America’s mental health disparities

Mental health care availability and access vary tremendously depending on where you live in the United States. When it comes to mental health, how does your state stack up?

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Thriving in times of crisis

Faced with a cancer diagnosis, a counselor educator embraces the lessons and gifts offered to him by others, including his students.

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Some thoughts on thoughts: The inner critic and self-talk

Raising personal awareness of negative self-talk and replacing it with positive and more accurate messaging can be transformational for clients and for counselors.

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The use of evidence-based practices with oppressed populations

Although certain interventions have consistently been shown to help clients, counselors must still adjust their implementation based on the unique identity of the person sitting across from them.

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Team sports vs. solo exercise: Which is better for your mental health?

Exercise and physical activity can boost mental health and contribute to overall wellness. But do team sports offer greater mental health benefits than solo exercise?

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Helping families cope with cancer

Cancer. The word alone can evoke terror amid visions of painful treatments and possible early death. Even though many advances have been made in cancer treatment, and despite the fact that heart disease is the actual No. 1 cause of death for adults in the United States, cancer is the diagnosis that many people fear…continue reading

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Finding love in a ‘swipe left’ universe

When it comes to dating, it’s often said there are plenty of fish in the sea. But when you’re dangling a fishing pole in the seemingly vast ocean of online dating and not getting many nibbles, it can leave you with a seasick feeling. Or perhaps you’ve heard tales of other people connecting with really…continue reading

Standing in the shadow of addiction

Theresa Eschmann, a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and addiction family specialist in private practice in St. Louis, experienced firsthand the power of denial in adult children of parents with alcohol use disorders. All her life, Eschmann had witnessed her mother struggle with this disorder, yet upon finding her mother dead with a bottle of alcohol…continue reading

Could toxic workplaces be killing your clients?

Many American workers are overworked, exhausted and underpaid. Defying their biological clocks with shift work. Putting in 50-plus-hour workweeks and often juggling the work of two or more people — all under the eye of sometimes capricious management. Employees huddle together like Survivor contestants, hoping not to be voted off the island through layoffs, outsourcing…continue reading

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America’s mental health disparities

Mental health care availability and access vary tremendously depending on where you live in the United States. In Massachusetts, for example, there is one mental health care provider for every 180 residents. That ratio is far different in Texas and Alabama, however, where there are more than 1,000 residents for every one provider. Mental Health…continue reading

Team sports vs. solo exercise: Which is better for your mental health?

Professional counselors often recommend exercise to clients as a way to improve mood and overall wellness. In addition to boosting serotonin, a neurotransmitter connected to feelings of well-being, exercise offers the chance to unplug from the busyness of daily life and process one’s thoughts. A recent journal study in The Lancet Psychiatry takes that recommendation…continue reading

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The use of evidence-based practices with oppressed populations

Therapy must always be tailored to the individual; there is no one-size-fits-all model. However, certain approaches have been empirically verified for use with a variety of clientele. It is critical that all counselors, especially those working with client populations that are oppressed, have both an overview of evidence-based practices and specific techniques related to these…continue reading

Key considerations for counselor community engagement

If you are reading this article, it is likely because you have a strong interest in counseling. We might even be able to go a step further in saying that you probably love counseling, right? As members of the Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Counselor Community Engagement Committee, we agree — we love counseling. We also…continue reading

Member Insights

Thriving in times of crisis

I am now reaching the age when people assume that I have achieved a certain amount of wisdom. I admit that I usually enjoy playing the role of the sage as a professor, but at times it definitely has its downside. For example, a new faculty member once said to me, “Hey, Lennie, you’re the…continue reading

Some thoughts on thoughts: The inner critic and self-talk

There’s no doubt about it: Words are powerful. As a professional counselor, I return to a few themes often because of their relevance to a wide variety of presenting issues and goals that clients bring to my office. Self-talk is among my five most-visited topics in therapy. Still, I have found that the subject usually…continue reading