MONDAY, August 13, 2012 -- 3:30 pm PST/6:30 pm EST
Gabrielle Hamilton is a therapist, Speaker and Huntington’s Disease (HD) Activist. Gabrielle became a Certified Social Worker in 1997 and began providing therapy to children and families through a community-based organization known as Safe Space. When her term ended in 1998, she left the Chapter to focus on her new son, Teddy, and her full-time profession. Throughout this time, she continued her volunteer work with The Hereditary Disease Foundation speaking at fundraisers, meetings with scientists, and participating in research studies.
In 2008, Gabrielle published a children’s book entitled LILCO AND HIS MOMMY and began speaking with children and families in schools about parenting in the face of illness. She has recently opened a private practice providing therapeutic services to children, adults and geriatrics specializing in the management the stress associated with HD and other neurological disorders.
Gabrielle’s mother, grandmother and aunt were all afflicted with HD and she herself has been diagnosed as gene-positive. She often explores the topic of hope in spite of illness in her talks and since 2010, has served as a panelist on this topic at Long Island’s Education Day.
In 1998, her poems about HD were published in the book FACES OF HUNTINGTON’S. Gabrielle graduated from The Hunter College School of Social Work with Honors and received the Goldfein Award for her thesis paper entitled “Positively Testing.” This paper was eventually published in the November/December 1998 edition of FAMILIES IN SOCIETY.
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