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Healing Concepts, LLC

promoting well-being in everyday living

Staff & Services

 

MEET OUR STAFF....

Get to Know our Founder:

Lara Krawchuk, MSW, LCSW, MPH

Founder and Director of Clinical Services of Healing Concepts, LLC

Lara is seeing individuals, couples and families in our West Chester office

She is also available to do CEU programs, memorial services, supervision groups, retreats, and staff trainings for organizations.  

To Contact Lara directly:  610-209-3111 or healingconceptsllc@gmail.com


Welcome to Healing Concepts!  I founded this wonderful organization many years ago to help individuals and families move towards well-being in everyday living.  At Healing Concepts, LLC, we combine traditional talk therapy with creative healing techniques such as art & collage, EMDR, guided imagery, journaling, mindful breathing, & meditation. Our work is very collaborative and clients always have a choice about whether or not to integrate creative healing techniques...

I have been working with families struggling with a wide range of life transitions for over 25 years.  I have extensive clinical experience in the fields of cancer care, end of life, grief, living losses, physical illness, professional stress, transition to college, and trauma.  I enjoy using a wide range of clinical theory and creative practices techniques to support families facing change, grief, stress, and suffering.  I have dedicted my life to this work and am lucky to be a nationally recognized expert on grief and loss and coping with physical illness.  I teach many graduate level classes, including classes focused on Advanced Clinical Social Work, Cancer Care, Death, End of Life, and Grief & Loss Across a Life Cycle.  I am a long time adjunct professor with the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and the West Chester University's MSW program. I've been featured in many national magazines, radio shows and national conferences. One of my greatest points of pride are the four chapters I wrote (one with our very own Terry Sturmer) for Robert Neimeyer's 2012 and 2015 books: Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved and Techniques of Grief Therapy: Assessment and Intervention. I am told that my warm style and friendly demeanor is appreciated by individuals and families of all ages.  I am here to help.  Contact me today to get started on your heling journey!

Get to know our CLINICAL ASSOCIATES:

Terry Sturmer, MSW, LSW

Terry is seeing clients in our West Chester Office

To contact Terry directly please call: 484-278-3884
 Terry has been working with adolescents, adults, and families: providing clinical assessment, ongoing psychotherapy, group supports, and parenting support.  She has helped individuals and families cope with issues such as adoption, anxiety, depression, grief, living losses, peer relationships,  parenting struggles, physical illness and trauma.  She enjoys supporting families as they wrestle with complex family dynamics surrounding coping with physical illness, developmental transitions, grief & loss, and challenges at home and school. To support her clients' growth Terry combines an effective a range of creative clinical interventions; including talk therapy, EMDR, guided imagery and mindfulness meditation.  She is compassionate, caring and creative in her approach to healing.  Terry co-wrote a chapter on healing from living losses for Robert Neimeyer's intervantion handbook:  Techniques of Grief Therapy: Assessment and Intervention.  She is a regular speaker on issues of complex organizational dynamics and professional compassion fatigue.  Terry sees clients in our West Chester office.  She can be reached directly at 484-278-3884.   

Terry Sturmer, MSW, LSW

 

Patti Guyre, MSW, LSW
Patti is seeing clients in our West Chester Office

To contact Patti directly please call: 484-756-1747 or 610-209-3111
Patti has been working with adolescents, young adults,  adults, and families: providing clinical assessment, ongoing psychotherapy and group support.  She has helped individuals and families cope with issues such as addiction, anxiety, college transitions, coping with physical illness, depression, family conflict, grief & loss, parenting concerns, relationship concerns, school distress, and trauma.  She enjoys supporting individuals and families wrestling with complex family dynamics surrounding coping with life transitions, living with life threatening illness, and healing from losses.  To support her clients' growth Patti combines a warm, down to earth, authentic style and an effective a range of creative clinical interventions. She is compassionate, caring and creative in her approach to healing.  Patti is seeing clients in our West Chester Office.  

*WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERAPY IS A FINANCIAL INVESTMENT.  TO HELP THOSE FOR WHOM COST IS A CHALLENGE ALL OF OUR THERAPISTS OFFER GENEROUS SLIDING FEE SCALES!  

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Our Services

At Healing Concepts, LLC we are best known for our work with:  

Healing from  GRIEF and LIVING LOSSES 

Loss is present in every human experience.   Powerful losses can be anticipated, sudden, traumatic, historical, and are often deeply unsettling and confusing.  Understanding the unique meaning of your important losses can be very challenging, but important.  Together we will work to better understand the impact of loss in your life and how to reconstruct a meaningful life despite the pain of grief.   Some of the issues we commonly see include:

*Bereavement & Mourning

*Death and Dying

*Divorce and Breakups

*Homicide Survivorship

*Infertility & Pregnancy Loss

*Job Loss

*Lifecycle Transitions

*Living with Physical Illness 

*Living with Adoption

*Loss of the Life You Wanted

*Loving someone with addiction

*Overdose Bereavement

*Relationship Endings 

*Unrecognized Loss/Disenfranchised Grief

*Suicide Survivorship

*Traumatic Losses

Healing from TRAUMA

Trauma comes from many sources.  It is our great honor to assist people working hard to heal form trauma!  Whether your trauma happened recently (or is ongoing) or long ago you can greatly benefit from a safe place to explore the meaning of what has happened to you, process the pain, learn ways to calm down in the face of perceived danger or pain, and explore how to live well depsite past hurts.  Your emotional safety is our primary concern!  Our work together will ALWAYS proceed at the right pace for you! Together we will discover your best path to healing and well being in the shadow of trauma.  Some of the issues we commonly see include:

