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 

  • I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

    Nov 17, 2011
    On my last post I talked about the idea of doing your own work individually – see “Do your own work.” In that post I talk a lot about the “self” of the therapist and what that means. I acknowledged that there are ways to let things go and other ways to unburden the pile up of psychological work we all undertake everyday. One of those ways is peer support and I wanted to blog a little about my practicum experience and the importance of networking within your community of peers. As a way of managing cases that seem to stick with you or “get into your head,” and even as a way to share cases, to learn and to process, peer support has already proven invaluable for me. Already in practicum I have clients who affect me and it helps a great deal to have trusted allies with whom to share and help process the why and how we are being affected by certain cases. Peer support in my opinion is a two way street so we learn from other counselors’ experiences and cases, while at the same time we learn by reflecting on our own experiences and reactions.
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  • The Yellow Brick Road

    Nov 08, 2011
    “The Wizard of Oz” has always been one of my favorite films. I enjoyed the story—Dorothy’s journey, the visuals, the characters and the moral underpinnings of the entire tale. I suppose you could say every character has resonated with me at some point in my life and I’ve always been very intrigued by ‘the man behind the curtain.’ After all, haven’t you wondered how long it took him to grow that impressive handlebar moustache?
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  • Elephantante…

    Oct 26, 2011
    To open up a can of worms. To kick the hornet’s nest. To open Pandora’s Box. To discuss the elephant in the room. To address the 500 pound gorilla in session. These are all expressions that to most have a negative connotation and are usually associated with impending consequences and physical or mental discomfort. The expressions alone invoke a pang of anxiety for me because the implication is that something big is about to happen. If we address the elephant, name the gorilla, release the worms and unleash the hornets within the therapy room we could have a veritable mess that needs to be processed, understood and sometimes contained. This has been my experience…but is facing reality really that bad? And isn’t it important to acknowledge a problem in order to solve it?
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  • Do Your Own Work...

    Oct 18, 2011
    When I first started my counseling masters degree roughly three years ago, I remember distinctly being told the importance of “doing your own work.” Quite honestly, I felt perplexed. I was under the impression that I really had my self together – why would I need counseling? I did not feel the need to talk with anybody about my life, my family, my past and especially not how I was feeling. I realize now that my sense of self, while developed, was a long way from how I understand my self now, after almost four years of study and reflection.
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  • Getting Paid…(well sort of)

    Oct 11, 2011
    “If you love the work you do then you never have to work a day in your life…” This phrase sounds like a multi generational war cry from parents to their children. Almost like a shrouded warning to pick a career that you enjoy and stick with it. Sadly, for most the reality is not quite so simple. The majority of us will have several careers and positions during our lives and too often, loving what you do becomes secondary to getting paid.
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