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A Counseling skills Primer
The Pensiero Press 2017
Number of Pages: 119

Balanced Epiphany Harnessing the Inner You: Chakras

Nina Spadaro, Tiffany Rush-Wilson, and Rives Thornton virtually bring counseling skills to life in this multi-media e-book. Integrating straight-forward written descriptions with clear video demonstrations of each skill greatly enhances the learning experience of the reader. The authors explain and demonstrate microskills, which are the building blocks of the helping professions and the core of all therapeutic relationships. In addition, the concept of mesoskills is introduced for the first time – a concept that incorporates how to assemble the microskills together to effectively conduct the different stages of the therapeutic relationship, from the initial meeting of clients to their final sessions. The mesoskills are artfully described as well as demonstrated on video for the reader to fully understand these crucial concepts that have so much positive impact in the counseling relationship. This book is essential for all individuals who want to be effective as a helping professional and is applicable with any theoretical orientation.


Nina Ida Marie SpadaroNina is a licensed psychologist and has been an innovative counselor-educator at West Virginia University and Walden University.  She uses the Impact Therapy approach in her counseling and her teaching, incorporating multisensory and creative techniques in all her work, including yoga and martial arts.  She and her husband, Rives Thornton, offer counseling and training in counseling at their retreat in Bellingham, Washington.

Tiffany Rush WilsonTiffany is a licensed mental health counselor and licensed psychologist. She is also a Canadian Certified Counselor who lives both in Ontario and Ohio. Working in both university and clinical settings, her work focuses on the development of clinical counseling skills, feminist and multicultural aspects of eating disorders, identity and client empowerment. She is also interested in how people use metaphor and multilingualism in self-expression.

Rives Whittle ThorntonRives is a licensed mental health counselor in Bellingham, WA.  He and his wife, Nina, have created Impact Education & Therapy, a holistic counseling and education service.  Rives enjoys incorporating compassion, humor, creativity, and diverse experiences in his counseling and teaching that encourages integration of mind, body, emotions, and spirit.