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“There is a tendency to underestimate how intensely distressing and disabling loss usually is and for how long the distress, and often the disablement, commonly lasts…There is a tendency to suppose that a normal healthy person can and should get over a bereavement not only fairly rapidly but also completely. But, loss of a loved person is one of the most intensely painful experiences any human being can suffer.”

– John Bowlby, Loss, Sadness, and Depression

I provide compassionate and culturally responsive therapy for African American adults in states of distress in response to the death of a loved one days, weeks, months, or years after the loss. My supportive, structured, integrative approach to grief and bereavement therapy is informed by my studies of trauma, grief and bereavement, my own experience with traumatic loss, and, my religious, spiritual, and, holistic wellness studies and practices. It includes somatic, nature-based, artistic, emotion-focused, cognitive and behavioral interventions, and practices from the Black Church religious tradition.

If you are experiencing some of the following in response to the death of a loved one, my supportive grief and bereavement therapy services may help you to expand, deepen, and strengthen your current coping practices:

PHYSICAL (BODILY & MOVEMENT) REACTIONS

Chest pain Headache Change in appetite
Heart palpitations Back pain Weight change
Shortness of breath Stomach pain Sleep issues
Tightness in throat Nausea Fatigue
Lightheadedness Diarrhea Restlessness
Dizziness Constipation Easily startled

SENSATION & PERCEPTION REACTIONS

Flashbacks of loved one’s death
Sense of unreality
Aimless feeling (trance-like state)
Hypervigilance
Nightmares

EMOTIONAL REACTIONS

Fear Helplessness Numbness/Flat affect
Anxiety Meaninglessness  
Panic Emotional lability  
Vulnerability Irritability  
Abandonment Guilt   
Feeling of emptiness Anger  

COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL REACTIONS

Self-harm attempt/ideation Difficulty concentrating
Preoccupation with one’s own death Slowed thinking
Avoiding places associated with loved one’s death Forgetfulness
Avoiding talk and/or thoughts of loved one’s death Disbelief
Desire to retell story of loved one’s death Denial
Self blame Lowered self esteem

SOCIAL REACTIONS

Avoiding others Disinterest in activities
Withdrawn Lack of initiative
Hypersensitive Socially hyperactive
Clingy Relationship conflict


Galatians 6:2 "Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."