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The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

How Fentanyl Affects Your Body and Your Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

August 16, 2018, Seattle Times: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 7,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017, Up more than 6,000 over the previous 12-month period.  The increase driven by a continued surge in deaths in... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

How Fentanyl Affects Your Body and Your Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

August 16, 2018, Seattle Times: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 7,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017, Up more than 6,000 over the previous 12-month period.  The increase driven by a continued surge in deaths in... [Read More]

Life as a Motherless Daughter - Seattle Group

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“…Too soon, too sudden, the wrenching apart, that woman’s heartbeat heard ever after from a distance, the loss of that ground-note echoing whenever we are happy, or in despair.”  --from Transcendental Et... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

How Fentanyl Affects Your Body and Your Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

August 16, 2018, Seattle Times: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 7,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017, Up more than 6,000 over the previous 12-month period.  The increase driven by a continued surge in deaths in... [Read More]

Life as a Motherless Daughter - Seattle Group

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“…Too soon, too sudden, the wrenching apart, that woman’s heartbeat heard ever after from a distance, the loss of that ground-note echoing whenever we are happy, or in despair.”  --from Transcendental Et... [Read More]

A Mantra for your short-fuse behavior:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“DEAR CAROLYN:   I get bent out of shape over petty stuff and I end up snapping at my sweetie.  I attribute it to the short-fuse personalities in my family, but, excuses, excuses.  Can you suggest a mantra... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

How Fentanyl Affects Your Body and Your Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

August 16, 2018, Seattle Times: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 7,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017, Up more than 6,000 over the previous 12-month period.  The increase driven by a continued surge in deaths in... [Read More]

Life as a Motherless Daughter - Seattle Group

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“…Too soon, too sudden, the wrenching apart, that woman’s heartbeat heard ever after from a distance, the loss of that ground-note echoing whenever we are happy, or in despair.”  --from Transcendental Et... [Read More]

A Mantra for your short-fuse behavior:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“DEAR CAROLYN:   I get bent out of shape over petty stuff and I end up snapping at my sweetie.  I attribute it to the short-fuse personalities in my family, but, excuses, excuses.  Can you suggest a mantra... [Read More]

Naturopathy & Naturopathic Medicine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Naturopathy is more than a system of healing; it is a philosophy and a way of life. Fundamentally, naturopathy honors the healing power of nature. One of the fathers of our western medical tradition was Hippocrates, a physician of 25... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

How Fentanyl Affects Your Body and Your Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

August 16, 2018, Seattle Times: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 7,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017, Up more than 6,000 over the previous 12-month period.  The increase driven by a continued surge in deaths in... [Read More]

Life as a Motherless Daughter - Seattle Group

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“…Too soon, too sudden, the wrenching apart, that woman’s heartbeat heard ever after from a distance, the loss of that ground-note echoing whenever we are happy, or in despair.”  --from Transcendental Et... [Read More]

A Mantra for your short-fuse behavior:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“DEAR CAROLYN:   I get bent out of shape over petty stuff and I end up snapping at my sweetie.  I attribute it to the short-fuse personalities in my family, but, excuses, excuses.  Can you suggest a mantra... [Read More]

Naturopathy & Naturopathic Medicine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Naturopathy is more than a system of healing; it is a philosophy and a way of life. Fundamentally, naturopathy honors the healing power of nature. One of the fathers of our western medical tradition was Hippocrates, a physician of 25... [Read More]

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffer... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

How Fentanyl Affects Your Body and Your Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

August 16, 2018, Seattle Times: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 7,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017, Up more than 6,000 over the previous 12-month period.  The increase driven by a continued surge in deaths in... [Read More]

Life as a Motherless Daughter - Seattle Group

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“…Too soon, too sudden, the wrenching apart, that woman’s heartbeat heard ever after from a distance, the loss of that ground-note echoing whenever we are happy, or in despair.”  --from Transcendental Et... [Read More]

