Grief therapist, Dr. Dawn Joosten-Hagye, PhD, LCSW, MSW, GC-C, explains the need for “continuing bonds” after the loss of a loved one. In moments of death, Dr. Joosten-Hagye states, “That relationship doesn’t end, it continues in a modified form”. Click into her recent interview below to learn more.

BIO: Dr. Dawn Joosten-Hagye, PhD, LCSW, MSW, GC-C

UNIVERSITIES + DEGREES: University of California, Los Angeles [Social Welfare, PHD] California State University, Long Beach [Social Work, MS] California State University, Long Beach [Psychology, BA]

CLINICAL SPECIALIZATION: Dr. Joosten-Hagye has a specialization in the delivery of evidence-based trauma-informed psychotherapy and griefcounseling. Her training emphasizes interdisciplinary and holistic approaches to achieve wellness. She specializes in working with adults, older adults living with and managing co-morbid physical health and mental health conditions, chronic health conditions, and life-threatening conditions, and their families and/or caregivers. Dr. Joosten-Hagye’s areas of specialization in clinical treatment include grief, adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders and depressive disorders. Dr. Joosten-Hagye is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Southern California.

CERTIFICATIONS: Grief Counseling (GC-C), Integrated Care, Seeking Safety

“I enjoy working with clients using a client-centered, holistic perspective. With this perspective, I acknowledge the client as both the expert over their lived experience and as an active participant in treatment with members of the treatment team. I enjoy assisting clients with gaining new insight and coping skills which become tools they use in their day-to-day lives to maintain wellness and balance. I enjoy facilitating the process of self-discovery among clients while they navigate their unique pathways to wellness and recovery.” – Dr. Joosten-Hagye

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