There is a single common thread that runs through all the difficulties that cause people to enter therapy. Within every concern and every issue explored during treatment is an unresolved experience of loss. With Lessons in Loss, therapists gain an understanding of the many ways loss prevents clients from living their lives to the fullest, and valuable insight into what can be done to help them heal. ------------ Testimonials: The inevitable losses of life range from small to overwhelming. Often we feel we should brush them aside quickly, partly because they hurt, and partly because we're supposed to 'move on.' This wise book explains how unresolved losses persist far longer than we realize, leaving us vulnerable to all kinds of distress. It shows beginning and experienced therapists alike how to help themselves and their clients to face, grieve, and grow from loss. Ginny Pizzardi offers a bold call to courageous self-exploration and deep acceptance. -Jack Morin, Ph.D., psychotherapist, author, and teacher In this provocative little book the author explores how to move beyond unresolved childhood loss that is frequently at the heart of our greatest challenges, be it addiction, sexual, emotional or physical abuse, divorce, or virtually any experience where significant change is vital. Packed into these pages is the wisdom of a dedicated therapist whose own experiences of early childhood loss can deepen every helping professional's understanding and skill. Here are insights and tools for moving beyond current crises to a place of greater peace, resolution, and personal effectiveness. -Hal Z. Bennett, author of Write From the Heart --------------------- Ginny Pizzardi, M.S., M.F.T., has been a clinical psychotherapist since 1985. She has a private practice in San Francisco, California, and is an Analytic Candidate at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California.
Ginny Pizzardi, M.S., M.F.T., has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1985. Over the years, she has counseled hundreds of people struggling to resolve difficult issues, often involving personal loss. Her early professional experience dealt largely with survivors of family violence, abuse, addiction, and adoption. In listening to and counseling her clients, she discovered lessons in loss that could be useful to others in the helping professions. Extensive professional training coupled with her own life experience gave Ginny a wealth of real-life perspectives on the special challenges of loss. Over time she was inspired to share this knowledge with her fellow therapists, which she now does through this book, as a speaker and teacher, and in private consultations. One of her goals for Lessons in Loss is to shed light on why people continue to struggle even though they have received counseling and therapy. The truth is that many clients never really go through the grief process to final resolution. This guide was written to help therapists and their clients make the journey complete. Ginny offers workshops and consultation for therapists who wish to expand their understanding of loss and the impact it has on the lives of their clients. She continues to work as a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco, California, and is currently an Analytic Candidate in training at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. Her website address is www.GinnyPizzardi.com.