Posted June 14th, 2019 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, People of SWC, Top News.
By Awbrey Michelle Willett
Katherine Ninos, MA, LPCC, is Executive Vice President of Southwestern College and Director of the New Earth Institute. She received her BA in Psychology from Alfred University, New York, and her MA in Transformational Counseling and Education from Quimby College in its first graduating class. (Quimby College later became Southwestern College.)…
Posted June 12th, 2019 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
By Awbrey Michelle Willett
I set out using each of my classes here at Southwestern to grow as a person, and to study self-care, and the various occupational hazards of caring, in order to understand how counselors and those of service, including myself, can sustain our work and live optimally well, balanced, and joyful lives.…
Posted July 4th, 2018 by & filed under Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
Communicating Creatively: Art, Music, and Alternative Addiction Treatment Therapies
--by Michelle Peterson
Millions of people who suffer the ravages of drug and alcohol addiction benefit from traditional, 12-step treatment therapies. Nevertheless, there are some recovering addicts for whom such methods are not effective, and who need the help of alternative approaches that a decade…
Posted April 23rd, 2018 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Art Therapy at SWC, Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work?.
I have been honored to serve the Nambé Pueblo community since October 2013. The reasons for my arrival to the little reservation nestled in a corner of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and hidden behind the winding backroads between Pojoaque and Chimayo, continue to be veiled in a mystery that deepens each day. I began…
Posted March 27th, 2018 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
Into the Inipi,
the pulsing womb,
the comfort of darkness,
the heat of intention,
the heartbeat of drums taught with flesh,
the suffocating smoke of the sacred,
I am blind,
Posted February 8th, 2018 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, Student & Alumni Stories, Wild Heart Gallery, Creativity & More.
Within the Hallowed Bones
at this unearthly hour.
So, I rise,
on this desert morn’.
This unearthly warm,
A cup of chamomile tea and honey.
I sit by the fire.
As the silvery blue light of the moon dozes on the window sill.
Posted January 18th, 2018 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, Consciousness & Mindfulness, Featured.
“Consciousness is a fundamental thing, the fundamental thing in existence — it is the energy, the motion, the movement of consciousness that creates the universe and all that is in it – not only the macrocosm but the microcosm is nothing but conscious- ness arranging itself.” - Sri Aurobindo
Is My Therapist “The…
Posted October 26th, 2017 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, SWC Blog, Featured.
Adjusting to Southwestern College and New Mexico
It’s challenging to express what my experience adjusting to Southwestern College and Santa Fe has been like. Finding ways to describe how magical, fulfilling, and painful it has been almost seems impossible. I arrived in Santa Fe from Oregon in August and I had almost two months…
Posted April 22nd, 2017 by & filed under Reflections from the President, People of SWC, SWC Blog, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, The New Earth Institute, Featured.
Voices in America chose Southwestern College/New Earth Institute as a unique, unsung, yet storied institution, to feature in television slots between full PBS broadcast shows.…
Posted April 3rd, 2017 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, People of SWC, Ecotherapy.
A simple question. What is astrology?
I would say astrology is a way to live in connection with natural cycles of time. It is also the correlation, “as above, so below.” We are a part of a connected universe and it’s cycles. For thousands of years, people have been making correlations to the happenings…
Posted February 20th, 2017 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
It’s been approximately 60 days since I packed up Lotus, my 2003 Honda Pilot, with all of my belongings that I could fit into it so I could relocate to Santa Fe to pursue my MA degree in Art Therapy & Counseling at SWC! Yes, I left the “Charm City” (Baltimore, MD), leaving my beloved,…
Posted February 11th, 2017 by & filed under Counseling at SWC, Student & Alumni Stories, SWC Blog, Where Do Southwestern College Grads Work?, Alumni News and Updates, Featured, Mindfulness.
Being a Counselor Activist
I was outraged from an early age. They say if you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention, so I guess I was paying attention. In 8th grade I protested my Spanish teacher who insisted that even the Mexican and Guatemalan kids in our class speak Spanish with a Castilian lisp, asserting…
Posted October 9th, 2015 by & filed under SWC Blog, So you want to become a therapist? Tips and Advice for Prospective Students.
How to Find a Good Therapist
Here are suggestions from the Academic Council of Southwestern College on how to find a good therapist:
Seek referrals from people you trust – ask your friends, social network, fellow students and colleagues who they have found to be helpful.
Just because a therapist is great for…
Posted October 30th, 2013 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Top News, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC, Featured.
The Mirror and Portal of Art
by Allegra E. Borghese
I have been studying art therapy formally for a little over a year. Really though, it has been much longer. While my initial creative interest was fashion design, it lost its luster when a series of events cast me into a dark…