Gerri Luce

Gerri Luce
Westchester, New York, USA
February 13
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." By Harold Thurman Whitman. What lights me up is my work as a psychotherapist, and my passion for writing. Thank you to my family and friends, those within shouting distance and those who are virtual for sticking by me through the highs and the lows. A shout out to all of you - a simple thank you is all I have - and it is not nearly enough. Please check out my other blog at and visit my website at


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OCTOBER 24, 2010 7:40PM

Falling from Grace

            I am falling from grace. I feel ashamed and humiliated. In The Garden of Eden, when tempted by the serpent to eat fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Eve shares the fruit with Adam.  They succumb to the temptation/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2010 11:10AM

Grieiving a Life That has Passed Me By

It has only been in the past two years that I have come to realize how truly ill I was.  I don’t know what the right word is to describe my state of ignorance; oblivion, naiveté, stupidity, narcissism, or a combination of all of the above.  Some of the signs were apparent;/… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 3, 2010 9:09PM

Anorexia; My Failure to Educate


           Yesterday afternoon I entered my local Barnes & Noble and made my way to the psychology section where as a professional and a patient I enjoy perusing the shelves to see what&rsquo… Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2010 6:27AM

Progress and Fear Go Hand in Hand

My therapist has described the nature of my last few sessions, actually the sessions since she has returned from vacation as “optimistic” and that is scaring the shit out of me.     

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This is a sequel, so to speak, to my post My Father The Nightmare posted on September 18, 2010.   

I saw my therapist yesterday afternoon and I told her about the nightmare I had involving my father last Friday night.  She asked me several questions:

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 8:02PM

My Father the Nightmare

Last night I had a nightmare which terrified me.  I was sitting upright in my bed before I even realized I was awake, and my tank top was soaked through.  Still pictures from the nightmare flashed through my mind as I relived it.  There were no monsters, no strangers, no killers;/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 7:55AM

Making My Way Home After the Tornado

                First let me say that I consider what happened to me a mere inconvenience in comparison to those whose homes were damaged by the storm or who had trees fall on their cars, or by far the worst tragedy, the woman fromRead full post »


         I programmed my trusty GPS yesterday and made my way down from the suburb of Westchester to the basically foreign borough of Brooklyn in order to attend the Brooklyn Book Festival.  As I drove down the unfamiliar highways… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 8:50AM

The Hospitalization I Regret the Most; Locked Up on 9/11


         In late August of 2001 my mother looked me up and down (which I suspect she had a habit of doing) but this time she had a comment.  “You’ve gotten way too thin again.  I think it&r… Read full post »

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AUGUST 22, 2010 5:06AM

A Suicide Attempt; Remembering Twenty Years Ago

This post was inspired by Raven’s Ravings devastating “The Blues Turn Ugly” from August 18th. It reminded me of my own suicide attempt twenty years ago.  I can only hope and pray that she made it out alive. 

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AUGUST 7, 2010 8:21AM

On Being on Both Sides of the Couch

The hardest transition I have to make each week is when I leave my therapist, Dr. Adena’s office early on Friday morning and proceed to make the hour drive from Westchester down to Queens to begin my day as a therapist at my job at the mental health clinic at which… Read full post »

AUGUST 1, 2010 6:35AM

The Burden of Mental Illness

In the past week since I’ve joined Open Salon, my fellow OS’ers are now more up-to-date on the past four years of my life than my family and close friends.  What I’ve learned from them, from their reactions to so many years of illness, of the revolving doors of repeated ps/… Read full post »

        My therapist, Dr. Adena is on vacation for a week-and-a-half.  This isn’t her first vacation this year; she has had three before this.  I typically don’t do well when she is gone. While she was on the first one I began to restrict my ca/… Read full post »

Towards the end of last year I sent my aunt who is my mother’s only sister a letter filled with questions about my mother’s life starting when they were teenagers. They were only thirteen months apart, with my mother being the eldest so they were close and remained so until my… Read full post »