Greetings! My name is Cheryl and I am glad you are here. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to introduce myself.
I have over 30 years experience counseling and educating individuals, couples, and groups. Prior to moving to the Pioneer Valley, I maintained a private practice in the Greater Boston area for over 20 years as a psychotherapist, pastoral counselor, and community educator. I find it a privilege to sit with others.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Education from Georgia Southern College, a Master of Divinity from Duke University, and a Master of Social Work from Smith College. My classical training is in psychodynamic, behavioral, and systems theories. I worked in the addiction field prior to receiving my MSW in 1987. I am also trained in Hypnosis, EMDR, Focusing, Reiki, and various Shamanic practices.
As complementary support to cognitive, emotional, and physical well-being, I bring an understanding of the importance of diet and nutrition, exercise for body and brain, stress management, and mindful living.
This integrative approach is especially beneficial to those who seek balance in the face of major life transition. This includes people whose aim is - with proper medical supervision - to reduce and discontinue the use of psychiatric medication.
My spiritual journey has been universal. It spans the Judeo-Christian spheres, mystical teachings of the East and West, and several Earth-centered traditions. The people with whom I sit hold an array of spiritual or philosophical perspectives. However the planets of your Universe are posited, and in whatever realms you find meaning, I honor them as important elements of your whole self.
Areas of specialty are:
- Whole Life Coaching
- Life Transitions
- Burnout Prevention
- Aging Audaciously
- Grief and Bereavement
- Ameliorating Depression
- End-of-Life Concerns
- LGBTQ Issues
- Thriving in Recovery