ACA Blog

  • Barbara Jordan

    A Complicated Life

    • Barbara Jordan
    Jul 20, 2012
    Because life is complicated, your mind's job is to filter out all information that’s considered irrelevant to the task at hand. Your conscious mind represses, suppresses, ignores, or forgets any irrelevant data. It protects us from change, the unfamiliar, or anything that threatens status quo. For example, some of my clients step back from coaching because they get too close to something that may take them out of their comfort zone. Change is scary. As you know, change and continuous improvement is crucial for us because nothing stays the same. If you avoid change, you will not be successful. You are either green and growing or dead and dying. And, it is impossible to improve unless we change.
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  • Megan Broadhead

    How This Recent Graduate Gained Confidence in the Counseling Room

    • Megan Broadhead
    Jul 17, 2012
    Not too long ago, I received my first counseling paycheck. I couldn’t believe it. It felt pretty surreal to finally get paid for what I’d been doing for free for so long. In a strange way, it was very empowering. Someone was affirming my work by paying me. Many of us do not go into this vocation thinking we will make lots and lots of money. That’s not what this whole experience was about- it was about so much more than the monetary value of the check (which- let’s be honest- wasn’t very much in and of itself!).
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  • Christian Billington

    Does that make sense?

    • Christian Billington
    Jul 16, 2012
    “Actually, no I don’t understand. Help me to understand what you mean.”
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  • Nicole Michaud

    A Misplaced Childhood Rediscovered

    • Nicole Michaud
    Jul 10, 2012
    Like many others I had a childhood that was filled with experiences and violence no child should endure. From a very early age I sat and wondered what my purpose in life was beyond the fear of what might happen next. I cannot explain it but I felt it deep within that I was meant to be for a reason greater than myself.
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  • Susan Jennifer Polese

    On the Road

    • Susan Jennifer Polese
    Jul 10, 2012
    Going through a master’s program in mental health counseling is a little like putting your mind on a cold, steel table and dissecting it in at least eleven different ways – and then leaving the room quickly because it is going to expand. The very essence of counselor education encourages the student to look at their lives, choices, families, and roles in society from many different perspectives. Each class offers a wealth of knowledge and fresh ways to consider yourself and your place in the world. It is at once wonderful and exhausting, intriguing and infuriating. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it.
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  • Doc Warren

    Sometimes you have to tear down in order to rebuild

    • Doc Warren
    Jul 10, 2012
    As a naturist I love the feel, the look and the sensation of being immersed in nature. I love the sounds of Lindsley Brook as it flows through the farm. I love the sound of the turkeys as they roam the fields; I also love the sound of an antique tractor chugging across the farm in search of more work. Until recently I hated the sound of chainsaws. I saw them as destruction; another wooded lot lay bare, more houses in a subdivision. Other then when I heard them after a major storm, I rarely saw a practical purpose for them.
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  • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully

    Fostering compassion and healing

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    Jul 10, 2012
    In my last blog, I wrote about the connection between resistance and suffering, basic Buddhist tenets. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama reminds us when teaching Buddhism or Buddhist practices, the purpose is to encourage others to cultivate the the qualities of compassion, love, and wisdom within themselves (Simpkins & Simpkins, 2001, p. 79). I am not an expert in Buddhism, but these qualities resonate with me, particularly in the context of healing trauma and depression. A mindful approach to healing trauma and depression is grounded in fostering presence in the here and now, reframing negative thoughts and stories, meditation and mindful practices. As an existentialist, mindful approaches to healing make sense to me. Thus, I often introduce practices to support the cultivation of self-compassion, love and wisdom very early in the counseling process with my clients. In this blog, I will focus on techniques of fostering the qualities of self-compassion and self-love.
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  • Marianela Medrano-Marra

    Work as Spiritual Practice: Remembering Our Beautiful Moon

    • Marianela Medrano-Marra
    Jul 09, 2012
    Zen stories nourish the soul and spirit. Whenever I slip into a threshold, I turn to the wisdom distilled in stories to find the fortitude to take my first step into the unknown. As I return to ACA web-blogs, I’ll share a Zen story that presented itself, as stories usually do for me, at precisely the right time.
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  • Hope Yancey

    Graduation Speeches

    • Hope Yancey
    Jul 03, 2012
    I come from a family of schoolteachers. My mother is a history teacher at a public high school. My sister teaches English as a Second Language to community college students. My late maternal grandmother also was a teacher. I have aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives who were or are teachers, or work in the schools in other capacities. And education was always a major emphasis of my parents when I was growing up. I guess old habits die hard, because in some ways I still think in terms of the school calendar, even though I’m no longer in school. So it is that my mind turns to graduates and graduation ceremonies each May and June.
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  • Jessica Ha

    That Damn Burrito

    • Jessica Ha
    Jul 03, 2012
    Quick introduction: Bikram yoga is a 90-minute class that takes place in a 100 degree room. Breathing exercises and 26 poses are incorporated into this series. Although the flow and movements are the same from class to class, the way one physically, mentally, and emotionally feels before and during class has a huge effect on how “well” one does.
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