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What is LGBTQIA+ counseling and why is it important?

The LGBTQIA+ community consists of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning), intersex, and asexual individuals. While society is growing increasingly supportive, LGBTQIA+ individuals still face unique challenges that can harm their mental health and overall wellbeing.  But with the help of an LGBTQIA-based counselor, who can help their clients…

Diversity and representation in counseling: Improving access to mental health care with a diverse clinical team

When searching for a health care provider, we consider education, years of experience, customer reviews… and perhaps whether or not that person is like us. For certain individuals, this last consideration can be an important one: Specifically for those in marginalized communities searching for a provider who truly understands what…

Solution-focused brief therapy: Benefits, techniques, and whether it’s right for you

Solution-focused brief therapy is a highly effective, concentrated therapeutic method that helps clients identify the path forward when faced with life transitions, interpersonal issues, or emotional distress.  Solution-focused approaches are ideal for those faced with anxiety, stress, minor depression, relationship issues, family conflict, or children with behavioral issues. The duration…

Virtual reality therapy: Could mental health ‘avatars’ be the future of telehealth services?

Virtual reality therapy is a new form of therapeutic treatment that involves the use of avatars—realistic, computer-generated images of a virtual mental health professional that clients can talk to.  A 2022 study noted that when discussing difficult, painful subjects in a therapy session, 30% of test subjects actually preferred talking…

Empathic responding (or active listening) in counseling: A basic, yet essential response for counselors to master in their practice

Therapists possess and utilize many skills, but a very important response for them to master within their practice is empathetic responding or active listening. Empathic responding is when the counselor clearly communicates the feeling their client has expressed, as well as why they possess those feelings (again, according to the…

What family constellation therapy can reveal about intergenerational trauma (and Abuela in “Encanto”)

Family constellation therapy (FCT) is an approach to healing that confronts intergenerational trauma both mystically and empirically.  Bert Hellinger devised FCT as a way of connecting ancestral pain and traumatic events to someone’s current difficulties, then restoring peace to the system. Through FCT workshops or one-on-one sessions, individuals can use…

Music therapy: How the “Encanto” soundtrack and other forms of music can help us to process our emotions

With people everywhere falling head over heels for Disney’s “Encanto,” it’s the perfect opportunity to highlight the emotional impact of music on our lives.  Even science is proving that our love for music is a genetic trait, a uniquely human experience.  Though the “Encanto” soundtrack is quickly becoming beloved, under…

Let’s hear it for the forest state of mind: Nature therapy and forest medicine 

The positive effects of nature on mental and physical health are well-documented. Captain Obvious says that’s because humans evolved outdoors, not indoors, for 99.9% of their time on Earth.  Virtual reality nature lacks the multisensory inputs (like soil, volatile organic compounds, and soundscapes) that people need to get the full…

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