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CLIENT'S BILL OF RIGHT

A summary of the Client’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities is as follows: 1. A client has the right to be treated with courtesy and respect, with appreciation of his/her individual dignity, and with protection of his/her need for privacy. 2. A client has a right to receive information regarding his/her rights as a counselee, provided to him/her during the course of the admissions process or at the earliest possible appropriate moment during the course of counseling. 3. A client has the right to a prompt and reasonable response to questions and requests. 4. A client has the right to quality care and high professional standards. 5. A client has the right, in collaboration with his/her counselor, to make decisions involving his/her health care. 6. A client has the right to have all information, including records pertaining to his/her counseling care, treated as confidential, except as otherwise provided by law or third-party contractual arrangements. 7. A client has the right t

PROFESSIONAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: THERAPY

Jane Rekas, LCSW Turtle Dove Counseling 205 Oak St. Ste. 1 Hood River, OR 97031 971-285-5679 EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND & CREDENTIALS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, October 1997, License #2544 Master of Social Work, June 1992, Portland State University Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May 1987, Reed College, Portland, Oregon COUNSELING BACKGROUND Mental Health Specialist - Private Practice - Turtle Dove Counseling, Hood River, OR (9/08-present). Mental Health Specialist – Mid-Columbia Center for Living, Hood River, OR (12/04-9/30/10). Mental Health Specialist – Mid-Columbia Children’s Council, Hood River, OR (11/02-11/04). Family Services Coordinator – Mid-Columbia Children’s Council, Inc. Hood River, OR (8/00-11/02). Early Head Start Home Visitor – Mid-Columbia Children’s Council, Inc., Hood River, OR (5/00-8/00). Child and Family Therapist – Children’s Center, Vancouver, WA, 5/97-10/99. Individual and Family Therapist – Lutheran Family Service, Beaverton, OR, 10/

Parenting Classes

https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B0v-J1dFCamKMzM2ZWQ2NjMtN2ZjMy00Nzg1LThhMDEtODJkNDNmYzRjYzAx&hl=en&authkey=CLqAxdEG Mondays 6:30-8:00pm 12/6/10:  Class: Parenting Alternatives to Control 12/13/10: CLASS: Parenting ODD and ADHD 12/20/10: Class: The Inflexible Explosive Child 1/24/11: Class: Parenting Alternatives to Control 2/7/11: CLASS: Parenting ODD and ADHD 2/21/11: Class: The Inflexible Explosive Child 4/4/2011: CLASS: Parenting ODD and ADHD 4/11/2011: Class: The Inflexible Explosive Child 4/18/2011 4/25/2011: Loss * 5/2/2011: Class: Reinventing Your Self 5/9/2011 5/16/2011: CLASS: Parenting ODD and ADHD 5/23/2011: Class: The Inflexible Explosive Child Flyer for Parenting Classes  flyer Flyer for Child & Family Counseling services

Allergies and Psychiatric Symptoms

Stress, Anxiety Can Make Allergy Attacks Even More Miserable And Last Longer ScienceDaily (Aug. 17, 2008) — "A new study shows that even slight stress and anxiety can substantially worsen a person’s allergic reaction to some routine allergens." The Link Between Food Allergies and Mental Illness "The concept of mental illness involving food allergies goes back to Adelle Davis, Carlton Fredericks, Wendel & Beebe (1973), and more." BRAIN ALLERGIES by Patrick Holford Do you have disperceptions and 1. A history of infantile colic 2. A history of infantile eczema 3. A history of coeliac disease (malabsorption) 4. A history of asthma, rashes or hay fever 5. Favourite daily foods 6. Excessive daily mood swings 7. Frequent rapid colds 8. Seasonal allergies 9. Relief of symptoms with fasting 10. Intolerance to foods such as wheat or milk. If a majority of the above apply you may benefit from: o Methionine, 500mg, am and pm o Calcium 500mg, am and p

Worksheets

http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/freedownloads2.htm or http://www.stopp.gg/ Cognitive Behavior Therapy Self-Help Resources The links to Adobe documents are freely available for you to download for therapy purposes - once at the site - just click on the picture to open the file (in a new tab/window), then save a copy to your computer.

