All too often, older adults struggle with daily tasks, or have unaddressed emotional or safety concerns, which are overlooked until the situation becomes emergent. Without mindful conversations and planning, people can feel isolated in their struggles and quality-of-life begins to suffer. If you, or someone you love, admits that joyful moments are harder to find and that daily life is becoming challenging due to physical ailments, decreased energy and overwhelming worries about the future, you are not alone, and help is available.
As a licensed clinical social worker, I provide compassionate psychotherapeutic counseling to aging adults who wish to process and reduce painful feelings such as grief, loss, depression and anxiety. I help clients move mindfully through their senior years by tailoring a biopsychosocial framework for enhanced emotional well-being, values-based living and stress reduction. My non-judgmental, relational and strengths-based approach allows clients to understand and resolve inner conflicts and to continue growing through loss and change.
Additionally, I offer holistic case management & consultation services to assist clients and families navigate the specific challenges of chronic or life-threatening illnesses and complex caregiving stressors. I often serve as a liaison to others on the care team in order to streamline services, utilize appropriate medical and community resources and plan for current and future needs. I assist clients and families to make empowered choices that balance safety with autonomy and enhance overall quality-of-life.
For medically necessary psychotherapy, I accept payment via Medicare. If services are not deemed medically necessary, I accept private payment. Please contact me to discuss your specific needs.
As a Certified End-of-Life Doula, I offer non-medical, holistic support to those facing advanced age or terminal illness. With over 24 years of experience providing counseling and coordination of services, I will partner with your caregivers, medical providers, palliative or hospice team to deliver a personalized extended layer of care-planning for your specific needs, wishes and comfort. My compassionate, skilled presence allows for more peaceful aging experiences and end-of-life journeys.
In this sacred role, I assist individuals and families with necessary preparations for the emotional, relational, spiritual, cognitive, financial, logistical and physical aspects of "letting go." I provide safety assessments, counseling, companionship and caregiver support. Additionally, I bring meaningful interventions for anxiety reduction, grief support, sacred conversations and family meetings. Throughout our time together, my role remains flexible in order to meet established goals as well as the primary needs of the moment.
I am also uniquely certified and experienced as an Advanced Care Planning Consultant. I assist clients to assure that their wishes are clearly communicated, and made accessible, to family and medical professionals in both emergency and end-of-life situations.
Advance Care Planning is the art of making decisions about the specific care you want (and do not want) to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. Your decisions are based upon your personal values and preferences for specific treatment interventions. If your advance directives are incomplete, unclear, or do not apply to the situation at-hand, it may result in secondary trauma, tension and confusion for you and those who are asked to speak on your behalf. Therefore, thoroughly completing your advance directives is one of the most loving actions that you can take for yourself and your family.
Together, we will discuss, plan and officially document your wishes based upon your subjective values, goals and unique life experiences. We will review any advance directive documents that you may already have and supplement them with additional documentation, as desired. You may also welcome the opportunity for scheduled family meetings where, together, we can clearly communicate your choices and encourage caregivers to adhere to your wishes should the difficult time come when they must speak on your behalf.
"Mindy helped support our family as our dad's health was declining. She became his counselor and his advocate as he faced significant life change and progression with his illness. Mindy also supported our whole family with valuable resources, therapeutic conversations and grace. I highly recommend her services to individuals and families facing transitions. Mindy held our hands and hearts throughout the process and even after our dad had passed. She is an angel, a light and a gifted practitioner. "
- AMY Y