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Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Monitoring Your Teen: Your Perspective VS Their Reality

I recently watched an episode of Dr. Phil where a mother thought her 15 year old daughter was a popular teen and earning good grades. This mom thought she had the perfect teen, until one day her daughter disappeared and was found days later by the police. Only then did her mother find out that …

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Some Of My Frustrations With The Mental Health System And How It Fails Those It’s Supposed To Help

After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there was a lot of talk about our broken mental health system. As a mental health counselor, I have worked in the mental health system since 2006 and could go on and on about why I think the mental health system fails many of those who need …

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One Teens Attempted Suicide

Today I got one of those out of the blue phone calls that I dread. I was out of the office preparing files for an upcoming audit when I got an email from one of the teachers at the school I work at asking me to call her as soon as possible. There’s always a …

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Taking Back Control Over Your Thoughts, Feelings And Emotions

This is one of my favorite quotes, not because it is brilliant, which it is, not because it is simple and true, which it also is, but because it is something I teach daily to my clients and something that I personally struggle with. A large majority of my clients are suffering from various issues …

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Helping A Loved One Who Has A Mental Illness

The other day, a friend of mine asked me how she could help a friend of hers that was mentally ill. She explained to me that her friend had bipolar disorder, something she had been suffering from for years and had a long history of self-injury and suicide attempts. According to my friend, this person …

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Counseling Minors and Confidentiality

Confidentiality is a crucial part of counseling. Clients have to believe that they can tell me practically anything and it won’t be repeated to anyone, including their parents. All of my clients know that everything they tell me stays  between us except: If they tell me they plan on killing themselves or someone else If they tell …

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The Ohio Missing Women And Psychological Resilence

Many people when they first heard of the unbelievable miracle that three women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight so far unnamed woman who all went missing in three separate incidents were found alive and well, at least physically, 10 years later, asked themselves the same questions: 1) How could this happen in the middle of …

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The DSM-V: Coming Soon, Criticisms, Flaws and All

The long awaited and controversial Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, version five (DSM-V) is slated to come out toward the end of this month. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is considered the bible of psychiatry. It is the guide we use in the mental health field to help us diagnose …

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MHAM…May (Mental Health Awareness Month)

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