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Transference, Countertransference, and Vicarious Trauma

December 21, 2020

Mary-Lauren O’Crowley, MA, NCC “A hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves” – Simone Weil Put simply, transference is the idea that clients will bring residual feelings or issues from past relationships and transfer or project them onto the counselor in the current therapeutic relationship. Clients interact with and react to people and situations in a way that reveals patterns from their past. It is through this process of projection that…

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Recognizing Our Triggers Part I

July 12, 2020

By Eric Dean JD, MBA, MA, MA, LPC, CADC A trigger is a response in which you are activated to do something based on the recall of a previous experience. The trigger response may be emotional, mental, and/or physiological. For this blog post I will focus on triggers with respect to substance abuse and recovery. However, triggers can happen in a wide variety of contexts including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). If someone in recovery from alcohol abuse…

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The Importance of Problem Definition

July 10, 2020

By Eric Dean JD, MBA, MA, MA, LPC, CADC We all have problems — that is life. Problem-solving is not always easy, especially when we are faced with something new. Many of us are quick to identify our problems and then immediately start thinking about solutions. Before we start generating solutions, let us think about how we state or define the problem. How we define the problem will have an impact on how we go about solving…

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