At Feinberg Consulting, it’s important to us that you have the opportunity to learn more about the faces behind our company. This September, we’d like you to meet our employee spotlight: Director of Addiction & Mental Health Services and Case Manager, Barrett Harr.
How long have you been with Feinberg Consulting and what do you enjoy most about working here?
Just over a year—Since August 2020. I love that all our work is done as a multidisciplinary team allowing us to better serve our clients and their families instead of approaching our work through one lens.
What inspired you to start in this career field and what do you enjoy most about it?
Being the mother of a child with persistent and pervasive mental health challenges, I’ve been in the shoes of many of our families not knowing where to turn but knowing that something must be done to support all members of our family to allow us to navigate challenging times. I love walking beside families and clients to come up with creative approaches so that their suffering can be reduced, and their lives improved.
Where did you attend school and what did you study? What certifications (if applicable) have you acquired?
I have a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, a Master of Arts in Religious Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Experiential Education Specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults both from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. I’ve been trained in both Safe Talk & ASIST Suicide Intervention Models, Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid, and NARM. I have a thirst for knowledge!
If in recovery, what would you like to share with others (any advice/input)?
Very few things require an immediate response. Feelings are not facts, emotions pass, a healthy meal and a good night’s sleep can often help prevent poor decision making. Giving yourself space to reflect and respond to things from a wise state of mind instead of an emotional reaction goes a lot farther than many people think.
What are some important lessons that you have learned over the years?
An unregulated adult cannot regulate an unregulated child. In other words, if we freak out when they freak out, no one is calming down any time soon.
It takes a village!
Authenticity and vulnerability are not a sign of weakness, they are a sign of strength.
What is your personal philosophy or mantra that inspires you the most?
Question what is, imagine what can be, and now go and make it happen!
What are 5 words that best describe yourself?
Passionate, Resilient, Organized, Quirky, Inquisitive.
Do you have any pets? If so, how many/what are their names?
3 Devon Rex Cats! They are known as “cat dogs” as they behave more like dogs than cats traditionally do. Their names are Wooster, Buttercup, and Pixel.
When you are not working, how do you enjoy spending your time?
I enjoy crafty pursuits — crochet, quilting, and baking in addition to the usual chaos that comes with being the parent of two teens!
What do you do for your own self-care?
Watching home remodeling shows, therapy, yoga, and meditation.
What is your favorite book or one that has had a significant influence on your life?
Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Her work is so inspiring and provides a level of wisdom and insight for modern life.
What are you most looking forward to in the future?
Continuing to discover joy in everyday moments as my future unfolds.