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Behind the Counselor's Door
A lot of things go on behind Mr. Kuczynski’s doors . . . shouting, crying, talking, finger-pointing, and yes, the door slamming. Students, families, teachers, friends, enemies—they all contribute to the often complicated and heart-wrenching drama that plays out in hearts and minds behind those closed doors. Sometimes the stories turn out poorly, but sometimes they end in unimaginable joy.
Kuczynski’s goal in writing this book is not to create a “reality show in a book,” but to use the stories that have unfolded before him as a teaching opportunity. It is to engage teenagers mentally and emotionally so that they develop better choice-making skills and cultivate their ability to succeed despite seemingly unsurmountable obstacles and challenges.
In Behind the Counselor’s Door, Kuczynski opens the doors just enough for us to peer into the cauldron of emotional turmoil within and experience some of the events of his many years of high school counseling: family chaos, the regret of a one-night-stand, the mind-erasing effects of partying too hard, an unexpected pregnancy, and the crushing impact of drugs and alcohol. And, of course, there are still the suicides, the abuses, peer pressure and more to confront. Yet, this is not a book about just the dark side of life and it’s not about making lemonade out of lemons, either. It’s about finding the seeds, planting a tree and making lemonade for the rest of life.
Teenagers will empathize with the trials and tribulations in the students’ stories, but behind those doors are also ingre- dients for making life a success: perseverance, achievement, inspiration, accomplishment, affirmation, self-confidence, and so much more. When teenagers take the journey with Mr. Kuczynski, don’t be surprised when they come back people of character and conviction, ready to climb mountains and achieve greatness.
As someone who was told I was not college material, the lessons students reveal in this book are what I had to learn on my own over a longer period of time. This work is about the truth so many students discovered in their efforts to successfully get through high school. They leave a simple path for their peers to follow, yet as their stories reveal, it takes some courage and the willingness to make difficult choices. This is a great resource for students!
-William Steele PsyD, MSW, MA.
-Founder of The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children
Behind the Counselor’s Door is powerful and eye-opening! It provides the reader with a realistic look and gripping stories of the emotional turmoil that teenagers face and have to deal with from the perspective of a high school counselor. Kuczynski takes a unique approach which enables the reader to find the grit and resiliency to overcome personal challenges and achieve greatness.
-Author of A Child Called “It” and recipient of The National Jefferson Award
This book is Real, Relevant, and Reliable! I am thankful for how it will excel my working with teenagers as I plan to provide it to thousands of students! If you’re a student, this is a must read to help navigate life. Adults, this book will inspire you to help students persevere through trials!
-Nationally recognized speaker and author to students
Behind the Counselor’s Door is a powerful book that moves beyond problems and focuses on solutions. It encourages teens to develop and strengthen their ability to succeed and make their lives satisfying despite all the challenges they face. This is a must read for teens, their parents, and all those who care about them.
-Jerry Moe, MA
-National Director of Children’s Programs Betty Ford Center