I began working in a mental health clinic before I graduated from high school and knew then that this would be my life's work. I learned at that time, and still believe now, that personal crises and challenges offer us opportunities for profound growth, and that this growth happens best within the context of a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship. I earned my MSW from the University of Michigan in Interpersonal Practice Methods and studied for my BA in Psychology at Wayne State University. In addition to practicing in mental health, I also cared for perinatal, pediatric, and adult hospice patients and their families as they navigated end-of-life, and I designed and implemented new grief support programs as the director for a non-profit bereavement center. I’ve shared my work as a featured speaker on traumatic loss, professional grief, end-of-life ethics, and other related topics. Along with offering counseling and therapy, I design and facilitate Writing Through Loss workshops, Narrative Medicine workshops, and I train healthcare professionals on grief awareness. I hold a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University.
Following the death of my daughter Camille shortly after her birth, I wrote a book of poems honoring her life called Abruptio. I also co-edited AFTER: Stories About Loss and What Comes Next, and The Healer's Burden: Stories and Poems of Professional Grief. My writing has appeared in various poetry journals.
I live in Traverse City, Michigan with Eric, my husband of 29 years, and I'm the mother of two young adults, Gabby and Will. In my downtime, I find joy in rowing and walking my dogs, Moxie and Maverick.
University of Michigan, MSW, Interpersonal Practice Methods, 1992
Wayne State University, BA, Psychology, 1991
Columbia University, School of Professional Studies, Narrative Medicine, 2020
Member of the Clinical Social Work Association