Category Archives: Counseling

The Joy (and not-joy) of Relationship

We had a fam­ily gath­er­ing at my house on Fri­day evening, since my sis­ter and brother-in-law were vis­it­ing from Florida. The thing that stands out in my mind about it is that every­one was so GLAD to see each other. … Con­tinue read­ing

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Roll with it

This is the time of year that every­one (espe­cially in north­ern climes like Min­nesota, I think) starts to pack in a lot of sum­mer­time activ­i­ties, know­ing that fall is about to descend. And, it is prep time for stu­dents and teach­ers … Con­tinue read­ing

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More transitions; so what’s new!

So, I am in the mid­dle of more tran­si­tions. Does it ever stop? No, we just get to cruise some­times. I am not in cruise con­trol right now, but in the midst of some heavy traf­fic, con­struc­tion, detours. I need … Con­tinue read­ing

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The pain of alcoholism — Part 1

In my work as a coun­selor, some­times I see and hear “themes” for the week; com­mon threads woven through the tapes­try of sto­ries I’m hear­ing. Although I am a gen­er­al­ist and work with many types of men­tal health issues, this … Con­tinue read­ing

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We’re in it Together

  I have always said that the peo­ple with which I work are “nor­mal peo­ple who have encoun­tered bumps in the road of life,” or some such anal­ogy. I also have a child’s draw­ing that shows a fam­ily fish­ing in … Con­tinue read­ing

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