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Monthly Archive March 2013

Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Deb Heikes, Counseling

During my Masters Program at Southwestern College, I obtained a certificate as a Gestalt Therapist by the Gestalt Institute of Santa Fe. I graduated Southwestern College March 2006 and began working at Life Healing Center full-time as the evening therapist. Because of the combination of training, I had the confidence to take the leap into…
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Wilderness Fast Dreams Become Reality- Jessica Ventura-Ewing

by Jessica Ventura-Ewing "Until You Know Yourself Happiness Cannot Come To You" ~ Yogi Tea When thinking about the maternal lineage in my family the feeling that kept presenting itself was sadness. Not a normal type of everyday sadness but a deep seeded sadness that stemmed from birth, something that all of the…
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Southwestern Grad, Matthew David, Santa Fe Therapist and Harmonica Player

Matthew David I'm working in private practice in Santa Fe. My office is located at 1807 Second Street, in the Second Street Studio complex. I've been doing this exclusively, on a part time basis – I now say that I'm “semi-retired”- since leaving The Life Healing Center in 2006. I work with adult individuals…
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Southwestern Grad, Lauren Taylor, working as Art Therapist in Oklahoma

Lauren Taylor Oklahoma City, OK   I graduated in 2010 with the MA in Art Therapy and Counseling, and just received my LPC in February of 2013.  While under supervision for my licence, I worked at the Community Learning Council which is a non-profit that focuses on working with women and children who have witnessed…
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Where Do Southwestern Grads Work? Kristin Sellke Koepke,
Art Therapist

Kristin Sellke Koepke Wauwatosa, WI I graduated from Southwestern in 2002 with my MA in Art Therapy. Since then I have lived in Illinois, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. I have spent most of my career working with children and adolescents, many of them in the foster care system. I am now an independent contractor in…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Paul Grim, Counselor

My wife Fern, foster daughter Kari, doggie Otto, and I are homesteading on our land in Lyle, WA where we have a 10,000 square foot vegetable "patch", solar power, and wood cooker. We are currently crammed into a tiny yurt, but we are building a new home during our spare time evenings and weekends. http://homesweetyurt.wordpress.com/. Fern is running the…
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What do Southwestern Grads Do For Work? Robert Levithan, Counselor, Writer

Hi, I graduated from SWC in 1994 when my life-expectancy was two years. I am happy to report that medical breakthroughs have helped me to be in near-perfect health for over 17 years. This chapter of my life, I am in my native New York City facilitating groups at Friends In Deed, a crisis center…
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Where Do Southwestern Grads Work? Laura Lansrud-Lopez, Art Therapy/Counseling

 Laura L. Lansrud-Lopez, M.S., M.A., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, CTS I was working full-time as the Family Services Program Coordinator for TeamBuilders Counseling Services when I graduated from the Art Therapy / Counseling program in March, 2007. The birth of my first daughter in 2008 prompted my reluctant departure from TeamBuilders, and set me on a…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Heather Wulfers, Art Therapy/Counseling

Heather Wulfers, LMHC, ATR I graduated from the Art Therapy/Counseling program in March 2010 and have been working as a licensed therapist both at Southwestern Counseling Center and in private practice. As the coordinator at the counseling center, I stay connected to the College community and work with all kinds of diverse clients, which I…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Andrew Fearnside, Counseling

Andrew Fearnside LMHC I work as a psychotherapist for a small agency in Albuquerque, NM, providing treatment for a wide variety of folks with problems centered in addiction, trauma, grief and loss, depression and anxiety. I am proud to find that after three years of this work, I really do have the capacity to make…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Craig McAdams, Counseling

Craig McAdams, M.A. LMHC, After returning from internship in Peru, I graduated with a Master’s in Counseling from Southwestern College in 2012 and became a member of the Board of Trustees. Now I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am working with children and families at the Southwest Family…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Magdalena Karlick, Art Therapy/Counseling

Magdalena Karlick, ATR, LPAT, LPCC, since graduating from Southwestern College in 2009, I got married and gave birth at home to 2 sons, Judah Marley, almost 3 yrs old, and Isa Caw, 3 months old (as of January 2013). I finished SWC’s Interpersonal Neurobiology and Action Methods certificate in 2011. I am working towards licensure…
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Where Southwestern Grads Work: Shauna Perry, Art Therapy/Counseling

Shauna Perry, M.A., LPC, I graduated from the Art Therapy/Counseling program at Southwestern College in the Fall of 2010. I am currently living in Denver, CO and working for Jewish Family Services as a school based therapist for refugee and immigrant students at two Denver Public High Schools and one Middle School. My work involves…
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Art Therapy Techniques- Mask Making-Inner Critic

Brittany, Allegra and Noelle wearing their Inner Critics   by Amy Hautman Bates It felt more like a kid’s birthday party than a techniques class with glitter, glue and feathers scattered across the tables.  Anything goes when it came to visualizing that little voice in our head that tells us that we are not quite…
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Creating Characters

 I love gluing things together to create beings. Broken toys, bits of jewelry, feathers, recycling, stones, pistachio shells.. the list of gluable-together items is infinitely long! Crone Calm Observance and her sidekick Slowdown and Protect Snail This is a common directive that I use with clients as well, we use pieces that I have collected,…
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Art-Based Genograms: Ancestors Visible

by Debbie Schroder The idea seems simple, initially. When making a genogram (kind of a family tree) use an image instead of a square or circle (how genograms are usually done).  Each week in my Family Art Therapy course, one or two students shared their art-based genograms. Never doubting our students’ creativity, I’m still happily…
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Exploring Loss

Loss has been part of life since the beginning of time. It happens in nature with the seasons, animals and natural disasters. With humanity’s evolution, especially in certain societies, loss was hushed and shelved away in some imaginary file cabinet called denial. Grief, death, loss and other “sad” words were not spoken. When there were…
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The Grief Process

I think of grief as the normal and natural healing process from a loss. There are many forms of loss, including, loss of a pet, health, home, finances, dreams and hopes, motivation, Self, addiction, social status, time, and, of course, death of a loved one. Any time you experience loss you may undergo a grief…
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What is the Difference Between Grief and Trauma? from Rev. Ted Wiard

 A Blog on Grief and Loss, from Ted Wiard Dear Ted, What is the difference between grief and trauma? Sincerely, Just Interested Dear Interested: Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, grief and trauma are common topics in our world today. Grief is the natural emotional process of healing after a loss that…
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Art Therapy Heals through Interpersonal Neurobiology

by Amy Hautman Bates   Watching the jelly fish at the Albuquerque Aquarium reminded me of how magical and mysterious we all are. The photos were perfect for my presentation about Interpersonal Neurobiology and Art Therapy for my Art Theories class here at Southwestern College. Painting a watercolor helped me to visualize the brain and…
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Growthiness, By Andrew Fearnside

3000 Hours: Growthiness   Growthy [Grohth-ee] adjective. 1. Generating personal growth. 2. Transformative.   Growth. Transformation. Expanding consciousness. Meaning the development of new psychological capacities, new relationships, new understandings. Those are the goals. I believe they're the goals of every being everywhere, including mountains and rivers and clouds, if…
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