I have had a phenomenal counselor help me through? Can you help me with this one?

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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I know I'm in the depression forum, but that is the reason why I started seeing my school counselor. This really isnt a post about depression, and im sorry, but I really love you guys' feedback and I'd really appreciate any ideas or advice you can give me since I'm bad w/ this stuff:
I have been seeing my school counselor for a 2 years already, and i've grown very close to her. I'm relaly bad with buying gifts for people, but I love when I can find/make a good one to give. I really want to give her or make her, or both, something at the end of this school year to really show her how much I appreciate her help and her just being there. I dont want to give her a giftcard of flowers, because I've done that already.
I have about 2 wks to get something. I also want to write her a really nice letter(because  I write better than I speak) so I also need some nice ideas to write in there.
If you guys can help me out, I would really be grateful. Thank you all & have a nice day.
I guess my reason for being clueless on a gift, is that youre techincally "not supposed to give counselors/therapists gifts, but I'm so close to her and I just want it to be something nice but not over-the-top. What would a counselor want?

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   Posted 4/22/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I honestly think that a card and the letter would be sufficient. She will really appreciate that, I know. Knowing that you have helped somebody is one of the best gifts that you could ever have.

What about a candle for her home or office? Or some potpouri? I have recommended a nice pen set before, because counselors are always seeming to need to write. But I wouldn't be to personal. Just something small that she might need. And it also depends on how much money you can spend. Maybe a journal. I am sorry I am not very good at picking out gifts.

Good luck with finding something nice, but if you cant think of the right thing, I really think that the card and letter would be perfect.

Hugs, Karen

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   Posted 4/22/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   


I agree with Karen.  A journal or pen would be nice.  Also, maybe you could find a nice plaque/wall hanging with an encouraging saying on it.  The other option is to make a donation in her honor to a charitable organization.  If there was something in particular that you feel she helped you with, you could donate a small amount to that cause in her name (for example, to a suicide prevention agency, a group that educates people about eating disorders, etc. -- sorry I don't remember what she was helping you with, but I'm sure you get the idea).  A lot of organizations will send a nice card for you to give her saying that you donated in her name, but if they don't you can always print something up yourself on the computer saying where you donated to.  I used to teach high school & remember that those were my favorite gifts to receive from students b/c it showed me that they really knew what was important to me as well as demonstrated how much they had grown over the year(s).

Good luck!  I'm sure whatever you pick will be truly appreciated!


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   Posted 4/22/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Taryn,
You've had some excellent suggestions on a gift for your school counselor.  As far as your question re: what to write in your letter, I would outline some of the things you've learned from her.....giving examples of the issues you dealt with together, and the solutions you came up with together, and how those solutions have changed your outlook on life and your ability to handle your challenges.  I think that would be a wonderful and lasting tribute to the support and dedication she has shown you over the past couple of years, and it will show her how you have grown, and how she has contributed to the person you are today.
I think your plan is a lovely gesture, and I'm sure she will appreciate it for many years to come.
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   Posted 4/23/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Taryn,
I love the idea of a donation in her name if you know what charity or cause she supports.  The card is a great idea too. Sometimes it is the simplicity of a beautiful card that says it all.

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