The most useful proverb I ever heard was taught to me by a Mexican grandmother. I use it every day. It has changed my relationships. It has changed how I work with clients. You will not believe how much you can learn about people with this simple proverb.
A lot of people are claiming to use animals in therapy sessions these day. While I'm thrilled to see that our species if finally beginning to appreciate the value of animals in our lives and our work, it's important to know what to look for in an animal assisted therapy practice. How are you able to tell what's the real deal?
Since I specialize in using animals to work with abused children, one of my readers asked me to write about animal assisted therapy. I think it would take a book to say all that I appreciate about working with animals to provide therapy. But this is a start...
Compliments from family, friends or partners are really nice and help our self esteem. But they can be a form of manipulation. How do you tell the difference and who is susceptible to this manipulation?
I wish I could say I didn't see this coming. A few years ago I worked in a methadone clinic which treats people with opiate dependence. It quickly became apparent that the prescription drugs OxyContin and Xanax were more problematic than the heroin we were treating. Even on my small case load one of my clients died, another lost 60% of his kidney function and many others suffered serious impairments to functioning.