Some Transparency…

I've mentioned in some previous posts that I've been struggling for some time. At least I'm pretty sure I've mentioned it previously... Those struggles have included really dealing with depression and anxiety in ways that I never have before. This has been going on for months... nearly a year, really. The anxiety I blame on … Continue reading Some Transparency…

To the Future

When I was counseling at the school, I sometimes liked to participate in the therapeutic activities that I got my clients to do. This one time, a few years back, I had the kids write letters to themselves in five years. Looking back, I probably should have said 10 or 15 years. They didn't really … Continue reading To the Future

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,

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

Bachelor in Paradise: An Observation

Until recently, I'd never even considered watching anything related to the "reality" show, The Bachelor. But a friend has spoken highly of the show and, I'll admit, I was intrigued. Does that mean that I caught up on every episode that Hulu had to offer? Absolutely not. I wasn't that intrigued. But over the Labor … Continue reading Bachelor in Paradise: An Observation

Life Story: Chapter Forty Five

Welcome to a series of stories that basically make up my autobiography. It’s not entirely thorough, but I’ll do the best I can with the memories locked away inside my head. Could be therapeutic for me. Could be humorous for you. Either way, enjoy… Previously on Life Story... I had seizure. It's the only reason … Continue reading Life Story: Chapter Forty Five

Life Story: Chapter Forty Two

Welcome to a series of stories that basically make up my autobiography. It’s not entirely thorough, but I’ll do the best I can with the memories locked away inside my head. Could be therapeutic for me. Could be humorous for you. Either way, enjoy… Previously on Life Story... I spent a night in the extreme … Continue reading Life Story: Chapter Forty Two

Life Story: Chapter Thirty Seven

Welcome to a series of stories that basically make up my autobiography. It’s not entirely thorough, but I’ll do the best I can with the memories locked away inside my head. Could be therapeutic for me. Could be humorous for you. Either way, enjoy… Previously on Life Story... In 9th grade I took advantage of … Continue reading Life Story: Chapter Thirty Seven

Pain

What's your response when someone you love is hurting? The pain I'm referring to isn't a physical one. It's not as if you just saw your best friend trip over their own feet and skin their knee. If it were me watching that happen, there's a good chance I'd laugh. Sure, I'd ask if they … Continue reading Pain

Life Story: Chapter Thirty

Welcome to a series of stories that basically make up my autobiography. It’s not entirely thorough, but I’ll do the best I can with the memories locked away inside my head. Could be therapeutic for me. Could be humorous for you. Either way, enjoy… Previously on Life Story... I became a shell of my former … Continue reading Life Story: Chapter Thirty