Basil Steele, LMHC, LCPC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
3948A Kaimuki Avenue, Portland, Maine 04106
From my perspective, how grief is experienced can differ significantly from person to person. Consequently, I place considerable emphasis on being present to whatever a person brings into the room whether it be profound sadness, anger, numbness, regret, self-blame, or any other emotion. I think it is very important to convey the willingness to bear witness without judgment. If a person appears stuck and is struggling to move out of a more complicated, entrenched experience of grief, my approach becomes more cognitive and solution focus without sacrificing the depth of presence I believe is necessary when offering service to someone suffering from such a profound loss.
Ashley Davis Bush, LICSW
11 Harvey Lane, Epping, New Hampshire 03042
I have been doing grief counseling for twenty-five years and have written two books on surviving the loss of a loved one, "Transcending Loss" and "Hope and Healing" (in press). I teach grievers about the lifelong impact of grief and how to manage the pain. I also help grievers make meaning from loss, develop an ongoing connection to their loved one, and find healthy ways to integrate loss into life.