07 June, 2017

Hatching Charlie by Charles Creath McCormack Book Spotlight!

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Hatching Charlie; 1 edition (January 30, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692813438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692813430

If you've ever wanted to read someone's diary, be a fly on the wall during a private exchange, or wondered what someone, possibly your therapist, really, really thinks then Hatching Charlie will roundly satisfy that curiosity. It's a fascinating read if you just leave it at that, but, in doing so, you'd miss a rare invitation to be guided through elements of your own personal story on a parallel plane.
This book will take you on the life trajectory of one talented psychotherapist, who with candor, humor, spice, and great self-reflection tells how he "hatched" himself to find his professional calling, after many detours that could have meant a permanent derailing. He also reveals his own personal relationship struggles in the universal attempt to find love. In so doing, he offers hope to us all when we flounder and can't, for the moment, see a clear and promising path forward.
He generously shares the details of a psychologically lonely youth of disrupted attachments due to constant moving and the callousness of a narcissistic father. We agonize with him through an excruciating banishment, at 11years old, to a boarding school in France where sadism seems to be the guiding principle. He portrays, through the lens of his own hard-won experience, the scars and challenges created in soldiering through childhood alone. In this way, he connects the dots to his adult life and empathizes with all of us humans who, more or less, must pass through from childhood to adult and find our own individual way.
It is an inspiring memoir about how one person grappled with fear and isolation, and through the alchemy of self-understanding, forged a far more gratifying adult pathway. His sharing of his experiences as a therapist on an in-patient, long-term psychiatric unit alone is worth the read.
For anyone desiring to be touched by one individual's journey in wrangling with the great questions of life, in the hope some of your own might be illuminated, this is a wonderful and wise book. Written with humor, humility, clinical expertise and a loving respect for life and the human condition, Hatching Charlie heroically breaks new ground in the autobiography genre.


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Charles C. McCormack, MA, MSW, LCSW-C holds masters degrees in psychology and in clinical social work. Over the past forty-plus years, he has worked in a variety of psychiatric settings and was the Senior Social Worker of Long-Term Inpatient Services at Sheppard-Pratt Hospital in Baltimore. Mr. McCormack has presented numerous papers and workshops in the United States and Canada on the treatment of “difficult to treat” individuals, couples, and families. He was on the teaching faculty of Sheppard-Pratt and guest faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry’s Psychoanalytic Object Relations Family and Couples Therapy Training Program. He was also a field instructor for Smith College's Masters and Doctoral programs in social work. In 1994 Mr. McCormack was named Clinician of the Year by the Maryland Society of Clinical Social Workers. In 2000 his book "Treating Borderline States in Marriage: Dealing with Oppositionalism, Ruthless Aggression, and Severe Resistance" was published and is used in couples therapy training programs. In December, 2016 Mr. McCormack self-published an autobiography "Hatching Charlie: A Psychotherapist’s Tale" which interweaves the story of his unusual life, the early years marked by abandonment in a French boarding school, with becoming a psychotherapist. He currently consults and maintains a private practice in Baltimore.


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