What Can Online Counselling Really Offer?

You’re out of the area when I need a listener.

I need your availability to meet mine.

I’m too busy to commit to the travel and distance – and those parking issues.

I will feel more comfortable discussing my challenges confidentially over the phone or online, at least until I feel a little better.

I like the convenience… and knowledge that we can meet later if I so wish. [Read more…]

Finding Peace – Mindfulness

This wonderful introduction to mindfulness is by guest author Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW who is a psychotherapist and author of Shortcuts to Inner Peace. 

It’s tempting to think that you need the tropical beach, the hammock by the lake, the walk in the woods, the yoga retreat or the special meditation cushion in order to feel the “ahhhhh” of inner peace. We all have certain props or places that we use to jump start that special sensation of anchored contentment. [Read more…]

Self-Generosity: Secret to improving self-esteem

Guest author, Amy Phillips-Gary at Personal Growth Planet shares her thought with us on generosity and self-esteem.

Generosity is an admirable and positive character trait.

When I describe someone as “generous,” I am usually referring to the way that the person gives of his or her time, energy and resources to others. Generous acts can range from donating money to those in need to spending an afternoon volunteering to letting your spouse have the biggest piece of pie. [Read more…]

Mindfulness for Top Athletes… and Me?

Mindfulness is good enough for top athletes so is it good enough for me? Our guest authors Kurt Dunkel and Stuart Singer from Wellperformance, share their expertise on this topic.

Kurt was a two NCAA All American in the javelin; finishing 2nd at the NCAA Championships twice. He also earned a Masters Degree in College Counseling from Shippensburg University (PA) and has worked in various capacities in higher education. He has worked extensively with collegiate athletes for 14 years in his role as a coach and has also worked in a university counseling center, in private practice, and currently is the Coordinator of Student Athlete Support at his Alma Mater, Shippensburg University. Kurt has a special interest in working with student athletes to reach their goals through a greater understanding of the mental aspects of performance enhancement. During his time as a coach, Kurt has helped to developed athletes who have earned 14 All American award honors as well as an NCAA National Champion.

Stuart has more than a decade of experience working on the improvement of individual and group performance. This work includes responsibility as the Assistant Director of a psychotherapy practice, director of counseling services, as a coach, and as a mental performance coach in sports psychology. Stu received his M.Ed. in Counseling, and B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, and is currently completing his Doctorate in Sports Performance Psychology. He has coached high-school athletes in varsity soccer, basketball, track, and cross-country, and was a graduate assistant for the Women’s Cross-Country and Track teams as Shippensburg University. Stu has also developed a stress-management and performance training based on his experience and research working to improve the performance of thousands of athletes, students, and professional staff. [Read more…]