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Diagnosing & Treating Perinatal Mental Disorders

David Martin

This FREE WORKSHOP offered by Mental Health America of Greater Houston and Family Services of Greater Houston is designed for mental health professionals, including LPC/LPC-I, LMFT/LMFT-A, & LCSW/LMSW.

In exchange for FREE training and CEUs, participants will be asked to contribute twelve (12) hours of pro bono counseling services to mothers with perinatal mental health issues in MHA’s Pro Bono Counseling Program.

Location: United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, Texas 77007

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Registration at 8:30 AM)

Free CEUs are available for LPCs, LMFTs and social workers.

To register, please e-mail


If you are unable to attend, but would like more information about MHA’s Pro Bono Counseling Program, please contact Debbie de la Riva at 713-523-8963 x235 or

Houston/Harris County Post 9/11 - Veterans’ Behavioral Health Training

David Martin

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Registration begins at 12:30 PM)


This FREE WORKSHOP offered by Mental Health America of Greater Houston and Family Services of Greater Houston is designed for mental health professionals, including LPC/LPC-I, LMFT/LMFT-A, & LCSW/LMSW.  In exchange for FREE training and CEUs, participants will be asked to contribute twelve (12) hours of pro bono counseling services to veterans with behavioral health concerns or their family members in MHA’s Pro Bono Counseling Program.


United Way of Greater Houston

50 Waugh Drive

Houston, Texas 77007


Free CEUs are available for LPCs, LMFTs and social workers.


To register, please e-mail




If you are unable to attend, but would like more information about MHA’s Pro Bono Counseling Program, please contact Debbie de la Riva at 713-523-8963 x235 or

Parenting Your Teen in 2012 - What Every Parent of a Teen Should Know

David Martin

Memorial Hermann Prevention & Recovery Center

3043 Gessner, Houston Tx 77080

Alumni Center, 2nd Floor

RSVP to Ann Walker 713-329-7370 or

Teenagers today face many choices and pressures that can create unique challenges for you, your teen and your family. You want to get through these challenges successfully, but what exactly should you do and where do you start? How can you help your teen successfully navigate this special but sometimes difficult phase of his or her life?

Memorial Hermann Prevention & Recovery Center (PaRC) is committed to assisting teens and their families on the path to wellness and recovery. Our free educational series, Parenting Your Teen in 2012, teaches you more about the choices, challenges and pressures your teen faces everyday and equips you with the tools and knowledge you and your family need to make it through the teen years intact!

Free Seminars for Parents

Oct 3, 2012

6:30p – 8:30p

Teen Coping Skills

Presenter: Dr. Ehrin Weiss, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist

Houston Family Psychology


Presenter: Dr. Vaughn Bryant, Ph.D, LMFT, LPC-S, LCDC

Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center


Learn about unhealthy coping mechanisms and positive interventions that can be used against daily pressures. In addition, understand when to intervene and seek help for your adolescent.


Nov 7, 2012

6:30p – 8:30p



Beating the Holiday Blues: Surviving Your Teen’s Challenges

Presenter: Ernest Patterson, LCDC, Manager of Adolescent Programs

Presenter: George Youngblood, LCDC, CEO of Teen & Family Services


Learn to build rapport and dialogue with your teen, developing and understanding boundaries, as well as strategies for restoring relationships. In addition, ideas will be shared for bringing joy in the mist of challenges. 



Dec 5, 2012

6:30p – 8:30p


Trends for Teens in 2012

Presenter: Jane Barnes, MBA, LCDC

Presenter: Helena Washington, MRC, LCDC, ICADC


Hear about how drugs have changed over the decades, identify popular street and prescription drugs abused today and the signs/symptoms of drug use, and learn “boundary” setting and the use of role modeling.


2012 Foster/Adoptive Family Camp

David Martin

What: 2012 Foster/Adoptive Family Camp

When:  Six online session modules starting NOW!

                Practice Sessions for Parents: October 10 & 17  (childcare provided)

                Camp Day for Family: October 20 (10:00  A.M. – 4:00 P.M.)

Where: Houston’s First Baptist Church

Cost: $150 per family (if you are attending the camp in preparation for fostering or adopting, you may do online seminars only - $100).

All participants will receive a notebook to aid in going through online seminars.

These seminars have been used to train caretakers and professionals serving orphanages in other countries with great results.

All based on Karyn Purvis principles, but filled with practical applications to use in day to day care of your child.

