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Monthly Archive July 2015

I Am That, But You Are Not Me

There's a paradox: from one point of view, I am that. From another, you are not me. I believe it's important to remember both of these viewpoints.Remembering "I am that" reminds me of the unity of all things. It reminds me that the entire universe is my body—so of course, I aspire to love it…
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T & H Conference! Are “Digital Natives” Really A Different Culture? Hmmm…

Cultural Imposition: When Digital Immigrant Therapists See Digital Native Clients These days most therapists are Digital Immigrants—that is, they were not brought up in the digital era, and digital communication is like a second language to them. On the other hand, many clients are Digital Natives, with completely different values, expectations and comfort levels…
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Student Loan Forgiveness-It’s Real. by Jessica Callaway

You've heard that somehow, somewhere, by working at some obscure place, you might possibly be able to get some of your student loans forgiven.  "Yeah, but I've never actually KNOWN anyone who did that--it's kind of like folklore..." Well, now, one of your fellow Southwesterners is here to tell you it is real, and she…
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Some Thoughts on Coaching and Therapy

The Difference Between Coaching and Therapy: One Person’s View I am a licensed Psychologist, and I now hold a certificate in Life Coaching. You can Google “What is the difference between therapy and coaching? And read about it for a week, but here are my thoughts. In therapy (or psychotherapy, or counseling), the focus tends to…
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Releasing Toxic Relationships Can Be Good for Your Health

Releasing Toxic Relationships as Self Care Strategy by jim nolanSometimes you find that you have toxic people in your life. Maybe it is more accurate to say “Toxic Relationships", since, as we will see, we are part of the dance too. Anyway, they  may or may not be just fine for somebody else’s life, but…
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Being There: What ARE the Best Clinical Skills?

"Being There" as a Clinical Skill   by Jim NolanAt Southwestern College, we take an unusual approach to training therapists. Many programs out in the world (and indeed many theories/models of psychotherapy) place an emphasis on skills, interventions, strategies (the empty chair, the miracle question, EFT, EMDR, and so on.) They can come from the direction…
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Taking a Leap: All Therapy Is Art Therapy

We have a tendency to think that Art Therapy uses “symbols” rather than “words”, as in “Talk Therapy.” I want to remind us that words are symbols too—really language is a staggeringly complex system of spoken and written metaphors that we can no longer recognize as metaphors. Let me point out a simple example: The…
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How to Resolve Conflict by Naming Expectations

I find that naming expectations helps me avoid and resolve conflict. An unnamed expectation is an unconscious, unspoken, implicit "should" or "should not" hanging between myself and someone else. I'm not saying expectations are a problem—shared expectations are the essence of culture, and culture is what allows us to relate with one another easily and…
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I Got My Psychologist License Back Today

I got my Psychologist License back today.This is a lesson about what not to do. It took me seven years, six practicum experiences, a 2,000 hour internship at the UMASS Amherst Mental Health Clinic, and 2,000 post doc hours of practice to be ELIGIBLE to take the national exam for psychologists. Then I studied for…
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“Opportunity to Publish Consciousness- Centered Writing”

"Opportunity to Publish Consciousness- Centered Writing" for Evolving magazine.If you are interested in writing for Evolving Magazine -  A Guide for Conscious Living,The writers guidelines are listed here:2015 Evolving Writer Guidelines  and check out their website here:  www.EvolvingMagazine.comgood luck!Are you joining us for the Transformation & Healing Conference, August 26th - 29th?for more info about T&H…
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Paid Internships in Substance Abuse Counseling: The LSAA

Some students get clinically relevant, PAYING jobs early in their career at Southwestern College, even before they are in “practicum.” How?They get their LSAAWhat is an LSAA?The LSAA (Licensed Substance Abuse Associate) is the first level of credentialing toward becoming an independently licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC).To qualify for the LSAA license, you…
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How to Make Difficult Experiences More Meaningful

I'm finding I can make difficult experiences more meaningful by using them to cultivate compassion. For instance, let's say I'm feeling lonely—needing more love and companionship in my life. Feeling lonely can be uncomfortable, and loneliness can seem bleak and meaningless. However, I can make my experience of loneliness more meaningful by using it…
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