Susan Maroto, L.C.S.W.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
5 Christy Drive, Suite 102, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania 19317
Grief and loss are a natural - though painful - part of life. It's normal to be sad and to grieve. Unfortunately, our fast paced society often wants us to medicate and move on more quickly than might really be healthy or good for us. I encourage people to have patience with themselves and the process of grief, and to allow themselves to fully feel their feelings so that they can truly heal. Paradoxically, allowing full expression of the sadness, anger, and other emotions often does allow a person to move forward more quickly. I also always assess carefully to make sure that "normal" sadness has not spiraled into a true clinical depression, and I encourage prompt treatment if it does.
David Nicholson, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
West Chester 19382
Working with a compassionate, kind and attuned therapist during times of grief and lost can make a significant difference. Focus can be on validating feelings, connecting with the happier memories (and reducing the traumatic memories) and acquiring coping skills. Overwhelming grief and loss is understandable and going through the grieving process with a professional who cares can be an important step.
Jay Jemail, Ph.D.
5829 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Delaware 19807
Grieving and loss is part of life. While we all share aspects of this life event, it is an individual experience and needs to be addressed with care and respect. It is an opportunity for individual growth and it can have an impact on our relationships to others including siblings and spouses as well as many aspects of our life including the spiritual dimension of our being and our questioning of the meaning of life. Sometimes it is useful to work with narrative, memories and dreams. There is not one way to feel, to act or to be as one grieves. It just is.
Amy Crawford, M.S.
225 S. Church St., West Chester, Pennsylvania 19335
Grief can be all-consuming, a heavy gray cloud that envelops us and leaves us feeling disoriented and alone. We lose sight of the precious things around us, and instead find ourselves stung by grief's bitter winds and blinded by its dark fog. It is in those times that we need a helping hand to reach out to us through the gray, and walk alongside us when we don't know where our next step will land. Counseling is that walking alongside. Through therapy together, we learn how to be with both grief and life in tandem. We learn how to hold our sadness tenderly and with loving kindness, while also holding the joys and gifts of the present moment.