Last week, our mental health community lost a legend. Psychiatrist Dr. George Suckow will be missed by many. He touched the lives of thousands of people. One of the biggest lessons I learned while working with Dr. Suckow was the idea of everyone deserving a second chance. Some people might remember Dr. Suckow as being a man of few words, that he had short appointments, or that he was always overbooked. What I remember is that he always gave people second chances. The people who some providers called "difficult patients" or "drug seekers"...Dr. Suckow looked at as human beings first, who were just trying to make their lives better in whatever way they knew how. He treated every patient with dignity and respect. He realized that people make mistakes, that we all make mistakes. And just because mistakes are made, it doesn't mean that one should be punished for those mistakes for a lifetime. No one will ever be able to replace Dr. Suckow. May he rest in peace.
Amber is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She offers counseling for individual adults and clinical supervision for social workers. For fun, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, researching genealogy, reading, and dragon boating.
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