Transitioning Through Life After Loss Support Group with Jennifer Whitley

Transitioning Through Life After Loss Support Group with Jennifer Whitley

420.00

It is most times difficult to begin a conversation around death, but creating a space for yourself to understand how a loss has affected your life can be healing.  This bereavement group is designed to create a non-judgmental and safe and nurturing environment for those who have experienced loss of another person. Use of movement, art, and verbalization in a group setting will be used to explore The Embodied Experience, Survivorship Issues, & Moving Forward with Grief and Loss.

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It is most times difficult to begin a conversation around death, but creating a space for yourself to understand how a loss has affected your life can be healing.  Everyone’s grieving style is specific to the individual and can look and feel differently for each person.  I understand this.  Finding a group or opportunity to openly discuss these experiences is an important part of transitioning through the many layers of grief.  As a therapist who has worked with end of life for over 6 years, as well as experienced her own losses, my most important offering is a healing space for members to be seen, heard, and understood.  This bereavement group is designed to create a non-judgmental and safe and nurturing environment for those who have experienced loss of another person. Use of movement, art, and verbalization in a group setting will be used to explore how these themes exist inside of each individual.

Theme Focus: 

  1. The Embodied Experience: For a person to come into a place of healing after a loss, processing the past experiences of one’s loss will be important.  This is done through the Body-Mind-Emotion lens to find expression and a deeper understanding of these events using movement and art.  
  2. Survivorship Issues: Those who have suffered a loss will feel and experience many different layers of emotions and thoughts.  Identifying the many issues that can arise are important to understand where one is in the process of mourning the person who passed.
  3. Moving Forward with Grief & Loss: Many people say, someone who loses a loved one never stops mourning or missing this person.  These feelings shift and evolved over time, but never go away.  Exploring ways to create space in one’s life for grief & loss to move forward is an important step towards healing.

About the Instructor:

Jennifer Whitley, M.S., BC-DMT, LCAT, CMA

Healing is a process and should include the body.  Our body's wisdom is important when discovering our whole self, who we are, and what we've been through.  My passions are deeply rooted in the embodiment of a person’s experiences, using movement in the creative process as a tool to gain understanding of the individual and how early relationships and experiences shape an individual's story.  I recognize that using the Ways of Seeing approach at Dancing Dialogue provides children and families the Body-Mind-Emotion awareness that is key in creating an embodied life enriched with compassion, understanding, empathy, and fortitude. 

Jennifer Whitley provides dance/movement therapy for children, parents, and adults at Dancing Dialogue.  She specializes in providing DMT for individuals who have ADHD, anxiety, experienced family separation, eating disorders, learning differences, autism spectrum disorder, medical illness, issues with disruptive behavior, Bipolar Disorder, Parkinson's Disease, trauma, and also provides parenting support and grief counseling. She provides Reiki sessions, as well.

Ms. Whitley is a board certified Dance/Movement Therapist (DMT) and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist who received her master’s degree, with honors, in Dance Therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  She is trained through the Ways of Seeing program at Dancing Dialogue and Certified as a Laban Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. She has been a DMT at Dancing Dialogue since 2014 working with children and families using Dr. Tortora’s Ways of Seeing psychotherapeutic multi-arts approach. Ms. Whitley’s experience also includes medical DMT at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, joining the Integrative Medicine Services team in 2012, with a focus in pediatric oncology alongside Dr. Tortora. Additionally, she works with children who have special needs facilitating group DMT sessions in the public school setting since 2013.  She taught as interim instructor in The New School’s Creative Arts Therapy Certification Program, worked as DMT/Choreographer for Angelight Films, and presents workshops locally, nationally, and internationally.