MySingleSpace.org was created by a consortium of professionals, some of whom are single, have been single, or could be single again. Many of us have also counseled individuals, who entered SingleSpace from various routes and with differing concerns. Yet, certain experiences and challenges are shared by many single adults. These have become the foundation and focus of MySingleSpace.
MySingleSpace is grateful for those who encouraged and sponsored the Single Space Workshops (1999-2007), conducted first for psychotherapists who worked with single adults and then for members of several churches in the Chicago area. In addition, the contributions of the single people who participated in our focus interviews” were invaluable in further refining the vision of MySingleSpace.org.
Wendy Wasson, Ph.D., developed the SingleSpace Workshops (1999-2007) that became the initial inspiration for MySingleSpace. Within her psychotherapy practice, she has worked with many single women and men on self esteem, relationship issues, and managing transitions in their lives. Dr. Wasson has an M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University, where she has been on the faculty of the Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also affiliated with The Cathedral Counseling Center in Chicago which encouraged the development of the SingleSpace Workshops.
The JOURNALERS’ CLEARINGHOUSE is written by Beth Jacobs, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist in private practice and on the faculty of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.She is the author of Writing for Emotional Balance: A Guided Journal to Help You Manage Overwhelming Emotions and has developed many avenues of journal-assisted therapy.
Dick Osgood, Ph.D., serves as Partner and Chief Scientist of iNTELLISHARE, a K-12 education company. Prior to iNTELLISHARE, Dick has developed, implemented, and managed large training programs at UNext and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Dick holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science specializing in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence from NorthwesternUniversity. He has also earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from YaleUniversity.
Kris McIntosh is owner of McIntosh Consulting and McIntosh Photography, http://kristinemcintosh.com. She has worked in the eLearning and adult technical education industries for the past 12 years. In 2003, her photography hobby turned into a business, where she specializes in pets and babies and writes an educational photography column for the Arlington Heights Almanac. Kris also designs websites, and has served as an adviser during the design process for MySingleSpace.org.
Natalie K. Holzman, MSW, LCSW is in private practice in Chicago, and works with adult and adolescent populations of various socio-economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds.Her current practice includes adults of all ages who present with a variety of anxiety and depressive disorders, regarding relationships, marital, parent-child, and health related issues.In addition to clinical practice, Natalie was a field instructor for several social work schools, held an adjunct faculty position at Loyola University’s School of Social Work, teaches a licensing study course, and continues as a member of the NASW Illinois Chapter Ethics Committee since 1989, a committee she chaired from 2000-2007.
Rosemary Devlin has been a practicing attorney for over 25 years. She has an A.B. from DukeUniversity (1978) with majors in Psychology and Accounting and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law (1981). Rosemary has also been interested in spirituality and metaphysics for the past 18 years, and has experience and a special interest in spiritual inisghts gained through channeling and automatic writing. Some of these will be shared within The Bigger Picture section of MySingleSpace.
Kirstin Osgood is experienced in coalition building, campaign communication, event planning, organizational design, grassroots advocacy and state level lobbying. She earned a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. Ms. Osgood also founded the nonprofit group, Denver for Africa, and worked more than 10 years for a leader in music distribution and for numerous political campaigns, including the 2000 Kerry/Edwards campaign. Kirstin has developed The Meatloaf Project, which uses her ability in building groups and communication to help individuals achieve their goals.