A Mantra for your short-fuse behavior:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“DEAR CAROLYN:   I get bent out of shape over petty stuff and I end up snapping at my sweetie.  I attribute it to the short-fuse personalities in my family, but, excuses, excuses.  Can you suggest a mantra... [Read More]

Naturopathy & Naturopathic Medicine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Naturopathy is more than a system of healing; it is a philosophy and a way of life. Fundamentally, naturopathy honors the healing power of nature. One of the fathers of our western medical tradition was Hippocrates, a physician of 25... [Read More]

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffer... [Read More]

What is PTSD? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

You wake from a nightmare sweating or shaking or screaming. Startled by an unexpected sound or touch, you nearly jump out of your skin. You try to shut out feelings about that awful thing that happened to you. In hopes of avoiding memory... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

How Fentanyl Affects Your Body and Your Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

August 16, 2018, Seattle Times: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 7,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017, Up more than 6,000 over the previous 12-month period.  The increase driven by a continued surge in deaths in... [Read More]

Life as a Motherless Daughter - Seattle Group

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“…Too soon, too sudden, the wrenching apart, that woman’s heartbeat heard ever after from a distance, the loss of that ground-note echoing whenever we are happy, or in despair.”  --from Transcendental Et... [Read More]

A Mantra for your short-fuse behavior:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“DEAR CAROLYN:   I get bent out of shape over petty stuff and I end up snapping at my sweetie.  I attribute it to the short-fuse personalities in my family, but, excuses, excuses.  Can you suggest a mantra... [Read More]

Naturopathy & Naturopathic Medicine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Naturopathy is more than a system of healing; it is a philosophy and a way of life. Fundamentally, naturopathy honors the healing power of nature. One of the fathers of our western medical tradition was Hippocrates, a physician of 25... [Read More]

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffer... [Read More]

What is PTSD? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

You wake from a nightmare sweating or shaking or screaming. Startled by an unexpected sound or touch, you nearly jump out of your skin. You try to shut out feelings about that awful thing that happened to you. In hopes of avoiding memory... [Read More]

Premarital Counseling and Marriage Education Workshops

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Dear Future Newlyweds, Congratulations on your plans to marry. I have a question for you! How would you like to ensure that your marriage gets off on the right foot? What if I told you that you could get the tools you need to e... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

How Fentanyl Affects Your Body and Your Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

August 16, 2018, Seattle Times: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 7,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017, Up more than 6,000 over the previous 12-month period.  The increase driven by a continued surge in deaths in... [Read More]

Life as a Motherless Daughter - Seattle Group

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“…Too soon, too sudden, the wrenching apart, that woman’s heartbeat heard ever after from a distance, the loss of that ground-note echoing whenever we are happy, or in despair.”  --from Transcendental Et... [Read More]

A Mantra for your short-fuse behavior:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“DEAR CAROLYN:   I get bent out of shape over petty stuff and I end up snapping at my sweetie.  I attribute it to the short-fuse personalities in my family, but, excuses, excuses.  Can you suggest a mantra... [Read More]

Naturopathy & Naturopathic Medicine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Naturopathy is more than a system of healing; it is a philosophy and a way of life. Fundamentally, naturopathy honors the healing power of nature. One of the fathers of our western medical tradition was Hippocrates, a physician of 25... [Read More]

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffer... [Read More]

What is PTSD? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

You wake from a nightmare sweating or shaking or screaming. Startled by an unexpected sound or touch, you nearly jump out of your skin. You try to shut out feelings about that awful thing that happened to you. In hopes of avoiding memory... [Read More]

Premarital Counseling and Marriage Education Workshops

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Dear Future Newlyweds, Congratulations on your plans to marry. I have a question for you! How would you like to ensure that your marriage gets off on the right foot? What if I told you that you could get the tools you need to e... [Read More]

Risk Assessment Evaluation & Security: Risk Management in the Prevention of School Shootings:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

There have been many school shootings dating back to at least 1974. Usually the shootings involve a fourteen to seventeen-year old male who has access to a semi-automatic handgun. Several of the most recent school shootings include Colum... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

