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.
Carrie McCray, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Augusta, Maine 04330
After the loss of a spouse (death or break-up), family member, friend, or even pet, it is normal to grieve. Grief affects people in different ways. For most people, it is a way to adjust to life without the person they lost, and eventually they do adjust and move on. However, some people get “stuck” in their intense feelings of grief and are unable to move on to the point where their life is disrupted for a prolonged amount of time. They also may become seriously depressed or anxious.