Counseling Today

The Counseling Connoisseur: Pet loss: Lessons in grief

By Cheryl Fisher April 11, 2017

  “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France   *****   On Jan. 22, following a three-week whirlwind diagnosis and decline, my husband and I said goodbye to our 6.5-year-old goldendoodle, Lily. Her disease had rendered this Frisbee-catching superstar unable to stand or walk. She needed…continue reading

Mental health implications of undocumented immigrant status

By Laura M. Gonzalez and Nathaniel N. Ivers April 6, 2017

The phrase undocumented immigrant, or its less charitable counterpart, illegal alien, tends to cause a stir in the media. The focus is on the paperwork, the lack of permission or legal status to be in the United States. However, for counselors to work effectively with this population, it is helpful to spend some time considering…continue reading

Behind the Book: The Creative Arts in Counseling

By Bethany Bray April 3, 2017

The power of creativity to spark change and progress in clients has fueled the growth of play therapy, wilderness therapy, animal-assisted therapy and other interventions in recent decades. But when Samuel Gladding first began to use creative approaches with clients in the 1970s, it was far from mainstream. Gladding, a professor in the Department of…continue reading

Technology Tutor: Ethical and legal considerations of counseling tech

By Rob Reinhardt March 31, 2017

Last year, I interviewed a counselor who had been conducting text counseling via the Talkspace service (see Not long after this, two articles were published that brought some of the legalities and ethics of the Talkspace model into question (see and Given the continued growth of telehealth services, it seems a good…continue reading