Author Archives: Valerie McCullough

NEW JOB

Memories of my first few days as a psychotherapist-in-training at the mental health clinic were heady, exciting and vivid. I began this aspect of my training on a gray, cold day March on 1972. I remember meeting two bright Ph.D. … Continue reading

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SHAKING IN HIGH HEELS

I didn’t sleep well before my first day of work. It had been 16 years since I’d worked outside the home. As a 1950’s housewife, my life revolved around my husband, four daughters and neighborhood coffee klatches. It was a … Continue reading

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THIN SKIN

The session with my supervisor Ann snowballed downhill. “I’ve wasted three years working for my Masters,” I said to myself as I sobbed in her office. I went on the think, “And that doesn’t count the thousands of dollars in … Continue reading

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TOO MUCH TALK

My immediate supervisor’s name was Ann.  She was a step ahead of me in grad school—thus qualified to assess my progress as a counselor-in- training. Lively and outgoing—impish looking with her short gray hair and a petite figure—Ann she looked … Continue reading

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THE ONE WAY MIRROR

Dear Readers: This is the 16th episode of the series: Help, I Want To Get Out Of The Kitchen. If you are new to this series, you may want to start with Chapter One–If They’d Had Hamburger Helper Back Then. … Continue reading

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VALIUM BUT NO VALOR

Since the pursuit of over- the- counter sleeping pills was feeling more and more devious, I finally called my doctor for some prescription sleeping pills. “What’s going on?” he asked. “Nothing,” I stammered—not daring to say that I had ventured … Continue reading

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THE SEARCH FOR SLEEP

Dear Readers: This is the 14th episode of the series: Help, I Want to Get Out of the Kitchen. If you are new to this series, you may want to start with Chapter One–If They’d Had Hamburger Helper Back Then. … Continue reading

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THE YEAR OF THE SLEEPING PILLS

Dear Readers: This is the 13th episode of the series: Help, I Want To Get Out Of The Kitchen. If you are new to this series, you may want to start with Chapter One–If They’d Had Hamburger Helper Back Then. … Continue reading

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FEARS AND DOUBTS CREEP IN

Dear Readers: This is the 12th episode of the series: Help, I Want To Get Out Of The Kitchen. If you are new to this series, you may want to start with Chapter One–If They’d Had Hamburger Helper Back Then. … Continue reading

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STARTING HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

Dear Readers: This is the 11th episode of the series: HELP, I WANT TO GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN. If you are new to this series, you may want to start with Chapter One–IF THEY’D HAD HAMBURGER HELPER BACK THEN. … Continue reading

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