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Juicing as a way of treating emotional-eating & food addiction

The ACA Code of Ethics tells us that we need to be role models to our clients as well as practice self-care.  If you’ve read any of my books or have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I am a strong believer in that as well.  I have a personal ethic of not asking anything of a client that I wouldn’t be willing to do myself.  This has lead to me doing 8-week long meditation programs,

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Considering offering virtual therapy? You may want to rethink that

It would seem that everything is going digital, and digital therapy or “distance therapy” is the future of the counseling profession.  Why is it?  Well, there are many valid reasons.  We know, for instance, that inconvenience is the #1 thing keeping people from seeing a therapist.  This may be very surprising to those that always heard that the stigma of seeing a therapist was what kept people away.  But actually, stigma and cost fall very far on the list in

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2015 Lessons Learned in Private Practice

You would think after going on 6 years in private practice that there wouldn’t be much left to learn, yet I find with every year that goes by I’m presented with new challenges and better ways of doing things.  Something I do is I like to know what therapists are nearby.  An easy way to do this is to just go to and enter the zip code of your practice.  It’s both good if you need to send a

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The fantasy of change

It is often said that we therapists are in the business of change.  People come to us because they want their life to be different:  They want to fight less with their spouse, feel better about themselves, feel confident while giving a presentation, and lose weight.  They want to CHANGE.  It’s something that’s so obvious and banal to us that we often forget how important and how powerful change really is to the client. When we ask the client what

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When you feel like abandoning your career

I was watching a video from Casey Truffo’s conference where a woman was talking about how she took a 6 year leave from the field and came back to discover that all of the other therapists were so young now.  I remember early in my career sitting down with a new client and upon seeing me having her say “Oh thank God you’re not 16.”  Obviously that’s an exaggeration, you’d have to be a prodigy to get through graduate school

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The State of the Counseling Profession

Those that read my blog regularly know that something I write about often are my concerns about our profession as a whole.  I recently saw some things on the internet that made me feel even more concerned.  Occupation Information Network puts out a list of the most stressful jobs in America.  You can read the Business Insider article about it here . Number two on the list, just under police officers is, you guessed it, counselors. We are the second

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When procrastination isn’t your problem

If you’re in private practice like me, that makes you a business owner!  Yep, we’re those small business owners you always hear politicians talking about.  By now you’ve probably figured out that a lot more goes into running a business than just seeing clients.  There’s a lot of business know-how that you had to learn along the way.  If you’re like me, then you subscribe to a lot of websites and forums for entrepreneurs.  And if so, you’ve probably noticed

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The question no therapist wants to get asked

Somewhere lurking in the depths of the internet is a blog post telling people that if they want to find a good therapist they need to ask “What kind of therapy do you do?”  The question comes in variations: “What’s your style of therapy?”, “How do you conduct therapy?”, and “What’s your theoretical model?”  No therapist likes getting asked this question because it’s both complicated and meaningless at the same time.  It took me two semesters of Graduate school to

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Why you shouldn’t be afraid of having a waitlist

One of the things I learned early in my career is that people really hate waitlists.  One job I had I was hired specifically with the goal to clear the agency’s waitlist.  It was my first day.  I hadn’t even taken off my coat or sat down yet and I was handed a massive stack of files and was told to clear it.  I went through every name and number and heard countless messages like “Do you know how long

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Tomorrow’s the day!

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the MYOB conference!  For those of you who haven’t been, why not?  You don’t have any spare money for professional development?  It’s free!  You don’t have time to watch the presentations?  They’re up for 24 hours!  But here’s the really exciting thing; even if you’ve missed a bunch of them, you still ave a chance to see mine.  Mine s airing tomorrow.  To sign up, just go to Would you like to know

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My name is Marina Williams and I am a licensed mental health counselor with a private practice in Jamaica Plain, MA. This website is my professional website devoted to my activities as a therapist. If you are interested in finding out more about my private practice, please visit my other website


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