As a senior social work counselor, Katie Anderson works closely with patients at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center as part of the interdisciplinary team. She is a native Texan and has been part of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center family for approximately three years.
“I provide emotional support through counseling for patients and their families. I also provide information on community resources and education on Advance Care Planning and Advance Directives.”
Katie can also help patients navigate the large system at MD Anderson, including other services such as:
• Talking to children about your diagnosis
• Coping with grief and loss
• Locating and accessing resources in MD Anderson and the community
Contribute to the world in a positive way
As a child, Katie wanted to be a social worker, librarian and a children’s book illustrator. “I have always really cared about people’s feelings and beliefs and about what motivates them. I wanted to contribute to the world in a positive way and in my mind, becoming a social worker was one way I could do that,” Katie shared.
Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time with her 5-year-old son and their Chiweenie dog and cat. She likes playing board games, watching documentaries, country line dancing, geocaching and traveling to name a few. “I love to explore new cities or towns and not have an agenda. It helps to remind me of the magic and wonder in the world that I often overlook and as a bonus, I don’t have to do any chores,” Katie said.
Another interesting fact about Katie is her desire in trying the latest craze — goat yoga. “I do not know too much about it, but I want to try it. It sounds silly, but it is right up my alley,” Katie shared.
It is okay to ask for what you need
She understands the importance of patients fulfilling their needs during and after treatment. “Everyone needs to carve out extra time and space for their needs. It is okay to ask for what you need. It is actually necessary for your well-being.” She looks forward to the opportunity to provide more counseling-centered care. She wants to learn more about the different experiences that patients have while undergoing proton therapy treatment.