Category Archives: Therapy topics

Encouragement, Pain, and Survival

In May, I presented at the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology’s annual conference in Minnesota, along with colleagues from Adler University’s Chicago Campus. Our panel discussion was on encouragement, and we spoke about the different ways we have experienced… Continue Reading Encouragement, Pain, and Survival

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Dear Politicians: Counselors Serve All Who Seek Their Services

The American Counseling Association has published a Code of Ethics for years, and it was recently updated in 2014 (http://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/ethics). On the subject of providing services to clients, and when it is ethical to terminate with a client, the Code… Continue Reading Dear Politicians: Counselors Serve All Who Seek Their Services

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Holiday Lapses

For people who’ve made positive changes in their lives, holidays can be slippery spots. Individuals who have quit drinking, smoking, or using drugs, people recovering from compulsive gambling or overeating, and people who have been substituting healthier behaviors for unhealthy… Continue Reading Holiday Lapses

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Mindfulness Basics

Mindfulness has become a hot topic in mental health and addictions treatment in recent years. Mindfulness techniques, including mindfulness meditation, have become standard items in the cognitive-behavioral therapy toolkit. This makes sense if you understand that many symptoms (including anxiety,… Continue Reading Mindfulness Basics

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Just Stop It… For Couples

If you asked me what one thing I would say to couples to help improve their relationships, I might say that they should stop treating each other like there’s something wrong with the other person.  

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Colleague Shout-Out: The Center for Contextual Change

Last night I visited the downtown office of the Center for Contextual Change, an established psychotherapy organization that specializes in treating the effects of trauma. I had the opportunity to speak with Mary Jo Barrett, LCSW, a founder of the… Continue Reading Colleague Shout-Out: The Center for Contextual Change

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How Are Things Down on the Ranch?

A couple weeks ago I received an e-mail from a person representing a drug and alcohol treatment center out in the rural South. He wanted me to put a link to his program on my website. I thought I’d share… Continue Reading How Are Things Down on the Ranch?

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A Tough Uncle: On “Being Losers”

In the latest example of what are becoming all-too-frequent acts of unspeakable horror, homemade bombs killed three people and seriously wounded dozens more at the beloved Boston Marathon this week. The act itself seems to fit the definition of terrorism… Continue Reading A Tough Uncle: On “Being Losers”

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Advances in Addiction Treatment – 2012

I recently attended a training workshop presented by Gateway Foundation at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. The presenter, David Mee-Lee, M.D., was one of the editors of the criteria used by substance abuse counselors to guide placement into treatment.… Continue Reading Advances in Addiction Treatment – 2012

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Synthetic Cannabinoids – A Scary Brew

I attended a conference today on synthetic cannabinoid drugs, such as “Spice,” K-2, and “bath salts.” These are drugs made by altering the chemical properties of an existing drugs, primarily THC (cannabis, or marijuana). Although their popularity seems to have… Continue Reading Synthetic Cannabinoids – A Scary Brew

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