Yearly Archive 2015
Posted December 17th, 2015 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, SWC Blog, Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work?.
Arianna Gray, MA, LPC
One 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…
Posted December 9th, 2015 by & filed under Who’s Who at Southwestern College, Top News, Featured.
“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…
Posted December 8th, 2015 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work?.
Marika Richards Dillon talks about the professional adventures her degree from Southwestern College has afforded her...…
Posted December 6th, 2015 by & filed under Job Advice & Tips, Top News, Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work?, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Alumni News and Updates, Featured.
Valerie Valentine has created a rich, rewarding and successful career with the skills she learned at Southwestern College. …
Posted December 5th, 2015 by & filed under Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work?, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Alumni News and Updates.
Lisa Ramirez, M.A., LCDC
Women’s Behavioral Health Coordinator, DSHS
I 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…
Posted December 1st, 2015 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
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…
Posted November 26th, 2015 by & filed under Children's Mental Health, Student & Alumni Stories, Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work?.
Beginning 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…
Posted November 23rd, 2015 by & filed under Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Diversity Dialogue, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
Graduate student, Amy Gordon, shares some of her favorite Southwestern College looks.…
Posted November 19th, 2015 by & filed under Top News, Featured.
“Movement Like Breathing” by Diane Chavez, MA, LMHCA
November 15, 2015
My 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.
Posted November 18th, 2015 by & filed under Counseling Program at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work?.
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…
Posted November 17th, 2015 by & filed under Counseling Program at SWC, Top News, SWC Blog, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
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…
Posted November 16th, 2015 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
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,…
Posted November 16th, 2015 by & filed under Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Counseling Program at SWC, Top News, SWC Blog, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
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…
Posted November 4th, 2015 by & filed under Top News, Featured, Mindfulness.
Abundance and Scarcity Consciousness. This could change your life. Seriously. …
Posted November 3rd, 2015 by & filed under Diversity Dialogue, Trauma, Grief & Renewal, Top News, Featured.
Graduate Student, Amy Gordon, shares a powerful experience of her first Dias de los Muertos event.…
Posted October 27th, 2015 by & filed under Top News, Featured.
How to find Southwestern College graduates all over the country...…
Posted October 26th, 2015 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
Students at Southwestern College show mastery of content in creative ways.…
Posted October 25th, 2015 by & filed under Ann Filemyr, Top News, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
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…
Posted October 24th, 2015 by & filed under Ann Filemyr, Top News, SWC Blog, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
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…
Posted October 24th, 2015 by & filed under Valuable Posts on working in the Mental Health Profession, Counseling Program at SWC, Top News, Featured.
Graduate student and Student Board Member of Southwestern College reflects deeply on what it means to be a man in this age, at Southwestern College/New Earth.......…
Posted October 19th, 2015 by & filed under Tips/Advice on choosing a graduate program, Top News, Featured, Mindfulness.
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…
Posted October 15th, 2015 by & filed under Top News, SWC Blog, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured, Pets & Their People @ Southwestern College..., Mindfulness.
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…
Posted October 14th, 2015 by & filed under Ecotherapy/Transformational Eco-Psychology, Top News, SWC Blog, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
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…
Posted October 12th, 2015 by & filed under Ann Filemyr, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured, Mindfulness.
It was during my second week at Southwestern College, the second meeting of Tuesday’s Psychology of Altruism class, that Ann Filemyr presented us with this lesson: “reduce shame, enhance love.” We talked about feelings of shame and the aching, overwhelming presence it can have in our daily lives. Shame that can continually haunt us whether…