If Cancer is a Gift, Where is the Return Counter?

Dr. Mindy Greenstein is a psycho-oncologist, a mental health therapist who has devoted her professional life to easing the emotional pain of cancer patients and their loved ones. She knows first-hand what she’s talking about – she is herself a survivor of breast cancer. For her, the cancer diagnosis “liberated her from the fear of her own mortality.” This freedom in turn allowed her, over time, to view cancer as something useful, even as it was sometimes awful.

The value of what Dr. Greenstein does, leading individual and group therapy sessions, is similar to what we do here at The Gathering Place. We may not be able to take your pain away, but we could help your recovery with our holistic emphasis on body, mind and spirit. We agree with the doctor’s philosophy: do more of what makes you feel better, do less of what makes you feel bad.

Dr. Greenstein remembers a time in her journey when she felt broken, when she cried, “I can’t do this.” Check out her books, the writing of which she now sees as the reason she went through cancer.

Participate in any of our programs and services at The Gathering Place, all at no charge, to learn the powerful lesson of how being able to confront our fears can let us live a more authentic life.

Gatthering Place PhotoMindy Greenstein, PhD is a clinical psychologist and cancer psychologist, as well as a writer, mother, and two-time breast cancer survivor. She works as a consultant to the geriatric group in the Department of Psychiatry at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she serves as the Chief Clinical Fellow and helped develop Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy.

Books by Mindy Greenstein, PhD

House on Crash CornerThe House on Crash Corner… And Other Unavoidable Calamities
The House on Crash Corner and Other Unavoidable Calamities is about the sad, hilarious and meaningful ways we deal with the crises in our lives. You can’t spell joy without the oy. True stories range from growing up in Brooklyn as the Yiddish speaking daughter of Holocaust survivors, to my work with cancer patients, to life as a mom of two young boys, to becoming a cancer patient myself.

Lighter As We Go- Virtues, Character, Strengths and AgingLighter As We Go: Virtues, Character, Strengths and Aging
The fears of aging have been one long cascading domino effect through the years. Research shows that having a bad attitude toward aging when we’re young is associated with poorer health when we’re older. Lighter as We Go introduces compassion, justice, community, and culture to help calm our cascading fears of aging.

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