How to find your “calling.”

Short answer: one disciplined step at a time, by listening to your inner voice. This is my story. I do what I love. I'm a therapist, and its my privilege and honor to witness stories, hold the bottle for tears, and be present in the deepest pain and greatest...

Those that pass through #Hawaii and haunt us.

(ALL NAMES AND DETAILS CHANGED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY.) Some of you know I’m a school counselor and therapist. This year has been interesting as I’m at two schools, one of them without a school counselor (I’m supposed to be a “higher level” service.) This means I...

Quotes to feel better by.

Quotes. Nuggets of wisdom. I love 'em! And I love what I do as a mental health counselor. It's truly a privilege and calling to do this kind of work. One of my favorite ways to encourage clients is to write a pithy little quote on the miniboard in my room. It sits...

Attention Deficit Nation

Stress. Distractibility. It's everywhere. I don't wonder why I'm stressed. I work at a stressful job (therapy with children and adolescents is far from the sit-down airconditioned affair people imagine therapy to be) I also overschedule myself and set some pretty...

Fifth time’s the charm: another call to Child Welfare.

***ALL IDENTIFYING DETAILS CHANGED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY***** Some of you already know that in my “real life” I'm a school counselor and therapist. Today there’s a picture of a bruise on my phone. I took that picture hours earlier, holding my...

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