"The past is never where you thought you left it." - Katherine Anne Porter
Before my career started, I had been dealing with grief. I have experienced grief in many ways throughout my life. This statement is true for so many people. At some point in time, everyone will experience the feelings of grief.
Grief work in my professional career began very early. My internship for graduate school was at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. I worked almost exclusively with the bone marrow transplant patients and my very first patient died from his body rejecting the transplant. It was an incredibly painful experience for his family.
I have worked with different kinds of grief; parents divorcing, moving away, death of a pet, losing a job, and that of losing a relationship. These kinds of grief are felt all the time from individuals.
As my career advanced, I began to witness the makings of complex grief, those grappling with the traumatic grief of loved ones. I determined it was important to become a better clinician in this area and to improve my skills in grief counseling. Recently I completed the intense grief certification training through the MISS Foundation. I am now a certified Compassionate Bereavement Care provider, the only therapist certified within 100 miles. This training, taught by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, is for the traumatically grieved individual. This traumatic grief counseling is especially useful for those parents that have lost a child at any age. Beyond working with parents, this grief counseling is also great for siblings, partners, spouses, and children that have suddenly and tragically lost a loved one.
Due to the intense grief and often prolonged timeframe of counseling, it is in the best interest to not use your health insurance. I offer a sliding scale fee for these individuals. This concern can be discussed further during our first session.