Tracy Livecchi: Healing Hearts & Minds

The Paul Cardall Podcast

Feb 7 2023 • 25 mins

Psychotherapist Tracy Livecchi, LCSW, joins Paul Cardall to discuss healing hearts and minds of people born with an illness that requires a life time of medical care. Both Tracy and Paul were born with complex congenital heart defects. Although congenital heart disease or CHD is the least funded of all major illnesses, CHD remains the leading cause of infant related deaths. However, because of advancements in medicine and technology millions of people have survived and adapt to what would be considered a normal life, although their lives have required a life-time of medical care and surgical procedures. They swap stories and go into detail about the miracle of life and how Tracy's parents were instrumental in working with doctors to secure her survival. Because of the lack of information for lifelong patients, Tracy and her colleague Liza Morton, PhD have written "Healing Hearts and Minds: A Holistic Approach to Coping Well With Congenital Heart Disease."


Tracy writes on her website: In terms of my training, I received my Masters Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. I have worked in a variety of settings as a private therapist, a clinical director, as well as a consultant for long-term care and hospital settings. I have been working as a psychotherapist in private practice since 1998, and currently provide psychotherapy to individual adults, adolescents, and couples in my Westport practice. I work from an eclectic theoretical orientation and provide supportive counseling while also utilizing cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic and trauma informed, mindfulness approaches, when appropriate. I am the Mental Health Consultant for the Adult Congenital Heart Association’s Peer Mentorship Program and speak nationwide on the importance of addressing the psychosocial effects of heart disease. I am passionate about mental health access for all and have a special interest in working with individuals and their families dealing with serious and chronic illness. I live in CT with my husband and two daughters.


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Paul Cardall is an artist who has given a new meaning to the phrase, a change of heart and how he used this radical change to take his music to an unexpected place.  Despite being born with a potentially life-threatening heart defect Paul Cardall has become a world recognized pianist. He is even endorsed by Steinway & Sons as one of the finest pianist of our time.

A Dove award winner for his Christmas album, Paul’s recordings have debuted on 11 No. 1 Billboard charts along with 46 other chart debuts. His music has 25 million monthly listeners with more than 3 billion lifetime streams and is often categorized as Classical, Christian, and Holiday. Although most of albums are instrumental, Paul has songs that feature Grammy winning gospel legend CeCe Winans, Matt Hammitt (Sanctus Real), Kristin Chenoweth, Country duo Thompson Square, David Archuleta, Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees), Audrey Assad, Steven Sharp Nelson (The Piano Guys), and more.

Paul has performed for audiences worldwide including the White House. Forbes, American Songwriter, Jesus Calling, Lifestyles Television, Mix Magazine, and countless other media outlets have share his remarkable journey of receiving a life changing heart transplant and using music as a tool to help God heal spiritual, mental, and emotional hearts.