Rita Gingrich, LCSW, OSW-C, provides mind-body counseling support to patients with cancer and their loved ones. She works with individuals, families, couples and children to nurture and strengthen healthy coping skills for the emotional challenges and stresses related to the experience of cancer. Rita has worked in the human services field for over 25 years and has enjoyed a variety of work experiences. She has extensive experience in counseling and group work in hospice, mental health and cancer care settings.
Philosophy of Care
Rita provides patient-centered counseling. She explores the values, priorities and other factors that contribute to each person’s quality of life. She works to identify and maximize the strengths of each individual and family unit and to empower them to engage in their healing with a sense of calm and confidence. She uses a variety of mindbody counseling approaches to foster healthy coping skills and to improve her patients’ quality of life during their cancer journey.
Rita provides instruction and training in a wide variety of mind-body strategies to help patients manage stress and enhance their quality of life throughout the cancer experience. Common mind-body strategies include talking about stressful experiences, journaling, guided imagery, mindfulness practices, prayer and meditation. Together with a team of mind-body counselors, Rita offers cancer support groups focused on education and peer support, family programs to help children cope with their loved one’s cancer, and annual weekend retreat for patients with metastatic cancer and their spouses, partners or caregivers.
Rita participated in a year-long program on Screening for Psychosocial Distress. The program was a partnership between Yale School of Nursing and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, and funded by the National Cancer Institute. She also participated in a two-year program, Implementing Comprehensive Bio-psychosocial Screening presented by City of Hope and funded by the National Cancer Institute.