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

  • Prayer in Therapy: A Dialogue

    Jun 20, 2011
    I was delighted to see Ryan Neace [ACA Blog ‘Prayer in Therapy an Ethical Primer] reply so carefully and thoughtfully to my proposition that prayer should never be used in therapy (unless it is in the context of a specific faith community). One of the opportunities of the ACA blog is to engage in dialogue with fellow counselors. Ryan’s response gives me an opportunity to understand another point of view and clarify further points I have not presented clearly enough.
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  • Should I Ever Pray With My Client?

    May 31, 2011
    No, Never. According to the ACA Code of Ethics, there are some activities a counselor must never engage in with a client—especially sexual activities. There are some activities that are allowed but only very carefully—such as dual relationships. And there are some activities that are required for being an effective counselor—such as caring and empathy.
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  • Spirituality in Counseling: How Can We Know the Unknowable?

    May 16, 2011
    So, if a client says ‘Yes, of course, I believe in God,’ how do I as a counselor respond? First, I must be clear that I do not know what significance the word ‘God’ has for him or her. I do find it useful to consider the word ‘God’ as a hypothetical construct that gets its meaning from the faith community that uses it. For a counselor (who is not a pastoral counselor), it can only be defined operationally in the client’s life; that is, it can only be dealt with in a counseling situation by determining what effect belief in God has on the client—note that this neither affirms nor denies the reality of something called ‘God’.
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  • Think: Religion—Community/Sociology; Spirituality—Individual/Psychology

    May 09, 2011
    The more I have been reading and thinking about how to include religion and spirituality into our counseling, the more I have been drawn to the critical need to sharply distinguish religion from spirituality and that difference is the difference between dealing with a faith community and dealing with an individual’s own psychological processes.
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  • Stress is Not the Problem

    Apr 25, 2011
    Last week I heard one of my favorite radio talk show hosts say ‘Stress will kill you!’ I thought that cannot be true. If it were true, every serious athletic would be either sick or dead! The whole idea of training to get stronger is to expose oneself to stress beyond what is normal, whether it be physical, mental or emotional. In order to get stronger, one must experience stress. And then, and this is the other hand clapping, and then let the body or mind or emotions have down time to respond to that stress. It’s like the body saying, ‘If you are going to make me run 400 meters that fast, I’d better get stronger so that it won’t be stressful.’
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