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reflective journaling

What is “mental health”?

It may sound kind of strange, but I’ve never bought into the idea that mental health is an “either/or” proposition. I don’t think it’s realistic to suggest that mental health is a goal; to do so would assume that someone… Continue Reading →

Judgment is a distorting reflection

It’s not easy to talk about unhealthy behaviors.  Sometimes, though, difficult conversations are necessary in order to find health within a situation.  But, before those conversations occur, I believe we should be sure of what we see. Take a tree… Continue Reading →

Lies are Symptoms of Addiction

One of the biggest and most pervasive myths associated with Addiction is that “deception is the disease.” I’ve heard that statement in so many different contexts that I fear it has now become common knowledge. The thing is, however, is… Continue Reading →

At home or work, leadership is leadership

It’s important to me that people develop enough confidence in their own capability that they can meet any challenge in their lives.  Part of what I’ve longed recognized is that people will accept one set of standards for their “professional”… Continue Reading →

A Profile of my Ideal Client

I was having lunch with a colleague whom I respect very much when I learned that I haven’t given my practice much thought.  Which is to say that I haven’t given it any thought.  When she asked me what types… Continue Reading →

2 things to know about addicts

Talking with someone struggling with an addiction can be frustrating. Not for the reasons that you might think, but because they’re so mired in self-hate and shame that almost every thought he or she utters is a projection of those… Continue Reading →

Humanity is connected by an invisible web

I’ve spent hours watching spiders spin webs, wait, and then blast anything that lands in those webs with a shot of venom.  Maybe I need some hobbies, but spider watching is among the most beautiful sights in nature to me. … Continue Reading →

The ant in the web is a powerful metaphor…

As a writer, I collect metaphors.  As a substance abuse counselor, I use the metaphors I collect to help illustrate different topics.  One of those illustrated metaphors is featured here: I saw this and stuck in a web right outside… Continue Reading →

A Protocol for Treating Heroin Addiction

While there appears to be a heroin epidemic that is causing middle America to lose their minds, the fact is that, while not every heroin user wants to get clean, there is a treatment protocol that will work.  This protocol… Continue Reading →

Count your blessings to beat the blues

I’ve been thinking a lot about ways to help get over a bout of general malaise.  There’s a ton of work out there about Depression treatment and there’s a whole slew of modalities that are recommended.  But, what about those… Continue Reading →

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