Frequently Asked Questions
What’s Your Training?
Other experiences that refine my grief and bereavement work include: internships with Hospice by the Bay, The Center for Attitudinal Healing and Holos Institute, as well as trainings in: Attachment Focused EMDR, The Grief Recovery Institute®, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), The Hakomi Method, The Rosen Method, Collaborative Couples Therapy, Clinical Applications of the Enneagram, Skills for Change Bodywork, Restorative Practices and Positive Psychology.
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
Who Are You?
I nourish my mind, body and spirit with regular doses of hiking, yoga, writing, meditation, spending time with my beloved family, sweet rescue pup and dear friends gathered from living in many states and countries.
Honor the space between no longer and not yet.~ Nancy Levin
Am I Grieving?
In the depths of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.~ Albert Camus
How Can You Help Me?
Our work together is a partnership and as a licensed and trained Psychotherapist, I see my role as a grief guide, companion, transition coach, supporter and witness to your healing process. I employ a multi-sensory approach in our work, engaging all the different ways you uniquely receive, perceive and express information because some of us tend to be more mind-centered while others more heart-centered and yet others more body-centered – all important ways of knowing. What’s “good” about grief counseling is that as you learn to be with the difficult emotions and experiences, you will likely develop greater capacity to be with all of your experiences and feelings. “It’s as if my life were a black and white movie that now includes a full color spectrum again!”
So let’s begin together at the ending….
What Can I Expect?
This may be the first opportunity you have to share your story of loss with a caring, attentive but neutral person. You’ll likely experience some initial relief in so doing because you may have felt hesitant to worry, burden or express your thoughts and feelings with family or friends. Your story will better help me understand what you are experiencing to guide and inform our work together.
Please know that there is no right or wrong way to grieve and it looks different for everyone and every loss. Grief is not a linear process that moves through distinct stages but rather looks and feels more like a meandering trail of switchbacks, loops, peaks and valleys. Grief work is work and you are likely to experience different kinds of emotional, physical and spiritual “weather” through our journey. I ask that you treat yourself with kindness and patience during our work by putting aside self-judgments and comparisons about your personal process. My contribution is providing warmth, presence, empathy, humor, education and an ongoing trust and confidence in your innate ability to learn, grow and heal. Your tears are welcome here…
Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.~ Max Ehrmann
Will I feel better?
Some indicators that healing is happening post loss include: resuming familiar activities, good self-care practices, feeling like yourself again, develop meaning regarding your loss, ability to discuss loss with friends or in a support group, reinvesting energy in new projects, being able to extend support and compassion to others in need and deeper insight and integration of loss and grief as part of your life’s unique fabric.
She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.~ George Eliot
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What’s my investment? What about insurance?
I also participate in The Open Path Collective and maintain a limited number of reduced fee weekly appointments for financially qualifying uninsured or underinsured individuals and couples.