What can a story about one particular parasite tell anyone — especially
someone sitting in a spirituality group with just a few days of
recovery— about Higher Power, spirituality, God? If a tiny parasite
could potentially reach someone with a message about a Universal
Intelligence, would men and women in the same situation respond to the
story in the same way?
The statistics are striking. According to the National Survey on Drug
Use and Health, an estimated 7.4 million women in the United States,
ages 12 and older, are substance abusers who need help.
Many straight therapists who say they are “gay affirmative” mean that they are gay positive or gay friendly.
They tell lesbian and gay clients things like, “I’m open-minded” and
“People are people.” These well-intentioned therapists are, indeed,
accepting and pro-gay—but they’re also uninformed. Even lesbian and gay
therapists may be uninformed.
Happy New Year fellow colleagues! I don’t know about you, but I tend to
be reflective during the time of one year ending and another beginning.
I consider areas of my life and ways I can continue to move forward and
stay true to who I am, why I am here, and what I do. What were you
doing about 20 years ago? I had just finished undergraduate and was
headed into graduate school for counseling. I knew then I had a passion
for working with women. Of course, what I didn’t know was that all the
spaces in between then and now would be intricately woven together by
choices, relationships, and continuous learning – all to bring me full