Stepping across the poverty line

Poverty affects the mental health and overall well-being of millions of Americans, and that reality should, advocates say, make the provision of counseling services to this population a priority, not a luxury.


Accepting failure as part of professional advocacy

Counselors can grow frustrated when their outreach and advocacy attempts are given the cold shoulder, but the ongoing battle is one very much worth fighting.


‘We must do more’: Counselors have part to play in stemming U.S. suicide increase

America’s suicide rate is at its highest since the 1980s. What part can counselors play in stopping this concerning increase?


Addressing children’s curiosity of private parts

Knowing that children’s curiosity and naïve exploration of their bodies and the bodies of others is a normal, developmentally appropriate stage doesn’t always lessen the often awkward feelings and uncertainty of how to handle it.


The Counseling Connoisseur: Seeking connections to ourselves, others and the sacred

Cheryl Fisher muses on the complexity of the lived experience in her debut column, the first in a new monthly series at CT Online.


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Stepping across the poverty line

According to a study by the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 46.7 million Americans living in poverty in 2014, or a poverty rate of 14.8 percent. The picture was even bleaker for many ethnic and racial minorities. The same study found that 26.2 percent of African Americans (10.8 million people) and 23.6 percent of Hispanic Americans…continue reading



Validating the quarter-life crisis

More than a decade ago in the song “Why Georgia,” musician John Mayer put words to a phenomenon that many 20-somethings sense all too well. “I rent a room and I fill the spaces with/ Wood in places to make it feel like home/ But all I feel’s alone/ It might be a quarter-life crisis/…continue reading


Falling short of perfect

This past December, a major pop culture event occurred for which millions of people had been waiting longer than three decades: Star Wars: Episode VII was released. Finally, the story from 1983’s Return of the Jedi was continuing. Many fans reserved tickets two months in advance, while others camped out in line overnight to be…continue reading

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Accepting failure as part of professional advocacy

In recent months and years, I’ve seen counseling and mental health move up the list of “hot topics.” Influential actors, leaders and even government officials have spoken up and drawn these areas into the light in a new and brilliant way. As a culture, we are talking about mental health now and reaching out for…continue reading

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Getting unstuck

Andrew never knew his father. At age 4, he witnessed the death of his mother from an overdose. She was heroin dependent, and they were living in a car at the time. After her death, Andrew entered the foster care system. Between the ages of 4 and 15, he experienced more than a dozen different placements.…continue reading

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Counseling and Russian culture

In Russia, counseling is often not considered a substantial profession. Unfortunately, the same is true for any country that used to be a part of the USSR. A very limited number of nonmedical-model counseling centers exist, particularly in rural parts of the country. The sad truth, however, is that most of the Russian population doesn’t…continue reading

The tangible effects of invisible illness

A variety of invisible illnesses can greatly impact both the physical and mental health of individuals. Some of these illnesses are debilitating, preventing participation in the normal activities of daily living. Examples include chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, Ehlers–Danlos syndrome, fibromyalgia, lupus, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), regional complex pain syndrome and…continue reading