Spouse Grief Counselor Mount Olive NC

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

Sandra McCullen
(919) 731-5900
Dudley, NC
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Counselor Education, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, School
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mrs. Claudia McCoy
Presbyterian Counseling Center
(336) 288-1484
3713 Richfield Road
Greensboro, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Anger Management, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Joanne Koster
Joanne Koster, PLLC
(252) 714-4324
620-A Lynndale Court
Greenville, NC
Credentials
Credentials: M.Ed., MSW, LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Physical Illness/Impairment, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Persona
Populations Served
Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Obese or Overweight, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mrs. Vivian Roberti
Vivian Roberti, L.C.S.W.
(828) 545-7284
20 Battery Park Ave. Suite 604
Asheville, NC
Credentials
Credentials: L.C.S.W. M.S.W.
Licensed in North Carolina
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Anger Management, Men's Issues, Wo
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Mary Bowditch
(919) 614-1664
315 N. Academy Street Suite 220
Cary, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in North Carolina
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Sara Peach
North Duke Psychotherapy Offices
(919) 471-6501
400 Crutchfield Street Suite C
Durham, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Louis Di Eugenio
Southeastern Counseling Center
(336) 691-0773
1205 W. Bessemer Ave. Suite 200
Greensboro, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Attachment Disorders, Infant Mental Health
Populations Served
Transgendered, Military/Veterans, Immigrants/Refugees
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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Ms. Loquita Roberts
Life Changes Counseling Services
(704) 451-8550
668 Withrow Road
Forest City, NC
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
9 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues, Trauma/PTSD
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 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Kristin Kirk
Kristin Kirk, LCSW
(704) 237-0421
903 Northeast Drive Suite 101
Davidson, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Dual
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Caregivers, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Linda Burbank
Linda W. Burbank LCSW
(910) 343-1503
217 N 5th Ave. #103
Wilmington, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25)

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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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