I have been writing for Counseling Today magazine since 2005. The following articles were originally published by the American Counseling Association and can be found here. 


Getting to Know You

One of the common reasons people start counseling is because they want to know themselves better. The time required to achieve this self-understanding varies, but some counselors make helping clients get a clearer picture of their personalities the first order of business.

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Money Talks

Finances just might be the great equalizer in the counseling room. From young clients struggling to live within a budget, to high-powered, high-income couples wrestling with disparate spending habits and long-term financial questions, money matters may be one of thte most complicated topics counselors will face. Just as childhood trauma informs clients’ approaches to uncertain situations as adults, childhood experiences with money exert influence on adult clients’ day-to-day financial functionality.

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Attending to Countertransference

Although the episode took place many years ago, R. Jane Williams still gets a lump in her throat when she thinks about the nine months she spent counseling a young mother dying of breast cancer. The client’s wrenching story of her husband’s initial denial of her illness would have pained any counselor, as would the grief she expressed concerning the thought of leaving two young children behind. But Williams was particularly affected by the story because she, too, had faced breast cancer and experienced the fear of leaving her child motherless.

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Keeping It Brief

Solution-focused brief therapy builds on client strengths and aims for positive outcomes rather than trying to arrive at a complete understanding of the client's past.

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Life Without an Alarm Clock

Just like those in any other field, counselors face struggles when approaching retirement.

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