Grief Counseling Galesburg IL

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. Hellen McDonald
Hellen G. McDonald Counseling
(217) 378-8575
44 E. Main St, #505
Champaign, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Stress, Immigration/Newcomer, Life Transitions
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Mary Senn
(847) 328-4074
636 Church St Suite 705
Evanston, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in Illinois
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Depression, Grief/Loss, Stress
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Cynthia Wadsworth
(217) 744-3525
1124 South 5th Street
Springfield, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Grief/Loss, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Attachment Disorders, Infant Mental Health
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Kathleen Hickey
Psychological Services of Naperville
(630) 428-3908
445 West Jackson
Naperville, IL
Credentials
Credentials: RN PsyD
Licensed in Illinois
33 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Pain Management, P
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, 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. Kerry Sullivan
(312) 217-2248
151 N. Michigan Ave Suite 911
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Dual Diagnosis, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Toni Pliskin
(847) 429-5929
3375 North Arlington Heights Road Suite J
Arlington Heights, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships,
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Twins, Disabled, Immigrants/Refugees, Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc), Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Brain/Head Injured, Interracial Families/Couples, Bi
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:
Mr. Phillip Elbaum
Private Practice
(847) 948-8696
35 Greenbriar
Deerfield, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CADC
Licensed in Illinois
40 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Obese or Overweight, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Maryann Shepard
(847) 259-8685
637 E. Golf Road Suite 201
Arlington Heights, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, LMFT
Licensed in Illinois
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Ioanna Chaney
(773) 244-0900
233 East Erie Street, Suite 401
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CPCC, MBA
Licensed in Illinois
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transi
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Twins, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Paulette Stronczek
(847) 917-3044
636 Church Street Suite 719
Evanston, IL
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D.
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Gifted, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), 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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