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Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C brings back a replay of a Part 2 of the past interviews with a former hospice social worker and grief counselor who is living with a terminal illness, Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, LCSW, MPH. In this conversation, 

In this conversation, you’ll a deeper discussion of grief, loss and end of life. While preparing this episode for replay, Laura learned that Isabel is currently living with cancer. You won’t want to miss listening to this conversation with someone who has found meaning and purpose in her life despite being born with an illness that forced her to confront her own mortality as a young child. Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, LCSW, MPH shares her unique perspective on grief as someone who has survived a lifetime of living with a terminal chronic illness, and the loss of many important people in her life. This episode raises thought-provoking questions about acceptance, our cultural view of death in the West, and how we handle unpleasant emotions. 

Isabel is a licensed clinical social worker and bereavement counselor at Mission Hospice & Home Care, where she counsels children, teens and adults who have lost a loved one. She also leads writing through loss groups for those who are grieving, among other support groups. Isabel has experienced significant losses of her own and has lived with serious illness all of her life.  

As an author, documentarian, patient advocate and public speaker, Isabel has lectured around the country on topics such as living well with illness, grief and loss, end-of-life issues and organ donation, including a TEDx Stanford talk in 2014. 

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Additional Resources

Isabel’s website: http://www.thepoweroftwomovie.com/home/ 

Mission Hospice website: http://missionhospice.org 650-554-1000

Watch Isabel’s TEDx talk, “The Art of Saying Goodbye” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkffpibi-Dc  

Dr. Katherine Shear’s Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia University: https://complicatedgrief.columbia.edu/about-us/our-team/ 

Adec – https://www.adec.org 

Mission Hospice website: http://missionhospice.org 

Watch Isabel’s TEDx talk, “The Art of Saying Goodbye” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkffpibi-Dc  

Therapists, Linda Thai, LMSW, from Episode 380, is offering 2 upcoming trainings. The first starts 5/23/23: Certificate In Somatic Embodiment & Regulation Strategies. Register here (I’ll be there): https://www.linda-thai.com/programs/12weeksomatic-2023-may

And the second is a Workshop entitled: Healing the Legacy Of Historical & Transgenerational Trauma (All Day Workshop) on 6/17/23. Register here: https://www.linda-thai.com/events/healing-the-legacy-of-historical-and-transgenerational-trauma

In partnership with the Academy of Therapy Wisdom, I invite you to a FREE recorded webinar presented by my colleague, Akilah Riley-Richardson. In this webinar, she will examine how systemic trauma and relational privilege play out in couples therapy. And she’ll show how we can empower couples to develop healthy intimacy nonetheless. Register here for free (I’m attending the course) and learn about her course that she talked about on Therapy Chat episode 379 which you can hear at this link.

Janina Fisher has a new FREE webinar about healing the shame which is a common reaction to trauma. Register here to learn how to address this difficult emotion in therapy with trauma survivors!

In partnership with the Academy of Therapy Wisdom, I’m excited to invite you to a free webinar offered by my colleague and previous Therapy Chat guest, Juliane Taylor Shore. Jules is a gifted therapist who likes to geek out on neuroscience and then share it in ways that therapists can understand and apply. She’ll do just that in this webinar on Memory Reconsolidation for Anxiety. Register here for free! 

Therapists, join the waiting list for Trauma Therapist Network membership. We now have new membership levels and options for Group Practice Owners and Canadian therapists! Get the details and join the waiting list to receive first access when membership reopens in June 2023 here: https://go.traumatherapistnetwork.com/join ! What is TTN? Go here to check it out! Registration opens again this summer!

Therapists – Attend another free webinar presented by Dr. Janina Fisher. In this recorded webinar, Healing the Shame of our Fragmented Selves, Janina will address helping clients who struggle with shame and self-loathing. As a special gift, when you register for the free webinar, you’ll also get access to two one-hour trainings from Dr. Fisher so you can learn the foundation of her Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment model right away.

Therapists – get free trainings on Energy Work and Spirituality with trauma survivors from Dr. Frank Anderson and save on his training when you register here!

Find Laura’s most frequently recommended resources for learning about trauma here – includes recommended books and trainings.

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Podcast produced by Pete Bailey – https://petebailey.net/audio

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May 18, 2023

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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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