About Me

I am a licensed independent social worker with a PhD in psychology (academic degree). I have extensive experience working within healthcare and hospice environments, and have a strong understanding of medical issues. I utilize humanistic, transpersonal and strengths-based approaches in counseling individuals, couples, and families. I use techniques based on mindfulness, acceptance therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, crisis intervention, stress reduction, problem-solving techniques and client-centered therapy. My dissertation work focused on existential suffering at the end of life, and I embrace opportunities to companion with clients and families through the last chapter of life.

My humanistic approach engages clients in active collaboration on the content/direction of therapy. I strive to make the therapeutic space & time warm, welcoming, & safe to provide clients the ability to focus on problems. It is an honor to journey with another human being on the path to self-discovery.

My Education

BS - Cleveland State University (Biology)

MSSA - Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

PhD - Saybrook University (Psychology)

Advance Practice Certificate in End-of-Life Care - Smith College

Compassionate Bereavement Care™ Certified Provider, Specialist in the Art of Traumatic Grief Counseling—MISS Foundation, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross Family Trust, and the Center for Loss and Trauma 

What Do All Those Initials After My Name Mean?

MSSA=Masters Degree in Social Science Administration. This is the Case Western Reserve University equivalent to an MSW (Masters in Social Work)

LISW-S=Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision credentialing

PhD (Psychology)=Doctor of Philosophy

Training/Work Experience

St Vincent’s Charity Hospital Psychiatric ER

Mt Sinai Medical Center ER

University Hospitals of Cleveland

David Simpson Hospice House, Hospice of the Western Reserve

Antone F. Feo, PhD, & Assoc

Menorah Park Hospice


Mandel School Hall of Achievement, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Outstanding Field Instructor Award, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Crain’s Cleveland Business Healthcare Heroes Award - Allied Health Category


Adjunct Faculty, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
Volunteer Education, Hospice of the Western Reserve—family dynamics, cultural diversity, advance directives, boundaries, gift of presence, spirituality.
 Local and national speaker on ethics at end-of-life, self-care and compassion fatigue, ethics and palliative sedation, LGBT issues, role of the social worker in hospice care, hospice 101, death and dying.

Professional Organization Memberships

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Association of Death Educators and Counselors (ADEC)
American Psychological Association (APA)
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network


Shapiro, B. (2013). Physicians’ views and practices regarding palliative sedation for existential suffering in terminally ill patients. Dissertation. Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA.

Townsend, A. L., Ishler, K. J., Shapiro, B. M., Pitorak, E. F., & Matthews, C. R. (2008, in press). Levels, types and predictors of family caregiving strain during hospice home care for older adults.

Townsend, A. L., Ishler, K. J., Vargo, E. H., Pitorak, E. F., Shapiro, B. M., & Matthews, C. R.  (2005, March).  Predictors of strain in family caregivers using hospice home care.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the Center for Hospice, Palliative Care, & End-of-Life Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Townsend, A. L., Ishler, K. J., Vargo, E. H., Pitorak, E. F., Matthews, C. R., & Shapiro, B. M.  (2005, January).  Assessment of family caregiver strain during end-of-life hospice care.  In M. Bern-Klug (Chair), End-of-life perspectives:  Family and elders.  Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, Miami, FL.

Shapiro, B. M.  (2003, June). Shaken baby syndrome and hospice:  The case of baby Bobby. Smith College Studies in Social Work:  Special Issues End-of-Life Care, 73(3), pp.445-462. 

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