Dana Snyder-Grant LICSW

Specializing in chronic illness and disability

Consultation and Education


Living with chronic illness or disability,  your life has two kinds of movements: forward through time and life stages,  and around in cycles of illness, cycles of feelings, and cycles of connection and disconnection with others.  Together, these movements make  for a spiral journey through your  medical, emotional, and interpersonal worlds. My talks offer a way for patients, providers and families to help navigate their way through this complexity.


Dana Snyder-Grant is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience in a variety of settings. She writes and speaks about her specialty in chronic illness and disability. She provides individual and group psychotherapy, facilitates support groups for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and teaches in adult education settings. Dana was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1981. She is a member of a study group of the Stone Center at Wellesley College, applying relational theory to the experience of women with chronic illness and disability.

Here's what people have said about Dana's workshops:

"Excellent, well-informed speaker. [Dana] has a very engaging way of speaking. She provided valuable information in a matter of fact way."

"Her style was clear, crisp and  connected... She has a good grasp of   this topic yet welcomes input from  the audience."

"She was great - very interesting,  responsive and knowledgeable."

"Nice, relaxed, informal structure"

Presentations for patients

Living with Chronic Illness

Self-image and Altered Identity

Who am I now? Am I more than my illness?

Anger and Depression

Why me? How do I grieve my losses?

Interpersonal Relationships

How can I maintain a connection to existing friends? How do I create new relationships?

Independence and Dependence

How and when do I ask for help? Can I depend on others without seeing myself as "weak"?

Presentations for Providers

The Challenge of Chronic Illness

Explore a new model of the illness experience

Differentiate among

    disease - the medical problem

    illness - the human experience, and

    sickness - the cultural influence

Recognize the need for grief and mourning

Understand family dynamics and other relationships

Learn steps to help break isolation

Recognize the importance of listening to stories

Identify feelings of powerlessness of the helper

Highlight the experience of women with chronic illness

Presentations for Parents

`Am I My Sibling's Keeper?':

Understanding Siblings of Children with Special Needs

Understand parents' emotions: `what do I do about my own dark feelings?'

Know the sibling's emotional world: fear, anger, jealousy, guilt, love

Differentiate experiences for the toddler, the school-age child, the adolescent

Offer solutions: open communication, quality time, sibling control and choice

Getting Help from the Extended Family

Understand the family life cycle

Recognize grandparents' hopes and dreams

Learn how to ask for and offer help

Help families come together

Presentations can be adapted to meet your group's needs. Call or write for more information:

18 Half Moon Hill
Acton, MA
(978) 266-9409