Thomas Watson

Thomas W.

Denver, CO

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Thomas delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1981

Thomas, Ph.D., is an affiliate faculty member of Regis U. He was the Episcopal chaplain for the Auraria Campus and taught English for UC Denver. He also trained as a psychotherapist, did postdoctoral work at Cambridge, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University. He is the author of many scholarly writings, including an acclaimed book on Milton, Perversions, Originals, and Redemptions in Paradise Lost. He is a published author of poetry, fiction, and numerous articles about counseling and coaching. His popular memoir, Baltho, The Dog Who Owned a Man, is about his rescued Afghan Hound, Balthazar, or Baltho, who turned out to act as his co-therapist. His books of poetry, the Necessity of Symbols and Love Threads are well regarded.

Now, for the rest. Thomas is a very approachable human being, a lover of most animals but especially dogs and cats, and an avid gardener, who has always read widely, so he has wide-ranging knowledge of many areas of learning,

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Certificate of Post-graduate 2 year Course Completion in Marriage & Family Therapy
Sep 1991 - Jun 1993
Family Therapy Training Center of Colorado (Sponsored by DU Graduate School of Social Work)
postdoc work
Sep 1987 - Mar 1988
Cambridge Univ., Cambridge, England.
Theological & Ministry Study
Sep 1982 - Aug 1983
The (Episcopal) Bishop’s School of Theology, Denver, Colorado
Ph.D., English
Sep 1976 - Aug 1981
University of Louisville


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

My puppy Melchior (now 2 yrs. 4 mos.) and his cat Noir (3 yrs.).

Baby Noir takes on Old Cat, PoosPoos.
Baby Noir listens to wine glass serenade
Popular book about my Afghan hound Baltho, who acted as my co-therapist in my counseling practice.

One of my books of poetry.

My acclaimed Milton study.

Melchior and Noir are soul mates.

One of the Baltho, The Dog Who Owned a Man, press releases.

Foreword to my acclaimed Milton study.
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4 Reviews

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Paul A. Jan 7, 2017
Poetry · Online

About a year ago I decided I wanted to start writing poetry again. It was something I’d enjoyed doing years before, but I stopped because I had trouble completing poems or felt that the ones I did complete were not as good as they could be. I then decided that I needed to find someone who would guide me through the process and offer feedback and guidance along the way. I was very fortunate to find Thomas Ramey Watson. He is a pleasure to work with. I have been working with Tom on a weekly basis for almost a year. As an educator and writer of poetry, prose, and scholarly articles, Tom's extensive literary knowledge enhances my ability to add depth and breadth to my own work. We generally begin each session with a poem that I feel I have worked through the best I can. Going line by line, stanza by stanza, Tom helps me discover parts of the poem I may want to explore further and helps me accentuate the most powerful parts of the poem. He tells me what he thinks works and what does not, and offers concise guidance on ways to improve. It has been a joy to watch my poetry evolve in different ways and for them truly to come to life. I would encourage anyone who wants to write the best poetry they can to consider working with Tom. He won't write it for you, but he will give you the tools and guidance needed to do it yourself. I've learned that writing a poem is truly a process, and it can take a considerable amount of time to complete just one poem. However, when your poem is done, you will know that it truly is done and be left with a piece of writing that you can be proud of.

I am confident that anyone who has worked with him on various forms of prose writing and studied literature with him can say the same.

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L May 15, 2016
Essay Writing · Online

Thomas is an excellently sharp writer and a wonderful tutor. Thank you very much!

Paul A. May 13, 2016
Poetry · Online

I was really pleased with my first session with Thomas. I signed up with Thomas because I wanted someone to help me develop a poem that I am working on. Thomas offered some very valuable feedback and ideas to strengthen my work. To find someone with so much experience as an educator, someone who has written several books, and someone who is passionate about what they do is really quite a gift. I would encourage anyone who is looking to become a better writer to consider Thomas. I am looking forward to my future sessions with him.

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Alan Oct 27, 2015
Essay Writing · In studio

I have taught university courses side by side with Thomas, and I know him to be a thoroughgoing professional. He is meticulous and knowledgeable and always shows understanding and compassion to students of all ages and walks. Tom, as a person is a natural therapist. His lifestyle is healthy, conscientious, and he’s always searching for the best ways to deal with life's trials.

To know Tom is to be counseled by him, even if the counseling is not literal. My friend, Tom, is well trained and seeks the best resources to strengthen his professional teaching and counseling approach. I love dogs, and Tom's love of dogs, his having written a book about a favorite dog, speaks worlds about his humane character. I give Tom Watson the highest possible recommendation for counseling and teaching in any setting.

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