Megan Pera, MA, LISW-S, approaches therapy from a strength-based perspective while helping awaken clients’ own ability to heal. She draws upon mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy to inform her work with adolescents, adults, and seniors. She has worked with all ages in a variety of hospitals, medical centers, and mental health settings. Some of her specialties, in addition to depression and anxiety, include PTSD, adjustment to illness, and grief and loss, including pet loss. She understands the human-animal bond and the important role our animal companions play in individual, family and community well-being. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration where she received her Master’s degree in Social Work in 1999. Megan has a long history of instructing medical students and providers on communication skills and the patient-provider relationship. Most recently, she has developed and coordinated mental health simulation-based trainings for the Dayton VAMC workforce, as well as assisted in the start-up of a local hospice. She enjoys antiques, interior decorating, hiking, and spending time with her husband, son, and two pugs.