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About Pam Cordano, MFT

Pam Cordano is a Psychotherapist and Meaning Coach who specializes in rekindling the human spirit following a life-altering event. For 27 years she has worked with individuals, couples, families and groups touched by illness, loss, and difficult life transitions. Inspired by Viktor Frankl, she is passionate about the power of identifying and embodying what is uniquely meaningful, which allows for increased vitality and new possibilities.

Pam has spent her life looking for openings in seemingly impossible situations, because when it came right down to it, staying open to new possibilities appeared to be the only choice she had. Open or die.

Her life started with substantial loss, and finding her place in “the family of things” has been a journey of hard work, courage when she could find it, and the many gifts of “wild geese,” which called her to open, to try again, to stay in life, to risk connection when old voices told her to run and hide.

Pam is passionate about accompanying others as they face seemingly impossible situations in their lives, whether it be a diagnosis, a significant loss, or a bewildering transition. When our lives become unrecognizable and our vision narrows, it is very difficult to see a viable path ahead, much less a meaningful or joyful path.

Eleven years ago she started a weekly Meaning Group for people devastated by losses of ability, health, and loved ones. Her group is like a vibrant garden planted in nourishing soil. They have stayed together all these years and learned what works effectively and immediately to outsmart their survival brains which hyper focus on problems, fears and grievances. Week by week her group turns instead toward what is nourishing, enlivening, and compelling, not to be “positive,” but rather to live an authentic balance of the tragedy and beauty which is here and true.

By bringing our attention to what is meaningful in a systematic way, we change trauma pathways in our brains, growing our capacity to connect, experience joy and feel grateful, even as we honor what we have lost.

Ten years later, with Viktor Frankl as her muse, Pam is devoted to offering her group’s best learnings to as many people, families, medical and corporate systems as possible to maximize the contagious and vitalizing power of meaning.

Meaning is a treasure chest sitting right under our noses, waiting to be discovered and integrated as our strongest compass.


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