How Fentanyl Affects Your Body and Your Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

August 16, 2018, Seattle Times: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 7,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017, Up more than 6,000 over the previous 12-month period.  The increase driven by a continued surge in deaths in... [Read More]

Life as a Motherless Daughter - Seattle Group

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“…Too soon, too sudden, the wrenching apart, that woman’s heartbeat heard ever after from a distance, the loss of that ground-note echoing whenever we are happy, or in despair.”  --from Transcendental Et... [Read More]

A Mantra for your short-fuse behavior:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“DEAR CAROLYN:   I get bent out of shape over petty stuff and I end up snapping at my sweetie.  I attribute it to the short-fuse personalities in my family, but, excuses, excuses.  Can you suggest a mantra... [Read More]

Naturopathy & Naturopathic Medicine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Naturopathy is more than a system of healing; it is a philosophy and a way of life. Fundamentally, naturopathy honors the healing power of nature. One of the fathers of our western medical tradition was Hippocrates, a physician of 25... [Read More]

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffer... [Read More]

What is PTSD? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

You wake from a nightmare sweating or shaking or screaming. Startled by an unexpected sound or touch, you nearly jump out of your skin. You try to shut out feelings about that awful thing that happened to you. In hopes of avoiding memory... [Read More]

Premarital Counseling and Marriage Education Workshops

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Dear Future Newlyweds, Congratulations on your plans to marry. I have a question for you! How would you like to ensure that your marriage gets off on the right foot? What if I told you that you could get the tools you need to e... [Read More]

Risk Assessment Evaluation & Security: Risk Management in the Prevention of School Shootings:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

There have been many school shootings dating back to at least 1974. Usually the shootings involve a fourteen to seventeen-year old male who has access to a semi-automatic handgun. Several of the most recent school shootings include Colum... [Read More]

Sex Offender Treatment Providers in Washington State

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Sex offender treatment providers in WA are licensed by the WA Department of Health's Health Professions Quality Assurance Sex Offender Treatment Provider Program. Washington State Licensing Requirements for Sex Offender Trea... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

How Fentanyl Affects Your Body and Your Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

August 16, 2018, Seattle Times: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 7,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017, Up more than 6,000 over the previous 12-month period.  The increase driven by a continued surge in deaths in... [Read More]

Life as a Motherless Daughter - Seattle Group

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“…Too soon, too sudden, the wrenching apart, that woman’s heartbeat heard ever after from a distance, the loss of that ground-note echoing whenever we are happy, or in despair.”  --from Transcendental Et... [Read More]

A Mantra for your short-fuse behavior:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“DEAR CAROLYN:   I get bent out of shape over petty stuff and I end up snapping at my sweetie.  I attribute it to the short-fuse personalities in my family, but, excuses, excuses.  Can you suggest a mantra... [Read More]

Naturopathy & Naturopathic Medicine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Naturopathy is more than a system of healing; it is a philosophy and a way of life. Fundamentally, naturopathy honors the healing power of nature. One of the fathers of our western medical tradition was Hippocrates, a physician of 25... [Read More]

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffer... [Read More]

What is PTSD? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

You wake from a nightmare sweating or shaking or screaming. Startled by an unexpected sound or touch, you nearly jump out of your skin. You try to shut out feelings about that awful thing that happened to you. In hopes of avoiding memory... [Read More]

Premarital Counseling and Marriage Education Workshops

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Dear Future Newlyweds, Congratulations on your plans to marry. I have a question for you! How would you like to ensure that your marriage gets off on the right foot? What if I told you that you could get the tools you need to e... [Read More]

Risk Assessment Evaluation & Security: Risk Management in the Prevention of School Shootings:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

There have been many school shootings dating back to at least 1974. Usually the shootings involve a fourteen to seventeen-year old male who has access to a semi-automatic handgun. Several of the most recent school shootings include Colum... [Read More]

