Ray McKinnis

Ray McKinnis

Ray McKinnis is a Counselor in Wheaton, IL specializing in anonymous substance abuse and LGBT populations. He can be reached at dreamsampm@aol.com.

  • 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.
    Full story
  • One of the Most Difficult Challenges for a Counselor

    Mar 27, 2013
    I know of no more difficult occupational challenge than that facing a counselor as he or she moves from their formal education into doing counseling. A physician can learn from other physicians how to set the broken leg so that the body’s systems will mend it. Then that physician can use that skill in his or her practice.
    Full story
  • Will the Real Self Please Stand Up?

    Jan 29, 2013
    Full story
  • A Counselor’s Dilemma

    Oct 15, 2012
    We counselors have an almost impossible challenge: on the one hand, if we come to a counseling session with a particular diagnosis or theory or plan, we are likely to be blind to what does not fit that diagnosis or plan; on the other hand, if we come completely ‘open’ we are likely to miss patterns that give clues to understanding our client’s problems.
    Full story
  • ‘Evidence-Based’ Again

    Sep 10, 2012
    The September 2012 issue of Counseling Today has a comprehensive article called ‘Should counseling practice be evidence based?’ The answer of course is Yes. I have never met a counselor who does not want to be effective and to be effective each of us uses the best evidence we can get given who we are and who our client is. However, those who use this phrase usually mean something more narrowly defined—should results from randomized clinical trials (RCT) be the gold standard for discerning information about what works and what does not in a counseling situation.
    Full story

Join/Reinstate Your ACA and Division Memberships Today

  • Maximize your Professional Development
  • Learn more about your specialty—join a division
  • Stay ahead of the educational learning curve
  • Advocate for the counseling care of tomorrow
  • Expand your networking connections

Learn More

Join Now!