Spirituality in a church-based counseling program

“Although I may be a church-based counselor, my job is not to promote my own belief system but rather to be available to hurting people.”

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Counseling survivors of human trafficking

Human trafficking continues to evolve into a new way of enslaving human beings, stripping individuals of basic rights and freedoms, while skirting the legal issues of slavery and ownership.

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The fragility of freedom

Examine the barriers that ex-offenders confront when trying to transition back into society, and the critical role that counselors can play in addressing recidivism becomes obvious.

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Integrating mindfulness interventions in counseling courses

The insights and changes that come with studying and practicing mindfulness carry over into life and work.

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Helping female clients reclaim sexual desire

Fostering the safety and trust necessary to explore clients’ desire issues can move issues of female sexuality from an implicit undercurrent in counselors’ work to an explicit focus of therapy.

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Informed by trauma

In 1995, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente began what would become a landmark study on the health effects of adverse childhood experiences. Over the course of two years, researchers collected detailed medical information from 17,000 patients at Kaiser’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego. In addition to personal and family…continue reading

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Stories of empowerment

In 2009, writer Chimamanda Adichie gave a TED Talk on the danger of reducing people to a single narrative, using her own personal stories to illustrate the complexity of individuals. In one of those stories, she revealed how her college roommate in the United States had a single understanding of Africa — one of catastrophe.…continue reading

High anxiety

Licensed professional counselor (LPC) Keri Riggs, an American Counseling Association member with a private practice in Richardson, Texas, started noticing the pattern about eight months to a year ago: clients reporting a sharp increase in anxiety. And it wasn’t only her existing clients who were expressing discomfort; new clients were seeking her out, surprised and…continue reading

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Spirituality in a church-based counseling program

As a counselor in a group supported by a church, I regularly encounter clients who want to discuss spirituality, or who even want spiritual guidance, assuming that because the counseling department is located within the church building, all the counselors are equipped to be spiritual leaders. The situation can cause ethical concerns, especially considering Standard…continue reading

Counseling survivors of human trafficking

Millions of human trafficking victims exist across the globe. In the United States, hundreds of thousands of victims experience trafficking. As society expands and evolves, human trafficking perpetrators find new ways to recruit and victimize others. The evolution of perpetration ensues because of increases in accessing technology, shifting state and federal laws, and changing criminal…continue reading

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Beyond words

Attempting to work from a purely cognitive or emotional perspective with clients who have experienced sexual trauma is like trying to build a sturdy house without laying down a solid foundation. Facilitating recovery from sexual trauma demands the inclusion of the site of the original wounding — the body. A clinical vignette “Jerry” arrives seven…continue reading

Viewing fathers as attachment figures

The role of fatherhood has changed over the years. Hundreds of years ago, the father was the most important parent for raising the children, then he became the breadwinner, and today an expansive volume of research details a general lack of involvement by fathers in their children’s lives. Plenty of fathers want to be a…continue reading

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The fragility of freedom

With more than 2.2 million Americans behind bars, there are more citizens incarcerated in the United States than in any other country in the world, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. The United States can also lay claim to the highest rate of recidivism. According to a Department of Justice study, a staggering…continue reading

Helping female clients reclaim sexual desire

If you see women in your counseling practice, it will be hard to ignore the issue of female sexual desire in your work together, even if the focus of treatment is something that appears unrelated to sexuality. In fact, a woman’s relationship with her own experience of sexual desire is often inextricably linked to her…continue reading