Cancer wellness IS possible. Cancer is a life-changing event that affects the entire family. Treatment decisions, relationship changes, body changes, the roller coaster of emotions … all of this takes its toll on families. Finding a therapist who has been specifically trained and credentialed in this type of support is crucial during this time.
I became a Board Certified Oncology Social Worker earlier in my career and now work 24 hours weekly as a cancer call center counselor. I stay current in research and treatment, cancer resources, as well as the special issues of cancer survivorship. When appropriate, I utilize Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery techniques that have been proven to lessen the emotional and physical impact of cancer on the patient and on the caregiver.
I was the Clinical Director of the St. Louis Affiliate of the Cancer Support Community for 5 years and served on their BOD for 2 years. During this time, I trained with the LiveStrong Foundation in Texas and the American Cancer Society as an ‘I Can Cope’ support group facilitator. I currently serve on several local cancer committees providing direction in cancer programming as a volunteer. As a 2-decade personal survivor, and after supporting my husband through bladder cancer, I have a unique perspective on the needs of patients and their families. As a Certified Yoga 4 Cancer Trained Teacher, I am happy to incorporate Yoga4Cancer ideas into your treatment plan. I enjoy working with patients, caregivers and survivors who need motivation to become healthier in mind and body after a life-changing diagnosis.
With over 25 years of combined experience as a palliative care and hospice therapist and as Clinical Program Director of the St. Louis Cancer Support Community affiliate in St. Louis, I enjoy connecting people with resources that may make their disease and lifestyle challenges a little less complicated.
I also enjoy providing clients with simple healthy lifestyle changes that can ‘STACK THE DECK’against emotional and physical disease. I hold certifications as a Food for Life™ Plant Based Nutrition Educator and four separate Yoga Certifications for those in need of a modified yoga practice due to physical limitations.
I trained in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy and Guided Imagery practices with Dr. Ronald Siegel and often utilize these practices with clients.
My Tibetan Sound Healing practice will be integrated into my menu by 2020.
I can work with you in person, telephonic and CLOSED CIRCUIT video counseling.
Licensed in Missouri, Illinois, and Utah
Preferred Treatment Modalities:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / EMDR / Mindfulness Based Psychotherapies / Therapeutic Coaching
Meditation & Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery Stress Management
Healing Sound Tibetan Bowl Certification 10/18.
RYT 200 hrs/ Yoga Alliance / Curvy Yoga Certification / Yoga4cancer Certification
Oncology Certified / Certified Plant-Based Nutrition Educator / End of Life Family Consults
Grief & Loss / Anxiety / Chronic & Terminal Illness / First Responders
International Assoc. of Fire Fighters Center of Excellence Preferred Provider
Registered Yoga Teacher: Yoga4Cancer ™ / Warriors at Ease™ / Curvy Yoga™
DOD, DOC & DOT Certified Critical Incident Provider