Sex Offender Treatment Providers in Washington State

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Sex offender treatment providers in WA are licensed by the WA Department of Health's Health Professions Quality Assurance Sex Offender Treatment Provider Program. Washington State Licensing Requirements for Sex Offender Trea... [Read More]

Lakewood officer who fatally shot driver in May was involved in 2013 shooting that led to record wrongful-death verdict

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 14, 2020 - Leave a comment

A Lakewood police officer who shot and killed a motorist during a traffic stop May 1 was also involved in the deadly shooting of a despondent Fife father in front of his 4-year-old son in 2013, resulting in a record $15 million wrongful-... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

How Fentanyl Affects Your Body and Your Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

August 16, 2018, Seattle Times: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 7,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017, Up more than 6,000 over the previous 12-month period.  The increase driven by a continued surge in deaths in... [Read More]

Life as a Motherless Daughter - Seattle Group

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“…Too soon, too sudden, the wrenching apart, that woman’s heartbeat heard ever after from a distance, the loss of that ground-note echoing whenever we are happy, or in despair.”  --from Transcendental Et... [Read More]

A Mantra for your short-fuse behavior:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“DEAR CAROLYN:   I get bent out of shape over petty stuff and I end up snapping at my sweetie.  I attribute it to the short-fuse personalities in my family, but, excuses, excuses.  Can you suggest a mantra... [Read More]

Naturopathy & Naturopathic Medicine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Naturopathy is more than a system of healing; it is a philosophy and a way of life. Fundamentally, naturopathy honors the healing power of nature. One of the fathers of our western medical tradition was Hippocrates, a physician of 25... [Read More]

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffer... [Read More]

What is PTSD? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

You wake from a nightmare sweating or shaking or screaming. Startled by an unexpected sound or touch, you nearly jump out of your skin. You try to shut out feelings about that awful thing that happened to you. In hopes of avoiding memory... [Read More]

Premarital Counseling and Marriage Education Workshops

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Dear Future Newlyweds, Congratulations on your plans to marry. I have a question for you! How would you like to ensure that your marriage gets off on the right foot? What if I told you that you could get the tools you need to e... [Read More]

Risk Assessment Evaluation & Security: Risk Management in the Prevention of School Shootings:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

There have been many school shootings dating back to at least 1974. Usually the shootings involve a fourteen to seventeen-year old male who has access to a semi-automatic handgun. Several of the most recent school shootings include Colum... [Read More]

Sex Offender Treatment Providers in Washington State

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Sex offender treatment providers in WA are licensed by the WA Department of Health's Health Professions Quality Assurance Sex Offender Treatment Provider Program. Washington State Licensing Requirements for Sex Offender Trea... [Read More]

Lakewood officer who fatally shot driver in May was involved in 2013 shooting that led to record wrongful-death verdict

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 14, 2020 - Leave a comment

A Lakewood police officer who shot and killed a motorist during a traffic stop May 1 was also involved in the deadly shooting of a despondent Fife father in front of his 4-year-old son in 2013, resulting in a record $15 million wrongful-... [Read More]

Percentage of Black residents in Seattle is at its lowest point in 50 years

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

For Seattle, the 2010s were transformative, and not just in terms of population growth. As the cost of living skyrocketed and gentrification spread across the city, many neighborhoods were fundamentally changed. These changes had imp... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

How Fentanyl Affects Your Body and Your Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

August 16, 2018, Seattle Times: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 7,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017, Up more than 6,000 over the previous 12-month period.  The increase driven by a continued surge in deaths in... [Read More]

Life as a Motherless Daughter - Seattle Group

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“…Too soon, too sudden, the wrenching apart, that woman’s heartbeat heard ever after from a distance, the loss of that ground-note echoing whenever we are happy, or in despair.”  --from Transcendental Et... [Read More]

A Mantra for your short-fuse behavior:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“DEAR CAROLYN:   I get bent out of shape over petty stuff and I end up snapping at my sweetie.  I attribute it to the short-fuse personalities in my family, but, excuses, excuses.  Can you suggest a mantra... [Read More]

