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AnOddBox – Hmmm… I wonder what that word is…? So it begins... Just the other day I saw a post comparing a presidential candidate to Adolf Hitler… It makes my hands shake like a Nervous Ned to the thought of voting for another Hitler…! But what do I do…? I cannot decide… Am I a person who believes in or supports a form of government in which people choose by voting…? If so, then you will stone me with words such as “LibTurb”… So am I a person who believes in or supports a country that is governed by elected representatives and by an elected leader (such as a president) rather than by a king or queen…? If so you will pelt me with garbage and call me words...
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AnOddBox – The Path through Anhedonia… A flash of a day a long time ago… Here I stand… Six feet tall; weighing a buck thirty-five: Who am I to face you…? I have faced each part of you and each part of you has left a mark on me… You have bruised every part of me from my head to my toes… You burned my hands… You stuck spikes under the nails of my fingers… You took a tooth… You broke my leg… You beat me until I hated you… You beat me until I felt no more care… But today I know you… I know what to do when I face each part of you… There you are, an immovable object… Here I come, an unstoppable force… When we are done you will stay as you are and give me...
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AnOddBox – The Great Debate… Many years ago I read a book called Star Song. I will not go in to details about the book, but there was a part in the book that told how the elves (LOR kind of elves) traveled through space by means of harmonics. The center elf.., I could not pronounce the name very well so I called her Feyh…, was the center cord which held the integrity of the other notes (other elves)… Many years ago I had a dream… A very vivid dream, in which I was a voice talking with the voice of God on top of a mound overlooking a green meadow with a small pond and hundreds of leaves dancing in the wind… Walking along the edge of the pond was...
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When the BCBS of Montana sent letters out to just about every therapist in Montana asking them to pay back a large portion of the reimbursements they’d sent between July 2013 and July 2014, it wasn’t a joke. Yes this is 2015, and yes, they were talking about 2013. (Apparently they can go back that far.) They even said that they took “full responsibility” for their mistake, without intending any irony. Man, it is something to see a room full of 50-therapists get their hackles up – and justifiably so. These are people who spend their life focusing on relationships that cultivate trust and healing. And the insurance company had reimbursed them for...
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AnOddBox – A Dyslexic Vision… When I was young, in my small potato town, the word Dyslexia was virtually an unknown word… When I was asked to read something out loud in class I would often get reprimanded because nobody could follow what I was saying… Hell, I could not follow what I was saying… Thus, I was essentially labeled as retarded and placed into special classes… Let me give you an idea of what it looked like when I read. Try to follow this sentence: hen I Wread something I ouldn’t cwhat understand I asw eadingr… The translation: When I read something I couldn’t understand what I was reading… Provisionally, my angular gyrus...
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As a child my two most favorite heroes where Conan the Barbarian and Jesus… As a child my father figure was Charles Ingalls and my home was a little house on a prairie… As a child the figures I sought after were of a Master, a Student, and two funny Droids that fought against the dark side… As a child I loved the magic of a story… The magic of adventure… The magic of fright… The magic of courage… The magic of friendship… The magic of love… The magic of hope… The magic…, of the air… Since stepping out of the dreams of a child there has been a recurrence of a thought… Throughout the years as I lay my head on this pillow of sleep; oh, how it would be if...
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If you’re not going to be in-network with insurance companies, you are actually going to have to do things differently than the hundreds of other in-network therapists in your area. I know from my own experience that this extra thought and effort is well worth the pay off, but it does take some intention and strategy. For me, here’s what the payoff has been: I see only clients with whom I love working. I get to do the quality of clinical work I believe in, and offer extra services that I know help the process. I limit my caseload to something that is manageable enough for me to also run a second business (Center Institute) and...
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It is evening… There is a knock at the door… I answer to find two travelers seeking to speak the word of God… I invite them in and we talk… There was a time when this was common of me to do. Christian, Mormon, Jehovah, Buddhist, etc…; it did not matter their label: I welcomed the talk… I woke up this morning thinking how I do not do this anymore… They all say the same anecdotal semantics that obviously holds no applicability, as I can see the stones in their pockets. I do not talk to the travelers anymore… I am just tired… I am 48 years of age… I still like to watch movies and play video games, as I have since I was young… It is not unusual for me...
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No one told me how stressful the search for a Practicum/Internship site was going to be! Graduate school has been such a positive and rewarding experience...until now...!! I have made at least 30 contacts (either by telephone or email) and have gotten from that only 5 interviews (either via Skype or telephone) and from those have gotten: - "We're sorry, we cannot abide by the recording requirements of you Internship program..." - "We're sorry, your school did not get the required documentation in by the required deadline, therefore we cannot consider you for internship..." - "We're sorry, at this time we do not have...
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I am in the middle of a saga with Blue Cross Blue Shield right now (more about that in a later blog) ) and it made me think about how grateful I am to be in the position I am right now AND about the biggest mistake I ever made in private practice. And because I eventually figured out how to run a rock-solid private practice through making mistakes and having to self-correct, I now teach therapists how to skip the mistakes and cut directly to doing what works. Part of how I teach this is through sharing my own experiences. So, today, I thought I’d share with you this huge mistake I made. Back when I started my private practice, I signed up for...
