Glenn Hirsch, Ph.D., L.P.
Director, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs.
Education: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Kansas.
About Me: A native of Los Angeles, California, I traded beaches and mountains for seasons and plains, with no regrets except for the last two weeks in January. My heritage is Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish and my grandparents fled Europe at the end of the 19th Century to escape anti-semitism and seek a new life in the United States. Although my parents were not religious, our family practiced values of “Tikkun Olam,” the Jewish notion that each person is responsible for engaging in acts of kindness and compassion to help heal the world. In my family this meant treating people with respect and dignity, and honoring different personal, religious and cultural identities. My choosing a career as a psychologist reflects a long family tradition of serving in careers that help others, and I see my work as honoring my parents and ancestors in this way. When I am not at work I recharge my batteries by flying planes, doing photography, and hiking/backpacking with my partner Sue.
I believe that as humans we have the capacity to lead full, loving lives, but that lived experiences including family struggles, trauma and societal oppression can interfere with developing our full selves. The most important part of my counseling is the relationship between myself and the person I am working with. I work to create a safe, non-judgmental place where my clients can discuss their concerns and receive support. I work out of a strengths-based perspective, honoring my client’s courage and strength, and working collaboratively towards creating changes the client desires.
Professional Interests: Helping students create personal success by overcome academic underachievement; developing identity-informed mental health support for students who identify as first-generation and/or from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities; young adult development; effective shorter-term treatments for depression and anxiety.
M.S.W. Social Work, University of Minnesota.