Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its seriousness. Give me your hand. 

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 bi-monthly clinical supervision group brings clinicians together to deepen their understanding of trauma-informed care and to create a safe, reflective[...]

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.


Why Care About Debriefing Critical Incidents?
Interview with Andrew R. Laue, LCSW What are agencies supposed to do when traumatic events happen to their workers? In[...]
What Do You Do When a Patient or Co-worker Dies?
Suicide #1 The first time a client I knew completed suicide, I was thirty-two years old.  For three years I[...]
Why “Vicarious Trauma” is Going Out of Style
Is the phrase “vicarious trauma” out-of-date? A relic from another era that tries imperfectly to describe a hazard that affects[...]

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