“If you could see what I see, or what I don’t see, you’d understand how hard this is.” -MABVI consumer
This is a common refrain from people who are losing their vision. Fear of losing independence, tremendous anxiety, depression, anger, grief, and isolation, are all common responses. Vision loss may impact marriages, personal relationships, work, education, socializing, activities, and your own understanding of who you are as a person.
Our affiliated Vision Loss Counselors practice in the community and will support you through the challenges of adjusting to vision loss. They will encourage you toward renewed independence through new and proven coping strategies. Some of our counselors even have “lived experience” as blind or visually impaired individuals. Your counselor will work with you to build a toolbox of skills that will provide new ways to accomplish your daily and long-term goals.
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Counseling and Assessment Center (CAC) of Worcester
West Central Family Counseling (WCFC), W. Springfield
IlanaRei Goss, MSW, LICSW is a graduate of the Smith College School of Social Work who has been working in the field for over 15 years. She provides psychotherapy to adolescents and adults, including couples. Her main clinical focuses are working with people who identify with a gender or sexual minority (LGBTQIA), as well as people with disabilities, especially visual impairment.
As someone who has experienced vision loss herself, she believes that her empathy and understanding make her uniquely qualified to provide therapy for others experiencing vision loss and their loved ones. Her office is located in Jamaica Plain, two blocks from the Orange Line, and her building is handicapped accessible. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts, Beacon Health Strategies and Medicare.
Selma Mirsky, MSW, LICSW holds degrees from Boston University and UMass Amherst and has worked with many clients coping with vision loss over the years, including people blind since birth, adults who have been blind for a number of years, and elders first losing vision as a result of age-related eye diseases.
Selma performs individual, couples, and group therapy and prefers to work with people in their homes. While her office is in Brookline, she provides in-home counseling in Brookline and the surrounding areas (including Dedham, Needham, Newton, West Roxbury, etc.)
She accepts the following insurances: Medicare, MassHealth, Blue Cross, Tufts, Aetna, AARP, Optum.
Marcia Smith-Hutton MSW, LICSW, BCD has over 25 years of experience helping people with depression, anxiety, grief, panic disorders, and vision loss. Blind from birth and having grown up in France she is bicultural and bilingual. Before becoming a therapist, she studied music, graduating from a Paris conservatory and moving to Boston for a master’s in piano. Before starting her private therapy practice, she worked in several hospitals and mental health centers.
Marcia is able to see consumers in Brookline and is conveniently located on the Green “C” Line. She is also able to provide appointments to people over the telephone if they are unable to access her office. She takes Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Medicare, Tufts, and United. To enquire call 508-854-0700.