Monday, April 30, 2012

My theoretical orientation

Over the last few months I have been completing my theories course with my eye on the prize of knowing at the end of this course what theory of counseling I was going to use as my base my course ends next week and I have not a clue :). Don't get me wrong I have an idea of the theories that speak to me on a deeper level and that go along with how I view people in general and how I find myself leaning in my thoughts when I think about people but I think I had an unrealistic expectation for this course and what it would give me. I thought it would solidify my choice but instead it has made it more difficult!

 As I am learning about each theory presented I find something from each of them that appeals to me. Some more than others but each have something that is appealing. This course has allowed me to eliminate a few theories as they just don't have enough to them to draw me towards them. So without further ado here is my list of theories with the first choice my first choice and so on...

1. Adlerian
1.. Existential
2.. Reality
3. Cognitive Behavior
4. Solution focused brief therapy

So there it is... I believe at this point in my counseling program my base/foundation counseling theory will be Adlerian/existential theories and I will integrate reality, cognitive behavior therapy and solution focused brief therapy as needed depending upon my client and time frame. 

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Leaving Washington

In a little less than 2 weeks Greyson and I will be leaving Washington. I have to say I don't think I will miss much about this place. It's beautiful to look at  but with so much rain it is hard to really get outside and enjoy it! However I am going to miss the water. Where we live we are about 5 minutes from the beach and we love the beach. I plan to enjoy the beach any chance I get over the next 2 weeks because where I am going there is no beach ;(

I doubt I will be posting much more than 1-2x weekly for the next few weeks because we are going to be moving and have many others things going on the next few weeks. I will be posting a few new posts before the end of next week however after that my postings will slow down until end of May.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

We Are Moving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WE ARE MOVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our family has been struggling with this decision for the last few months and we have finally made our choice. Greyson and I will be moving in a few weeks to be closer to family while my husband will stay behind in Washington State for his work. We are planning on him coming home weekly once we (and his work!) get adjusted to our new schedule. We have been going over and over and over the choices we have to decide what is best for our family and we decided this was it for now. I am sure you gathered from previous posts that my husband's job requires us to travel around the US and with my upcoming practicum followed by internships this just does not work for my program. So we have decided that we will live apart for a bit at least until I am done with school and then we will look at things again.

I am excited about the move but I am also starting to freak out.....I haven't spent more than 1 week away from my husband (literally one week) in almost 11 years and admit to having some anxiety of just how I am going to deal....then you add how Greyson is going to deal and me projecting how Greyson is going to deal and you get me....someone who is frazzled and so nervous they wanna throw up. My husband has been trying to reassure me that things will be fine and I am sure they will but this is going to be tough on all of us.

What family do you know who looks this happy during a move????

Image from here
In my family we are lucky to be alive once the moving process starts......

If any of you reading have had spouses living away from the family I would appreciate any tips you want to share !

Final few weeks

I have made it!!! I am in my final few weeks of classes as most of them do not have assignment due past May 5th (semester officially ends May 11th). One of my instructors just posted our final course module and I have to admit I got excited as I am ready for my 10 day break!!!! So here is what I have due from now until May 5th.

Read Chapters 13 & 15 and Gift of therapy chapter
Discussion post 1, 2, 3,4
8 discussion responses
Final ethics case study paper

Read Chapter 14 & 15
2 Discussion post
4 discussion post responses
Exam 3
Case Study Paper

Read Chapter 15
Discussion post 1 & 2
4 discussion responses
Personal Model of Counseling paper

I think out of everything I have left I am most looking forward to my personal model of counseling paper as it asks us to pinpoint the theory (ies) that speak to us most. I have spent the last few weeks really trying to figure this out and I have yet to do it...once I do look for a post ;)

That's all today.....

Monday, April 16, 2012


"Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys"-- Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869)

Today I was told by my sister that a friend of 2 of my nephews had committed suicide this afternoon.....he was 14 years old. I do not have the whole story of what had been going on in this child's life that led up to this point l. I am deeply saddened by this loss even though I didn't know the boy personally and I will tell you why.....death hurts and even more so when it is because of suicide and even more when it is a child.

My heart breaks for this family at the loss of their son, brother, cousin, nephew, and friend of many. How heartbroken they must be. How heartbroken he must have been to take his own life and feel like death was better than living. I am sad for this boy because his soul was so overtaken by pain that he chose death to avoid feeling it any longer. I hope this family can find peace and this boy can finally have peace in his soul.

Please get involved in any way you can to help prevent suicide. Talk to your kids about it and make sure you establish a bond with your child in which they feel they can talk to you about anything and watch for signs as most often once it is said and done you realize there were just didn't pay attention.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

School work

Husband if you're reading this....bringing home a vase full of these would score you major bonus points....

