In his attempt to answer the question "What is life about?" counselor McCormack shares his personal history of abuse and abandonment and the stories he tells his patients to illustrate points he is trying to make in his practice of individual and family therapy. It is they, his psychotherapy patients, in addition to his children, who have inspired this work, frequently asking to record sessions or suggesting he write a book for lay people.
Charlie holds masters degrees in both psychology and clinical social work. He is the former Senior Social Worker of Adult Long-Term Inpatient Services at Sheppard-Pratt Psychiatric hospital in Baltimore. He was also guest faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry Family and Couples Program and was named the 1994 Clinician of the Year by the Maryland Society of Clinical Social Workers. He is the author of "Treating Borderline States in Marriage: Dealing with Oppositionalism, Ruthless Aggression, and Severe Resistance" and maintains a private practice in Baltimore.