The Space Between Stimulus and Response

Reflections on addictions counseling and creating change



I’m Meg Davis, a first-time blogger, student, and mental health counselor in training. I work for a community mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment agency. Through this blog, I hope to connect with all of you. I’ll also be sharing reflections as we move through the topics of Addictions Counseling I. I’m especially interested in learning about these topics as they relate supporting others as they create change in their lives. I’m also interested in these topics in relation to self-growth and my evolution as a counselor. Thanks for visiting!

6 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Hello Meg!
    Your page is pretty, I really like succulents. I am also a first time blogger… not sure how I feel about that fact, lol.
    That is great that you already have some experience in substance abuse counseling. I look forward to reading your perspective on our upcoming topics.

    • Hi Krystina,

      Thanks for your comment. I always enjoy reading your posts. Thanks also for disclosing that you too are hesitant about blogging. 🙂 I am not much for spending a lot of time on the internet. I guess we will learn together! Take care, Meg

  2. Hey Meg,

    This blogging thing is new to me and a bit strange. It looks like you have been doing this awhile. I think it will be useful for information later on and who knows maybe I will like it and become the next online therapist. I hear there is a need for male online therapists . . . 🙂 This post seemed relatively simple though – now if it all works this should show up and you can read it. All I need to do now is post this weeks for session 2. Have a great week and speak soon.


  3. Hi Tom!
    It looks like the three of us (Krystina too) are all in the same boat with respect to blogging. I look forward to following your page too. You have such wonderful experience and information to share, and you write so nice and concisely.

    That would be wonderful if this experience inspired you to become an online therapist. 🙂 I can’t speak for the online part, but I can say that our agency would benefit tremendously from having more skilled male clinicians like you. Take care, Meg

  4. Hi Meg,
    I see that you currently work at a substance abuse treatment agency, is this an area that you would like to pursue upon completion of your degree? I spent some time working with addictions as an undergrad but then realized that this area wasn’t for me. However, many of the clients I work with in the trauma population also suffer from substance abuse, so I still gain some experience in field from my day to day work. I believer that a substance abuser counselor needs to be compassionate and dedicated, and you seem like that type! So if this is the population that you would like to work with in the future, hats off to you 🙂

    I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions on the upcoming topics!

    • Hi Tia! Thanks for your comment. I’d love to hear about your experiences in working with trauma. What do you see as being most helpful to this population? As you say there is considerable overlap between substance use and trauma. I’m not sure if addictions is where I plan to stay. I might be interested in dual-diagnosis. I want to improve my skills in working with depression, anxiety and trauma. For now though, I appreciate all the challenge and insight this position has given me. Many of our clients are such survivors… And because addiction is so omnipresent, so I am grateful to have this experience for wherever I may go.

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