From pain to empowerment: Lessons learned through physical therapy

“I came to understand that when humans are confronted with change on a big scale (even if the change is something we invite into our lives), the organism can set up resistances in both subtle and significant ways.”

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From Combat to Counseling: Service members, veterans and military family mental health

As clinical mental health professionals, we are uniquely qualified to help the veteran population live the life that they desire and deserve. We look at mental health from a wellness perspective, not an illness perspective.

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Voice of Experience: Giving away power

Giving away power is one of the things in our therapeutic tool boxes that can help us earn trust very quickly.

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The pretend professional

Impostor syndrome — and the sense of self-doubt, insecurity and inadequacy that accompany it — isn’t a stranger to most counseling professionals, and that’s ultimately good news.

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Caring vs. carrying: A therapeutic review of empathy and boundaries

Empathy allows for the full and complete exploration of thoughts, feelings and behaviors, with no intent to short-circuit the process simply because we cannot tolerate someone else’s pain.

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The pretend professional

Impostor syndrome — and the sense of self-doubt, insecurity and inadequacy that accompany it — isn’t a stranger to most counseling professionals, and that’s ultimately good news.

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Facilitating support groups for caregivers

Professional counselors possess the skills to mold groups that offer caregivers a safe place to voice their strong feelings and stressful experiences while receiving authentic empathic understanding in return.

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A passion for the profession

Heather Trepal didn’t initially set out to become a counselor, but as she takes the reins as ACA’s 68th president, no one questions her drive and desire to advocate for the profession she grew to love.

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Addressing intimate partner violence with clients

Professional clinical counselors are charged with learning how to spot red flags and then carefully respond to a complicated and emotionally charged issue that is present in an uncomfortably large percentage of intimate relationships.

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Counseling Connoisseur: Revisiting the Spoon Theory

Counselors can assist clients and families who are impacted by chronic illness by validating their experiences, providing psychoeducation, and stepping up to advocate on local, regional and national levels.