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Yearly Archive 2015

Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Arianna Gray

Arianna Gray, MA, LPCOne of the greatest gifts of my education at Southwestern College was being taught to pay attention to my own body and feelings when I’m in session with a client and to TRUST that information as a diagnostic and treatment approach tool.  I meet so many people who trained at other schools…
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Who’s Who at Southwestern College – Brian Serna

“Who’s Who at Southwestern College” Southwestern College is really defined by the extraordinary  individuals who work there--the staff, instructors, and the board members. In an effort to give you a more intimate sense of  our school, we are launching the “Who’s Who at Southwestern College”  series so that you will get to know these extraordinary…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Lisa Ramirez

Lisa Ramirez ,  M.A., LCDC Women’s Behavioral Health Coordinator, DSHSI graduated from the Art Therapy/Counseling program at Southwestern College in 2005.   My career thus far has been primarily focused on advocating for  women and their families affected by substance use disorders.  My interest in working with women can be traced to early childhood experiences with gender inequality…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Bettina Milliken

Growing up in Switzerland, I developed a passion for  Circus Arts and Clowns. When I moved to NYC I was introduced to the Big Apple Circus and became a board member for 11 years, when we moved to Santa Fe. I clowned around with the professional Clown Care Unit of the Big Apple Circus and…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? Cynthia Fulreader

Cynthia FulreaderBeginning while I was still a student, and since graduating from Southwestern College in 1995, I have been blessed with many wonderful work opportunities in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM. In addition to maintaining a thriving part time private practice, I have held the following positions:  Family Therapist with New Vistas Early Childhood Program;…
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“Movement Like Breathing” by Diane Chavez

“Movement Like Breathing”November 15, 2015My doctor told me the other day I have Secondary Progressive .  “You have permanent damage in your spinal cord”.  Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the protective covering surrounding the nerves of the central nervous system.Let me start from the beginning.  Haa, what…
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Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work? John Seniff

Upon graduation at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and even during, I have worked at Treatment Centers, Psychiatric Hospitals, Mental health agencies, Clinical Director at Group home, Family therapist in New York high school system and Private Practice. At present I am in private practice in Ponte Vedra Beach. Florida. I am listed…
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The Unlistening Ear

We are asked to look within ourselves in our first few classes here at SWC. This process varies from person to person, but for me, it has been an incredible opportunity to work on some issues I had thought were already worked through. It only goes to prove the cyclical nature of self exploration and…
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Art Hive

Belonging, unity, creativity, and community- this is what the Art Hive at Southwestern College is all about.“An Art Hive is a community art studio that welcomes everyone as an artist.From an art pop-up in a local library to a community studio or gallery, at its heart, an Art Hive is about inclusion, respect and learning.It's…
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The Odyssey of Therapy

The newest crop of counselors and art therapists from Southwestern College had its commencement on November 7, 2015 at the James A. Little Theater at the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe. It was a beautiful ceremony unlike any other I have attended, and being a former college professor myself, I have seen…
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The World Dream – a poem

 The World DreamIn the dream of the whole worldShe notes    a pair of red-tailed hawks                    a wedding of white deer            an uproar of ravens                a terror of coyotes    a pile of wives            a slumber of cellos        an apotheosis of poets                a maverick of boys    a hippo of fresh baked macaroons        beside a tiger mug        steaming with peppermint teaIn the dream of the whole world She hears    a…
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Embracing the Frightened Child

On Monday evenings there is an informal gathering of writers in the art studio building on the campus of SWC. Facilitated by Ann Filemyr, this group in dedicated to self exploration and expression through writing. The rules are simple: keep your hand moving, suspend judgment, and it is OK to write bad stuff. The exercises…
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What I Love About My New Home in the Southwest by Lauren Hamilton

 It has officially been two months since I've made Santa Fe my home, and the beauty I have been discovering over these past 60 days has been absolutely unreal. Moving here from Colorado, I was a little worried coming to a place that at first thought invokes mental images of cacti and dusty desert plains. While…
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Help Us Help Others: Building Tierra Nueva

Tierra Nueva Counseling Center will cost Southwestern College/New Earth Institute about $1,400,000 when all is said and done.With great audits, strong, black financial books, a growing student body, astute financial management, and terrific credit, we are in a good position to get this thing done.But….AND…..$1,400,000. 00 is a lot of money for a small private…
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Self-Care and HedgeHUGS

I’ve always been the type to give my time, energy and love to just about everything except for myself. I eat junk food, I can’t keep a sleep schedule to save my life, and I only exercise on accident. I was able to get by doing the bare minimum for myself and not thinking too…
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Transformation Through the Light of the Lens

I have had the honor of watching the power of art therapy first hand, in my personal life recently. I asked my husband if he would mind if I shared this story, and he told me to go ahead, so I would like to share it with you. It is a true testament of how…
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