*Coping with Troubling Feelings, Sensations, Behaviors and/or Emotions

*Grieving Losses

*Healing from Abuse

*Hope in the Shadow of Hurt

*Making Sense of Past Hurts

*Relationships Struggles

*Self Care to Promote Well-Being

*Self Regulation in Times of Distress

*Stress Management

*Reclaiming Well-Being in Everyday Living

Living Well with Physical Illness (We are Chester County's Oncology experts.  We also work frequently with a wide range of other kinds of physicall illness)

At Healing Concepts, LLC we have a long history and deep passion for supporting individuals and families through a cancer journey.  Together we can explore the meaning of your cancer journey, sort through hurts, losses and fears, and explore hope and well-being in the context of cancer.  Some of the issues we commonly see include:

*Adjusting to a New Diagnosis

*Caregiving from Near or Far

*Coping with Challenging Emotions

*Coping with Cancer Together-Couples and Families Finding Their Way

*Coping with Grief and Sorrow

*Coping with Physical Pain

*Dementia Caregiving

*End of Life Planning 

*Hope and Cancer

*Intimacy, Sexuality and Cancer

*Living Well with Cancer

*Living with Recurrence

*Relationship Stress

*Stress Management Through illness 

*Transitioning to Palliative Care or Hospice

*Understanding Physical Illness Related Losses

Diseases we frequently work with include, but are not limited to:
ALS
Brain Injury and Tumors
Cancer
Dementia
Diabetes
Heart Disease
Lyme 
MS
Parkinson's 
Polycythemia Vera 
Transplants 
We understand the deep complexity of living with chronic and life threatening illness.  Let us help you find well-being in the shadow of physical illness!  


Managing ANXIETY, TRANSITION, and Worry

Many people struggle with overwhleming worry and anxiety.  It can be very difficult for some people to settle their minds enough to enjoy their lives or to find clarity around making necessary changes.  Julia delights in helping people explore new ways to manage their anxiety and learn to live more relaxed and satisfying lives.  Her training at the prestigious Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania trained her in a variety of helpful therapeutic techniques to help you find the roots of and manage troubling anxiety or overwhleming worry.  Some of the issues we commonly see include:

*Coping with Change and Transition

*Fears & Phobias

*Illness Related Anxiety

*Overwhleming Worries

*Panic Attacks

*Relationship Distress

*Sexuality questions and concerns

*Transition Anxiety

*Workplace Stress

Managing WORKPLACE STRESS and Distress

We spend a great deal of our lives in the workplace.  Sometimes this setting can be the source of great confusion, stress or even pain!  Explorong your workplace challenges in a safe and nurturing environment can be extremely helpful in finding your right path or creative solutions for well-being at work. 

Lara Krawchuk was featured in the 2015 critically received documentary Portraits of Professional Caregivers and regularly runs a healing retreat called When Helping Hurts: Self Care for Helping Professionals.  She offers a wide range of workshops and continuing education classes to adress staff stressors and build clinical skills for helping professionals.

Terry Sturmer has a long history in corporate world and offers a wide range of workshops to adreess complex organizational dynamics, changes and staff training needs.

Some of the issues we commonly sees include:

*Bully Bosses

*Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

*Finding the Your Best Professional Fit 

*Grief & Loss in the Workplace

*Navigating Layoffs

*Professional Growth and Development Challenges

*Professional Self-Care Struggles

*Stress Overload

*Workplace change & transitions

*SUPERVISION (individual and group) for LCSW provided by Lara Krawchuk

*When an Employee Dies-Services of Remembrance for Staff

Teen and Young Adult Transitions

Becoming a teenager and transitioning from teenager to young adult can be difficult times for teens and parents.  Finding the right balance between independence and dependence on family can be tricky for everyone.  Major life transitions, such as managing heavy school demands, navigatin increasingly complex social situations and preparing for college are often stressful and anxiety provoking.  Many adolescents and young adults benefit greatly from having a safe place to explore who they are now and who they wish to become.  Therapy can help to greatly reduce stress between parent and teen as they wrestle with the many challenges inherent in this age group.  We deeply honor an adolescent's right to privacy in the therapeutic context, but also work with the teen to be collaborative with their parents on important issues of concern or tension.  Together we work to promote well-being in everyday living for the individual and family in this challenging time of development.  Some of the issues we commonly see include:

*Anxiety and Depression

*Coping with Divorcing Parents

*Family Stress and/or Distress

*Grief in the Family

*Life Cycle Transitions

*Living with Loss

*Physical Illness and/or Disability in the Family

*School Related Stress

*Self Image Concerns

*Sexuality and gender questions, transitions and concerns

*Social Challenges

*Transitioning and Adjusting to College

To Schedule an appointment with one of our fantastic therapists please call 610-209-3111.  We look forward to working with you towards healing and well-being!




 

     

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