How, Where, When and Why?
Katherine and Sarah have worked together in mental health for fourteen years. Most of their interaction over the years has occurred in the break room at Psych Recovery, Inc., in St. Paul Minnesota.
Picture it: a black rectangular table surrounded by no-nonsense, smart-ass therapists and psychiatrists who need to let off steam. The jokes and laughter fly with Sarah often leading the pack. Katherine belts out a high-pitched (shocked but not really shocked) laugh, and threatens to leave, but not before her colleagues hit her where it hurts: uttering the “F”-word – FART!
No surprise that this book came to fruition in the very same lunch room. While Katherine was minding her own business eating her organic bean and cheese burrito, Sarah and her posse sat at one end of the table spouting their own David Letterman Top Ten List of parenting violations that lead to assholeness in kids. Katherine was forced to ditch her lunch (and her dignity) and move to their end of the table. She and Sarah volleyed violation after violation, tears of laughter blinding them, until they were the last ones left in the lunchroom. The rest is history!
Sarah Anderson, MSW, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
The great horned owl sits atop of Sarah Anderson’s totem pole, a perfect representation of Sarah in real life. Its intense eyes allow it to access the soul, and its talons to fiercely protect its territory. Sarah encourages others to have the bravery to speak their truth and as a licensed independent clinical social worker and the CEO of a large outpatient practice and a professional supervision firm, Sarah juggles many professional roles. Outside of the office, she enjoys making snow angels in the winter, listening to bumpin’ loud music in her murdered-out Mom-mobile, and chuckling when told what she should do to keep up with the Joneses (or PTA). If her brown-eyed stare fixes on you, it is a silent warning to run if you have any intention of remaining a wallflower.
Katherine Quie, Ph.D, Licensed Psychologist
Katherine Quie is a licensed child psychologist and mother of two who practices at Psych Recovery, Inc. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment and treating children with developmental disorders, such as ADHD and Autism. Katherine is writing her own memoir about raising a son with ADHD, who is also a blues and jazz guitarist. Katherine has always been drawn to off-beat, creative types. In her free time, she flits from creative writing classes to yoga to open-knitting nights. She was just as surprised as her Texan relatives when she embraced the Minnesota tundra and made it home. Which also goes to show that anything is possible.
Together, Sarah and Katherine are two creatives who regularly challenge each other’s thinking, and make their stomach’s sore from laughter, in the pursuit of their mission: to tell the whole truth.