I have worked with families confronting illness and loss for most of my career. I conducted my doctoral dissertation research on the impact on adolescents of having a parent with cancer, and spent time early in my career working with families who had lost a parent at the Ann Martin Children’s Center in Piedmont, CA.
In 2013, I co-founded the annual Milton Marks Neuro-Oncology Family Camp with the UCSF Neuro-Oncology Department for families where one parent has a brain tumor. This non-profit project helps to bring respite, connection and a deeper sense of community to families where one parent has a malignant brain tumor. Although there are family camps for children with pediatric illnesses, this is the only family camp in the US to help families cope with parental illness.
I have taught and presented locally on interventions for families, help for caregivers, and parenting through serious illness, and currently serve on the Advisory Board of the UCSF Gordon Murray Caregiver Program.
Drawing on my years of experience helping families navigate serious illness and grief, I will help you craft a plan to help you live this part of your lives together in the most meaningful way. Given the special nature of this kind of work, meetings may be arranged, as needed, with different combinations of family members at various times (parents alone, a mother and daughter, children individually, siblings together, or whole family meetings), and may take the form of consultations, discussions, play sessions, and even whole family therapeutic art activities.