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Stefanie Lomatski

Clinical Social Work  MSW, RSW

When I heard the quote from Brené Brown which said "we run from grief because loss scares us. Yet our hearts reach towards grief because the broken parts want to mend", it spoke to me both professionally and personally. It aptly describes the tensions which grief presents; the common fear to venture into exploring the impacts of grief and the deep desire for emotional relief. 

Many of us have been told that grief is a process that will resolve itself,or we have been silenced as there are no spaces in which to talk about our loss. I come to grief therapy with the belief that the goal is to integrate grief.   The experience of loss will never truly leave us, however there are ways in which to regain a sense of self, emotional wellbeing, and to close the gap of emptiness. 

Many times loss leaves us navigating intense feelings of guilt, sadness, emptiness and/or anger. Often there is a lack of space in which to honestly and openly express the impacts of death, and life transitions. My therapeutic approach to grief healing is to weave together evidence based practices, while centering your wisdom, experiences and unique healing needs.

I have a Master of Social Work from Carleton University, and I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. My specialties include: Prolonged Grief, traumatic loss, life transitions and pet loss.  I have been trained to provided Complicated Grief Therapy (Columbia University), Prolonged Exposure, Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and will work with you to find the most appropriate therapeutic approach. 

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