- MA, Social Service - University of Chicago
- BS - Beloit College, Beloit, WI
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker - State of Illinois
- Certified Laughter Leader - World Laughter Tour
- Master Reiki Practitioner
“It is a gift to connect with people during such a critical and complicated time in their lives, and be able to meet them without the natural expectations or judgments that are often present during difficult times,” says Meagan Brown of her role in caring for cancer patients.
Brown earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and a bachelor’s degree from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. She previously worked in Chicago with patients living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, she volunteered at a local hospital as a rape victim advocate and offered individual and family support through the Jewish Federation.
Since November 2006, Brown has been providing counseling and emotional and psychological support to cancer patients and their caregivers at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago. She says her favorite part of working with patients and their families is being able to focus on “the human side” of the medical process.
Brown meets with many patients on their first visit to the hospital. She introduces the concept of mind-body medicine and the different ways people can help themselves during difficult, stressful and emotional situations. Then, she follows the patients through their treatment, offering ongoing support and counseling.
“I think of my role as two-fold. First, I am a mind-body therapist and a counselor, available whenever a patient or family member needs individualized support," says the licensed clinical social worker. "Secondly, I am a relaxation coach, equipped with knowledge of tools and techniques people can learn and use to connect with body and mind during times of extreme stress or emotion.”
Brown adds of her bond with patients and caregivers, “My goal in every relationship is to remain mindful of the present moment and the challenges presenting, as it can be easy for one’s mind to run away with the details and get lost in the emotions. I work hard to create a sacred space for people to express whatever is inside them, and to create a gentle, compassionate process to help them face whatever presents.”
Also a Reiki master practitioner, Brown uses the ancient therapy of Reiki to stimulate the gentle movement of energy through the body. It helps patients feel comfortable and relaxed. As a certified laughter leader as well, she facilitates therapeutic laughter groups several times a month at the hospital.
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