Ann-Raney0301Q & A with Chief Executive Officer Ann Fisher Raney, AM, LCSW

Ms. Raney has worked in as a clinician and administrator in community mental health for nearly 30 years. With advanced degrees in social work and religion, she has taught at The University of Chicago, is a graduate of Leadership Evanston, and maintains a private psychotherapy and consulting practice. Her clinical interests include relational therapy, spirituality, and mindfulness. Her position at Turning Point includes staff supervision and consultation as well as administrative oversight. She believes that all members of the agency team benefit from understanding all aspects of the agency’s mission to provide quality care to the community.

Why did you choose to work in this field?

My first job was in community mental health, and I realized immediately that “community” meant clients, their families, and staff. It is a sacred relationship. I knew then that my calling was to work in the field of mental health.

The reason this work is so important to me is that any one of us could be a client. There is no typical client. At Turning Point everyone is welcome and valued.

How do you stay healthy?

I like to stay healthy and relieve stress by spending time alone, and by being with others; this combination of solitary reflective time and time to connect with others is important for me. I seek out fun, creative relationships that are supportive, challenging and nurturing.

What makes Turning Point unique?

Compassion. It is evident in so many interactions I see at Turning Point: clients caring for one another, staff offering mutual support, staff and clients engaged in meaningful conversations and activities.

What is the last good book you read?

Chi Running by Danny Dreyer.

What famous person would you most want dine with?

One of the Dalai Lama’s personal assistants.

What is your personal motto?

“All shall be well.” (borrowed from Julian of Norwich).

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