The journey began many years ago, one might say, Once Upon A Time... a woman began a spiritual journey.   She was led to a Clinical Pastoral Education program at Arkansas Children's Hospital where she polished  her  gift  of  being  with  people  in difficult times,  to  listen  to  peoples' stories.   Becoming credentialed, she worked as a chaplain at St. Vincent Infirmary.  While working with patients, families, and staff surrounding issues of grief, loss, and dying, she entered her own therapeutic journey to know herself better.  Listening to stories...
 
The second, concurrent phase included the body's wisdom.  Training and becoming Licensed as a Massage Therapist, this woman continued listening to peoples' stories as told through their bodies-where we carry hurts and traumas.  Learning how to let it go.... listening to the story....
 
The final concurrent phase included learning to become a social worker to be able to work with individuals and families to help them to listen to themselves and learn to become whole and at peace with who they were created to be.  She worked for almost 20 years at the Arkansas State Hospital with people living with mental illness.  Still listening to stories....
 
In this current phase, the woman, now a crone, is working to pass on stories as wisdom to much younger people wanting to help others as social workers. This woman teaches in the Social Work Department at UALR. Listening to stories, and really trying to hear.
 
Nancy works from a strengths based perspective to allow people to tell and hear their own stories. The wisdom lies within each one of us.  Perhaps sharing the wisdom of the crone, perhaps not, using the best pratices of trauma-focused care, to best allow people to see their own life-journey as sacred ground to be reverenced and celebrated.

Nancy Streit, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker