Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Monthly Archives: January, 2013

Combating Depression: 10 Tips

Depression affects about 17. 5 million Americans and out of those, an estimated 9.2 million will have what is considered major or clinical depression. What’s the difference between depression and major depression? Major depression is categorized as: a depressed mood, most of the day, nearly everyday for at least two weeks. In children, adolescence and …

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Does Your Teen Lack Empathy?

I’ve been working with a fifteen year old male for the past few months who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). He was referred to me because his mother was frustrated with his behavior. He was argumentative, physically aggressive, disobeyed rules and punching holes in his bedroom walls. …

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Am I An Effective Counselor? A Case Example On Counselor Effectiveness And Struggles When Working With A Client

Often as a counselor, it’s not always easy to know when I am truly being effective in helping clients live better lives. This can be difficult because clients often lie, not only about their feelings, but also about their behavior, about following through with treatment recommendations and even about getting better. Clients often put up lots of …

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Lance Armstrong May Be A Narcissist, But We Made Him A Hero

Like a lot of people, I brought into the Lance Armstrong hype way before the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency implemented him. To me, even back then, wearing the Livestrong bracelets was not so much about supporting Lance Armstrong, but for fighting cancer and challenges everywhere. A lot of people I talk to who supported Armstrong and …

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Are You In Tune With Your Teenager?

While working with teens I’ve noticed that there are certain differences between those who are doing well academically, socially and mentally and those who aren’t. For the most part, teens that are doing well have parents/guardians that show interest in them and their ideas and actually listen to them. Teens who are doing well report …

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How Early Is Too Early To Implant Self-Consciousness Into A Child?

This morning as I watched Good Morning America I saw an interview with “Teen Mom” star, Farrah Abraham, talking about how she waxes her three year old daughter’s (Sophia) uni-brow. On her blog, sulia.com, Farrah, who is 20 years wrote: “Recently I could not ignore it, like I know I’ve seen madonna’s duaghter have a …

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Your Teenager Needs and Wants Your Guidance

If you are a parent of a teenager, you probably have worried at one point in time about the many issues that face them including drugs, alcohol and tobacco use, dangerous driving, sexual activity, school, peer and social issues. You’ve probably also worried about losing the influence you have over your teen as they start …

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My Day Working At A Women’s Residential (Addictions) Facility: Observations And Thoughts

Yesterday I was blessed to be able to go and work with a group of women in a women’s residential facility. All of these women varied in age from barely twenty to the elderly, yet they all battle some form of substance abuse. None of them looked like “typical addicts” and they were all extraordinary …

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