Cover Stories

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

Facing a rising tide of personality disorders

Sebastian Montes November 1, 2013

Twenty years ago, the preponderance of Elaine Beckwith’s most troubling cases tended to center on substance abuse and the outpouring of near-psychotic clients cast into the general population after the onset of deinstitutionalization. The past few years have brought a new pattern to the fore, one as pronounced as it is problematic. More and more,…continue reading

Total health care

Lynne Shallcross October 1, 2013

When Russ Curtis visits his primary care physician (PCP) for his yearly checkup, the physician checks his blood pressure and his weight. She listens to Curtis’ heartbeat and asks if he’s been having any pain. She also screens for substance abuse and depression. It hasn’t always been the norm for family doctors to screen for…continue reading