by Brian Miller, M.A., LPCC
Hello dear friends and colleagues,
This has been a busy few years for me since graduation in 2008. I continue to live in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my wife and our two sons, Sebastian (age 4) and Liam (age 2), who encourage us lovingly to learn more and more about loving and respectful parenting.
I have been working part-time at a high school for at-risk adolescents as well as in private practice. I continue to work with clients suffering from compulsive gambling, drug and alcohol addiction, and phase of life issues. I recently traveled to Silver Spring, Maryland for training to treat Trichotillomania (chronic hair pulling disorder), and became a professional member of the Trichotillomania Learning Center (www.trich.org) – the only one in New Mexico!! I am very excited that I have been selected to present about Trichotillomania at the annual Head to Toe Conference in Albuquerque in May this year. Please look for me there and come say “Hi!” In addition, I am very much looking forward to undertaking training in PhotoTherapy this spring at Southwestern College.
This past year I passed my national board exam and became an independently licensed counselor. I have also been working diligently to join insurance panels, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Presbyterian Health Systems, Optum/United Behavioral Health, Medicaid and Lovelace. More information is available on my counseling website www.koipondcounseling.com.
On the personal note, I continue my fascination with photography, particularly focusing on stories of culture, meaning, and belonging. I was awarded a fellowship from Rear Curtain Magazine (www.rearcurtain.com) to support my current project, “On the Bench,” a story about nearly being good enough to play on the field of sport. My photographic journey can be followed at www.lomimonk.com.
My best wishes of love, health and connection in the new year!