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February 2019 Chapter Meeting
7 February 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CSTFree
Loss, Grief, and What Comes Next
with Bridget Caletka
We all experience various losses in life, including but not limited to the loss of jobs, relationships, and the death of loved ones. This can be traumatic and moving forward from these can prove difficult. This presentation will give an overview of the phases and tasks of grief, how to work and talk with your grieving clients appropriately and with sensitivity, and how to identify complicated or prolonged grief, which is a clinical issue more appropriately referred to a mental health professional. We will also discuss the process of dealing with the “stuff” – the physical belongings and items – that some people tend to hold onto after a loss or life transition.
About Bridget Caletka
Bridget is a professional counselor with ten years’ experience in academic, community agency, and outpatient mental health settings. Bridget is a career changer, having worked in the training industry before moving to the United Kingdom in 1996, where she and her husband started a family and she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother for a decade. Upon returning to the U.S., Bridget decided to pursue a longtime dream of becoming a counselor and embarked on a Masters Degree in School Counseling, and then a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Texas, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and a Board Certified Coach. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (known as EMDR), an evidence-based treatment for trauma.
Bridget is currently in private practice in The Woodlands, where she provides individual counseling to individuals age 12 and up with diverse sociocultural backgrounds and wide range of presenting issues. She particularly enjoys working with adolescents, and currently teens and young adults comprise a majority of her practice. Bridget was a counselor at the Grief Resource Center in The Woodlands before it closed due to lack of funding. This led to her passion for working with individuals struggling with grief, loss, and coping with chronic illness, which are particular areas of clinical focus for her.