Health changes, end of life decisions, grief, and loss can be huge challenges; the challenges of a lifetime. It’s overwhelming, and it can be easy to isolate, and not want to burden others. It drains your energy, and you can completely drop the effort to stay healthy. It's hard to talk about it, yet on the other hand, you don’t understand how the world can just go on when your life has shifted so drastically.
I experienced the wreckage that mishandled grief can leave when my family lost my dad when I was 23. On top of the pain of losing him, we struggled to know how to support and speak to each other. Our background tended to emphasize isolating, and keeping quiet about pain like this. Today more is known about better ways to work with life's inevitable losses and upsets. You don't have to repeat past generations' mistakes.
If you're wondering if life will ever be the same, I can help you find the right support and the sanity you need right now. When medical decisions, end of life communication, grief and loss are handled well, it makes a huge difference. This time can be managed in a respectful way that honors you and your loved ones. For those who need to go beyond words, creative arts and body-based psychotherapy methods help you get to the heart of what is most important.
Denise Barnes, MA, LPC, is a licensed therapist with training as a somatic/creative arts therapist. She has worked as a medical and research counselor for over twenty years, including University of Colorado Cancer Center and St. Anthony’s Hospital Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab. She also trains health care professionals in Motivational Interviewing, and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She supports clients to clarify medical decisions, to handle end of life areas, and to communicate about meaningful matters. Her work highlights body-based psychotherapy, family communication coaching, and using ritual and creative arts to honor grief and loss.