Consider the words of a certain New Jersey troubadour: “Everybody needs a place to rest Everybody wants to have a home Don’t make no difference what nobody says Ain’t nobody like to be alone.” This declaration is from Bruce Springsteen’s 1980 single “Hungry Heart,” which tells the story of a restless man who believed contentment…continue reading
The gifts of volunteering as a disaster mental health counselor
“I was not able to get the smell of smoke out of my hair and clothes for days — and out of my car for weeks — yet I was the supremely fortunate one.”
Study: Genetic wiring as a ‘morning person’ associated with better mental health
Research suggests that the genetic tendency toward being a morning person is “positively correlated with well-being” and less associated with depression and schizophrenia.
Is there an epidemic of emotional support animals?
In a rush to provide documentation for the growing numbers of people desiring emotional support animals, mental health providers could be putting others at risk.
Counseling encounters with the puppet masters
Antisocial personality disorder remains a misunderstood and arguably underdiagnosed issue that can manifest in a number of ways.
Counseling Connoisseur: Cannabidiol and mental health therapy
Cannabidiol (CBD) has recently drawn interest as a therapeutic agent for use on a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders.
W. Bryce Hagedorn once counseled a client who was wrestling with intense feelings of shame regarding things he had done during the Vietnam War. The client, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, felt responsible for the soldiers he had lost during combat. He never expressed any details connected to these painful and complicated memories,…continue reading
As people in a helping profession, many counselors know the frustration of something getting in the way of us being there for our clients. At some point in our careers, we all must deal with scheduling conflicts, illnesses, weather delays and other events outside of our control. Typically, these are temporary setbacks, and we find…continue reading
Sleepless nights. Sudden temperature spikes and night sweats. Fluctuating moods. Brain fog. Sudden hair loss (head). Sudden hair growth (face). Dry skin, leaky bladder, pain during intercourse. This litany of symptoms may sound like the signs of a mysterious and slightly terrifying disease, but they’re actually all possible side effects of a normal, natural life…continue reading
I was presenting at the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in Santa Rosa, California, on the evening of Nov. 8, 2018, when the urgent call came. The American Red Cross was frantically looking for certified disaster mental health counselors to help with what appeared that it might become a large disaster due…continue reading
Are you a morning person or a night owl? Most people consider themselves to be one or the other, with a natural inclination for productivity either in the morning or after sunset. Not only are these tendencies wired into our genes, but they have a correlation to mental well-being, according to a study published Jan.…continue reading
Max came into my office and sat down. He was a big guy in his late 30s. When I asked how I could help, he responded that he believed he had posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When I asked what led him to this conclusion, he said he had been a sniper in the military and…continue reading
For more than 40 years, bullying in schools has remained relatively stable and today is recognized as a serious social problem. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Education released the first federal standardized definition of bullying, which includes unwanted aggressive behavior, observed or perceived power imbalance, and…continue reading
On June 6, 2017, ABC News reported that a man had been severely injured on a Delta Air Lines flight after being attacked by another passenger’s emotional support dog. The dog had been sitting in its owner’s lap in a center seat. The dog reportedly growled before the attack, prompting the man to ask the…continue reading
Utter the words sociopath or psychopath in any public forum, and everyone knows what you’re talking about. “Like serial killers, right?” Yeah, like serial killers. Even in clinical settings, these dated terms are sometimes still used. They’re simply easier to say than antisocial personality disorder (APD), the label currently given in the fifth edition of…continue reading