Cheryl Jones (CA License # MFC27876) is a marriage and family therapist, educator and radio host. During her professional education, her first wife was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which was at the time a uniformly terminal illness with a 6 month to 1 year prognosis. In the 8 years that followed, Cheryl engaged daily in the work of preparing for her wife's death. She received training during this period from Stephen and Ondrea Levine (Who Dies and Grieving Into Life and Death) and Richard Olney (founder of Self-Acceptance Training). After her wife’s death, Cheryl immersed herself in her own multifaceted grief, surprised by frequent moments of joy.
Cheryl is Manager of Professional Education at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center, offering training in Cancer and Illness Competency. She is also a support group leader at the Center. She has trained extensively with Erving Polster, leader in the field of gestalt therapy and author of many books, including Everybody’s Life is worth a Novel. She was Clinical Director at the Alternative Family Project, which served the therapeutic needs of LGBTQ families in San Francisco. She also wrote a column called Motherlines for the San Francisco Bay Times and ran Considering Parenthood groups for the LGBT community.
Before becoming a therapist, Cheryl enjoyed careers as a musician, a restaurant owner and a carpenter and still enjoys singing with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, eating food in outstanding Bay Area locations (including her own kitchen) and remodeling her Craftsman. She lives with her wife in Oakland, California and especially savors time with her family and friends. Cheryl can be reached here.
"If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" from Ode to the West Wind by Percy Shelley