Finding Words for Wordless Grief

Finding Words for Wordless Grief

About the Instructor

Martha Carr, Psy.d. LMFT is a Psychoanalyst/Psychotherapist with a practice in the Toluca Lake/Burbank area of Los Angeles. She is an Associate Professor at California State University, Northridge and long-time member and past Co-Director of NPI, Pasadena, staff member at The Hope Connection (, Grief Groups Serving West Los Angeles, Encino and Agoura Hills. Her personal experience with multiple losses informs this course.

Finding Words for Wordless Grief – When the Existential Experience of Loss Intersects with Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

About this Course

Existential issues such as loss can challenge the therapist to shift their traditional therapeutic or analytic stance with their clients. This is true whether it is the therapist who has suffered the loss or the client. This course will explore the various ways in which that may occur and how to work with it. We will examine the nature and stages of grief and healing in a variety of contexts such as parent loss, sibling loss, spousal loss etc. Looking at the role of personality, attachment and personal history in the healing process will also be addressed. Knowing when to normalize this very human experience of grief as an existential experience and when to move more deeply into the unique dynamics of your client will be explored. There will be plenty of time for discussion.

Course Objectives

  • To help clinicians be with their clients in their sorrow and deepen healing conversations.
  • Identify other modes of healing that may be helpful to clients and therapists.
  • Understanding the role of compassion, creativity, body-work and self-care.
  • Develop a conceptual model of some of the main issues that people encounter in grief.

Special ticket pricing is available when you register for 4 or more Saturday Salon Series events. Save $10/ticket (only $50 each).

If you’re interested in attending 4 or more events, please email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 714-505-9080


  • January 23, 2021
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Single Admission $60.00 (USD)   Expired