Christina M. Schultz, MA
Resident in Counseling
Supervised by Megan A. Ellis, LPC
Thriving Families Counseling, LLC

Grief Counseling

Grief and traumatic events are all times in your life when you need someone to listen, interpret, reflect and help you navigate life's difficult passages.  Additionally, as a Pastoral Clinically Trained Counselor, I can support your existential, faith, and spiritually related issues.

Death, loss, and distressing life events often trigger a host of troublesome and sometimes debilitating affective, social, physical, and cognitive symptoms such as depression, sadness, anxiety, helplessness, hopelessness, fear, confusion, numbness, loneliness, guilt, anger, frequent crying, appetite changes, sleep disturbances, social withdrawal, heightened impulsivity, confusion, and an inability to concentrate.

I have first-hand and second-hand personal, educational, and developing professional expertise in issues of loss, life transitions, and trauma.  I myself have experienced first-hand anticipatory grief and bereavement as a former caregiver and young widow, and have professional experience supporting clients coping with a variety of losses (e.g. death of child, miscarriage, infertility, divorce, death of spouse/partner, death of parent, loss of career identity, and death of sibling).  

I have also sought and received specialized graduate and professional development training in Grief and Loss via Marymount University, PESI, and recently at the Association for Death Education and Counseling's (ADEC) 2017 Conference.  I am developing expertise in the areas of spousal/partner bereavement, perinatal bereavement, anticipatory grief in caregivers, complicated grief, and remarital issues for widows/ers.  I am currently in the process of studying to become a Certified Thanatologist (CT) for upon my passing the annual ADEC CT exam.

I believe deeply in each person's innate resilience and ability to grow through life losses, transitions, and crises.  My overall mission as your grief counselor is to serve as your grief companion and to depathologize and normalize your own grief experiences. My first priority is to offer you compassionate, nonjudgmental listening, which moves you toward healing.  

I approach grief counseling from a existential and dual-process grief therapy model, while integrating psychoeducation, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment-based therapy, mindfulness or faith-based practices, and narrative approaches as your companion on your grief journey.  I employ in-session and in-between session exercises to support you in your grief processing.

I offer individual and couples counseling for teens, adults, and couples coping with death and other losses. 
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Grief is like the ocean;
it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm,
and sometimes it is overwhelming.
All we can do is learn to swim.

- Vicki Harrison

How May I Support You?

  1. Let you talk about the deceased, your loss, and/or the traumatic event.​
  2. Normalize your grief and feel less alone in your grief journey.
  3. Integrate your loss into your life.
  4. Support you to accept, reframe, and build new meaning post-loss.
  5. Support you to process your primary and secondary losses.
  6. Help you to have more self-acceptance and with cognitive reframing, to reduce self-limiting and negative beliefs and self-attributions.
  7. Support you from distinguishing grief from trauma, healthy grief from unhealthy grief, and learn more about normal grief reactions and suggested coping practices to build resilience.
  8. Support you in finding hope, your own strengths shown, and meaning despite your tragedy or trauma.
  9. Support you to organize and accept your grief.
  10. Support you to manage your guilt.  
  11. Support you to engage in self-care and ask for the specific supports you need to manage other duties and life roles.
  12. Support in developing a ritual to honor your loved one.
  13. Support in managing anniversaries and holidays.
  14. Support in managing familial and couples conflicts that ensue post-grief and post-trauma, with differences among grief and trauma reactions.  
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Grief does not expire like a candle or the beacon on a lighthouse.  It simply changes temperature.
- Anthony Rapp

I encourage you to call me or e-mail me today to take that
leap into action and find the support you are looking
for a better tomorrow for yourself!