@TechCounselor: Streamlining repeat emails

Those professional emails you need to send out over and over again? Streamline the process to save yourself a lot of time.

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Counseling people who stutter

Through the framework of acceptance and commitment therapy, collaborative teams of counselors and speech-language pathologists are finding effective ways to treat the holistic needs of clients who stutter.

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Counseling people in the performing arts

Despite public perception, life as a performing artist typically features very little glamour and a plethora of challenges to emotional and mental well-being.

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The wise support system in domestic violence rescue efforts

When families characterize their loved one’s abuser as pure evil, a demonic caricature with cloven hoof, it delegitimizes their feedback, because for the victim, this evil cartoon character is nowhere to be found. Before people are open to receiving help, they have to trust that the complexity of their problem is well-understood.

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The counselor’s role in assessing and treating medical symptoms and diagnoses

As recognition of the psychological and behavioral factors involved in medical illness has increased, so has the ability of mental health counselors to serve a valuable function in patient care.

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Cover Stories

The battle against burnout

Fill in the blank: The way to avoid burnout is __________ . Self-care? Professional fulfillment? Spirituality? All of the above? The answer to this question will be different for each person — and most likely involve more than one idea. The question, however, needs to be continually on the minds of counselors, both for their…continue reading

Features

When post-abortion emotions need unpacking

Catherine Beckett, an American Counseling Association member with a private practice in Portland, Oregon, has made it a habit to avoid using “must” phrases with clients. “It sends a message to the client about what they’ve experienced,” says Beckett, who specializes in grief counseling. “I don’t ever want to say, ‘Oh, you must feel so…continue reading

The high cost of human-made disasters

The stories of the aftereffects of human-made disaster have become all too familiar: a refugee forced to make a dangerous journey to find a new home; the soldier deployed thousands of miles from home for months at a time; the person who finds his or her world turned upside down when a shooter enters the…continue reading

Talking through the pain

By the time the 43-year-old man, a victim of an industrial accident, limped into American Counseling Association member David Engstrom’s office, he’d been experiencing lower back pain for 10 years and taking OxyContin for six. The client, whose pain was written in the grimace on his face as he sat down, was a referral from…continue reading

Online Exclusives

@TechCounselor: Streamlining repeat emails

No matter my professional role, there always seems to exist the need to send out the same email over and over again. Either I write the same email monthly or annually, or I write the same email and send it to multiple people. When I was in private practice, it was a “New Client” email.…continue reading

The wise support system in domestic violence rescue efforts

A lot has been written about domestic violence, the cycles that keep people in violent relationships and how to get out of them. The commentary focuses on the role of substance abuse, the role of personality disorders and a cycle of conflict that ends with the exchange of a “never again” promise. Wash, rinse, repeat.…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Understanding and treating survivors of incest

Adults with histories of being abused as children present unique challenges for counselors. For instance, these clients often struggle with establishing and maintaining a therapeutic alliance. They may rapidly shift their notion of the counselor from very favorable to very unfavorable in line with concomitant shifts in their emotional states. Furthermore, they may anxiously expect…continue reading

Member Insights

Counseling people who stutter

Kyle hears the drone of the elevator music playing behind the bland voice that states, “All calls are important to us. Thank you for your patience. A customer service representative will be with you in just a moment.” Kyle knows the message well because he has been on hold for nearly 15 minutes. While waiting,…continue reading

Counseling people in the performing arts

Actors, dancers, musicians and other performers are vulnerable to a variety of challenges and clinical issues that are unique to those who choose to make their living using their creative talents and skills. Although artists are people just like the rest of our clients, I believe it is important for counselors to have a framework…continue reading