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AnOddBox – What does it say…? So yes, I sometimes watch the television series the Walking Dead. I have my reasons for watching, but I am not exactly a fan. I can almost read the script that if a character exhibits as progressive good, that character may as well be wearing a Star Trek red shirt. My understanding is that the Walk Dead does not refer to the zombies, but rather the Walking Dead is the party of survivors. As an odd duck I am intrigued by the paradigm. Is this an admirable script of the human spirit…? Or is it a sublimation script of using an admirable script to seek a self-destructive end…? Curious… Is it the writers writing their story...
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M ulticulturalism and Diversity as well as social justice have long since been important tenant of the counseling field. The former is an imperative to be sensitive to the various client behavior based on ethnicity and socioeconomic influences and adjust therapeutic practices accordingly. It also means that as counselors should be aware of their own values regarding people from different sociocultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as to pay attention to one's personal heritage and economic status to be cognizant of how such factors affect clients. Social justice takes these issues one step further. It has been defined as “….how advantages and disadvantages...
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AnOddBox - The Wheel of Progress… Oh that massive wheel how it spins with the determination to move the world... The appearance of millions aside millions of small feet pressing with the speed of progress to achieve a horizon of majestic destiny… It is a scene of awe… And as I sit back I ask,, “Mouse... Where the hell are you going…?” I read an article the other day of the disparagement of the Millennial generation. What a bunch of lazy freeloaders pleading, “But I’m a winner…!” It cynically reminders me of the joke about us Gen-Xers who cried about our multiple X-girlfriends, X-wives, X-husbands, X-jobs, X-cetera… etc… And hey…! What about our...
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Am I an Atheist…?

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WWJD: What would Jesus do…? Damn…! WDJD: What did Jesus do…? I get so angry with the topic of Jesus and God that I would have to say the emotion is just pure hate…! I want to shake my fists and cry havoc that I was ever taught about Jesus and even more so GOD…! Hell… Every day I wish I could wipe the knowledge of Jesus and God from my brain and just say I am an Atheist…! So what did you do when you read what I had just said…? Did your hairs raise with condemnation and wrath…? Did your heart leap with a cause for my salvation…? If you are reading this far, I know that you care… But did you see… Did you hear… Did you feel… Did you know… What I actually...
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Talk to me like a brother…? I have been pondering this statement for many days now… Talk to me like a brother… What does this mean to you…? What does this mean to me…? At DU, Professor Faragher once said that Counseling Psychology is not talking to your neighbor, or your friend, or your family: Counseling Psychology… Is talking to a professional... This statement lead me to an understanding of why I often disagree with the psychology profession. When I sought counseling as a client I highly disliked the psychologist talking to me from a textbook and telling me psychological ideas when it was obvious the psychologist was not living what they were preaching....
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A wise man once said that no matter how long I knock my head on the wall, the wall will never answer… A wise man once said that if I cut my hair short it would save me from pulling it out… A wise man once said that if a wise man screams his head off in a car and nobody else is around, does he make a sound… Mary once asked me if I thought people might see me as arrogant or egotistical… My response was that it would not make sense because what I do is about you (everyone else). I am an odd duck… I do not want people to be me… I want everyone to be unique… Then of course as I so often think too much, I had to ask myself… Do I see the paradox in everyone...
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It is about that time again…, to fork out several hundred dollars to renew my licenses… I took the surveys on the DORA site and admittedly I felt disheartened… What is a Mental Health Counselor…? A MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR is: a trained professional who can work with patients on a one-to-one basis: A qualified professional who is licensed to provide counselling either independently or as part of a treatment team: A person trained to give guidance [help or advice (an opinion or suggestion) that tells someone what to do] on personal, social, or psychological problems. A MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR is not a TEACHER: to cause or help [someone] to learn...
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I shake my head as I believe we are ignorant and stupid, and thus lost in confusion as to who we are and what the hell we are doing…! There are stigmas against those in need of [Human] therapy, but I have seen the fingers of those pointing hands direct back at the majority of the human[oid] population. We, do not appear to even know what reason is; what feelings and emotions are; and we are highly ignorant and vain to our own behaviors. Hell, we do not even understand the difference between feelings and emotions… And, we are far more confused as to how to collaborate feelings and emotions on an individual level, let alone a social level. Where there...
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I am reminded of a scene in the movie 42. A young face full of joy, engaged in a memory that would define and follow into the life of an adult. My Father and I… Here in the grand stadium of My Dream of what I can be… On the field here they come…! That is Me down there…! That is Me…! Niger get out here…! What does that mean…? Why do the people yell this…? Why does my Father yell this…? Dad… What you say I do not understand, but I am you and what you say, is me… Thus I will be as you ask, and yell with you… Niger get out of here…! I know this is a movie, and I dare not say how accurate the details are to what truly happened during that game....
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It never fails that I cynically chuckle every time I contemplate the Graduate Record Examinations ( GRE). Personally I believe the GRE to be among the worst displays of arrogance the education system could engage in, but this is a rant for another now. At this now, I am thinking about what I refer to as GRE words… I had to take the GRE to get into graduate school and ironically when I used the GRE words in my graduate papers the professors often questioned what the words meant. What does it say when we have to define the words we use, as we use them…? I dislike polysemous words intensely. I am not a rote person, thus the way I remember a word is by my commitment...
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