PacificSource to Serve Oregon’s Children through New State Program

PacificSource has been selected as the statewide carrier for Oregon’s Healthy KidsConnect program. Healthy Kids is free or low-cost healthcare coverage for Oregon children that don’t have health insurance. We’re very pleased to have this opportunity to help make healthcare more accessible to families. In addition, the program will lead to greater collaboration with our network providers who provide important services to pediatric and adolescent populations. Here are a few facts about the program: •Healthy KidsConnect began February 1, 2010. •Authorized by the 2009 Oregon Legislature (House Bill 2116), the program is part of the State of Oregon’s Healthy Kids initiative for children that are without insurance. Over time, the state expects to enroll more than 30,000 children in Healthy KidsConnect. •Providers will be reimbursed according to their PPO contract rates. •Coverage provides comprehensive medical, pharmacy, vision, and dental benefits. •Premium subsidies are available fo

Oregon Healthy Kids!

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Oregon's Healthy Kids insurance program expands coverage to more children Andy Dworkin, The Oregonian Almost all Oregon children can now buy health insurance, as a final phase of the state's Healthy Kids insurance program started last week. The legislature approved the Healthy Kids plan in 2009, funding it through a 1 percent tax on health insurance premiums. Last fall, the program's first phases offered free coverage to children from lower-income families. More than 30,000 kids out of an estimated 65,000 eligible Oregonians have enrolled in that coverage. The final piece of the program, Healthy KidsConnect, lets children from other families buy into the plan, which covers all usual check-ups, preventive care and medical care. The insurance also covers prescription medicine, medical equipment and dental, vision and mental health, including addiction services. Only legal Oregon residents under age 19 are eligible. Families making between 200 and 300 percent of the fe

Local Resources for Counselors

vlind.com . Vicki Lind, M.S. Career Counselor and Marketing Coach biznik.com . Biznik is a social networking site, with a tag line that captures its irreverent culture: “Networking that Doesn’t Suck.” It’s a place to post your creative profile, read/post pertinent articles, and get together periodically. kathienelson.com . Kathie Nelson, a local networking guru, has helpful networking tips on her website and e-newsletter. http://www.veronikanoize.com/ . Veronika (Ronnie) Noize is fun, funny, and knows marketing inside and out. Ronnie’s website is rich with practical tools for marketing that are applicable to freelancers in all areas. She regularly speaks in Portland and Vancouver and also offers telecourses.

Featured Etsy Store

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The Encyclopedia of Crystals Welcome to our little corner on Etsy: Starlene & Company   http://www.etsy.com/shop/starlene My name is Starlene, I am a jewelery designer, metaphysical gemologist, astrologer, intuitive reader and Reiki teacher. You never really know what you may find in my handmade energy shop! I really enjoy doing readings for people and then making them a custom piece of jewelery from the thoughts about the reading. Look through my store for one of those ad's. I also love finding new mediums to work and create things with, lately it has been wire. Gemstones and crystals are a favorite medium of mine to work with so a lot of the time I will include those in my creations. Not only do I love gemstones and crystals for their beauty, I believe they have energies all of their own & each piece of jewelery or handcrafted item I make ~ I do it with a specific intention, so read the ad to find out why! I just love making jewelery, mostly one of a kind stuff.

Insurance Panels

Insurance carriers will cover my services in most cases. However, the client is ultimately responsible to insure that all charges get paid. If you want your insurance company to help pay for the cost of counseling, it is essential that you verify coverage with your insurance carrier in advance of your first appointment. There are always exceptions, and some insurance companies use more than one panel, so coverage depends on the actual policy you have. Below is a list of the companies with which I have contracts. Inclusion of your insurance company in this list is no guarantee of coverage. The absence of your company from this list does not necessarily mean that my services won't be covered. Most insurers make some provision for and/or will allow exceptions on a case-by-case basis for out-of-network providers (providers with whom they do not have contracts). Insurance is not a guarantee of payment. I have included web addresses in this list for your convenience: Insurance Comp

Flower Essences: Love Addiction

http://lovelighthealing.ning.com/profiles/blogs/addiction-to-unrequited-love There are many other healing tools that can be used to assist recovery from love addictions. One healing tool is "Flower Essences". In fact, Austrailian Bush Flower Essences has a "Relationship Essence" which contains the following flower essences: ■Boab: helps bring change, helps clears negative core patterns that are rooted in family and which are inherited. Can also help clear negative lines of karma that exist between individuals and past life influence. ■Bluebell: is for those who cut themselves off from their feelings and helps to open the heart and to disolve greed and rigidity. Emotions are present but withheld and there is even fear of expressing positive emotions such as joy and love, etc through operation of fear that there is just not enough and they can't survive if they let go of all they hold onto. ■Bottlebrush: helps one to resolve mother issues and helps one embrace

