Mother, Wife, Social Worker, Runner, Weight Lifter, Reader, Household Chaos Manager, Explorer of Where Ever My Feet Land and Entrepreneur.
My name is Caitlyn Ogilvie, and I am wife to Kevin and Mother to Alexandra (2) and Koen (1). I have two fur babies- a dog named Killian and a cat named Talulah.
I attended Syracuse University, and earned my Bachelor's of Science in Social Work in 2006. In 2007, I attended Columbia University and earned my Master's in Social Work. During my studies, I focused on Clinical Social Work with a concentration on Children and Families.
Over the past decade, I have had the honor of providing mental health services to children and their families. During that time, I specialized in providing therapy to children and families who have experienced trauma. I have been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (nationally certified), Modular Affective Treatment for Children- Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Conduct, and Child-Parent Psychotherapy.
In 2012, I began my journey as a Coordinator in a Child Guidance Clinic, providing supervision to staff members. My experience of supervising opened my eyes to the weight that therapists and others in helping and teaching professions carry each day. In 2014, I was trained in Risking Connection, a trauma informed paradigm that looks at the power of the relationship with the client, but furthermore, examines vicarious trauma and the effects on the therapist. It was at that time I was introduced to the work of Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW, and it was eye opening. From that point on, my journey of self-compassion has begun, and I found myself encouraging self-compassion in my work.
I have always been an active person. For a majority of my life, I have been an avid runner. It was my therapy, it was grounding and it got my creativity flowing. I'd run for long periods of time, and continued this practice for many years into my career. I began lifting weights in college, but not seriously. I had used the weight machines and free weights . After having my son in 2016, the idea of spending an hour running or two hours at the gym after 8+ hours in the office no longer felt therapeutic or exciting or cathartic. It felt agonizing, stressful and I found myself filled with dread. Life felt out of balance.
During my maternity leave, as I began thinking about going back to work, I knew my time was limited. My time to decompress, recharge and refill was limited. My time for self-care was going to need to be quality because quantity meant sacrificing what I had worked so hard for, to become a Mom, being a partner in a marriage and progressing in my career. It also meant moving from self-care to self-compassion.
Part of my self-compassion is mindfully eating nutritious foods that balance my hormones, engaging in 20 minutes of strength-based, intense workouts, practicing mindfulness and gratitude, and engaging in rest-based activities to lower cortisol levels. As I carve out this time for myself, granting myself grace when it doesn't go as planned, I have found that I am not merely surviving as a helping professional, but thriving professionally and personally.