Introduction to Clinical Practice

Judith Peres is a clinical social worker with postgraduate training in cognitive/behavioral therapy and mind/body health.  She has extensive experience in stress management, grief work, aging and palliative care. Her career spans over three decades in both Medicare and Medicaid health policy and direct clinical psychotherapy practice. Her clinical practice includes Employee Assistance Program work for the Sheppard Pratt Institute in Baltimore, Maryland and practice as a psychotherapist and mind/body specialist for Kaiser Permanente.  She draws on her experience in both psychotherapy and policy for her practice.

Her psychotherapy practice focuses on assisting people with successful life transitions.  Transitions represent the inner reorientation and redirection we all experience when faced with major life changes.  Changes, even desired ones, can create stress, anxiety and depression.

She uses her cognitive/behavioral experience as a therapist, plus her clinical training in stress management and mind/body health, to support persons undergoing change, to transform a perspective of “limitation” to one of possibility.  Research has shown that these skills and approaches are especially beneficial in restoring emotional well-being during times of change in our careers, family life, relationships, health, caregiving, grief and aging.

In addition, she offers 8-10 week group programs using a number of modalities (guided imagery; meditation; problem-solving) and is available to conduct “brown bag” lunches on a range of topics such as: Chronic Pain; Self Esteem; Stress Management; Mind/Body Wellness; Successful Aging; Caregiving and Grief.

She is a Medicare provider and helps elders and their families navigate the uncharted waters towards successful aging with dignity and independence.

Ms. Peres has a Master in Social Work from the University of Maryland and additional post-graduate training at the Mind/Body Institute in Washington, DC and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York.

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