Group update

Just a short post to update those who are following the Wednesday night S.S. saga. I received a message from J this morning in response to my request to talk to her but not to talk any further with L. She said she "respects how hard this transition is for [me] and others" and that [...]

Listen to Truth

I have this corner on the old school blackboard in my classroom that has refrigerator magnets with words. The corner is simple. It says, "create." When the kids are bored they tend to go to the board and just randomly make poems or art with the words. The internet went down yesterday, so one student [...]

Chesed and the Therapist as Enlightened (Empathic) Witness

First and foremost, I admit, I am not Jewish but for this blog I do want to talk about a concept that is familiar to Judaism. If I mess this up in anyway, please forgive me for my ignorance and feel free to educate me on my mistaken understanding. I recently read of this idea, Chesed; it [...]

An open letter to my depression

I am having my students write open letters as a part of their end of year memoir projects, so since I'm doing the project with them I decided to write an open letter to depression. An open letter to my depression: To my depression, I would say, "Dear Depression" but then you haven't been a [...]

The Vanishing Girl

When I was a little girl, I used to practice being invisible. If I was invisible then I couldn't be yelled at, devalued, or hurt. At least that is what my childhood mind told me. Now, I know that doesn't make any sense, I am not, nor have I ever been, a vanishing girl. I was [...]