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Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW, a clinical social worker who owns Central Counseling Services in Southern California.

Jill is the author of several books on grief, including most recently, “The Rebellious Widow,” in which she shares some of her own personal story as well as her clinical experiences in facing grief and loss. Jill trains therapists in working with grief, and she is also very knowledgeable in other information about end of life, including dementia. 

In this episode you’ll hear Jill share some of her personal story of becoming a widow twice before the age of 50, and her lived experiences of taking care of loved ones with various types of dementia. Jill explains that there are 12 different types of dementia, and they can have different origins, symptoms and presentations. She discusses the various types of dementia and offers resources for learning more and getting support when you or someone you love has dementia. 

Jill will return with Part Two next week for more discussion about what to do when someone you love has dementia to make the process of caregiving and preparing for end of life less challenging.


Find Jill’s book, including the option to read the first chapter for free, at:  

Learn more about Jill’s counseling services at: 

Visit Jill’s website for a ton of resources for learning about grief, dementia, her books, her trainings and so much more:

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February 10, 2022

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Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C is an integrative trauma therapist and owner of a group practice, the Baltimore Annapolis Center for Integrative Healing. She is also the host of Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts and the founder of the Trauma Therapist Network, a website for learning information about trauma and finding resources and help for trauma.

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