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Hi, welcome to my world. I have always been curious about the “back stories” of the various institutions and career fields that I have passed through. The first half of my 40 year career in “human services” encompassed “hands on” social work with Mexican Americans and Navajos in the Southwest and later work with inner city families etc.
In the second phase of my career as a Psychotherapist I have combined private and group practice with coaching and teaching communication skills to employees, supervisors and executives at a wide variety of corporations. At times this corporate work has led me through some “heavier lifting” where I was called upon to perform trauma interventions.
During all of the above I have been a keen student of the inner workings of these various organizations. I have seen it all: from the noblest to the most ignoble of professional behaviors. My ultimate lesson from my human service work life has been that there are legions of silent heroes in these workplaces as well as far too many flamboyant
No-goodniks to be kept under close watch and ferreted out and dismissed.
To stay sane in this line of work it has been imperative to keep a balance of professionalism as well as personal enrichment – those who don’t are courting emotional and spiritual burnout: the “black lung” that lurks in our professions. My personal activities have run the gamut from novelist, stand up comedy, jazz singing, vintage race car photography and cable TV shows. I read avidly and sometimes ponder if I might possibly be the illegitimate son of Carl Hiaasen, David Sedaris or Kurt Vonnegut. Beyond all of this I live near Boston, MA. with my wife and our dear old black lab Java. So, please have some fun, hold on tight and enter the world of Maxie Freud