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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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Innovative Methods

Guided Imagery
Guided Imagery is a powerful technique that blends full body relaxation and focusing the mind to attain deeper states of consciousness. In individual sessions, clients gain insight and inroads into their emotional lives. The method has been used to help with stress management, creativity enhancement, physical relaxation, mind focusing, finding and dialoguing with an inner ally, pain reduction, addictions, and so much more. Often, guided imagery is used as a way to speed up traditional verbal counseling by bridging to feelings that have been buried or shunted aside. While in a deeper state of consciousness, clients remain in control of their experience and are able to talk and share with their therapist during the process. In the group format, members are lead through an induction (soothing imagery set to holographic music) to facilitate relaxed brain wave states. Members then take their own personal inner journeys to explore in an open-ended way what is emotionally relevant to them at that time. They are then invited to transition back to their normal wakeful state of consciousness to return to the circle for sharing and interpreting images.

Expressive Art Therapy
Using a wide range of natural and other materials and media, this form of therapy is used both individually and in groups. For individuals, the process of creating a piece of art as part of therapy is often enlightening. Producing an image or sculpture that represents deep inner feelings and thoughts promotes self-knowledge. In a group doing mindfulness meditations, making art, listening to evocative music, doing some forms of movement, sharing and discussing all come together for a growth-enhancing experience. The art therapy group offers CEUs for professionals.

Hakomi is an approach to psychotherapy based upon mindfulness and body awareness. Clients gain tremendously in terms of their ability to focus attention to their body and its many signals. Various "experiments" are used to enhance skillful listening in order to understand and move through habitual and entrenched patterns of behavior.

Play Therapy for Children
This offering is specifically for children who need help accessing and expressing their emotions. Working with toys, props, and art supplies, children are able to find for themselves the sources of their distress and the seeds of their creativity. This type of therapy is especially useful for children who are grieving a loss or having difficulty adjusting to a change.



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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