Doc Warren

Doc Warren

"Doc Warren" Corson III is a counselor and the clinical & executive director of Community Counseling of Central CT Inc. and Pillwillop Therapeutic Farm (

  • Looking Behind the Curtain

    Aug 29, 2011
    I know we have all been taught about boundaries in therapy and keeping a professional detachment to our clients in which we are warm, compassionate, empathetic but do not get too close to our clients; they are not our friends and they are not our children. We know that such an attachment can interfere with judgment and open us up to litigation. I get that. I also get that there are different levels of boundaries based on treatment setting. For instance, in a not for profit community based program model it is not uncommon to have volunteers help with many non clinical projects. Most of us have come into such programs on our days off, or have been asked to cancel clinical appointments for a day to assist with community projects that find us elbows deep working with clients. To me, once you have broken bread with or built a room with volunteers there is a certain bond that may develop that you would not see otherwise. You are still professional and keep your boundaries but it is akin to Dorothy peeking behind the curtain in OZ, after she saw the bells and whistles she realized that behind the façade was just another person.
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  • They Are Not Numbers: Lost soldiers Are More Than Statistics

    Aug 10, 2011
    Many people do not know this but although I am a proud pacifist I am also proud to come from a family that has served in this country’s armed services going at least as far back as the Civil War. I, like many of my relatives before me signed up to serve while a senior in High School as part of a delayed enlistment program that allowed me to go on weekend maneuvers with the National Guard Unit that I would be assigned to once I completed basic training. Although a pacifist I felt that I could align my personal and religious beliefs with the desire to serve; I elected to get into Military Intelligence as I felt my work may have been able to save lives. A rapidly growing lump in my throat, the eventual removal of tumors and cysts, need for ongoing treatment and resultant lifelong changes with my body ended my military service almost before it began; the military only wants healthy bodies. Later I attended a civilian program at Norwich University the private military college in Vermont (BA, MA & CAGS). I am proud to be affiliated with those who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
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  • “Sometimes it Don't Come Easy, Sometimes it Don’t Come at All.”

    Aug 02, 2011
    Well, now that I have all the English majors grabbing their ears after having read the title of this blog which is taken from an old song, let’s see where this is headed, shall we? I write this as I review several discarded attempts at blog writing. In the old days my floor would be littered with crumpled up paper and perhaps a good amount of “flop sweat” that is the result of continued failure. Today we are able to save a few trees, and with the advent of air conditioning, flop sweat has been greatly reduced.
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  • The Only Blackberry For Me Is For The Jam

    Jul 25, 2011
    It has been said the “we are who we are” and though we can to a great extent improve, expand and otherwise change things about us, we are in the end, who we are. Some of us love the bright lights and big cities, excessive travels to distant exotic locals while others like me, feel like world travelers when we visit Cape Cod (one state away from me). There is nothing wrong with either. Change can and is often a good thing but at times it is not necessarily better. I liked the advances we have made in medicine during my lifetime; actually I and many others would likely not be here now if not for the gains. I like that they can watch my heart beat live on the tv monitor and verify that while the scan in the ER picked up an abnormality the monitor shows that I am simply one of the 2-5% of the population that has a valve or chamber that is different than the norm but that my heart is working perfectly otherwise; years ago I have no idea what they would have had to do to determine this, but it would have entailed far more than some gel and a white hand held device.
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  • Wait, What did they say?

    Jul 18, 2011
    I have discussed in recent blogs the ongoing health issues that I have been battling; no, don’t worry, this is not going to be a “poor me” piece nor a rehash; instead I wanted to share an experience and how it helped remind me about our client’s needs. “Ok, this one I want you to take…” “That one take two times a day…” “This one stop when the symptoms improve… this one take until…” The well meaning MD continued to give detailed and quick directions to me as my head was spinning from illness and my main though was “please lord don’t let me pass out and fall off this table onto the floor.” Thankfully my prayer was answered as were most of them during that period but unfortunately most of what the MD said sounded much like the adults in the Charlie Brown cartoons.
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