Week of 4/15-4/12

Discussion post
2 discussion responses
Counselor interview
Work on final case study paper

Discussion post
2 discussion post responses
Case outline
Work on final case study

Discussion post
2 discussion post responses
Work on final paper picking theoretical orientation

Peony picture is from here

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gender Differences

Like the majority of everyone else I am on Facebook. Every day on Facebook people post a variety of comments, pictures, quotes, religious pictures (because you know Jesus is on Facebook and cares if you click like or ) or a combination of the above. For some reason I am really bothered by all the picture quotes that are about teaching your daughter how a man should treat her for example a friend of mine recently posted this one seen below:

While it does give that little blurb at the end of teaching our sons to become that kind of man for the most part teaching our sons in what to expect from a woman is never mentioned. These post bother me simply because our society focuses so much on girls/daughters/woman and what they "deserve" to get/how to be treated by a man that we neglect to consider boys/sons/men and how they deserve to be treated by a woman.

So why does this bother me? For one it sends a message that if you are female it is a man's job to make sure he treats you a certain way but fails to mention that as a woman it is also our job to make sure we treat our husbands (or boys) a certain way. I have yet to see one picture put up on Facebook that instructs mothers of boys to make sure to teach their sons that a woman should treat him with respect, appreciation, kindness, and sensitivity for example. Nor do I expect to see one (but I am in the process of making one!).

In essence these types of pictures continues the unequal gender views and attaches qualities and expectations to the female sex only and perpertuates the thought that men are to treat woman a certain way no matter how they treat them. I mean really woman who are reading this how many of you when you were growing up where told to treat your husband with respect? Kindness? Dignity? I am not at all saying that women don't deserve to be treated as the picture above states, hey I am a woman and I appreciate it when my husband treats me this way, what I am saying is that we are forgetting all about men and teaching our daughters nothing about being future wives and how they should treat their husbands nor are we teaching our sons what they should demand behavior wise from their future wife.

Now before anyone gets on their high horse and thinks that I am not advocating for teaching your daughters to expect a man to treat them good let me explain. I am. Simple as that. But what I am also saying is while your teaching your daughters this also teach them that they are to show their husbands love, honor, respect, kindness, and treat them with dignity in the process. And make an effort while your teaching your son how to treat a woman that you also teach him how a woman should treat him. I have a son and I intend to do just that.

Picture 1 came from Facebook and picture 2


What is life without dreams right? Currently my fascination is with houses...specifically my dream house and how I want the inside to look, what decor, furniture etc.

There is one problem though. My husband's idea of a dream house is this (and I am only half ):

And here is my idea of a dream house with a lot more trees around it though and preferably really tall trees :)
And with a kitchen that looks like this (only not with a white fridge!)
Or this

So far I have only made it through picking the outside and the kitchen...he he

Picture 1, 2, 3, 4

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Emotional Baggage

We all have it. We all deal with it. We all have the extra 459lbs hanging around our neck weighing and slowing us down. I don't think I have yet to meet one person who doesn't carry some form of it around even if on the surface they look/act normal. Almost nobody gets through childhood/early adulthood without a few scratches left behind.

After awhile this baggage starts to get really painful, worn out, and really heavy and it is at this point people will usually try to do something about it. Sometimes this will be seeking the help of a trained therapist and sometimes it causes people to turn toward drugs and other forms of addictions to self medicate their hurt. The real problems start to happen when we refuse to acknowledge or deal with that baggage and it starts to interfere with our current lives.

I believe that everyone makes and has choices when it comes to their lives. Even though at times we may not feel like we have a choice by not choosing to exercise our choice we are in essence choosing. So with those choices I believe we can choose to make changes when it comes to our baggage.

Once we decide we no longer want to carry it we can make the choice to drop it...whew what a relief! I am not saying that you can snap your fingers and poof your baggage will disappear, that will take time and HARD work on your part. But something happens once you even acknowledge you want to change, things CHANGE. The change in your attitude creates change and that change gives you the will to keep it going. Problem is....people don't do change well........see below.

Even with the resistance to change people do it all the time. So if you decide that your baggage is to heavy to keep's time to make a change and trade out the old heavy bag for a much more cushioned one :). I recommend finding a local qualified therapist of course to help you with your journey :)

Picture 1, 2, 3.

Monday, April 9, 2012

School work this week 4/9-4/15

Random picture of Greyson at the beach a few weeks ago :)

So for this week here is what I am looking at as far as homework. I keep forgetting to include what I have to read for the upcoming weeks assignments so hopefully I will remember from this point forward.

Read Chapter 14
School counseling confidentiality discussion post
School counseling drugs discussion post
4 discussion response
Work on final ethics paper due 5/4

Read Chapter 12
Chapter 12 discussion due
2 discussion responses due
Work on Case study outline due 4/20

Read Chapter 13
Chapter 13 discussion due
2 discussion responses due
Begin thinking about personal model of counseling paper due 5/8

So there you have it folks!! I am coming up on my final weeks of my courses and so my big papers are starting to be on my to do list. At this point I have roughly 4 weeks left of these courses, then I get about a week break and then I start summer courses which I am excited about!!!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter Everyone

Happy Easter everyone!!! I hope everyone has a fabulous day today and enjoys whatever activities you are taking part in. We are playing it low key around the Turner household because the hubs and I both have a nasty cold. We did however do the Easter basket and egg hunt thing already this morning with Greyson. Greyson really loved hunting the eggs so we had to hide the same eggs 3 times in the yard ;).

