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Counseling

 

“For in grief nothing ‘stays put’. One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral?”

~C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

 

 


Counseling is available at any time for those who wish to have one on one time with a counselor.  In our usual practice, we work with individuals and families who are dealing with chronic illness or disability, and progressive, terminal illnesses, as well as those who have already experienced a death.  We serve a range of therapy needs, from short-term or as-needed support and guidance for those coping well but looking for added perspective in their grief journey, to more frequent sessions with intensive therapy for those dealing with the most profound and traumatic loss experiences.

All our counselors have obtained their Master’s Degree in counseling. They are all licensed or in the process of obtaining licensure through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Our counselors are also specialized in grief counseling and trauma, and work from a perspective that allows each individual the time and space to address their own needs within their particular situation. They have earned or are working towards a Certificate or Fellow (advanced certification) in Thanatology: the study of Death, Dying and Bereavement.

As a non-profit we are committed to keeping the fees for our services at a reasonable rate. Although we do not work with insurance companies, we are open to working with individuals and families if there is financial hardship.

 

While our services are being offered virtually through telehealth currently, our service area for counseling and peer support groups primarily includes community residents of Southeastern PA (the Greater Philadelphia area).  Our education and awareness efforts reach far beyond this area, but we look forward to the time when we will be able to meet with our direct service clients in our offices again, and therefore we are limiting our clients’ location to regional/local areas at this time.  If you are out of our area but would like support finding resources in your state/region, we can assist you finding contacts through our national networks of grief service providers.


Guiding Principle:

  • Grief can be isolating and challenging to endure even under the best of conditions.
    • An individual’s ability to cope with grief is influenced by many factors, including the circumstances of loss and the quality of available support within oneself and one’s network.
    • Some individuals face added struggles in life or traumatic features of loss that have the potential to complicate and prolong their finding tools of strength.

 


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