Grief Counseling Ann Arbor MI

It might feel like a burning ember lodges in your throat, or that a massive weight presses against your chest making it difficult to breathe. Perhaps you feel fatigued, irritable, hyperactive, or depressed. Perhaps you feel nothing at all right now. All these could be symptoms of grief, awakened by the death of someone close to you or even a pet.

Mrs. Michelle Samuel
(734) 926-9169
328 Thompson # 102
Ann Arbor, MI
Credentials
Credentials: MA, LLP, MSW, LMSW
Licensed in Michigan
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Pain Management, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Disorders, Sexual Orientati
Populations Served
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Immigrants/Refugees, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Jane Hassinger
Jane A. Hassinger, MSW, ACSW, Psychoanalyst
(734) 761-1015
202 E. Washington, #608
Ann Arbor, MI
Credentials
Licensed in Michigan
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Personality Disorders, Attachment Disorders, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Susan Boyes
Center for Creative Growth
(734) 478-2394
2311 E. Stadium Blvd. Suite 216
Ann Arbor, MI
Credentials
Credentials: ATR-BC, LPC
Licensed in Michigan
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Grief/Loss, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Neurological
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Twins, Disabled, Caregivers, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Brain/Head Injured
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Mary Stevens
Life Cycles
(734) 794-9989
429 Woodgrove Drive
Ann Arbor, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW
Licensed in Michigan
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Couple or Marital Issues, Grief/Loss, Life Transitions
Populations Served
Caregivers, Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Suzanne Willmott
Archway Associates, PC
(313) 204-4844
14951 N. Haggerty Rd
Plymouth, MI
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LMSW
Licensed in Michigan
14 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Women's Issues, Postpartum Depression
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. Sacha Feirstein
(734) 237-1976
400 Maynard St. Suite 803
Ann Arbor, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW, ACSW
Licensed in Michigan
4 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Disorders, Sexual Orientat
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Military/Veterans, Twins, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Dr. David Votruba
David Votruba PhD PLC
(734) 929-3700
400 Maynard Street, Suite 206
Ann Arbor, MI
Credentials
Credentials: PhD, PLC, LMSW, ACSW
Licensed in Michigan
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Twins, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Diane McCarthy
Diane McCarthy, MSW, ACSW
(734) 975-6888
1945 Pauline Blvd. Suite 10
Ann Arbor, MI
Credentials
Credentials: ACSW, LMSW
Licensed in Michigan
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Disorders
Populations Served
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Anne Williamson
Anne Williamson Counseling
(734) 459-6016
192 N.Main Street
Plymouth, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW
Licensed in Michigan
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Maribeth Janer
Center for Counseling
(248) 705-9519
114 Rayson Street
Northville, MI
Credentials
Credentials: ACSW
Licensed in Michigan
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Ed
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Moving Through Grief

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“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it break.”
­-William Shakespeare

It might feel like a burning ember lodges in your throat, or that a massive weight presses against your chest making it difficult to breathe. Perhaps you feel fatigued, irritable, hyperactive, or depressed. Perhaps you feel nothing at all right now. All these could be symptoms of grief, awakened by the death of someone close to you or even a pet.

Symptoms may also result from a tragic world event, such as 9/11, or from the loss of something integral to your life—your marriage, your job, or a close friendship. Grief, unique to each individual and to each situation, can last briefly or for years.

When faced with these feelings, remember these key things:

1. The grieving process takes time. Don’t rush to get things back to “normal,” though others may pressure you to do so.

2. Don’t let fear stop the healing process. Grief reminds us of the inevitability of loss—not an easy thing to face. But suppressing your feelings will only short-circuit the emotional progression your body and soul need.

3. Unusual experiences, from extreme mood swings to seeing angels, can be a part of grieving. Stay with the process instead of hurrying it along.

4. No statute of limitations exists on grief. Take the time you need, and claim it as your own.

Do Yoga

Although any exercise can help get you up out of bed and moving again, yoga brings special gifts to anyone grieving. Here are some tips that will help:

1. Start by rolling out your yoga mat in a prominent place in your house; that will serve as a gentle reminder to practice. You don’t necessarily need to jump right back in to your normal practice. Feel what you need on a day-by-day, minute-by-minute basis.

2. Yoga can get you out of your head and into your body, giving you a bit of a reprieve from the anxiety you may be feeling. It can calm your nervous system and allow you to rest deeply. Conversely, should you feel a deep, can-barely-function despair, yoga can also begin to lift your energy and your spirits.

3. Sometimes what you need to do is simply lie in Savasana (resting pose) on your mat, focusing on your breathing. If you feel anxious, pay attention to the exhale, which is calming; if you feel depressed, allow the inhale to be deeper, which brings more oxygen into your lungs and revitalizes you. Allow your tears to flow freely, not trying to stop them or even make sense of them.

4. Doing a restorative practice can also be healing. Do a standing forward bend in front of a chair with a cushion or bolster on the chair seat when you are feeling anxious. Rest your head on the bolster. Supporting your head helps calm and cool your energy. Forward bending shuts out distractions and brings a sense of quiet.

5. If you feel low in energy as well as spirit, try a few standing poses. Doing a short sun salutation practice or a few standing poses (Warrior or Triangle, for examp...

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