The Institute for Creativity and Development is our response to the need for doing other kinds of therapeutic work in addition to bereavement counseling. We offer therapies with application to a broad band of personal growth work. Clients receive assistance developing their own unique agenda for inner repair, strengthening and expanding. Through our work with many clients, and our own studies into the powers of human potential, we believe in the possibilities of imagination and creativity.
Increasing awareness of these innate qualities encourages movement from entrenchment toward change and growth. Experiences of regaining balance and moving forward become more accessible and prolonged. Our clients are more comfortable knowing that we provide services across a spectrum, as this allows for meaningful and fitting therapeutic interventions.
Additionally, we have developed new and powerful forms of therapy. Our own Blended Experiential Therapy (BET) incorporates and integrates the use of imagery, relaxed brain wave states, psycho-physical techniques, breathing, music, art, and dream work. From this position of leadership we offer a variety of services to professionals. This expansion has led to the opening of our Institute for Creativity and Development.
The Center is now taking names for new healing our losses group. See attached FAQ for detailed info. Contact Us by phone or email to find out more.
Center colleague Allan Schnarr, MDiv, PhD offering new "TRANSFORMING LOVE - Creativity as a way of new life" workshop . . . [read more]
News and Events
Center Grief Recovery celebrates 30 Years with Open House Fundraiser. To learn more, click on this link.
We are excited to announce that Paul Martin, PsyD has become the Center's assistant director. To learn more about Paul's practice click on this link.
The Center Expands Again! Please join us in welcoming Megan Kelleher, LCSW who comes to us with wonderfully empathic presence, and a broad range of helping skills. You can learn more about her by visiting our Therapists section or clicking on this link.
Community Walk for Grief Support: Celebrating 25 Years of Transformation
The Center celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a fund raiser walk in Rogers Park, Chicago on June 4. [read more]
New interview on ideas for what to say and do to support the bereaved, by the Center's Meg Kelleher, LCSW.[read here]
Pain Bonds Us - I feel close to you when you let your pain show. A protective shield inside me slides away.[read more]
Private Practice: Dynamic Psychotherapy and Bereavement Counseling (CEU)[read more]
You Know Therapy Is Working When . . . - You feel increasingly uncomfortable with the status quo when it is causing harm. [read more]
Ideas About Mourning - For the griever the future feels shattered; everything hoped for is broken and gone/ lost like a broken mirror. [read more]
Myths and Realities of Mourning - Regrettably, our society maintains a host of unrealistic assumptions and inappropriate expectations when it comes to the work of grief and mourning. Here are some myths to consider:[read more]
The Difference Between Grief and Mourning - It is critical to know the difference between grief and mourning. Both processes are there to help the bereaved face the reality that their loved one is gone and then to slowly begin to accommodate to that fact. [read more]