By Sybille C. Denninger


Are you confused thinking that it's already Friday today? I appologize if I got your hopes up haha. Due to my 2 weeks vacation which starts this evening when I'm jetting off to Germany, FEATURE FRIDAY is one day early this week, and unfortunately there will be no blog entries until May 17, 2015. Try not to cry! I promise to take photos and share them with you along with some travel stories :-)

Today I am introducing Anita Pandolfe Ruchman of A Tender Place 

Anita is a very experienced health care provider for nearly 40 years. She trained at Mass General Hospital to be a registered nurse and holds a masters degree in nursing. She is also board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission. Anita's official title is Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I greatly enjoyed talking with her for this week's Feature Friday post. She is very caring and has a calm presence with a kind smile. Just what you would hope for and expect from a therapist who specializes in grief counseling, particularly following the loss of a child or if you lost somebody under traumatic circumstances such as suicide or accident. Anita offers one-on-one therapy as well as group retreats to help her clients cope with the death of a loved one.

In her private practice A Tender Place, located in Rockport, Anita provides various types of therapy to help people deal with the fall-out of major life changes. From Talk Therapy to Energy Work and Sound Healing, which incorporates relaxation and deep breathing, to hands-on Massage Therapy, Anita is dedicated to mapping out the most effective treatment for her clients. That may include medication, either by itself or in combination with the relaxation techniques Anita teaches. While she is authorized to prescribe medication such as antidepressants, she leans more towards a holistic approach where, rather than just prescribing pills, she focuses on the entire human being, to bring body, mind and spirit into a healthier balance. She assesses and treats sleeplessness as well as disturbed sleeping patterns, maintaining that sleep is the foundation of good health. She aims to ease hot flashes, mood swings, depression and other mental health issues. Anita's motto is "Health is balance." She effectively utilizes her extensive training to treat your mind, body and spirit for a happier, more peaceful outlook. In step with this gentler approach Anita also studied Buddhism and the healing power of meditation.

Anita's therapy is not covered by insurance although many clients do get reimbursed by their health care plan for an out of network provider. For anyone unsure of whether they need antidepressants or might be able to get their inner stability back by trying Anita's alternative methods first, this would be a small price to pay.

Anita is a proponent of the team approach to health care. She works closely with her clients' primary care physicians and therapists to maximize the effectiveness of treatments and avoid pitfalls such as too many pills or counteracting prescriptions. 

Anita also specializes in assisting women in transition. With an additional background in midwifery, she provides support through pregnancy and the post-partum phase. She offers guidance to women going through menopause or facing divorce.

Anita also greatly enjoys working with teenagers, age 13 and up, who can be thrown off by the challenges of puberty, issues with parents, or difficulties in school.

Thank you, Anita, for participating in our Blog's FEATURE FRIDAY :-)


For Anita's contact information please visit her beautiful website: 


Anita is also a member of the Cape Ann Referral Group: