December 31, 2016

217 Words To Start 2017

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding” – Proverbs 3:13

Last year I encouraged us to consider the word “Lovingkindness.”  This year, I’d like to suggest the word Understanding, and the benefit of delivering this experience to others.

Although I’m a big proponent of the regular practice of any of the “super values” (Love, Patience, Humility, Kindness, etc.), I think we’ll need to experience a lot of Understanding in 2017 and I dare say well into the following decade!

Understanding has its roots in the Greek word Syneimi, which is a compound word that means Together” + “to put.”

First, “Together” implies your engagement in a process with each other, to hear, perceive and deeply comprehend whatever life issue you are both discussing, struggling through or working on.

The word picture connected to the second part of this word is a puzzle, because the two of you are literally collaborating and assembling the things you learned about each other into a picture, which implies you have pondered, see and “get” what the other person is wanting you to comprehend and understand.

Practically, in 2017, I think we’ll need to have a lot of conversations with others who have diverse wants, needs and viewpoints that we’ll need to take in, ponder, reflect upon and work out with others so we all feel understood. May God Bless your efforts!

TeleHealth/Video counseling sessions are available for those who prefer to meet online – Dr. McGill

Businesswoman presses button psychological counseling online on virtual screens. technology, internet and networking concept.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

About Dr Ken McGill

Dr. Ken McGill is an ordained minister and has been involved in counseling for more than 25 years. Dr. McGill holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University), a Certificate of Completion in the Alcohol and Drug Studies/Counseling Program from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. McGill received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in May, 2003. Dr. McGill's dissertation focused on the development of an integrated treatment program for the sexually addicted homeless population, and Ken was "personally mentored" by dissertation committee member Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sex addiction work. Dr. McGill authored a chapter in the text The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, with his chapter addressing the homeless and sex addiction. Dr. McGill is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of Texas and California and Mississippi, and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictive Professionals (IITAP). Dr. McGill had a private practice in Glendora, CA (Aspen Counseling Center), Inglewood, CA (Faithful Central Bible Church), and Hattiesburg, MS (River of Life Church), specializing in the following areas with individuals, couples, families, groups and psychoeducational training: addictions and recovery, pre-marital, marital and family counseling, issues related to traumatization and abuse, as well as depression, grief, loss, anger management and men's and women's issues. Dr. McGill also provided psychotherapeutic treatment with Student-Athletes on the University of Southern Mississippi Football and Men's Basketball teams. Dr. McGill served as the Director of the Gentle Path Program, which is a seven-week residential program, for people who are challenged with sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and relationship issues. Dr. McGill also supervised Doctoral students in the Southern Mississippi Psychology Internship Consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McGill was inducted into the Azusa Pacific University Academic Hall of Honor, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, in October, 2010. Dr. McGill currently works as a Private practice clinician with an office in Plano, Texas, providing treatment with people who are challenged in the areas mentioned above.