The Counseling Connoisseur: Zen and the Art of Home Improvement: Learning to ACT

A look at Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) through the lens of a frustrating home improvement project.

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Addressing ethical issues in treating client self-injury

Nonsuicidal self-injury is a complex and often misunderstood issue that may require counselors to reevaluate their assumptions and biases before providing safe and effective treatment.

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Embracing intuition

Recent research on intuition in counseling sheds light on the existence of something that has historically been difficult to measure, further opening the door for expert counselors to discuss how ‘gut moments’ inform their work with clients.

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Reconsidering ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is no longer viewed strictly as a behavioral issue, but counselors are still being called on to help clients deal with lingering stigma and misperceptions while crafting strategies for more efficient functioning.

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Thriving, not just surviving: Un milagro de Dios

While a significant amount of research exists on the deficits that can cause Latina adolescents to attempt suicide, a balanced amount of research is needed on the strengths that promote thriving, not just surviving in this community.

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Reconsidering ADHD

The stereotypical image of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the raucous little boy who can’t sit still in the classroom and is a discipline problem at home. But counselors who commonly work with ADHD know that it can also manifest as a young girl who is seemingly always in her own world or an adult who…continue reading

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Embracing intuition

One meaning of intuition is “something that is known or understood without proof or evidence.” Given that definition, it’s not surprising that objectively studying and measuring a counselor’s intuition can be challenging. But that hasn’t stopped Jesse Fox from trying. In 2013, as part of research Fox was doing for his dissertation, he set out…continue reading

Catherine Roland, surrounded by students from the first counselor Ph.D. cohort at Montclair State University, at a farewell dinner held for her as she was leaving the university in 2013. Roland was instrumental in creating the university’s counselor Ph.D. program. The students gave her  this photo in a frame inscribed with the words “Thank you for believing in us!”

Counseling’s connector-in-chief

When you see Catherine Roland at a professional event, the number of lives she has touched throughout her career soon becomes clear. “You can go to any American Counseling Association conference, and when [Roland] walks down the hall, people are constantly stopping her, running up to her, hugging her. She’s left behind quite a trail…continue reading

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Thriving, not just surviving: Un milagro de Dios

“Catalina” (pseudonym used to protect the identity of the individual being interviewed) is not your typical medical student. Young, Dominicana and the first generation of her family born in the United States, she shoves her clothes into a washing machine in her apartment complex. Graciously, she answers questions about an epidemic in the Latina community:…continue reading

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Addressing ethical issues in treating client self-injury

As professional counselors, we enter this field with a desire to understand and help others. There comes a time in every counselor’s career, however, when intellectual understanding is overpowered by the need for empathic understanding. This is particularly true when counselors work with clients who intentionally cut, burn, scratch, hit or otherwise injure themselves. Jennifer Muehlenkamp and…continue reading

Have you gone gray?

The United States is going through a rapid demographic shift unlike anything it has ever experienced. Approximately 10,000 Americans are turning 65 every day. Meanwhile, the average life span in the United States has increased to approximately 81 years for women and 76 years for men, with a significant number of people living well beyond…continue reading

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Recognizing and managing deception in the therapeutic relationship

I had been working with “Alex,” an 8-year-old boy diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, for longer than six months. His hyperactivity had become a major problem at school, and much of our clinical focus had been on managing behavior in the school environment. Each week, Mrs. T, his mother, who drove almost three hours to bring Alex…continue reading

Polyvagal theory in practice

Picturing brain chemistry can be something like picturing a hurricane. Although we can imagine bad weather, it is difficult to imagine changing that weather. But Stephen Porges’ polyvagal theory gives counselors a useful picture of the nervous system that can guide us in our efforts to help clients. Porges’ polyvagal theory developed out of his…continue reading