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Posts by Joan E. Mullinax, M.Ed., LPC

Joan E. Mullinax, M.Ed., LPC
Joan E. Mullinax has a lifetime of experience supporting people in building lives they love and in overcoming life’s challenges. She relishes working with clients who are committed to the quality of their own lives both as a career counselor and therapist. She has a unique ability to see people’s strengths, even when they cannot. She is patient and encouraging with clients who are seeking to move beyond their current circumstances or limitations, and is able to gently point to possible opportunities for growth.

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Holidays On your Own? What You Can Do to Cope with Lo...

This season, with its emphasis on seasonal magic, goodwill, and togetherness, has a way of reviving heartbreak and deepening the longing for a lasting or lost relationship. As you navigate alone old traditions and gatherings, you may feel sad, angry, or depressed. You may feel unable to tap into the hope and happiness plotted in …Read the rest…

Growing Older: The New Realities of Aging

Growing Older: The New Realities of Aging

In her new book Disrupt Aging, Jo Ann Jenkins describes the dramatic changes occurring in how long we live, how we age, and the new choices that become available as a result. There has been more progress in the last century in extending human life, and extending healthy life than there has been in all …Read the rest…

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Lessons in Resilience

Life throws curve balls. A person loses a job.  A relationship ends.  Someone dies.  The question is, “Now what?”  How do I deal with this loss?  Can I get back on my feet again?  What can I do to grieve and recover?  Resilience counseling in Houston can help. In “3 Things,” song-writer Jason Mraz gives us …Read the rest…

conducting a job search after a job loss, houston, tx

Conducting a Job Search After Job Loss

As a Career Counselor in Houston, I work directly with professionals who are unhappy or dissatisfied with their careers to take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve. Many people begin to panic after a job loss and begin to sell themselves short. While there may be pressure to find …Read the rest…

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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression in the Job Sea...

Dealing With Anxiety and Depression Sometimes career unhappiness can lead to discouragement, self-doubt, feelings of inadequacy, hopelessness and depression. Once this happens, it is difficult to muster the motivation to change your career or life situation. This can lead to a lack of self-esteem in your professional role while not necessarily in your basic self-concept …Read the rest…

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Using Your Career Accomplishments to Communicate Your...

Clarifying Your Career Accomplishments Whether you are looking for a job or wanting to advance your career within your current organization, it is essential to recognize, capture, clarify and communicate your accomplishments to decision-makers.  The foundational tool for communicating your accomplishments is the S.T.A.R story. Situation – a brief synopsis of the situation you faced …Read the rest…

Assertive Communication Tips

Styles of Communication Many of us struggle to communicate effectively with the people in our lives, either personally or professionally.  In his Assertiveness Workbook (below), Randy Patterson points out that we may take a passive approach, trying to avoid conflict at all costs.  We may: Give in to unreasonable demands from others Go along with the …Read the rest…

coping with family during the holidays

Coping with Family During the Holidays

People tend to spend more time with their families during the holidays than they do at any other time of the year.  This is a time when we hope for loving connection, or at least to weather the storm.  Even in the most loving families the shear intensity of the contact can sometimes be challenging.  …Read the rest…

Reinventing Yourself

Daring Greatly – Reinventing Yourself

Reinventing Yourself for the Life you Aspire to Do you long for a career that engages you, relationships that nurture you, and a sense of being a person whose life matters, and who can chart a course for a valued life.  Do you find yourself stopped in reinventing yourself and pursuing these dreams, afraid of the vulnerability that pursuit …Read the rest…

depression during the holidays

Depression During the Holidays

Coping with Depression During the Holidays The holiday season tends to affect people on multiple fronts. The images of loving family and good cheer can contrast starkly to our own experiences. In addition, people may be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (seasonal depression) caused by the short days and the early darkness. Tips on dealing …Read the rest…

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Resume Tips: Top 10 Mistakes

Resume Tips for Avoiding Common Resume Mistakes 1.    Get the Houston employer’s attention within 10 – 20 seconds.           Use an attractive, easy-to-read format          Provide a succinct summary of your strengths as they relate to the position           Highlight areas on your résumé that are most relevant (your degree, position titles, etc.)          Be sure …Read the rest…


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