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Coping with the Loss of a Loved One to Chronic Illness

Chronic illness takes many forms – cancer that has gone from acute to chronic, auto-immune conditions that slowly destroy functioning, Alzheimer’s and other disorders. They all take a huge toll on loved ones, family, friends, caregivers – not just the patient.  Here are some of my thoughts on the subject, and why you should be kind to yourself:

Losing Someone You Love to Chronic Illness

I hope that you are gentle with yourself and others during this painful process.  And if you need help – call or text me at (310) 625-6083.

To your health,

Dr. Gretchen

Grief, Loss, and Longing for What Might Have Been

There are so many aspects to grieving, but one of the most poignant is longing – that feeling of melancholic desire for what is lost, what might have been.  Here are my thoughts on the topic:

Longing for What Might Have Been

If you’re still longing for the moments and memories that will never be created, I’d love to talk to you.  Call me at (310) 625-6083 for a free initial consultation.

To your health,

Dr. Gretchen

What to Expect When You Come to Therapy the First Time

I’m so glad you’re curious about what it’s actually like to go to therapy. We have so many ideas picked up from film and television, and they can make it seem humorous, scary, weird, or just plain daunting and uncomfortable. If you’re here, I know you’re thinking about asking for help, and I want to make the process as comfortable as possible, so take a look at this video:

What to Expect When You Come to Therapy

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

To your health,

Dr. Gretchen

Father’s Day (and Mother’s Day) Post-Mortem: Loss of a Parent

Father’s Day is a difficult day for those of us who are fatherless – just as Mother’s day is difficult for the motherless.  This past Father’s Day was no exception.  Here’ s a video addressing some coping tips: