Spouse Grief Counselor Manassas VA

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

Ms. Janice Falk
Healthscript Psychotherapy
(703) 426-2672
8309 Crestridge Rd.
Fairfax Station, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, QCSW
Licensed in Virginia
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Stress, Education/Pers
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Offenders/Perpetrators, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Dian Epp
(703) 352-9007
10560 Main Street Suite 410
Fairfax, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CAC
Licensed in Virginia
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Sheri Mitschelen
Sheri A. Mitschelen, LCSW, RPT-S
(703) 380-9045
3611 -C Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, RPT-S
Licensed in Virginia
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Developmental Disability, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Vicki Kirsch
Vicki Kirsch, Ph.D., LICSW
(617) 306-7417
10195 Main Street, Suite N
Fairfax, VA
Credentials
Credentials: PhD, LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Gender Identity, Life Transitions, Sexuality Issues, Attachment Disorders, W
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Linda Rubinstein
Creative Solutions
(703) 742-8696
The Atrium, Suite 12 11250 Roger Bacon Drive
Reston, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, LLC
Licensed in Virginia
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Dual Diagnosis, Life Transitions, Women's
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Laurie Rosen
Laurie L. Rosen, LCSW
(703) 239-2600
Red Maple Court 10617 Jones Street, Suite 301B
Fairfax, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Sexual Abuse/Rape, S
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Step Families, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Rebecca Fleischer
(703) 919-1756
11244 Waples Mill Road Suite G-1
Fairfax, VA
Credentials
Credentials: Psy.D.
Licensed in Virginia
13 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Gender Identity, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Joan Rockwell
Joan Rockwell, LCSW
(703) 919-9594
2915 Hunter Mill Road Suite 14
Oakton, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
12 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Life Transitions, Psychosomatic, Wo
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mrs. Lisa Maestri Snipper
(571) 230-2349
11250 Roger Bacon Drive Suite 6
Reston, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-C LCSW
Licensed in Maryland
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Anger Manage
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Disabled, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Tina MacIsaac
Tina MacIsaac, LCSW
(703) 939-1176
120 Beulah Road, N.E. Suite 201
Vienna, VA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
6 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Wo
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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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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