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Susanne Lee-Baldassini, LCSW

Susanne Lee-Baldassini, LCSW, has been a clinical social worker for 28 years, and recently celebrated 14 years with Yale New Haven Health. She currently supports patients and families at the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center in Guilford.

Throughout her social work career, Susanne's goal has always been to be focused and present for both the patient and their families. "I really enjoy the challenges and rewards of working at a Care Center where every day is an opportunity to make a difference. I feel passionate about my work and helping those facing various challenges on their often difficult journey," said Susanne.

Susanne is currently working on an initiative to bring her focus of Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy to COVID-19 survivors. Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy is an evidence-based intervention that helps people connect to meaning in their lives amidst the grief and loss they have experienced as of late. She is hoping to reach those in need of extra support to process the experience of the illness.

"The hope is that group members will use teaching, group discussion, and experiential exercises to focus on themes of meaning while being a COVID-19 survivor," said Susanne. "My biggest challenge currently is adjusting to working remotely. I really enjoy spending time with patients, families, and my teams!"

Before her recent retirement, Bonnie Indeck, LCSW, commented, "Susanne has provided social work services to a number of areas during her tenure here. Her clinical skills are sharp and her patients and families benefit from her expertise. I look forward to her continued great work and innovative projects. Susanne has been exemplary in working remotely and continuing to provide the best of care during the COVID-19 crisis."