Naturopathy & Naturopathic Medicine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Naturopathy is more than a system of healing; it is a philosophy and a way of life. Fundamentally, naturopathy honors the healing power of nature. One of the fathers of our western medical tradition was Hippocrates, a physician of 25... [Read More]

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffer... [Read More]

What is PTSD? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

You wake from a nightmare sweating or shaking or screaming. Startled by an unexpected sound or touch, you nearly jump out of your skin. You try to shut out feelings about that awful thing that happened to you. In hopes of avoiding memory... [Read More]

Premarital Counseling and Marriage Education Workshops

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Dear Future Newlyweds, Congratulations on your plans to marry. I have a question for you! How would you like to ensure that your marriage gets off on the right foot? What if I told you that you could get the tools you need to e... [Read More]

Risk Assessment Evaluation & Security: Risk Management in the Prevention of School Shootings:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

There have been many school shootings dating back to at least 1974. Usually the shootings involve a fourteen to seventeen-year old male who has access to a semi-automatic handgun. Several of the most recent school shootings include Colum... [Read More]

Sex Offender Treatment Providers in Washington State

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Sex offender treatment providers in WA are licensed by the WA Department of Health's Health Professions Quality Assurance Sex Offender Treatment Provider Program. Washington State Licensing Requirements for Sex Offender Trea... [Read More]

Lakewood officer who fatally shot driver in May was involved in 2013 shooting that led to record wrongful-death verdict

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 14, 2020 - Leave a comment

A Lakewood police officer who shot and killed a motorist during a traffic stop May 1 was also involved in the deadly shooting of a despondent Fife father in front of his 4-year-old son in 2013, resulting in a record $15 million wrongful-... [Read More]

Percentage of Black residents in Seattle is at its lowest point in 50 years

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

For Seattle, the 2010s were transformative, and not just in terms of population growth. As the cost of living skyrocketed and gentrification spread across the city, many neighborhoods were fundamentally changed. These changes had imp... [Read More]

Tucson police in turmoil after death of Latino man

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The police chief of Tucson, Arizona, abruptly offered to resign on Wednesday while releasing a video in which a 27-year-old Latino man, Carlos Ingram Lopez, died in police custody two months ago. The video, taken by police officers&r... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

How Fentanyl Affects Your Body and Your Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

August 16, 2018, Seattle Times: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 7,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017, Up more than 6,000 over the previous 12-month period.  The increase driven by a continued surge in deaths in... [Read More]

Life as a Motherless Daughter - Seattle Group

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“…Too soon, too sudden, the wrenching apart, that woman’s heartbeat heard ever after from a distance, the loss of that ground-note echoing whenever we are happy, or in despair.”  --from Transcendental Et... [Read More]

A Mantra for your short-fuse behavior:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“DEAR CAROLYN:   I get bent out of shape over petty stuff and I end up snapping at my sweetie.  I attribute it to the short-fuse personalities in my family, but, excuses, excuses.  Can you suggest a mantra... [Read More]

Naturopathy & Naturopathic Medicine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Naturopathy is more than a system of healing; it is a philosophy and a way of life. Fundamentally, naturopathy honors the healing power of nature. One of the fathers of our western medical tradition was Hippocrates, a physician of 25... [Read More]

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffer... [Read More]

What is PTSD? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

You wake from a nightmare sweating or shaking or screaming. Startled by an unexpected sound or touch, you nearly jump out of your skin. You try to shut out feelings about that awful thing that happened to you. In hopes of avoiding memory... [Read More]

Premarital Counseling and Marriage Education Workshops

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Dear Future Newlyweds, Congratulations on your plans to marry. I have a question for you! How would you like to ensure that your marriage gets off on the right foot? What if I told you that you could get the tools you need to e... [Read More]

Risk Assessment Evaluation & Security: Risk Management in the Prevention of School Shootings:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

