs. Texas International Farabe’ Algor featured in The Dallas Morning News

Mrs. Texas International Farabe’ Algor was recently featured by The Dallas Morning News for her work with Homes for Our Troops and other veterans’ organizations. Congratulations, Farabe’, and thank you to Charlie Scudder with the News! We love seeing our Mrs. Texas with her veterans.

Mrs. Texas International Farabe' Algor is featured in The Dallas Morning News for her work to support veterans.

Mrs. Texas International Farabe’ Algor is featured in The Dallas Morning News for her work to support veterans.

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Savannah Wahrer Crowned Miss Teen Texas International 2015

Savannah Wahrer_1283 CrownFort Worth-area teen to represent Lone Star State at International Pageant in July

Savannah Wahrer, a resident of Fort Worth, brings home the crowning glory as she won the title of Miss Teen Texas International 2015. Savannah competed against teens from across the Lone Star State to win the crown during the Texas International Pageant, held March 15 at the Granville Arts Center in Dallas.

The Miss Teen Texas International Pageant is the premier pageant for teens ages 13 through 18. Areas of competition included interview (both on-stage and personal), fitness wear, fun fashion and evening gown. The Miss Teen Texas International system emphasizes a young lady’s ability to serve and lead her community, as well as inspire others.

With a life-long passion for animals, Savannah’s platform, Saving Our Best Friends, is the cause she will spend her time promoting during her reign as Miss Teen Texas International. She volunteers regularly at local animal shelters and helps homeless pets to develop valuable socialization skills. Savannah has worked with local pet rescue groups to help dogs and cats find their forever homes through adoption events at retail outlets including PetSmart®. Savannah has also organized donation drives gathering food, supplies, and funding to benefit the Fort Worth Humane Society and other local animal shelters. Savannah is 16 and is a sophomore at Aledo High School. She is the daughter of Michael and Brooke Wahrer of Fort Worth.

“Having a cause that is close to their hearts allows queens in the Texas International system to use their intelligence and energy to advocate for those in need and be a part of something bigger than themselves,” said Rachel Hedstrom, executive director of the Texas International Pageant System and Director of the Year for all Miss and Teen International Pageants worldwide. “Savannah is the perfect example of the spirit of our system. She will wear her crown with that unique Lone Star pride, a true symbol of service for those who need a voice. We are extremely proud of her.”

The International System was established more than 20 years ago to adhere to a higher standard than other systems.  Texas International seeks more than a pretty face: winners have beauty and depth, and are committed to their communities. Like all pageants in the International System, contestants compete in fitness wear rather than swimsuit. The emphasis is on healthy lifestyle choices in accordance with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, with which the pageant system holds a national alliance.

Savannah will represent the Lone Star State as she competes with teens from the other 49 states and countries around the world for the title of Miss Teen International this summer in Jacksonville, FL.

Applications are now being accepted for Mrs. Texas International 2016, Miss Texas International 2016 and Miss Teen Texas International 2016, to be held at the Granville Arts Center in Dallas, TX, in the spring of 2016. For more information on how to become a local titleholder and begin making a difference, ladies should visit www.mrstexasinternational.com, www.misstexasinternational.com, or http://www.missteentexasinternational.com.

To schedule a speaking engagement or appearance from any Texas International titleholder, please contact Rachel Hedstrom at texasinternationalpageant@gmail.com.

Elise Banks Crowned Miss Texas International 2015

Elise Banks_1829-2Houston-area resident to represent Lone Star State at Miss International Pageant in July

Elise Banks of Spring brought home the crowning glory when she took the top state title of Miss Texas International 2015. She was crowned during the Texas International Pageant, held March 15 at the Granville Arts Center in Dallas.

Banks competed among accomplished young women from all over the state of Texas to win her title. Areas of competition included interview (both on-stage and personal), fitness wear, fun fashion and evening gown. The Miss Texas International system is the premier pageant competition for young women in Texas and emphasizes a woman’s ability to serve and lead her community, as well as inspire other women.

Banks completed her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and then graduated with honors from the University of Houston, where she obtained her master’s degree. She is a counseling therapist and is a resident of the Spring area.

As Miss Texas International, Banks will continue working with her platform, “Healthy Mind Successful Life,” to help others understand the power they have to create mental health and to help remove the stigma of asking for help. Banks works with middle- and high-school-aged students to give them tools for effectively coping with common teen stressors, and she regularly volunteers with Boys and Girls Clubs, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Talitha Koum Community Center to help further her goal of encouraging others to develop healthy lifestyles that contribute to mental health.

