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And all subsided in the hush
that followed, in the calm
of great wings folding
and shadowy forms lying down.

I rose and left that room,
the house of my grief
and my bondage, my book
never again to be opened.

To see as once I saw,
steadied by the darkness
in which I walked
and would make my way.

John Haines

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Coaching or Therapy

Coaching and therapy can take many forms and the differences can be very subtle. Both are supportive and give clients alternative perspectives. One of the biggest differences is that therapists generally are licensed practitioners, although this can depend on the type of therapy and the state in which one lives, and coaches are not currently required to be licensed, although standardization is in the works.

Coaching generally looks to harness a client’s strengths, motivate a client toward personal and/or professional goals, and support a client to transform their lives to be happier, healthier, and more balanced. Coaches do not diagnose or treat medical conditions or mental illnesses. Coaching also tends to be more partnership-oriented or two-way in its relational quality.

Therapy could claim much of the same territory as coaches. In addition, therapists rely on psychological theory and practice as it has evolved over the past century, which may include diagnosing mental illness. Typically people go to therapy when they are in pain and want to find relief or want to repair some aspects of the self or ego. Often therapists are trying to help their clients regain or attain optimal functioning. Therapists are thought of as experts in the field of mental health, and therapy is usually one-way in its relational quality.

Therapy at the Center for Grief Recovery is tailor-made and individualized according to needs. There is an emphasis on slowing down, going inside and increasing psychological and emotional competence. Through dynamic dialogue, therapy aims to help clients understand themselves better and begin to utilize internal resources for balance and skillfulness in life. For more information on the services of the Center for Grief Recovery, click here [link to CGR].

Thomas Leonard, founder of Coach University and Coachville, gave this easy to understand, though somewhat simplistic, distinction:






The Center is expanding.

Center for Grief Recovery and Therapeutic Services has immediate openings for two full-time licensed psychologists. Click here for more information

The Center is expanding. Click here to for more about our newest clincial professional counselor, Elizabeth Cerven

New Groups

The Center is now taking names for new Healing Our Losses Group. See attached flyer and FAQ for detailed info. Contact Us by phone or email to find out more.

New Workshops
Center colleague Allan Schnarr, MDiv, PhD offering new CHANGE OF HEART . . . . Vulnerability and Self-transcendence workshop . . . [read more]

Center colleague Allan Schnarr, MDiv, PhD offering new "TRANSFORMING LOVE - Creativity as a way of new life" workshop . . . [read more]

News and Events
Thank You! Our 30th Anniversary celebration was a hit. To read more, click on this link.

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 Articles

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]


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