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Attending to tummy troubles

By Lauren Mirkin September 24, 2015

Most of our clients come to us for help with relationship difficulties, work-related stress, persistent anxiety, chronic depression or other well-researched and commonly encountered challenges. Most of us feel that our education and experiences have effectively prepared us to deal with these conditions. Armed with a time-tested array of evidence-based strategies, we confidently set out…continue reading

Diagnosing ADHD in toddlers

By Donna M. MacDonald August 27, 2015

In 2000, Dr. Steven Hyman, then director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), made a statement for the record and publicly recognized that preschoolers can have the mental health condition of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He made this statement even though this belief was not widely accepted at the time. He further stated that…continue reading

Techniques for counseling clients who have chronic pain

By Betsy Farver-Smith July 27, 2015

Clients or patients facing chronic pain require a special counseling approach that can be applied universally, no matter their source of pain or the number of months or years they have tried to deal with the pain. We have honed and practiced these techniques at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, because many…continue reading

A ‘problem’ of perception

By Thomas Hofmann June 24, 2015

Many counselors now identify themselves as having a strength-based counseling approach, often as part of an eclectic theory base. Yet how do we know we are thinking within a strength-based model and operating with strength-based strategy? Most of our historical theory base developed from a Westernized medical model worldview, and many writers of strength-based literature…continue reading

Self-care in the world of empirically supported treatments

By Dolores “Lori” Puterbaugh May 28, 2015

One of the many profound changes within the counseling profession for mental health counselors has been a gradual shift from psychodynamic and person-centered therapies to an emphasis on the medical model. The full history of this shift is an interesting one, featuring as much sociopolitical influence as scientific influence, but that is beyond the scope…continue reading