After having lost my dad suddenly at age 70, my niece at age 20, then going through a divorce after a 32-year marriage, I became interested in learning more about coping with grief and loss. In the summer of 2014 in between my two years of Interfaith Seminary, I was certified by the Grief Recovery Institute as a specialist so I could offer the program to others. After spending 4 years as a volunteer pastoral care visitor at my local hospital, I had a call to ministry, and was ordained in the summer of 2015.
My professional background includes several years of experience in corporate Leadership and Organization Development designing and delivering training programs as well as executive coaching. More recently I spent 2 years as a Hospice Chaplain, providing patients and their families with spiritual support at end of life. I have a BS in Marketing from Bentley University and completed 110 hours of coach training from The Coaches Training Institute in 2002.
In December of 2018, after selling, donating or trashing 95 percent of my belongings, I moved to the Villages in Florida after having lived in Massachusetts my whole life. What's great about my work is I can serve clients remotely via ZOOM, which removes any geographic restrictions. I also work locally with clients either in my home or theirs.
In my spare time I enjoy yoga, taking photos in nature, and spending time with friends. I also volunteer as a Reading Pal with the United Way which provides a nice balance being able to spend time with kindergarteners twice a week.
My tuxedo kitty, Charlie Chaplain, loves to sit with me when I'm working with clients who come to my home for their sessions. He is very tuned in to human emotions, and will often sit next to them if they are crying, or will walk by their legs so they can lean over and pet him. He provides a calming presence, which is why one client dubbed him "Counselor Cat".
Charlie Chaplain aka "Counselor Cat"