Greyson's Easter Basket:
Later this evening I plan to make a ham steak, homemade creamed corn, mashed potatoes and mac n cheese with some rolls and pass the sickness back and forth :) And since I just can't help it......
Have a great day!!

Picture 1 and 2

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Community And More About Me

Since some of you may not know much about me I will tell you a little more in this post :)

I met my husband in 2001 and since then we have been traveling around the USA for his work....this month makes 11 years that we have been traveling and our move to Washington (state) made what I believe was our 15th move and Washington is our 9th state lived in I believe. I stopped counting a while back. In 2007 Greyson was born and in July he will turn 5 and be ready to head into kindergarten next year if we chose to go that route and all of this along with my upcoming (hopefully!) career as a counselor has me questioning our life choices.

Obviously I am a people person and I enjoy being around people all the time and I need to be around people, my husband is exactly the opposite. As long as he has Greyson and I he is content. If only I could be that way. In some ways even though he manages about 25 guys he doesn't really interact with them as much as you would think and spends much of his working time alone. I would go insane. I need to interact and talk with people daily and preferably multiple times daily. Which leads me to the other part of the title of this post community.

Community is something that has become really important to me and I realize just how much I have missed out the last 11 years moving all the time. I see friends on Facebook for example that have a wealth of people around them locally and I admit I am a bit envious. I don't have this. Yes I have friends but every single one of them live in a different state and the majority of them live in different states from one another. Distance really is not good for friendships because the old saying out of sight out of mind really is true in my case.

So I find myself being drawn to settling down and being closer to family. I have 4 siblings and tons of aunts, uncles and cousins that all live in Kentucky. While I can't imagine ever living in my hometown again I would love to be closer to them and see them more and allow Greyson the chance to get to know them. So the time has come to make that decision and I find myself being torn between my husband's dream and mine which are completely opposite.

If I had my way (and money where no object of course...which is always) I would be living in that cabin you see below...this picture which I found on Google is of a cabin in the Smokey Mountains (TN).

And so the choice of what to do has presented itself and I have no answers and it is frustrating....very frustrating. Having to choose where to live when you really have nothing to tie you to one location is difficult as the possibilities seem endless. Even if I narrow my choices to within 4-5 hours of my family there are still to many choices and I find that I am feeling overwhelmed with making the choice. Move to a place more permanent? Or stay with the current course of continuing to move around for my husbands job? What would you do?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Effective Counselor

So what makes a good effective therapist? I came across this illustration at some point and I think it is pretty correct don't you?

Lets look at a few of these shall we....

Knows his/her limitations: well what does this mean exactly? It means that as a counselor you know that you do not know everything and you cannot help everyone.

Seeks to understand the problem: What this means is that as counselors we make a really BIG effort to understand the problem/the why someone is hurting, the why someone needs our help etc. Without understanding the issues our clients are having how can we be effective helpers?

Is approachable: This means that our clients don't look at us and run the other direction in simple form....but seriously this means that we conduct ourselves in such a manner that our clients feel like they can connect and approach us with any issue.

So what do people look for when they look for a counselor? Is there something missing from that list?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Reality Therapy

This past week in my theories course we studied reality therapy. Each week in my theories course we answer questions about the current theoretical orientation that we are studying questions such as: what would be the goal with yourself as the client in (insert therapy orientation here). We basically apply the principles of the various types of therapies that we are learning about to our own life/self in an effort to show that we understand how to apply them to various issues. I can see the benefit to this but I also wish we had to apply and come up ways to work with clients with a variety of presenting issues using the current therapy techniques we're learning about possibly using case studies to do this and come up with how we would approach working with that client.

Even with this though I find myself being drawn to reality therapy and I agree with the basic principles behind it. You might be thinking that reality therapy is basically just bringing people back to reality, and in some ways it is but in other ways along with most other modalities of therapy using these techniques is an art form. Reality therapy tries to figure out exactly what it is that you want from your life, exactly what your doing to try to get there and exactly what you could change and do instead of get the real results that you wish to have. It looks something like this:

Reality therapist are concerned with helping you to understand how the current choices and behaviors you have made or are making are creating the current issues within your life. One of the goals of this type of therapy (and all others really) is to help you take responsibility for your own actions and to learn that the only person you can control is yourself. Reality therapy also helps you define your needs and I found this illustration online to show you what is considered basic needs for everyone:
Once you accept responsibility for your part in your life you can begin to work towards making changes in your life to move you toward the life you really want to have. You have to focus on the present in order to get there and this type of therapy really doesn't advocate hanging on to your past which most of us tend to want to do. Our past only defines our future if we allow it. And with that I leave you to ponder.

What do you want from life and what are you doing to get it?

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