Nonprofit News: Edible ‘offices’: Adding beauty to your program while helping the hungry

There is a way to mix therapy, education, recreation, nature, beautification, nutrition and holistic health: planting a vegetable garden.


Living with anxiety

Anxiety occasionally pays a visit to everyone, but for millions of people, it is a constant companion that can negatively affect every facet of life unless they learn techniques to manage it.


Educating tomorrow’s counselors

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The need for skilled mental health counselors and well-trained marriage, family and child counseling in California and across the United States continues to grow.


Teaching counselor education curriculum in a ‘new reality’

Teaching in these uncertain, turbulent times has been challenging to say the least. A powerful, yet almost silent and unspoken subtle change has occurred in my classrooms. It almost feels like a gray mist or cloud that is not seen but clearly felt.


Aspiring to make suicide a relic of the past

Perhaps in the coming years, maybe — just maybe — suicide will be a thing of the past.


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Living with anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 18 percent of the adult population, or more than 40 million people, according to the National Institutes of Health. Among adolescents the prevalence is even higher: 25 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 live with some type of anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders…continue reading


The self ish act of forgiving

A rabbi, returning home on a train, sat near a group of salesmen who were playing cards. Absorbed as he was in meditation, the rabbi refused to join the card game. One of the salesmen, annoyed by the rabbi’s aloofness but unaware of who he was, pushed the rabbi out of the compartment. Upon reaching their destination,…continue reading

Technology Tutor: Ethical and legal considerations of counseling tech

Last year, I interviewed a counselor who had been conducting text counseling via the Talkspace service (see Not long after this, two articles were published that brought some of the legalities and ethics of the Talkspace model into question (see and Given the continued growth of telehealth services, it seems a good…continue reading

Facing the fear of incompetence

When Karena Heyward and Jessica Lloyd-Hazlett were enrolled in graduate school together at the College of William & Mary, they agreed to split the cost of a hotel room while attending the American Counseling Association’s annual conference. The two counselors didn’t know each other very well, but over the course of the weekend they found…continue reading

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Using your integrated behavioral health toolbox

People with common medical disorders who visit their primary care physicians have high rates of behavioral health concerns, including diabetes, chronic pain, obesity, sleep disorders and heart disease. Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and health care costs in the United States. Currently, estimates for these costs range from $147…continue reading

Mental health implications of undocumented immigrant status

The phrase undocumented immigrant, or its less charitable counterpart, illegal alien, tends to cause a stir in the media. The focus is on the paperwork, the lack of permission or legal status to be in the United States. However, for counselors to work effectively with this population, it is helpful to spend some time considering…continue reading

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Preparing for the mental health impact of climate change

Around the globe, coastlines are encroaching on communities, summer days are sweltering and reports of weather catastrophes often dominate the news media. These examples represent only a few of the monumental and pervasive environmental effects of our changing planet. Climate change may be the most crucial issue confronting the inhabitants of our world today. The dramatic…continue reading

Bringing the family counseling perspective into schools

Children in schools today come from increasingly diverse and complex families. As illustration, more than 1 million families are impacted annually by divorce. In fact, approximately 13.7 million single parents are raising 21.8 million children, and 1 in 3 Americans are stepparents, stepchildren, stepsiblings or part of a stepfamily. Furthermore, according to a 2009 article…continue reading