Voice of Experience: Three pieces of anger

Anger is a fascinating emotion. It is completely visceral. You can’t “decide” to be angry any more than you can decide to fall in love with someone.

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Assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning: A map for the journey ahead

Competently assessing client needs and determining an accurate treatment plan are skills that counselors need to continually develop and improve throughout their career.

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African Americans and the reluctance to seek treatment

To attract Black people to mental health counseling, we must address old prejudices around the flawed construct of race, lingering biases in mental health treatment, and the lack of access to mental health services for those living in poverty.

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Humility wins

Accepting all that you are — and all that you are not — is far more of a strength than a deficit when it comes to attracting and retaining clients.

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Trauma stabilization through polyvagal theory and DBT

‘Developing balance therapy’ helps provide clients with the necessary skills to stabilize or self-regulate so that they can proceed on to deeper trauma work.

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Voice of Experience: Three pieces of anger

Early in my career, “anger management” with clients involved a set of techniques such as deep breathing and the development of varied coping skills. While those are certainly important areas on which to focus, I was missing a piece of the puzzle at the time that is also critical in managing anger.

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Humility wins

Inside the walls of a therapy office, there is not a single human on this planet who is (or would have been) the best therapist for everyone. Do not be anxious about all the things you are not as a counselor; rather, stand tall in exactly what you are.

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Yes, and … improv can be therapeutic

They say laughter is the best medicine, and improv does make clients and counselors laugh, but in the process, it also teaches life skills that can improve mental and emotional well-being.