Space for 24 families attending October 20th family camp.

More Information/Registration:

Contact for Questions: or

FPR Soccer Coaches Wanted

David Martin

FamilyPoint Resources is looking for coaches and assistant coaches for the soccer teams we enter into SBMSA this fall.  The season starts in early September and ends in mid-November.  Most teams have one or two games or practices each week and another game or practice every Saturday.  We are primarily looking for coaches for 5-6 year old boys, 7-8 girls, 7-8 boys, and 9-10 boys.  Coaches with children are always welcome to have their kids play on the team.  We will also be offering a Free Skills Clinic every Friday evening from September 7-Ocotber 26.  The clinic will be led by Juan Carlos Ruiz (a FIFA certified soccer trainer, and World Cup veteran), and can serve as a practice for teams as well.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jason Roberts here.

Deathbed Visions and Professional Practice

David Martin

This is a guest post by Martha Atkins.  Get in touch with her today if you meet the criteria explained at the bottom of this post.

My client’s son died, a little boy who had lived with a brain tumor for most of his four years. 

His mama told the story of his last moments, how her husband leaned in close to hear the words their son was speaking. 

“The train is here. I have to go now.” Then he was gone.

Because of this story and others, I’ve been studying about deathbed experiences for the last several years. Many of my clients have witnessed them and while I talk about DBVs freely with them, I didn’t consider researching more until I watched and listened to my mother as she was dying. 

Mom was in her last few days of life when she began to see her people - her mother and dad, grandparents, a favorite aunt and uncle. They came to greet her en-mass one afternoon, walking along a dirt road she’d known in childhood. 

My oldest brother, who had died 12 years before, was not in the group. I had dreamt about Jim. I saw him sitting in a chair in the room with Mom, reading a book and waiting for her. I phoned my brother, John the next day to share the dream. He had a similar one. 

I asked Mom about Jim. Had she seen him? Mom smiled. “Oh, he’s been here awhile.” 

In her last hours, Mom was reaching towards something no one else could see. She grimaced and mumbled words we couldn’t understand. 

Some say these reactions are simply physiological responses related to the brain being deprived of oxygen. Or part of the disease process. Or make believe. There’s no way to prove this one way or another. However, the anecdotal accounts are vast and show that many, many people report the phenomenon and find them comforting.

This is true for me and my family. We couldn’t go with her but she wasn’t alone. This settled into us and brought relief. 

I’m so intrigued by the topic that I’m researching it for my doctorate. I’m particularly interested in how professional counselors make sense of these experiences as this has implications for professional practice. 

Have you talked to/asked your clients about deathbed experiences in your counseling practice? If so, I’d love it if you’d make a comment and share your experiences - or maybe you would like to participate in my research. 

Here’s the criteria: 

  2. You have been with a dying person in the last five years in either a personal or professional capacity
  3. You witnessed the dying person having deathbed experiences 

I’m conducting research through September 15th. If you meet the criteria, I’d love to talk with you. 

I have one more request. Would you please forward this blogpost/criteria to your professional networks? I sure would appreciate it. 

David, thanks for allowing me to post here. 

Be well.

Martha J. Atkins, MA, LPC

Master Certified Coach
Licensed Professional Counselor
phone/text (210) 385 - 8144

We're Doing It Again: the SECOND Mental Health networking meeting. [KATY]

David Martin

We're doing it again, the SECOND networking meeting.

It's almost free and it's fun. Thanks for leading the way and for connecting over work that needs doing...

The feedback we've gotten from our first event has been just amazing. I think you'll find extraordinary support and some very cool people as well.

A non-commercial chance to connect with other members of the Mental Health community in Katy.

Kris Kerlin, LPC-S and David Bueno Martin, LPC are co-hosting the SECOND mental health networking luncheon in Katy, Texas. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $10 and space is limited to the first 45 registrants. To reserve your place at this event please RSVP by contacting Kris Kerlin at 713-471-9977 or e-mail David Bueno Martin:

Friday, October 5, 2012

11:30am until 1:00pm

The Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union

25525 Katy Mills Parkway

Katy, TX 77494

281-391-2149 (phone number to the location).



David Martin

Find other mental health folks. Form teams, solve problems. Hire. Be hired. Dream big. Make promises and keep them. Talk about Katy. Talk about helping others. Invite your friends. Reinvigorate yourself. Invigorate someone else. Discover how small the world is. Remind yourself how big the world is. This meeting is for counselors, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. 

