Parents should be able to grieve without feeling shame or being shamed. Too often, people in grief groups do not how to respond when a loss is due to an addiction. There is often that little raising of the eyebrow from people who have no experience with that kind of pain. That is why we have started this group for parents who have lost a child (of any age) to alcohol or other drugs. There just has to be a safe place to grieve ... and heal. We work very hard to be that place.
Meetings are facilitated by a Licensed Professional Counselor, Charlie Berman. He is also licensed as a Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. While not from an addiction, Charlie's only daughter died in 2008 so he truly understands this kind of gut wrenching loss.
Meetings are held in The First Presbyterian Church Hall at 2 Lees Hill Rd in New Vernon (Harding Township) on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5:30 - 7 pm. For more information on PELA or for immediate support, call or email Charlie Berman (201-602-7523 [email protected]).
We're here because we truly care. We hope you will join us.
The Next 12 - Individual Counseling — for those in long-term recovery.
This is individual counseling provided by a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor who understands your 12-step language from the inside out. No translating required. You won't have to explain what a sponsor is or why regular meeting attendance is essential for mental health (i.e.: we came for our drinking and stayed for our thinking). Sue Nobleman has decades of recovery in a number of self-help groups and has worked in the addictions field since 1980, continuing her education all along the way. She will "get you" right away so that moving to a higher level of recovery and emotional health will seem natural. Take a deeper dive and learn to thrive.
Flourishing Skills Groups (FSG)
Why do some people languish while other people flourish? In general, we are not taught the skills needed to thrive. But through FSG, you will learn what’s needed such as how to build your reservoir of positive emotions, work well with negative emotions, increase your “grit” and create nurturing relationships. FSGs gives you these tools in an intimate and supportive group setting. Created by The Flourishing Center in NYC, Willow Tree’s FSG meets weekly for 10 consecutive weeks. Each week building and deepening your happiness skillset, leaving you nourished & empowered.
Through FSG, you will …
- Connect with Like-Minded People
- Learn to Manage Stress Better
- Boost Your Daily Happiness Level
- Move toward your Best Possible Self
- Replace Negative Mind Chatter with Positive Thoughts
- Increase Self-Awareness
- Gain Tools for Self-Mastery
The group runs for 10 weeks, is held on Sunday afternoons from 2 - 4pm at 213 Village Road in Green Village, NJ 07935. The cost is $35 per session however, if you pay for all 10 sessions up front, you will receive a $100 discount ($250 instead of $350). The group is limited to 10 people. Pre-registration & an interview is required. Please call Sue Nobleman to register 201-602-7783.
This is a Flourishing Skills Group (FSG) plus more for women in 12-Step recovery. See above for an overview of a FSG however, this will be more. Using the language of 12-Step programs, participants will also learn skills for using the willow tree as a metaphor for health and wellness: Nourish your Roots; Be Flexible; Practice Self-Care; Ask for Help; and Act with Kindness.
For More Information on any treatment service:
Call Sue Nobleman, MA, LCADC, CCS, CPS, CAPP at 201-602-7783 or email her at [email protected]. In the subject line, please write the name of the service or group for which you'd like more information.