By Chandrama Anderson
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About this blog: About this blog: I am a LMFT specializing in couples counseling and grief and have lived in Silicon Valley since 1969. I'm the president of Connect2 Marriage Counseling. I worked in high-tech at Apple, Stanford University, and in ... (More)
About this blog: About this blog: I am a LMFT specializing in couples counseling and grief and have lived in Silicon Valley since 1969. I'm the president of Connect2 Marriage Counseling. I worked in high-tech at Apple, Stanford University, and in Silicon Valley for 15 years before becoming a therapist. My background in high-tech is helpful in understanding local couples' dynamics and the pressures of living here. I am a wife, mom, sister, friend, author, and lifelong advocate for causes I believe in (such as marriage equality). My parents are both deceased. My son graduated culinary school and is heading toward a degree in Sociology. I enjoy reading, hiking, water fitness, movies, 49ers and Stanford football, Giants baseball, and riding a tandem bike with my husband. I love the beach and mountains; nature is my place of restoration. In my work with couples, and in this blog, I combine knowledge from many fields to bring you my best ideas, tips, tools and skills, plus book and movie reviews, and musings to help you be your genuine self, find your own voice, and have a happy and healthy relationship. Don't be surprised to hear about brain research and business skills, self-soothing techniques from all walks of life, suggestions and experiments, and anything that lights my passion for couples. (Author and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Calif. Lic # MFC 45204.) (Hide)
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For those of you who have been following Couple's Net
for a while, you know I love doing grief counseling. I was the caregiver for my husband who had (and survived) cancer, my MIL died last January of cancer and many of you followed along that journey with me.
This June I will be the therapist for a week for Camp Kesem; a camp serving 140 kids and teens -- at no fee, who have a parent who is currently in treatment for cancer, is in remission from cancer or who has died from cancer. The camp allows these kids and teens to just play, hang out, do activities, and focus on things other than the backdrop of cancer in their lives.
Donations are what makes the camp free; relieving the families of any fiduciary worries amidst all of their other concerns. I hope you will consider making a donation
to support this incredible opportunity for the campers.
The counselors are all Stanford students, and 120 of them applied for 30 open positions! What a terrific resource we have here at Stanford.
Here's a little more from the Camp Kesem website:
"Camp Kesem provides a safe, supportive and exciting overnight camp experience for children . . . and have the unique opportunity to build friendships and gain strength from peers facing similar challenges.
– To build a supportive community for Bay Area families coping with cancer by creating the week of Camp Kesem and camp reunions.
– To empower students to participate in community service by providing leadership positions, organizational roles, and opportunities to work directly or indirectly with children who has/had a parent with cancer."
I'm excited and honored to serve the campers and counselors.