“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in”
– Leonard Cohen
– Leonard Cohen
Born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, I received a BA from the University of Wisconsin at Superior, an MSW from Rutgers University and a two-year post-graduate Clinical Certificate from New York University. I have worked in several settings, including social welfare and inpatient psychiatry, as well as taught in the graduate schools of social work at University of Louisville and Spalding University. I have been in private practice in Louisville, Kentucky since 1998 and have my office in the Clifton neighborhood.
While I have extensive training and experience in social work and counseling, including the use of a wide variety of theoretical models, I believe the most important thing I bring to this work is an openness to understanding the uniqueness of each individual’s, couple’s, and family’s situation.
Psychological problems arise when we become stuck in our sadness, anger, or fear—I believe we can even become stuck in the wish to be always happy. But we can choose to not live out of our sadness, anger, or fear but rather out of our gratitude, hope, and joy. To make this change requires faith and courage, but even a small change in the right direction can have profound consequences.
The British term for “burnout” is “vital exhaustion.” Isn’t that a good term to describe the place many of us find ourselves these days? I guess you could say that’s the bad news. The good news is you don’t have to internalize the bad stuff going on around you. You can stay grounded within yourself, trusting yourself (imagine that!) and making the care of yourself a top priority. Remember, we are all in this together.