Hello Nantucket, and welcome to the Wellness portion of Nantucket Pulse programming, made possible by the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Community Health Initiative.

I’m Natalie Ciminero, your host and I’m so fortunate to be working with a talented and dynamic team of individuals who are committed to making sure that Nantucket Pulse Wellness program continues to highlight essential resources to help us balance our new way of living… taking care of ourselves, each other, AND connecting to those who can help us during this unprecedented time.

Joining me this week is Bonnie Fitz-Gibbon, Ph.D., a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and psychologist in private practice on Nantucket since 1987. As a psychotherapist, she sees individuals, couples, adolescents, and elders in all matters pertaining to aging as a particular stage of life. The orientation of her work is primarily based in humanistic/existential psychology and she works with clients from a depth perspective endeavoring to treat not only symptoms but also working to address underlying root issues that may be involved.

Bonnie is also a Resident Counselor for Palliative and Supportive Care (PASCON) at Nantucket Cottage Hospital since 2013. Her work focuses on all levels of treatment including patients living with terminal and or debilitating illness and all issues concerning their wellbeing; counseling patients relative to issues of death and dying, trauma, bereavement, and caregiver needs.

Today is a special treat as I will be talking with Bonnie live – so fingers crossed that technology is kind to us and this goes as planned! 🙂

I’ve known her for over 20 years so I am very pleased to present Bonnie Fitz-Gibbon. Hi Bonnie and welcome!

First Question: In this new world of living with Covid-19, can you talk about what you see as important and meaningful issues for people to contemplate and what you see as particular stressors at this time?

Second Question: Can you also speak a bit about your work with PASCON and how that has influenced your life personally and professionally, particularly at this time with Covid-19?

Third Question: To end our time together, is there anything more you’d like to share with us?

CLOSING

Bonnie, you are a special gift to the island community.Your wisdom and sense of compassion never cease to impress and inspire me and I thank you for being here with me today! 

To watch this episode or learn more about Bonnie and her work anytime, look for it in the NantucketPulse Wellness series Playlist on nctv18.org.

You will notice at the end of this episode local island groups giving rounds of applause to health care workers on Nantucket and around the world!  If your team is meeting on zoom or google hangouts, please record yourselves saying who you are and give a shout out and round of applause to our frontline heroes, and send them to info@nctv18.org

We are going to continue with our series aimed at keeping everyone connected and maintaining a healthy balance under the guidance of our cherished local health professionals. I hope you have found something in today’s episode that will help you. In closing, I’d like to share some wise words from Shep Hyken “Recognize that every interaction you have is an opportunity to make a positive impact on others.” In that spirit, I would like to give a shout out to all of you who continue to stock the shelves at our local markets for us and our pets, and make curbside deliveries and have the patience to fulfill our special call-in orders. I can’t impress upon you enough how much you make a real difference in our lives.

That’s all for now, I’m Natalie Ciminero, your host of the Wellness portion of Nantucket Pulse —I’ll be back next week. Take good care of yourselves and each other.