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And all subsided in the hush
that followed, in the calm
of great wings folding
and shadowy forms lying down.

I rose and left that room,
the house of my grief
and my bondage, my book
never again to be opened.

To see as once I saw,
steadied by the darkness
in which I walked
and would make my way.

John Haines

Counseling Services, Psychotherapy Services and Consulting Services

Our Counseling and Consulting Services

Center for Grief Recovery Services
   Individual Therapy
   Group Therapy
   Couples Counseling
   Grief Counseling
   Workplace Grief Counseling
   Consultation & Supervision
   Speakers Bureau
   Community Services
Institute of Creativity Services
   Innovative Methods
   Experiential Methods
   Human Services Consulting
   Coaching and Invidivual Consulting
   Coaching vs. Therapy
   Groups and Special Programs
   Public Education

Any loss and the resulting grief feels insurmountable -- a parent that emotionally abandoned you, divorce, getting fired, losing your retirement savings, a cancer diagnosis. But with a trusted, expert Chicago psychotherapy partner, grief can be a hump to push through to a more holistic life. Even if you haven’t suffered from a specific loss . . . Perhaps you want your personal or professional life to be more intuitive or clear? We can help. The Center for Grief Recovery and The Institute for Creative Development combine relationship-building with techniques appropriate for you in going through our counseling journey together.

Help for your own trauma.
Something awful happened. Death, abuse, abandonment. The powerful emotions that result can so overwhelm you that your grief process gets derailed. We believe this very challenging place, fearing yet desiring to move beyond grief, can help you blossom in ways you can’t now imagine. We provide local grief counseling, Chicago psychotherapy, and group therapy sessions for recovery from traumatic events.

Case consultation to help your grief therapy clients.
As experts on the therapeutic grief process, our peers in Chicago look to us for training. Do you need advise on how to approach a specific client struggle? We provide confidential case consultation to therapists in private practice, be it for an individual client or for facilitated group therapy sessions.

Human resources help for workplace bereavement.
In addition to feeling sad or distracted, a death on the job affects workers in ways they may not be aware of. We help companies compassionately and productively transition through the bereavement process.

Get unstuck with innovative counseling and coaching methods.
Do you feel unsettled, confused, or frustrated but don’t know why? We work with people requesting traditional counseling and anyone wanting more from their own creativity. Our Blended Experiential Therapy method combines empathetic listening with techniques to foster deep mental relaxation. BET tools include breath work, music, dream analysis, role-playing, toys, clay, and drawing to help you loosen, lighten, and focus on what lights your fire.

Help your work team with change management.
Any company that wants to fix a process, improve a service, or expand in any way needs to manage change. Our four-step process, Consult-Facilitate-Train-Coach, empowers your work group, builds skills, and teaches your department or team to self-monitor and self-correct. We help you and your colleagues connect with one another for greater efficiency and effectiveness. We also present workshops on organizational behavior and serve as media resources.


Read 2017 Messages from the Center

The Center presents the second in a series of professional development workshops. Please join us in our newly remodeled office suite for this exciting CEU sponsored event! Click here for details: Download flyer here

The Center is expanding.

Center for Grief Recovery and Therapeutic Services has immediate openings for two full-time licensed psychologists. Click here for more information

The Center is expanding. Click here to for more about our newest clincial professional counselor, Elizabeth Cerven

New Groups

The Center is now taking names for new Healing Our Losses Group. See attached flyer and FAQ for detailed info. Contact Us by phone or email to find out more.

New Workshops
Center colleague Allan Schnarr, MDiv, PhD offering new CHANGE OF HEART . . . . Vulnerability and Self-transcendence workshop . . . [read more]

Center colleague Allan Schnarr, MDiv, PhD offering new "TRANSFORMING LOVE - Creativity as a way of new life" workshop . . . [read more]

News and Events
Thank You! Our 30th Anniversary celebration was a hit. To read more, click on this link.

Center Grief Recovery celebrates 30 Years with Open House Fundraiser. To learn more, click on this link.

We are excited to announce that Paul Martin, PsyD has become the Center's assistant director. To learn more about Paul's practice click on this link.

The Center Expands Again! Please join us in welcoming Megan Kelleher, LCSW who comes to us with wonderfully empathic presence, and a broad range of helping skills. You can learn more about her by visiting our Therapists section or clicking on this link.

Community Walk for Grief Support: Celebrating 25 Years of Transformation
The Center celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a fund raiser walk in Rogers Park, Chicago on June 4.
[read more]

New Articles

New interview on ideas for what to say and do to support the bereaved, by the Center's Meg Kelleher, LCSW. [read here]

Pain Bonds Us - I feel close to you when you let your pain show. A protective shield inside me slides away. [read more]

Private Practice: Dynamic Psychotherapy and Bereavement Counseling (CEU) [read more]

You Know Therapy Is Working When . . . - You feel increasingly uncomfortable with the status quo when it is causing harm. [read more]

Ideas About Mourning - For the griever the future feels shattered; everything hoped for is broken and gone/ lost like a broken mirror. [read more]

Myths and Realities of Mourning - Regrettably, our society maintains a host of unrealistic assumptions and inappropriate expectations when it comes to the work of grief and mourning. Here are some myths to consider: [read more]

The Difference Between Grief and Mourning - It is critical to know the difference between grief and mourning. Both processes are there to help the bereaved face the reality that their loved one is gone and then to slowly begin to accommodate to that fact. [read more]


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