The Single Guy and the Teacher

The following tale is based on actual events which occurred a number of years ago. This will be the first part of a trilogy of stories about the Teacher... I didn't have a lot of opportunities to meet single ladies in those days. Nor did I try. I spent a good 85% of my time … Continue reading The Single Guy and the Teacher

Another Parenthood Post

I recently wrote about how I had been binge watching the Parenthood TV series via Netflix. As I have navigated my way through the latter seasons, something occurred to me which caused me to connect a character in the show to my personal life. Actually, not so much my personal life as the personal life … Continue reading Another Parenthood Post


They're just lying to themselves, she thought as she stared at the doctors with contempt. They stood on the other side of the safety glass, conferring over what had just happened. They were undoubtedly trying to decide the best course of action for her. After all, it was her words that sparked the outburst in … Continue reading Normal

Dear Parents,

I am a Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor. My job is to spend time with your troubled child while he or she is at school. I hang out with them in their classrooms. I provide encouragement and redirection as needed. I pull them out of class for the occasional one-on-one counseling session to work on goals … Continue reading Dear Parents,

For What Job Am I Best Suited?

I almost titled this post "What Job Am I Best Suited For?" But then I didn't want someone to look at that and see the preposition at the end of the title and assume it was written by a complete moron. Don't get me wrong, I leave prepositions hanging at the ends of sentences all … Continue reading For What Job Am I Best Suited?

Eating Disorder

Working in the counseling profession, I get bombarded with emails from the corporate office letting me know whenever there's a special focus on some aspect of mental health for a day or a week. To be honest, I don't always pay attention when these emails hit my inbox. Mostly, I just get annoyed when I … Continue reading Eating Disorder

Being Santa

First of all, let's just agree that the guy sitting on the throne of lies at the mall is not the real Santa Claus. But that doesn't make the fake Santa a bad guy. We shouldn't try and pick a fight with him simply because he smells like beef and cheese. The Santas at the … Continue reading Being Santa

Day Seventeen

An Art Piece Sometimes, when the counselors get together for meetings, we take time to do some of our own therapeutic exercises. A couple weeks ago, we were asked to create mandalas. This is the one I did... It's nowhere near an exact representation of any place I've ever been. But it depicts the kind … Continue reading Day Seventeen

The Single Guy vs. the New School

Kids, it has been a crazy week. It's been a long week. The blessing of a Friday is not lost on me this week. I even had the day off Tuesday for Election Day and it still feels like someone, somehow, managed to cram two weeks worth of crap into this one week. On Monday, … Continue reading The Single Guy vs. the New School