Meet Our Counselors

Cindy Burdette, MA, LPC, CHP-SW
Grief Counselor

Master of Arts in Counseling, West Virginia University, 1992
Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Shepherd University, 1986

Licenses & certifications:
Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker

Areas of specialization: 
Cindy works with all populations, providing both individual and family counseling. She has particular interest in grieving children and teens and those who have experienced the loss of a child.

Professional statement: Cindy joined our Grief Support Services in 2002 and is committed to assisting grieving people in understanding what they are experiencing and discovering practical tools, techniques and coping strategies that will allow them to redefine and maintain a connection to their deceased loved one while continuing their grief journey and reinvesting in life. In addition to her work with Hospice of the Panhandle, she maintains a small private practice in the community focusing primarily on the treatment of anxiety and depression.

Judith Keatley, MSW, LGSW
Grief Counselor

Master of Social Work, University of New England, 2016
Bachelor of Social Work, Shepherd University, 2014

Licenses & certifications
Licensed Graduate Social Worker

Areas of specialization:
Individual counseling (loss of spouse, parent, and pets), working with children and adolescents before and after a death, grief support groups

Professional statement: "
As I work alongside individuals, groups, and families respectively through their grief, I often reflect on the quote by famous author, Vicki Harrison. She states, "Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” As each person navigates their own way through grief, they will have good days and they will have bad days. And all these days will be different just as the waves ebb and flow. This is okay. Why? Because it is YOUR journey. However, when your bad days outweigh your good or the water becomes too overwhelming, sometimes we need a little help navigating through the choppy sea of grief. As a grief counselor with Hospice of the Panhandle, it is my goal to assist you with that navigation, to work alongside of you through the overwhelming waters, and to celebrate with you as you begin to swim."

Judith is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker - serving as a Grief Counselor and grief support group facilitator here at Hospice of the Panhandle. She joined the Center for Grief Support team in January, 2016. Judith enjoys working with all populations especially children before and after the death of a loved one. Also, with those whom have lost a spouse, parent, or pet. Additionally, she enjoys facilitating support groups and assisting families in their grief process. Before coming to Hospice of the Panhandle, she was a Foster Care Treatment Coordinator working with foster youth in the Panhandle of WV. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).


Daniel SpeisDaniel Speis, MSW, LICSW
Coordinator of Grief Support and Spiritual Care Services


Master of Social Work, Salisbury University, 2010
Bachelor of Social Work, Shepherd University, 2006

Licenses & certifications:
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Advanced Trauma Treatment,
Level 1, I (Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education)

Areas of specialization:
Individual adult counseling, group counseling, difficult and traumatic losses (eg: suicide, sudden death, homicide, traumatic grief), use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), use of mindfulness and meditation in the healing process

Professional statement: "Grief is so personal and so individual and yet it is something that everyone, at some time in their life, will have to face. While most of us will move through our grief well-enough on our own and with the help of loved ones, sometimes we get stuck. Sometimes we need more help than is available to us, and that is when counselor specializing in grief is helpful. My role is not to judge you, but rather to support you as we work together to help you face the pain of your loss and work through it; to help you get "unstuck” and to help you feel like you are not on the path of your grief entirely alone. Working together we will face your changes and challenges and find ways to help you get through them.”

Daniel is a licensed clinical social worker and serves as the Coordinator of Grief Support & Spiritual Care Services with Hospice of the Panhandle where he is also the coordinator of the social work continuing education program. Daniel completed his undergraduate studies in social work at Shepherd University, and his graduate studies in social work at Salisbury University. He is currently a member of the Bereavement Professional Steering Committee Member on the National Council for Hospice & Palliative Professionals, is a member of the education committee of the West Virginia Hospice Council, and has presented numerous professional educational trainings on various topics related to grief both nationally and locally. 

In addition to his hospice work, Daniel worked for several years as an outpatient psychotherapist and has served as an adjunct social work instructor at both Shepherd University and Salisbury University. He is a trained EMDR practitioner, holds a certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment through the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, and has a history of training and practice in complementary and alternative modalities.