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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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Exploring The Human Potential Through Self-Development Opportunities

»Introduction to Experiential Methods

»Innovative Methods

Guided Imagery
Guided Imagery is a powerful technique, often used as a way to speed up traditional verbal counseling, that blends full body relaxation and focusing the mind to attain deeper states of consciousness.

Expressive Art Therapy
This form of therapy for individuals and groups uses a wide range of materials and media. Through creative expression, people often access deep inner feelings and self-knowledge.

Hakomi is an approach to psychotherapy based upon mindfulness, body awareness and focused attention.

Play Therapy for Children
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.

»Human Services Consulting

Professional Consultation
On-going, short-term and clinical consultation is available to professionals in the human services fields, including agency directors and managers. The focus is on understanding, processing, avoiding burnout, and learning new ways to help.

Therapy For Professionals
As professionals, our own treatment experiences become significant as a model for helping others. Many of our clients are therapists or graduate students in the therapeutic professions.

»Coaching and Individual Consultation

Personal Coaching
Coaching leverages and harnesses your positive attributes, helps you to assess your skills, provides you with alternative perspectives, and helps you to set healthy and attainable goals that support balance in your life.

Individual Consultation
If you want to understand yourself relative to a particular context, individual consultation can help you assess a situation, learn a helpful skill, or understand a different perspective in order to operate more effectively within that context.

»Public Education

Experiential workshops and training sessions can be created on many topics related to personal growth, professional growth, self-psychology, grief and mourning, grief in the workplace, and more.

Speakers’ Bureau
Services range from formal conference presentations to informal discussion groups. Methods include didactic, experiential, art-focused, movement, discussion, and more.

»Groups and Special Programs



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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