How does one learn to live with loss...?
Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions?
• I broke up with my boyfriend three months ago; why am I still crying all of the time?
• My grandmother died five years ago, why does it still hurt so much?
• My father just isn't the same since the stroke; how do I talk to him now without upsetting him?
• I never met my father; am I supposed to miss him?
• "Get over it..." What does that mean?
Loss is not just about the death of a loved one. It arises in our lives in many contexts. I work with people who are healing and recovering from a recent break up with an intimate partner; who have lost a job; who have never known one or both of their parents; who continue to heal and recover from the divorce of their parents; or who are caring for a relative with a debilitating disease. I also work with people whose parents died early on in their life and they still feel challenged by that.
I provide my clients with a non-judgmental place where they can express their feelings of pain and sadness.
I hold a Master of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute in Los Angeles, California. Currently, I work in private practice as a licensed professional counselor in the District of Columbia.
I have experience working as a grief and loss counselor with children and adults; I have provided multi-systemic family therapy in collaboration with the juvenile criminal justice system of the state of Maryland; I have provided bilingual therapy services to individuals and families within community-based organizations in Los Angeles and Washington, DC; I have facilitated therapeutic groups for various populations that include severely persistently mentally ill and chemically dependent clients of a DC based core service agency and a women's writing group with inpatient psychiatric patients at St. Elizabeth's psychiatric hospital.
I enjoy working with individuals who seek to explore the many facets of their lives that may contribute to their distress and at the same may present opportunities for improved emotional health. I believe all humans possess resilience and the capacity to change, grow and thrive.
I have experience helping children and adults address feelings and thoughts associated with grief and loss. The types of grief and loss I help clients with include:
- the recent death of a loved one such as a parent, partner or child
- the death of a parent during the client's childhood/young adulthood
- different type of 'ambiguous loss' such as the 'loss' of a family member to Alzheimer's disease, stroke/heart disease or other debilitating diseases/illnesses, alcohol/drug addiction, mental illness, losses associated with adoption or loss associated with the long term incarceration of a loved one
- loss one's sense of self due to serious life changing injury and/or disease such as cancer, stroke, heart disease, HIV