The path of grief after the death of someone close to us is a uniquely challenging life experience — one of the most difficult a person can face. I have a special interest and training in supporting individuals and families after a traumatic loss—a loss that is experienced or perceived as frightening or overwhelming. My approach is based on a model that has received international recognition for its efficacy in the treatment of traumatic loss: Restorative Retelling (RR). The goals of RR are to promote resilience while providing the bereaved a safe way to process their stories of loss; reconnect with the life and memories of the deceased; and create new visions of wholeness and hope.
I use a combination of therapeutic approaches tailored to each individual’s needs and interests. In addition to cognitive behavioral and narrative therapy practices, I have found the use of the creative arts therapies to be particularly beneficial in grief counseling. For those bereaved by a profound loss, words alone often cannot convey the depth of their experience. Children, especially, may not have the capacity to articulate their complex emotions and perceptions verbally. Various expressive modalities (music, movement, art, poetry, drama…etc.) can serve as their “voice” when words are not enough.
I also provide education about the impact of stress, anxiety, and grief on our bodies. I draw from my background in dance and dance/movement therapy to share innovative mind/body strategies designed to increase coping skills and overall wellness.