There have been many school shootings dating back to at least 1974. Usually the shootings involve a fourteen to seventeen-year old male who has access to a semi-automatic handgun. Several of the most recent school shootings include Colum... [Read More]

Sex Offender Treatment Providers in Washington State

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Sex offender treatment providers in WA are licensed by the WA Department of Health's Health Professions Quality Assurance Sex Offender Treatment Provider Program. Washington State Licensing Requirements for Sex Offender Trea... [Read More]

Lakewood officer who fatally shot driver in May was involved in 2013 shooting that led to record wrongful-death verdict

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 14, 2020 - Leave a comment

A Lakewood police officer who shot and killed a motorist during a traffic stop May 1 was also involved in the deadly shooting of a despondent Fife father in front of his 4-year-old son in 2013, resulting in a record $15 million wrongful-... [Read More]

Percentage of Black residents in Seattle is at its lowest point in 50 years

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

For Seattle, the 2010s were transformative, and not just in terms of population growth. As the cost of living skyrocketed and gentrification spread across the city, many neighborhoods were fundamentally changed. These changes had imp... [Read More]

Tucson police in turmoil after death of Latino man

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The police chief of Tucson, Arizona, abruptly offered to resign on Wednesday while releasing a video in which a 27-year-old Latino man, Carlos Ingram Lopez, died in police custody two months ago. The video, taken by police officers&r... [Read More]

I do not want any help from your kind

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

Throughout my medical training, there were situations of patient’s refusing treatment based on the color of my skin, even in emergencies. One night, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the buzzing of the pager on my scrub top collar... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]

Cocaine's Effect on the Body and the Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 16, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a cocaine abuser and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide information for a more general audience... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

Complex Trauma

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Complex Trauma By Dr. Felicia Mueller, Psychotherapist Complex trauma or Disorder of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) refers to a condition resulting from exposure to multiple traumas or from ex... [Read More]

What is Domestic Violence?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

What is the Crime of Domestic Violence in Washington State?   Definitions (C)  (3) "Domestic violence" means: (a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent... [Read More]

Drunk Driving and DUI:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Alcohol/Drug Treatment in Jail Now retired after seventeen years of chemical dependency counseling for Seattle King County Public Health, I approach the topic of drunk driving from the perspective of my work with inmates who hav... [Read More]

Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia has stoked a national uproar over race relations. No arrests were made for two months until video of the shooting surfaced. 3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery... [Read More]

What Would an Ethical Counselor Do?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

We all believe we are ethical. However, in 1985, I graduated with a masters degree in counseling without ever taking a class in the ethics of counseling. I went out in the world to work as a counselor in supervised agency settings. The p... [Read More]

Transsexual Anti-Conversion Campaign:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Generally the term, “conversion therapy” is short hand for Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their... [Read More]

Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

Forensic psychology is a clinical psychology specialty which intertwines the law with two types of professional services: (1) psychological evaluation and assessment to assist the defense or prosecution of criminal cases or civil co... [Read More]

How Fentanyl Affects Your Body and Your Brain

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

August 16, 2018, Seattle Times: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 7,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017, Up more than 6,000 over the previous 12-month period.  The increase driven by a continued surge in deaths in... [Read More]

Life as a Motherless Daughter - Seattle Group

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“…Too soon, too sudden, the wrenching apart, that woman’s heartbeat heard ever after from a distance, the loss of that ground-note echoing whenever we are happy, or in despair.”  --from Transcendental Et... [Read More]

A Mantra for your short-fuse behavior:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

“DEAR CAROLYN:   I get bent out of shape over petty stuff and I end up snapping at my sweetie.  I attribute it to the short-fuse personalities in my family, but, excuses, excuses.  Can you suggest a mantra... [Read More]

Naturopathy & Naturopathic Medicine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Naturopathy is more than a system of healing; it is a philosophy and a way of life. Fundamentally, naturopathy honors the healing power of nature. One of the fathers of our western medical tradition was Hippocrates, a physician of 25... [Read More]

