Do you have diagnosisitis?

When counselors lose focus on wellness principles, they are vulnerable to attributing every client symptom to a mental health disorder. READ MORE …

Losing face: How Facebook disconnects us

The social media revolution tempts us with the ability to form connections worldwide, but insights from college students suggest some potentially serious consequences.

Involving parents in child-centered play therapy

Play therapists greatly increase the likelihood of maximizing beneficial outcomes for children when they also follow effective strategies for building strong partnerships with parents. READ MORE …

What counselors need to know about schizophrenia

Counselors, as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team of helping professionals, can play a critical role in the lives of people diagnosed with schizophrenia — and their families. READ MORE …

Prepping for the new SAT

The College Board is rolling out a redesigned exam in spring 2016, but the time for school counselors to get familiar with the changes and the possible ramifications for students is now. READ MORE …

Cover Stories

Connecting with clients

Modern counseling models and techniques are as varied and diverse as the counselors and clients who use them. Most counselors have a particular theory, method or school of thought that they embrace, whether it is cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, strength-based, holistic health, person-centered, Adlerian or other. Yet all of these approaches and techniques have…continue reading



Prepping for the new SAT

Earlier this year, College Board President and CEO David Coleman faulted his own company’s test, the SAT, and its main competitor, the ACT, for being “disconnected from the work of our high schools.” In an effort to address that disconnect, among other goals, the College Board announced it would be revamping the SAT, with a…continue reading


Group process from a diversity lens: Racists are just ignorant

The following vignette comes from an actual situation that occurred in one of my diversity workshops. In addition, I am including my thoughts/rationale and the interventions I used during the situation, questions for other group facilitators to consider, possible group/dyad exercises and a summary that helps to place the event in a larger societal context.…continue reading


College disorientation

Jane (name changed) came to the counseling center at Georgia Regents University (GRU) just one month after school started. A first-year student whose home was approximately a three-hour drive from the university, this was her first time being away from her parents. Her transition to college raised a number of different issues for Jane and resulted…continue reading

Online Exclusives

Do you have diagnosisitis?

Diagnosisitis. Or, as it’s more commonly known, overpathologizing — an affliction that affects many counselors both seasoned and new. People most often come to counselors because they have a problem and need help. As counselors, whenever someone comes to see us, we flip the switch and turn on the counselor brain. The counselor brain is…continue reading

What counselors need to know about schizophrenia

The adjective “schizophrenic” needs to be removed from counselors’ vocabulary, says Elizabeth Prosek, a counselor and assistant professor at the University of North Texas (UNT). Schizophrenia has a great deal of stigma and negative connotations associated with it, and referring to clients in the first person can lessen these, she says. “I encourage counselors to…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Involving parents in child-centered play therapy

When young children, ages 2 to 9, are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems, the usefulness of talk therapy is limited because they often cannot communicate effectively using words. Play therapy continues to gain momentum as a viable approach to work therapeutically with young children because it is based on the premise that children communicate best…continue reading

Reader Viewpoint

Losing face: How Facebook disconnects us

This past February, Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday. According to its website, Facebook now boasts more than 1.28 billion active users, and on any given day, more than 60 percent of those users access the site. Facebook’s stated mission is “to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.”…continue reading

The complicated mourner

The first time I met Cynthia (not her real name) was in my office. She was in her late 20s and came to me because of a fear of driving. Initially, I believed her case would require cognitive behavioral work, and having received advanced training in rational emotive behavior therapy, I began formulating an outline…continue reading