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Individual Psychotherapy | Bereavement Groups |  Marital Counseling | Manhattan | New York City

Grief Counseling

Grieving is a process of learning how to live in a changed world. When someone we love has died, or a relationship has ended, we are challenged to relearn how to be with ourselves, our families and our friends. We relearn and redefine our relationships with time, space and spirit. We are faced with coping and managing painful feelings, and with the task of creating new systems of meaning that allow us to live with joy and purpose in spite of our losses.

In an atmosphere of support, warmth and encouragement, we help our clients remember and review the life of their lost love relationship; rebuild coping skills in order to face a changed personal landscape; and renew hope as the foundation of a meaning centered life.

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Bereavement Groups

Many people find it extremely useful to process the difficult feelings of grief in a group setting. Often family members, friends, and co-workers find it difficult to speak about the deceased loved one, and thus meeting with other bereaved individuals who are coping with similar life circumstances helps to reduce isolation and increase hopefulness.

Our groups meet for six weeks and participants are helped to explore key elements of the grief process:

  • Coping with the reality of the loss
  • Managing the feelings and reactions of grief
  • Rebuilding social networks and relearning roles
  • Creating meaning in a changed world

Above all, we strive in our groups to help each participant feel understood and supported in the uniqueness of his or her situation, and to create an atmosphere which leads to growth and healing.

We sponsor General Bereavement Groups, Spousal Bereavement Groups, and Adult Children Mourning the Loss of a Parent Bereavement Groups.

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Individual Psychotherapy

Our individual counseling sessions have at their foundation the goal of helping each person function at his or her best. We aim to help each individual attain more complete self understanding; develop skills for improving relationships; find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety; improve communication skills; break negative and self-destructive patterns; increase career satisfaction; and, increase self esteem and self-confidence.

We have been practicing psychotherapy for close to thirty years, and we know that each individual requires an individually tailored approach. Thus, we include elements of many therapeutic models; dynamic, family, gestalt, cognitive-behavioral, hypnotherapy, EMDR, and psychodrama. Whatever method we employ, our goal is to offer our services in a manner that is characterized by warmth, unconditional positive regard and compassion.

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Marital and Couples Counseling

No individual enters a relationship or marriage expecting to need counseling. Couples enter our offices because a dream has died: the relationship that once looked so promising and fulfilling has now become a source of discomfort and pain.

We specialize in helping couples deepen and repair their marriages and relationships by understanding the influence of past and present stressors on the current relationship. We are active in helping our clients understand predictable stages in relationships, and develop tools, skills and attitudes that help transform the life of the couple. We strive to help our clients understand and remove barriers to intimacy and commitment in order to deepen and strengthen loving relationship.

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Sometimes clients enter our offices with problems that do not resolve via traditional methods of talk, exploration, increased self understanding and support. Distressing memories seem to be locked away and trigger ongoing pain and discomfort in spite of efforts to combat them.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a highly specialized therapy used we provide to aid in overcoming the effects of trauma, abuse and upsetting experiences and memories. This highly researched form of trauma therapy can be a powerful tool in coming to terms with loss, grief and life disappointment.

» Read more about EMDR at The Center for Loss & Renewal

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Professional Workshops

We present workshops for clinicians at agencies across the United States and at international conferences on the subjects of loss, bereavement and life transition therapy. In all of our presentations we focus on the intersection of the professional and the personal: how working with grief impacts on the personal life of the clinician.

» About our "Saying Goodbye After Goodbye" Workshop

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Staff Support Groups

Professionals in human service organizations, medical setting and mental health clinics face enormous pressures on a daily basis, and are susceptible to burnout and compassion fatigue. We will come to your agency and facilitate a group that will help your staff to process losses, learn stress reduction techniques, and foster increased team cooperation and unity.

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Grieving in the Workplace-Crisis Debriefing

When an employee is diagnosed with a serious illness or has died unexpectedly, colleagues of the deceased often experience a variety of strong reactions. Strong personal bonds are formed within work groups, and the impact of the illness or death of a colleague can be profound. A member of our staff will come to your office to facilitate a crisis debriefing. This experience will offer your staff a safe environment to express feelings and reactions to the illness or death and provide relevant information regarding normal reactions to such an event. Focus will also be placed on self-care strategies for coping with this situation. This debriefing usually includes both group and individual counseling sessions.

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Adult Children Coping with the Loss of a Parent
Mondays, 4/28/14 – 6/16/14
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

This groups will focus on the unique aspects of losing a mother or father. Many successful adults are surprised at the depth of their reactions following the death of a mother or father, and these groups will address these issues and offer opportunities for sharing, reflection and insight into coping strategies.

Coping with the Loss of a Spouse or Partner-For Widows and Widowers UNDER AGE 55
Thursdays, 5/1/14 – 6/19/14
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

This group will focus on the unique aspects of losing a spouse at an early age. Loss of a spouse or partner in early or mid adulthood presents many challenges, including single parenthood, renegotiating relationships with friends and other couples, and dating. These groups will address these and other key issues and offer opportunities for sharing, reflection and learning about coping strategies.

Coping with the Loss of an Adult Sibling
Wednesdays, 4/30/14 – 6/15/14
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

The death of an adult brother or sister can be devastating, and often this loss receives little attention or support. Adults who have experienced the death of a sibling offer suffer in silence. This group will focus on the unique aspects surrounding grief related to sibling loss, and offer opportunities for sharing, reflection and strategies for empowerment.


We also sponsor the following workshops for professionals. We will be happy to bring any of these presentations to your agency.

Counseling the Dying Patient and Family

Fundamentals of Grief Counseling

Grief and Depression: Similarities and Differences

The Grief of the Professional

Facilitating Effective Bereavement Groups

What to Say: How to Help Someone Coping with a Loss

Adult Children Mourning the Loss of a Parent

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