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Monday, April 1, 2019

Local Counselor Offering "March Sadness" Sessions in Northern Kentucky

By Stephanie Class 

On the heels of yesterday's devastating loss for the University of Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament, Fort Thomas therapist Dr. Francis Carrington is offering free counseling services through the month of April. Carrington's “March On” program was designed to help people deal with the issues that arise each year due to March Madness. With the growing popularity of the program, and this year's intense tournament match ups, medical professionals have found it necessary to extend the program for another month. “March On” is open to anyone in the area seeking help – individuals, couples, and groups are all welcome to set up appointments with trained counselors.

“March On” has seen many success stories throughout recent NCAA basketball tournaments. Thanks to the 2018 “March On” program, The Bennington family is finally speaking again. Joe and Sadie Bennington had looked into couples counseling after fighting through recent basketball seasons.

Discovering “March On'” has made a major positive impact in their lives. The couple recently celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary, but had struggled to overcome their basketball-related differences. The two met in a European History course while attending NKU. Joe has been a die-hard UK fan his entire life, and was hit hard by the great UK vs. NKU Existential Crisis of 2017. Many people in the area had reportedly dealt with this same issue. Sadie firmly believed that it was her duty as a proud NKU graduate to cheer on her alma mater when they faced UK in the first round of the 2017 NCAA tournament. Joe didn't agree, and the cracks in their relationship began to show. “When he painted his face blue instead of gold that day, I knew that we would never be the same again,” said Sadie.

Joe and Sadie Bennington continue to work diligently at repairing their relationship. Sadie still lights a candle each night under her Drew McDonald poster, but Dr. Carrington firmly believes that the couple will complete counseling and become stronger than ever before.

Another local family, the Andersons, have high hopes that their counseling experience will be as successful as the Benningtons. For the Andersons, who are UK fans, their issues began when their daughter brought home a Duke fan to meet the family. “Look, I always really prided myself in being a supportive and caring father,” said Jim Anderson. “We always had a great relationship while she was growing up. Then, she went and fell in love with a Duke fan. What was I supposed to do? Just sit back and let that happen? I don't think so.”

When Mr. Anderson questioned his daughter about her relationship, she responded by saying, “I don't get it. It's not like he's related to Christian Laettner or anything.” Shocked that she would utter the blasphemous “L” word in his home, Mr. Anderson cut her out of the family's will. Mr. Anderson's daughter, who would like to remain anonymous, is hoping that the family will one day be able to move forward thanks to the help of “March On.”

Dr. Carrington spoke exclusively with Fort Thomas Matters about the “March On” program's extension. “We've noticed that it sometimes takes a little more time for people to realize that they need help in resolving their issues. Some groups feel as though their basketball-related issues will be solved once the tournament ended, or that their animosities will fade over time. That's simply not the case for many of our clients. This program is really helping to heal and strengthen our community,” said Dr. Carrington.

Dr. Carrington will be hosting an open group counseling session on April 1, 2019 at her office for UK fans. Dr. Carrington believes that “the best thing we can do right now is come together and help each other through this difficult time. I will be replaying last night's the Duke vs. Michigan St. on a projection screen so that those gathered will have something positive to help distract them from UK”s loss to Auburn.”

Dr. Carrington also stated, “Happy April Fool's Day!”

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