Ruth Bolletino

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"Ruth Bolletino, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City specializing in work with people dealing with life-threatening illness, loss, trauma and bereavement. She is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. With two degrees in philosophy, she has taught that subject at Ohio University and The City University of New York. When she turned to mind-body psychology, she trained extensively with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and then with Lawrence LeShan with whom she has worked as a colleague since 1990. In 1991 she herself was diagnosed with cancer, and since 1991 has been cancer-free. She worked as a mental health volunteer for four months at Ground Zero, the World Trade Center site.

"She has authored the book How to Talk with Family Caregivers about Cancer"(2009), published articles in professional journals on such topics as psychotherapy with people with cancer, dealing with grief and loss, ethical considerations in psychotherapy and medicine, and spiritual factors in psychotherapy, and has written the chapter on cancer in the book Mind-Body Medicine: A Clinician's Guide to Psychoneuroimmunology. She has presented numerous lectures, seminars and workshops in the U.S., England, Israel, and South America for patients, their family members and health care professionals, and has supervised psychotherapists in their work with clients with life-threatening illnesses." [1]

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  1. Cancer As A Turning Point Who We Are: Cancer As A Turning Point Staff, organizational web page, accessed October 13, 2013.