Ray McKinnis

Ray McKinnis

Ray McKinnis is a counselor with special interest in 'spirituality beyond religion' and veterans 'beyond PTSD'.  He is now on staff with New Hope Clinical Services, LLC. nhclinicalservices.com

  • Must Reading for Anyone who is Either Male or Female

    Jan 23, 2014
    One person said that if you only read one book, The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine is the one. It indeed might change your thinking and relationships significantly. Her two books including The Male Brain, draw on hundreds of research studies including her own.
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  • Do Not Assume That What You See Is What You Think You See?

    Nov 20, 2013
    Maya Georgieva in a recent ACA blog repeated 3 pieces of advice that every counselor should remind themselves every day. The first was ‘Do not assume that what you see is what you think you see.’ None of us can assume we know what another individual is experiencing without asking the other person. To make such an assumption would assume we are mind readers while taking away the autonomy of the other person.
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  • Clients and Counselors as Quantum Particles?

    Aug 28, 2013
    Last week at the drug store while waiting for a prescription to be filled, I picked up the latest copy of Scientific American. Since high school, I have found SA to be always fascinating. This was no exception. The cover article explained a latest theory on why we need sleep (to ‘prune the day’s chaff and restore neural balance’ in the brain). But what blew me away was the article describing one way of understanding ‘quantum particles’.
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  • What’s Missing Here?

    May 28, 2013
    Counseling is a powerful treatment for most ‘mental’ conditions: depression, neurosis, anxiety, addictions, defiant personalities, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, psychosis—in fact most dysfunctional conditions the DSM IV identifies.
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  • Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog

    Apr 15, 2013
    Richard Turner is arguably one of the best card magicians in the world. His skills with cards amaze even the best of other magicians. Hand him a deck of cards and he can immediately tell you how many cards are in the deck. Take the deck, take a card from the deck, look at it, return the card to the deck and give the deck back. He shuffles the deck with one hand and your card appears on top! Amazing enough in itself. But he is blind! He does all his tricks by feel! He became interested in magic at the age of 8 but then his retina began deteriorating and he lost his sight over the next few years but not his intense desire to be a magician—it is reported that he even sleeps with his cards.
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