Tools for Healing
While most therapists are experienced in exploring the pain of grief, their clients may be asking for a clear direction out of their pain. How does the therapist deal with questions of “When will this pain end?” or “Should I be on antidepressants?” How and when can the therapists help the client shift from feeling pain to experiencing healing? In this workshop, we’ll look closely at how the type of death may complicate the griever’s experience, and ways to use that information to decrease clients’ suffering. Through video clips, case studies, and discussion, you’ll explore how to:
- Identify the grief distortions born of “what if’s?” that result in guilt, regret, and complicated grief
- Provide practical tools that you and the client will use for dealing with grief bursts, painful yearning, and anniversary reactions
- Assist clients in creating a life after loss that honors their loved ones
David Kessler, MA, RN, is an expert on healing from grief and a contributing writer for Oprah.com, Dr. Oz’s Sharecare.com, Anderson Cooper 360, and The Huffington Post. He’s the founder of gief.com and author of five books, including two with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace after Breakup and Divorce or Death with Louise Hay.