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffer... [Read More]

What is PTSD? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

You wake from a nightmare sweating or shaking or screaming. Startled by an unexpected sound or touch, you nearly jump out of your skin. You try to shut out feelings about that awful thing that happened to you. In hopes of avoiding memory... [Read More]

Premarital Counseling and Marriage Education Workshops

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Dear Future Newlyweds, Congratulations on your plans to marry. I have a question for you! How would you like to ensure that your marriage gets off on the right foot? What if I told you that you could get the tools you need to e... [Read More]

Risk Assessment Evaluation & Security: Risk Management in the Prevention of School Shootings:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

There have been many school shootings dating back to at least 1974. Usually the shootings involve a fourteen to seventeen-year old male who has access to a semi-automatic handgun. Several of the most recent school shootings include Colum... [Read More]

Sex Offender Treatment Providers in Washington State

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Sex offender treatment providers in WA are licensed by the WA Department of Health's Health Professions Quality Assurance Sex Offender Treatment Provider Program. Washington State Licensing Requirements for Sex Offender Trea... [Read More]

Lakewood officer who fatally shot driver in May was involved in 2013 shooting that led to record wrongful-death verdict

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 14, 2020 - Leave a comment

A Lakewood police officer who shot and killed a motorist during a traffic stop May 1 was also involved in the deadly shooting of a despondent Fife father in front of his 4-year-old son in 2013, resulting in a record $15 million wrongful-... [Read More]

Percentage of Black residents in Seattle is at its lowest point in 50 years

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

For Seattle, the 2010s were transformative, and not just in terms of population growth. As the cost of living skyrocketed and gentrification spread across the city, many neighborhoods were fundamentally changed. These changes had imp... [Read More]

Tucson police in turmoil after death of Latino man

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

The police chief of Tucson, Arizona, abruptly offered to resign on Wednesday while releasing a video in which a 27-year-old Latino man, Carlos Ingram Lopez, died in police custody two months ago. The video, taken by police officers&r... [Read More]

I do not want any help from your kind

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

Throughout my medical training, there were situations of patient’s refusing treatment based on the color of my skin, even in emergencies. One night, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the buzzing of the pager on my scrub top collar... [Read More]

A monstrous breach of the First Amendment

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 15, 2020 - Leave a comment

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the G... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Methamphetamine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Methamphetamine Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health “Speed”, “meth”, “chalk”, “crystal”, “ice... [Read More]

OKAY

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 31, 2016 - Leave a comment

Parents want their kids to be okay - as in my twenty-two year old son is biking across country this summer and I want him to be okay. Okay as in when my daughter was two and was hospitalized with a treatment-resistant infection and I wan... [Read More]

Eating Disorders for the Curious

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 15, 2017 - Leave a comment

Several years ago I worked at Swedish/Ballard Medical Center on the Eating Disorders unit.  It was a 10 bed psychiatric unit mostly occupied by women struggling with life threatening illness of anorexia and bulimia.  It often f... [Read More]

What does the phrase, Law and Order mean to you?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 28, 2020 - Leave a comment

You may not have consciously considered this before, but to me, “Law and Order” means, people will know the law and obey it so we are safe as possible from conflict with our fellow human beings and further-- we are all equall... [Read More]

The Art of Listening: Clients Want to be Heard

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on July 19, 2016 - Leave a comment

Before session, before settling into my slate gray upholstered arm chair, before opening my door and greeting my client, I engage in mindfulness practices that lay the foundation for listening. The kind of holistic listening that involve... [Read More]

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

ADD Adults and Executive Function In Everyday Life: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment    Research on Adult ADD [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] is increasingly stressing "impairment of executive function&qu... [Read More]

Minding Your Children's Digital Diet

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on November 01, 2016 - Leave a comment

The front page headline of The Seattle Times from October 21, 2016 read, “New Guidelines tell parents: Mind your kid’s digital diet.”  The article quotes findings and suggestions put out by the American Academy of... [Read More]