Kris Kerlin, LPC-S and David Bueno Martin, LPC are co-hosting the mental health networking luncheon in Katy, Texas. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $10 and space is limited to the first 45 registrants. To reserve your place at this event please RSVP by July 27, 2012 by contacting Kris Kerlin at 713-471-9977 or e-mail David Bueno Martin:


David Martin

This is a guest post by Patti Hatton.  She is a counselor in private practice. You can learn more about Patti here and follow her on Twitter.

Full! My gas meter registers full and that means I can drive around for days without having to think of whether I should stop now or later at the dreaded gas station.  I don’t enjoy pumping gas.  The hand pump is nasty and it makes my hands smell, the weather either makes me sweat or the wind messes up my hair. And I worry some stranger is going to try to grab my purse from the front seat, hand me a business card laced with a dangerous drug, and the list goes on.  I just don’t like it.

I wrestle between doing what I dislike, and further postponing the inevitable by trying to outsmart the low-fuel warning light.  The pressure on my decision-making heats up when the low-fuel warning light turns red and I start calculating the number of miles to my destination versus the number of miles I have in fuel.  Is there a gas station on my route or can I make it home and still have enough gas to do this dreaded task first thing in the morning?

How much emotional energy have I wasted in years of wrestling with this inanimate object?  Of course, the real battle is not between the car and me. The battle is within me - I put off the things I don’t want to do for as long as possible, stopping for gas, cleaning my messy desk (that I will organize soon), going to the gym to workout (that can wait another day), picking up the clothes at the dry cleaners, etc.

There is an antidote to this procrastination: devise a plan and decide in advance how you will handle those specific tasks that you tend to put off until the unknown later.  Setting a goal or establishing a plan orders your time and energy and creates a structure to get a job accomplished.  This is a process that once learned can apply to almost any situation, and the great news is - it works!

Imagine you have piles of papers on your desk that you want to go through and organize.  The thought of tackling the project all at once is overwhelming and there is not enough time to start and finish the project in one sitting, so you put it off until later.  The antidote:  determine a time of day that you will schedule a 30-minute period to only organize your desk.  You could choose Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. before your favorite TV show to work on clearing off your desk, doing only what you can accomplish in that time period. This small, specific and measurable goal is something that is easily accomplished and leaves plenty of time to focus on other more enjoyable projects.  Scheduling a specific time during the week to accomplish the tasks that you tend to put off until later is a great way to manage your time and get the job done.

But what about putting gas in the car?  Well, I decided to follow my own advice; I devised a plan that helps me avoid that danger zone where my emotions intensify over the low-fuel warning light.  Now, when the gas meter reaches 80% empty, the plan beats my dysfunctional system; I either stop for gas just before driving home, or allow time for it as the first task the next morning.  Those are my two choices, no exceptions.  When I take action and refill my tank before the low-fuel warning light comes on, I feel on top of my game and in control.  The gas meter registers full, which lifts my mood every time and I don’t have to deal with that internal struggle (or worry about wrestling with my SUV over who is the boss).  Not only am I the boss of my car, I am the boss over my time.

Rather than let my procrastination drive me nuts, I choose to create structure through setting small, specific and achievable goals. Then my time and energy are ordered and I get a boost of self-esteem.

MHA Annual Meeting 2012 in Houston, TX

David Martin


RSVP by Monday, June 18th with Melissa Mitchell:
713-523-8963 x 246 or

Mental Health America
of Greater Houston
2211 Norfolk, Suite 810
Houston, TX 77098

Join us at the Annual Meeting to:

• recognize vounteer professionals in the MHA Pro Bono Counselors
• hear about the Mental Health Court from Judge Krocker
• recognize retiring board chair, William L. McClain and other retiring board of directors members
• meet the new board chair and new board of directors members
• network with MHA members, board, staff and friends
• learn more about MHA programs and initiatives

Kids Camp at The Council

David Martin

You’re Invited to the Kids Camp at The Council Open House

Meet Kids Camp counselors!


Come enjoy light refreshments, games, and tour the facility!

Wednesday, May 30th 6-7:30 pm

303 Jackson Hill, Houston, TX 77007

Parents, Kids, Professionals and Anyone interested in Kids Camp are welcome!

Do you have a story to tell?

David Martin

Are you a blogger? Would you like to publish your blog on E-mail me at


Your post must be on one of three topics:

  • Counseling
  • Career Coaching
  • Social Media

Your post cannot be an advertisement for your product or the equivalent of a sponsored post. 


