Peace Partnership
3 June

Attributes of a Great Counselor (It’s Not What You Think)

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Average counselors help people fix problems. Great counselors help people discover wise principles that can fix any number of problems. They help you develop emotional muscle. After 17 years of helping people I’ve become pretty good at counseling.[1] Here are a few of my top attributes to look for in a great counselor. But first, […]

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1 Mar

Why We Blame & How To Do It Better

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“It was the dog, mom. I swear.”“Me?! You’re the one who’s always messing around!”“It’s not my fault you can’t get your facts straight.” There are lots of “low level” reasons people blame. We blame to avoid consequences. We blame to make ourselves look better. We blame to make other people look bad. The list goes […]

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3 Dec

Happiness Is Not Enough

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  “Why would anyone else have the answers to your life but you?” “Sure I’m selfish. This is my happiness we’re talking about; I have every right to be.” “Don’t I deserve to be happy?” “Cheer up man! We’re only here for 80 years so you’ve got to enjoy yourself.” Sometimes I marvel at the […]

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4 Sept

The Terrible Secret of Too Much Counseling

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Let me get right to the point: Too much counseling can drive you crazy. Settle down, let me explain. Emotional Excavation That’s weird. I wonder why I did that? Why did what s/he said hurt my feelings so much? Why am I so mad about this? Why do I always seem to assume the worst? […]

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1 June

Jon’s Rules for Being Miserable

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  [Sarcasm font on] I’ve worked in the mental health field for 16 years. I’ve been a triage counselor at a psychiatric hospital, a school counselor and the past several years I’ve spent as a counselor and director of Peace Partnership. I’ve seen a lot of, ahem, stuff. I’ve been spit on, hit, kicked, and […]

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