Any kind of loss can trigger a cascade of changes. If, for example, a parent dies, the family may have to move... kids may change schools... money may become tight... despair starts ruling the home...
Not only is a client grieving the initial loss, but they may also be struggling with the emotional impact of secondary losses that occurred as a result of the primary event.
It can be difficult to help your client heal when they’re confused by the tangled emotions caused by both primary and secondary losses.
In the video below, Alissa Drescher, LPC, GC-C, CT, MA, reveals a simple technique that will help clients unravel the threads of loss so they can identify what’s really at the root of their suffering.
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Post-loss growth can be promoted by assisting clients in identifying how this loss fits into their overall lives. This perspective can assist clients in navigating difficult days, learning to better manage distressing and conflicting emotions, and viewing life experiences as “seasons” or “chapters” that change over time and can be endured.
The Lifeline Project is a tangible, creative reminder of the whole of one’s experience, and provides a tool through which the clients can tell the story of their lives.
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Alissa Drescher, LPC, GC-C, CT, MA, is a highly sought-after speaker addressing topics related to grief and mourning, and is known for her creative, interactive and story-telling presentation style. She began working in the field of bereavement services in 2006, offering encouragement to grieving parents. Alissa’s passion for supporting people through the grief process led to counseling both grieving children and adults in individual and group settings.
At the Tristesse Grief Center in Tulsa, OK, she served as Senior Program Director, overseeing a variety of programming including the Healing Hearts Camp, Oklahoma’s first overnight camp for grieving children and teens (now Camp Erin Tulsa). Alissa was an adjunct professor at Southern Nazarene University teaching several undergraduate counseling courses including Death, Grief and Loss. After relocating to Tennessee, Alissa became the founder/Executive Director of the Grief Center of Middle Tennessee, whose mission is to help children, teens and adults cope with loss and change.
Alissa is a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying & Bereavement and holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with a focus in Play Therapy. She is also a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling and the National Alliance for Grieving Children.
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