Counselling

“Healing is a process, a movement, a transition toward balance, connectedness, meaning and wholeness. Healing is a movement, not an outcome.”  By Richard Katz, Sacred Stories

We are here to help you deal with your grief for as long as the journey may take. We know you may feel scared, sad and ashamed and we want to help you realize that you are not alone and that grief can be all encompassing if not faced in the proper way.

At Abortion Recovery Centre our peer team follows the Companioning Model of grief counselling as described below:

 The Eleven Tenets of Companioning*

  1. Companioning is about being present to another person’s pain; it is not about taking away the pain.
  2. Companioning is about going to the wilderness of the soul with another human being; it is not about thinking you are responsible for finding the way out.
  3. Companioning is about honoring the spirit; it is not about focusing on the intellect.
  4. Companioning is about listening with the heart; it is not about analyzing with the head.
  5. Companioning is about bearing witness to the struggles of others; it is not about judging or directing these struggles.
  6. Companioning is about walking along side; it is not about leading or being led.
  7. Companioning means discovering the gifts of sacred silence; it does not mean filling up every moment with words.
  8. Companioning is about being still; it is not about frantic movement forward.
  9. Companioning is about respecting disorder and confusion; it is not about imposing order and logic.
  10. Companioning is about learning from others; it is not about teaching them.
  11. Companioning is about curiosity; it is not about expertise.

Companioning the Bereaved a Soulful Guide for Caregivers : By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. 2006

Call us today for more information on our grief counselling services.