What people say they appreciate most about me is my genuine nature. I utilize my professional and personal experiences to increase my understanding and compassion to help others. My career has many faces, so let me tell you about a few.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NY State and earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. I have been a couple and family therapist in West Seneca, New York since the mid-1990’s and was formerly an adjunct professor at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY.
As an Adult Planning Specialist and End of Life Doula, I am able to take my training and life experiences with both parents and husband's illnesses and passing to help others navigate the crazy, complicated medical world we live in.
This dovetails nicely with the books I have written about death/dying and grief/loss. Bitter and Sweet: A Family’s Journey with Cancer, the prequel to Life After Death, on This Side of Heaven are written from an honest and raw perspective on coping with the diagnosis and subsequent loss of Tim, my spouse.
I have also done extensive speaking on the above topics to various audiences through live audiences, radio shows, and even an occasional TV spot.
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