PART NOW ~ PART FOREVER


About Anne Abbott, MA

I hold a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and traditionally practiced as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in community and private practice settings.  For the last 9 years, Ive been immersed in family life as a stay at home mom.  During this time, I experienced several life changes and a series of profound losses. Never in my life have I felt so sad, lost and confused. Everything I thought I could count on seemed to be slipping away.

I wasn't taught to be gentle with life or myself, so my efforts to keep going and push my way through were loud and critical.  There were some painful years of resistance and drama. Then alone in the final emotional fall.  It is here, at this point, that surrender ushers in a letting go.  I experienced something deeply spiritual. From somewhere I heard, Trust yourself.  Grief was delivering my silver lining.

With time, I was ready to step into the professional world again. I began exploring some ideas and realized much had changed, both in me and my professional field.  I was drawn more spiritually than clinically to human nature.  With pioneering sciences supporting Transpersonal and Earth wisdom, I understood things more energy based. The idea of supporting people through life's existential passages felt right. In this I could blend my clinical education with my love for nature and philosophy. 

I started off in college as a Cultural Anthropology major.  Funny how all things seem to come full circle.


After graduate school, I spent nearly a decade working for the HELP GROUP, which is the largest, most innovative Mental Health non profit in the United States. I wore various hats during my time there, from Primary Therapist to Program Supervisor.  I had the privilege of working in several of their pioneering programs for children and families including: Project Six, a residential program for Severely Emotionally Disturbed adolescents; Village Glen, a specialized school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders; and Bridgeport, a specialized school for young adults with developmental and intellectual delays. 

Here I saw up close what happens to children and parents who are in complicated grief. Whether it is painful family circumstances or misunderstood inborn differences, suffering is real and can be life long.  Without intervention and support, unresolved grief gives rise to many physical and mental health conditions that are passed on from generation to generation.

Most adult suffering today can be sourced in unresolved Grief from yesterday.


 

 


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