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Opening to Grief with Claire Willis

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Opening to Grief with Claire Willis

Loss, whether a career, a friend, a spouse or a pet can usher in profound grief. Dr. Tammi talks to bereavement counselor Claire Willis about how to feel through, heal through and learn from our grief, so we can open our hearts wider and shine our light brighter in the world.

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Claire B. Willis

claire_b_willis_760676658.jpgI am a clinical social worker and have practiced in the fields of oncology and bereavement for more than two decades.

I have worked in hospice care for many years, both as a volunteer and a social worker. As a lay Buddhist chaplain ordained by Joan Halifax at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, I have focused on contemplative practices for end-of-life care. For the past five years, I have been a student of Koshin Paley Ellison, a founding teacher at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

I am the author of Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life (Green Writers Press, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2014).

I lead bereavement, end-of-life, support, and therapeutic writing groups and maintain a private practice at my home in Brookline, Massachusetts.


 

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About Tammi Baliszewski:

Tammi Baliszewski is an ordained minister, has a Ph.D. in Holistic Life Counseling, is a Certified Hypnotherapist and a Certified Polarity Practitioner.  She holds Bachelors of the Arts in Psychology and has completed the Masters Program in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica and a second Masters Program entitled “Consciousness, Health and healing”.  Tammi is a certified Art 4 Healing Facilitator and is Mandala Art Facilitator and Trainer.  She is currently studying and teaching with Paul Heussenstamm world renowned artist, author, healer and teacher.

Tammi is an accomplished artist and published writer.  Her first manuscript “Manifesting Love - From the Inside Out,” is now available.  “Manifesting Love” is a spiritual, psychological, self-help book, that supports readers in coming into loving relationship with themselves, so they naturally and easily attract their ideal life partner.   

As a spiritual counselor and a workshop facilitator, Tammi assists clients and participants in releasing blocks so that they might more fully claim, embrace and live up to their fullest potential.  Through gentle direction and guided meditation Tammi helps those she works with tap into profound states of inner wisdom and inspired states of creativity.  Her comprehensive teaching style and simple techniques bring about transformation on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.

Prior to pursuing her education in psychology, spirituality and the healing arts, Tammi worked as a licensed cosmetologist, image consultant, makeup artist, and personal trainer.  Tammi has also worked as an actress, model and spokesmodel.  She has also been featured in many commercials, television shows and films. As a cosmetologist, makeup artist, stylist, model and actress, Tammi’s focus was on beauty, fitness, nutrition, and health. Now as a hypnotherapist, Mandala Facilitator, Artist, Writer and Teacher, her focus is on beauty, healing and wholeness.  However, rather than focusing on physical beauty and health, it is consciousness and the beauty of the soul that most intrigues her - beauty from the “inside out”.

Now Tammi is adding another dimension to her work with her show "Journey to Center" on Empower Radio. 

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