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Living with — and beyond — OCD

In popular culture, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is often portrayed through characters who can’t bring themselves to step on cracks in the sidewalk, who are germaphobes, or who are obsessed with cleanliness and organization. These “hang-ups” ...


Straddling two worlds

Because immigrants often feel like they are straddling two worlds — their origin country and their new one — identity development is complex and critical for this population. Immigrant clients often tell Sara Stanizai, a licensed marriage and family ...

3 Things Employees Need to Make Data-Driven Decisions

Many companies roll out a new business intelligence strategy with high hopes, only to experience underwhelming employee adoption rates and a low return on investment. This situation understandably leaves leaders scratching their heads wondering, ...

Reconciling disability studies with mental health counseling

Growing up Jewish and queer in a conservative part of Birmingham, Alabama, I faced some pretty severe bullying as a child and teenager. It was a common occurrence for me to be called anti-Semitic slurs and mocked for looking and acting different. I ...

Michigan LPCs block attempt to take away their right to practice

Your voice matters. Those who doubt the power of speaking out and advocating for the profession need only look to the counselors of Michigan. This fall, approximately 10,000 licensed professional counselors (LPCs) participated in a grassroots ...

Hey, Siri: Did you break confidentiality, or did I?

Did you know that your tech devices have the potential to break your clients’ confidentiality just by being in the counseling setting with you? Imagine that you have worked a full day seeing an array of clients for the various concerns they are ...

When the caring is too much

With the proliferation of research and information focusing on human-animal interactions, counselors are more aware of opportunities to incorporate animal-assisted interventions as part of their clients’ treatment. However, there is a population of ...

Digesting the connection between food and mood

For most of her life, the woman would not let herself eat cake. She feared that if she started, she would never be able to stop. The presence of cake at every birthday party she attended tormented her. She grew so preoccupied with thoughts of cake ...

Deconstructing anxiety

I have always found it tremendously frustrating that our rational minds can’t convince us that most of our fears and anxieties are nothing to be afraid of. Many of my clients express the same frustration. As philosopher Michel de Montaigne said, “My ...

Grieved: A firsthand account of enduring a client grievance as a counselor

I learned in graduate school that most counselors will experience three things in their careers: a client who dies by suicide, a client who overdoses, and a client who files a grievance. I remember hoping that I would be the exception to the rule. ...

Our most-read articles of 2019

Which counseling topics grabbed the most reader attention in 2019? Close to 150 articles were posted at ct.counseling.org in 2019. Professional issues – including self-disclosure with clients, starting a private practice, impostor syndrome and the ...


Uncovering the root cause of mother-daughter conflict

An experienced counselor recently admitted to me that she felt out of her depth when a mother and adult daughter both came to see her for help with their incessant arguing. She said that she struggled to identify the core reasons for their ...

Personal Branding Tips For Executives In “Boring” Industries

Building a personal brand is all about capturing attention. If you work in a “boring” industry, it can be tough to communicate the key benefits that differentiate you from competitors. Especially when you work in an industry that’s not usually the ...

4 Ways to Increase Customer Renewals

American companies lose nearly $140 billion annually to avoidable customer churn — that’s a number that would be frightening if it didn’t make so much sense. Businesses lose customers all the time, and it’s not always for good reasons.  ...

How to Make a Logo that Perfectly Matches your Brand

You may know this already, but your company logo is the beating heart of your brand. Your rivals, leads, and customers will judge your business with your logo. So, it has to be perfect. The question is, how do you create a perfect logo in the ...

How to Use Email Software to Immediately Boost Your Email Efficiency

A lot of time is wasted on email management all over the world. In fact, The Radicati Group estimates that we sent 281+ billion personal and professional emails per day in 2018, so it’s little wonder that a large percentage of American ...

5 Best Personal Branding Speakers of 2019

Every entrepreneur has a personal brand, but they don’t all build those brands themselves. Those who neglect personal branding are inevitably branded by others. Before the media or your competitors have a chance to paint your personal brand, be ...

5 Creative Communities That Can Help You Level Up Your Skills

Fertilizer is to plants what community is to creative professionals. With enough time, water, and sunlight, they grow themselves. But sprinkle on some peer feedback and support, and they grow faster and bigger than ever. Not long ago, finding ...

4 Ways to Plan for Your Business in 2020 and Beyond

In business, planning for the future is as difficult as it is necessary. Branding your business, just like building your personal brand, means you have to think about the long term. What works in establishing your brand today might feel stale ...

She’s Using Sassy Facebook Posts To Market Her Accounting Firm

Rachel Michaelov is on mission build her accounting business into a multi-million dollar enterprise. You’d think accounting is boring, but Rachel’s Facebook posts, punctuated throughout the day with color and vibrancy show that she sees accounting ...

Direct Response Marketing Amplifies Social Media Results

Social media has always been a strange marketing channel. On one hand, Facebook gave businesses a unique ability to find their markets and build relationships. No other marketing tool has been able to reach such large numbers of people and allow ...

Branding yourself during a job interview – what should you know?

Job interviews can trigger a lot of stress, especially if you don’t have that much experience with them. While you might be properly qualified for a certain position within a company, if you don’t do well at the interview, you won’t be able to ...

How to Apply a Procurement Strategy to Your Personal Life

How do you decide what to buy and when to buy it? Odds are high that it comes down to two major factors: need and price. You know when you need to get something new, and you know what price works for your budget — but is that enough?  You may ...

Four ways to help your franchise succeed

Sponsored Post Four ways to help your franchise succeed (Picture of McDonald’s) When you take ownership of a franchise, you enter a professional environment that comes with a series of established benefits. These include a concise and easily ...

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