Support should feel good, the Healing Tree knows how to make cancer support enjoyable and helpful.
To begin the process of connecting your family to support through the Dempsey Center’s Healing Tree program, please contact us directly and ask to speak with the Youth & Family Services Coordinator. After a brief conversation, we will guide you through the appropriate next steps based upon your family’s needs, which may include scheduling a parent consultation or a Healing Tree Introduction.
See frequently asked questions for more information about Youth and Family services at the Dempsey Center.
A Healing Tree Introduction gently introduces youth to the services available at the Dempsey Center and is required before signing children up for services or programs. For young people, connection to the environment and the people they might encounter are the most important elements to establishing the Dempsey Center as a source of comfort and safety. Additionally, this time allows Healing Tree staff to provide individualized care by getting to know you, your children, and your family better.
During a Healing Tree Introduction you can expect that your child will be offered an opportunity to make a resource bag, take a tour, talk about the reason for their visit and why he or she might want to return.
Healing Tree counselors are trained professionals in the areas of childhood and adolescent development, family dynamics, and parenting through cancer. We understand that your family and your cancer impact are unique and we will work with you to tailor our support strategy to meet your goals and address your concerns. You can access this guidance and support regardless of whether you choose to involve the children you are concerned for. Consultation support is available by phone, e-mail or by scheduling an appointment.
Counselor, Youth and Family Services Manager
207-795-8256, [email protected]
Kailie Sullivan, LCSW, OSW-C, has worked in oncology care settings since 2008, most recently at Central Maine Medical Center and previously Massachusetts General Hospital. Kailie has a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University and holds advanced certification in Oncology Social Work. Prior to studying Social Work, Kailie spent several years working with children and families in the field of Early Childhood Education.
Kailie utilizes a strengths-based approach and resiliency theory model in her work supporting children, adolescents, young adults and families impacted by cancer. She also has expertise in counseling clients with concerns around managing complicated family dynamics and parenting through cancer. Kailie uses a variety of therapeutic modalities appropriate for youth and families including play, expressive arts, mindfulness and adventure-based therapies.
207-795-8256, [email protected]
Christine is a 2017 graduate of the University of New England earning her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Christine completed her clinical internship at the Dempsey Center and practiced in the areas of Adult Oncology and Grief and Bereavement.
Christine uses a person centered, strengths based approach, incorporating therapeutic modalities of CBT, Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy. Prior to transitioning into Oncology Social Work, Christine worked with children and families in the areas of Early Head Start and Child abuse prevention.
Youth Yoga Instructor
207-795-7736, [email protected]
You’ll find Tish at our Little’s Group every Monday. Tish is a certified yoga instructor with a specialty certification in “Color Me Yoga” classes for children. She was the Health and Fitness Center Director at the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA for over twenty years where she designed fitness activities for youth and their families. She currently teaches kid’s yoga classes at the Y.
Oncology Counselor, Psychosocial Services Coordinator
207-774-2200, [email protected]
Patti Sands earned her Master of Social Work degree at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has a background in supporting children, adults and families with grief, bereavement, loss and trauma. She interned and later volunteered at the Center for Grieving Children, serving as a facilitator in the peer model to all age groups. Patti has facilitated psycho-educational groups related to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and skill-based groups such as managing anxiety.
Patti uses a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy and Narrative Therapy. She also incorporates mindfulness and meditation into her practice.
Patti is a nationally certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clinician and has presented extensively on subjects related to childhood exposure to violence and trauma, most specifically childhood traumatic grief. Patti is also trained Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention and Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma or Conduct Problems.