  1. Your post must be original and not previously published either on the Web or in print.
  2. You agree not to publish it anywhere else. 
  3. You may provide up to three byline links: one for your blog or Web site, one for your bio or About page, and one for your Twitter username (optional).
  4. Your post should be at least 300 words long and no more than 800 words.


David Martin

This is a guest post by Kim Peterson from Kim's Counseling Corner.

As a Registered Play Therapist, I get a lot of questions about play therapy, from both clinicians and the public. Below are the top 5 common questions asked about this ever-growing trend in counseling with our youngest population.

1. What is play therapy?

Play therapy is a therapeutic approach to counseling, specifically aimed at helping children with emotional, social, and behavioral problems. Play therapists use a child’s natural means of communication, play, to foster a safe and accepting environment for the child to heal and grow. Toys in a play room are carefully selected to allow the child opportunity for creativity and imagination, mastery of skills, nurturing, and real life processing through play.

2. What would a play therapy session look like?

I like to describe a play therapy session by using an analogy of adult therapy. When most people think of an adult getting counseling, they imagine someone sitting on a couch, talking to a therapist. The therapist may point out patterns in their life, help reframe certain ideas, reflect feelings, and even teach the client therapeutic techniques for their symptoms. The client feels they have a safe place to express themself, talk about intimate details of their life, and process events that have, or are currently, happening in their life.

When a child comes to play therapy, it is very much the same. Sometimes the child uses words and other times they use play or art to communicate and express thoughts and emotions. Similar to working with adults, the play therapist will reflect the child’s feelings, point out patterns, likes, and dislikes they notice. They may also teach the child techniques to help them identify feelings, cope with their anger, or socialize at school. And most importantly, the play room is set up to be a safe place for the child to express themself and process various things in their life. And as in adult therapy, a safe and accepting therapeutic relationship is key to the client’s success in therapy.

3. Who can be helped by play therapy?

Play therapy is intended to help children with a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral problems. These include adjustment to trauma or major life changes, hyperactivity and attention disorders, anxiety, depression, behavior problems, and social skills.  The techniques in therapy will vary, depending on the age of the child, so often there is no age limitation for those who can benefit from play therapy.

4. How long will my child need to be in therapy?

The length of therapy varies for every child and there is really no way to judge how long the process will take. Many factors can play a role in how long an individual will require therapy or benefit from therapy. These include willingness to participate in the therapeutic process, consistency with attendance, past and current environmental factors, support systems in place, and the nature and duration of the symptoms.

5. What qualities should I look for in a child therapist?


Your therapist should be knowledgeable in child development, as well as in the problems and concerns you present. Specialized training in working with children, such as a certification in play therapy, is also important. Children are a very special population and require a treatment approach geared towards their developmental level.

Loves Children:

This sounds obvious, but it is too important not to include. A therapist who claims to work with children should love children! Trust me when I say that your child will know if their therapist is not enthusiastic about them or their play.

Parent Involvement:

Your child’s therapist should show a willingness to communicate with you regularly. This communication can include feedback from the child’s treatment, parenting techniques, and suggestions for helping the child outside of the session. Parents should also feel open to asking the therapist questions and sharing regular updates on how things are going at home and at school.

Coordinates Care with Other Professionals:

Children who attend school or daycare are likely exhibiting their behaviors in the classroom. In fact, many parents seek counseling because their teachers have expressed concerns and want help as well. It may also be important to communicate with your child’s pediatrician, especially if medication is involved. A willingness to collaborate with your child’s teachers, doctor, or other providers can further foster their success outside of the play room.

Establishes Good Rapport:

Just like any other relationship, you will connect with some therapists and not with others. Especially in a field when you are entrusting this professional with intimate details of yourself and your life, you want someone you are comfortable with and trust. Your child will feel the same in their sessions so be sure they enjoy being with that individual.

As a Registered Play Therapist, I believe in the power of play to foster a child’s growth and healing. I have witnessed the benefits and encourage parents to seek out a play therapist if their child is struggling. For more information on this and similar topics, please visit!


David Martin



REID Counseling Group has single office available.
Space is 10’x11’ opening to hallway. Shares bathroom and waiting area with 2 other offices. Single entrance. Small sink/kitchen area included. Will need furnishing. Usage 7 days a week (Lessee will likely share space
with 2nd therapist) HV/AC included.
Call for more info and pricing options:
Dan Johnson @ 713-410-7702