Spouse Grief Counselor Portsmouth VA

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

Dr. Eva Sloan
Center for Personal Growth & Change, PLLC
(757) 227-3072
6350 Center Drive, Ste. 110, Bldg 5
Norfolk, VA
Credentials
Credentials: ACSW, LCSW, RN, DD
Licensed in Virginia
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Stress, Trauma
Populations Served
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Rita Davis
Rita L Davis
(757) 306-4232
641 Lynnhaven Pkwy Suite 204
Virginia Beach, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
23 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/P
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Grandparents, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Deborah Leecy
(757) 622-7017
Norfolk, VA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Maralyn Kay Akerson
Norfolk, VA
Practice Areas
Career Development, Counselor Education, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dingman, Janet S. LPC
(757) 587-4744
7400 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA
 
Mr. John Paradiso
Tidewater Psychotherapy Services
(757) 497-3670
256 North Witchduck Rd. Suite G
Virginia Beach, VA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Virginia
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Nicole Sirko
(757) 498-4357
Portsmouth, VA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

James L. Hutton, III, Pastoral Counselor
(757) 617-0582
201 St. Paul''s Blvd,
Norfolk, VA
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears,Child or Adolescent Issues,Depression,Dissociative Disorders,Gay Lesbian Issues,Infertility or Adoption,Loss or Grief,Personality Disorders,Relationship Issues,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Male
Education
B.A. UNC-Chapel HillM.Div Duke Divinity SchoolWilliam and Mary Counselling program (partial)Pastoral Counseling, Tidewater Counselling Services, attained level of FellowPhiladelphia Seminar, jungian studies
Insurance
No
Membership Organizations
Individual

Holly Tracy
(757) 348-0940
Norfolk, VA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ramona Douthit
(757) 466-3336
Norfolk, VA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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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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