Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart….

Live the questions now.

R A I N E R  M A R I A  R I L K E


For over twenty-five years I’ve counseled couples and families with big, complicated challenges. I have steady nerves, clear vision, unrelenting optimism that people can grow through their worst crises, and heart.

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My passion for helping, counseling, and social work is so great, I teach others about it. For over a decade I’ve taught counseling to students at local universities. Alongside that, I work with professional folks in non-profit and healthcare settings, training on vicarious trauma, trauma-informed care, supervision practices, and the ethics of helping.

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I write essays, memoir, and the occasional piece of fiction. For many years I wrote copiously and forgettably for newspapers, but now I write the kind of stories that I enjoy reading myself: authentic, intimate, complicated, unashamed grappling with what makes us human.

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Group Supervision
This six-month, bi-monthly clinical supervision group will bring emerging clinicians together to deepen their understanding of trauma-informed care and to create a[...]

Strong @ the Broken Places

Ernest Hemingway said, “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.” I have a career-long passion for helping people in the helping professions explore the impact of vicarious trauma, the cumulative, transformative impact of working with people facing extreme adversities, and ways to expand professional insight and resilience.


Summer Without End
Named a “Notable Essay” in the 2016 edition of The Best American Essays, edited by Jonathan Franzen. Appeared in The Millions,[...]
Mindful Supervision
Using research from the field of interpersonal neurobiology, the workshop invites participants to review traditional beliefs about clinical supervision—which emphasize[...]
Damn Your Meddling Ways
Appeared in The University of Chicago Magazine, August/September, 2016. More than lectures or books or classroom discussion, as an undergraduate[...]

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As a gesture of appreciation, I'll send a copy of my article, "The Home Life of the Trauma Therapist," which appeared in Treating Abuse Today.