“Elise is a fantastic example of what the Texas International system is all about,” said Rachel Hedstrom, executive director of the Texas International Pageant System and Director of the Year for all Miss and Teen International Pageants worldwide. “She is a passionate advocate for her cause, putting her personal commitment together with her professional expertise to best serve others. She will wear her crown with that unique Lone Star pride that is a true symbol of service for those who need a voice.”

The International System was established more than 20 years ago to adhere to a higher standard than other systems.  Texas International seeks more than a pretty face: winners have beauty and depth, and are committed to their communities. Like all pageants in the International System, contestants compete in fitness wear rather than swimsuit. The emphasis is on healthy lifestyle choices in accordance with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, with which the pageant system holds a national alliance.

Banks will represent the Lone Star State as she competes with women from the other 49 states and countries around the world for the title of Miss International this summer in Jacksonville, FL.

Applications are now being accepted for Mrs. Texas International 2016, Miss Texas International 2016 and Miss Teen Texas International 2016, to be held at the Granville Arts Center in Dallas, TX, in the spring of 2016. For more information on how to become a local titleholder and begin making a difference, ladies should visit www.mrstexasinternational.com, www.misstexasinternational.com, or http://www.missteentexasinternational.com.

To schedule a speaking engagement or appearance from any Texas International titleholder, please contact Rachel Hedstrom at texasinternationalpageant@gmail.com.

Farabe’ Algor Crowned Mrs. Texas International 2015

Farabé Algor_0806-2 CrownFarabe’ Algor, a mother of three from the McKinney area, has won the top Mrs. crown in the state of Texas, bringing it home to North Texas. She was crowned Mrs. Texas International during the Texas International Pageant, held March 15 at the Granville Arts Center in Dallas.

Algor competed among accomplished married women from all over the state of Texas to win her title. Areas of competition included interview (both on-stage and personal), fitness wear, and evening gown. The Mrs. Texas International system is the premier pageant competition for married women in Texas and emphasizes a woman’s ability to serve and lead her community, as well as inspire other women.

Algor is a dedicated wife and mother whose family includes her husband, Justin; twin boys, Thayer and Hudson; and a daughter, Annaleigh. Algor holds a bachelor of science degree in Health Education from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband moved to the area in 2012, where they enjoy being active members of Stonebriar Community Church.

As Mrs. Texas International, Algor will promote her platform, “Beyond Glory – Supporting Our Veterans,” which raises awareness for veterans’ issues and support for the men and women who have served our country. Algor’s goal is to reduce unemployment for veterans, advocate for reduced processing time for veterans’ claims, and to connect veterans with existing programs and services to help address their unique needs. Algor’s husband is a retired U.S. Army Ranger whose vehicle was hit by IEDs in Iraq seven times.

“Farabe’ has taken what is for her a very personal mission and expanded it as Mrs. Texas International to include the tens of thousands of veterans across our state who need our help and our gratitude,” said Rachel Hedstrom, executive director of the Texas International Pageant System and Director of the Year for all Miss and Teen International Pageants worldwide. “She is a passionate advocate for her cause, and this is what it’s all about for our queens. She will wear her crown with that unique Lone Star pride that is a true symbol of service for those who need a voice.”

The International System was established more than 20 years ago to adhere to a higher standard than other systems.  Texas International seeks more than a pretty face: winners have beauty and depth, and are committed to their communities. Like all pageants in the International System, contestants compete in fitness wear rather than swimsuit. The emphasis is on healthy lifestyle choices in accordance with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, with which the pageant system holds a national alliance.

Algor will represent the Lone Star State as she competes with women from the other 49 states and countries around the world for the title of Mrs. International this summer in Jacksonville, FL.

Applications are now being accepted for Mrs. Texas International 2016, Miss Texas International 2016 and Miss Teen Texas International 2016, to be held at the Granville Arts Center in Dallas, TX, in the spring of 2016. For more information on how to become a local titleholder and begin making a difference, ladies should visit www.mrstexasinternational.com, www.misstexasinternational.com, or www.missteentexasinternational.com.

To schedule a speaking engagement or appearance from any Texas International titleholder, please contact Rachel Hedstrom at texasinternationalpageant@gmail.com.