Life Lessons
Join us on November 19, 2017
6:30-8:00 pm

For Grief

Guest Presenter:

Barbara L. Fraser, MA, MAT, LPC

After a career in public education as a special needs teacher, I returned to graduate school and earned a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2011 from University of Denver.  I am a Colorado licensed professional counselor.  Also, I am EMDR trained and certified as a Grief Recovery® Specialist.  

I earned a Master's Degree in Teaching from Tufts University and a Certificate in Advanced Educational Study from Boston College.  I have an undergraduate degree in English Literature from St. Lawrence University.

I am passionate about mental health and strive to establish a caring, nonjudgmental therapeutic relationship with clients which fosters insight and positive change.  Knowing firsthand about loss, depression, and challenging transitions, my ambition is to help instill hope, meaning and happiness into people's lives during difficult times.

For Grief 

When you lose someone you love,
Your life becomes strange,
The ground beneath you becomes fragile,
Your thoughts make your eyes unsure;
And some dead echo drags your voice down
Where words have no confidence
Your heart has grown heavy with loss;
And though this loss has wounded others too,
No one knows what has been taken from you
When the silence of absence deepens.

Flickers of guilt kindle regret
For all that was left unsaid or undone.

There are days when you wake up happy;
Again inside the fullness of life,
Until the moment breaks
And you are thrown back
Onto the black tide of loss.
Days when you have your heart back,
You are able to function well
Until in the middle of work or encounter,
Suddenly with no warning,
You are ambushed by grief.

It becomes hard to trust yourself.
All you can depend on now is that
Sorrow will remain faithful to itself.
More than you, it knows its way
And will find the right time
To pull and pull the rope of grief
Until that coiled hill of tears
Has reduced to its last drop.

Gradually, you will learn acquaintance
With the invisible form of your departed;
And when the work of grief is done,
The wound of loss will heal
And you will have learned
To wean your eyes
From that gap in the air
And be able to enter the hearth
In your soul where your loved one
Has awaited your return
All the time. 

John O'Donohue

 

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Suicide is a major issue facing our community.  We are eager to do something to help prevent this tragedy.  Join us to hear from Dr. Ryan Hall and Kirsten Wulfsberg on how to help prevent suicide.

In the Worship Center of Littleton Church of Christ (6495 S Colorado Blvd.)

Ryan Hall is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Master Addiction Counselor, and has a Ph.D. in Religious and Psychological Studies from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology’s Joint Doctoral Program. Having got her start as a psychotherapist at a residential juvenile correctional program in Tampa, Florida, Ryan has worked with all kinds of clients and diverse presenting issues. She has been an alcohol, tobacco, and drug educator at Littleton Adventist Hospital for 7 years, where she has evaluated more than 10,000 patients and has taught workshops on Motivational Interviewing, substance use, and the compassionate care of patients. Ryan’s doctoral research centers on the complex ways that religion and spirituality intersect with feelings of suicidality.

As clinical supervisor of the psychiatric assessment team for Centura Health’s South Denver hospitals and medical facilities, Kirsten Wulfsberg has extensive experience working with persons in crisis, including suicidal, homicidal, and psychotic patients. She has trained medical staff in both the US and Norway on how to do suicide assessments and how to help families in crisis situations. She received her master’s degree from DU and is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked for Centura Health for 11 years.