|Dr. Sherry E. Showalter, PhD, LCSW, M.Msc.Board Certified Diplomaté Clinical Social Work
Tarpon Springs, Florida
|“exceptionally energetic and enthusiastic teacher/healer in the field of loss and grief… she accepted her calling and is invaluable to many”Eileen Dohmann, Vice-President Nursing, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, Va.
“Dear Sherry, Squaw Woman, Healer of Souls, soother of troubled hearts.. The Gods must have sent you to me and my families, for you indeed make the part of living that is dying an unforgettable and deeply spiritual experience.” The Old Woman, Shirley, Arlington, VA.
“It has to be her passion, her humor, her zest. If passion had color, and humor had passion, Sherry would find it, wear it, weave it into her day and make you want it as your own. She sweeps aching hearts along a journey of recognition and integration with such energy and finesse that pain becomes a beautiful and vibrant fiber skillfully woven through the very fabric of the person who now must face the world through eyes of loss.” Maggie Callanan,RN, author; Final Gifts, and Final Journeys
“She used her Native American spirituality and social work skills to reach beyond cultural/religious views while allowing my friend to express and cope with suddenly saying goodbye to many friends and family. My friend referred to Ms. Showalter as her spiritual advisor, sharing her thoughts, hopes and fears. She continued to give support, counseling, storytelling and rituals to facilitate healing to Susie and those who loved her. Sherry attended the funeral service as well Susie was cremated holding a medicine wheel that Ms. Showalter had made for her to take into the spirit world. She is an extraordinary woman who made an indelible impression on all of us who had contact with her during this difficult time.” William V. Roth, Jr. U.S. Senate
Psychotherapist, Speaker, Author
Currently engaged in private practice in Tarpon Springs FL, National speaker on topics of loss, grief, compassion fatigue, care giver stress, cumulative loss and spirituality and healing.
2004 – 2009 Providing grief counseling to members of the community suffering sudden, traumatic deaths, working for The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast in the Center for Loss and Healing.
Education, Honors, and Certifications
Ph.D. University of Sedona, 2009
M.Msc. University of Sedona, 2008
LCSW Licensure in the states of Virginia and Florida
MSW Virginia Commonwealth University 1995
BA/AAJ American University Washington D.C. 1979
2001 Award Recipient of the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals: Psycho-Social-Spiritual Caregiver
Strathmore’s Who’s Who: Lifetime member awarded 2008
Certified Mass Fatality Interventionist
Board Certified Diplomaté Social Work
Compassion Fatigue Specialist
Certified EMDR therapist
20+ years working in health care/hospice settings. Providing social work to patients and families and members of the communities at large. Spoken to groups nationally with emphasis on loss, grief, hope, healing and ritual. Participate in opportunities to enhance practice skills and public speaking. Have worked with dying children and throughout the age spectrum, business communities and professions to enhance coping and renewal.
Healing Heartaches, Stories of Loss and Life, Infinity Publishing