Affairs: Boundaries and Respect?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on January 02, 2017 - Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about affairs lately, seeing how devastating and destructive they are to a marriage and wondering why they happen.  I consider myself knowledgeable about some subjects like eating disorders, anxiety, depress... [Read More]

When your friend is using cocaine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 29, 2020 - Leave a comment

Note to the reader: This section begins with a letter from a friend who is concerned about abusing cocaine and is looking for help. In writing my response, I am trying to assist the individual and, at the same time, provide informat... [Read More]

Obtaining New Counseling Clients

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on October 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

Obtaining New Counseling Clients 11 Mistakes to Avoid! I've heard that many new counselors would appreciate direction or feedback on the kinds of mistakes made by counselors that affect their ability to find new clients. &nbs... [Read More]

Opinion: The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on March 22, 2021 - Leave a comment

A new documentary film following the courageous journalists behind India’s only all-female-run news organization provides an essential portrait of the fight for press freedom — and illustrates the lengths to which some r... [Read More]

Therapy During a Pandemic

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on August 03, 2020 - Leave a comment

Webmaster comment:  A few weeks ago, I had trouble sleeping.   With the stay-at-home orders from governors and the president, and the social-distancing movement saying to stay 6 feet apart, to avoid transmitting the virus,... [Read More]

Who is Most Qualified to Treat Sexual Problems?

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 08, 2017 - Leave a comment

Sexual issues are addressed by a variety of therapists, but the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)  certified sex therapists and counselors are the most qualified to effectively treat sexu... [Read More]

From Drug Addict & Alcoholic to Entrepreneur:

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on September 27, 2018 - Leave a comment

The first-ever AA meeting I went to was in prison, and I didn’t speak. I didn’t stand up, didn’t say my name, and certainly didn’t tell my story. I did one thing though - I listened. I listened to other inmates te... [Read More]

The AMA calls for an immediate ban

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine. It’s simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA&rs... [Read More]

Survey shows boom in marijuana vaping among school kids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on June 23, 2020 - Leave a comment

[Reported here as a public service to worried parents.] Teenager VapingAbout 1 out of 5 high school students in the U.S. say they vaped marijuana in the past year, and its popularity has been booming faster than nicotine vaping, acco... [Read More]

U.S. Pandemic--who should live, who should die?--epidemiologists vs economists

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 05, 2020 - Leave a comment

Of two minds—Who should live and who should die? “The real reason epidemiologists and economists keep arguing”              Opinion, April 2, 2020 By Noah Feldman, Syndicate... [Read More]

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

EMDR, the acronym or abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is used to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, originally using only movements... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Nicotine

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 26, 2020 - Leave a comment

Nicotine -- cigarettes, snuff (chewing tobacco) -- sure it's legal but... For centuries, people have chewed and smoked tobacco, which comes from the plant nicotiana tabacum. The reason tobacco is used by so many people is be... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Opiates

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Mind Over Matter Opiates Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health If you've ever seen "The Wizard of Oz," then you've seen the poppy plant -- the source of a type of drug... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hallucinogens --LSD (acid), MDMA (an amphetamine called ecstasy), PCP (often called angel dust), and Diviners Mint. Adapted from: Mind Over Matter Hallucinogens Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National In... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Inhalants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Hair spray, gasoline, spray paint, butane gas, and others (huffer, huffing, sniffing)" Adapted from the Mind Over Matter Inhalant Series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Steroids

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Steroids --anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as... [Read More]

The Brain's Response to Stimulants

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Stimulants --caffeine, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphtamine (crank). Mind Over Matter Stimulants Series National Institute on Drug Abuse · National Institutes of Health Have you eaten any chocolate... [Read More]

Childhood ADHD

Posted by: Lisa Pastore on May 27, 2020 - Leave a comment

Childhood ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: the viewpoint of the naturopathic practitioner By Michael Byrne, N.D. It is important that children are successful in both learning new skills and in getting a... [Read More]