ACA Blog

  • Margo Velez

    Environment and Mentality

    • Margo Velez
    Oct 31, 2012
    I’ve added a second office location and I am looking forward to working with clients in this inviting space. It has windows that stretch from the floor to the ceiling in the lobby and offices, bringing in a lot of light, openness, and views of the city. The furniture and décor are contemporary, yet comfortable, in soothing colors that evoke a sense of relaxation and calm. The space is clean and uncluttered, balancing a professional atmosphere with comfort.
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  • Kristen Eckhardt

    The Good Moments

    • Kristen Eckhardt
    Oct 31, 2012
    Like any intern or counselor, my days are filled with ups and downs. I’m learning that the downs can really get you down, like difficult clients, sticky institutional issues, and personal problems. These can quickly sap my energy and make me less open when I work with my clients.
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  • Kareem Puranda

    With all things considered…Self-care is a must…

    • Kareem Puranda
    Oct 25, 2012
    I became inspired to blog about this topic after witnessing a cohort, who we will call “A”, emotionally break down behind closed doors after working with a client. During the session “A” held it together and gave no indication that a crisis was taking place in her personal life. Yet in our conversation “A” revealed how much of a struggle it was for her to remain focused because of the personal issues she was undertaking. I can only imagine the strength it took to remain committed to the client while coping with the personal problems. On that day “A” and I shared silence for the hurt she was experiencing. The silence allowed her to process and somehow laughter began to take place.
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  • Kimberly Beck

    Licensed Independent Social Workers vs. Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselors

    • Kimberly Beck
    Oct 25, 2012
    This topic has been on my mind lately. The fact that ONLY LISW can treat Medicare clients while PCCs cannot. We are trained to treat many issues; in fact we may have more knowledge than LISW’s on some issues. I have my PhD in counseling yet am not allowed to work with Medicare clients. I had a few of my clients go to Medicare and I could no longer treat them because I’m not an LISW. I am an LSW (Licensed social worker) and a PCC-S. Why do I not qualify?
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  • Jill Presnell

    The Inpatient Therapist: Individuals with psychosis: The “really sick” (Reactive disengagement Part 3)

    • Jill Presnell
    Oct 24, 2012
    As a child, I believed that any part of my body that wasn’t under the bed covers would be grabbed and chopped off by the creature that hid under my bed. At times I even caught glimpses of its shadow. I felt the air move when it passed. Several times my mother came in, turned on the light, and made me look under the bed to see that nothing was there. Rather than interpreting this to mean that my fears had no real cause, I “discovered” another characteristic of the monster. It could become transparent when exposed to light. As a result, the hall light remained on at night throughout my early childhood. If this had happened when I was thirty, I might have been called psychotic.
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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator in Kenya, Blog # 13: On Safari

    • Brooke Collison
    Oct 23, 2012
    You’ll have to forgive me for a moment while I stray from the serious academic topic of counselor education and focus, instead, on one of Kenya’s most famous activities—the Safari!
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  • Doc Warren

    The return of SILVERGUN! The perils of too much, too soon.

    • Doc Warren
    Oct 22, 2012
    The other day I saw that there was a post on one of my former favorite facebook pages: (https://www.facebook.com/Silvergunrock?ref=ts&fref=ts) it appeared that a once up and coming band that had hit the local scene hard and amassed a great following quickly only to self implode, was making a comeback almost a year and a half after the infamous posting from the band that read “The artists formally known as SILVERGUN” that had marked the last post from the band until the recently announced concert. Silvergun, the band from Bristol Ct (there are many bands of that same name around the country) started out as a high school group of friends that would jam afterschool doing covers of some of their favorite bands. They had many different sounds those first months but once they selected a name, their sound seemed to coalesce. Covers turned to sets and sets started to include original works, original sounds. They no longer were a bunch of kids jamming; they were a “real” band.
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  • Margo Velez

    Integrated Psychotherapy: What Does That Mean?

    • Margo Velez
    Oct 22, 2012
    There are so many theoretical orientations that comprise today’s integrated therapist. This used to be called eclecticism, meaning that the therapist’s therapeutic style derived from a diverse selection of theoretical approaches. It appears that the field has moved away from the idea of eclecticism because it sounds esoteric and lacks the depth that an integrative approach encourages. Instead of pulling from a counseling bag of tricks, we have moved to a more sophisticated system of applying empirically supported approaches and established interventions, with a stronger emphasis on training.
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  • Kristen Eckhardt

    An Evening Off

    • Kristen Eckhardt
    Oct 22, 2012
    I took last Tuesday evening off. Really, I should have been in one of two places--either working with a client or at my husband’s wind ensemble concert--but since my last client of the evening cancelled, I decided to come home for an evening for myself and do not feel too bad about it.
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  • Nicole Michaud

    Invisible in Plain sight

    • Nicole Michaud
    Oct 17, 2012
    The other day I had a conversation that stayed with me deeply. It started when my sister told me about a neighborhood boy who lived across the street from us whose house had been torn down. Despite the proximity and the shared bus stop I am not sure I could say I actually knew him. In retrospect I don’t think there is really anyone who can lay claim to ever truly knowing him. Sadly none of us will ever get the chance because he took his own life.
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