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(Trauma trigger warning; this could be a difficult story to read, depending on your personal history.) Pain. Part of my daily life is sitting with people in the midst of deep, dark, raw pain. "Is it normal for someone to try and have sex with...

"I just found out my favorite aunt has terminal cancer," Bobby shared. "She's one of the most wonderful people in the world! She never missed a birthday, always came to my soccer games, and made me feel exceptionally special. I just can't believe she's dying."...

"I just can't believe it, everything is different now," Madeline sobbed, shoulders shaking as she reached for the tissue box. "What do you mean?" I softly asked. "We were fine. Mom and Daddy weren't together, but we had our 2 houses and everything. Now it's...

"My whole life I've dreamed of taking my kids camping. I even saved kid-size camping chairs from my childhood to set up around the campfire. I grew up fishing and hiking with my dad, and even loved winter camping trips with my fellow Boy Scouts....

"I am done with on-line dating!" Suzanne emphatically declared. "Oh no, what happened?" I asked. A few months ago Suzanne had passionately researched on-line dating options for people over 60, and landed on a few sites that focused on her age-range, retirement status, and her...

Bruce lives an enviable life. Having worked for years in the corporate world, his retirement includes the financial resources to afford luxurious vacations, high-end sports equipment, and a new modern home with expansive views. He enjoys an active dating life, attends various charitable functions, and...

Bob started talking even before he sat down in the chair. "I've made so many changes in my life! Over the past few years I've stopped using substances, started exercising, included vegetables and fruit in my diet, reconnected with my adult kids, and just wrapped...

Yvonne came to her counseling session upset about her friend group. "I'm always the one that initiates getting together," she explained. "I find the movie, pick the latest restaurant, or find the concert tickets. Then I text everyone, coordinate schedules, budgets and...