About Me


AboutAn interview with me about myself

Hi Dulcie – first I want to thank you for being here today. No doubt you have places you’d rather be than inside answering questions from yourself to yourself about yourself.

Well, it’s the least I can do seeing as how the purpose of my website is to let people know more about me. I have noticed, though, a bit of stiffness, tight in the shoulders and hips sort of thing going on. A bit of objection to the process of rolling it out there for anyone to see. I’m sure I’m not alone in that but it doesn’t make it any easier to have to write things about me down without knowing who’s asking and why.

Do you think that’s why you’re doing your own interview – have you noticed a tendency to wrest control wherever you can get it?

I’ll try not to answer with an edge seeing as how I could have just erased that last question.

I could have told you –

Okay, be easy.

Sorry. Tell me how you think this makes a difference and, while you’re at it, why does it seem important to include it here on your About Me page.

Okay, let me see if I can loosen up a bit and just talk.

Having a personal presence on the internet is new to me. I started a website in order encourage myself to write more and to show my writing to other people. It has been totally successful in those ways. I write every day (well, almost every day) and at least some of what I write I either send to my pen pals or I post on my blog. I can feel the way this has kept the stream open.

I can also feel the way it has stocked the stream with all sorts of ingredients – some of them are fish and plants and water but some of them are coke bottles and rusty cans and cigarette butts, if you get what I’m saying. While I’ve gained a fine catalyst and a colorful palette for writing, I’ve also gained new and exciting distractions.

I offer this as part of About Me so as to come clean with whoever reads this. I want you to have a sense of who I am and where I come from and I also want you to know that we may be similar in that I wrote this probably while I was intending to write something else. And you’re reading it, perhaps, when you intended to be doing something else as well.

Fair enough. Now that you have my attention, can you say anything about what you do and how you came to do it and who might benefit from connecting up with you for help with their writing or for therapy?

I run writing groups and I have a writing business, Wide Open Writing, that I do with my partner, Regina Tingle, a writer I met in graduate school at Goddard College where we earned our MFA’s a few years back.

I have a part-time private therapy practice (after 20ish years of full time practice) that I do one day a week from my office in Topsham Maine as well as via Skype and FaceTime (and any other video chat program we can find) by appointment.

I also write. And read. And walk in the woods. A lot. I do all these things a lot.

I do them because they are what I most enjoy doing, along with traveling and watching movies and getting together with people to write and read and walk in the woods and travel and watch movies.

So I know you well enough to know you don’t want to mention why you’re only doing part time practice. Do you want to at least say something about that?

You’re not subtle. But I suppose that’s why I hired you to do this with me.

I had a motorcycle accident last summer that was pretty bad. I was in the hospital for a long time and have been in recovery from the injuries since then. I do a lot of physical therapy and quite a few other medical appointments as we work to put me back together again. So my schedule was nothing but medical for about 6 months and since then I have been adding a little bit and seeing how that goes before I add more. One day a week seems to be just about right as long as I leave a little room for coffee and snacks. And as long as my clients like Skype for other times.

The other thing I’ve noticed is how much time I want for staring off into space.

And how much room I need to write.

And walk.

Anything else you want to add?

Just that I have recently gained a new appreciation for both how complicated life is and how simple it is. That I lived through the accident is miraculous. That I can walk and think and write is miraculous. I hope to put all that to good use, both for myself and for my fellow travelers. And I welcome their good company along the way.

 

Credentials Scoop:

Dulcie Witman, LADC, MFA started writing young – self-illustrated poems about snow monkeys and Memorial Day and dead people.   Poetry eventually gave way to journaling and journaling gave way to becoming a therapist. Dulcie got her BA in Psychology from The College of William and Mary and trained in counseling at The Caron Foundation and Mercy Hospital Recovery Center.  She has been in private practice in the state of Maine for the past 25 years.

 

Many years later, the snow monkey and the dead people came back to haunt her. She earned her MFA from Goddard College in Creative Writing and certification as a Gateless Writing Teacher. Her teachers have been many – Natalie Goldberg, Julia Cameron, Grace Paley, Monica Woods, Darrah Cloud, Aimee Liu, Bea Gates, Joan Hunter, Suzanne Kingsbury and more – some of whom she worked with directly and others she soaked up through their writing. She carries them all with her in gratitude and admiration.

 

Dulcie writes fiction and non-fiction and has been known to have an online advice column. Dulcie is a founding editor of Minerva Rising and has had short pieces published in The Pitkin Review and Rawboned. She completed a novel, Crooked Love, and is currently working on a professional memoir, Confessions of a Therapist.

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