Quick facts, philosophy & origins
...was originally based on a medical model of "disease". I believe this model has led, in some instances, to pathologizing and consequently even stigmatizing a variety of human behaviors -- as far an entire class or group of people. Adopted people, homeless people, or women that have been sexually assaulted are among the many hurt by the mindset of pathologizing mental health.
I do not say this to suggest this is true for all mental health conditions, but rather the past and present tendency for mental health professionals to see almost all human behaviors as symptoms of a disease, possibly blinding them to accepting a different, more normal, less pathologizing perspective.
As a therapist & social worker
I believe understanding an individual’s feelings, needs, and experiences, and how those things are related the society at large, is paramount to helping any client I work with. I believe our mental states are part of our surroundings, because society, like an ecosystem, impacts us in ways we are just beginning to understand and recognize. rather attributing all the blame to the individual first and foremost, as the medical model of "disease" often does, I use my knowledge to see beyond just a diagnosis and into causes of what my client's are facing. I provide solutions and understanding to my utmost abilities.
In my mind I can still hear the reassuring sound of the foghorn warning folks to take care, or action, or change course.
My roots lay in the mid-west.
Winter meant snow, sledding, and ice-skating.
Summer meant frequent trips to the beach.
The “Big Red Lighthouse” you see on my website is close to Lake Michigan - the beaches and sand dunes I know & love.
In a strong and loving adoptive family. My brother Dick came first. I arrived almost four years later. What made us strong was that all of us accepted that our family was different - that adoption was different. And, that when talking about adoption, truth mattered.
My parents needed us, & we needed them. This mutual awareness provided us a shared sense of equality. our understanding forged adoptive family love, trust, and strength. Unfortunately, my brother and I lost our parents Joe and Anne Wolf when we were still in our early twenties.
I fantasized becoming a nurse, reading a series of books about young visiting nurses.
I later volunteered as a "Candy Striper" at local hospitals. Nevertheless, my interest eventually turned more philosophy, and social sciences, including sociology and psychology.
by my 30's
Divorced, happily remarried, and with four children, I recalled having earlier sought professional help from a skilled social worker. a pediatrician I knew at the time referred me to her, which led me to study to clinical social work.
undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. I later moved to the East coast,
And earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a psychology major and philosophy minor from the Catholic University of America (CUA), in Washington, D.C. I returned there to earn a Master of Social Work degree with a clinical casework major.
Now, I reside in Maryland, with my wonderful husband of 54 years, enjoying my children and grandchildren.