Spouse Grief Counselor Claymont DE

Are men really more fragile than women? Apparently so. Women have better survival rates at all ages and for all difficulties.

Dr. Bill Metzdorf
(302) 220-8175
2500 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE
Credentials
Credentials: DMin
Licensed in Delaware
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Orientation, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Dev
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Dr. Francine Montagnolo Private Practice
(610) 692-2217
1515 West Chester Pike C-2
West Chester, PA
Credentials
Credentials: Psy.D.
Licensed in Pennsylvania
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Par
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25)

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Dr. Steve Eichel
(302) 368-9136
409 Nottingham Road
Newark, DE
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D., ABPP
Licensed in Delaware
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Forensic, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Disorders, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis,
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Joan Toborowsky
Joan Toborowsky LCSW
(610) 526-9002
The Rittenhouse Hotel 210 West Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Abuse/Rape,
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Step Families, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Hillary Domers
Hillary S. Domers, MSW, MA
(610) 416-0318
1 Bala Ave. Suite 125
Bala Cynwyd, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnancy/Childbir
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Twins, Step Families, Gifted, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Tasha Knob
Private Practice
(484) 332-0978
100 Park Avenue, Suite 3
Swarthmore, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
23 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Karni Kissil
(610) 715-1528
1906 Chestnut Circle
Ardmore, PA
Credentials
Credentials: M.A, M.Ed
Licensed in Pennsylvania
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Terri Keyser
Terri L. Keyser, LCSW
(610) 329-1688
1062 Lancaster Ave. Suite 5-A
Rosemont, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Dale Fisher
Dale Fisher, LCSW
(610) 668-8890
309 Sprague Road
Narberth, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Autism/PDD, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions
Populations Served
Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Caroline Robboy
Sex Therapy in Philadelphia / Center for Growth
(267) 324-9564
233 S 6th Street Suite C-33
Philadelphia, PA
Credentials
Credentials: CAS, ACSW, LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
14 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Pain Management, Parenting Issues,
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Interracial Families/Couples, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?

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By Charmian Christie

Sometimes melodramatic lyrics like, “Can’t live, if living is without you,” can come true. Researchers in the 1960s coined the phrase “the widower effect” because 17 percent of men die within a year of losing their wives. Now new evidence shows that absence, not just death, also takes a physical toll. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found seniors whose spouses were hospitalized suffered the same risk of death as those whose spouses died. Surprisingly, debilitating disorders like dementia increased the risk of death more than terminal conditions where the spouse was able to live a relatively normal life between treatments. University of Pennsylvania’s Paul Allison, PhD, coauthor of the study, speculates that since spouses contribute to our well-being, simply not having them around can harm our health. If this research is right, absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. It just might break it.

Social networks play such a critical role in our health that they can actually save lives. Felix Elwert, PhD, a researcher and sociologist from Harvard University, studied the differences in the widower effect between Caucasian and African-American couples aged 65 and older. In same-race marriages, Caucasians had a 15 to 20 percent increased risk of death when their spouses died, but African-American couples had none. “Zero. None,” says Elwert. Why the difference? The answer can be found by looking at mixed-race couples. Here the widower effect depends on the wife’s race. Husbands of Caucasian wives suffered the widower effect, but husbands of African-American wives didn’t. And these two groups have marked differences in extended family support. Only 20 percent of elderly Caucasian couples live with extended family while 40 percent of African-American couples do. “Wives on average are responsible for the kinship network and social life,” Elwert says. “Men married to African-American women benefited from her strong community ties.”

The weaker sex?
Are men really more fragile than women? Apparently so. Jane Potter, MD, president of the American Geriatrics Society, says, “Women have better survival rates at all ages and for all difficulties.” This is partially because senior men are often more dependent on their spouses for day-to-day care.

Men also tend to have fewer social networks than women and fewer close friendships, says Linnda Durré, PhD, a psychotherapist from Orlando, Florida. A man’s best friend is often his wife, while women typically have several close friends including their husbands. Durré says many men have also been conditioned not to talk about their feelings and may believe “therapy is for sissies.” Women, on the other hand, speak about their feelings. This leaves them more open to counseling and group sessions, where they reap the health benefits these social supports provide.

Coping with loss
But women don’t breeze through the loss of a spouse either. Both genders must cope...

Author: Charmian Christie

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