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Monthly Archive April 2013

Why I Chose SWC by Bryce Downey

About a week ago, I was privileged to hear Robert Waterman speak. The significance of this event is Robert Waterman founded Southwestern College, which I'll be attending as a Counseling student in the fall. Much of what he shared provided confirmation of that decision.  I have known since I was twenty that becoming a counselor is…
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Marijuana and the profession of psychotherapy

  The plant known as marijuana has long been known in the indigenous world to carry a seductive feminine energy that creates dependence while at the same time appearing to enhance spiritual expansion. The energies of this plant, while perhaps occasionally useful in a limited ceremonial context, typically create weakness in the individual's medicine body…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Patricia Meek

Patricia L. Meek, LPC, MFA, NFT, Noah: A Supernatural Eco Thriller was published by All Things that Matter Press and was released December 1, 2011. I began the novel while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My experiences at Southwestern College heavily influenced the creation of this work. Archetypes, Ancient Mysteries, and Vision Quest, were all journey…
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Where do Southwestern College Grads Work? Ashley M. Simpson’s Art Therapy Internship Now Full Time in OK

I am very busy. I am finishing up supervision for my ATR and LPC here in Oklahoma. Even cooler, my supervisor is also a SWC grad! I am working full-time for the Cavett Kids Foundation, the same foundation where I completed my internship in 2012. With the Cavett Kids Foundation my title is "Art Therapist,…
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Where Southwestern College Grads Work: Luisa Kolker…

Luisa Kolker graduated from Southwestern College, where she studied Counseling. Interestingly, I met her through Social Media, where I became aware of this really funny, transparent and seemingly wise woman who was doing Shamanic work in Santa Fe. I knew she was a graduate of the school and thought it would be great to meet…
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Visioning the Life Path by Gabrielle Tatha Viethen

One of the last classes offered to students at SWC before they launch into internship and graduation is Career and Life Development, well placed as a stepping-stone into life after school. I have been teaching one or more sections of this class for the last three years. Always in the first class, many students voice…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Rosemary Eads

Rosemary Eads, M.A. My private practice is now located in Northborough, Massachusetts. I moved here in April of 2011, and within nine months, began my first ever waiting list! I specialize in working with subconscious beliefs, behaviors and traumas, as well as guiding my clients to develop a fuller awareness of their higher self. I use…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Sara (Jordan) Skowronski

Sara (Jordan) Skowronski, LPC, ATR-BC,CAGS (certificate of advanced graduate studies in Expressive arts) I graduated in 2004 from the Art Therapy Program. Since that time I have greatly appreciated the ability of “being present” that Southwestern instilled in me as a therapist and as a person in general. Presently, my family and I, which now…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Niccole Toral

Niccole Toral has been working for the past three years with Sangre De Cristo Community Health Partnership, a nonprofit organization providing rural based behavioral health services. In addition, she and her husband Tod DiCecco have started up their own business called EarthSpirit Awakenings LLC. Their business offers Vision Fasts as well as other Eco therapies, such…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Trixie Pujol

Trixie Pujol is doing early intervention work with children ages 1-4 years old in Los Alamos and Santa Fe, primarily with kids with autism, and runs a monthly support group for parents and caregivers of children with autism. She recently attended the World Autism Congress in Cape Town, South Africa where nearly 1000 people from around…
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SWC Graduate, Carol Christianson, Santa Fe Counselor and Hynotherapist

Carol Christianson I graduated in 1995 and worked in the mental health field as a counselor in various agencies in NM, eventually becoming an academic advisor for 7 years.  In 2007, I decided to take time off from counseling and started a business doing American Clay installations.  This is a plastering process that is eco-friendly…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Gretchen Wachs

1998 Grad, Gretchen Wachs, LMHC Having worked as a visual artist for most of my life puts me in a unique position as a creative psychotherapist, as I am no stranger to the deep psychological work that goes hand in hand with true creative investigation. This works in reverse as well, and I truly find…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Susan Boyes, Art Therapy and Counseling

  1996 Grad, Susan Boyes  I now live and work in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I have a part-time position as an art therapist for traumatic brain injured adults in a rehabilitation center. I also have a thriving private practice, providing art therapy to TBI clients and others in their own homes, or in my…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Michele “Ama Wehali” Rozbitsky

1990 Grad, Michele “Ama Wehali” Rozbitsky has developed a domestic violence program for the Eight Northern Pueblos called ‘Peace Keepers’, worked as a crisis counselor, art therapist and in outpatient mental health services at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and in private practice. In the last six years she has become a Shamanic practitioner and has written a…
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Where do Southwestern Grads Work? Rick Cotroneo, Counseling

1985 Graduate, Rick Cotroneo I started a part-time practice in classical homeopathy. My background in Education made me a candidate to serve as a commissioner on the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA). Just as Southwestern College has grown over the years through the process of accreditation, so now I am…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Zachary Campbell

Zachary Campbell has been working in Coon Rapids, MN as the Assistant Director of Housing with Services for Mary T. Inc.  Mary T. Inc. provides enhanced lifestyles through affordable rental housing, apartments for seniors, residential living, supportive services, hospice, and home health care.  Zachary lives in Plymouth, MN with his wife and two children.  Zachary will…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Arlene Burke

Arlene Burke, LMHC, I recently opened a private practice in Art Therapy/Counseling. My office, Wheelhouse Studio, is next to my home in Aldea de Santa Fe. I continue to manage the studio of a local artist and work as a textile artist. I also weave in close-by grown kids, multiplying grandkids, garden, tai chi class and…
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