Alison Bomba, Clinical Psychologist at Alison J. Bomba, Psy.D., llc
Dr. Alison Bomba is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Frederick, MD. She provides grief therapy as well as specialized treatments for anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). She works with children, adolescents and young adults and offers both in-person and virtual therapy options for clients in over 33 states. In addition to her direct therapeutic work, Dr. Bomba is an author, professional speaker, and consultant to multiple news/media outlets on the topics of grief, anxiety and OCD. She recently completed six years of Board membership for the Mental Health Association of Frederick County, serving one year as Board Chair. She is a member of the Maryland Psychological Association, the Pro Bono Counseling Project and the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek and volunteers as "Camp Psychologist" at Frederick Health Hospice's camps for grieving children and teens (Camp Jamie). In addition, Dr. Bomba serves as the Mental Health Professional liaison for the Frederick County Board of Health. www.drbomba.com
3 key takeaways: Grief is a normal reaction to loss. Everyone grieves differently, and there is no timeline. There are no universal stages to grief as it is an individual experience. It is typical, however, for grief to evolve over time, so we must create space to process losses over and over again. The grief journey never ends, but with time and processing the pain lessens, and one can identify ways to go on despite the loss.
1. Outline healthy tasks to aid in moving through one's personal grief journey,
2. Provide recommendations for managing grief during the holidays and
3. Suggest helpful methods for supporting loved ones who are grieving (to include what to say and what NOT to say).