As a counselor, I must be able to identify sexual behaviors that are common — as well as those that may not be normal but aren’t unusual either — and put a parent’s mind at ease while also respecting their culture and belief systems.
Should counselors contact their clients by email or text to confirm appointments? While it seems like the answer is an obvious “yes,” there is more to consider.
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.
Ughly children demand others’ energy. They break things. They often rub people — including their peers — the wrong way. That is what makes them “ughly” — they cause us to go “ugh.”
Counselors may want to help clients by providing court testimony, writing letters of documentation and other methods of advocacy, but clinicians should be careful not to extend themselves beyond the limits of their training and expertise.