Nov 26, 2014

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How I Saved Myself and My Career Through Self-Care

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This post is going to be more personal than I’ve written before. But now that I am resurfacing, I thought it would be appropriate to do so. Many people know that I have been working very hard for a long time to acquire my graduate degree so that I can legally have my own clinical […]

Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices for Clinical Depression and Clinical Anxiety

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In my work as a mental health professional and a health and human services provider, I believe in practicing an integrative approach that bridges both mental health and physical health. Integrative health care combines an array of non-mainstream health care approaches with mainstream approaches in physical and mental health care. Clinical depression and clinical anxiety […]

The Impact of Culture on Substance Abuse and Addiction

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Most people assume that drug abusers lack willpower to quit or lack moral principles. That is not the case. Drug addiction is a complicated disease. Addiction is a chronic and often relapsing brain disease. It causes the user to compulsively seek and use the drug even though he or she will experience harmful and negative […]

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): What is it?

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What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?  June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), PTSD is classified as an anxiety disorder. The forthcoming new DSM has reclassified it as a trauma based condition. PTSD includes features of anxiety such as generalized anxiety […]

Hate Crimes: The Psychology Behind Homophobia

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June is Pride Month. The sexual and gender minority communities are affirming their right to happiness, safety, equal rights and protections under the law, and an existence free of regulated bigotry and discrimination. However, many still do not understand why laws specifically addressing hate crimes, especially against the sexual and gender minority communities, exist or […]

Cultural & Developmental Implications for Counseling Survivors of Disasters

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Cultural & Developmental Implications for Counseling Survivors of Disasters Hurricane season officially starts June 1 and lasts through November. The National Hurricane Center has predicted another busy hurricane season.  As someone who experienced 9/11 up close and personal, I understand intimately how firsthand and vicarious trauma from man made and natural disasters can have an […]

The Impact of Diversity Sensitivity on Couples and Family Counseling

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  When providing mental health services to individuals, couples and families of diverse backgrounds, mental health counselors should consider the impact that diversity sensitivity has on the quality of the services rendered. This week, Xiomara A. Sosa, the Executive Creator of the National Hispanic Mental Health Professionals Network, breaks down the ways in which diversity sensitivity impacts the […]

The Influence of Worldview on the Therapeutic Relationship: Counseling Hispanic Clients

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Some Hispanic Americans tend to have a distrustful view toward non-Hispanic Americans mental health professionals, due  in part to the long history of hostility, prejudice and injustice they have experienced as a group. Catholicism has also had a great influence on the worldview of Hispanics in general. The relationship between a non-Hispanic counselor and Hispanic […]

Being Culturally Competent as a Latina Mental Health Professional

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As a Latina mental health professional, I will be faced daily with the challenge of making a culturally relevant diagnosis with each individual client that I provide clinical services to. In making a culturally relevant diagnosis, a professional counselor is ethically obligated to begin with an understanding of the influences that describe identities, strengths, and […]

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