Uncover Grief and you uncover the hero’s journey, the lament of the hero, the depth of the dark cave which must be tangled with in order to figuratively dance with the discovery of the self in grief. The work of the therapist is to identify obstacles and offer interventions enabling a client to live the life for which they yearn. When you Uncover Grief you uncover yearning, desire, and emotional overwhelm. The response to grief is different for everyone. No one grieves the same way. Learn to identify and distinguish between disenfranchised grief and complicated grief. Rethink the Five Stages of Grief and expand current definitions of grief. Challenge how grief is conceptualized by you to increase your skillset in supporting a more differentiated client. Using interactive tools, from storytelling to dialogue writing, you can teach clients how to map the landscape of grief while identifying the archetypes which populate this slippery and potent journey. Like any therapeutic process, the therapist needs to understand how their own grief story impacts their ability to manage and tolerate the grief and ultimate trauma presented by the client. Assessment for grief patterns, best interventions, and understanding the stuck, ally and metamorphosis zones will impact your practice and strengthen your expertise in holding space for grief and its need to be identified.
- Define and assess for disenfranchised grief as an objective to uncovering grief patterns and responses for the client.
- Describe the three main stages of the S/Hero’s Journey as they apply to the Eleven Phases™ of grief enabling the therapist to have further tools for assessment of grief.
Edy Nathan MA, LCSWR, CST, is an author, public speaker and licensed therapist. She brings a personal conversation to grief, loss, trauma, and diversity through her expertise as a grief therapist. Her formal training informs her work as a psychotherapist and psychodramatist as she interweaves this training with breathwork, guided imagery, ritual, storytelling, and the hero’s journey. She sees grief as an Unexpected Ally, allowing people to grow and learn from their losses. Her book, “It’s Grief: The Dance of Self-Discovery Through Trauma and Loss,” helps people navigate through the many phases of grief. Grief is a hero’s journey. You move from who you were into a new ordinary. She practices in New York City. ( Her/She )
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