Cover Stories

In search of wellness

By Laurie Meyers February 24, 2014

Jacqueline Swank, an assistant professor of counselor education and researcher at the University of Florida, believes in the power of nature. “I grew up on a farm,” she says. “Every aspect of my life involved nature.” The barnyard and surrounding woods were her playground, but living close to nature offered her more than amusement. “Nature was…continue reading

Quieting the inner critic

By Laurie Meyers January 23, 2014

Although there are differing definitions of self-esteem, most counseling clients would probably use the common cultural definition: a feeling of having respect for yourself and your abilities. Of course, defining self-esteem isn’t the same as understanding the important role it plays in emotional health. It’s a role that many clients may underestimate. “Self-esteem is at the…continue reading

Turning points

Compiled by Jonathan Rollins December 19, 2013

A counselor’s path forward is rarely linear. Agreed? Somewhere over the course of a career, something is almost guaranteed to happen that will change the counselor’s perception of, approach to or relationship with counseling. In fact, if you practice or teach long enough, you are likely to encounter several “somethings” that will shift your professional worldview in…continue reading

The birth of the neuro-counselor?

Sebastian Montes November 25, 2013

Lori Russell-Chapin was a quarter of the way through her scheduled 40 sessions of therapy with a 22-year-old college graduate with Asperger’s syndrome whose social shortcomings — understanding cues, relating with others — were hampering his relationship with his girlfriend and his parents. As Russell-Chapin has done with hundreds of other clients the past four…continue reading