I’m a Certified Life Coach and Certified Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist. My experience with grief and the path to the Grief Recovery Institute has not been straight or clear.
I lost my father when I was 24 years old. There aren’t enough adjectives to describe the impact that loss had on me. I was devastated, incomplete, empty, angry, confused and lost. I spent the better part of two decades in an overwhelming state of feeling like a broken human being unable to “get over” losing the most important person in my life and making poor decisions in the process.
Twenty years after losing my dad, I suffered a knee injury while playing soccer. The loss of my health, functioning, friendships and identity in no longer being able to compete athletically compounded the feelings I was already living with. It wasn’t until a friend of mine brought to my attention that what I was feeling sounded a lot like grief.
Once I had a more concrete reason for what I was feeling other than “broken”, I began my research on how to help myself. I found the Grief Recovery Institute and signed up for a two-day workshop and I’m grateful that I did. Nothing I had tried prior to that had made a difference for me. I have been able to experience life in a different way since completing that workshop. While I still think about my father on a daily basis and will miss him forever, I’m able to recall him in a way that doesn’t cause pain. Something I never thought would happen again. I also knew during those two days that this work was something I wanted to do. To support and guide people through a way to gain control over how they wanted to experience their lives. Two years later, I received my own certification.
It is my hope and sincere desire to impact people in a meaningful way and help them heal from the pain and burdens they carry. Currently, I’m able to hold One on One and Group sessions via Zoom and in person sessions in Patchogue, New York and serving Eastern Suffolk County. I am also available for the Pet Loss Program and Helping Children With Loss Program.
I wish you courage and love on your journey to healing.
I would be honored to walk the path with you.