MICHELE E. BARBIC
Holding a Master’s Degree in Holistic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and having done extensive graduate studies at Santa Clara University, I counsel children, teens and adults dealing with grief as a normal and necessary process, complicated grief, anticipatory grief, trauma and life transitions. I have worked in the mental health field in a variety of settings including hospitals, residential care homes, schools and non-profit organizations. My own personal losses and professional experiences prompted a deep re-evaluation of my understanding of life and death and a desire for working in the field of loss, grief and transformation. As a bereavement therapist at hospice, facilitating individual and group counseling, I realized my passion for working with the spiritual and personal transformation that clients realize through the process of grief.
- Provide a safe environment for clients to resource their inner wisdom to gain confidence, overcome fears, discuss what is next and discover their new life.
- Recognize my client’s developmental, religious, spiritual, cultural and sexual differences to provide a personalized approach to their therapy.
- Work with client’s goals for positive change and transformation.
- Empower clients with tools for wholeness.
- Make any appropriate referrals.
Philosophy of Therapy
Through gentle loving- kindness, psycho-education, expressive arts, movement therapy, somatic therapy, relaxation and meditation I support my clients as they journey through the unfamiliar territory of grief. Understanding the nature of grief and listening with our hearts, we can get through this time of confusion, sadness, anger, loneliness, fatigue and generally not feeling at peace. These are normal reactions to grief. But you do not need to be alone in this process. Facilitating clients to find hope, heal their hearts and integrate loss into their life, I am honored to be a witness to their incredible growth and transformation.
Although we all grieve differently, we need to know what to expect next, how to handle the unusual emotions we are experiencing and find compassionate and knowledgeable support. My goal is to guide others on this newly defined path, to assist them to find meaning and healing from their loss, bringing wholeness to their life.
My experiences include : Intern bereavement therapist at Hospice of the Valley, Educator for Death and Dying Classes at JFKU, Facilitator for Santa Clara’s first “Death Café”, Guest speaker at SJS on “Aging Career Changes”, Guest speaker on “Children’s Grief” at non- profit organizations, Performer of my story of “Birth, Death & Rebirth” in the production of Opening Pandora’s Box”, Organizer for community event “Celebrating Women’s Wisdom” at Santa Clara University, Co- founded a women’s retreat business leading groups to facilitate women’s empowerment, Spear headed the opening and supervised a boy’s group home in New York City, On site counselor for Girls Ark Residential Home for Girls.