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Journal of Mental Health Counseling
Number of Followers: 8  
 
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ISSN (Print) 1040-2861
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  • Culturally Adapted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a Model to Address
           Internalized Racism Among African American Clients

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      Authors: Steele JM; Newton CS.
      Pages: 98 - 116
      Abstract: Internalized racism is a significant source of psychological distress and low self-esteem among African Americans. Yet many counselors are challenged in their ability to address race and internalized racism in their work with clients, as there are few theoretically based approaches within the counseling literature to assist counselors with addressing internalized racism during therapy. In this article, the authors describe how culturally adapted cognitive behavioral therapy may be used to address internalized racism among this population. Core beliefs, schemas, and compensatory strategies that characterize internalized racism are first identified. Application of these constructs during case conceptualization and treatment planning is then illustrated through a case study. The article concludes with a discussion of implications for counselor training and supervision.
      PubDate: Mon, 28 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.17744/mehc.44.2.01
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Counseling Clients With Postpartum Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A
           Feminist-Trauma Approach

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      Authors: Krzemieniecki A; Doughty Horn EA.
      Pages: 117 - 132
      Abstract: Prevalence rates, risk factors, and impact of untreated postpartum posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are well documented. Despite evidence suggesting that up to one third of women experience childbirth as traumatic, treatment recommendations remain scant. Given the call for a feminist approach to trauma and postpartum depression, we highlight a feminist-trauma approach to counseling clients with symptoms of postpartum PTSD, based on anti-oppressive feminist-trauma frameworks. A case study conceptualization of a woman experiencing traumatic stress following childbirth is presented to highlight supporting research, rationale, and ethical considerations.
      PubDate: Mon, 28 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.17744/mehc.44.2.02
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Lived Experiences of Individuals Bereaved by the Suicide Death of a
           Sibling

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      Authors: Abossein S; Santurri L, Borrero L, et al.
      Pages: 133 - 152
      Abstract: Losing a sibling to suicide is a traumatic event. Sibling suicide survivors’ experiences are understudied and may be missed by health care providers. The purpose of this qualitative study with an interpretive phenomenological approach was to explore the lived experiences of individuals who have lost an adult sibling to suicide. The findings of individual in-depth interviews with 12 participants revealed that sibling bereavement is an evolving process, losing intensity with time, and resulting in a significant effect on the sibling survivors’ lifestyles and perceptions of life. Additionally, receiving professional support after the suicide was advantageous to survivors. The results further underscored that the suicide of a sibling can affect the sibling survivors’ relationships with themselves, family members, and others. This article formulates a comprehensive outlook for counselors to understand sibling suicide survivors’ unique grieving processes, identifies their special needs, and addresses the implications for mental health professionals.
      PubDate: Mon, 28 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.17744/mehc.44.2.03
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Maladaptive Personality Features, Alexithymia, and Traumatic Events as
           Risk Factors for Patients With Cancer Diagnosis

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      Authors: Maniscalco E; La Marca L, Faldetta N, et al.
      Pages: 153 - 172
      Abstract: It is critical to investigate the role of psychological and psychosocial factors involved in cancer diagnosis, in order to improve prevention and treatment strategies. Two hundred and six Italian participants (healthy group, 118 adult volunteers, 53.4% female; target group, 88 patients with first-time cancer diagnosis, 55.7% female) completed questionnaires measuring maladaptive personality traits, alexithymia, and traumatic events. Controlling for gender, age, and education, results showed that higher age and lower education, together with higher exposure to traumatic events and increased levels of negative affectivity, were significant predictors of belonging to the target group. Our findings suggest the need of an early assessment of psychological functioning and traumatic history in cancer patients, in order to promote more effective prevention strategies and tailored treatment approaches.
      PubDate: Mon, 28 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.17744/mehc.44.2.04
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Relations Among Attachment, Emotion Regulation, and Dysfunctional
           Breathing in Young Adults

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      Authors: Crockett JE; Cashwell CS.
      Pages: 173 - 190
      Abstract: With the escalating incidence of psychological distress and mental health disorders among young adults, there is a need to advance culturally attuned and neuroscience-informed approaches to treat and prevent these concerns. Given the influence of attachment and related processes on mental health and wellness, exploration of the biological bases of attachment may be vital in the advancement of such strategies. Since researchers have demonstrated critically important relations between attachment and emotion regulation as well as between emotion regulation and respiration, breathing appears to be a logical, though novel, construct to examine in the context of attachment and emotion regulation. We used an exploratory cross-sectional correlational study to examine the relations among these constructs in a sample of young adults. We found significant positive relationships among attachment insecurity, difficulty regulating emotion, and symptoms of dysfunctional breathing and hyperventilation. Together, measures of attachment insecurity and symptoms of dysfunctional breathing and hyperventilation accounted for a significant portion of the variance in difficulty regulating emotion. We discuss the implications for counseling practice and future research.
      PubDate: Mon, 28 Mar 2022 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.17744/mehc.44.2.05
      Issue No: Vol. 44, No. 2 (2022)
       
 
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