August 19, 2019

Pedestals and Bluffs, Unnecessary Parenting Risks

Pedestals and Bluffs, Unnecessary Parenting Risks Parenting in general is a practice of humility. The family benefits most when the parent or parents remember the message does not originate with them, but emanates from an elevated source. If parents believe it is up to them to devise and develop a […]
August 12, 2019

Resilience: Just what is needed?

In this era of toxic stress, trauma, and over-worked threat response systems what do you imagine is most needed? Here’s my argument for resilience, and by this I don’t mean makeovers and body augmentations. No image managing here. So, what is resilience? Resilience is not about ethical or moral dilemmas, […]
July 31, 2019

Change Isn’t Enough, I Must Mature

Don’t ask what you want from life. Ask what life wants from you (Viktor Frankl). There are several areas of life that one can grow and mature, but one that is often ignored is perceptual maturation. Long before I’m aware of others, I’m aware of me. How I perceive me […]
September 17, 2018

Empowering Sexually Exploited Victims Healing From the Sex Industry: A Treatment Approach.

Empowering Sexually Exploited Victims Healing From the Sex Industry: A Treatment Approach By: Brian Simmons, MA, LPC, CH When providing treatment to a victim of for-profit sexual exploitation, a mental health provider must recognize and address the need to recalibrate the client’s understanding of power. Many victims of exploitation have […]
September 17, 2018

Prostitution – Cultural Misconceptions and The Harm We Cause

Prostitution – Cultural Misconceptions and The Harm We Cause By: Dr. Stephanie Thurston-Simmons, LPC, LSOTP, CH I recently received a couple of emails from colleagues that bothered me down to my core. One was from a polygrapher who has polygraphed my sex offender clients in my home state of Texas […]
July 12, 2018

A Letter to Dr. Gentry Part #2

A letter to Dr. Gentry from Rebecca Leimkuehler, Principal of Holiday Park School For me, this is what I know. Children deserve better. They need champions that will not rest until the types of beings we are raising becomes as, if not more, important as the academic outcomes they possess. There is […]