Sage de Beixedon Breslin
Dr. Sage de Beixedon Breslin has been serving the San Diego, Calif. region as a practicing psychologist for more than two decades but it is only in the last four years that he has been treating service members as a Give an Hour provider.
With an average of five to six pro bono clients, often young Marines from Camp Pendleton, she is doing her part. The Healing Heart Center in Solana Beach where she practices offers an integrated medicine approach which Sage finds particularly useful with her diverse clientele. Sage donates between six and twenty hours to each of her Give an Hour cases. “I’d donate more but many of them leave me to deploy again,” she says.
One of Sage’s cases is a 24-year-old active duty Marine who returned from deployment in 2008 with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One of his duties was to search and defuse the area around his Forward Operating Base for buried landmines. When he returned home to Pendleton and sought help, he was given a mild anti-depressant and told to “buck up and shut up”. His wife had divorced him for another man and he was barracked right smack in the middle of highly active training facility that ran training exercises 24/7. One of his battle buddies referred him to Give an Hour and he was matched with Sage. Along with providing tools to cope with his PTS such as self-talk and meditation techniques, Sage has set two long-term goals for her patient. She is trying to get him into a Navy PTSD program and urging him to act upon his own desire for discharge.
Because of her care and compassion for military and veterans in need of counseling, Sage is a Daily Point of Light.