Spotlight on Cathy Hodgson, Ed.D, Springfield Regional Coordinator
Just last week a new family client asked, “... so you think people can really change?” Although commonly asked, it is a strange question to ask those of us in counseling services. If we didn't believe change was possible, why be a counselor?
I finished my undergraduate degree at Drury University and went to Missouri State University for my Master’s in Guidance and Counseling. My early career found me in educational support programs and administration. Finishing my Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in 1994, I spent several years in higher education. I was getting further away from direct work with students and further involved in administrative duties. I decided I needed to return to direct care.
In the early 80’s, I directed an inpatient eating disorder program. It was there I was first introduced to the 12 step program of recovery. Research continues to support 12 step programs as some of the most successful in dealing with mental health or addiction concerns. Insurance issues closed the eating disorder program and I returned to my previous career in higher education administration. I continued to miss the one-to-one involvement. In the mid 90’s I took the leap into private practice. As a part of that career choice, I began to work with the MPHP as the Regional Coordinator in Springfield, Missouri. Working with the Missouri Physicians Health Program, I have enjoyed watching the personal growth and development of many physicians.
The Missouri Physicians Health Program has been a part of my professional life for close to 20 years. The relationships developed have enriched my life experience. It has been a privilege and a joy to observe positive change in many lives. My work reinforces my belief that people do change. They also grow and develop better, healthier lives. As I remarked to the young new client, “I know change can occur ... I have the great pleasure to see it happen every day.”