B is for Behind (Already!) or Boundaries

I decided a few days ago that B was going to be for Boundaries—a relevant topic now that I am a counselor and caregiver (see A is for Alzheimer’s). But then life intervened in unexpected ways and while I should … Continue reading

Internship: Taking Off the Training Wheels and Finding My Balance

Psychotherapy is a sanctuary; it is a battleground; it is a place I have been psychotic, neurotic, elated, confused, and despairing beyond belief. —Kay Redfield Jamison Right up until the day I walked into my internship class (Case Consultation) for … Continue reading

Transracial Adoption, Research, and Me

So, I’m on the downhill side of this mental health counseling degree I started three years ago. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel—but before I can emerge victorious from the darkness, I must complete a … Continue reading

A Tough Week in Practicum Land: Learning to Love the Questions and the Questioners

A therapist friend of mine frequently tells me, “I don’t know what I don’t know, and you can’t know what you don’t know, Pam.” What’s becoming increasingly clear to me as I rack up client contact hours in my practicum … Continue reading

Q is for Queer (of course it is): Pronouns, Gender, Identity, and More

My apologies ahead of time for this very long blog. Hang in there Dear Readers. There is a lesson here. And in case you want to punch me in the nose after the next paragraph, I think I redeem myself … Continue reading

O is for Old? Nah. O is for being Open to Options

Let’s face it, I’m old enough to be the mother of most of my classmates. Some days it’s more obvious than others. Like last week, in Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Mental Health Counseling class, we were discussing the September 11 … Continue reading

L is for Listening, or Oh? How Do You Feel About That?

I can’t think of anything better than having a conversation with someone and really being heard. Walking away from an intimate exchange with another human being and leaving with that warm, fuzzy feeling that not only did that person give … Continue reading

F is for FOO

  We would-be counselors all must take FOO (Family of Origin) before we take any other coursework in my graduate program. This class is the one in which we must sort through all of our personal Family Issues before we move on … Continue reading