National Director of Mind-Body Medicine
Area of Expertise
- Individual and Family Counseling
- Relaxation and Stress Management Techniques
- Support Groups
- Therapeutic Laughter
- Pet Therapy
“We use therapeutic laughter to help patients and caregivers cope with cancer, both psychologically and physically. Laughter therapy is effective because it is known to help boost the production of natural killer cells and also because it helps people remember how to laugh and be happy again,”
Dr. Puckett is a licensed clinical social worker and is the National Director of Mind-Body Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in social work from Loyola University.
Her mind-body medicine program is designed to help empower patients and caregivers so they are able to maintain or regain a sense of control, a sense of hope and a sense of effectiveness in the midst of living with cancer.
Comprised of highly trained, licensed psychotherapists, the Department offers a wide range of therapeutic and supportive services including individual and family counseling, educational groups providing training and practice in stress reduction techniques, and support groups. In taking advantage of these offerings, many patients report greater peace of mind and relaxation and improved communication with family members.
The Power of Mind-Body Medicine
Time: 11 seconds
Ms. Puckett talks about how the Mind-Body Medicine team listens and supports cancer patients and caregivers to help strengthen their inner well being.