“In the winter, far beneath the bitter snows Lies the seed that with the sun's love In the spring becomes the rose.”
Bertha Cohen, MSW RSW
I have a Masters in Social Work and have practiced on two continents. I started off working in South Africa, providing counseling to people with disabilities and their families in the community. I also worked with patients with a variety of medical conditions and their families in a hospital, including patients in a spinal cord unit and their families. After moving to Vancouver, Canada, I worked on the renal unit at St Paul’s Hospital with patients and their families coping with dialysis and transplants.
In 1996 I joined BC Women’s Hospital in a fulltime capacity. My focus there was working with women with high risk pregnancies, women in labour and post partum. My work centered on providing counseling for patients and their families around traumatic birth experiences, perinatal loss, relationship issues, mental health issues, interpersonal violence and addiction. I also facilitated the pregnancy loss group at the hospital for many years.
I specialize in anxiety and depression, stress management, couples counseling, and grief and loss, including pregnancy loss; I have gained a lot of experience working with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds while addressing a wide range of issues. I was nominated for the Excelsior Award for outstanding service in the field of physical disability in South Africa, and received an Education Award of Excellence from the C&W Health Centre in Vancouver BC.