Flower Essences for Addiction

http://www.flowersociety.org/addictions.htm Flower Essences for resolving addiction to pain medication Rescue Remedy to use, 5 drops under her tongue, 3 times daily. Gorse – for hopelessness Walnut – to find constancy and protection from outside forces; to move on and break links and old patterns with people and things Star of Bethlehem – for “peace and comfort” Sweet Chestnut – for anguish; for feelings of being stretched beyond endurance Pine – for feelings of blame or self-reproach; for appropriate response and responsibility Honeysuckle – for nostalgia, a sense of regret or loss; to integrate past experiences Mustard – for gloom or deep depression; for faith and hope to keep on going Gorse Walnut Star of Bethlehem Sweet Chestnut Pine Honeysuckle Mustard Oak – for pushing on past the limits of endurance; to face the unknown in other directions; to share responsibility Cherry Plum – for fear of losing control White Chestnut – for over-active and exhausting mental chat

Flower Essences: Addiction, Codependency, Mental Health

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New Millennium Essences Natural Health Website http://www.nmessences.com/ Addictions and Patterns Peperomia polybotrya The flower essence for helping heal addictions and addictive behavior. It does this by helping a person to see through the illusion of perceived compulsion, and to realize that we all do have the power of choice over every form of behavior in our lives. Nothing has power over us unless we give it that power, and this includes even the most “compulsive” forms of addictions. This flower essence is also supplied as part of the New Generation Alchemy Practitioner's Set. Emotional Dependency Pieris “Fetterbush” The flower essence for assisting one in allowing oneself to see the truth of emotional attachment, and thus enabling one to step away from the self-imposed bonds that tie one to a person, a belief system, or whatever. Includes the “dependency” that goes along with the attachment, and the resulting “trauma” that appears to be the result of the attachment and

Crystals for the 12 Steps

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From The Spiritual Dimensions of Healing Addictions by Donna Cunningham, MSW and Andrew Ramer Amethyst : brings clarity and honesty to mind. 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. Green Tourmaline: draws in strong and loving healing energies 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Pink Tourmaline: carries nurturing, supportive, universal loving energy 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. Chrysocolla: opens the inner eye to see yourself clearly 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Malachite: brings to the surface hidden guilty places, so you can see them clearly 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Flourite: encourages clarity 6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Rose Quartz: connects

Specific Crystals for Healing Addictions

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From Further Dimensions of Healing Addictions , by Donna Cunningham, MSW, and Andrew Ramer CAFFEINE Stones for the solar plexus help replace caffeine. Try taping malachite, peridot, green tourmaline, or clear quartz on the solar plexus when you sleep - or when you're in a situation that threatens to wound your self-esteem. Be sure to cleanse the stone throughly afterwards. Malachite Peridot Green Tourmaline Clear Quartz TOBACCO There is a substitue crystal tool for initiating the same shifts in consciousness that tobacco creates. You'll need a small piece of smoky quartz, about the size of a walnut, and a piece of blue flourite, about the size of a marble. Hold the smoky quartz in your right palm and the flourite in your left. Let their energies wash through you and retune your brain hemispheres. Do this at those times when you might have turned to a cigarette. Inhale the energy of the stones through your palms deeply. Hold the energy in your chest and feel it

Why a Counseling Blog?

I started this blog about two years ago, around the time I started private practice on the side while still working at an outpatient mental health agency. It was going to be a "day in the life" kind of piece, but it quickly moved away from that. So this "blog" became a place to begin to catalog information I have found useful for many clients. I would like to explain more about how it can be used.

Panic Disorder

By Jane Rekas, LCSW Approximately 2.4 million Americans suffer from Panic Disorder, according to National Institute of Mental Health. The first time many people have a panic attack, they may mistakenly believe that they are having a heart attack or worry they are going crazy. This is especially true because panic attacks often come without warning or apparent emotional cause, and with so many intense physical symptoms, we’re more likely to assume a physical health cause. While medical conditions should always be ruled out for all mental health conditions, once they are, you’re still left with experiencing very uncomfortable symptoms. You will want to be screened for hyperthyroidism or hypoglycemia, for example. Stimulant use, even excessive caffeine, can be a contributor to anxiety symptoms. Panic-like symptoms are also associated with the minor cardiac problem, mitral valve prolapse. Some people only have one or two panic attacks, but if they become chronic, this is called Panic Di