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Welcome to Passages of the Heart

Welcome to the Passages of the Heart website and my private practice.  My name is Carol Cummings and I am a Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist trained specifically for the recovery of grief through the Grief Recovery Institute® located in Sherman Oaks, California.  

After recovering from a personal traumatic loss some time ago, I realized that most of us spend each day with grief just as naturally breathing.  Grief becomes an unwanted yet unconscious acquaintance that can influence our daily life in ways we don’t even realize.  Maybe we avoid people, places, and things without any realization that we are doing so.  And maybe we have given up our dreams and our passion for living, and would rather stay at home alone or ask the question, "Will I ever feel any better?"

Let's Ask the Question: "Is Grief Natural?"
Grief is the normal and natural reaction to emotional loss of any kind.  The range of emotions are unique with each individual and cannot be compared  to others.  Losses include death, divorce, retirement, moving, financial, lifestyle and healtlh concerns, broken dreams, loss of a beloved pet and much more.  Most of the information passed on within our society is not normal, natural, or helpful.  Grief is the emotional response to loss, but most of the information we have learned about dealing with grief is intellectual.

Can We Move Beyond the Loss?
Yes, we can.  If you have experienced one or more losses, and you wish to move beyond the pain, t
he Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program offers the possibility of a richer and more rewarding life. I lead program groups here in Loveland, CO, and have direct access to the founders of the Grief Recovery Institute® to support your success.

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