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Columbus psychologist calms fears after Charleston church shooting

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The horrific mass shooting at a church in downtown Charleston, SC has rattled many, since it took place in a structure long considered to be guarded and secluded from the problems of the outside world.

Many people might have concerns about a repeat of that tragedy at their church soon or in the future, especially with Father's Day ahead this Sunday. 

However, a psychologist at the Pastoral Institute in Columbus says it's important to remember the rarity of these types of events

"To the degree that you can go, the sooner the better. Trying to reestablish what is normal - and what is normal is that it's usually safer. This is a unique event in many ways compared to the average Sunday or weekday worship service,” said Bobby McGowan.

McGowan also says it's important to remember coping with stress and fear is an individual process

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