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What do people experience when they are with us? Do they experience a sense of respectful space where they can rest their burdens, anger, questions, projections, stress, anxiety, and wonder? Or, do they feel our sense of exhaustion, need to always be right or in control, or even our desire to be viewed as wise, attractive, witty, or helpful?

What do people feel when they are with us? This is an important question that we must reflect upon during the sessions and the times between them for the sake of ourselves as well as those we serve.
— Robert J. Wicks, The Resilient Clinician

About us

Most of the time, we use the tiny breaks between clients to quickly jot down observations, track progress, and remember things for next time. Collectively, we refer to these as Session Notes. This is helpful, of course, but sometimes we could use an actual break. For our sake and for the sake of our clients. Have you ever taken a nap on the couch in your office? Left the building to do a lap around the parking in the fresh air? Enjoyed a cup of coffee in the break room while reading a favorite book? I have too. And I totally get it. We work hard as counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and mental health professionals.

You deserve a break.

Without breaks, we burn out and our clients feel secondary. They pick up on our stress, exhaustion, and our insecurities. It’s my sincere hope that the content found on this site, coupled with proper training, supervision, and self-care, leaves you feeling recharged and equipped to be your best self, in the office and away from it. Join us for refreshing interviews with other creative professionals in the field, gather tips for self care and developing resilience, discover new resources to recharge your practice, and relate to others by reading their stories and sharing your own.

Welcome to Session Notes.

Stephanie Kruse, Curator & Developer

Stephanie Kruse, Curator & Developer



Maintaining confidentiality is a cornerstone of the counseling profession. Please note that any identifying information will be changed if and when specific client cases are used for the purposes of this site.


The opinions held by contributors may not represent the views of every person on this site, or visitors to the site. We believe disagreement can be engaged through respectful conversation and understanding. Any attempts to belittle or disrespect a contributor (including comments made by visitors to the site) will not be tolerated.

If you see a problem, please do not hesitate to email us at sessionnotesinfo@gmail.com.


Stephanie Kruse, MA

Developer, Curator

Stephanie holds a Master's degree in Counseling and is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (yes, the British add an extra "l" to counseling). She loves exploring new places and working with her therapy-dog-in-training, Moseley. Stephanie has lived in England, Rhode Island, and Alabama.

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