Christian Billington

Christian Billington

Christian Billington is an LPC/LMFT candidate. He is passionate about end of life issues, grief and loss, disaster mental health, helping the helpers and the development of training and support to better prepare the emergency services for what they experience in the field. Christian has a modest private practice that can be found here www.patchlanecounseling.com 

  • A Variable Uncontrolled…

    Apr 12, 2012
    I have been reflecting a lot recently about therapy. A recent post discussed clients’ plans that fail to come to fruition (see ‘a bit awry.’) A further thought occurred as I was writing said post. Another common theme with clients involves what I consider to be the ultimate variable, the ultimate uncontrollable, the ultimate enforcer of plans, intentions, dreams and ultimately when this entire shebang is finished, like it or not. So what is this omnipotent variable?
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  • A Bit Awry...

    Mar 06, 2012
    Plans. We all have them. Some pan out and some do not. Some are intricate pieces of mastery while others are basic with few steps and little external influence. The more complex plans tend to involve greater steps, involve more important but uncontrollable variables such as relationships and time. So is it any wonder that with so many different possibilities that fall outside of the locus of control, that the clients we often see are deeply affected by plans gone awry?
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  • The Importance Of Planning (Or Not)

    Jan 30, 2012
    A huge part of the practicum experience was supervision and planning. I spent at least two hours a week discussing cases and planning what to do next. As laborious as this felt at times I am grateful that my supervisors allowed me to use their experience as a guide, enhanced by my ideas, a systems perspective and four years of school. So how did the planning work?
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  • Crash And Burn (To Stand Back And Watch In Slow Motion).

    Jan 05, 2012
    What do you do when a client is apparently in a free fall? They report, of course, that “this time it will be different.” They will change, they are ready, and it is time. Then the next time you see them - usually just a few days later - they resemble the same blown out, angry wreckage that you spoke with just days before. How does this sit with you?
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  • A Strange Thing Happened…

    Dec 13, 2011
    …Before the end of termination. Last week I described my experience with couple’s termination. This week I wanted to share another facet of one particular termination that was without a doubt a more difficult end than I would have anticipated. It is an interesting quandary that no one seems to have an answer for. How do you terminate with your co-therapist?
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