Areas of Specialty Include:
- Depression and Anxiety, Panic Attacks
- Sexual and Relationship Problems
- Medical and Health Concerns including Eating Disorders
- Grief and Loss, including Pregnancy Loss
- Work and Career Issues
- Stress Management
- Parenting and Family Issues
- Fertility, Pregnancy, Parenting Issues
- Perinatal Mood Disorders including Postpartum Depression
Grief RecoverySimply defined, grief is the normal and natural reaction to significant emotional loss of any kind. While we never compare losses, any list would include death and divorce as obvious painful losses. Our list also includes many others; retirement, moving, pet loss, financial and health issues, among them.
The range of emotions associated with grief are as varied as there are people and personalities. There is no list of feelings that would adequately describe one person’s emotions, much less an entire society.
Grief is individual and unique. As every relationship is unique, so are the feelings and thoughts each person will have about the relationship that has been altered by death, divorce, or for other reasons.
While grief is normal and natural, most of the information passed on within our society about dealing with grief is not normal, natural, or helpful. Grief is the emotional response to loss, but most of the information we have learned about dealing with loss is intellectual.
The majority of incorrect ideas about dealing with loss can be summed up in six myths which are so common that nearly everyone recognizes them. Most people have never questioned whether or not they are valid. The misinformation is best described in the following:
- Time Heals All Wounds
- Grieve Alone
- Be Strong
- Don’t Feel Bad
- Replace the Loss
- Keep Busy
Just looking at the myth that “time heals” creates the idea that a person just has to wait and they will feel better. We have known people who had waited 10, 20, 30, and 40 years, and still didn’t feel better. And, we know that they would tell you that not only had time not healed them, but that it had compounded the pain. The other five myths carry equally unhelpful messages.
Recovery from loss is accomplished by discovering and completing all of the undelivered communications that accrue in relationships. We are all advised to “Let Go,” and “Move On,” after losses of all kinds. Most of us would do that if we knew how.
Completion of pain caused by loss is what allows us to Let Go and Move On. It is almost impossible to Move On without first taking a series of actions that lead to completion.
Before taking the actions to complete, it is important to look at and often dismiss some of the ideas for myths that we have tried to use with loss, but are not working.
The Grief Recovery® Outreach Program creates the safety and the correct action choices that help people Move Beyond the pain caused by loss. It is a twelve week program, which creates a safe environment in which to look at old beliefs about dealing with loss; to look at what other losses have affected your life; and to take new actions which lead to completion of the pain attached to a recent loss, or one that occurred long ago.
The Grief Recovery Handbook, The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses, (released by HarperCollins in 1998), and an accompanying format written by Institute founders, John W. James and Russell Friedman is used as the text for the Outreach Program.
The Grief Recovery® Outreach Program is not an occasional, drop-in group.
For the safety and success of all participants, commitment and attendance are essential. The fee for the program is $700. Most Insurances are accepted and payment plans are available.
The Grief Recovery® Outreach Program is led by Elizabeth Nicholson, LCSW, who has been trained and certified by The Grief Recovery Institute®. To ensure your success within this program, your facilitator has direct access to the founders of the Institute.
Shaw Living Community EducationYou take care of everyone else – Let us take care of you
Group Support Sessions
CONNECTIONSConnections is an educational seminar offered by Shaw Living for mothers and their daughters, age 9-12. Seven mother/daughter pairs make up each group. The objective of the group is to help moms and daughters connect and prepare for adolescence. Groups meet once a week for five weeks and are offered four to six times per year. Shaw Living offers this group at a reduced cost as a service to the community - each mother/daughter pair pays $100 for the five week session.
What topics are covered in this group? Healthy Communication, Self-Esteem, Relationships with family/friends, Body Image/Media Influences, Healthy Eating/Exercise, Eating Disorders/Risky Behaviors, Menarche/Menstruation, Sexuality/Brief sex education, Healthy/appropriate touch, Self-expression, Changing Roles
Shaw Living Community Education
Wellness Support for Women
ONE HOUR WORKSHOPSSingle Session $35 Three Sessions $50 Five Sessions $85
Shaw Living Workshops are designed to promote self-awareness and provide education and support for adult women in the community. The objective of the seminar is to help women learn how to take care of themselves emotionally in a safe and confidential environment and to realize that you are not alone! Seminars are interactive, thought provoking and are meant to be an introduction to current topics relevant to women’s health issues. Ladies, its time to put yourself first and take an hour to reflect on issues that you may be dealing with in your life.
STRESS REDUCTIONSTRESS, who doesn’t have it? Learn practical ways to reduce stress in your life as well as discuss the benefits and health effects
- Definition of Stress
- Identifying our Stressors
- Is Stress Bad or Good?
- How to Reduce Stress in our lives
WOMEN AND ANGERLearn how to manage your emotions and express your feelings in a positive way-how to let go of resentments
- What is anger/resentments
- How anger affects our lives physically, emotionally and in our personal relationships
- What are we angry about
- Expressions of Anger
HOW TO FEEL GOOD AGAINAre you busy taking care of everybody else? Learn ways to feel good again and discuss ways to improve your self-esteem
- Where did the good times go?
- 10 steps to feeling good again
- Self esteem education
- Goals setting for changes we want to make in our lives
POST–PARTUM DEPRESSIONTaught with a Shaw Midwife-this seminar is to educate mothers to be about the most common syndrome that is related to pregnancy. Receive support and a toolkit to handle symptoms
- Baby Blues versus Post-Partum Stress Syndrome
- Current Symptoms
- Support from other group members-sharing experiences of new motherhood
- Toolkit for coping with symptoms
FOOD FOR THOUGHTThis seminar is designed to discuss body image, body image distortions and educate how to empower ourselves with regard to appearance. A frank discussion about eating disorders and society’s affect on self-image.
- Are we powerless over food
- Society’s view of body image
- What am I eating?
- Body Image Distortions
- What can I do?
TRANSITIONSThis seminar is for women who have questions about menopause and its affect on your life and relationships. Taught with a Shaw Midwife, expect to receive support and tools to deal with the unique issues in this life stage.
- Menopause and Beyond-Education regarding symptoms
- Support from other group members-sharing experiences about the “change”
- What about my sex life?
- Caregiver Burnout
- Toolkit for coping with symptoms