September 25, 2020

My new patient was a petite young woman sporting a retro punk rock look complete with brightly dyed hair, multiple piercings, and combat boots. But what really struck me was how thoroughly embarrassed she was to reveal why she was seeking help from a therapist.

She desc...

May 17, 2020

My patient was in agony. She was thinking about killing her husband.

She spoke in halting phrases about why she had come for psychotherapy, frequently stopping to ask whether she really was going to murder her husband. Or whether I thought she was a monster. Or if I was...

January 10, 2018

Let me tell you about a young woman who came to me for a psychological evaluation and quietly cried throughout.

She was 16 and lovely in every way. Smart. Polite. Cared about school and earned good grades. On a varsity sports team. Well-liked by her friends. Treasured b...

December 25, 2016

The patient, a boy in middle school, had witnessed a relative choke to the point of unconsciousness in a restaurant seven months before.

His parents had brought him for a psychological evaluation because he had been miserable ever since.

His eating had suffered, too – it...

September 9, 2016

An elementary school teacher in Texas became a hero to many overnight after her letter to parents informing them of her new homework policy went viral.  “After much research this summer, I am trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that your student di...

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