Below, Mary shares her thoughts:
|Mary with her beloved Golden, Bentley|
I am honored to work with and support Marty in the role of counselor/moderator. I have a long professional background in the mental health field working with a general population, many of whom were grieving losses of many kinds. I am also painfully yet gratefully familiar with personal loss and grief, most especially from having lost my beloved husband Bill just over three years ago, and having endured many other significant losses as well, including our first Golden Retriever Buffy in 2000 and five of my closest and dearest friends, both my parents, and others whom I love. Being a member of the Discussion Groups with everyone there and with Marty at the helm has taught me much about loss and grief, and it has informed my practice as a therapist as well.
In addition to my more than 37 years of experience doing psychotherapy with children and adolescents in residential treatment and with adults in my private practice, I have recently returned to my practice with a focus on bereavement counseling. In keeping with that, I have joined the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). Over the past two years I have completed the course work needed to be certified in thanatology (CT), and will apply for and take the final exam in November 2014.
My profile with the Grief Healing Discussion Groups includes a more thorough presentation of my credentials and experience. In addition, I invite you to visit my private practice website, Personal Growth and Grief Support Center as well as my Facebook page. My private practice is located in Spring Green, Wisconsin, where I share our home with our Golden Retriever Bentley, a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners. As a moderator, I hope to use my own experience with significant loss, my skills as a therapist, and my compassion for the bereaved to help ease their way through grief.
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