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Aha and Aho! Reflections of Gratitude

Today I attended the first of a two day  Phoenix based EMDR conference with Columbian born Ana Gomez.  Ana  is reputed to be a leader in EMDR implementation, research, and development of  protocols for children and adolescents.    Her presentation today began with a liturgy on the importance of metaphors (Thanks Jim…
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It’s been raining. I am wet up to my knees.  Cold and overcast.  I am already primed with fear because I saw a black bear on the side of the road on my way here.  Sure enough, a  few minutes into the bush and there is fresh bear spore... less than a day old, I’d say.  I retrace my steps…
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Marijuana and the profession of psychotherapy

  The plant known as marijuana has long been known in the indigenous world to carry a seductive feminine energy that creates dependence while at the same time appearing to enhance spiritual expansion. The energies of this plant, while perhaps occasionally useful in a limited ceremonial context, typically create weakness in the individual's medicine body…
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Counseling Center Staff Despacho Ceremony

The staff at Southwestern Counseling Center works very hard so, at our last staff meeting we decided to arrange a ceremony to call in some extra support and prayers for ourselves. Luckily Carol Parker, our Director, agreed to facilitate an authentic Peruvian ritual, more accurately, a "Becoming Despacho".  Despacho translates into "dispatch", so here we…
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